700 Hastings students sit first Higher School Certificate exam

First exam done: Rachel Alger, Suzannah Combey, Toni Hurkett and Christian Familar of Hastings Secondary College's Port Macquarie campus.

First exam done: Rachel Alger, Suzannah Combey, Toni Hurkett and Christian Familar of Hastings Secondary College's Port Macquarie campus.

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FIRST day exam nerves have been tackled for more than 700 Hastings students sitting the Higher School Certificate.

English was the first cab off the rank with creative writing, comprehension and good old Robert Frost among the topics examined.

Year 12 students at Hastings Secondary College’s Port Macquarie campus, Rachel Alger, Suzannah Combey, Toni Hurkett and Christian Familar, said good preparation was the key to overcoming first exam nerves.

“I am pretty relieved that one is out of the way,” Rachel Alger said.

Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams said students should feel extremely proud, especially those about to begin their final school examinations after 13 years of school.

“Obtaining the HSC qualification is a fantastic achievement. It is internationally recognised and the pinnacle for school-based education in Australia.

“For any students worried about the exams, healthy eating, getting enough sleep and regular exercise all help to reduce stress. It’s also important to talk to someone if you are feeling overwhelmed,” Mrs Williams said.

NSW has a long-term trend of increasing numbers of students completing Year 12. In 2016 nearly 5,000 more students will sit HSC exams compared to five years ago.

This year, 69,350 students, the highest number on record, are on track to achieve the HSC credential.

In all, 118 written exams will be conducted over the next three weeks until exams finish on Friday, November 4 with Design and Technology.

Students will receive their results via email, SMS and online from 6am on Thursday, December 15.

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