The Southern Cross School K-12 graduates line up to have their picture taken at Ballina RSL Club last year.
The Southern Cross School K-12 graduates line up to have their picture taken at Ballina RSL Club last year. Marc Stapelberg

A formal end to school life

BLUE HILLS College student Charlotte O'Neill, 17, experienced a mixture of nostalgia and relief as she joined her classmates to prepare for her Year 12 formal on Thursday night.

"I'm looking forward to a celebration of us all finishing because it will probably be the last time I see people in my class all together," she said.

"We'll have some fun, eat some good food and spend time with our teachers for the last time.

"I have mixed emotions because it's good to be finishing but it's also sad because it's a stage of your life coming to an end."

Ms O'Neill has purchased a floor-length silver Maticevski dress for her formal, but she said many of her friends have gone for a more casual look.

"A lot of girls are wearing shorter dresses, three-quarter length dresses and bright colours," she said.

Staff at George Gooley Mens- wear in Lismore have been busy fitting young men in suits for the coming formals.

"A lot of them have never worn suits so they need advice and that's where we come in," said Peter Gooley, who has been in the menswear business for 44 years.

Mr Gooley said slim-fit suits and silver-grey fabrics are popular choices for young men this year.

"Fashion goes around and around," he said.

"We used to hire a lot [of suits] years ago but now that suits have come down in price we don't hire as many.

"They're now buying suits because when a fellow leaves school he needs a suit in his wardrobe for job interviews and all sorts of different things."

Kadina High School student Taylor McPherson, 17, was at the menswear store to give her fellow student Josh Mortimer, 17, advice on selecting a suit.

Mr Mortimer has chosen a slim-fit pinstriped suit for his formal at the Lismore Workers' Club.

"We've been at school for 13 years and now it's all ending," said Mr Mortimer.

Ms McPherson said she has chosen a strapless white dress for her formal and her mother will do her make-up.

"My mum never got to have her formal so she's kind of living it through me and I want to make her proud," she said.

"I'm pretty much looking forward to getting school over with so the formal is just a big celebration. No more, ever!"

 

Formal tips

  • For girls it's a good idea to practise doing your make-up before the big night.
  • Make sure your camera battery is charged because it's great to look back at your formal photos.
  • Don't stress - make the most of it and have fun with your classmates. Dance some daggy moves and enjoy yourself!


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