On Saturday 10th June, eighteen young women and men from Oakhill College gathered at the Epping Club to celebrate a long held social tradition; the Debutante Ball. In the past, Debutante Balls were events where young women would make their formal entrance into society. In 2017 the Debutante Ball has become so much more.
At a time when so many traditions are being lost to contemporary thought; Oakhill College continues to offer its young men and women the opportunity to experience, a social event which highlights for young women and men that formality still has a place in contemporary society. Education is about offering a full range of experiences from which its students can choose to participate. The Debutante Ball offers a sense of community; coming together in celebration of our youth, at a time when the media is all to eager to represent the negative aspects of teenagers. In 2017 the Oakhill College Debutante Ball is about maintaining tradition, while celebrating all the positive elements of our young men and women in a forum filled with family and friends.
The Debutante Ball is more than just a single night of celebration. Students spend four weeks of preparation learning etiquette, traditional dances and the process of being presented. This year, Oakhill’s young women were presented to the Hills Shire Mayor, Dr Michelle Byrne in front of eight hundred family and friends.
The Debutante Ball was an evening I had always wanted to attend at Oakhill College, and after all the preparation leading up to the night, it was definitely worth it and I would do it again in a heartbeat. It was a very elegant evening, with all the debutants looking beautiful and their partners looking very handsome. Everyone enjoyed themselves and had a lot of fun, especially when on the dance floor and in the photo booth. It was an enjoyable evening and was an unforgettable experience.
My partner and I had a wonderful time at the Debutante Ball. My father enjoyed the chance to dance with me after the formal dance and we all made use of the photo booth and props.
I enjoyed the formality of the night, as it was something none of us had experienced before, that also allowed us to interact with our parents and fellow debutantes; the structure, and balance of the night was very enjoyable. Overall, I had a great time and would definitely recommend this to the Year 11 girls!
Photographer: Gail Brown