Bell rings for one last time

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE school bell sounded for the last time for an ec­static group of Year 12s last Fri­day.

The fi­nal day of school for the se­nior classes saw mass cel­e­bra­tions at Bur­nett State Col­lege, Monto State High School and Eidsvold State School.

There may have been a few tears of sad­ness, but the at­mos­phere was one of ela­tion, as the re­al­ity of com­plet­ing high school sank in.

The younger grades stood side by side, cre­at­ing a tun­nel for the grad­u­ates to walk down, as they left the schools for the last time as students.

Each of the Bur­nett State Col­lege students hon­oured the school’s long­stand­ing tradition.

They rang the old fash­ioned school bell be­fore leav­ing the school grounds.

The Year 12s waited at the exit for their fel­low school­mates to join them.

And when the bell was rung for the last time, they rushed for­ward as one, to wa­ter bomb their teach­ers and the re­main­ing students, with­out fear of de­ten­tion.

At Monto, school cap­tain Madi­son May-Thomas threw his arms sky­ward, to cel­e­brate the last time he would walk through the school gates.

“The feel­ing I have is ex­cite­ment, I see it more as a be­gin­ning than an end,” Madi­son said.

Ally Pownell said she was sad to be leav­ing friends but was still con­sid­er­ing her op­tions for next year.

“I will def­i­nitely be busy, even if I don’t go to uni, as I will be help­ing out dad on the farm,” she said.

Eidsvold State School may have had only three Year 12 students, but cel­e­bra­tions were as ju­bi­lant as at other schools.

A spe­cial parade was held in their hon­our, be­fore they walked down the tra­di­tional tun­nel.

The Eidsvold Year 12s joined the teach­ing staff for morn­ing tea. But the for­mer students could cel­e­brate only briefly. They had to be­gin the long process of get­ting ready for their for­mal!

Photo: Ge­orge Smith

FINALWALK: Monto State High School cap­tain Madi­son May-Thomas is ex­cited by the chal­lenges of life af­ter school.

Bur­nett State Col­lege cap­tain Roseanna Dold­ing rings the bell one last time.

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

Bur­nett State Col­lege se­niors bom­bard their teach­ers with wa­ter bombs.

Photo: Ge­orge Smith

Re­nee Wells, Shan­non Kerle and Ally Pownell mark the end of Year 12 at Monto State High School.

NO MORE SCHOOL: Eidsvold State School’s Year 12 students, An­thony Bil­lett, David Fuller and Chyanne Blucher on their last school day.

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