THERE was something slightly ominous about 200 students dressed as mimes — like a big roving gang of Clockwork Orange fanatics.
In fact it was the opposite.
They had just come out of Mass at Emmanuel College’s annual celebration day.
Each year the senior campus takes on a carnival atmosphere as students and teachers drop the formalities for a bit of silliness.
“It’s a tradition that started when the school was St Ann’s and we had St Ann’s day,” marketing manager Jean Christie explained.
“It’s just a day to celebrate what the school is about and our theme this year is actions speak.”
Which is why year 12 students dressed as mimes.
The day also sees another tradition take place, the annual year 11 versus year 12 girls football match where the seniors are declared the winners no matter the score.
“We had Mass because we’re a Mercy school and an Edmund Rice school.
‘‘We had the sisters of Mercy come and we raise money for some of their social justice projects.”
Ms Christie’s own costume was just as intriguing.
“I’ve come as (former Wannon Labor candidate and Emmanuel College teacher) Michael Barling,’’ she said.
The outfit was complete with camouflage fatigues from Mr Barling’s former army career and a replica cardboard model of the Labor spray-painted van.
Mr Barling himself was seen incognito as Magnum PI playing golf on the school oval.