This week we completed our visits to each of the surrounding primary schools as part of the College Connect program. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff, parents and students who came along to hear about the wonderful opportunities Hastings Secondary College will offer in 2021.

On the subject of opportunities, many of our students attended the Bangarra Dance Company workshop held at our College on Thursday. Students were given the unique experience of watching and learning from these very talented dancers. They were introduced to many different dance techniques and given the guidance to enable them to put into practice what they have learnt.

We were very privileged to have Kirra Pendergast from Safe on Social Media and Senior Constable Steve Jeffery give a presentation at our Thursday evening forum, on how to keep our kids safe when using social media apps. The presentation was certainly insightful, especially when as parents we all struggle to stay up to date with the constant changes in this technology. While there are so many benefits to social media, it is our priority to ensure we equip our students with the skills to use this technology safely.

Our Year 7 students are now preparing for their school camp next week. The aim is to maximise participation through a sleep-over at school. Fun games, a disco and the sleep-over are organised for this Thursday night, followed by an outing to Stoney Aqua Park on Friday. We see the camp as the ideal opportunity to bring the students together in an effort to promote and strengthen relationships between one another.

Each year it is important to remind our wonderful school community about the School Community Charter. This is a document that outlines the responsibilities of parents, carers, educators and school staff in NSW public schools, to ensure our learning environments are collaborative, supportive and cohesive. It is important to maintain a respectful relationship between the parents/carers and school staff. I would like to ask all parents to refer to the School Community Charter to ensure we maintain a respectful and productive partnership. The Charter can be found at:


We are continuing to take advice from the Department of Education who are working with the Ministry of Health to monitor and respond to the unfolding international novel coronavirus situation. Hand washing is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.

Some practical advice for your child includes reminding them to cover their nose and mouth when they cough or sneeze (coughing into their elbow is a useful strategy). Keep their hands clean by washing them regularly with soap and water and avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth before washing their hands. These are easy habits for children to adopt and should help them feel as though they're able to exert some control over their circumstances. I have also made sure that there is hand wash in every toilet across the campus.

If your child must stay at home, your child needs to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including proper diet, sleep, and social contact at home and by email and phone with family and friends.
Be reassured; we will be in communication with you around planning and responses if the need arises.



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Duncan Kirkland
Rel. Principal Hastings Secondary College Westport Campus