Stu­dents pre­pare to tackle Year 12 ex­ams

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Emily Ace

The Year 12 ATAR ex­ams of­fi­cially be­gan yesterday, with the chem­istry writ­ten exam the first cab off the rank.

Aus­tralind Se­nior High School deputy prin­ci­pal Nigel Wake­field said his 47 ATAR stu­dents were “cau­tiously op­ti­mistic” as they headed into the exam pe­riod.

“They are putting the ef­fort in at this time of year, I think they will be feel­ing a mix­ture of nerves, but also a lot of relief – it is a real purg­ing, cleans­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It’s a good bunch this year, we al­ways get good re­sults, but we have a par­tic­u­larly good group this year and we are prob­a­bly look­ing at a mean ATAR of about 81 this year.”

Mr Wake­field said he be­lieved med­i­ta­tion and mind­ful­ness were key to re­main­ing fo­cussed and calm dur­ing what could be a stress­ful time.

“A lot of the work should al­ready be done, so it is just do­ing those last-minute things, mak­ing sure you are calm and feel­ing con­fi­dent go­ing in,” he said.

“Of course, you need to do some cram­ming, but try not to push it all the way up to ex­ams.”

He also sug­gested avoid­ing con­ver­sa­tions with other stu­dents out­side the ex­am­i­na­tion room.

“Peo­ple start say­ing “oh geez, have you stud­ied this?’ and you can get into a state of panic and that is what you have to avoid be­cause that is what shuts the mind down,” he said.

“At this time of the year, I wish ev­ery­one is go­ing to be safe and happy and are go­ing to cel­e­brate af­ter a cou­ple of re­ally big years of school­ing,” he said.

“They de­serve it and it will be great to see them out in the world and do­ing their thing.”

More than 5000 stu­dents were ex­pected to sit the first exam across the State, with al­most 15,400 to sit at least one writ­ten ATAR exam in the next three weeks.

Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Min­is­ter Sue Ellery said for many stu­dents this was the cul­mi­na­tion of hard work through­out their school life.

“In the com­ing weeks, stu­dents will be ex­am­ined on sub­jects rang­ing from avi­a­tion to vis­ual arts and ev­ery­thing in be­tween,” she said.

“Whether they de­cide to pur­sue fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties or join the work­force, all stu­dents can be proud of what they have al­ready achieved.”

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