Planning for Year 12 Term 4 2020

The Department of Education requires the school to continue to provide lessons until the last day of Week 1, Term 4 (Friday 16 October 2020). My expectation is that all Year 12 students attend this week.

We wish to advise the Higher School Certificate (HSC) exams commence on Tuesday 20 October 2020 and continue until Wednesday 11 November 2020.

Year 12 Reports

Year 12 Reports will be issued at an assembly that will be conducted at 9.30 am on Thursday 15 October 2020 in the MPC. The induction of the 2021 captains will occur at this time.

Year 12 Graduation

In the interests of allowing parents to be more involved in the Graduation Ceremony, we have moved the date to Thursday, 12 November 2020 commencing at 11.00 am in the school Multi Purpose Centre (MPC).  The ceremony should conclude at approximately 12:00 pm. A morning tea for students and parents will be held at the conclusion of the ceremony. 

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, each student is permitted a maximum of 2 guests. The two guests MUST BE immediate family members who reside at the same address as the student or at least reside in the Port Macquarie area. All guests will be required to sign a Covid-19 register and record contact details (mobile number and address) upon entering school grounds. All guests will be socially distanced in the MPC.

Students will be required to attend a rehearsal on Thursday, 24 September from 11 am – 1 pm in the MPC. Official photos of students receiving portfolios from the Principal will be taken at the rehearsal and a blazer and tie will be provided for students to wear for the photo.

Year 12 Formal

Again, with restrictions being lifted slightly, we have been able to change the formal. The Year 12 Formal is now on Wednesday 18 November 2020 at Sails Resort. Unfortunately, under NSW Health rules, parents and family members are not allowed to attend. You will have an opportunity to have Formal photos taken with your child when you drop off your child at the venue. A photographer will be present at the entry of Sails Resort. A run sheet will be provided to your child indicating what time they are to arrive on the night to avoid excess numbers gathering at the same time. Once your photo’s have been taken, you will be required to leave the immediate area.

Cost: $40 per student, this has been heavily subsidised by a very generous donation from the Hastings Secondary College Port Macquarie Campus P and C Association.

Official invitations will distributed at the end of term.

Tickets must be purchased no later than Tuesday 13 October 2020 at the campus front office.

*Please note, any unpaid school fees must be paid for before a formal ticket can be bought.

If you have any concerns, please send an email or call on 6583 1844.

Mobile Phones

It has been 12 months since we implemented our mobile phone policy. We are now planning to review it and make any adjustments once we talk with students, staff and the wider community.

Tell Them From Me

Data is a very important component of providing information to us on how we are performing and identifying areas to work on. We are currently undertaking a whole school survey called ‘Tell Them From Me”

The survey is anonymous and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey link below is for parents only. I would encourage you to please take the time to provide us with your feedback.

The parent survey asks parents/carers a range of questions related to the following drivers of student outcomes:


How can schools use the data?

The survey data can help schools:

  • understand parents’ perspectives on their children’s experience at school, including teaching, communication and the school’s support of learning and behaviour
  • understand parents’ perspectives on activities and practices at home related to their children’s learning
  • provide evidence of areas of strength to support self-assessment and reporting
  • engage the school community in discussions to identify strategic directions for school improvement
  • establish quantitative improvement measures and help schools track achievement against them.

Hastings Valley Community of Schools (HVCS) Communication Charter

The best education happens when parents and campuses work together. Parents and carers can expect to be welcomed into our campus and work in partnership to promote student learning. You can expect to be treated fairly and respectfully. Everyone who visits us is able to do so in a positive, respectful and harmonious manner. This ensures all students, staff, parents and visitors feel safe and secure in our College environment. We are currently developing this charter and will be putting it out for review in the coming weeks.