THE Higher School Certificate (HSC) ancient history course was more popular across the state this year, however, only three students completed the course at Canobolas Rural Technology High School.
Jessie Lang, Nicole Eden and Katarina Galle-Barrett were three of 10 students who enrolled in the course in year 11. The girls said it was sad to see them drop off one by one.
“It just wasn’t as popular this year. I don’t know why they dropped out,” Jessie said.
In 2011, ancient history was the eighth most popular subject, behind business studies and PDHPE, and this year it was seventh most popular.
The small class meant the girls felt especially proud of themselves as they walked out of the HSC exam yesterday.
Year 12 student Rachel Toia of Parramatta High School sat the exam with the Canobolas students.
She moved from Sydney three weeks ago and was surprised to see only three other students in the exam.
She said ancient history was one of the more popular subjects at her school.
The girls agreed the exam was not as difficult as previous exams, saying the trial HSC was worse. None of the girls studied overly hard for this exam, with other subjects taking priority.
“It’s a pretty easy subject,” Katarina said.
The only question that threw the girls was one asking what was Per Ramesses.
Apparently it was a 13th century Egyptian city. The girls had never heard of it.
The students are nearly through the HSC. The finishing line is in sight and they’re all breathing a sigh of relief.
Rachel has an Indonesian exam on Thursday, while the others still have two left and Nicole has three.