The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little ‘extra’ and that describes our campus perfectly as you read this edition of our newsletter which outlines the fantastic achievements of our students and the staff who support them every day.

The Subject Selection Evening for Year 10 - 11 was held on Tuesday Evening at Panthers Club in the main Auditorium. We had a number of local University providers (University of Newcastle, Charles Sturt, Southern Cross and the University of NSW. TAFE and Mid Coast Connect also worked alongside our staff in assisting students with their decisions around senior pathways for 2020. What I keep reminding our wider community is that there are no other educational providers in this area that can offer 5 distinct and interlocking pathways under one roof for such diverse study. We can. Our college offers Platinum, ATAR, Flex, Industry based Training and Fast Track to Employment pathways. We are the school of choice.

The Athletics Carnival was held on Thursday with our Wednesday half day postponed due to inclement weather. It was a fantastic day. Very well organised, with great attendance and serious competition.  Student participation in all events was a highlight of the day. The cooperation and collegiality between staff and students was very evident and my congratulations particularly to Mr Sanderson, Mr Huens, and the PDHPE Faculty for their organisation of the day.  To all the staff, thankyou for dressing up in your House colours and supporting your students so that they were at their events on time and participating. The best race for me was the last event, the 4 x 100 m relay. I have not seen such fierce determination on the faces of young people in some time. I was so very excited to see this. I know now that our students can apply this determination to their studies. Congratulations and well done to Digby Pollard who not just broke the school’s long jump record but smashed it by approximately 60 cm!! The House point score is so close with only 4 points separating 3 houses. (I have no doubt Towns is leading)

We continue to receive positive feedback from the community about the outstanding behaviour of students when they are out and about on excursions and sporting events. This is also reflected in their behaviour here at campus events like the Athletics Carnival, on weekly assemblies and in the NAPLAN and mid-course examinations last week. Keep up the great work.