It has been a busy and eventful four weeks, as a community, we have achieved some exciting milestones together.
The commitment and resilience from our students and our teachers this term has been nothing short of remarkable. I look forward to the next six weeks which includes welcoming our Year 7 2021 students.
This week Year 12 students will reach an important milestone, ending this chapter before taking on the challenges and joys of their next pathway.
The HSC is underway and have been progressing well, and the final examination for students at our campus are being held next week.
Year 12 Graduation
The Year 12 Graduation will be next Thursday 12 November. Invitations have been sent to families. I look forward to celebrating our students with their guests. This important milestone will end of this chapter of their lives before they take on the challenges of the next. The Graduation will be held in the MPC, and guests will be able to enter the venue from 10.45am. We do need to follow our COVID Safety Plan and maintain a checklist of those attending and also to seat guests as per our seating plan. Year 12 students, please arrive at 10.30 am.
Year 7 -10 Examinations
Year 7 - 10 students will undertake end of course examinations starting next week. Year 11 have begun the HSC course in each of their subjects and should be preparing for the first of their very important HSC assessments scheduled for this term.
College and Campus Planning
Planning for 2021 is well underway with subject choices and patterns of study already determined for students and the timetable for the upcoming year almost finalised. The Department of Education has provided each campus with targets they need to attain over the next four years.
We are currently undertaking a Situational Analysis for the school, so we will be able to develop a new School Implementation Plan (SIP). This analysis of our current situation and the data around enrolment, attendance, wellbeing and student growth and achievement will guide our future planning to improve learning outcomes for students.
Thank you to our P&C Association who organised our Parent Lounge session on Thursday night. It was very well received with a groundswell of support to introduce our new Mobile Phone policy for 2021.
I will be discussing this with our students over the coming weeks knowing I now have the support of the P&C Association, the wider community and staff.
We also discussed our refurbishment – concept designs and staging for the Hastings Secondary College Infrastructure upgrade. Most importantly, I hope we have reassured you that your child is the most critical aspect of our planning. I received strong sentiment from our community to accommodate all of our students at the campus whilst the upgrade is occurring.
We have achieved this with 12 demountable buildings being placed on the top oval, inclusive of three fully fitted out wood and metal facilities so that no student will be disadvantaged. The Parent Lounge session was recorded and will be available next week, along with question and answer fact sheets.
Sista Connections Launch
Sista Connections Program was launched last week. Sista Connections provides academic support, empowerment through entrepreneurialism and employment, wellbeing and community connections with the aim to reduce barriers that may prevent Aboriginal girls from completing their education and reaching their full potential. The program will run across both the Port Macquarie and Westport campuses.
Splash and Dash Fundraiser
Our Splash and Dash fundraiser is happening at the moment. If you haven't seen the raffle tickets or prize list, have a look by clicking the below link. The P&C Association, in consultation with students, wants to raise money to replace some of the worn table settings in the grounds with some of these settings (although the colour will be different). Made from recycled plastic, they are durable and low maintenance, and they look great.
Can you help by buying some raffle tickets? Tickets due back at school by Tuesday 17 November.