Awards of Distinction
The measure of our success as a College is the growth of each and every one of our students, whether they excel academically, or through leadership opportunities or school service. Our students were awarded for a range of initiatives, whether as a member of our highly successful Clontarf Academy, College Robotics Team, a music, dance or drama ensemble, a sporting team, or those who have found a passion for learning through our Zenith Program, LEAP Academy or one of our academies for STEM, Sport or Creative Industries.
Every one of our students is provided with opportunity and every one of our students is on an educational journey that is unique to them. We recognise them, we support them and will celebrate with them.
Principal's Award: Lewis Kranitis
I was thrilled to have the opportunity to recognise Lewis Kranitis for the 2019 Principal’s Award. Please read my citation as to why I felt he was most deserving of this award.
“Lewis was one of our School Captains in 2018-2019. He has had a long history of student leadership throughout his 6 years at Port Macquarie Campus.
In Term Two 2019, after complaining of headache and neck pain, his mother took him for what was meant to be a normal doctor’s check-up. The news that followed that appointment was nothing short of shocking.
Lewis was diagnosed with CNS Germinoma, a brain tumour.
He started undertaking chemotherapy at Westmead Hospital whilst continuing his full time study at Hastings Secondary College, Port Macquarie Campus. Imagine the stress that goes with studying, assessment tasks, learning new content every day, and addressing a life threatening illness? Lewis took this challenge head on.
I am in awe that Lewis maintained such focus, such positivity and pushed himself. He supported his family and his peers. He sat his exams either at our campus or at Westmead Hospital.
You would think he may have done ok. This young man not only did ok, he did amazingly!! Lewis scored Band 5 in 4 subjects and a Band 4 in Advanced English. His results were outstanding.
Biology 81 / Business Studies 84 / Advanced English 78 / Geography 82 and mathematics 82.
Brad Henry states “something called the “Oklahoma Standard” became known throughout the world. It means resilience in the face of adversity. It means a strength and compassion that will not be defeated." Lewis, the pressure of your adversity is the diamond dust that I will carry with me in my Principalship role.
Minister for Education – The Hon. Sarah Mitchell
On 12 February 2020 the Minister for Education, Sarah Mitchell, visited Hastings Secondary College Port Macquarie Campus and met with the Principal, Ms Meaghan Cook and Leslie Williams, our local State MP.
The Minister was taken for a tour of the campus and then met with the Senior Executive, parents and staff to discuss the planned upgrade of the College.
I strongly encourage parents to attend next week’s P&C meeting so that you can hear about the progress of our planned upgrade.
Year 11 Camp
Congratulations to our Year 11 students who participated in a three day camp this week. The purpose of the camp was to build collaboration, teamwork and further develop study techniques. Our fabulous Year Advisor, Megan Brennan, alongside staff Becky Davies, Geoff Duck and Leon Ruhl reported that our group were considered to be the BEST students the organisers have ever had. Well done Year 11.
Upcoming events Week 4
- Tuesday 18 February – P&C Meeting in our school library. We have the Hon. Leslie Williams and Noble Haddad with us to discuss proposed upgrades to the College.
- Year 7/8 combined College Disco at Westport campus.
I wish to reiterate an important aspect of our school. That is the wearing of school uniform. We believe that the wearing of uniform is integral to providing and maintaining high standards of education, self-esteem and safety for our student body. The four major reasons for wearing our uniform are:
- It helps foster school spirit and pride in the College, particularly our campus
- It provides a clear identification of our students within the school and community.
- It promotes cohesion within the campus, breaking down discrimination based on financial, religious or cultural background.
- It reflects workplace practice and safety.
Over the coming weeks I will be encouraging all students to wear full school uniform. We will have uniform checks throughout the term. If your child does not have correct uniform, please provide a note to explain why. I have included in this newsletter a copy of our uniform requirements. I understand that some families may not have the financial means at present to support us in achieving full school uniform. If this is the case, please contact the school and we would be happy to help you with this.