It is hard to believe that the end of the school year has arrived so quickly!
Christmas is upon us and you can feel the joy knowing the holidays are within our reach.
As we approach the end of 2019 I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your help, support and interest. We have had another very busy and successful year and you, as partners in the education of your children, deserve much of the credit for that. Many thanks also go to our students, our student leaders, our staff, our SLSOs, our SASS, our P&C and our broader community. It is the entire school community that helps make our campus great.
If your family is leaving Hastings Secondary College Port Macquarie Campus this year I would like to wish you all the best for the future. If you have students staying with us then I look forward to working with you all again next year to keep making this a fantastic place of learning.
On behalf of the staff, I wish you all a safe and happy summer vacation - see you in 2020!
All parents and carers are most welcome to attend our merit assemblies on Tuesday 17 December Years 7, 8 and 9 from 8.15am – 10.00 am and Year 10 and 11 are from 10.50am – 12.50pm.
I do ask that students are in full school uniform for these assemblies.
At the conclusion of the merit assemblies, students will be receiving their yearly reports. Please ask your child to show you!
Best wishes to our Year 12 2019 students who will receive their HSC and ATAR results on Tuesday 17 December.
Bookpacks for 2020
We have placed on our website information for parents about student requisites for 2020.
Farewell Mr Holvast
Retiring from Hastings Secondary College (HSC) is our Executive Principal Willem Holvast.
Mr Holvast is taking six months of long service leave on the last day of the school term, 18 December and will retire from the executive role after more than 20 years in Port Macquarie. Originally from Howick in New Zealand, Mr Holvast moved with his family to Sydney in 1975 where he attended North Sydney Boys High School. He would later attend the University of Sydney completing a Bachelor of Arts in Music, English Literature and German.
During his time at the helm of the College it has excelled in robotics, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), sport, performing arts, Aboriginal education and graduating pathways. Mr Holvast fondly remembers The Educator magazine naming Hastings Secondary College as one of nations top 20 innovative schools in 2016 and as a STEM action school in 2017.
"The standards for learning and student achievement are always on the rise. I suspect the groups of Year 12s graduating this year are well ahead with technology and career skills than previous years," he said.
“There has been a fundamental shift from teaching students how to do a particular job, to teaching students the skills they need to take up any job or the jobs that will be there in the future.
"They are constantly moving in their career and that skill set needs to be moving to suit them as a 21st century citizen. That's the single biggest change in education and I'm really excited about that."
In the meantime, Mr Holvast plans to work on his house in Bonny Hills, as it is in dire need of renovating.
On behalf of Port Macquarie Campus, thank you Mr Holvast for your tremendous support and guidance. You will be missed!
Hastings Secondary College Westport Campus Principal Ian Ross will assume the position of relieving Executive Principal for 2020.