Hello everybody,

My name is Erica Browning. I have been a Mathematics teacher since 2005 and I have been at Hastings Secondary College, Westport Campus since 2010. Prior to being a teacher, I worked in the finance industry, working in the pensions and actuarial departments of insurance companies. Without a doubt however, teaching is my favourite job and I’ve never been more proud of the place at which I work. At Hastings Secondary College, Westport Campus you will find caring and passionate staff who go above and beyond to provide great opportunities for all the students.

When I was growing up I moved frequently around the state, living in places like Wingham, Cobar, Sydney and Kincumber. Every time we moved I had to learn to make new friends at a new school, which I used to find daunting. So, I have some understanding of what it can be like starting a new school and the challenges it brings.

Don’t worry however, we have you covered! I am here to support your child and ensure they are able to take advantage of all the great opportunities we have here at Westport Campus.  

I simply can’t wait to meet and greet all of our wonderful Year 7 students during their transition program and welcome them back on the first day next year. By then it will seem like we are old friends.

Bring on 2020!​

Finally, did you know I know every digit of Pi? Just not in the right order!


My name is Cassandra Stirton and 2020 will be my thirteen year as a teacher with the Department of Education. I moved back to Port Macquarie at the start of 2018 after having worked at Woolgoolga and Tamworth for extended periods of time.

As a teenager, I had a very passionate, kind and creative Visual Arts Teacher at Wauchope High School, who inspired me to want to become a teacher. I really enjoy working with teenager and young adults, getting a daily insight into their worlds and learning about their interests. As a teacher, I aim to ensure that all of my students are given the equal opportunity to feel success in my classroom. Seeing my students develop new artmaking skills and them feeling proud of their finished artworks brings me a great sense of joy. 

I look forward to meeting our Port Macquarie Campus Year 7 cohort for 2020, working alongside Miss Perkins to support our students through their high school journey.


My name is Miss Perkins, I am a PDHPE teacher and I will be your Year Adviser in 2020. I moved to Port Macquarie this year, so I am also new to Hastings Secondary College and I have no doubt that you will all be as warmly welcomed as I have been by all the staff and students.

Prior to becoming a teacher I was a Youth Worker, assisting disadvantaged young people in the community and supporting young people in a rural high school. In addition to this, I worked in the fitness industry for many years.

I then decided I would combine my interests in physical activity, health and working with young people together and become a PDHPE teacher. Through these experiences I have developed a passion for holistic health and wellbeing, an understanding of the challenges that young people face during adolescence and how we can support them. I believe this will help me to guide you through your high school journey.

In my spare time I enjoy playing sport and horse riding. I also love to travel and have spent time living, working and exploring in other countries.

I look forward to meeting you and your families as we begin this exciting new chapter.