The party’s formally over. And, well, good riddance
The Year 10 formal’s been called off. The dancefloor’s dead. The afterparty’s not happening, and not because your mate’s neighbour has called the cops.
Once a rite of passage heralding the end of school, high schools have been slowly whittling them away in the past few decades since most kids stay on much later. With the school age bumped up to 17 in NSW, lights are being switched off for the last time in the state’s school halls and golf clubs.
And good riddance, because it was a pretty mediocre institution anyway.
Sure, the formals had some fun parts. It’s an opportunity to get dressed up in your dad’s suit or your Supre dress and ride in a flash car… or your sibling’s van decorated with Go-Lo streamers and balloons. The afterparty? A way to get familiar with all the downsides of alcohol consumption in one short night.
But Year 10 is the age of Peak Gawkiness. Parts of the body are out of proportion to other parts of the body. Puberty’s ravages have taken a terrible toll and in many cases it hasn’t gone into remission yet. You’re still a boy or a girl, not yet a man or a woman.
It’s also the year where you’re maxing out on being an annoying teenager. 15 or 16 is the age where you think you’re really grown up (after all, you can get a job and drive a car while being berated for constantly stalling by a nervy parent). But you’re not. Common sense still has many, many years to fester.
The only great thing about the whole experience: photos capturing the sheer awkwardness of the night years later… and there’s already plenty of awkwardness to go around at that age, anyway.
What do you remember from your school formal(s)?
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