IT HAS been a week filled with lots of emotions as our local grade 12 students finished exams and had formals, farewells and graduations.
There were tears from students and teachers as they shared in the happy, sad and exciting rite of passage last week.
Proserpine State High School had their formal last Wednesday night which saw the students arrive in all sorts of cars and all sorts of frocks.
Grade 12 student Riley Cauchi said she was excited her formal had finally come.
“It is something we have seen other grades go through and have really been looking forward to,” she said.
“I had my last exam so it is a big celebration.”
Grade 12 co-ordinator Larraine Biggs said the formal was something the students looked forward to each year.
“It is particularly special for them,” she said.
“They are always abuzz.
“It is a very special week.
“I think it gives them the momentum to keep on going [through their exams].”
On Friday the students had their final graduation ceremony where the teachers put on a play and acted as some of the students in what was dubbed, ‘The Wizard of Pros'.
Whitsunday Christian College grade 12 students were all glammed up for their formal on Thursday night.
They also had their graduation ceremony on Friday where they let balloons into the sky as a symbol of their new found freedom.
The rest of the school also came along to bid them farewell and made an arch with their hands for the students to run through.
The students had mixed emotions about saying goodbye to school forever.
Mitch Winter is only the second student to go right through the Christian College from prep to year 12.
“It's good to move on, 13 years is enough,” he said.
“It's good to turn over a page and go towards the next part of my life.”
“I won't be able to see my friends every day, that's the sad part.”
Fellow leaver Lauren Gruber shared Mitch's sentiments.
“I'll miss our little family, because that's what we are – family.”
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