We do not know what the next few months will bring, but if there is a way to help you all celebrate more traditionally, particularly after the HSC exams, I will do everything I can to make it happen.
Despite enduring what seems to be blow after blow during a year we would all prefer to put behind us, students right now can take comfort in the fact that no other cohort in history has had the level of community support that you have right now.
We are here for you, and importantly, you are all here for each other.
No year group since the Second World War has managed such challenges with such distinction. Already you are more prepared and equipped than any year before you to take on post-school life. You will carry 2020 with you forever, so wear it like a badge and wear it proudly.
Closing in on the exams, I implore all of you in year 12 to stay focused. And if you have been distracted, know that it is not too late. Start small, ask for help, and you will get through this.
Your teachers are incredible, and your school is full of people who will support you. Never be afraid to put up your hand and ask for help.
Whether you need support to study, with your mental health and wellbeing, your family or friendships and everything in between there are good people around you who will help you get through this year.
And while the government cannot study for you, sit your exams, or guarantee a formal, we, like the rest of the community, will pull out all the stops to make sure that your final months at school are a success.
You have my word that we will be working hard to see what we can do to deliver your end-of-year celebrations and create more opportunities for you after school.
The remainder of this year still has twists and turns that we cannot see or predict.
But remember that you are the year of 2020, you are the leaders of tomorrow, and we are all behind you as you take on the challenges of the future.
Sarah Mitchell is the NSW Minister for Education.
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Sarah Mitchell is the NSW Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning.