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Formal gets go ahead

EXCITED: St Stephen’s Catholic College Captains Ethan Backshall, Aarin Ryan, Andrew Gallo and Jenna Kerswell are all excited to see their 2020 formal to be cleared for August.

SENIORS at St Stephen’s Catholic College in Mareeba have let out a huge sigh of relief after the school announced a date for their 2020 formal, saving the seniors end of year celebrations.

The formal was originally scheduled to be held in June this year, but due to COVID-19 it has now been postponed to August 29.

Parents however will not be allowed to attend the formal because of the existing social distancing requirements which presents a major change from previous years.

The school is still constantly evaluating and assessing the government’s rules and restrictions for COVID-19 and is still advocating for a normal formal for their students.

One of SSCC College Captains Aarin Ryan said that a vast majority of the students are still happy for their formal to be going ahead.

“Most students understand that the formal is not going to be worse than past years, it’s just going to be different,” she said.

“We have already gone through so much that there is no point in picking out all of the negatives so we just look forward to what we have.

“With the formal being pushed back we have been given more and more time to prepare so it’s a blessing in disguise.”

College Principal Kerry Manders assures students that they will still get the full formal experience for 2020 despite COVID-19 setbacks.

“We are looking forward to celebrating student’s success and culmination of schooling at Awards Night and Graduation Mass,” she said.

“The formal is a special night that we are excited we can still provide for students in the current COVID-19 world.

“Our students can expect the formal to be a very elegant and special evening designed by the formal committee to ensure it is enjoyable and exciting for our students.”

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