Duncan, Rossy Group

The Term has flown with school holidays just around the corner, commencing Monday 6 July and return to school Tuesday 21 July.

I have provided below updated COVID 19 Guidelines which outlines details of the staged return of activities and events to the campus.

COVID 19 Guideline Update for Westport Campus

From Thursday 11 June 

White card training (student construction induction training)can be conducted on site from now by external providers . All curricular or extra-curricular programs or services delivered by Department of Education staff can recommence 

 From Monday, 15 June the following will be permitted: 

  • All Department of Community and Justice activities 
  • Choirs and performing arts at school within our school setting only 
  • Incursions/external providers relating to curriculum 
  • Some activities which involve students visiting other schools 
  • Return of TVET and school based apprenticeships to TAFE 

Most community use activities 

  • External Counselling services 
  • School assemblies (no more than 15 minutes and no visitors) 
  • Choirs and performing Arts within our own setting 
  • TAFE attendance can begin 
  • Community use activities on weekends involving adult attendance 

 From Term 3, schools can resume the following: 
All school sport and activities including competition aligned with current health advice

Inter-school student events and competitions 

Incursions/external providers not already permitted involving external adult providers 

  • SRE/SEE volunteers 
  • Work experience for students 
  • P&C meetings where these need to take place – strong preference for online where possible 
  • Parent / teacher meetings – strong preference for online where possible 
  • Staff meetings 
  • Practicum teachers 

A limited number of activities remain under consideration and for now these events must remain on hold. These include: 

  • School camps 
  • Excursions 
  • Parent attendance at assemblies – Year 12 Graduation 
  • Parent volunteers 

School based activities involving large groups are NOT permitted at this time. Example; working bees, fundraisers, school BBQ’s, large parent information evenings, large on-site cultural events such as NAIDOC Week 

Junior Reports 

This report has been developed to give an overview of student performance during Semester One 2020. The Hastings Secondary College educational community has adapted an educational model that has been in line with advice given by the NSW Department of Health regarding the COVID-19 situation. The staff and students at the college have modified their normal routine, particularly with attendance and learning styles, to accommodate the needs of our learning community. This has involved a blended model that has catered for both face to face and on-line learning in the delivery of course content. This has also resulted in modified or limited assessment of course outcomes. 

10 into 11 Subject Selection interviews – HSC Minimum Standards 

Subject Selection Interviews – Monday 22nd June and Tuesday 23rd June in the Westport Campus Interview room (located in the main office). All current Year 10 students will be interviewed and assisted with their subject choices by the Careers Adviser (Mrs Shaw), Year Adviser (Ms Wilson) and Deputy Principal (Mr Ferrett). Parents are strongly encouraged to attend these interviews.

BOOKINGS ARE NOW OPEN via the Westport Sentral Parent Portal – Interviews – Parent/Teacher.

Return of Subject Selection Forms - DUE Wednesday 1st July (Week 10) Completed forms are to be returned to Mrs Shaw - Careers Adviser.

Students and/or parents who have any questions about subject selection and career pathway options are advised to seek an appointment with Mrs Shaw, before the subject selection interview and forms are submitted. This can be conducted via phone appointment or a Zoom meeting.

Zenith and Platinum Programs 

Our Zenith and Platinum Program events have been postponed due to COVID. Stay tuned for some really exciting learning immersion events in Term 3. Find out more about our Platinum Program and our Zenith Program on our website. 

Koala Program Partnership with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council

Westport Campus in partnership with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council will enter a memorandum of understanding to construct four koala stiles to assist koala's to safely return from outside the campus to the feeding trees inside the campus. Since the bushfires a large proportion of the koala habitat and koala's were destroyed. As a result the urban population of koala's are actively looking for food and have been injured or killed crossing busy roads to get back to their natural habitat.

This partnership will see council ecologists provide teaching and learning outcomes for students in environmental science. We look forward to sharing more information with you next term when we start to construct the koala stiles.