On Sunday 3rd October the Martlet girls headed to the Emms Atrium for our Dance and Donate event in support of Horsham Matters. For all the new starters in the Fourth Form and Lower Sixth, this was their first charity event and a wonderful opportunity to bond as a house and create some new Martlet memories for a new school year! The girls were sponsored to take part in the event and we were delighted to raise a total of £2,738 which will be used to support those in need in our local community.

With the stage all set and the big screens in place, the girls arrived at 2pm in an eclectic mix of fancy dress ranging from neon leotards to multi-coloured tutus to rococo glasses and inflatable outfits. Many of the girls wore their new charity t-shirts, designed by Karla R. and the Martlet tutor team also rose to the occasion with purple leg warmers and headbands and a generous application of sparkly eye shadow.

Led by local instructor Lucy Ward, the afternoon was divided into various sets with the parents’ set getting the fun underway. There was some nimble footwork from the Dads, jazz hands from the Mums, air guitars from the brothers and a few slightly embarrassed Martlets but it was a great chance to welcome parents back to school house events following all of the restrictions of the past eighteen months.


Once the parents had departed, the house came together to learn an original dance to Boogie Shoes which had been choreographed by Lucy which involved elements of disco, salsa and jive. The girls then split into their “house family” groups and rotated between dancing and packing donation boxes of food and toiletries which the prefects then took to the Horsham Matters food bank the following week. We are hoping to continue our link with this charity moving forward and it was an invaluable experience for the girls to see the importance of the work they do.

The afternoon ended with a whole house limbo competition, a somewhat chaotic conga line and a lot of feathers, sequins and glitter on the floor. The prize for the best costume was awarded to Nicola O. with Vivi S. V. and Annabelle H. the runners up. 

The event would not have been possible without Lucy who did a fantastic job of keeping everyone moving for four hours! Thank you as well to Mrs Scott and Mr Hardy for helping to organise the event, to Mr Scott for his photography and to Miss Greenwood, Miss Summers, Miss Billson, Mrs Constable and Mrs Dutton for supervising during the afternoon.