Alstonville High School students Jasmine Parer and Sonja Dorey debrief after their first HSC examination, Business Studies, yesterday.
Alstonville High School students Jasmine Parer and Sonja Dorey debrief after their first HSC examination, Business Studies, yesterday.

HSC exams coming to an end

STUDENTS from Alstonville High School breathed sighs of relief when they emerged from the first round of their HSC exams yesterday.

Jasmine Parer, of Eltham, said it was ‘nice to finish it – now we never have to do business again'.

The 18-year-old has ambitions of a career in marketing.

“I want to specialise in visual communication and design at the University of Technology in Sydney,” Ms Parer said.

After a break in Yamba, she had hoped to spend the holidays working at an orphanage in Malaysia, but didn't think she could afford it.

Her friend, Sonja Dorey, 18, of Teven, said the exam had gone ‘okay' – certainly well enough to take her to Griffith University on the Gold Coast to tackle a double degree in business and events management. She is off to a town near Frankfurt in Germany soon to see her grandparents.

Both girls said they thought they had done ‘enough' study to pass the exam with good grades.

Which is more than 17-year-old Kade Prior could claim.

He had procrastinated and only begun swotting late the night before, he said – much to his parents' consternation.

Nevertheless, except for a tough essay question on globalisation, he thought he should do ‘all right'.

Sam Ball, 18, who moved to Byron Bay to work as a labourer at the end of the school year, said the examexperience was both exciting and nerve-wracking.

He said he had put in a lot of effort and was looking forward to continuing his education in health and fitness to pursue his goal of becoming a sports trainer and owning a chain of gyms.

The 27 Alstonville High youngsters were joined by six from Blue Hills College for the exam.

They are among the 5293 students across the North Coast tackling their HSC exams this year.



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