Queen Elizabeth Grammar School’s hall was transformed into a bit of Africa recently when the school’s Uganda Club put on a fashion show. This year’s club leaders, Karolina Wos and Helena Shaw, decided to show students, parents and friends of the school a variety of traditional clothing from Uganda as well as neighbouring countries.
Show organiser Karolina attracted a lot of help and support from a variety of parents and members of the community who lent African clothes, jewellery, accessories and a variety of artefacts which helped make the show varied and very interesting. The models were younger members of the Uganda club and their friends who skilfully managed a large number of outfit changes to help illustrate traditional and modern female clothing.
The school has been linked with a secondary school in Bupadhengo for close to ten years now. Bupadhengo’s head teacher, Robert Mukisa, visited Penrith a few years ago and several groups and individuals from QEGS went to see the Ugandan school since then. With very little government support Ugandan secondary schools still largely rely on school fees and donations, and the purpose of the Uganda club at the grammar school has been to educate Penrith students about life in their partner school, but also to raise money in order to help financially.
Thus Helena Shaw as hostess for the evening commented not just on the clothes but also on daily life in Uganda. Amongst the items lent for the evening were a number of household items and musical instruments which attracted a lot of interest during the interval, along with African style beads which the club members had made themselves.
The school would like to thank all those friends who loaned items for the evening, thus helping to make the show such a success.