Our year 12 students have started the exciting and poignant process of winding up formal schooling, as final assemblies and muck-up activities take place this week.
Students at Gunnedah High School and St Mary's College have been saying their official farewells before focus turns solely to the written exams next month.
Student leaders have reflected on the pupils' journey, telling the NVI they were proud of them and had great hopes for their future.
St Mary's year supervisor Jen Long said it had been "an amazing journey" since they began year 7.
"They started as children, basically, and they're all young adults now," Mrs Long said.
"Academically they've excelled ... I've got great expectations for their results.
"A fair few aren't gaining an ATAR; we've got a few that have school-based apprenticeships ... I think they'll do fantastically well in their fields."
Mrs Long said she had "high hopes" for the "amazing year" cohort.
"The one thing I do hope for them is that they contribute to society in a positive way - and I do feel they can be optimistic about their future, because they've all become resilient and well-balanced adults."
The students had their muck-up scavenger hunt and other fun last night, and will have their graduation mass tonight.
Meanwhile, at Gunnedah High School, year 12 students have been enjoying numerous fun days as their schooling draws to a close.
Wednesday saw students group together to dress up in various costumes and display some "fine dancing" on the Marquis Street pedestrian crossing, as they made teachers pay to access the school.
Shortly after, students were auctioned off to various staff faculties to obey the teachers every command.
Money raised from the activities went towards the student versus teacher trivia night that was held on Wednesday night.
Year 12 advisor Beck Henderson said she was "very proud of the nice young humans they've become".
"They'll all be very much missed, they're a great bunch of kids," she said.
"I wish them well for their future endeavours."
Ms Henderson said the students all had different paths in mind when they finished their exams.
"A few are going off to uni and some are having a gap year to earn money. Plenty of them want to get out and work to get some cash," she said.
"Lots of boys want to get into trades and see where that leads them, too."