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Hunter HSC students urged to ‘stay the course’, too


University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor Professor Alex Zelinsky AO is urging HSC students in the region to “stay the course” as well.

The quote, usually attributed to NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant, seems just as applicable to those youngsters preparing for their Higher School Certificate in 2021.

It’s understood the exams will be pushed back to start on 9 November.

The Universities Admissions Centre also supports the changes, reiterating its commitment to ensuring pupils still receive an ATAR in a COVID-19 stricken environment.

“Regional unis across New South Wales are ready to play an important role in assisting our local schools and communities through this very different HSC year,” Professor Zelinsky said.

“Like many regional institutions, the University of Newcastle has worked closely with schooling groups over the past 18 months to develop programs, resources and pathways to support HSC students.

“We’re proud of the pupils, teachers and their families for their resilience and determination over this period of disruption.

“There are many ways for students to get into university.

“And, we’re glad we have been able to play a part in their preparation for the HSC exams.

“We encourage all students to continue with their HSC and to keep going at this important time.”

NSW and ACT universities have taken note of the NSW Government’s announcement, regarding changes to the HSC, accepting the decision has been made in the best interests of everyone during a time of great disruption to their education.

“Our message to Year 12 students remains simple, do your best to complete your HSC appreciating that there are many pathways into university,” Convener of the NSW Vice-Chancellors’ Committee (NSWVCC) Professor Barney Glover AO said.

“We understand how unsettling all these changes are for you, but we are strongly encouraging you to complete your HSC.

“Don’t get distracted or disheartened.

“Instead, take this extra time as an opportunity to devote your energy to studying.

“Focus on putting all your effort into meeting the challenges that are in front of you with the promise of a well-deserved break over the holiday period.”

Professor Glover also wished to convey words of support to schools, teachers and parents.

“Colleagues, we are all in this together,” he said.

“We are grateful for your extraordinary efforts during this time of crisis, and we commend you for going above and beyond to prepare students for their HSC assessments.

“To the parents of these youngsters, feel assured that the universities have programs to support Year 12 students as they transition into university life.

“These changes will not unduly impact us.

“We’ll work through them and adjust our admissions processes as needed.

“We wish all Year 12 students every success with their HSC assessments in 2021.”

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