THERE were some strange characters getting around Tamworth yesterday and not for reasons you might think.
Traditionally HSC muck-up day gets a bad wrap, but locally for the past few years the celebrations marking the end of 13 years of schooling have been tailored for good, not evil.
This year the city’s Year 12 students are no exception.
Yesterday was muck-up day for a number of Tamworth’s graduating HSC students and to celebrate at two local schools a super hero theme was adopted.
Year 12 students from McCarthy Catholic College turned muck-up day into clean-up day, peeling off their super hero gloves and donning some plastic ones to undertake good deeds and clean up the Peel River bank between Jewry Street and Scott Rd.
For the best part of the day students walked the levee banks picking up rubbish and delivering full bags to sites at the Skate Park and Velodrome for Tamworth Regional Council staff to collect and dispose of.
A similar theme, and goodwill, were in play at Oxley High School yesterday as well.
Year 12 students there have been dressing up for “muck-up” all week.
On Monday it was under the theme “what I want to be when I fail the HSC”, Tuesday “nothing but clothes” and yesterday “super heroes and villains”.
Year 12 student Michaela Davis, who with some of her friends dressed up as one of the Powerpuff Girls yesterday, said she’d been enjoying her last week of school, which culminates today with a farewell assembly.
“We get to host the assembly and have some fun,” she said.
It hasn’t been that way all week though.
“Classes were as normal for Year 12 until Wednesday but we were allowed to wear mufti to school under those different themes,” Michaela said.
Today the theme is “In the jungle”.
“It’s been a fun way to break up the last week,” she said.
As part of their end of schooling celebrations the Year 12s at Oxley fundraise for a chosen charity.
“We have been fundraising for the Alison Watt Memorial Appeal,” Michaela said. “It’s a good way of tying in some fun to those final school days and do something good for someone else.”
Alison was a student at Oxley High School who died of heart failure in 2008. She would have graduated this year.
Money raised by the students throughout muck-up day, and events during the earlier part of this year, will be used to help maintain an echocardiogram at Tamworth hospital, the machine that could have helped repair Alison’s heart condition.
Funds have been raised a number of different ways by Oxley’s year 12s, including a car wash at Bunnings last Saturday.
Most year 12 students celebrate their final days at school today and tomorrow.
Next term they will have study breaks before HSC exams begin with the compulsory English exam on October 15.