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If you're sick you must stay home, even on HSC exam day
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If you're sick you must stay home, even on HSC exam day

As HSC performance exams begin, students who have symptoms have been urged not to attend their HSC performance or speaking exams.

  • by Jordan Baker

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Tangara school to close for two weeks after second student tests positive
Coronavirus pandemic

Tangara school to close for two weeks after second student tests positive

A second student from Tangara School for Girls in northern Sydney has tested positive to COVID-19, closing the school for two weeks and casting uncertainty over HSC trial exams.

  • by Jenny Noyes, Pallavi Singhal and Josh Dye
Lockdown legacy: senior Trinity students get lesson-free day each fortnight
High school

Lockdown legacy: senior Trinity students get lesson-free day each fortnight

The Summer Hill private school has introduced a fortnightly lesson-free Monday, so students can make their own learning decisions.

  • by Jordan Baker
Can you game the ATAR?
Education

Can you game the ATAR?

The ATAR occupies a fraught place in education debates, in part due to a question that often arises: can you game it to receive the highest possible rank?

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
NAPLAN, attendance and aspiration best indicators of HSC results
Naplan

NAPLAN, attendance and aspiration best indicators of HSC results

Researchers have developed a system that predicts students' HSC marks with more than 90 per cent accuracy.

  • by Jordan Baker
'Look past what you're facing right now': Advice for the HSC class of 2020
Bushfires

'Look past what you're facing right now': Advice for the HSC class of 2020

Kalisha Glover completed her HSC as bushfires raged near her home at Lake Innes last year. For this year's HSC class, whose studies have been impacted by COVID-19, her message is simple: this will pass.

  • by Mary Ward
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Call for 'learner profile' of students to end dominance of ATAR
Education

Call for 'learner profile' of students to end dominance of ATAR

School students should curate an education passport that focuses on skills and knowledge instead of worrying about how to lift their ATAR, a new national report says.

  • by Jordan Baker
Chapter 1: Essential HSC information
HSC Study Guide 2020

Chapter 1: Essential HSC information

In this chapter: messages from the NESA chief executive and Minister for Education; key dates for major works and exams; understanding moderation; and disability provisions.

Chapter 2: New in 2020
HSC Study Guide 2020

Chapter 2: New in 2020

In this chapter: What has changed due to COVID-19; what to expect if you are doing a new maths course; and meeting the HSC minimum standard.

Chapter 3: Top tips from top students
HSC Study Guide 2020

Chapter 3: Top tips from top students

In this chapter: Top students in English, mathematics, science, history, languages, PDHPE and construction tell how they aced their exams.

Chapter 4: Staying healthy
HSC Study Guide 2020

Chapter 4: Staying healthy

In this chapter: Healthy vs unhealthy stress; managing stress, the importance of practising, and where to get support.