World Teachers Day

On Friday we came together to recognise and present awards to outstanding educators, who have been nominated by their peers as leaders in the profession.

World Teachers Day is celebrated on Friday 26 October 2018. The day allows students, parents and community members to show their appreciation for teachers and the positive impact they have on our lives.

Each day Hastings Secondary College teachers make a positive difference — creating opportunities for their students, empowering the minds of young people and proudly teaching our future leaders, innovators, and influencers.

What a proud partnership moment it was to see all the teachers from the Hastings Valley Community of Schools congratulated. 

World Teachers Day


In the true essence of teaching dedication, Mr Luke  Schmitzer was unable to attend the presentation as he was with his student cattle show team at the Upper Hunter Beef Bonanza in Scone. His commitment to providing student agricultural enthusiasts with competition and education in the Australian Beef Industry is outstanding.

Hastings Secondary College outstanding teachers for 2018 are:

Clare Farmer – Clare is dedicated to positively changing the lives of every student, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. She is a Year Adviser who is highly engaged in her students’ education and wellbeing.

Clare is an outstanding music teacher who strives to better her own practice at all times for the benefit of others while maintaining the highest professionalism. Clare is a teacher who goes above and beyond; she is the Choir director, Concert Band Co-director and Dance Choreographer and Director.

Deanna Maurer – Deanna is an outstanding teacher of Mathematics, with a thorough knowledge of syllabus content as well as being a practitioner of highly engaging teaching methods. She has achieved exceptional results in the Senior Mathematics and Mathematics Extension courses.

Deanna has been a school team leader in the areas of Wellbeing and Positive Behaviour for Learning, which as seen her both implement and support staff in a range of initiatives that have positively recognised students and encouraged their overall wellbeing and engagement in learning. Deanna is highly respected by students, staff and parents alike.

Luke Schmitzer– Luke contributes to the successful development of students at Hastings Secondary College through his dedication and exemplary teaching performance in the area of Science and Agriculture.

He has been instrumental in the development of Primary Industries at the College. Primary Industries is a Vocational Education and Training subject which provides students the opportunity to gain industry-recognised national vocational qualifications in Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservations and Land Management and Rural Operations. This program allows students a clear pathway if they wish to pursue a career in this area when leaving school. Luke’s contribution to the extra-curricular agricultural programs is also of an exceptional level.

Heidi Speers – Heidi is a very experienced educator who has contributed to the successful development of students both academically and through their involvement with the community. Her commitment to Vocational Education through the Hospitality Program at Hastings Secondary College is exemplary. Heidi is passionate about giving students the skills to get to achieve their dreams and goals in post-school destinations.

Annie Stanford – Annie is passionate about the welfare and wellbeing of all students. Through her work as a Home School Liaison Officer, Annie’s commitment to supporting students and families to improve school attendance is exemplary.

She works closely with students, families, schools and local agencies to ensure that all parties are supported, and the best possible outcome is achieved for each student on an individual basis. Annie works tirelessly to support all schools across the Hastings Valley from Kindergarten through to Year 12.

Nicole Wells – Nicole is an outstanding teacher of Languages, she uses a variety of engaging and innovative activities to support students to develop their language skills. She coordinates an annual student exchange program with our sister school Okadama Senior High School, Sapporo, Japan which enriches our students’ cultural understanding.

Nicole is compassionate in supporting the welfare of students in her role as Year Advisor and is known for her approachable and meticulous nature.

Nicole has been a critical member of the Creative and Performing Arts team through her contribution to productions, showcases of student work and performance. Mrs Wells is a highly valued member of our school teaching staff and an exemplary role model for beginning teachers in her professionalism and kind manner.

World Teachers Day


World Teachers Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide, World Teachers' Day was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1994 to recognise the role of teachers in society.