Formal time for Coffs students

EXAMS behind them, hundreds of local high school students are excitedly planning their night of nights.

Haircuts, make-up sessions, sewing beads onto dresses, hiring formal wear and buying the perfect jewellery are among the activities occupying the minds of students who until recently had been cramming for exams.

Last night, Year 12 students at Orara High School celebrated their school formal in the tropical surroundings of Pacific Bay Resort.

Heading for Sawtell RSL Club on Thursday night will be Bellingen High School and the Year 10 students of Bishop Druitt College have chosen the same location for their function on Friday night.

Today, the students of Christian Community High School will be putting up the decorations at the racecourse for their formal occasion tonight. No small undertaking, the school is catering for the 350 guests expected.

“It all comes together in the end,” said principal’s assistant Jenny Worthy, who has been among the school staff organising the event.

Confessing to feeling a little tired, she described the night as a good end to 13 years of schooling.

"We tend to make ours a family event; parents, grandparents, uncles, brothers, sisters, boyfriends and girlfriends all come,” Ms Worthy said, to explain how a student cohort of 56 grows to 350.

The formal includes a graduation ceremony and presentation of awards.

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