Rooty Hill HSC students hit the ground running.

Ready, set, go: Rooty Hill High School year 12 students are well prepared to sit the HSC exams, according to principal Christine Cawsey.

Ready, set, go: Rooty Hill High School year 12 students are well prepared to sit the HSC exams, according to principal Christine Cawsey.

It was all systems go for 136 students at Rooty Hill High School last week as they sat their first HSC exams.

Across the state, year 12 students sat the first exams –  English  – last Thursday and Friday. More than 77,000 students across NSW will sit the HSC, which runs until November 4.

Rooty Hill High School principal Christine Cawsey said the students were all feeling “wonderful” and “prepared.”

“The students and teachers are all feeling great! So far, the feedback has all been very positive,” Ms Cawsey said.

“The English teachers were very happy about the first English exam – except for question two. I believe the students should be tested on what they know and what the they’ve prepared for. I believe the format of the English test was changed from last year.

“Other than that, there has been no other feedback or complaints, yet,” she said.

Ms Cawsey, who has been the principal at Rooty Hill for the last 18 years, said the HSC is like a football grand final.

“You’re either ready or not! But all our students are ready to play,” she said.

And, in answer to the question if she still gets nervous after being involved in 18 years of HSC exams?

“Parents can become very nervous, but there is a lot of support for and resources for parents to draw on,” she said.

“As a parent of two past HSC students, sometimes I think a little benign neglect can be useful.

“I feel very proud of all our teachers, students and parents.”

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