Congratulations to our Robotics Team!!! Winners of the 2019 Dual Down Under FRC Competition held at Macquarie University. Our superb team consisted of Hannah Stewart, Matilda Stewart, Julian Reed, Towa Henry and Enzo Day, along with students from Westport campus. You will see the full article in the newsletter. Thank you to Mr Harrison who supervised our campus students.


The theme this year is Voice, Treaty, Truth - Let's work together for a shared future which highlights the desire of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to discuss Constitutional reform and treaties; and for a truthful depiction of colonisation to underpin the narrative of Australian history. The history of our First Peoples is the history of all of us, of all of Australia.

On Tuesday 30 July, we held a special assembly to pay our respect to our Biripai community and all Aboriginal people in our community. Uncle Bill O’Brien and Kellie O’Brien joined with us to recognise and celebrate our rich Aboriginal history.

On Thursday 1 August, Year seven students across Hastings Secondary College (both Port Macquarie Campus and Westport) gathered together and listened to Aboriginal community members tell their stories. It was a morning of storytelling to understand the struggles and triumphs local Aboriginal people have endured. I was very proud of the respect our students paid to our Aboriginal Elders and community members.

During the celebrations our very own Charlie Maher was inducted as the College's NAIDOC Hall of Fame recipient for his work with local Aboriginal boys. Charlie spoke to me afterward and said how much he loves working with our boys in Clontarf and supporting them to be the best they can be. Charlie has a strong sense of community and culture passed down from his mother and grandparents.

"They taught me respect and showed me the importance of sharing our stories and journey with others."

Clontarf supports over 100 young men and the team are outstanding role models for our students.

Year 8 and 9 elective Evening

Thankyou to the families and students who attended the elective evening held on Tuesday. Mr Duck outlined the process for elective choices and emphasised the need for students to seek as much information as they can from staff in order to choose the best courses for them.

Careers Expo for Year 12

The Careers Expo held at Camden Haven High School this week attracted students from all schools in the local area to see the range and variety of ways in which they are able to continue their learning when they have completed Year 12. Thankyou to Mr White for taking our Year 12 students. When I spoke to some of our students, they found the Expo an excellent way to further refine their thinking of career options.

Year 7 Disco

Our College Disco held at Port Campus was a huge success. It was a great opportunity for old friends to reconnect.  I thoroughly enjoyed the Nutbush and Macarena – they are never out of style!

Special thanks to our senior students who helped out on the night with games and activities! Kingsley Marks, Angus Collins, Makayla Stevens, Georgia Hawes, Courtney Camozzato, Lili Mclean-Prosser, Lilly Carson and Mekhi Bennetts. What an inspiring group of young leaders we have.

Burrawan Farm Open Day

Our Burrawan Farm Open day is on Sunday 4 August. We are opening up the farm to our community so that you can see what plans we would like to undertake if we are successful in obtaining the NSW Community Grant. The farm will be open between 10am and 2pm. There will be animals to pat and feed and a free sausage sizzle. I look forward to meeting our wider community.