Cheers - we're off, say year 13s

22:52, Nov 07 2012
SGHS Tui billboard
Southland Girls' High School pupils with their billboard.

Year 13 students celebrated their last day at Southland Girls' High School yesterday, in front of a tongue-in-cheek takeoff of the Tui beer billboards.

The group, made up of more than 100 girls, rang in their final day by decorating much of the school with streamers, balloons and the fake Tui signs, and were led around the school by a pupil playing the bagpipes.

Behind her, the girls created a cacophony with an array of kitchen items including pots and wooden spoons and - inexplicably - a blender.

Classrooms were also transformed, with themes including a Japanese garden, pizzeria and a wedding chapel.

Head girl Siobhan McArthur said it was "kind of surreal" to be coming to the end of their time at high school.

"It's quite sad, because lots of the girls are going different places, but in other ways it's quite exciting for the future," she said.

Deputy head girl Harriet Bell said the parade through the school would be her highlight of the day.

"We see every year group do it, so when it's our turn it's quite cool . . . It hasn't really sunk in yet," she said.


The Southland Times