On Tuesday of this week, Port Macquarie Campus undertook External Validation. This is a four year event that aims to capture how we are tracking against the School Excellence Framework. As you can see below, we were successful in this process. I would like to acknolwedge our whole school community in sharing this success. I would like to share some of the feedback by the Lead Panelist, Mr David Willard – Principal, School Leadership.
“I just wanted to express my appreciation to you and your wonderful leadership team for engaging so willingly in the external validation panel at your school this week. We very much enjoyed the panel meeting which greatly illuminated the glimpses of strong practice that we had already seen in your evidence set submission and your other school documents. It became really clear through this process that you are working very effectively towards a highly unified college culture. The actions and innovations that are taking place are very much a result of how well you have developed an effective leadership group, a strong cultural focus on working for the betterment of students and clear expectations around leadership performance at all levels.”
As you are aware, the government made announcements at the beginning of the week in relation to COVID-19 safe practices in schools. Please see below the latest updates. I thank all parents who have been vigilant in keeping students home and having them COVID tested if unwell.
To our Year 12 parents, I realise this is a particularly challenging time for you, and your sons and daughters. Please be assured the College is doing everything we can to ensure your child can celebrate their end of schooling. We will also do all we can to involve parents, whilst at the same time following government guidelines. As we meet in the coming weeks, I assure you we will keep parents informed.
- Vigilance in ensuring staff and students do not attend school or work if they are unwell
- Student absent or sent home due to flu like symptoms need to be tested
- Staff and students must not return to school or work until they return a negative COVID 19 result and are SYMPTOM free.
- Schools MUST sight the negative COVID-19 result prior to allowing students and staff return to school
- Schools should limit activities to year groups wherever possible.
- All professional learning should be online
- No mixing of staff from other schools
The wearing of face masks is not required, however if staff and students feel strongly about wearing a mask, the school should accommodate this.
Staff MUST not attend school if they are unwell. This includes minor flu like symptoms. If staff become unwell at school they should leave immediately and not return until they have a negative COVID-19 test and are symptom free.
All staff must maintain physical distance from each other (1.5m) including teachers, support staff and visitors.
Given this most updated advice, we will continue to ZOOM all meetings (Toolbox / Assemblies / Staff meetings) until further notice.
I would love to invite all parents to view our recently added “Virtual Tour” that we have developed for our community so that you have a greater understanding of what takes place at our campus.
HSC Trials Continue
I wish all Year 12 the very best in undertaking their remaining examinations. I have been impressed with their conduct and performance during this Trial process.
We, at Hastings Secondary College, are a community who values positive relationships with which students may thrive. Students participate in various activities which explore the value of sustaining healthy and respectful relationships as quintessential to their own wellbeing.
All year groups are encouraged to consider the nature and the impact of their words and actions and collectively participate in preserving the dignity of all individuals, strengthening a school culture where Respect, Safe and Personal Best is authentic and visible. I encourage all students to be that kind of person who stands up for others, not standby wrong behaviour and words.
Wear It Purple Day
Wear it Purple strives to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for rainbow young people. Wear it Purple was established to show young people across the globe that there was hope, that there were people who did support and accept them, and that they have the right to be proud of who they are.
Next Friday, 28 August, we are encouraging our students to wear purple OR their full school uniform.