HSC students put to the test
By JULIA ILES
IT'S go time for the Valley's HSC students as they battle with text books and time in preparation for four weeks of examinations.
Students sat their first exam (English) yesterday morning.
"I was glad it was over as it was tough ? there were two essays and five short answer questions," McAuley Catholic College student Rachel Smith said after yesterday's exam.
Rachel plans to study teaching next year.
"We are hoping for good results and I know we have a lot of bright kids here, so I am confident the school will do well," McAuley principal Gerry Crooks said.
"Today we had an assembly to reassure HSC students that all they need to do is try their best and give the exams their best shot."
Six high schools offer the HSC curriculum in the Clarence Valley.
The three public schools are Grafton High with 139 HSC students, South Grafton High with 81 and Maclean High with 92. St Andrew's Christian College has five students, The Cathedral School nine and McAuley 52.
Meanwhile, State Education Minister Carmel Tebbutt yesterday denied there were any plans to move to national Year 12 exams.
"The NSW Government has no plans to change the HSC into a national exam," she said.
But she did hint at the possibility of an additional nationwide exam which students could sit voluntarily.
"If there is a proposal for an additional exam that students may choose to sit, that might be something that would be received well by stakeholders," Ms Teb- butt said.