Xavier Catholic College Year 12 students release balloons and cheer as they celebrate the end of their school education.
Xavier Catholic College Year 12 students release balloons and cheer as they celebrate the end of their school education. Alistair Brightman

School's out ... forever

BALLOONS released into the sky yesterday marked a major milestone for Year 12 students at Xavier Catholic College in Hervey Bay.

They walked out of the high school gates as students for the last time.

Principal Kerry Swan said releasing the balloons was symbolic on three levels – it marked the students’ freedom from secondary school education, letting go of their childhoods and recognising that the sky’s the limit.

“It’s been a hectic week,” Mr Swan said.

“On Tuesday we took them to Kingfisher Bay resort where they reflected on the past year and where they wanted to go in life.

“The next day they went to Bargara and then had a farewell dinner and mass.

“Year 12s also presented the school with an olive tree, Year 11s cooked the seniors breakfast and a candle was passed down from the oldest student to the youngest (at Prep).”

In Maryborough, Aldridge State High School principal Ross Higgins said this year’s Year 12 students also had a busy week with their formal on Thursday night and a special parade and celebration yesterday.

At the end of the ceremony there was a final roll call where students left the school hall as called. This follows a tradition where Year 8 students have their first roll call and enter the hall to be welcomed into the school community.

While the final day of high school is known as a day for Year 12 “muck-ups”, no incidents were reported on the Fraser Coast yesterday.

A police spokesman said the day was uneventful.



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