Principals and Rotary

At the mid-point of the school year, with our College starting a well-earned break, I would like to thank our Campus parents for their patience and cooperation during what one could only be described as one of our most complex times ever experienced in Education.

Experiencing the bushfires that devastated large parts of NSW, then to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, as a College, we have worked together as one community to ensure our school community remained safe while the learning continued.

From moving quickly to produce and deliver online education programs and remote learning to the return to full face-to-face teaching in Term 2 presented further challenges to overcome, including a new regime of social distancing, frequent hand hygiene and changed practices to the day to day operations for our Campus. 

I must take this opportunity to sincerely thank my staff – including cleaners, Ag & GA, Administrative team, SLSOs, and of course the teaching staff. I am extremely proud of every one of them and how they supported the students and families through this time.

This week I had the privilege to spend time with representatives from our local Rotarian Leadership Team. Rotary plays a vital role in supporting our community, and we very appreciative and excited about the ongoing future partnership that has been planned. There has been & will continue to be a particular focus on supporting our STEAM  (STEM with Creative Arts) projects to roll out shortly.

I ask our Hastings Secondary College community to keep a close eye on our Website ( ). This site is updated weekly, sharing the great stories of student achievements as well as programs and important information regarding the running of the College.


The website is coordinated by the wonderful Leanne Jeffery (your new title Leanne) who keeps our marvellous College connected with the community.

As we move into Term 3 we will now open the change rooms for students for before/after sporting activities. With this in mind, students will now be expected to wear their full uniform & bring their sports gear in their bags (as per uniform policy).

We also welcome back Mr Willem Holvast, Executive Principal who has been on leave. Mr Ian Ross will resume his role as Campus Principal position and I will return as Deputy Principal (Yrs 7,9,11).

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms Best and Ms Henderson for all their work as relieving Deputy Principal and Head Teacher English.

I would also like to sincerely thank the Principal Leadership Team, Meaghan Cook (Principal Port Macquarie Campus) & Ian Ross for their support and counsel throughout my time as relieving Principal. I am amazed at how closely we work as a senior executive team, striving to achieve our ‘One College, Many opportunities’ ethos.

Senior Leadership Team

I wish my amazing Campus community a wonderful winter break & look forward to all our students returning on Tuesday 21st July.


Duncan Kirkland