Higher School Certificate students will be able to breathe a sigh of relief this afternoon, with Design and Technology and Textiles and Design marking the end of the 2019 exams.

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the Class of 2019 had worked tirelessly throughout the year and had been particularly diligent over the last four weeks to get to this point.

“I sincerely congratulate each and every student on this incredible achievement and thank the exceptionally dedicated teachers who provided the new HSC courses to such a high standard – they have given students the best opportunity to succeed,” Ms Mitchell said.

Year 12 students across the state tackled 123 exams which included the examination of 16 new syllabuses in English, Mathematics, Science and History.

“Students were tested on how they could apply their knowledge and comprehension of the syllabus. Now they can take some time to unwind, knowing they have put in the hard yards that will lead them on to their next adventure,” Ms Mitchell said.

Roughly 75,000 students were involved in the HSC course this year and close to 68,000 are on track to complete their HSC.

“Regardless of their final mark, the opportunities available to this latest group of HSC students are limitless. I encourage everyone to enjoy the rest before embarking on their next stage of life.”

“HSC students impacted by the NSW bushfires can organise through their schools to apply for a misadventure to ensure they are not disadvantaged,” Ms Mitchell said.

Roughly 13,000 students will sit their final exams today, across Physics, Spanish Beginners, Design and Technology and Textiles and Design. Marking is already underway in preparation for results to be sent out to students via SMS and email on Tuesday 17 December.