Principal

NAPLAN GROWTH

Hastings Secondary College is showing encouraging signs of strong improvement following the release of the 2019 NAPLAN results. I congratulate all the students and staff for their hard work, including the parents for entrusting their children’s education at this great campus.

There has been a positive growth in all areas across Years 7 – 9, shown by exceptional ‘writing’ results in Year 9 with the cohort well above the state average. I believe the recent success can be attributed to: 

  • Intensive support provided to students in greatest need
  • Literacy focus across all Key Learning Areas, including “I Write”
  • The use of critical and creative thinking skills and learning objectives have also resulted in higher engagement among the students resulting in increased outcomes.
  • Professional Learning with a targeted approach that ensures all students have the opportunity to achieve at Hastings Secondary College.

We have made some significant changes in the way we work together to ensure all students successfully build on what we were already doing at the campus and developing more consistent approaches to programs across the college.

SPLENDOUR

What an outstanding day we had on Wednesday! This was my first Splendour at the campus and I was suitably impressed with the range of activities and team work from staff and students.

Many thanks to the Big Red Bus for offering their services for the day and providing lovely hot and cold drinks for our thirsty community. The students loved the silent disco, and of course, the staff verse student dance off! My understanding is the students won the dance off. Have a look at the wonderful photos! Thank you to all the staff, particularly Mrs Moylan, for organising this fantastic event.

Many other activities occurred on the day. Year 7 History completed a mummy making activity where students were wrapped in toilet paper as would have been the case in that era. I was lucky enough to judge the best 3 mummies! Well done Ms Kneipp and Mrs Bear.

Year 4 students from Tacking Point, Hastings, Westport and Telegraph Point were immersed in a Maths Competition day. Our Year 8 students devised a number of problem solving activities that primary school teams had to solve. The MPC was bursting with energy and laughter. I spoke to a number of parents who were thrilled with the level of engagement and mentorship of our Year 8 Maths students. A special mention goes to Mr Boreham, Mr Barry and the Mathematics staff for organising the event.

CAPTAIN ELECTS FOR 2020

On Thursday, our staff and student population voted for our Captains for 2020. Every one of the 7 nominated seniors would do us proud because they truly demonstrate sincere enthusiasm for our campus, integrity and the desire to do their best. The announcement of our 2020 Captains will occur at our Formal Year 12 Graduation ceremony on Friday 27 September.

YEAR 10 CONNECT EXPO

I would like to share the feedback below from the many service providers regarding our Year 10 students from Wednesday’s Expo Session. 

"We were really impressed with how engaged and respectful the students were."

"The students that we made contact with were engaged and mature which was awesome – a credit to themselves and their school community."

Well done Year 10!