The Higher School Certificate (HSC) English exams will mark the start of the exam period on Monday and principals are offering words of advice to their students.
The principals, recognise that the HSC exams are a highly stressful period.
They are also reminding students that they have already done most of the hard work.
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Orange Anglican Grammar School principal Reverend Louis Stringer said a reasonable amount of stress can assist performance and provide additional focus.
“The risk is that many of our students during their HSC examinations experience unreasonable levels of stress,” Reverend Stringer said.
“Unreasonable levels of stress can lead to a reduced performance through anxiety and ineffective memory recall. “
“Work hard and do your best, but at the end of the day the rest of your life will not be defined by a HSC result.”
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Orange Christian School has adopted a pathways HSC, which means both year 11 and year 12 students will undertake the exams.
Principal Melissa Brown said year 11 students will complete two, sometimes three HSC exams, and year 12 students will complete four exams.
“They have a longer period of time over a shorter number of subjects,” Mrs Brown said.
“We’ve been doing it for 17 years, it does mean they come into year 11 ready to work and get started.”
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Orange High School principal David Lloyd said the school strives to ensure a supportive and nurturing environment so students can thrive within the challenging external HSC environment.
“Continue to have self-belief along with a quiet confidence to be the best person you can,” Mr Lloyd said.
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Canobolas Rural Technology High School principal Kate Wooten said students should be prepared for the exams.
“I would like to wish all students sitting the HSC the best of luck,” she said.
“They need to ensure that they take the time to balance both preparation for the exams and some downtime.
“This will ensure that the next three weeks go as smoothly as possible and everyone should remember that there is life after the HSC.”
Ms Wooten said if students have been preparing throughout the year then they should not feel like they are under too much pressure.
“The three weeks of exams are just the last part of the process that has been going for the last 12 months,” she said.