Year 12 students are nurtured in their HSC year both individually and as the senior year group. The role of the Year Advisor is crucial in monitoring students' social and emotional well-being and regular feedback is given to the Deputy Principal responsible for Year 12 by all teaching staff.
While the Year 12 students do have the HSC as a strong academic focus, welfare programs are such that students can see themselves as unique individuals who are much more than a "mark" in the HSC or an ATAR score. The school provides a well-established mentor system for all Year 12 students. Staff mentors meet regularly with students on a one-to one basis or in small groups to support and encourage them in all their endeavours. Positive relationships are established between the students and their mentors, creating for the students a real sense of belonging to a caring and nurturing school.
Grit Factor Program
Hornsby Girls High School's Positive Education Program for Year 12 is called the 'Grit Factor.' It runs on Fridays period 3 once a fortnight. The program aims to strengthen resilience in the students' final year of school through physical fitness and persistence to long term goals. The structured Grit Factor program supports student wellbeing through promoting physical fitness and social/emotional connections.