Year 10 students from St John’s College Woodlawn (from left) Hannah Solly, Susie Wolff, and Katelyn Burns prepare to sit the School Certificate exam.
Year 10 students from St John’s College Woodlawn (from left) Hannah Solly, Susie Wolff, and Katelyn Burns prepare to sit the School Certificate exam. Cathy Adams

School Cert consigned to history

TODAY marks the end of an era as Year 10 students across the state sit a NSW School Certificate exam for the last time.

At St John's College Woodlawn, 134 students were among some of the last students in NSW to complete the exam, which was introduced in 1965 to assist students looking for a job or an apprenticeship.

Year 10 student Hannah Solly said the test no longer seemed relevant as students were now required to stay at school until age 17, unless they have a full-time job or a combination of work and study.

"No one was really sure whether they wanted to study for it or not because it's the last year and it doesn't really count towards much anymore because you can't leave school until you're 17 anyway," she said.

Despite this, Ms Solly said her parents encouraged her to study for the exam.

"They take it a whole lot more seriously than we do and it's understandable because when they were doing it, it meant so much more so they can't grasp that it doesn't count as much."

All students in Year 10 sit the exam in English, maths, science, Australian history, geography, civics and computing.

St John's College teacher Janeane Waters said students were encouraged to complete Vocation Education and Training courses within schools rather than view the certificate as an "exit point" from high school.

"It's the end of a test that's been around for an awfully long time," she said.

"There are now a lot of kids who do construction, timberwork, metalwork, and hospitality at school and there are also trade schools as well where students can complete their HSC and the first year of an apprenticeship."

 

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