Principal's Message Westport Campus

On Friday, we celebrated this year’s International Women’s Day at our formal assembly.  As a Campus, we feel it is important to recognise this day as we look to recognise the contribution women have made to society, as well as reflecting on how far they have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development. I would also like to thank Sue Jogever who provided an address to students on the theme #EachFor Equal, encouraging all of us to help create a gender equal world by challenging stereotypes, fighting biases, broadening perceptions and celebrating women's achievements.

In keeping with the theme, our Clontarf boys invited the Aboriginal Sista student group in for their Friday’s Good Bunch Lunch. This lunch is a reward for students who have a 100% attendance. The boys formally invited the girls as their guests & looked after them by not only cooking & serving their lunch, but also cleaning up afterwards. One of the key areas the Clontarf program focuses on is educating the boys in developing respectful attitudes and relationships with the girls.    

In partnership with Tacking Point Primary School, we held a very successful STEM workshop in our school hall on Thursday. This project was developed over the past six months in partnership with representatives from the Education Department, who travelled from Sydney to help facilitate the event.

The students all had an amazing time and certainly were stretched in creative thinking, collaboration and problem solving. This project demonstrated our growth in the STEM area as well as the ongoing close links our College has with the Hastings Valley Community of Schools.

Last week, our entire Executive staff engaged in quality professional learning involving 23 Head Teachers, five Deputy Principals, two Administration Managers and three Principals took time away from family and committed to a weekend focussing on ‘Leading with Purpose’. We identified our own communication styles and that of others. Fundamentally, we were told that knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.

The sessions included

  • Emotional Agility
  • People styles at work
  • Good to Great

On behalf of the Principal Leadership Team, thank you Head Teachers for your commitment and energy in making the weekend inspiring!

On Thursday of next week, a team from NSW School Infrastructure and architects will meet with Head Teachers to discuss learning spaces. This is a very exciting time.

On Thursday 25 March, the community will then be invited to express their thoughts on some concept plans. I encourage all to attend.

Principal Message Westport Campus


Duncan Kirkland Signature




Duncan Kirkland
Rel. Principal Hastings Secondary College Westport Campus