Cheers went up inside the Orange High School classroom at 2pm signalling the end of the NSW year 12 exam period and the end of school (finally) for the drama students sitting the last test on the timetable.
Miette Van Bockom Maas said she was heading to an 18th birthday party on Friday night after watching her mates celebrate finishing exams days ago.
“It wasn’t fun. All my friends finished a week ago and I’ve just been waiting.” she said.
The drama student was among 12 from OHS to complete the theoretical component of their exam this week, following the completion of the practical component in week six of term.
She said her early acceptance into Charles Sturt University’s Theatre Media course had taken the pressure off in the exams.
“I still studied but it’s been a lot more relaxed than other people have had it – I feel lucky,” she said.
Catie Prior is another fortunate student whose exams wouldn’t determine her entry into further education, after receiving an offer for the prestigious Performing Arts Conservatory in Brisbane for next year.
She said she’d be spending the summer working, getting her P plates and relaxing after what felt like the “huge achievement” of being the first of her family to finish high school.
“Mum is very proud. I think she’s excited and nervous for me all at once,” she said.
Teacher Daniel Jones said he too was very proud of the students’ achievements and the way they’d tackled everything thrown at them that year.
“Their ability to hold an audience and communicate with an audience is where you see them really develop across year 11 and 12,” he said.
“They deal with much more mature work and you really see that coming through – it’s been a really rewarding thing to see.”
Higher School Certificate results will go out to students across Australia on November 14, with three weeks of schoolies kicking off three days later on November 17.
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