It’s the culmination of 13 years of schooling, and for most students a stressful time. But for the 103 Cumberland High School year 12 pupils sitting the Higher School Certificate (HSC), they are feeling fantastic.
Principal Ms Mechel Pikoulas, who has been at the school for the last three years, said the entire grade have been “stoic”.
“This is an exceptional cohort, academically gifted but also have a generosity of spirit and are very community minded,” Ms Pikoulas said.
“I will really miss the kids next year,” she said.
The highest ATAR achieved at Cumberland High last year was, 98.9. Ms Pikoulas predicts they will achieve a higher result this year.
“Two of our students have been awarded the Minister’s Award for Excellence in Student Achivement, Luke Salt and Leonida Najdovska, and two others offered Global Leadership Scholarships from Macquarie University, Luke in a Bachelor of Law and Dusanka Momcilovic in Media Studies,” she said.
“We are really proud of all our students.”
Across the state, year 12 students sat the first exams – English – last Thursday and Friday. This week, Cumberland students sat Modern History and Languages – Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
More than 77,000 students across NSW will sit the HSC, which runs until November 4.
To gain a HSC, students must have completed a minimum of 12 units of preliminary courses and 10 units of HSC courses.