THE school books have been returned, the formals are over and the class of 2015 has walked away from their schools for the final time.
Year 12 students at four South Burnett schools had their last day on Friday, with the graduating class taking a well-earned break before the next stage of their lives.
At Kingaroy State High School, best friends Natalie Krivan and Mikhaela Williams had very different plans for 2016.
Ms Williams plans on going overseas and volunteering for 2016 and Ms Krivan already has a job lined up in Brisbane.
"I'm going to be working in an ice cream store because I want to save up for a car and then go to uni in Sydney," Ms Krivan said.
After 12 years of schooling, Ms Williams said leaving school forever "still hadn't hit me yet".
"It doesn't feel like we are never going back," Ms Williams said.
After being close friends throughout high school, they said it would take some getting used to living in different corners of the world.
They hoped they would remain close friends despite the distance, but were not sure what the future holds.
"Maybe the future is hard to predict," Ms Williams said.
But we are certain that this week, they won't miss school, as the two head to the coast for the annual schoolies rite-of-passage to celebrate the end of 12 years of school. "I'm looking forward to having freedom," Ms Williams said.
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