Few people are as familiar with the challenges of reaching the finishing line in this pandemic as our Tokyo Olympians, and today they’ve sent their best wishes to our HSC students ahead of the start of their written exams.
Nationals Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said students should remember life after school is just around the corner with many exciting opportunities on the horizon.
“This year’s cohort are some of the most resilient students we have ever seen,” Ms Mitchell said.
“The past 18 months have been challenging, but I know that HSC students across the state will walk into their exams tomorrow determined to smash their goals.
“We are all behind the Class of 2021 as they head towards the finish line, and who better to help us wish students good luck and share their advice on motivation, goal setting and resilience, than some of our Tokyo Olympians.”
Tokyo 2020 Olympic bronze medallist Melissa Wu said her advice for HSC students as they approach this final milestone is to remain focused on their goals and trust they have done the hard work.
“I can relate to how the students are feeling as they head into their exams. My main message to them is to stay focused, get outside and exercise when you can, and take some time to do something you enjoy, so that you feel calm walking into the exam room,” Ms Wu said.
“You’ve already come so far, and we are all behind you. You have done the hard work and you are ready now. You’ve got this!”
This year, school staff and communities have rallied behind HSC students, quickly adapting to learning from home, providing marks for practical exams, and supporting their students’ wellbeing.
“Principals, teachers and school staff have done an outstanding job to help their students prepare. Not only have they ensured quality learning can continue, they have kept their students safe and provided support and advice where needed. My sincerest thanks go to all our education staff across the state,” Ms Mitchell said.
The Stay Healthy HSC hub is a one stop shop for HSC students to find tips, advice and resources on staying active, keeping connected and reaching out for help if needed.