ORANGE Christian School year 12 students went into the HSC with half the stress of their Orange counterparts according to their principal Melissa Brown.
The reason, they have fewer exams to sit.
Mrs Brown said recently there had been four high schools approach the school asking how to implement the school’s Higher School Certificate (HSC) compression program.
These year 12 students sat their first two HSC exams in year 11 and only had four left to go this year.
The program is better for retention rates Mrs Brown said, because since the government introduced the rule that students had to be 17 years and older to leave school, in some cases students wasted time completing year 11. She said with the compression system, which the school introduced about 14 years ago, students can leave in year 11 with two HSC subjects completed.
“You know we can say to them well you’ve done two, in only another nine months you’ll be finished so you may as well stick around,” she said.
Maths is compulsory in year 11 so some school leavers will at least have maths under their belt before they move on.
“People go on to do apprenticeships and you at least need maths for an apprenticeship.”
The program means the students are less stressed because there is less on the line in terms of number of exams and they have already sat two HSC exams.
She said out of 19 surveys returned from the current HSC students, all 19 ranked the compression program as excellent or very good.