Principal Report Westport Campus

Welcome to Week 9. I hope everyone had a long relaxing weekend.

We held over 100 interviews last week for our Year 10 to 11 subject selections. It was intense, but extremely valuable for me to be closely involved in. I learnt about out your child’s dreams, aspirations, favourite teachers, their perceived weaknesses and fears. I was honoured to be a part of the process. What did I take away?

  1. Your child likes the College and the diverse curriculum it offers.
  2. Our program to support this transition is outstanding.
  3. Fear and not knowing a clear direction is common and is OK!

Your child’s teacher has been working tirelessly on providing feedback to you via our Semester 1 reports. This is an opportunity to see how your child is progressing in every subject. These reports will be distributed at the end of Week 10 this term.

Congratulations to my colleague Meaghan Cook who will take up the temporary position of College Principal for the remainder of 2021.

Tuesday, 15 June, the School Infrastructure Project Team will provide drop-in information sessions on the Hastings Secondary College Project Upgrade. Parents/carers and community members are invited to drop in (anytime between 4 pm – 6.30 pm) at the Port Macquarie Campus MPC.

Last week has highlighted the extraordinary dance talent we have in the College, with a successful Lower North Coast Dance Festival where our Dance students shone. Over the weekend, our Dance Company students competed in the Coffs Harbour Eisteddfod Senior Dance troupe, taking out 4th place.

Our STEM students continue to go from strength to strength with our College team off to compete in the State Science and Engineering Challenge in Newcastle. Students were involved in an exhilarating day last month competing against other schools in a fun and engaging hands-on activities such as designing an earthquake-proof tower, building a hovercraft or bridge, providing electricity to a city or creating an environmentally friendly house.  Qualifying schools compete at a State Final, and eight winning schools from around Australia are invited to compete at a one-day National Final.

To complement our College STEM strategy, a new position of STEM Project Manager has been appointed. The successful applicant is Warren Reynolds. Warren will work across the College coordinating STEM activities, leading and managing collaborative STEM programs for our students and working closely with our partner schools.

Whilst this week is a short one, there is a lot going on for our students, including our Year 11 and 12 Clontarf Leadership Camp, continuation of Year 10 into 11 transition meetings and working on finalising year reports ready for distribution next week.

School holidays will commence on Monday 28 June, and students will return on Tuesday 13th July. They will start on A Week of their timetable.

Have a great week!​