Heads down for high schoolers
The year 12 class at Whitsunday Christian College.
THE business end of the year is upon the senior high school boys and girls of the region, with final classes on Monday.
For the next week it's all eyes down and serious studying with the students now entering their final exams.
Proserpine State High School's senior cohort was officially farewelled at Monday's parade.
"(And) last week they farewelled their care groups, which we call their farewell care-bear morning," acting principal Alison Rodgers said.
Ms Rodgers said it was a testament to the school that students thanked their teachers on Monday.
"And I hope they followed that up at home as well, flowing that thank you onto their parents," she said.
Next Wednesday the students will have one last dance, dressing their best for their school formal.
Then on Friday it's their final school function, their graduation ceremony.
Ms Rodgers said it was "exam mode" until then, however.
"They're focussed on what they're doing and they're apprehensive about what the future holds for them," she said.
"We do a lot of work with the students leading into the Year 11 and 12 phase, so they're minimising that stress level with strategies.
"A lot of that work is around what they do prior to going into exams."
Ms Rodgers wished the students good luck in their final test. "And we look forward to enjoying those celebrations next week," she said.
Over at Whitsunday Christian College, exam mode is in full swing as well, with the Year 12s doing final exams all this week, before a week of excursions, awards and their formal.
Senior Phase Coordinator Kathy Weijenberg said the students were coping well with exam stress, with several relying on those marks to continue their studies.
"I know every time they finish an exam they get excited," Ms Weijenberg said.
"There are some who are hoping to study further at university and TAFE, we also have students hoping to take a gap year and one student is actually auditioning for an acting degree," she said.
During their last week, the college Year 12s will visit Daydream Island and have a day at the lagoon, as they prepare to farewell classmates and teachers.
"They're a really good group of students this year, and I'm very proud of all them," Ms Weijenberg said.
"I can't wait to see where they go and what they do with their lives."
The Year 12 awards night is on Wednesday, with the formal scheduled for Thursday.