Graduate set for bright future

Harriet Brealey is keen to start the next chapter of her life since finishing high school.

She was among the 110 local graduates who received their HSC (High School Certificate) results last week.

“I’m glad to be done,” Harriet said. “Even though I was done, I was stressed… now I’m feeling pretty good.”

The former Broken Hill High School student was one of many pupils in the Class of 2021 who couldn’t wait to get their marks.

She studied Modern History, English (Advanced), Visual Arts, Society and Culture and Legal Studies in her final year.


Harriet explained that initial nerves she felt turned into delight when she received her scores.

She said capping off a big year with an impressive ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) of 80.7 was a “pretty good” feeling.

“I wasn’t very confident…a lot was getting on top of me, but it turns out that I did alright,” Harriet said.

“It was a nice surprise I did so well and I’m glad that all my studying paid off.”

Her hard worked earnt her a feature on NSW Education’s ‘Distinguished Achievers’ list, along with six of her peers across the two local high schools.

Distinguished Achievers lists the students who achieved a result in the highest band (Band 6 or Band E4) for one or more courses.

Harriet’s grade in Visual Arts secured that spot which is now an area she wants to explore further.

The HSC school leaver received and accepted an offer from the National Arts School in Sydney to study a Bachelor of Visual Arts.

“Up until recently, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do,” Harriet said.

“It’s going to be dauting to move from the country to the big city. I’m pretty nervous but pretty excited.”

The three-year course, that starts in March, will provide Harriet the foundation to expand her skills and give her a greater insight into what career pathway she could take.

“I’m not too sure what my long-term goal is but this will give me the experience to see where it takes me,” she said.

“It’s going to be nice to get that extra freedom, gain independence and get a good job.”

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