Meaghan

Every day I am amazed by our talented students and our supportive teachers who provide them with the opportunity to shine. At the beginning of every week, I look at our campus calendar and wonder how will we achieve all the things we have planned for our students.

It is mind blowing the number of in-class and extracurricular activities that happen in 5 days, and yes, at the end of the week when I look back, I can say we have made a positive impact of student learning.
 
It was a privilege to attend the launch of Luminosity 2020 at the Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Thursday at Rydges attended by the the Principal Leadership Team, our school captains and Year 11 student Bridget Flint. Bridget spoke of her experiences at the 2019 Luminosity Conference. She presented to over 100 business people, (as well as students and teachers across all education sectors) with courage and passion. Her speech came straight from the heart. I will be supporting as many of our senior students as possible to attend this life-changing event.
 
Week 7 saw us complete our visits to all of our Hastings Valley Community of Schools partners with the College Connect program. I want to take this opportunity to thank the staff, parents and students who came along to hear about the opportunities Hastings Secondary College will offer in 2021. Our Vision statement: One College Many Opportunities
 
On the subject of opportunities, on Thursday, students enjoyed a day of contemporary Aboriginal dance with the internationally renowned Bangarra Dance Theatre!
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in years seven to 12 attended workshops to develop dance skills and strengthen cultural significance.
 
Kirra Pendergast from Safe on Social Media and Senior Constable Steve Jeffery gave a presentation at our Thursday evening forum, on how to keep our kids safe when using social media apps. The session was insightful, especially when as parents, we all struggle to stay up to date with the constant changes in technology. While there are so many benefits to social media, it is our priority to ensure we equip our students with the skills to use this technology safely and responsibly. I will be providing parents with more information to inform you about the many resources available for you to engage in conversations with your children around, keeping them safe on social media.
 
Leadership teams from across the campuses worked with the Advocate of Children and Youth Parliament (ACYP) to provide a youth voice on disaster recovery in regional areas. These young emerging and inspiring leaders provided youth input into a report which will be tabled in parliament. Thank you to Patrick Rudd, Jorgabelle Munday and Kingslee Marks for your inspirational leadership and modelling to other students.
 
I encourage our community to come along to the community engagement infrastructure "drop-in session" which will be held at Port Macquarie Campus MPC (School Hall) on 25th March from 4 pm – 6 pm. Concept plans will be made available to you for feedback. As parents and community members of our campus, your input on this project is crucial to the future of our learning environment at Port Macquarie Campus.
 
We are continuing to take advice from the Department of Education who are working with the Ministry of Health to monitor and respond to the unfolding international novel coronavirus situation. Hand washing is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.

Some practical advice for your child includes reminding them to cover their nose and mouth when they cough or sneeze (coughing into their elbow is a useful strategy). Keep their hands clean by washing them regularly with soap and water and avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth before washing their hands. These are easy habits for children to adopt and should help them feel as though they're able to exert some control over their circumstances. I have also made sure that there is hand wash in every toilet across the campus.

If your child must stay at home, your child needs to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including proper diet, sleep, and social contact at home and by email and phone with family and friends.
 
Be reassured; we will be in communication with you around planning and responses if the need arises.