Costume capers: Gunnedah High School’s year 12 students for 2016 wind down in their last week of classes.A super year callsfor some costumes andGunnedah’s year 12 students came dressed for the occasion.
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Superman, Batman and even Robin featured in Gunnedah High’s day of fun on Wednesday –part of a three-day celebration for the school leavers celebrating their final week of classes.

HSC exams were still ahead for students in the coming weeks but for now, it was chance to unwind on a big year of study.

St Mary’s College year 12 student Ashlee Van Os said it was bittersweet departure from their school careers.

“It’s both exciting and nervous,” she said. “Iwill miss seeing everybody but it will be good getting out doing my own thing,” she said.

Gunnedah High’s end of year activities includedauctions for school slaves which werea highlight.The fun continued withatrivia night, followed by afinal farewell assembly on Thursday where students were presented with their end of year reports.Their last function would beayear 12 breakfast with staff on Friday morning.

Over at St Mary’s College, year 12 revived a school tradition of Mercy Day on Wednesday where games and activities were incorporated withjunior grades. All event proceeds were donated to Mercy Works, a charity which assistedimpoverished communities inAsia and the Pacific.

Graduation mass would be held Thursday before theirfirst official no-school day on Friday.

The last week of school, traditionally known as muck up day, was known to bea time for mischief by the student body.Flour bombs, shaving cream and water balloons were amongthearsenal year 12 students employed.But students have moved with the times these days wisely choose more appropriate activities to take part in,fitting to teenager on the cusp of adulthood.

“It’s a tradition that’s died and it’s good that it has,”Maurie Mulheron fromNSW Teachers Federation told SMH.

Some infamous muck day pranks in years gone include the hanging of a‘For Sale’ sign on the Opera House.Asimilar one was hung fromthe Harbour Bridge. About the same time,two of the teeth on the Luna Park smiling face were blacked out.

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