Shepparton’s Sirius College will farewell a number of its secondary and Year 6 students in a special end-of-year ceremony next month.
Principal Adem Engin said the event was arguably the biggest one of the year for students and teachers and would be a significant send-off for those who were leaving the school.
Mr Engin said about eight secondary students, who had been at the school for several years, would leave as a result of the closure of the school’s secondary college.
The ceremony, at the GV Hotel, will reward students on their efforts throughout the school year, with awards handed out for sport, academics and art achievements.
Parents, staff and students will be treated to a dinner before the awards ceremony.
The school, which also has campuses around Melbourne, opened in Shepparton in 2005, and enrolments were growing steadily until about 2014, Mr Engin said.
He said it was the decision of the Melbourne campus to close the secondary school and it would now focus on improving and maintaining its primary school facilities.
‘‘I’m really sad to be saying goodbye because some students have been here for about six or seven years,’’ Mr Engin said.
‘‘The students have been working hard all year, so the awards ceremony will be a great day for all of us.
‘‘I’m happy for those moving on though, because hopefully they’ll find a good environment in other schools, with whatever school they choose.’’
The ceremony will take place on December 7 at the GV Hotel from 6pm.