NOT even a state of fire emergency could prevent Boonah State High School students from stepping out in style for the traditional pre-formal parade.
A spokeswoman for the school said the crowd was much smaller, which in some part may have been due to the fires all around the region but also because as the first cohort to complete 13 years of schooling after the school starting age changed when these students started prep in 2007.
"We only had 54 students in the parade this year - about half the usual cohort," she said.
"The parade went well, with students arriving in their cars, leaving the school to drive up the main street to the post office and then walking through town for their walk of honour."
The spokeswoman said each student was announced by the town crier John Deeks, who this year had an apprentice to assist.
Boonah student Zia Mellican was on hand to take photos of some of the graduates as they walked to the Cultural Centre where they had their formal.
"From what I hear the night went beautifully, with students dancing well into the night," the spokeswoman said.
"They have all turned up this morning looking well and in their uniforms for their graduation."