Year 12 St Mary’s High School student Johannah Ford after finishing the first of her two English exams for the HSC yesterday.
Year 12 St Mary’s High School student Johannah Ford after finishing the first of her two English exams for the HSC yesterday. DOUG EATON

Students finish first HSC exam

WITH just five minutes to spare, St Mary’s High School student Johannah Ford put down her pen having completed her first Higher School Certificate exam.

The 17-year-old was one of about 50 Year 12 St Mary’s students who sat for the English (standard) ‘area of study’ paper at Casino yesterday.

“It was good. It was a very broad essay question,” Johannah said shortly after the exam finished.

The English exams are the only ones all HSC student across the state are required to sit for.

In section one of the two-hour exam, students were asked to answer questions relating to an image, two pieces of text and a poem on the subject of ‘belonging’.

Section two required them to ‘imaginatively write’ about one of three statements challenging the idea of belonging or not belonging.

In the final section, students wrote about the prescribed text and a text of their choice and how they relate to the theme of belonging.

The exam paper suggested students spend about 40 minutes working on each section.

On Monday, Johannah will sit for the second English (standard) paper. She will also sit for exams in beginners Italian, community and family studies, religion, general maths and biology.

With just six exams to go, Johannah now has freedom in her sights.

“I will be happy to have no more to do with school when I finish,” Johannah said.

She will celebrate her graduation from school with a one-week trip to Melbourne with two girlfriends.

Johannah has also applied to study at Southern Cross University and the University of Queensland in either nursing, physical education or business tourism. If she is successful in her application, she will defer her studies until 2012.

She would like to spend next year travelling in Italy.



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