Two of Perth’s private boys’ schools support students who wish to take male partners to their school formals. Wesley College principal David Gee said, “We would talk to them and work through the various issues, not with a view to changing their minds, just to manage the situation so it’s the best possible outcome for all kids.” Mr. Gee said teenagers are old enough to form views on their sexual identity. “The reality is we can’t hide our heads in the sand, especially not by the time they’re in Year 12,” he said. Hale School principal Stuart Meade said his school did not exclude same-sex partners but approached the issue on a case-by-case basis. “There have been only a couple of requests in the past nine years,” he said.