GRIFFITH students made the most of the late morning start for the HSC exams on Monday.
For Griffith High School’s Karen Spiers, who travelled from Darlington Point, the sleep-in was welcome.
Miss Spiers and around 200 other Griffith students put pen to paper for the first Standard, Advanced and ESL English exams on Monday marking the start of four weeks of exams.
“Having it start later did make it easier for me to get here and not be stressed. I didn’t have to rush as much as I would have. There are a few people I know who were in the same boat as me,” Miss Spiers said.
“I was nervous at first, but when I got into it there was no turning back.
“I felt like I was prepared and knew the layout of the exam. I didn’t find it a problem.”
Wade High School student Jade Culbert said she was pleasantly surprised by Monday’s exam.
“I was definitely pretty stressed before the first exam but actually getting in there and doing it was fine,” Jade said.
“It was no different to all the other exams we’ve done and I felt confident about it. It’s just a relief to have the first over.”
Marian Catholic College’s Michael Marin is also happy to have the first one out of the way.
“I was a bit nervous when I first went in but once I got into it I found it wasn’t too bad,” Mr Marin said.
“It was a little bit different than what I expected but overall not too difficult.”
Linda Fox has been teaching English for 40 years. On Monday she was there to greet students at Griffith High as they left the exam hall.
“I think it’s a fair paper if students have done the work they should be prepared,” she said.
“The questions were clear and gave students plenty of scope to show what they knew.
“It is the first English paper, which is for all levels so it’s a good way to start.”
Monday’s English exam was the first in 18 days of exams that will conclude with Visual Arts on November 6.
Students will learn how they fared when results are released on December 18.