Last week saw pupils and staff at Portsmouth Grammar School don their dancing shoes to take part in the 10th annual ‘PGS Come Dancing’ to raise money for Chai Thom School in Cambodia.
With education being compulsory in the UK, it can be easy to take the opportunity to learn for granted. However, schooling in Cambodia is seen very differently. From money raised in 2010, Chai Thom School was built and has become hugely successful. It’s now at the point of being overwhelmed with children wanting to learn (even walking miles and miles to do so!) and they are struggling to keep up with demand. The school is in need of continued support to ensure children can receive the education that they need to get a job in the future, and ‘PGS Come Dancing’ provides the perfect platform for this.
This year’s competition raised almost £6,000 and saw pupils and staff go head-to-head, to provide entertainment and plenty of glitz and glamour as they showed off their ballroom dancing skills in front of the audience and a panel of judges.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the competition, Dialogue offered its services and produced a special eight-page programme which included details about the event, the pupils taking part and more information about Chai Thom School.
Melanie Bushell, Development Director at Portsmouth Grammar School said: “We’re hugely grateful to Dialogue for the part they played in making the 10th anniversary of PGS Come Dancing even more special. The high-quality programme handed to audience members on arrival helped raise expectations and set the tone for the extraordinary evening ahead, which included fantastic (& brave!) performances by staff and pupils alike, and a moving film about Chai Thom School. The finale was a spectacular salsa-themed show dance in which the Headmaster was joined by returning champions from the past decade. We’re thrilled with the money raised which we know will really help Chai Thom develop and expand to meet the ever-growing need.”