Months of studying has hopefully paid off for students all across NSW, as they sat their first Higher School Certificate (HSC) exams on Thursday.
First up for students was the first paper for English Standard or English Advanced.
Students are required to study either one of Standard, Advanced or English Studies, however Studies does not have an exam.
All up, 116 Bathurst High Campus students will sit anywhere from one to six exams throughout the HSC examination period that is set to come to a conclusion on November 9.
Preparation for the exams started on the first day of term four, back in 2017.
Bathurst High principal Ken Barwick said the staff at the school have been committed to making sure year 12 students receive as much help as possible.
“From about week six in term three, there’s not been a day gone by where teachers haven’t been offering after school workshops,” he said.
“I haven’t seen so much commitment from our teachers before, with all the weekend workshops they’ve been running.
“It was great to see all the staff wishing our students well before they headed into their exam on Thursday morning.”
When the students finally exited the Bathurst High hall in the early afternoon, there were plenty of relieved faces.
However, they’ll be back on Friday to complete the second paper of their Standard or Advanced exams.
Khynea Brown said she was relieved to have finally finished her first.
“It was so good to walk out and be done,” she said.
“I could’ve done better but what can you do about it?”
Students were questioned on an unseen text, required to write a piece of creative writing and complete an essay on a prescribed and related text.
While paper one was the same for both Standard and Advanced students, paper two varies on the questions.
Across the course of the next three weeks, students from seven Bathurst schools will sit HSC exams – Bathurst High, Kelso High, All Saints’ College, The Scots School, MacKillop College, St Stanislaus’ College and Skillset College.
Upcoming significant exams include Legal Studies (October 22), Ancient History (October 23), Biology (October 24), Mathematics (October 25), Modern History (October 29), Physics (November 1), Chemistry (November 5) and Economics (November 7).
For all dates, visit eudcationstandards.nsw.edu.au.