It’s formal time for these school leavers, Rachael Cage, Lachlan Hite, Alysha Semple and Kirra Ireland, who tried on outfits at Hills in Hollywood yesterday.
It’s formal time for these school leavers, Rachael Cage, Lachlan Hite, Alysha Semple and Kirra Ireland, who tried on outfits at Hills in Hollywood yesterday. ALLAN REINIKKA AR

Girls can hardly wait for formals

KIRRA Ireland has been waiting for this moment for five years.

Now that her exams are done, it’s finally time to put the textbooks in the cupboard and glam up for the biggest celebration of her life so far.

Formal fever will hit Rockhampton this week with hundreds of year 12 school leavers stepping it up in the style department.

Yesterday Kirra, Rachel Cage, and Lachlan Hite, of Glenmore State High School, and Alysha Semple of North Rockhampton High School, all hit Hills in Hollywood for some final preparations.

Kirra said the school formal was a “big deal” for graduates.

“I’ve been looking forward to this for five years,” she said.

“It’s also something to look forward to, to get through exam block.”

All three girls have already chosen their dresses and Lachlan has a hire suit picked.

Kirra chose a Grecian-style eucalyptus-green dress – one of the most popular styles this season. Alysha wanted something different – a beaded orange and purple dress, which she ordered months ago.

Hills in Hollywood owner Jenny Sorensen said it had been busy since Easter.

And choosing a formal dress was not a one-visit job, she said.

“Many girls have a particular dress in mind that they have been dreaming of for the last five years,” Ms Sorensen said.

“Pale colours have been popular and the Grecian style – but everyone still has their individual tastes and are sticking to the latest in fashion.”

However, the celebrations don’t end this week.

On Saturday Schoolies Week begins as hundreds of school leavers flock to the Capricorn Coast and other Queensland destinations.

Rachael isn’t just sticking to one week though, she’s planning a three-week-long extended Schoolies with her friends – to the Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne.

Kirra, Alysha and Lachlan are heading to Yeppoon.

Formal fever

Wednesday

Rockhampton State High School – Rockhampton Leagues Club from 5.30pm.

Glenmore State High School – Rockhampton Heritage Village from 5.30pm

Thursday

The Cathedral College – Rockhampton Leagues Club from 6pm

North Rockhampton High School – Rockhampton Heritage Village from 5.30pm.

Friday

Heights College – Zilzie Bay Resort from 5pm

Saturday

Emmaus College - Emmaus College Hall from 6pm.

* Note: Rockhampton Grammar School and Rockhampton Girls’ Grammar School have both had their formals earlier in the year.



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