Gympie’s 500+ Class of 2020 prepares to go out in style
GYMPIE’S 500 graduating Year 12s are about to enter one of the most exciting times of their lives.
Exams are finished and now it is full steam ahead to a week of formals, all taking place under the restrictions of coronavirus safety and security, though those restrictions are set to ease even more from Tuesday.
The 2020 cohort has faced challenges like none other in recent memory; their final year of high school has been significantly different, their traditional schoolies celebrations will look completely different, and their formal graduating ceremonies will too.
For some local high schools, parents cannot attend, or even be on the school grounds, much less other family members.
But they have taken it in their stride, showing a resilience and acceptance that should make their families, their schools and themselves proud.
The Gympie Times will be covering each formal just as it has done for the past several years, capturing the glamour and excitement of the occasion and celebrating the Class of 2020, a class unlike any other.
Cooloola Christian College will hold its formal on Tuesday night, James Nash State High School on Wednesday night, Gympie State High School on Thursday night and Victory College on Friday night. St Patrick’s College, Flexible Learning Centre and the Gympie Special School formal will also hold their formals this week.
The Gympie Times will create a stunning gallery of each couple, group and individual as they arrive and then combine all schools into one huge gallery capturing each and every graduate making their formal in 2020.
Gympie State High School has the biggest graduating cohort, with 226 students graduating and 90 attending the formal on Thursday night.
St Patrick’s College has 57 graduating seniors this year, Victory College 29, with 24 attending the formal on Friday night.
From The Gympie Times to the Class of 2020, congratulations and best of luck. The world is your oyster and you make us all proud.