NSW Premier Glady Berejiklian's video transcript

To the class of 2020, you are indeed a special year.

Every time I hear about or think about the HSC exams in the end of year, I think about my own experiences, now more than 30 years ago, and what it felt like for me.

I was anxious, I was stressed, I wanted to do well, but I know now looking back that I did put too much pressure on myself. And I know many of you will be in that same situation.

But living through COVID and the challenges we've been through has made you more resilient. It's made you value your peers, your teachers, your school communities. And I hope all of you know how special you are and how much we appreciate what you're going through.

Can I wish all of you the very best for your examinations. We're making sure that we stay focused so there's as little disruption as possible to all of you doing your exams properly.

And please know that in Term 4, you'll be able to have all those wonderful milestones which you'll remember for all of your lives, whether it's your school formal or your graduation ceremonies. Please enjoy this time.

But please also know that the HSC is the beginning to a next chapter in your life. It means you can achieve anything.

I would never have thought given my circumstances that I'd end up in the job that I have, and many of you will go on to do amazing things.

Don't let anybody tell you you can't, don't let anybody tell you you can't do or be what you want to be. Because I've learned from personal experience that so long as you work hard, I don't believe in luck, so long as you work hard and you're passionate about whatever you want to do, you'll achieve it. Simple as that.

Congratulations, all the very best. And please know that the class of 2020 will always have a special place in the history of New South Wales.

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