HOLIDAYS aren’t all about lying in the sun and forgetting about school for 25 Tamworth HSC students.
These students have decided to focus their school holiday energies into the HSC Lockdown program run by the NSW Scripture Union.
Co-ordinator Melanie Taylor said the intensive study initiative tried to create a model HSC preparation week.
It’s a combination of study, assistance from teachers, seminars, time to socialise, being fed properly, taking time outside with trips to the movies and dinner, and spiritual sessions talking about what matters most.
“It models how they can do everything they want and still study effectively,” Ms Taylor said.
“It’s wonderful to see how disciplined they are at the end of six years of high school.
“This program is giving them an environment where they can flourish and if they study and prepare in groups, it’s not so scary.”
Ms Taylor said she had “been there, done that”, so now she could help these students prepare the best way they could for the exams, which begin in two weeks.
Participant James Hasson from Tamworth High School said he wanted to get a solid study plan and motivation from the week, which he had achieved.
“I was really excited about the program. I’ve just known about it through teachers at school, siblings and church,” he said.
Fellow HSC student Maddi Ford from Peel High said she wanted to learn how to best manage her time.
“I want to learn to paraphrase and get to the core of what I read,” she said.
The program’s popularity has increased over four years.