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Bow ties, sequins, tea and cake: these seniors go back to high school for seniors’ prom

Bow ties, sequins, tea and cake: these seniors go back to high school for seniors’ prom

Almost 66 years after Margaret Oman’s senior promenade, she acquired a second likelihood to put on her most interesting at her alma mater.

Displaying her old fashioned ID and a few black-and-white pictures of her 1957 commencement gown on the tablecloths of Quebec Excessive Faculty, Oman acquired to reminisce, due to Grade 11 college students who deliberate an extra promenade at their Quebec Metropolis college, one designed to have seniors take part.

“I feel it’s so good of them to do that for us. We’ve been chatting away with every one in all them and what they need to do after they develop up,” stated Oman.

“I feel they’ve an important future forward of them.”

Margaret Oman displayed a few of her highschool pictures as she interacted with highschool college students on the promenade (Leeça St. Aubin/Quebec Excessive Faculty)

Oman stated she hadn’t been again to her highschool in a while, since her youngsters graduated, many years after she herself had attended — and acquired a prize for punctuality.

Elizabeth Robertson was one other senior invited to the occasion. A longtime resident of Quebec Metropolis, she says she by no means had a promenade.

“I used to be very happy. I’ve by no means come to a type of,” stated Robertson. “The women and the clothes, they appear so good, every little thing is gorgeous.”

‘I’m joyful to have the ability to join with them’ says pupil

Three college students got here up with the thought as a part of an finish of yr challenge. One of many college students, Elsemieke Koper, an trade pupil from the Netherlands, says they have been impressed by researching.

“We have been simply Googling enjoyable concepts, after which it was Chloe that got here up with [it]: ‘Oh, we should always do a promenade for senior residents! Then we have now two proms.’ And we have been like, ‘Oh, such a good suggestion,’” stated Koper.

She says they took the challenge very severely and supplied up home made items, generational trivia and icebreaker video games. Koper says they hoped to supply seniors a “good speak” and concerned round two dozen college students.

An older woman smiles at the camera, seated next to two high school students
Anne Fillion with college students Clara Dumoulin and Sarah Blanchette. (Leeça St. Aubin/Quebec Excessive Faculty)

“It’s straightforward to promote, in fact. Dancing with previous folks, ingesting a cup of tea. It’s actually enjoyable,” stated Koper.

“I similar to previous folks, they’re simply probably the most cute, respectful folks on the planet they usually make me smile.… It jogs my memory of my grandparents, too. It’s simply very nice.”

Chloe Robitaille, who got here up with the thought, says she is joyful the occasion labored out.

“We weren’t certain if this was going to be too bold or not. So we went down, we requested some academics about organizing, ‘Hey, do you suppose it’s potential?’ And we made it occur,” stated Robitaille.

A banner says "forever young, 1942 to 2022"
Seniors participated in video games and have been served tea and home made items. A few of them graduated way back to the Forties. (Leeça St. Aubin/Quebec Excessive Faculty)

She stated it feels good to attach with folks from completely different generations.

“For instance, I didn’t actually get to develop up with grandparents, so to have the ability to speak with these folks and be capable to share tales, I’m joyful to have the ability to join with them.”

Meb Reisner, a resident of McGreevy Manor, attended the occasion and loved sharing tales from her highschool days.

“I assumed it was an exquisite outreach for intergenerational contact,” stated Reisner.

LISTEN | QHS college students invited former alumni and seniors to particular occasion:

Breakaway11:42Quebec Excessive Faculty’s seniors’ promenade

QHS college students invited former alumni and folks from the group to hearken to some music, play some video games, and above all, get to know one another.

A woman holds up a black and white class photo
Meb Reisner took the occassion to decorate up for her second seniors promenade. She wore a copper gown in 1957 when she attended her highschool promenade. (Julia Web page/CBC)

Holding up a category photograph, she stated in 1957 she wore a copper gown in what was her highschool’s first-ever promenade.

“For Grade 9, we needed to be bused to a different college as a result of they didn’t have a highschool within the city the place we grew up. So I used to be within the very first graduating class of the brand new highschool that was in-built my city, this was in Pointe-Claire [at] John Rennie Excessive Faculty,” stated Reisner.

Émilie Le Barbenchon, the third pupil organizer of the occasion, says the promenade was successful and a primary of its type.

“Our faculty had by no means heard of doing this till we introduced it up. And simply attending to know individuals who’ve been right here or are simply a part of our group, ’trigger I don’t suppose we attain out sufficient to others within the English group,” stated Le Barbenchon.

“We hope that afterward they’ll keep in mind this.”

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