WHAT A YEAR: Our Lady of the Southern Cross students were dressed to impress at their formal on November 20, 2020. Picture: Sam Turner
WHAT A YEAR: Our Lady of the Southern Cross students were dressed to impress at their formal on November 20, 2020. Picture: Sam Turner

Principal of Our Lady congratulates seniors on 2020 attitude

THE graduating class of 2020 of Our Lady of the Southern Cross College hit the red carpet in style for their end of year formal, 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 rites of passage such as their formal could go ahead, with divine gowns and sharp suits successfully hitting the red carpet at the Dalby Events Centre on November 10.

Principal Peter Cuskelly said they were lucky due to their formal festivities being traditionally held towards the end of the year.

“Our deputy principal has been on top of COVID all year, and council has been working with us so we could use this venue,” he said.

“Then as the COVID rules lightened up, it meant more and more people could come celebrate graduation with the kids, so it’s been great.”

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Australia’s graduating class of 2020 has been heavily affected by coronavirus, due to the introduction of social distancing guidelines and capacity restrictions.

Mr Cuskelly said the school supported the graduating class of 2020 as much as they could through this troubling year.

“We had to cancel a lot of our sport, and we’re a proud sporting school so that was definitely a challenge,” he said.

“But we told them to focus on the things they could control, and the things they can’t, are just uncontrollable.

“Once the bans were lifted, we were able to take the boys on a footy tour, and the girls out to Roma for the Mercy Shield.

“It wasn’t the same as previous years, but we were still able to provide those opportunities, and seeing them here tonight, I don’t think they feel like they’ve missed out on too much.”

As their principal, he wanted to commend the year 12s on a successful year of school, despite all of the difficult setbacks that were thrown their way.

“We’re just really proud of the year 12 kids this year as they’re an amazing group, and if you’re going to have a year impacted by COVID, I think these kids had the right attitude to get through it,” he said.


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