After having the final two years of his schooling life disrupted with regular lockdowns and periods of home learning, Joseph Skewes said he was glad to spend his final week of learning alongside his friends in the classroom.
"The last couple of weeks with the lockdown has been pretty tough, so you can definitely tell everyone is happy to see each other and be back together for at least a week," he said.
Friday marked the final day of school for year 12 students across Wagga and NSW, as they prepare to tackle their HSC exams in term four.
Joseph said it was an emotional day for many of his fellow year 12 students but admitted the feeling hadn't really sunk in.
"I think as soon as I step off of school grounds I will realise that I'm never going to really be returning in the same way and it will probably hit me then."
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The Wagga Christian College student and his peers spent the day walking down memory lane as they relived art classes, story time, science experiments and other school-life classics.
The buzz of excitement was paired with a sombre feeling for both the students and their teachers.
The college's head of senior school, Catherine Clarke, has watched on as many of the soon-to-graduate cohort grew from energetic children to prepared young adults.
"When I watch them on a day like today I feel like it has been a privilege to watch them grow," Ms Clarke said.
"You see them at various stages of their schooling and then today ... we get to celebrate with them and send them off to the rest of their lives."
Schools are now on holiday until October 5.
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