School formals stray from tradition

by Jessica McGrath

Senior students were excited to hear their school formals were still going ahead after a year of event cancellations.

Each of the Burnett formals will stray from tradition with limited red carpet welcomes compared to previous years.

Kingaroy State High School students are especially looking forward to their formal tomorrow.

Student Jasmine Whye is the Welfare Committee Chair in charge of planning and organising the 2020 formal.

“I would honestly have to say that formal is still the night for everyone to look forward to,” she said.

“Formal is something that is on most of our minds right now as exams are coming to a close.”

Jasmine said everyone were still cautious and following all of the Covid rules set by the health restrictions.

“Friday the 13th of November is going to be a night that all of our 2020 cohort is going to remember as the celebration to our rough year,” she said.

Welfare committee coordinator Marilla Reid said this year was no exception when it came to the main event on the school calendar – formal.

“Students were excited to hear the dancing restrictions lifted, and I look forward to seeing them all cut a rug on the night,” she said.

The Kingaroy teacher said the forecourt and part of Glendon St would be closed to the public on the formal afternoon.

A video of the arrivals will be posted on Facebook and the public may line the streets, in a socially distanced manner, to view the cars making their way to the Town Hall.

“We really hope the community can support the school and the graduating class of 2020 by complying with the restriction put in place,” Miss Reid said.

“While the school and committee hope to create a special evening for the graduating class of 2020, we need to ensure the safety of the community is considered and people actively comply with the Covid restriction.

“If students, guests or the general public do not comply with the restrictions and safeguards put in place, then the event may be shut down.”

Murgon State High School will also be moving away from tradition for their school formal next week.

The Murgon Class of 2020 will arrive at their school formal from 5.15pm on Friday, 20 November.

The school released a statement that due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, large groups of people could not gather for the formal arrivals.

“As a result, we request that this year, we stray from tradition, and that you do not gather to watch the arrivals in the designated road closure area outside the Murgon Town Hall and the Royal Hotel.”

Community members are requested to socially distance on the footpaths from the Murgon State High School and Murgon State School and wave to the school graduates as their cars travel towards the Town Hall.

Only parents or guardians, graduates and Murgon SHS staff are permitted inside the road closures at Murgon.

Burnett State College seniors will be arriving all dressed up for their formal at the Gayndah Showgrounds on Friday, 20 November.

Parents and community members will be allowed to view the students arrive in the designated area, however everyone will be required to sign in and sanitise at one of the tables as they enter.

A live stream of the arrivals will be available on the Burnett State College Facebook page.