MINI-BALL: Ipswich East State School prep students Kailem Carlyle, 5, and Kaylie Tidey, 5, took part in a mini debutante ball at their school.
MINI-BALL: Ipswich East State School prep students Kailem Carlyle, 5, and Kaylie Tidey, 5, took part in a mini debutante ball at their school. David Nielsen

Kids have a ball in their tux and tiaras

BALL gowns, tuxedos and tiaras were unusual features of the latest Prep celebration at Ipswich East State School.

Despite the difficulty of the waltz and the pressure to remember the right way to greet partners, the school's first Prep mini-debutante ball went off without a hitch.

Prep teacher Kym Thomas said the Friday night ball was an important event for students.

"My daughter attended a mini-ball in Grade One, and it was a great learning experience," Ms Thomas said.

"It gives the children confidence and teaches them respect.

"The parents dressed the children beautifully in suits and dresses, and their dances went very well."

Ms Thomas said students learned to waltz for the ball, and also performed the chicken dance and hokey pokey.



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