So tomorrows the day….
Tomorrow is when thousands of NSW HSC students sit their first exam. My Miss M included.
I expected today to be slightly chaotic, loaded with stress and angst and nerves galore…but strangely I feel fine!
Seriously, I don’t know what I expected to see, maybe Miss M becoming slightly unglued, maybe she’s feeling a bit anxious and yes a bit scared, but she remains strangely calm.
I don’t know if this is the calm before the storm, or if in fact that due to her dedicated preparation, she is as ready as she is ever gonna get and has come to this realisation.
They have been told by their teachers that after two years of study it all comes down to this moment. A culmination of all the hard work crammed into a 2 or three hour exam. But really in the great scheme of life is the HSC really that important?
According to an article in the daily telegraph it doesn’t matter if you flunk the HSC.
The mark you achieve in your final year of schooling exams, will have no bearing on your future employment prospects or career aspirations (well that all depends on what you want to do I suppose).
Try telling this to a 17 year old who plans to enter university next year and needs that all important ATAR, try telling her that doing well in the HSC “doesn’t matter”.
I’m not going to stand here tonight and tell her that the last two years of her study “didn’t matter”, that her success at the end of this year with a first in Economics and a first in Extension History “doesn’t matter”, because I’m pretty damn sure those results matter to her.
I agree, that to some students, the end result of the HSC doesn’t really have any effect on their chosen career choice. Some have no intention of moving on to further study and some can’t wait to roll their sleeves up and start working. But I think it’s unfair to tell all HSC students that their results “don’t matter”.
We all know that in the essence of life the HSC is but a small blip on the radar. There are gong to many more life affirming moments as they journey their way through, some highs, some lows, some challenges and disappointments. Years from now the HSC will be but a distant memory.
Today we celebrate the International Day of The Girl.
A time to remember how lucky we are that our girls have access to a great education, something some developing countries are still striving towards.
We take this basic everyday necessity for granted.
Our kids whinge daily about not wanting to go to school. They complain endlessly about having to get up early in the morning, ride on a crowded school bus and doing copious amounts of homework, but for millions of other girls having a quality education remains all but a dream.
An education for our girls is nothing to be taken lightly. It will provide them with the tools they need to succeed in life.
Whether they want to be a doctor, a lawyer, an investment banker, a nurse, a plumber, a mechanic or a hairdresser.
We have to count ourselves lucky, that in this country, girls have all these options open to them and life is full of opportunity, others are not so lucky.
So when I hear that the result of your HSC “doesn’t matter”, it makes me angry.
It matters to her that she tried her best.
It matters to her that’s she gave herself every chance of gaining entry into university.
It matters to her that her father and I encouraged her every step of the way and pass or fail, we are proud of her.
It matters to her that she took advantage of the opportunities provided to her, and realise that others are not so lucky or fortunate.
It matters to her that all her dedicated hours of studying hard are viewed as important and not just deemed a waste of time.
Whatever result your teenager gets, getting to the end and completing their schooling, certainly does matter, especially to them and it is an fantastic achievement, no matter what the final result may be.
Good luck to you all, you should be very proud of yourselves.
Do you have one sitting final school exams this year?
Do you remember sitting your final school exams?