Sixth Form Charity Week ends with the glamour of the catwalk | Portsmouth High School

Sixth Form Charity Week ends with the glamour of the catwalk

Portsmouth High School Sixth Form have stunned audiences with their, much anticipated, annual Charity Week Fashion Show.

The whole week was a buzz of talent shows, live music events, a PHS version of Bushtucker trials and a take on Just a Minute, the Radio 4 programme. This year the girls chosen to support the mental health charity, Mind.

‘We feel passionately about ending the discrimination and stigma of mental health illness,’ said Head Girl Ellie Webb, 17.

‘Mind makes sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone. They provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Mind campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. The charity won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.

‘There are so many mental health illnesses that affect many of our lives, or our families’ lives and we want to educate the rest of the school about mental health so that hopefully we can help take away the stigma of people feeling ashamed of the suffering they are going through.’

The highlight of the week was the two night Fashion Show.   The girls were supported by local shops as well as the wider Hampshire and Sussex communities.  The A Level art students designed the sets, and the whole Sixth Form took part in either modelling or behind the scenes support.

The girls have had to take responsibility for the business side of the week; the finance and insurance as well as the ticketing, marketing and accompanying paperwork.

‘We’ve juggled this with A Level and other commitments but we understand that this is a reflection of real life and a play hard, work hard ethos which the school has taught us from the beginning,’ said Ellie.

Read all about it in The News, Portsmouth – click