OBERON High School students and staff celebrated the year 12 cohort's final day at school on the last day of term three.
It was also great to see so many parents and community members present to share this significant day with students and staff, a spokesperson said.
"Bringing the whole school community together is a fitting way to acknowledge the terrific young people who are our year 12," the spokesperson said.
"The day started with a barbecue organised by year 11 students as a gift to year 12. This is a tradition in our school and shows respect to the outgoing year 12 by the group moving into their final year after a roll-over."
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The formal assembly commenced later in the morning with year 12 adviser Cameron Inwood giving an emotional recount of his time with this group, culminating in wishing them well for the future.
This was followed by representatives from all other year groups giving their farewells and finally Craig Luccarda, who gave his principal's address.
Mr Grantham, who was the group's initial year seven adviser, also spoke in response to the year 12 school captains' vote of thanks to the school.
"The assembly was followed by a morning tea where students, teachers and parents could share stories and thoughts about the outgoing year 12 group," the spokesperson said.
"The year 12 assembly is one of the most important events on our school calendar and recognises many years of partnership between families and school.
"It was stressed several times on the day that this may be the end of school but really represents the start of adult life.
"It is a big transition and we are confident that we have helped each student develop the skills and attributes that will stand them in good stead as they enter the wider world."
At the end of the HSC course, schools submit a mark and rank for each student who has successfully met the course completion criteria for that course.
The HSC exams start on Thursday, October 17 and go through to Monday, November 11.