Lessons learnt for life
By Emma O'Neill
TUCK shop queues, school buses, assemblies and uniform inspections are a thing of the past for thousands of Year 12 students across the region from today. The last day of formal classes were held yesterday for all Year 12 students, who now have three weeks off to prepare for their HSC examinations. On the Northern Rivers, 5000 students will sit the HSC. Alstonville High School Year 12 pupil Margo Rollison said it was hard to comprehend that after 12 years, she no longer had to go to school. "It feels strange that I'll never walk past the school hall again," she said. Miss Rollison is feeling 'pretty calm' about the upcoming HSC exams. "The thing that's made this year hard was the hype surrounding the HSC, but I don't think these exams will determine what I do for the rest of my life," she said. Graduating students at Alstonville High School joined teachers and parents for a farewell breakfast on Friday morning and, despite the looming exams, spirits were high, with post-exam celebrations being discussed. Larry McHugh, whose daughter Kate is a 12 student at Alstonville, attended the breakfast. Watching the students enjoying their final day of school made him feel old, he said The day recognised that the students were stepping into the next phase of their lives. He predicted things would change. "My daughter will probably become an infrequent visitor," Mr McHugh said. Alstonville High's counsellor, Judi Byrne said she had become attached to many of the graduating students, having watched them mature during their time at the school. "Most students don't realise just how fantastic school really was until it's all over," she said.