Jane Austen is celebrated in the form of a Netherfield ball

Sarah Giles and Isabelle McGill U5 write:

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a girls' school in possession of a magnificent ballroom must be in want of a dance.

On Sunday 9th March, St Swithun's School was descended upon by carriages brimming with young Wickhamists eager to become acquainted with the fair maidens awaiting them. Shining locks fell around blushing cheeks as the young gentlemen took the ladies' hands into the ballroom to establish potential engagements during the dance. Appetites roused by the impending dances were swiftly satisfied by the authentic cuisine courtesy of Mr Garland's expertise and served by the ladies of the House of Earlsdown. The evening's entertainment commenced with a riveting performance from the Hampshire Regency Dancers who then most kindly shared their knowledge of this pastime with the young persons in order to spark a sense of occasion of which even Caroline Bingley would have approved. The evening was a wonderful success, the credit for which is bestowed upon Miss Burton for her superior organisation of this spectacular event.

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