It was an afternoon of mixed emotions at Finley High on Thursday as Year 12 students said their final farewells to the school.
Teachers, students and parents shared tears and laughs as part of the whole-school celebration.
As is tradition, students voted on awards to be presented to some of the outgoing Year 12 students.
Emma Alexander received the Kirsty Callaghan Quiet Achiever Award, Kiara Keating the Application and Endeavour Award, and Dale Rees the Gemma Chaplin Award.
The outgoing Class of 2017 gifted the school with a new garden entrance to the administration office, and also handed over a $10,000 cheque for muscular dystrophy research to Finley High parents Trevor and Kim McCaw.
The McCaws’ son Lucas would have graduated last week, but lost his battle with the disease in 2014.
His classmates have been fundraising over the past three years and installed the Lucas McCaw Garden at the school in his honour.
Year 12 student Lauren Clarke paid tribute to her friend as part of the touching ceremony.
‘‘Lucas was such a generous person and very well liked by everyone.
‘‘We have held a red and white fundraising day for the past few years, as Lucas was a die hard Sydney Swans supporter.
‘‘We’ve also had cake stalls, guess the lollies and raffles to help raise money.’’
One final roll call completed the farewell ceremony on Thursday, with the students sent off with some words of encouragement for the future from principal Helen McRae .
‘‘There are many emotions happening right now; one of those will be a feeling of relief. Keep doing your best right up until your final exams,’’ she said.
Thursday’s assembly also saw the 2018 leadership team inducted. School captains are Emma Marsden and Simi Naicori, with Eloise Ashley-Cooper and Zac Barlow elected as vice captains.