As we all know, this year has been extremely stressful due to the lockdowns and restrictions brought about as a result of COVID-19. While this has been difficult for everyone, it has had a significant impact on Year 12 students completing their HSC this year – remote learning was introduced during a time when they needed face-to-face learning the most and exams were pushed back with underlying uncertainties still present…so before we started to place participants in Team 66, we were concerned that there would not be enough interest.
However, this was not the case. The participants chosen to take part in Campbelltown’s HSC Accelerated Program were made aware of the intensity and fast-paced nature of the program. They were made aware that their exams would run through the program and that they would still have to maintain a high level of attendance at Bootcamp. The participants remained keen and did not seem to be deterred by the expectation. They turned up on their first day with a sense of determination and excitement brewing in the air. The excitement levels were also high from the staff as this was the 1st team back on site since the Campbelltown site was forced into lockdown in July.
So far, Team 66 have described Bootcamp as a positive experience – they are being challenged, keeping active, learning new skills, and making new friends. Despite the stress of their exams, Team 66 still come into Bootcamp the next day and work hard on the tasks they are given.
We are proud of Team 66 for not only the commitment to complete their schooling but also their motivation in completing the program which will ensure they are prepared for the next journey in their lives….the workforce!