THERE’S nothing quite like the last week of year 12 classes.
School halls have filled up across the south-west this week as teachers farewell another generation of students embarking on exams and new lives.
While most principals stress that muck-up is a thing of the past, giant hay bales still managed to find their way from paddocks to the schoolyard and stink bombs and fish oil still polluted the corridors and assemblies.
For rural schools the farewell is slightly harder.
“Some of our students have been here for 13 years because we’re a prep to 12 school,” Camperdown College principal Cherie Kilpatrick said.
Today teachers will take to the stage with a song written especially for the year level, but rather than poking fun at the class “it’s probably something a bit more sentimental”, Ms Kilpatrick said.
Tomorrow the year level will be bundled on to a bus with co-ordinators for a mystery trip somewhere in the region.
As for muck-up day, Ms Kilpatrick insists it’s a thing of the past.
“Those days are well and truly over,” she said.
“The students will do something tasteful. I’m sure they’ll behave themselves appropriately,” she said.
At Timboon P-12 School, principal Rosalie Moorfield said Friday would be a bittersweet for staff who were celebrating the last day for the 24 students.
“There’s mixed emotions, they’ve spent a lot of time with us but they’re moving on,” she said.