Students let their hair down at graduation ball

St John's College year 12 students have finally ditched their school uniforms for more glamorous apparel.

Last Friday, students gathered at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre for a chance to unwind after their HSC exams and celebrate their graduation.

Friends and family were invited to join the celebrations and almost 600 guests attended.

Year 12 coordinator Di Quade said this was one of the largest graduation balls the college had.

"It was a fabulous night and everything just went so smoothly," she said.

"The students were so well behaved and they all looked absolutely gorgeous."

The night went well and she was proud to see the students had a wonderful time.

The rite-of-passage ceremony began just after 7pm and followed the tradition passed down over 40 years.

At first the students were presented to principal Kerry Morris and then outgoing school captains Rory Greer and Emma Kilsby told the guests what an adventure school life had been.

Father Mark then blessed the students before everyone enjoyed a two-course buffet.

The cutting of the cake was a special moment which brought back memories of all the hard work, laughs and tears which the students shared together.

Throughout the year, the students helped out in the community and were proud to support Dubbo breast cancer support charity Pink Angels.

The students organised a charity golf day earlier in the year along with selling chocolates and raffle tickets.

The guests praised the students for their efforts which raised $13,300 for Pink Angels.

*Olivia Lambert is a recent university graduate, undergoing work experience at the Daily Liberal.

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