Good luck to the HSC students of 2016!

AS HUNDREDS of students across the Riverina and Central West sit down for the first of their Higher School Certificate (HSC) exams today, Riverina Nationals’ MP Michael McCormack has wished them well.

“As pens are organised, exam papers checked and re-checked and school halls across the region are filled with the constant tick of a clock, this is a quick message for our HSC class of 2016,” Mr McCormack said.

“For many of you, this is the culmination of years of dedication and hard work and one final step towards your goal. Although it’s now … “a few” … years since I finished school, I know as a father of three HSC graduates, it can be a stressful time for students, their schools and families.

“So take your time and breathe. Relax. Read the question. Take the time to think about your answer and plan what you’re going to write.”

Mr McCormack reminded students there is more to life than results or stress during the next few weeks.

“Whilst this is an important part of your life, the most important thing to remember is that it is not the only part of your life. The options and pathways for people who don’t like exams are endless. Not everybody has to do well at school or go to University,” Mr McCormack said.

“This is only a small part of your life and in a couple of weeks, your next chapter will begin and can take you anywhere in life.”

Ensuring students’ physical and mental health is cared for is the most important consideration, Mr McCormack reminded students.

“As you approach the next few weeks, relax. Laugh. Exercise. Take some time to look after yourself.

If things get a little stressful, remember there is always someone who will listen,” Mr McCormack said.

“Your family, your friends and your community are proud of you. And – no matter who you are or what you want to do – we just want you to do your best.”

Mr McCormack said that, as Year 12 students near the end of high school, leading digital mental health organisation ReachOut Australia, supported by the Australian Government together with private and corporate donors, has resources to support Year 12 students and their parents through this stressful time.

ReachOut’s, There’s Life After Year 12 campaign, features prominent Australians including actor Rahart Adams, journalist Sarah Harris and our Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with video messages of support for this year’s Year 12 students.

“Good luck and best wishes, class of 2016!” Mr McCormack said.

Cristy Houghton