THE HSC results are in, and according to the principals of the four schools at dubbo; they are all delighted.
For the students - it is on to the next phase in their life: finding a tertiary campus if that is their goal, going on a gap year or joining the workforce.
For some readers the memories of the stress of end-of-school exams is a long, dark and cobwebbed memory. For others the exhilaration or terror is much fresher.
Those teachers who marshaled this year's crop of year 12 students through the requisite course components, mid-year exams and then the final examination, it must be a roller coaster of emotions.
Despite the views of some outsiders, the teachers are as emotionally involved as the students.
Those who love being a teacher and seeing the light of understanding click on in the eyes of their students; the feeling must almost be one of almost exhilaration.
To see a young man or woman achieve marks beyond expectation, must be equally as rewarding.
There are plenty of criticisms levelled at teachers with an equal or greater amount lobbed back at the bureaucracy, driven by seemingly decreasing levels of funding.
Certainly education funding has grown under the Coalition and Labor governments of the past decade.
But the scrabble at the grassroots level seems ongoing.
So under these conditions we owe not only our teachers but those who help manage the system, our thanks.