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Relief for HSC students

Thursday, 7th November, 2013

BH High School captain, Holly Henderson, is glad the HSC exams are over. BH High School captain, Holly Henderson, is glad the HSC exams are over.

By Gayle Ball

The city’s Higher School Certificate (HSC) students can breathe a collective sigh of relief now that the stress of exams is over.

The HSC came to an end yesterday with local Visual Arts students among the last to sit a written test in the afternoon.

More than 75,168 students were enrolled in at least one HSC course across NSW, with 117 different written exams held over 18 days.

Broken Hill High School’s graduating School Captain, Holly Henderson, said she was relieved that the exams were over after sitting her last one - Biology - on Monday.

Holly hopes to score a high enough ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking) to be accepted into Law, Social Sciences or International Relations at Macquarie University in Sydney.

“It just seems like a really good university,” Holly said. “They have scholarships to help students move from rural areas.”

Despite having her hopes pinned on the uni, she said she would find a way to make her dreams come true, even if it wasn’t the straightforward route.

“It’s not the end of everything if I don’t get the ATAR I wanted,” the 18-year-old said. 

“If it doesn’t work out I know there’s other pathways.

“I’m not too worried about it. Whatever happens I’ll keep working to get what I want.”

Holly said the general consensus amongst her peers was that the exams weren’t too difficult overall.

“Some of the exams were a bit harder than we thought they would be, but again some of them we thought were really reasonable.

“During the year it was stressful but we had a lot of support from our teachers, the staff in general and other students.”

Holly said she was now looking for employment for a couple of months so that she could save money for university. Spending time with friends was also high on the agenda.

HSC results will be released on Wednesday, December 18 and ATAR results will be released online the following day. 

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