HSC Ruining Precious Lives

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How the novel “Looking for Alibrandi” presents the challenges and obstacles facing year 12 students in their final HSC year.
The Higher School Certificate is a locally, nationally and internationally recognised qualification for students who successfully complete secondary education in NSW. It is the final exam a student takes in his/her life at school. The mark that you get is called ATAR and depending on that mark, you will get into the university you want to get into, and by getting an ATAR you can get into any field you like, so long you get the ATAR you are require. For e.g. doctor, lawyer, engineer and etc
Looking for Alibrandi is a 1992 young adult book by Australian author Melina Marchetta. Seventeen year old Josephine Alibrandi is in her final year of an expensive private Catholic high school, preparing for the HSC (the Higher School Certificate, which is the state wide final school exams in NSW). She is a scholarship student, the daughter of Christina Alibrandi, a single mother who had a child at sixteen and was exiled from her Italian-Australian family until her father died, in the recent past from the novel’s point of view. It is a novel where, a teenage Australian girl deals with the traumas of everyday life. These include her difficult relationship with her single mother, the unexpected return of her long-lost father, the disapproving nuns at her strict Catholic school, the acceptance of her school mates, and romantic dilemmas
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