Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

{Twelve Years of} {Work Being Put to the Test }; 2532 Northern Rivers Students Start the Hard Slog

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

{Twelve Years of} {Work Being Put to the Test }; 2532 Northern Rivers Students Start the Hard Slog

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Byline: susanna freymark susanna.freymark@northernstar.com.au

IT IS all about the breakfast.

Three Year 12 students from Trinity Catholic College in Lismore plan to have a hearty breakfast of eggs before their HSC English examination on Wednesday at 9.20am.

David Flanagan, 17, is going for a long run before breakfast to release endorphins to help him relax during the exam.

Grace Wade, 17, of Lismore, plans to get up extra early while Lily Anthony, 18, of Lismore, said she would read over her summary plans before breakfast.

English is the only compulsory subject in the Higher School Certificate and all 2532 HSC students in the Northern Rivers will be sitting for the exam on Wednesday.

Grace's favourite subject is textiles and she is looking forward to that exam on November 13, which is the last of the year.

She has a study time- table that helps her stay focused. She works for an hour-and-a-half and then has a five-minute break, even if it is only to get a glass of water.

She feels guilty about her parents if she gives in to the distractions.

"They're not hassling me, but I don't want to disappoint them and I do get distracted easily," she said.

Grace's mother, Lyn, has seen her four children through the HSC in the past five years.

"I tell them it's not the be-all and end-all, there is life after the HSC," she said.

David confessed to being 'susceptible to distractions'.

"It's the time of your life you want to have fun," he said.

He plans to study law or marketing, and needs high marks to get into a university in Sydney or Melbourne.

"Most people who are anxious put pressure on themselves to perform. I have realistic expectations of myself."

While the exams are a time of stress for students, 50 per cent of each student's mark is already locked in from their practical work throughout the school year. …

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