Tuesday 16 October 2018

And then again, she's gone....

I'll be MIA over the next few days as my eldest has her first three days of exams. While I'm not loving life much this week, I am grateful the exams have finally started.

Good luck to the year 12 HSC exam takers around the country. Remember, it's just like the trials except you're more prepared because you've done the trials plus any work you've done since then. So relax!

For the parents, a brilliant article and great conversation to remind your kids that the HSC really only defines the next 3 months and is pretty much irrelevant after that. Also remind your child that the mark is only relevant if they want to go to Uni, and if they do, there are many ways to get there, so it's only an obstacle if you let it be. The SMH article is here and Sharna Clemmett's excellent story of achievement is here. Both are well worth taking the time to read.

This came up on my FB from a year ago, and I don't know where I got it from so if it was you, let me know.

Remember as the article says, the HSC only defines your the starting point, it doesn't define your destination.

Good luck, and if you can, relax and enjoy!

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  1. Good luck to your daughter and all Year 12's with their exams. It's been 6 years since my youngest finished high school. I can't believe it! #TeamLovinLife

  2. Good luck to your daughter & all the other year 12s. I can't believe that it's 3 years since we were going through it. We were both firmly in the chill out this doesn't define your future camp - and, thankfully, so was our daughter. She didn't get the marks she needed to do what she wanted, but had already worked out a plan B before the HSC & did a year doing something similar she thought she could transfer across from. When we moved to Queensland - where they don't do an HSC - she got straight into the degree she originally wanted. The hSC doesn't define the future. Not at all.

  3. Best of luck to your daughter as she conquers those final exams!

    SSG xxx

  4. Our exams in Qld weren't like those in NSW and I don't think they still are. There's ONE big test that helps grade the school but other than that our marks (when I was young anyway) are taken from all four sets of exams throughout years 11 & 12. There's so much pressure on one set of exams.... it doesn't make sense to me.

  5. Best of luck for your daughter with her exams. It is a stressful time and it does impact on everyone in the household. I wish there wasn't so much pressure placed on Year 12s as they are vying for future career prospects. #TeamLovinLife

  6. Good luck to your daughter with her exams. #teamlovinlife

  7. Hope things are going well so far!
    My daughter didn't do the HSC (or ACT equivalent). Instead she did accredited study, finished in June, went to Sydney for 6 months to test the waters, then returned home and went to CIT (TAFE) and did a Diploma of Business in 6 months and moved straight into Uni that way. Took the strain off the whole end of year 12 exams thing. I guess it depends what degree you want to do. But T is now immersed in uni life while here friends have taken a year off due to exhaustion of the HSC process. Oh and the Diploma she did in 6 months, too a YEAR off her degree. Isn't that crazy! I never knew any of this before, But I'm kinda glad we didn't have to go through all that HSC stress with her.