Camden Matters with Peter Sidgreaves: Support for the Camden Community's Year 12 Students during their HSC

It is fair to say that this HSC year has been one of the strangest and most challenging in living memory. Having seen how quickly and challenging the move to online teaching was for my four daughters. I can imagine how it challenging and disruptive it must be for Camden's Year 12 students preparing to undertake their HSC exams and looking forward for the next step in their life.

The NSW Government recently launched the Stay Healthy HSC campaign which was designed in partnership with ReachOut Australia to support our Year 12 students. For parents looking for information on how best they can support their teenager during their HSC year, ReachOut advises a number of techniques and resources such as templates for helping your teen create a study routine or setting goals.

I was delighted to have been able to inform the NSW Parliament last week of Elderslie High School's SRC and their efforts to promote the importance of students remaining connected with one another. These initiatives are being undertaken by schools right around the electorate and I encourage students to reach out and ask for support from their peers, parents and teachers. The NSW Government has also set up a hotline and email for our Year 12 Students who have questions on how COVID will impact their HSC exams. The number for this is 1300 138 323 or you can contact them at covid19support@nesa.nsw.edu.au.

With roughly three months until the 2020 HSC begins on Monday 19 October, I want to wish the Camden electorate's Year 12 students all the best for your final term of school. You have shown great resilience this year with all of these changes. If there is ever anything I can do to assist you to either access resources or advice, please don't hesitate to contact me on 02 4655 3333 or at camden@parliament.nsw.gov.au. If you need help managing stress during the HSC, you can visit ReachOut.com