Sequins, satin and florals were just some of the looks seen at the Emmaus College formal arrivals evening tonight.
The 144 year 12 students and their invited partners arrived in old school vehicles and limousines to the Lomandra Centre, at Emmaus College, in front of more than 400 onlookers.
Parents were overjoyed seeing their children celebrating one of the biggest days in the year 12 calendar.
Year 12 coordinator Serena Tasker said the formal had been a year in the making.
“This is a year of formal celebration firsts with this group of students,” she said.
“Never before have we had an arrivals part to the evening or even a year 12 group photo in our brand new garden.
“They are leading the way, as they have been already this year in their education.”
Ms Tasker said the students were very excited and had embraced the changes to the formal with open arms.
“I think they’ve been excited since the first day of year 12,” she said.
“The formal is a rite of passage and they are ready to celebrate the journey they have all been on to get to this moment.”
Ms Tasker said seeing the students glammed up just opened everyone’s eyes to the fact they were all now young adults.
“This is just a little taste of their life after school and they are just beautiful this evening,” she said.
Student Alanis Matoe-Kay said seeing everyone dressed up in their formal wear made the whole celebration that much more special.
“It’s an exhilarating experience tonight being here with friends and celebrating this year,” she said.
Students will celebrate their formal at Rydges Southbank with dinner and dancing.