Year 12 – The ‘Important’ Year

Today was the first ‘not-so-official‘ day of Year 12. You know, the couple of weeks where the teachers pretend they’re not starting on the HSC syllabus (even though everyone does it)?

I like to call it ‘limbo’

And being the first day of ‘limbo’, we were subjected to the “this-is-a-very-important-12-months-for-you” speech.

May or may not actually be my teacher

May or may not actually be my teacher

Oh yeah. Because this isn’t the first time we’ve heard that one…

Year 7:

This is an important year for you… It’s your first year in high school. You’ve gone from being the big fish in a small pond to being the little guppies in a huge ass ocean. You’re going to annoy everyone when you can’t find you way to class, and there is a hit-list going around the school with your names on them. Don’t mess up!

Year 8:

This is an important year for you… Congratulations, you survived! You’re no longer the midgets new kids, there are now people dumber and more annoying than you. You can no longer use the excuse of getting lost for being late to class. Don’t mess up!

Year 9:

This is an important year for you… and not just because most of you are turning 15 and can watch M-rated movies! Teachers now know your names and you have a reputation amongst your peers and the other grades whether you like it or not. It’s the year before your School Certificate so pay attention! This could come in handy. Don’t mess up!

Year 10:

This is an important year for you… You can get your L’s, drop out at the end of the year, and its School Certificate time! Your first taste of external testing, how exciting. Once again, most people hate you. You annoy the year 12s by whinging about having to do your teeny weeny School Certificate and pretend to be as awesome as the senior students. Sorry, not yet. Don’t mess up!

Year 11:

This is an important year for you… Your preliminary course. Think of it as a warm-up for the HSC just around the corner. You decided to stay in school and you’re the new seniors. You love abusing your new found position of power. Unfortunately, this means you have responsibility. Oh and by the way, nothing you do this year counts towards anything really, we just like wasting your time like this 🙂 Don’t mess up!

Year 12:

This is the most important year of your young lives… The HSC! *pause for dramatic effect*. This is the be all or end all. Sure, you’re the oldest people in the school and everyone looks up to and respects you now. The teachers adore you, and you have some serious power over all the other students. There’s just that small problem of the end of year exams which control the rest of your life! Just don’t mess up, or you’re screwed.


That, my friends, is what school is like. Every year is just another ‘important’ step into becoming awesome university students.

I can’t wait until this is over.