The 2019 HSC Exams officially kick off today, with Dance Performance students beginning their practical tests, followed by Drama from 26 August and Music from 9 September.
This year, around 1000 Dance students will perform over the coming weeks, along with over 4000 Drama students and 5500 Music students. More than a third of this year’s 77,000 HSC students are taking one of nine subjects with a practical or performance component.
Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said HSC courses involving a performance or practical component allow students to develop experience and skills critical for tertiary study and future employment.
“Expressing creativity and demonstrating critical thinking in a variety of situations means these students will develop abilities and experience in ways that potential employers will really value,” Ms Mitchell said.
“Today’s HSC courses offer opportunities for students with diverse interests and individual strengths and ambitions to pursue their dreams and complete their schooling with a highly valued credential, recognised by employers and universities here and around the world.
“I wish all students the very best for their performance exams.”
Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee encouraged more students to take part in an HSC course with a practical component.
“There are so many HSC subjects with practical modules including Dance, Design and Technology, Drama, English Extension 2, Industrial Technology, Music, Society and Culture, Textiles and Design and Visual Arts,” Mr Lee said.
“There really is something for everyone. Our NSW education system is giving students real-world experience that will provide them with the best chance for success in the future.”
The HSC written exams will kick off on Thursday 17 October, starting with English.