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St Joseph's Regional College HSC students had a different exam venue on Friday, November 8 with the college closed due to uncertainty around fires and smoke affecting the site.
College principal Jim Dempsey said they worked with MacKillop College to arrange for HSC students to sit their exams there.
The community and family studies, and visual arts HSC students were informed of the venue change.
Assistant principal - curriculum and administration Tim McCosker coordinated the transition to MacKillop College.
"All of the students' teachers are making sure they are present with the kids prior to the exams starting to give them the necessary support," Mr Dempsey said.
"What has been put into place has been very supportive for the kids, and from my impression, things have gone smoothly on that front."
He said the college was blessed to have another St Agnes' Parish secondary school to call on at such short notice.
"We are very grateful for the parish for that to happen so efficiently," Mr Dempsey said.
Mr Dempsey said the college closure judgement was vindicated as smoke increased at St Joseph's Regional College this morning. (November 8).
St Joseph's Regional College in College Drive at Sovereign Hills has 1000 students and 130 staff.
The school day ended 10 minutes early on November 7 to avoid a bottle neck with parents waiting at pick-up time.
"With the help of staff, yesterday (November 7) our students and staff exited the college in an efficient and calm manner," Mr Dempsey said.
The college principal said he was grateful to staff.
Mr Dempsey said fire came fairly close to the college's perimeter last night (November 7).
St Joseph's Regional College will review the situation on Sunday afternoon (November 10).
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