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Gallons of tears and hundreds of hugs at the final farewell

The end of the school year is an emotional time for teachers – they must wave goodbye to students who have enriched their lives

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This is a strange time of year for teachers. On the one hand, it is wonderful that the long summer break is upon us; on the other, many of us will be gripped by a strange sense of melancholia. After all, we have just said goodbye to a cohort of young people, many of whom will have been our friends since they were 5 or even younger.

It is a time for celebration and joy, looking forward to the long summer ahead and adventures beyond. Yet for many, it is also bittersweet: a time of sadness, a time of remembrance, a time of final farewells.

It can be pretty frightening, too. For none more so than ...

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