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Thousands of pupils across Scotland found out on Wednesday, with barely 48 hours' notice, that today was likely to be their last day at school until the summer. And for many, of course, that meant the last-ever day at their school – or any school.
There was an emotional response as pupils started to realise everything they'd miss: trips, proms, parties, shows, leavers' hoodies and all the rest. In short, the rite of passage that is the last few months of primary school, or of school full stop.
Over the past two days, however, staff and students alike throughout Scotland have been pulling out the stops to give leavers the send-off they deserve – even if it is three months earlier than they anticipated, as first minister Nicola Sturgeon notes in the video below.
After the most fraught week imaginable for Scottish education, here are a few chinks of light as we head into another weekend of uncertainty. Enjoy these videos and images of eras ending – and let us know if there's anything we've missed that you'd like to see shared here, by contacting @Henry_Hepburn on Twitter.
Denny High, Falkirk
So many stories like this. Talented young people who aren’t going to the send-off they deserve. Let’s show them some love when the opportunity arises. https://t.co/kyRrjbzMYf— Henry Hepburn (@Henry_Hepburn) March 19, 2020
Forehill Primary, Ayr
In times of darkness we find strength in friends, family, community, music, love & hope ❤️— Mr McDowall (@MrMcDowall) March 19, 2020
Not how we wanted the year to end, but so proud to end on such a positive note with these amazing pupils & staff🙌. Stay safe ⭐️ @ForehillPrimary #edutwitter #pedagoo @southayrshire pic.twitter.com/S5yuLUY5qf
Victoria Primary, Edinburgh
Alloway Primary, Ayr
Comely Park Primary, Falkirk
Unfortunately our whole school assembly to raise awareness for @DSScotland had to be cancelled. We have been working hard to learn this makaton song ... it was even more relevant in our current situation 😪 pic.twitter.com/hnHuHKRQkO— mrsgentlescps (@mrsgentlescps) March 20, 2020
Bonnybroom Nursery, Glasgow
Devastated to b closing our nursery doors to so many families! Be assured nursery children don’t need learning packs home. They need to dance and sing, to run and jump, to create and play, to be curious and discover and mostly to be kissed and cuddled and loved and cherished ❤️— Bonnybroom Nursery (@bonnybroom1) March 19, 2020
Portobello High, Edinburgh
I often have people tell me they wouldn’t want my job. I always tell them it’s the best job in the world. Here are some of the reasons why.... #TeamPorty #Classof2020 #GoodbyeS6 #MayTheCircleBeUnbroken pic.twitter.com/WPRuIhqiF9— Ruth McKay 💙 (@ruthsmckay) March 20, 2020
Duncanrigg Secondary, East Kilbride
Last message of the week. Gave out the S6 Hoodies today that were ordered 5 months ago. Last one out the box was this. Honestly!Apparently Rhona has a nickname? I am positive it’s a good omen and happened for a reason. We WILL be back @DuncanrigScndry pic.twitter.com/Xth4lneNBB— lyndsay mcroberts (@lyndsaymcr) March 20, 2020
Rosshall Academy, Glasgow
Saw this posted by @RosshallPC and on behalf of Crookston Castle Parent Council, sending our love and thanks to all @crookstoncastle teachers and support staff for being beacons of hope, light and continuing care in the darkest moment in our school’s history. pic.twitter.com/91s2XhnkwY— Vonnie Sandlan (@VonnSand) March 20, 2020
I held a farewell assembly to my fantastic OHS S6 pupils this morning. After my usual “wee” speech congratulating them all and wishing them well for the future, the tables turned and the seniors stepped up. They left their script lying. Emotional time😊 @obanhighschool @abc_OCTF pic.twitter.com/WgavXO4ik0— Peter Bain (@PeterBa1n) March 20, 2020