End of school year brings mixed emotions

MOWBRAY Heights Primary School pupils were only too happy to celebrate the last day of school for the year yesterday.

More than 57,000 children around the country walked out the school gate and will not return until Tuesday, February 5.

The final day also marked the end of Tasmania's three-term model, with all schools set to move to four terms in 2013.

Mowbray Heights principal Marie Gavlik said it was a happy and sad time of the year as the school was also farewelling grade 6 pupils and their families.

``We build a real family relationship with the children and their families while they're here, then they go on to the next step in their lives,'' Ms Gavlik said.

``You get to be involved in their lives and it's lovely to see them grow and mature.''

Ms Gavlik said the last day saw pupils from grades 3 to 6 take part in a fun swimming carnival before the older students had a picnic at Heritage Forest and others attended classroom parties.

Younger grades took part in a variety of end of year activities.

Ms Gavlik said because the school had a multicultural community, it took part in a wide range of end of year activities to involve all children.

Yesterday also marked the final day for a number of schools in the state as they have opted to take advantage of the state government's $3.5 million School Transition Fund.

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