When Evans High School's year 12 class graduated last week it was the end of an era, not just for them, but for their favourite teacher.
English teacher Tamara Rodgers had been the students' year advisor since year 7.
They were the only grade to have the same year advisor throughout their time at school.
"I'm kind of like the mother hen," Miss Rodgers said.
"I made sure they felt comfortable coming to school back when they were 11 and 12-year-olds.
"Because we have an intensive English centre, we do get a lot of students who come in throughout the years, so I introduce them to their peer group and make sure they know who their teachers are and how to get around the school — "I tend to be the one who passes information on to their teachers and deals with emotional crises as they arrive.
"We've got lots of kids in our year group who have done really amazing things, not just academically but in lots of areas in the school, and it's really cool to be part of celebrating those achievements with them."
The feeling was mutual for the students who described her as "amazing" and "supportive".
"When Miss is away you can tell," Maddison Brown, 17, said.
"It's just different.
"She's so supportive.
"She brightens our day and we enjoy being here at school."
Courtney Corcoran-Roberts said Miss Rodgers pushed for the grade to have a camp in year 11, though they had not been allowed at the school for years.
"I think that's when our whole year group came together a lot more and became closer," she said.
"It gave us those two days away from school just to bond."
Off the wall
It has become tradition for year 12 students to write farewell messages on Tamara Rodgers classroom wall. Here are some of their warm words.
‘‘RODGERS = AWESOME!! :) You have been a wonderful teacher and I’ll miss you.’’
‘‘Because of you I feel like I can do anything. But I’m going to be a teacher.’’
‘‘You’re the bomb diggety.’’
‘‘Thanks for everything and for being there for us. We will miss you so very much.’’