While Colmont might have been its official name for a few weeks, the colours and spirit of The Kilmore International School shone through at an all-school assembly on Friday.
Teachers, students and parents gathered on the White Street campus at 3pm to celebrate and commiserate as more than 30 years of history drew to a close.
There were few dry eyes as teacher Julie Daniells read classic Dr Seuss book Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, while fellow staff member Airom Camua-Uyehara sang soulful renditions of the Andra Day song Rise Up and Katy Perry’s Roar – a tune that had students up and dancing.
After the final bell many children stayed behind to farewell their teachers, with many sharing tears, embracing and taking pictures together.
Parents and other family members also took time to thank teachers for their efforts to support the students.
The colour red was prominent, with staff members electing to wear red clothing in recognition of The Kilmore International School, rather than Colmont’s colours of blue and white.
One parent told staff that The Kilmore International School name would live on.
“I’ll never be able to think of it as Colmont,” they said. “It’ll always be TKIS to me.”