A CUT ABOVE THE REST: Chloe Felton from Ballina High School pictured getting her make up and hair done for her year 12 formal by Ange Mullinuex (black and white top) and The owner of E-Clips Hair By Emily, Emily McKinnon, at E-Clips Hair, River Street, Ballina. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs
A CUT ABOVE THE REST: Chloe Felton from Ballina High School pictured getting her make up and hair done for her year 12 formal by Ange Mullinuex (black and white top) and The owner of E-Clips Hair By Emily, Emily McKinnon, at E-Clips Hair, River Street, Ballina. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs

Year 12 formal season is upon us, let’s party!

IT'S officially Year 12 formal season - the time of year when young women have an excuse to go all out on a new dress and, of course, new shoes, accessories, hairstyling and makeup.

As schools and their students throughout the region prepare to wave goodbye to the classrooms, teachers and peers from their last six years of schooling and get ready to face the next chapter of their lives, they must negotiate the big night of partying.

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On Monday night the soon-to-be graduates of Mullumbimby High School celebrated their big night, with cousins Alanah Ramsay, 18, and Jemma Vitnell, 17, excited about partying the night away. After spending a lot of time in the weeks leading up to the big day planning, Alanah said the night was everything she had wished it would be.

"It was an amazing night, I loved it," she said.

LR-Alanah Ramsay, Heather Robb (grandmother), Jemma Vitnell, of Mullumbimby high celebrating the end of high school at the Fig Tree in Ewingsdale. Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / The Northern Star
LR-Alanah Ramsay, Heather Robb (grandmother), Jemma Vitnell, of Mullumbimby high celebrating the end of high school at the Fig Tree in Ewingsdale. Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / The Northern Star Mireille Merlet-Shaw

The girls even had their grandmother, Heather Robb, come along too - with Alanah noting it was lovely to have her there alongside them.

Last night was Ballina High School's formal at the Ballina RSL Club, and so yesterday afternoon Year 12 student, Chloe Felton, 18, was getting her hair styled at E'Clips Hair by Emily, in River Street, Ballina.

Chloe said she was getting pretty excited about the big night, but knew it would be bittersweet.

"It's probably one of the last times you'll see everyone," she said.

Relieved to be finished her HSC exams, she already has her plans set out for next year - studying a Bachelor of Arts and Secondary Education at Southern Cross University Lismore.

While a lot of her own friends were going to be doing their hair and make up themselves, Chloe said she'd decided to get it done professionally because it was more convenient - and really, why not?

Owner of E'Clips Hair, Emily McKinnon, said formal season was a busy time of year for her business, but one that she enjoyed immensely - it was always nice to see young girls coming in, all excited about their big night.

This year they've added to their services, now offering make-up packages as well - so they've had both many soon-to-be graduates and their mothers coming in for pre-formal hair and make-up.

Daisy Buckthorpe and Ariel Simon at the Mullumbimby high school formal Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / The Northern Star
Daisy Buckthorpe and Ariel Simon at the Mullumbimby high school formal Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / The Northern Star Mireille Merlet-Shaw

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