Staff and students celebrate the end of term with Strictly Come Dancing – Ipswich School style!

This Christmas season it wasn’t the TV finale of Downton Abbey, or the big screen showing of Spectre that members of the Ipswich School community were looking forward to.

Instead pupils marvelled at the talents of teachers and support staff from across the Senior School who put on their sequins and sparkly heels to take part in Ipswich School’s very own version of much-loved TV favourite Strictly Come Dancing – raising money for charity at the same time.

On the last day of term, Wednesday 16 December, dance troupes took to the Great School stage to compete against each other, hoping to lift the title trophy and be crowned the best of the ballroom.

Masterminded by Tracy Boyle, Director of Co-Curricular Activities and Lindsey Ward, Head of Drama, the Staff Do Strictly event was attended by over 250 pupils, with ticket sales raising money for the school’s support of the Red Cross Refugee Appeal.

With dance styles including line dancing, ballet, street dance, Grease and disco, the victorious group was the Science Department staff dancing the tango, in the competition judged by staff members given a Strictly celebrity makeover.

Nicholas Weaver, Headmaster at Ipswich School, said: “This was a fun way to end a term of hard work.  Staff enjoyed the chance to let their alter-egos take to the stage, with many hidden talents coming to the fore, and students joined in with laughter and rapturous applause. The fact that we also raised over £700 to add to our support of the Red Cross charity appeal is the icing on the cake!”

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