Ceremony of Excellence

Hastings Valley Community of Schools (HVCS) hosted its annual Ceremony of Excellence during Education Week on Tuesday 6 August. The ceremony celebrated the significant academic, cultural, sporting and community service excellence of students from Year 3 to Year 12.

This week’s ceremony was all about bringing together the extraordinary talents of HVCS students and recognising them for their achievements. Our learning community consists of Hastings Secondary College Port Macquarie and Westport Campuses, Port Macquarie Public School, Hastings Public School, Westport Public School, Telegraph Point Public School, Lake Cathie Public School and Tacking Point Public School.

This year’s Education Week theme, ‘Every Student, Every Voice’, was very fitting - demonstrating student performance, participation, spirit and citizenship throughout the year.

Andrew Kuchling, Director Educational Leadership Hastings Network, said, “From the point of view of the audience, this evening definitely set a high mark for excellence as a signature event for Public Education. More than that, it genuinely spoke to the collaborative nature of our schools and their leaders, and how the highest standards of education and care are afforded to every child in our system. A clear sense of every child being known, valued and cared for as evidenced by the sheer scope of reasons for being recognised this evening”.

The student-led ceremony included performances of the ‘Hatchlings’, the Hastings Valley Community of Schools Enrichment Big Band, the Acapella College Choir (who sang the National Anthem), the Hastings Secondary College Dance Company and the College Jazz Ensemble. Congratulations to the 18 award winners from our campus.

Burrawan Farm Open day

Over 500 people walked through the gates of our farm on Sunday 4 August.  It was lovely to meet parents from all over Port Macquarie and to be able to explain the proposed infrastructure changes to our Agriculture farm. We have moved into the second phase of the grant and need your vote. We are asking for over $180K and know that there are very deserving projects like ours also seeking money. Anyone over the age of 16 may vote.

  1. Go to
  2. Sign into your account
  3. If you do not have an account set up an account
  4. Scroll down to “vote now your favourite local projects.”
  5. Type in Port Macquarie in the electorate locator
  6. Browse Projects
  7. Locate Burrawan Farm, and it's photo
  8. Short List your projects. Choose Burrawan Farm and at least two others
  9. Follow prompts. Add your medicare card
  10. Press Vote

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Coming Up!

Parent Lounge Session – Thursday 15 August – revised Mobile Phone Policy

I thank parents for their ongoing support of us in addressing issues around mobile phones. Barely a week goes by, however, that I don’t hear about inappropriate use of a carriage device by our student population, either through surfing the net for topics not related to curriculum, You-Tube, snapchat and engaging in on- line bullying or sexting.

Now, I’m sure you may think your son or daughter has no clue about some of these issues, but more than likely, they do and are perhaps engaging in it.

I do know that as parents, you are constantly talking with your children about their phones and the dangers of misusing their phones. Our Campus staff work extremely hard to educate your child in this area through our PDHPE curriculum, guest speakers, safety seminars and digital safety seminars. This is an area where partnerships with our parents are paramount. Your rules around social media in the home are critical as are your conversations with your child about keeping them safe and happy.

The internet is here to stay, along with social media. We must continually teach our young people about safe, timely and responsible use. I am in the process of developing with staff a mobile phone policy that will focus on those three key words of safe, timely and responsible. I would like to share this draft policy with you and listen to your feedback either via email or at our parent lounge session next Thursday 15th August at 5 pm. I look forward to engaging with you on this very important matter.

Next week is Science Week, and the College will kick off the week-long event with the Hastings Valley Science Fair on Monday 12 August at Port Panthers. We invite parents and community to come along and support our students and their project work.

Drop-in anytime from 11 am and chat with our wonderful students - they would love to talk to you about their projects.

The fair is a yearly collaboration between the Science Faculties of Hastings Secondary College, Wauchope High School, and Camden Haven High School, and celebrates the teaching of Science in public education.

The event will showcase the work of our Year 8 students’ Techno Museum Tasks, which explore the question “Is everything better now than it used to be?” The project is based on a task from Flinders University – The Australian Science and Mathematics School.

Each school will also display a selection of Year 10 Individual Research Projects in which students have chosen science investigations based on their individual interests and abilities.

Following on from the Science Fair our Sky Stories event will be held on Friday 16 August – We have a great line up for this event and, weather permitting, Sky Stories is going to be a cracker. The Deadly Runners, Aboriginal Dancers, virtual reality moon tours, giant telescopes and treasure hunt have been organised. Westport Campus hospitality will be serving tea, coffee and sweets for sale, along with a free BBQ. The evening commences from 5pm at Sancrox Reserve. See you there!