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Swaffham students WILL go to the prom

PUBLISHED: 09:09 10 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:39 08 July 2010

WHEN pupils in Swaffham were told their school could not fund their prom they thought the fairy tale end to their year would never happen.

But thanks to a group of determined year 11 students at Swaffham Hamonds High School, the dream of having an end of year bash could still come true.

WHEN pupils in Swaffham were told their school could not fund their prom they thought the fairy tale end to their year would never happen.

But thanks to a group of determined year 11 students at Swaffham Hamonds High School, the dream of having an end of year bash could still come true.

The pupils have formed a prom committee and been meeting every lunchtime to discuss how they can fund the event themselves.

Already the 18 strong team has devised a number of money-making schemes to help pay for the venue, entertainment, food and drink.

They have organised a student car wash, where they will charge staff £5 to wash their cars on a Monday after school.

And they are also looking into holding student sports matches where different year groups will play each other in football, hockey, and rugby at a small charge.

Action was taken by students after Hamonds High School offered them the school hall as a venue instead of Dunston Hall where the prom has been held in previous years.

Emily Read, a member of the year 11 prom committee, said: “It will be nice for us as a year group to have something we can look back on and remember.

“Although it has been stressful, and has taken a lot of time to sort out, it has also been exciting to have a voice over what happens with our own prom.

“We have booked the Assembly Rooms in Swaffham as our venue, but we still need to raise money to pay for the DJ, food and drink.”

Stuart Bailey, interim headteacher of Hamonds, said: “The high school prom has become a significant event in young people's lives and been embedded in the culture of schools.

“The students at Hamonds High School are taking the initiative and showing good enterprising skills to fund the prom themselves.

“I'll be having my car washed on Monday, and be happy to have it done every Monday, to help support them in celebrating their rights of passage.”

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