Hundreds of students across the Fleurieu have completed their final day of school and will now venture out into the great big world.
Year 12s celebrated the end of their school lives at Schoolies or in their own way; now it has been officially recognised through schools’ closing ceremonies and the receiving of results on Tuesday, December 19.
Mount Compass Area School students Scarlett Arnold-Oakes and Demi Nagorcka are not alone in their feeling of mixed emotions now the school chapter of their life’s story has come to a close.
Scarlett has attended Mount Compass Area School since reception and said she was eager to see what’s to come, but would miss school life.
“I’ll miss the whole vibe of the school,” she said.
“But it's a new chapter – we’re not children anymore.”
Demi aims to start a degree in nursing next year, but hoped before then she would still be able to catch up with the peers she spent her school years with.
“I’m upset that I’ll have nothing to do until next year but I’m feeling excited,” she said.
“I’ll miss being able to see people without organising things.”
Demi said the love and support from staff was an important element of her ‘surviving’ her final year, and encouraged future year 12s to be develop close relationships with their teachers.
“Relax and ask teachers questions if you’re unsure, otherwise you’ll get stuck and it’s hard to get out,” she said.
“And hand in lots of drafts. You can’t hand up too many drafts.”
Scarlett said making the most of lessons and time from the get-go was essential in year 12.
“Year 12 goes fast. But enjoy it, it’s your last year then you’re into the adult world,” she said.
“You can’t ever get it back.”
Deputy principal Leila Kasprzak hoped the class of 2017 would have many experiences which add positivity to their lives.
“Embrace every opportunity that comes your way,” she said.