Dear Parents and Carers
We welcome all students back to campuses on Tuesday 21 July.
Hastings Secondary College along with all other NSW Schools continue to be safe and operations are in line with Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHHPPC) and NSW Health guidelines.
All students are expected to attend their respective campuses unless they are unwell or have a medical certificate to support their absence.
It is essential that any families who have been in an identified COVID-19 hotspot over the break follow the self-isolation requirements.
Please contact your campus if you have any questions or concerns.
To ensure the safety of our students and staff, the College asks any members of our College community who have visited or travelled from Victoria over the holiday break to review the NSW Health Advice Self Isolation Guidelines at the following link -https://bit.ly/3iGwwoq. If you have been to Victoria within the last 14 days, you must self-isolate for 14 days from the time you were last in Victoria.
The College adheres to current infection control guidelines to maintain the health and safety of students and staff. If your child presents to school unwell they will be isolated and you will be contacted to collect your child. Your campus will provide learning from home materials to continue their learning.
The College monitors infection control and personal hygiene practices.
We will continue to promote and encourage regular washing of hands, exclusion of any staff and students who are unwell, avoiding the sharing of food and personal items and cleaning of any shared items such as musical instruments, learning and sporting equipment between uses.
Students should continue to bring water bottles from home to fill at water bubblers rather than drink directly from the bubbler.
Hastings Secondary College will continue to monitor and plan for any changes in local circumstances that may arise, including changes in health advice or local restrictions.
The following have recommenced in our College:
- Library access (PDF 122KB) ensuring supervisors/staff maintain physical distancing
- School sporting activities including all contact sports and inter-school sport competitions
- Choirs and performing arts (PDF 231KB) including interschool activities such as debating, public speaking and performing arts
- School assemblies (limited to 15 minutes and no external visitors)
- Allied health providers, wellbeing and case management professionals (including NDIS suppliers and health programs such as student vaccination programs and dental health programs)
- Incursions/external adult providers to support delivery of curriculum (e.g. music tutors, sport skills development programs, science demonstrations, drama tutors,) and day field trips to outdoor locations that require minimal physical distancing considerations (e.g. DoE Environmental Education Centres and sport and recreation facilities, trips to local river to collect water samples)
Student activities that can recommence in our College:
- White Card training by external providers
- Face-to-face TAFE attendance
- School-based apprenticeships and traineeships, work experience and VET work placements can proceed subject to the availability of placement and appropriate risk assessments. For any that can't proceed, please see the NESA websiteExternal link where relevant
- VET work placements can proceed subject to the availability of placement and appropriate risk assessments. For any that can't proceed, please see the NESA websiteExternal link
- School-based apprenticeships and traineeships can recommence once the relevant workplaces are back in operation
- Students may attend other schools for essential curriculum-related reasons or placements (e.g. auditions or placement tests or Year 7 orientation). For Year 7 orientation, schools should implement measures to reduce the mixing of students from different schools and maintain attendance records of participating students
Activities on hold until further notice
A small number of activities remain on hold and will be reconsidered during Term 3:
- School camps
- Excursions (other than field trips explained above)
- Interstate excursions
- International excursions (cancelled until further notice)
- Gathering of large groups of staff (from either one school or from multiple schools) for face to face conferences, all day professional learning activities, meetings or planning sessions.
- Parent and carer attendance at assemblies and other school events (schools may consider planning Year 12 graduation ceremonies adopting current restrictions and considering best and worst-case scenarios or delaying until later in the year. Further advice will be issued if restrictions are relaxed later in the term)
- Parent and carer volunteers – e.g. parent reading helpers (note: canteen and uniform shop volunteers are permitted subject to signing the visitor acknowledgement form (link)
- School-based activities that involve large gathering of adults. These include parent/community gatherings such as parent functions, working bees, fundraisers, school BBQs, large parent information evenings, and large on-site cultural events.
- Certain large arts and sports events are cancelled or delayed. Many large-scale arts events and sports tournaments rely upon feeder activities and have long-lead time organisational arrangements. As a consequence, a number of annual activities are planned to be delayed or cancelled.
The College supports all students and have made Year 12 a priority through the specialised staff of year advisors, senior study and learning support teachers, careers advisors and Deputy Principals. These staff are accessible at all times and continue to keep Year 12 up to date with any NESA decisions. For more information see the NESA Website for News Updates. The College will continue to keep students and families informed of any changes.
If you require further information please refer to updated advice for families and https://education.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/advice-for-families#School0 or contact your campus.
Port Macquarie Campus
(02) 6583 1844
16 Owen St, Port Macquarie NSW 2444
(02) 6583 6400
Findlay Avenue, Port Macquarie NSW 2444