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July 23, 2018

 It’s that time of year again when our Year 12 students begin to feel the pressure of their impending Higher School Certificate (HSC) exams.

Well, Sutherland Shire Libraries have you covered, with several “de-stress” programs on offer to help students cope during what can be a very challenging time.
“We know lots of young people feel the pressure when exam time hits,” said Sutherland Shire Mayor Carmelo Pesce.
“At Council, we are always looking at new ways to support young people within our community and this is just one way we can assist in making the HSC exams experience a little less stressful.”
On Wednesday 1 August 2018, students in need of a break from study can spend the evening with some lovable greyhounds, thanks to our friends at Greyhound Rescue.
“Greyhounds are gentle, 70 kilometre-an-hour couch potatoes,” said Greyhound Rescue volunteer Fiona Chisholm.
“As a breed, they are generally quiet, calm and have no ‘doggie smell’ due to their short-haired coat.
“We encourage everyone who needs a study break to join us for a therapeutic pat and chat.”
Other events aimed to help students with their study preparation include spending an evening at the library for a Lock-In with HSC experts and markers.
The after-hours lock-in at Engadine Library will be an exclusive evening for HSC students.
“The library will provide access to senior HSC markers from First Class Tutoring on a range of subjects, as well as free WiFi, comfortable study space and pizza!” said Mayor Pesce.
Those tackling Biology, PDHPE or English exams can attend the final three of Sutherland Shire Libraries’ praised lecture series.
Experienced HSC teachers and markers will present on core topics and share their best exam tips.
More stress-busting activities will be held in partnership with the Sutherland and St George Mental Health Interagency with Love Your Mind health promotion service running sessions in the first two weeks of October.
Events details:
De-stress with a Grey: Wednesday 1 August, 6.00pm-7.30pm
HSC Lock-in at Engadine Library: Wednesday 22 August, 5.30pm-7.30pm
HSC English (Discovery) Lecture: Wednesday 29 August, 6.00pm-8.00pm
HSC Biology Lecture: Wednesday 5 September, 6.00pm-8.00pm
HSC PDHPE: Tuesday 11 September, 6.00pm-8.00pm
Love Your Mind: Tuesdays and Thursdays in the first two weeks of October, 4.30pm-6.30pm
For more information or reserve your space, visit;


  • Sutherland Shire Mayor Carmelo Pesce with HSC Student at Sutherland Shire Libraries
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