It takes a village to raise a child.
The same applies to young adults preparing for the Higher School Certificate (HSC).
While the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted traditional learning, students' schools, families and friends have rallied behind them in the lead-up to exams.
Southern Highlands Christian School vice captain Grace Jenkins was one of the many students who benefited from a school support network in recent months.
"There's been good and bad [this year] but this school has been so beautiful," she said.
Grace said she felt "good" on the eve of her first exam, English Advanced paper one.
"The pressure is hitting a little bit hard now but I know God is in control," she said.
Grace said she planned to take a gap year next year and study ancient history the following year.
The student is also a talented performer who is planning to develop a singing career.
Written exams for the HSC will begin on Tuesday, October 20.
Health and hygeine measures will be in place to keep students COVID-safe.
According to the Education Standards Authority, there are 1209 students enrolled in one or more HSC courses in the Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven region.
Meanwhile in the capital region, which includes nearby Goulburn, there are 1297 students enrolled in at least one HSC subject.
Students across NSW will complete exams for English paper one, Primary Industries and a range of languages on Tuesday, October 20.
Meanwhile on Wednesday, October 21, students will take tests for English paper two and music.
A variety of exams from ancient history to economics will be held on Thursday and Friday.
Written exams for the HSC will finish on November 11 and results will be released on December 18.