At the end of 2017 I was appointed to the role of head of year 12. It came as a bit of a surprise as, in a teaching career spanning over 40 years, I had never been appointed head of anything.
What attracted me to this position was that it gave me an opportunity to play an active role in shepherding year 12 through their higher school certificate (HSC) year. I didn’t quite know how I was going to do it but having taught year 12 for many years, I did know that for some inexplicable reason the pressure on students in their final years has multiplied exponentially.
Let alone the pressure on teachers. And parents.
When I addressed year 12 for the first time a year ago the first thing I told them was that it was their HSC not anyone else’s. I told…