The end of the year is in sight for Narrabri High School’s Year 12 students who started HSC written exams this week.

The examinations mark the final hurdle for the students in what has been another challenging year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Narrabri High cohort of students to start exams were among more than 65,000 students who are preparing to mark the end of their secondary school journey.

COVID-safe protocols, including the wearing of masks and social distancing, have formed an important part of this year’s HSC planning.

The safety measures ensure students are protected and are able to sit their exams safely.

Earlier this year, the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) issued a revised timetable, with 110 exams taking place over 19 days, ending on December 3.

Students will receive their ATARs on January 20, 2022, with their HSC results released on January 24.

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said students had displayed an impressive resilience to push through the disruptions caused by the pandemic and be ready for their written exams.

“HSC students, with the support of their teachers and families, have displayed incredible resilience and perseverance over the past 18 months,” Ms Mitchell said.

“I thank them all for adapting to the myriad of challenges and disruptions and wish all of them the best of luck for their exams.

“This is an exciting time for students to demonstrate all of their hard work, as they finish their 13 years of schooling.

“Most importantly, I encourage students to reach out and ask for help if they’re feeling overwhelmed,” Ms Mitchell said.

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