In South Australia the school formal is a traditional part of the school calendar and is a much anticipated event. It’s usually held towards the end of the year before exams and is open to year 11 and 12 students. A venue is hired, the band booked, catering is organised and everyone gets dressed up.
For Japanese student Yuka and her host family, attending the formal was a highlight of their year.
Yuka’s host mum Nat says “Once Yuka said she wanted to attend the formal, we went full steam ahead!”. Yuka was looking for a white dress and the perfect dress was soon found.
With the dress done, the family turned their attention to hair, make-up and Yuka’s ride to the red carpet event. “We were lucky that our neighbour was a make-up expert, host sister Charley had the hair sorted and close family friends had a vintage car.” says Nat.
Yuka said though she felt a bit shy, dancing with friends at the formal was fun.