Duncan Kirkland

It has been another great week for the students and staff at Westport Campus. Last Friday, our Under 14 Boys and Girls Futsal Teams travelled to Coffs Harbour to compete at the Champion of Champions Tournament. Under the guidance of Ms Stapleton, the girls came a close second, however the boys won the tournament and will now progress through to the next stage.

Continuing to build our links with local industries, our Clontarf Program held a two day conference at the Westport Bowling Club for the students and business owners/managers. There were representatives from organisations such as Officeworks, Bunnings, Kmart and various others who spent time with the boys in order to help them become ‘job ready’. It was pleasing to hear that some of the boys have picked up either a possible traineeship or casual work from this day.

We have had a small, but very dedicated team who have been working tirelessly towards the re-vamping of our student school library. With new seating, tables, study areas and an increase in technology, this new learning space gives a more modern feel and an exciting place for the students to read, study or engage in Inquiry Base Learning. A very special thanks must go to Mrs Jennifer Aguilar who has played a pivotal role towards the designing, sourcing and ordering the capital required to making the library a more appealing place for students to use. This is a great example of the parents and community working together to support their local school.

Celebrating Book Week, our Head Teacher English Ms Best ran a very exciting competition where we had to identify the favourite books of the teachers from a list provided. Ms Best was also able to pair teachers & students in accordance to their favourite authors / style of books. Congratulations goes to Madisan Rogers from Year 11 and Mrs Wilkinson who took out first prize in this event.

As we go to print, we are very excited to hear that Westport Campus’ WEST (Westport Environment and Sustainable Team) Precious Plastics Project were successful in gaining an $81,000 grant to go towards purchasing a plastics recycling industrial shredder machine. More information will follow in the coming weeks, however a really big thank you must go to the Hastings Secondary College community who got behind this project by placing their vote towards this exciting project.