Awards and events at NESA

NESA celebrates the achievements of students and teachers through awards, showcases, and merit lists. Browse the lists of HSC high achievers and see the recognition events taking place throughout the year.

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HSC showcases and events

Students who excelled in creative arts and technology subjects for the HSC are celebrated in the annual HSC Showcase season.

For details about the 2023 HSC showcase launch, plus resources from current and past showcases, browse the HSC showcase season resource page.

You can also view all HSC showcases and events or search showcases and events by subject.


Callback is the HSC showcase celebrating the creative talents of HSC Dance students. Find out event information and how to watch the Callback performances.


Shape presents a selection of outstanding major projects from HSC Design and Technology, Industrial Technology, and Textiles and Design.


Onstage is a celebration of the highest-achieving HSC Drama students in NSW. Find out the event information and when the Onstage is taking place.


The Young Writers’ Showcase celebrates the major works created by students in HSC English Extension 2. Learn where the event is taking place and how to read the showcased works


Encore celebrates the creativity of HSC Music students. Learn more about the showcase event and where it is taking place.

Visual Arts

ARTEXPRESS showcases the creativity and talent of HSC Visual Arts students. Find out where an ARTEXPRESS event is taking place and how to access the virtual events.

View the latest HSC merit lists

These lists celebrate the outstanding achievements of students in HSC courses and VET exams.

Browse the HSC merit lists

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HSC and Careers Expo

This annual event helps NSW students in Years 10, 11 and 12 prepare for the HSC and future career opportunities. Find out when are where the expos are taking place across NSW.

Learn about the HSC and Careers Expo

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Other events

First in Course Ceremony

The First in Course Ceremony recognises the students who came first or equal first in an HSC course. The 2023 recipients will be announced on Wednesday 13 December 2023. Find our more about the ceremony. 

Auslan K – 10 Syllabus announcement

The new Auslan K – 10 Syllabus was announced at an event held on Tuesday 22 August. Find out more about the event and the new syllabus.

Brother John Taylor Memorial Prize

NESA recognises students who overcame significant hardship while excelling in their HSC. Learn about the prize, past recipients and the 2023 event date.


World Teachers’ Day

A day to recognise the work NSW teachers do for primary, secondary and early childhood students. Learn how to get involved and celebrate at your school.

HALT Recognition Ceremony

On Friday 27 October, NESA celebrated the achievements of 57 teachers who have achieved their HALT accreditation over the last year. Watch the 2023 award ceremony and learn how to get involved.

Student Literary Awards

This ceremony recognises the literacy achievements of students in NSW. Watch the online ceremony, browse the photo gallery and see who received a literary award.

Student Sessions

NESA teams up with the Sydney Writers' Festival to present specialsessions for students. Learn about the speakers in the session and how to access the online and in-person events.

WriteOn competition

NESA's annual imaginative writing competition for primary school students in NSW. Learn how to enter, the judging criteria and when the competition closes.

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Get in contact with NESA

You can contact NESA by phone or post

Call: +61 2 9367 8111

NSW Education Standards Authority
PO Box 5300
Sydney NSW 2001

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