Despite bushfires close to their school in the Blue Mountains, St Columba's High School students managed to sit their HSC exams. Meanwhile, a principal's quick thinking ensured the safety of his students from the fires. Vinnies has launched an appeal.
For the majority of this year, the HSC seemed to be the most exhausting and scary challenge they would face, as of last night most of the students would agree their feelings have significantly changed.
On Friday morning one St Columba's High School student sat the Earth and Environmental Science exam while 35 students finished their Ancient History Exam, at 5pm. St Columba's student, Bonnie Candler, who lives at Winmalee, said for her the last 24 hours have been a roller coaster-for starters as Friday marked her eighteenth birthday.
"We were kind of boxed in last night, there were fires at Lithgow, Yellow Rock and at my school in Springwood, so my family were just preparing for evacuation," she said.
"All last night I was just stressed and couldn't focus on studying."
Olivia Creagh, 18, from Blaxland, said the thought of what could have happened if she left school ten minutes later was terrifying.
"I was studying for my ancient exam and my teacher came in and told me I had to leave ... As I was driving out of the school I saw the fire along the golf course ... If I left 10 minutes later I was told that I could have been trapped," she said.
Photo: St Columba's HSC students, Olivia Creagh, Lily Forster and Bonnie Chandler
Students sit HSC exam after bush fires (Daily Telegraph)