GIRTON Grammar School and Marist College Bendigo year 12 students have celebrated their final day of classes for 2020.
While there were still COVID-19 requirements in place, the Girton students on Friday were able to participate in a number of activities they have missed out on throughout the year.
That included their final year 12 church service, a student versus staff netball game, and their final year 12 assembly.
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Only the year 12 cohort and teachers were allowed to attend the events due to the coronavirus requirements.
Girton Grammar head Dr Clayton Massey said the final day of school was about acknowledging the students' achievements and thanking those who helped them along the way.
"Particularly this year, we want our students to understand the positives that arise from struggle and to recognise the family, friends, and teachers who have been by their side during that struggle," Dr Massey said.
"As students move from one phase of life to another, it is important to remind them of what they have already accomplished, giving students a sense of confidence to face the next challenge.
"We also want our students to remember that they are not walking the road alone and that many people have believed in them and will continue to do so in the future.
"The final day of thirteen years of school is ultimately about reflection that facilitates growth."
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Marist College students were also able to celebrate on Friday with a COVID-safe graduation breakfast and ceremony.
Principal Darren McGregor said the changes to coronavirus restrictions meant all of the 60 year 12 students were able to be in a room together.
While parents and other year levels couldn't be at the ceremony, the event was live-streamed for all to watch.
"The kids were able to finish their schooling with dignity, which meant so much," Mr McGregor said. "It was difficult listening to the eight captains speak because it showed the missed opportunity of this year.
"But they have never complained or whinged. They were always focusing on the other. They have been a fantastic year level."
Students only returned to classes on October 12 after months of remote learning.
The Victorian Certificate of Education exam period started earlier this month for performance and language exams.
Students will complete the English exam on November 10.
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