Amelia Lister, Samantha Carter,and Tim Jeffery, from Lismore High have just completed English paper 1 the first exam in the HSC.
Amelia Lister, Samantha Carter,and Tim Jeffery, from Lismore High have just completed English paper 1 the first exam in the HSC. Doug Eaton

HSC exams get underway

SAMANTHA Carter, Tim Jeffery and Amelia Lister were three of 56

Lismore High School students who felt relieved after sitting their first HSC paper yesterday.

"Phew," Samantha said as she exited the exam hall.

"That's one down."

The three students agreed the paper "was actually not too bad" and said they had been expecting a much more challenging first round to their final acid test.

"During the preparation it seemed hard to remember all the content I learned last year but in the exam it all came back," Tim said.

TESTING TIMES: Che Hooper, and Ashleigh Lutze from Lismore High get ready for the English Paper One exam in the HSC.
TESTING TIMES: Che Hooper, and Ashleigh Lutze from Lismore High get ready for the English Paper One exam in the HSC. Doug Eaton

Samantha said the teachers had all been very supportive and had prepared the students well for their first exam.

"The teachers organised study sessions for us and really helped us to get ready for the exam," she said.

One such supportive teacher at Lismore High School was careers adviser and Tim's father, Glenn Jeffery.

Mr Jeffery said while the students appeared "anxious" before the first exam, they all seemed to be in the swing of things by the afternoon.

"I just keep telling them the sun will come up tomorrow, you just need to do the best you can," Mr Jeffery said.

"I don't say good luck, I tell them luck is for those who are unprepared and if you've studied well you don't need luck."

Lismore High students are aiming high during this year's HSC with more than half of them planning to go to university.

Samantha plans to study teaching at university next year, Tim has his sights set on health science and Amelia is hoping for early entry into social work.

Lismore High students were part of a cohort of 75,168 HSC students across NSW who sat the first compulsory exam, English Paper One, yesterday.

The paper was a three-part exam that tested creative writing, comprehension and essay writing around the theme of belonging.

It is the first of two papers that are compulsory for all students studying English in NSW.



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