Lismore High School Year 12 students, from left, Uri Ross, Taylor Campbell, Bryce Smith, Lisa Kendall and Jack Emblen start preparing for their HSC later next month.
Lismore High School Year 12 students, from left, Uri Ross, Taylor Campbell, Bryce Smith, Lisa Kendall and Jack Emblen start preparing for their HSC later next month.

Record numbers sit HSC exams

CHOCOLATE, sport and talking to friends are some of the methods these Lismore High students will use to cope with the stress of sitting the HSC in a few weeks.

The group join a record 69,261 students across the state bracing themselves for the exams, which begin with Business Studies and Classical Greek on October 20. It is a record turnout for the exam, NSW Education and Training Minister Verity Firth said.

The Lismore High 18 year olds were all reasonably confident of doing well and going on to their various tertiary training, though leaving school itself and venturing out into the big wide world wasn't so welcome.

Lisa Kendall wants to study midwifery at Tweed but she said the future seemed to be coming up quite quickly, and she was stressing a bit.

“I don't feel as if I'm ready for it,” she said.

Uri Ross was sure he would qualify and be able to go on to a business degree, but was uncertain whether a career in accounting or the police force would follow.

Science beckons for Jack Emblen and Bryce Smith, who are both strong in chemistry.

All of the five have elected to do Maths, including Taylor Campbell, who wants to work as a child psychologist.

Their university studies will take them from Coffs Harbour to Queen- sland.

Support will be available from October 17 on the HSC Advice Line on 13 11 12.



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