AFTER a tumultuous school year like no other, Charters Towers senior students finally had a chance to let their hair down at the combined school formal.
Year 11 and 12 students from Columba Catholic College, Charters Towers State High School, Blackheath and Thornburgh College and All Souls St Gabriels School, and the Charters Towers School of Distance Education joined together for a night of celebration last Friday.
Columba Catholic College hosted the event, which was held outdoors on their basketball courts rather than at the Arthur Tittley Centre where it is traditionally held.
Principal Candi Dempster said it was challenging to organise the function given COVID-19 restrictions, but the theme 'a starry night' proposed by Columba Year 12 students was realised as it was held outdoors.
"It was very challenging to enable the function to proceed in an outdoor environment, with no dancing," Mrs Dempster said.
"With the no dancing regulation, we had to think laterally about the function being glamorous, fitting and enjoyable.
"We had a brilliant local solo guitarist and singer, lawn games, and fireworks, with a the course sit down dinner.
"Students were thoroughly engaged and really enjoyed the night and all of its splendour."