Two female and two male high schools students stand around Steph Cooke and smile at the camera.
Steph Cooke MP with Junee High School students at the start of the 2020 school year (prior to social distancing measures).

Year 12 students in the Cootamundra electorate will be able to celebrate finishing school the traditional way with COVID-19 safe graduation ceremonies and formals being allowed to take place during Term 4.

NSW Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said year 12 formals were an important milestone for students, and it would not be fair for the current crop of school leavers to miss out on the experience. 

“I had several parents and grandparents reach out to me to express how important school formals are not only for students, but for our entire communities. Local hairdressers, dress shops, beauticians and other businesses look forward to school formals and helping our young people celebrate this important rite of passage,” Ms Cooke said.

“I am so pleased our school leavers will be able to celebrate and come together with their friends as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.”

“Our students who are currently studying for their HSC deserve to have something to look forward to after their exams.”

Schools across NSW will receive the COVID-19 safety plan guidance for Year 12 graduations and school formals by 11 September. 

Year 12 students requiring a COVID-19 test should tell their GP or testing clinic they are currently doing their HSC. This will ensure their test results are prioritised, minimising any disruption to their schooling and study.

The NSW Government will also provide COVID safe guidance to students wanting to participate in schoolies under the current restrictions and health advice.