After a year of lockdowns, home-schooling and COVID rules, students were in the mood to party when Year 12 formal season kicked off around the Illawarra last week.
The class of 2020 had plenty to celebrate - the fact they were able to attend a formal at all, making it through one of most challenging HSC years in living memory, and finally being able to dress up after a year of school uniforms and iso-friendly daytime pyjamas.
And glam up they did, with floor-length, red carpet-worthy dresses a hit with the girls, and dark suits and skinny ties, bow ties - or no tie at all - on trend with the boys.
Click or swipe through the above gallery for photos of the resilient and radiant students on a night they will remember for many years to come.
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