Bahrain brags its riches as school holds 'farewell' on F1 ciruit!

As coronavirus bans wreak havoc on school-leaving events, one Bahrain school has honoured its seniors with a "drive-through" graduation ceremony complete with fireworks at the kingdom's Formula One circuit.

Venue repurposed to bid farewell

In rows of well-spaced vehicles, students and their families lined up Wednesday evening in front of the main podium of Bahrain International Circuit, where Grand Prix races are held.

This year's race was postponed as the pandemic threw the racing calendar into chaos, but the venue was repurposed to bid farewell to the Bahrain Bayan School graduates.


Traditional gowns, caps and masks

One by one the 82 seniors, dressed in traditional gowns and caps with the new addition of face masks, left their car to receive their degrees, to the backing of shouts of encouragement from their relatives.


Sterilisation gate

Before reaching the podium, they passed through a sterilisation gate and waited in socially distanced marked bays before greeting the school principal -- from a two metre distance -- and briefly taking off their masks for a photo.


Cracking finale!

Families still in the cars waved the Gulf kingdom's national flag and held placards congratulating their offspring, before fireworks lit up the sky in a finale.