School career ends with the High School Examination. But normally, the students of Class X stop going to school about a month before the High School Examination.
A day comes when the students of this class are formally informed to prepare at home for the examination. Their classes are suspended. That day is treated as the last day at school. As per the tradition, the students of class IX bid farewell to the students of class X.
One such day came in my life on 19th April 1995. Our test examination was over. We were going to school as usual. Our class teacher came to the class room and read out the Head-master’s notice about the suspension of the class X. We became astonished.
The students of class IX had arranged a farewell ceremony. The ceremony was held in a hall. All the teachers including the Headmaster were invited to the ceremony. The Headmaster presided over the function. Some girl student sang a song together. The song contained the theme of separation.
Some other students spoke a few words in our praise. They also wished us success. In the function, we felt an atmosphere of somberness. The thought of being separated from school made us unhappy.
Our class teacher also gave a very brief speech. He too expressed his grief because he would miss us. However, he also encouraged us to face the coming examination boldly. The Headmaster also regretted to miss us. In his opinion, we were a fine batch of students. He also advised us to work hard to achieve success.
The function ended with a vote of thanks by the monitor of our class. He thanked the students of class IX. He conveyed our thanks to our teachers including the Headmaster for their noble advice and inspiration.
A photographer had been invited to take our photographs combining. I cannot forget the last day at school.