Week 5 has certainly been a busy one with Year 11 students undertaking mid course examinations and taking up opportunities to engage in workshops with the University of Sydney today. When I entered the library, I felt the energy and excitement of our students in considering their options for University. 

Senior Studies 2020

Year 10 students are about to make very significant decisions with their parents and carers about their transition to Stage 6. The one piece of advice that I will offer is to choose subjects/courses/qualifications that you like. Our senior studies guide 2020 will assist our college students in making informed decisions about the best pathway for their senior success. The beauty of our college is that we offer 5 intertwining pathways that can be undertaken across the college.

I encourage all parents of current Year 10 students to attend the Year 10 into 11 Subject Selection Evening held on 4 June at Port Panthers If you’ve found yourself asking these questions; 

  • What’s my favourite subject?
  • Which subjects am I good at?
  • What subjects should I do to enter the degree I want?
  • How do I enter into a trade, what apprenticeships or traineeships are available?

The Year 10 into 11 Subject Selection Evening is where you can find out how subject selection affects your university admission, ATAR, HSC and post-employment opportunities

Find out more about the Year 10 into 11 Subject Selection Evening and download the Subject Selection Booklet


We have initiated the tender process for our campus canteen. Applicants are invited to apply and can seek further information from our School Administration Manager, Ms Jeni Scherf.

In light of this, I would like to wholeheartedly thank Lesley Boswell and Christina Boswell for their outstanding contribution and management of the canteen. Lesley has been a huge supporter of our campus and I am aware that our students valued her friendship and the food she prepared. I am told Lesley loves native flowers particularly gum flowers, so I felt a picture in her honour was a way to show her our appreciation.

Reconciliation Week

At the heart of reconciliation is the relationship between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. To foster positive race relations, our relationship must be grounded in a foundation of truth. Throughout the week we acknowledged reconciliation week on assembly, Mrs Oakeshott arranged for a massive celebration cake that students and staff had during one of our lunch breaks and Steve Donovan came in and played music.

Parent Lounge Meeting Minutes

Thank you to our parents and carers who attended the parent lounge meeting and those who were unable to attend who provided feedback. Our continued partnership will ensure that our students continue to learn, progress and reach their potential holistically. We look forward to meeting with you all again at our next parent lounge meeting. The minutes of the themes and discussion raised with parents and carers can be accessed here.

I continue to be amazed by the dynamic learning community we have at Hastings Secondary College Port Macquarie Campus. Through a shared vision with parents, teachers and our broader community we can achieve the best outcomes for every student. We are indeed in exciting times in Public Education.