Identical twins Ethan and Matt Hyde knuckling down for the high school examinations at Wollumbin High School this week.
Identical twins Ethan and Matt Hyde knuckling down for the high school examinations at Wollumbin High School this week.

Identical twins are poles apart

BROTHERS born together do not necessarily study together.

Uki identical teenage twins Ethan and Matt Hyde, 18, are in the midst of the biggest examinations of their lives: the High School Certificate.

The Wollumbin High School students, along with 69,261 others from around the state - the largest to sit the exam in the state's history.

On the NSW North Coast alone there are 7762 students sitting the HSC.

Despite their many similarities, Ethan and Matt could hardly be further apart in the classroom.

“Besides maths and English there are no other subjects we do together,” Ethan said.

“I'm doing legal studies, design and technology. Matt studies music, art, ancient history and sport, life and recreation. “I've already started an apprenticeship at Cricks Automotive in Murwillumbah. Matt is looking to do a personal fitness training course.”

Matt said the HSC tests have been better than expected so far.

“We're just taking it a bit easier. It's not worth stressing over because you're not going to be doing your best then,” he said. “We've had good support from the school.”

To obtain the HSC, students must complete courses that total at least 22 units over Years 11 and 12.

The HSC written examinations began on Tuesday and will end on November 13.

Examinations range from English to Latin, physics to drama and even software design and development.

HSC results will be available to students via the internet, SMS text message and automated telephone services from 6am on Wednesday, December 16.

Students will also receive result summaries in the mail on Friday, December 18, and their full credentials by mail on Tuesday January 12.

The pre-Christmas release of HSC results gives students more time to take advantage of career information and other support services before making decisions about university, TAFE and employment offers or other plans.

THE HSC Examination Inquiry Centre is open from now until noon on Thursday, December 31. Students can talk to experienced Board of Studies and school staff about their HSC results. Contact 13 11 12.



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