Rooty Hill students get the right balance

Supportive: School is "like a big family" to Rooty Hill High student Tiana Edwards, Tyrrell McCarthy and Breayla Harding. Picture: Natalie Roberts

Supportive: School is "like a big family" to Rooty Hill High student Tiana Edwards, Tyrrell McCarthy and Breayla Harding. Picture: Natalie Roberts

The largest year 12 group to go through Rooty Hill High School is well prepared for the Higher School Certificate with the support of their teachers and peers.

There are 162 students set to graduate in August ahead of the HSC exams, for which timetables were released on Wednesday.

"I think there's more of a support network because there are 161 other people going through exactly what you're going through," year 12 student Breayla Harding said.

"It just makes it that much easier through a stressful time."

Breyala and fellow year 12 students Tiana Edwards and Tyrell McCarthy were pleased with their timetables.

Tiana, who studies extension 1 and 2 maths, chemistry, physics, and advanced English said: "It's not all spread out, but also not compounded, so it's nice."

Tyrell has four of five exams in October, including the performance of four songs for music.

"I actually like a lot of music so I might perform one jazz song and some country music just to switch up the genres to get higher marks," he said.

The students have also made the most of whole school events, with theirs the largest attendance of swimming and athletics carnivals by a year 12 group.

"They've really shown they want to experience the whole life of the school, rather than just focusing on the study aspect," year 12 adviser Jayson Mondinos said.

"They're the ones showing us that they can maintain balance, rather than us trying to force it on them.

"They're a very inspiring bunch of people, just in the compassion they show for each other and the effort they put in not only to themselves individually but to the community, helping others."

Senior school head teacher Kylie Munzenberger said it was a different task putting support networks in place for a larger group.

‘‘Usually you would have around 120 so an extra 40 student makes a big difference in getting them prepared for the HSC, and to the study skills workshops we do,’’ she said.

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