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Term 2 is well underway. The coming weeks are full of more exciting events and activities for our campus community, including the Lower North Coast Cross Country in Kempsey and College Concert Band playing at Port City Bowling Club and the P&C Mother’s Day Stall.

It’s been a massive couple of weeks for our sporting teams. Congratulations to Kayle Enfield, Cameron Gray, Jackson O'RourkeO'Rourke and Sam Reniers, who competed in the Swimming NSW Championships 200 m Freestyle Relay this week. What a fantastic effort - ranked 14th in the State.

Our triumphant Hastings Secondary College Under 14's team have progressed to the next round of the prestigious Buckley Shield State-wide competition! 

They displayed excellent skills, teamwork and discipline in all three matches in defeating Wingham High 14-0, Melville High 24-12 and got home in a thrilling finish in the final against Camden-Haven High 14-10 Golden Point time. Onwards now to Coffs Harbour on Tuesday 11 May to take on the best teams in the region. We wish them the best of luck.

Our campus basketball team made the journey to Terrigal to play against Kincumber High in the first round of the CHS Finals Competition. The group consists of Gemma Lawrence, Lily Maqueda, Rusie Southon, Lacey Grainger, Natasha Day, Erin Kaczorowski, Kirra Morris, Darlene Riveros, Layla Horton and Maddie Hughes. All girls are congratulated on their outstanding sportsmanship, efforts and demeanour the entire trip.

The boys' Futsal team won the Mid North Coast region championships. The team consisted of Oliver Barry, Darnell Scott, Ross Charles, Holden O'Brien, Frederick Morris, Callum Barlow, and Daniel Harris. The boys played six other teams from the Mid North Coast region in a group stage format and won 4 of their six games, drawing 3-3 with Taree High School and only losing to Camden Haven 3-0 in an unlucky match.  After playing their hearts out, with great teamwork leading to a 2-1 victory, making them the winners of the day. 

Our Open Boys and Girls Touch teams travelled to Macksville to compete in the Lower North Coast trials. Congratulations to Lesley Smith of Year 10, who was selected to play in the Lower North Coast Football team. We know Les will make us proud, and we wish him and the team luck when they play in the coming weeks. 

Thank you to our wonderful P&C, who tirelessly work on fundraising for our campus community. Last week, parent and teacher volunteer at the Bunnings BBQ, raising much needed funds for our students. Reminder that the P&C will also be selling Mother’s Day gifts on the 6th and 7th May Lunch 1 and 2. Gifts range from $5 - $15.

We look forward to talking with parents at the Parent-Teacher Conferences on Tuesday 4 May. We know that parent involvement is a vital predicament of student success. To make the most of this opportunity, please prepare questions you would like to ask of your student's teachers, i.e. How is my child doing socially, what are my child' challenges, what are my child strengths, what can I do? At home to support. You and your child's teacher can be a strong team of support for your child and a helpful stepping-stone in a successful parent-school partnership.

Recently we have seen an increase in reports that students may be using e-cigarettes (otherwise known as ''vaping'') across NSW schools. We take this issue seriously due to the adverse health effects vaping can have on young people, who are often unaware of the risks associated with the practice.

Vaping is the Act of inhaling a vapour produced by an e-cigarette or electronic vaporizer. The vapour can contain nicotine and other substances and may expose users to chemicals and toxins harmful to health. The devices are small and can be easily hidden in a pocket or bag. The most popular disposable vapes resemble large USB sticks or highlighter pens.

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The vapes pictured above contain 5% nicotine, equivalent to a strong pack of cigarettes. Nicotine is addictive and can harm brain development and impact learning, memory, and attention.

The Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2008 was amended in 2015 to define e-cigarettes and e-cigarette accessories as separate from tobacco products. The Act makes many of the provisions that apply to tobacco products also apply to e-cigarettes and e-cigarette accessories. The Act makes it an offence:

  • to sell e-cigarettes and e-cigarette accessories to persons aged under 18
  •  for adults to buy e-cigarettes and e-cigarette accessories on behalf of persons aged under 18

The NSW Department of Education has advised schools that students should not bring e-cigarettes or e-cigarette accessories onto school premises or use them during school-based activities. Consistent with the Department of Education and school policy - vaping, selling or being in possession of e-cigarettes will result in disciplinary action that may lead to a student being suspended from school.

We ask parents to be informed about this ongoing concern and speak to their children about making positive decisions. Additional information to support parents and students can be found 

at https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/tobacco/Pages/electronic-cigarettes.aspx