Year 12 students at St Mark's College have been farewelled this week as they venture onto new beginnings.
The College gathered on October 20, to officially say goodbye to the Class of 2020.
The much loved tradition saw a beautiful embrace between the Year 12 and Foundation students through the gift of a candle.
College captains Harry Mead and Chloe Hillier reflected on their final year and the added challenges they faced.
"It was very challenging. I felt like we definitely learned a lot this year with the pandemic, but I think our grade took it on really well and we still strived no matter what we faced," said Chloe.
"We kept a positive attitude really. We can't control it so why should we stress about it," said Harry.
When asked what some of the highlights were from the school year, they recalled the 'Schnit' night, Sports Day and Retreat provided memories they would cherish for years to come.
Approaching their final days on College ground, they say they are looking forward to the lunch time soccer grand final, Thanksgiving Mass at St Mark's Cathedral and 'Fashion on the Oval'.
"The soccer grand final is a massive part of Year 12, especially for us boys because it is something that we have organised and it is very personal to us. It brought all of us together," said Harry.
"I feel a little bit of emptiness, because we have grown up these people. They have been a big part of my youth," said Chloe.
"It's just sad to let go of our connection, but that's just life. It's another chapter to look forward to now.
"We have created life long friendships and I think school is where we got to create some of our most happiest memories in life with our friends that we could now call family."
Some final words of advice for the Class of 2021, Harry said: "Don't stress about what you can't control. Just do what you can do and do it the best you can."
"Make the most out of your time here at school. We are only here for a short time, so take every opportunity that comes your way and try your best at everything," said Chloe.