SENIOR YEAR: Dalby State High School students were dressed to impress at their formal on October 16, 2020. Picture: Sam Turner
SENIOR YEAR: Dalby State High School students were dressed to impress at their formal on October 16, 2020. Picture: Sam Turner

Principal commends year 12s after ‘challenging year’

THE graduating class of 2020 for Dalby State High School were dressed to impress at their formal last week, but this milestone event nearly didn't happen.

Coronavirus restrictions imposed earlier this year hindered what was meant to be the best year of schooling for senior students across Australia.

Queensland's comeback against coronavirus meant these rites of passage such as the formal were able to go ahead across the state, under certain guidelines.

The stars aligned on October 16 when the State Government even allowed for students to dance at formals across Queensland.

Principal Dean Russell said it's been a very challenging year for all kids in schools, but especially for the year 12s in their final year.

"Obviously with all of their critical assessment it has been a real challenge, but there are just so many wonderful milestone events that happen in year 12, and the formal is one of them" he said.

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"I feel like as a group across Queensland they've missed out on a lot, and even if they haven't missed out on things, they've been done a bit differently than before.

"But I'm happy we've been able to do this for them."

Mr Russell said this instalment of the formal wasn't a "full formal" like previous years, but it had everything the students wanted.

"What was important to them was to be able to arrive with their partner, to be in the cool car, walk down the red carpet with mum and dad watching, and take photos," he said.

"It's actually come together well for us, with almost all of them having a booking afterwards for dinner with family and friends at a local venue.

"All things considered, the evening went incredibly well."

You can see all the fashionable photos here.


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