In welcoming students back to Term 2, I reminded them of the Core values of Hastings Secondary College, Port Macquarie Campus; that of being Proud, Motivated, Honest and Safe. The student body provided an outstanding example of being PROUD at last Thursday’s ANZAC Day March. I was proud to walk alongside Mr Duck and our school captains Tina, Lewis, Tayla and Zack along with many staff and students as we made our way toward the Cenotaph on the Town Green. The number of staff and students who attended in school uniform was a great demonstration of the respect we have for our ex-servicemen and women.
Another proud moment for our students and staff is the upcoming Film by the Breakwall, making its debut on Wednesday 8 May at Majestic Cinema. This will be a delightful evening and I thank Ms Karen Noble and her team of staff and talented students in preparing this wonderful event. This is a first of it’s kind in Port Macquarie and we will be at the forefront of this innovation.
I am MOTIVATED to help build bright futures for all of our students. Motivated to develop lasting partnerships between our campus and our families and the wider community. Motivated to work cooperatively to promote these values and develop our students to be successful learners, confident and creative individuals who will be active and informed citizens leading fulfilling, productive and responsible lives. I ask that our Year 7 and 9 students are motivated to do their best in the upcoming Week 3 NAPLAN tests.
HONEST in my communication and in building relationships with integrity. We have the opportunity to continually reflect on the educational landscape of our college and give thanks to all who contribute to it’s success.
We all the right to feel SAFE. As a leader, one of my roles is to ensure the safety of all members of my community, the staff, students and wider community. For me, being safe is utmost and we all have a role to play in this by speaking respectfully to one another, using our mobile phones to text and post positive messages and to care for others.
There is no escaping the hard work that underpins academic success and utilising learning opportunities. The shared vision for our campus is to inspire, challenge and empower each other through the promotion of learning excellence, fostering wellbeing and resilience, developing strong and authentic relationships and working collaboratively to build our college community. This is a vision of and for a community of learners – it is not just the students who learn, but ALL who are a part of our campus. How will we do this? With our hands.
Our hands hold great significance and we don’t give them enough credit. We shake our friend’s hands in greeting and support, we hold our partners hands as a sign of love and commitment to one another, parents hug their child when they are distressed. We write, make music, drive, complete manual jobs, operate machinery, care for others, all using our hands.
Education is very much ‘hands on’. We teach using our hands. We prepare lessons, we assess and report to parents, we direct and model expectations with our hands. Beginning with our partner primary schools, the K-12 learning journey happens successfully because of the many hands touching the lives of every child in our learning community. My expectation is that every child in our care is known, valued and cared for.
As I begin my journey as Principal, I extend my hands to staff, students, parents and community members. Our school works best when there is open and honest communication between school and home. A great place to make suggestions and to provide feedback to us is at both our Parent Lounge meetings on the 7 May and our regular P&C meetings held every 3rd Tuesday of every month. Our next meeting is the 21 May at 6:30pm in the staff common room.
I look forward to working hand in hand with you during the year.