Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—In just one week, Year 12 students throughout NSW will commence their HSC written examinations in what will be the culmination of six years of secondary education. I acknowledge the Maitland students who will be pulling up a chair next Tuesday to sit their first exam. You will be among 75,000 throughout NSW who will sit 120 written HSC exams this year.

To reach this point you have navigated the most unsettled educational period in living memory. Your final year of secondary study, traditionally the most intensive and structured, has instead been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. You were unable to attend school. The delivery of your lessons changed dramatically. Chaos consumed your plans for celebration.

You, your families and your educators were forced to accept, and adapt to, enormous change. To the HSC students of Francis Greenway High School, Maitland Christian School, Maitland Grossmann High School, Rutherford Technology High School, Maitland High School, St Joseph's Lochinvar, All Saints College Maitland and Hunter Valley Grammar School, I salute your perseverance and tenacity.

I wish you every success in your examinations, and along whatever paths you choose in the future.