Horse racing lovers weren’t the only ones cheering on Tuesday, 7 November, with this year’s Higher School Certificate (HSC) students celebrating the end of their exams.
At Coonabarabran High School, 51 students sat 31 papers, ranging from ancient history to automotive, biology to business studies.
Design and technology was the last cab off the ranks on Tuesday.
Nine students sat the 90 minute paper, which accounts for 40 per cent of their HSC mark.
A major design project, submitted on 24 August, was worth 60 per cent of their course mark.
Teacher, Bethany Doyle, said students developed creative and innovative products, including websites and business cards.
“The students should all be very proud of their efforts over the past year,” Ms Doyle said.
For outgoing students, Lydia Harris and Jade McNeice, the end of the HSC was a time to celebrate.
While Lydia is looking forward to a trip to the Central Coast with a group of friends in the coming weeks, Jade has post-poned her post-HSC holiday to Airlie Beach as she starts a hairdressing apprenticeship in Gunnedah on Monday.
Lydia said she was hoping to study teaching at university next year.
“I’ll have to wait and see what marks I receive, but I’m also interested in finding work as a governess or nanny for a gap year.”
More than 70,000 students are expected to complete their HSC program in 2017 and 58,000 will be eligible for an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).
Marking is already well underway, with more than 5500 HSC markers busy working through 420,000 exam papers at home and at nine marking centres around NSW.
Students will receive their HSC results via SMS and email on Thursday, 14 December.
Outgoing Coonabarabran High School students, Daniel Cherry, Ashleigh Thomas, Lydia Harris, Hayley Korff, Jade McNeice and Tristan Sulter, discussed the design and technology exam with teacher, Bethany Doyle (pictured fourth from left) on Tuesday, 7 November, which also marked the end of HSC exams in the school for 2017.