School ball a special time for students

'It's all about them being grown up'

TERRI RUSSELL
Last updated 05:00 19/09/2013
Hope Johnstone
NICOLE GOURLEY/Fairfax NZ

GLAMOUR TIME: Ruru School student Hope Johnstone, 20, has her makeup done by Southern Institute of Technology beauty therapy student Coco Li for the school ball.

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It was a day of glitz and glamour for the special students of Ruru School.

The salon at the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) was buzzing yesterday as young women at Ruru School had their hair and makeup done for last night's school ball.

After the hair was done and the makeup applied, the 40-plus students gathered at Queen's Park where a string of classic cars drove them to the ball at the Ascot Park Hotel.

Ruru School teacher Marina Marie said the students had chosen the venue and music.

The young men at Ruru School had their hair cut and coloured by SIT hairdressing students last week. They also made corsages for the young women after being taught by SIT floristry students.

At the ball, students performed a Zumba hip-hop dance which they were taught during term, Ms Marie said.

The input by SIT and the classic cars company was all voluntary: "We're very lucky, we're very grateful."

Student Kharissa Casey, 21, said she was looking forward to dancing with the boys and had her "eyes on a few".

Student Billie Auckram, 18, said the ball was fun because she enjoyed dancing and spending time with friends.

Parent Roz Hogg, whose 16-year-old daughter Talia was at the ball, said it was a fantastic opportunity for the students to interact and feel special.

"They see and hear other schools doing it, if they didn't [have a ball] they would feel left out," she said.

Parent Angela Humffreys said it was a chance for her daughter Deborah, 19, to be pampered.

"She loves it, she loves looking all pretty. It's all about them being grown up," she said.

SIT hairdressing tutor Sharon Harper said it was nice to help with the students' special day and it was also a good experience for the SIT students.

terri.russell@stl.co.nz

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