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Conti parties cut short

Unsafe Delhi prompts school authorities to call off late night farewell bashes

delhi Updated: Feb 10, 2013 01:14 IST
Vaishali Bhambri

School farewell bashes are not the same this year. After the brutal Delhi gangrape in December, school authorities and parents have been wary of the late night continuation parties (better known as conti parties, organised at a venue outside school, after the formal farewell). “We organised a party in the school with a DJ. Though the timings were 4-8pm, we still got a consent form signed by the parents, so that there is no uncertainty regarding the safety of their wards,” says Madhulika Sen, Principal, Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar. “Students usually organise an informal conti party out of school which is not authorised by us, but this year, it was not hosted,” she adds. “We’ll organise a farewell in the school, but it will end by 6pm. Safety of students is of utmost importance,” says Rekha Ranade, principal, Amity International School. Bluebells School International has been hosting the conti party in the school for some years now, but this year parents were asked to sign a consent form.

City discotheque and clubs have also refused to host such parties, though students are ready to shell out big bucks. “Students are ready to pay as much as Rs 40,000 for a table of four couples. However, owing to the unsafe conditions in the city and strict ban on underage drinking, we have made it a policy not to allow parties hosted by school children,” says Virendra Pandey of Hype at Hotel Shangri La.

Sidarth Chadha of Cafe Ludus, Saket, says, “We have got queries from students to host their conti parties, but since they are under 18, we have refused. The kids are ready to pay as much as R2500 each.”

“We had our conti party in the school auditorium this time. Most parents refused to send their kids to a disc. A special consent form was also signed by parents to pick and drop us,” says a 17-year-old, not wishing to be named.

So what’s a conti party?
A conti party is a continuation of the school farewell celebrations. The class 12 students host this party for class 11 students. Students consider a farewell almost incomplete without such a party. They are organised at a club or a discotheque, solely by the students.

They’ve got the money!
Students are willing to pay big bucks to organise these parties at reputed nightclubs
Rs 10,000 per couple,inclusive of beverages and snacks
Rs 2,500 per head for a party of about 100 people
Rs 4,000 per head for a theme party