Having a hairdressers trial run before their Woodlawn school formal are (from left) Anoushka Delaney, Kate Woods and Mali Kidd
Having a hairdressers trial run before their Woodlawn school formal are (from left) Anoushka Delaney, Kate Woods and Mali Kidd

Studies given the boot

By EMMA O'NEILL emma.oneill@northernstar.com.au WORDS such as limousine and stiletto are creeping into the vocabulary of Year 12 students across the region as the formal season begins and HSC exams end.

For St John's College Woodlawn Year 12 student Mali Kidd discussing dresses, shoes and transport for the big night is a break from rigorous exam and study schedules.

"We can legitimately talk about it at school now because we have to organise everything, so it's a nice break from study," she said.

Fellow student Anoushka Delaney said the best thing about organising the formal was getting together with friends to compare notes. "Everyone is excited and everyone feeds off each others ideas," she said.

But it seems some of the boys aren't as excited about the preparations. On a recent formal dress shopping trip with two male Year 12 companions, the boys complained she had tried on too many dresses.

"I had only tried three and they thought I should be able to choose one from that," Anoushka said.

"The formal is a finalisation of everything. It will be great to share the night with important people in my life, like those you've been through your school life with."



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