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HSC Examinations Protocols

(Acting) Deputy Principal, Teaching & Learning, Ms Lynsey Porter

(Acting) Deputy Principal, Teaching & Learning, Ms Lynsey Porter

Please read below the following information regarding the upcoming HSC Examinations.  

All students are to be onsite for the first exam English Paper 1 – on Tuesday, 9 November by 9:20am at the latest.  

We will meet in the Centenary Quad and you will be seated to ensure physical distancing.  

This will be the same for: 

  • English Paper 2 – Wednesday, 10 November (meet at 8:50am)
  • Mathematics Advanced and Standard – Monday, 15 November (meet at 8:50am)
  • Studies of Religion I and II – Thursday, 25 November (meet at 8:55am).

We will meet for all other examinations (except Music I and II) on the Rooftop space, thirty (30) minutes prior to the time published in the NESA HSC Exam timetable below. Please ensure you use the stairs when making your way up to the roof, because you will not be able to access the lift.

>>> Click here to view the 2021 NESA HSC Exam timetable.

Read NESA’s COVID-safe exam rules carefully:

>>> Click here to view NESA’s COVID-safe exam rules.

Ensure on your arrival that you:

  • Sit in your seat (as outlined above) in a minimum of 1.5 metres apart while waiting for screening and before entering the exam room
  • Use hand sanitiser as you enter the exam room
  • Do not interact in groups before or after exams
  • Confirm, when asked, that the following does not apply to you:
  • If you or someone in your household has flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore/scratchy throat, shortness of breath, loss of taste or sense of smell) or visited a venue of concern.
  • If you have been tested for COVID-19 and haven’t received your negative test result yet.
  • If you are required to self-isolate.

HSC Examinations Key Points and Processes

1. Students were issued with a copy of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Rules and Regulations instructions at the start of Year 12. It is each student’s responsibility to comply with these regulations and attend his examinations on the correct date and time.

>>> Click here to view the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Rules and Regulations instructions.

2. Misreading the timetable is not a ground for misadventure.

3. >>> Click here to view the 2021 NESA HSC Exam timetable.

The examinations begin with English Advanced and Standard Paper 1 at 9:50 am on Tuesday, 9 November. Make sure you read the special equipment list carefully on P.2 for each of your applicable subjects.

4. Students should be in attendance at least thirty (30) minutes prior to the scheduled starting time in full College Uniform including the College Jersey. College rules regarding shaving, hairstyles etc… apply throughout the examination period.  

5. Students must bring their ID cards. All mobile phones and notes must be put away in lockers — they cannot be taken into the examination room.

6. The College understands that NESA permits students to leave the examination room prior to the scheduled finishing time. It is an expectation of the College that students should use all available time to complete each examination to the best of their ability. Any student leaving an examination prior to the finishing time must sign out at the Wellbeing Centre. The College does not accept any responsibility incurred from a student’s early departure.

7. COVID-19 measures from NSW Health include the following advice:

a) Students and staff must not attend an exam if:

i) They have flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore/scratchy throat, shortness of breath, loss of taste or sense of smell);

ii) They have been tested for COVID-19 and have not yet received their test result;

iii) They have been directed by NSW health to self-isolate;

iv) They have tested positive for COVID-19.

b) Students and staff must:

i) Confirm they have not been asked by NSW Health to self-isolate and do not have any flu-like symptoms before they enter the exam room;

ii) Practice good personal hygiene during the exam including:

      1. regularly wash their hands;
      2. cough and sneeze into their elbow;
      3. avoid touching their face;

c) Students and staff must wear a face mask. NESA has sent through further details regarding masks this week which are outlined below:

HSC students must wear a face mask inside the exam room and while waiting to enter, unless they have a medical exemption.

Students can remove their mask to adjust it or drink water.

It is a breach of exam rules to not wear a mask (without a medical exemption).

The Presiding Officer will refer students who are not wearing a mask to the Principal to discuss consequences.

The consequences of not wearing a mask have been included in the Malpractice Warning, which is read to students at the start of every exam by the Presiding Officer.

Requiring students to wear a face mask during the HSC exams reduces the risk of students, presiding officers and supervisors:

  • contracting and/or transmitting COVID in the exam room
  • being classified as a close contact, should there be a COVID positive case in the exam room.

d) If a student presents with flu-like symptoms they may be required to leave the exam room and will be advised to be tested for COVID-19 and seek medical advice;

e) Students submit a COVID illness/misadventure application, where appropriate;

f) Students with known illnesses with symptoms similar to COVID-19 will need to provide necessary medical documentation and notify Ms Porter prior to the examination.

8. Any students who are absent (as per the COVID-19 instructions above) or running late due to unforeseen circumstances must notify Ms Kath Knowles as soon as possible on 9369 0651 or

Wishing you all the best for the upcoming examination period.


Ms Lynsey Porter

Director of Curriculum