THE Higher School Certificate (HSC) is in full swing around NSW. At Camden Haven High School 93 students sitting HSC this year, as well as 13 full time distance education students. English, the only compulsory subject, kicked off the tense exam period last week.
Deputy principal Sharon Westman said there were mixed emotions from the students.
“Prior to heading in to the first exam, students were a mix of nervous energy, anxiety and calmness with many students believing that they couldn’t do any more at this stage,” Miss Westman said.
“Students casually chatted with peers and teachers (who were giving words of advice and support) prior to going into hall.”
Teacher Liz Neville runs the ‘Learning Edge’ program at the school for Year 11 &12 students and has been preparing the students for the HSC now for 2 years.
Learning Edge gives students support and help with: assessment tasks; study skills; exam technique; stress management; Board of Studies requirements; organisation and time management; essay writing; motivation; and working to the strength of their learning style.
English teacher Belinda Puntoriero was excited for the students and hoped they do the best on the day and they feel a sense of accomplishment once the exams are finished.