Official high school tickets cost over $200, raising concerns that it is too expensive to host
High schools charge hundreds of dollars to attend ceremonies as students rent their gowns to pay the inflated prices
- High school students forced to pay hundreds of dollars to attend their studies
- Private schools charge over $200 just for students to pay for their ticket
- Schoolgirls were forced to save money on other measures and rent a dress
High schoolers shell out hundreds of dollars for official tickets, raising fears that the year-end tradition is becoming too expensive to maintain.
Private schools are among the worst offenders asking 12th graders to shell out upwards of $200 for a ticket.
The exorbitant sum forced some students to rent their dresses so they could save money and afford to attend the glamorous event.
High school students are shelling out hundreds of dollars for official tickets, raising fears the year-end tradition is becoming too expensive to maintain (stock image)
Kambala in Rose Bay, Sydney’s eastern suburbs (pictured), demanded $225 from each student if they wanted to go formal at Dolton House Hyde Park
Kambala in Rose Bay, Sydney’s eastern suburbs, demanded $225 from each student if they wanted to attend formal at Dolton House Hyde Park.
Parents had the option of paying $45 to attend an aperitif during the first hour of the ball.
The Kincoppal-Rose Bay School charged $180 for its prom at the International Convention and Exhibition Center.
Cranbrook School charged the same amount for its formal at the Royal Motor Yacht Club in Point Piper and Cronulla High School asked for $110.
Prom Night Events manager Elliott Kleine said the average ticket price was between $150 and $170.
“It’s what it was before Covid, and the places are the culprits there,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald.
The students took it upon themselves to reduce the cost of attending the event by renting dresses instead of buying them.
Kincoppal-Rose Bay School charged $180 for prom at International Convention and Exhibition Center
One Wear Only Hire owner Brittany Wheeler said high school girls are saving more than 50% in some cases.
She stocks designer dresses from Aje, Bec & Bridge and Shona Joy and rents them out for $100 – a price significantly cheaper than the $400 it would cost to buy one.
Cronulla High School student Jeorgie Brown said it made sense to rent a dress because she would only wear it once.
Some secondary schools have incorporated the official ticket costs into the tuition fee.
St Clare’s Catholic High School Year 12 co-ordinator Anthony Pope said cost integration had prevented the school from putting increased financial pressure on parents ahead of Christmas.
“In my years of working with 12th graders, I think formal went out and came back into vogue,” he said.
“Maybe 15 years ago there was a period when not all students were expected to want to come, maybe only 60% did, but now virtually all the world does.”