Year 12 drama students were the last to take their exit from the Higher School Certificate, with the curtain officially falling on this year’s examination period at 2pm on Friday afternoon.
Students at Callaghan College’s Jesmond Campus said their performance over the past four weeks had ended on a high note, describing the drama paper as “relatively easy”.
“I think we were able to answer the questions and that they did match what we learnt,” Abigail Black from New Lambton Heights said.
“It was easy to interpret.”
Abigail and fellow thespian Michael Leggett said they were looking forward to hitting the sack after hitting the books.
“I’m just looking forward to the holiday, the rest, the wind down from it,” Michael said.
“Just catching up on sleep,” Abigail said.
Both students believed their study of drama would help them in life beyond school walls.
“I want to do teaching,” Michael said.
“I’m going to do music teaching first, but I want to head into drama teaching as well.”
“I want to be a police officer. So it’s not really the same but it helps,” Abigail said.
“It probably has helped me being able to talk to people, just bringing me out of my shell,” she said.
The pair said they wrote about four theatrical works during the 90-minute examination: Parramatta Girls, Talking to Terrorists, The Removalists and Norm and Ahmed. They were also asked to reflecton their experience of composing plays in class.
Michael and Abigail said they had written “verbatim” plays earlier in the year, which required them to interview their parents and friends.
“Verbatim theatre is where your research includes word-for-word interviews,” Michael said.
“So they integrate the interviews and research into the play.”
They were relieved the intellectual pressure was off, for now.
“There is no stress of forgetting exams or forgetting an assignments due the next day,” Abigail said.
“So we can just chill for the next couple of months.”