Principal Message

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, College Concert B playing at Port City Bowling Club, assessment of swimming and snorkelling ability for Marine Studies, athletics carnival and our Mother’s Day stall.

It’s been a massive couple of weeks for our sporting teams. Congratulations to the Westport Campus U15s boys and U16s girls Futsal teams for their fantastic efforts today at the East Coast School Futsal Trials. The girls placed third overall and the boys walked away as champions.

Both teams should be extremely proud of their performance, the boys only conceded one goal all day. Well done!

The Westport Campuys u15s Bill Turner Cup team played against their Melville High School opposition at Findlay Park on a hot Monday afternoon. Eleven young men took to the field and played with enthusiasm and spirit. While it was very much a team effort, Luke Hayes with four goals, Benjamin Webster and Asher Rootes with three apiece, and Jacob Brodie and Jack Stevenson a goal each, they all had a great day in front of the goals.

All boys played well, respected their opposition and displayed the values of Hastings Secondary College to the utmost and should be commended for their sportsmanship and the result.

Thank you to our wonderful P&C, who tirelessly work on fundraising for our campus community. This Thursday our P&C volunteers will also be selling Mother’s Day gifts at Lunch 1 and 2. Gifts range from $4 - $15.

We warmly invite students in Year 6 and their families to attend our Information and Open nights and meet our campus staff and students on Monday 10 May. You will experience some of the fantastic opportunities available at the College and have your questions answered. Families will gain an insight into campus life and will see how critical thinking, innovation and collaboration shape the learning of Hastings Secondary College students.

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 packet 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