ST FRANCIS College year 12 students have experienced more than the usual highs and lows in what is typically a roller coaster senior year.
The COVID-19 pandemic threw a spanner into what can sometimes be a stressful time for those in year 12 thanks to time spent learning from home and the cancellation of many activities.
However, last week there was finally some good news for the year group when the state government announced graduations and formals would be able to go ahead, so long as they are done in a COVID-safe way.
"It's been a really different year," Imogen said.
"When we first had to start learning from home it was a pretty quick turnaround. It did all happen fast.
"I don't think we've lost out academically. The school and our teachers have been fantastic.
"If anything, we're probably all studying even more than we would have been because there's not much else to do."
On the social side of things, year 12 students have missed out on some of what would be the usual activities.
This has included their class retreat, excursions and having their parents present at their upcoming graduation assembly.
This assembly will be held on October 15, but will be live-streamed as parents are currently unable to be on campus under COVID restrictions.
Next week, on September 24, the students will attend a special graduation mass, but again parents won't be able to attend.
However, their annual dress up day on September 25 will give them something to look forward to.
"Everyone comes dressed up as whatever character they want or wearing whatever costume they want," student Luke Fiumara said.
As part of this day the students take part in many fun activities, including a soccer match up against College staff.
"I think everyone is really looking forward to that for sure," student Chindu Rihuarulam said.
In more good news, the school's graduation dinner and formal will go ahead in late November.
"We're working really hard to make sure every single parent can attend this, we'll be working with the venue we've chosen to accommodate this, but may have to move it," principal Seb Spina said.