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Thumbs up on final day of HSC exams for De La Salle College Cronulla students

De La all done: Year 12 students from De La Salle College Cronulla, Zoe Cassar, Jack Rothfield and Gabby Ofria on their final day of HSC exams. Picture: Supplied.
De La all done: Year 12 students from De La Salle College Cronulla, Zoe Cassar, Jack Rothfield and Gabby Ofria on their final day of HSC exams. Picture: Supplied.

It has been a year many would rather forget but perhaps one these students may always remember.

The class of 2021 - this year's outgoing year 12 students have wrapped up their HSC.

Well deserved to take a bow, these final year high school students join their NSW peers on the last day of exams on December 3.

It was pens down on Friday morning, with Food Technology the final paper to hit desks.

At De La Salle College Cronulla, unrestrained jubilation would be the best way to describe the feeling, after a challenging year of digital study sessions and online cramming.

"After such a difficult year of remote learning and delayed HSC exams, it's such a relief to put it all behind us and celebrate," Zoe Cassar said.

"We are looking forward to our formal, our farewell mass and of course, schoolies," Gabby Ofria said.

"All of this was in doubt and it's so good to know we won't be missing out," Jack Rothfield said.

Many of the school's students have already received early entry to university courses and traineeships.

Others will sweat until late January to find out if their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) mark will get them into their chosen field of study.

Gabby hopes to do social work and Zoe would like to get into nursing.

"Our teachers were amazing," the students said.

"They put on Zoom lessons during the lockdown and then negotiated 'learning bubbles' to keep us safe with pre-exam tutorials.

"They were important because when the HSC goalposts moved, we could easily have lost motivation."

Students at St Patrick's College Sutherland were relieved to finish the week - and their schooling life with a bang.

"I'm just so proud of myself. I can't believe I'm in my school uniform for the very last time," Danielle Scanlon said.

"I'm very relieved that all of my exams are over," Justin Eid said. "I already feel less stressed and I'm so excited about the future. But I'm also a bit sad that I'm leaving school for the last time. I want to thank all of my teachers for their help over the years."

That's it: St Patrick's College Sutherland students were equally as thrilled on the last day of the HSC. Picture: Supplied

That's it: St Patrick's College Sutherland students were equally as thrilled on the last day of the HSC. Picture: Supplied

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said this was a momentous day for the Class of 2021, who showed incredible resilience and hard work.

"Today officially marks the end of 13 years of schooling for 69,000 Year 12 students and I am incredibly happy to see them so triumphantly reach the finish line," Ms Mitchell said.

"HSC students should be very proud of what they have achieved over the past two years. The resilience, focus and adaptability they have shown will serve them well in the next chapter of their life, whether that is university, vocational training, or employment.

"To safely deliver 400,000 individual exam sessions statewide with no disruption amidst a global pandemic is a huge success."

Marking is already underway, with results to be delivered via SMS and email on January 24.

Students can get their school assessment ranks from this afternoon via Students Online until December 30.