Students prepare to tackle Year 12 exams
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.”