Illawarra Newsroom

NSW high school leavers given green light to attend formals

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All Year 12 students across the Illawarra will be able to attend their end-of-year school celebration following a year of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard has this morning granted an exemption to enable all HSC students in NSW to attend their school's Year 12 formal, dinner, or graduation, regardless of their vaccination status.

"The HSC students of 2021 have had an incredibly tough 18 months, including substantial time without face-to-face teaching, and missing out on seeing friends and family.

"They deserve to be able to party with their friends and enjoy one of the biggest celebrations of their life," Hazzard said.

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the exemption gives all Year 12 students an opportunity to celebrate with their friends after their exams.

"I am so happy that all Year 12 students can celebrate with each other at the end of an incredibly turbulent year.

"Our Year 12 students have worked so hard and I want to commend them for the resilience they have displayed," she said.

The exemption means Year 12 students who have not been vaccinated for COVID-19 will be able to celebrate with the rest of their cohort, if they abide by the public health requirements of the venue they're attending.

The HSC written exams end on December 3 with students set to receive their ATAR on January 20 and results on January 24.

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