On Monday our college staff were involved in a number of professional development sessions. A new approach was implemented by the college that allowed staff to access the professional learning that would best meet their needs at the time. A Project Based Learning Unit was offered at Lake Cathie Public School, Technology Updates and Resilience Strategies were offered at the Port Macquarie Campus and Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) was facilitated at the Westport Campus.
Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) is a concept that has existed on both campuses for a number of years. Our objective, moving into the future, is to align the learning and behavioural expectations across the college. This involves a consistent use of language, by all staff at the college, to reinforce with students the need to take responsibility for their learning and to access the support that is available to allow them to perform at their personal best. When implemented successfully PBL allows for a cultural shift that supports good teaching and learning practice. I will provide more information on this incentive in future newsletters.
During the holiday period a number of activities took place at the campus. Starting on Saturday 6th of July, 60 members of ‘City Serve’ gave their time at a working bee. City Serve is a collection of people from local Christian organisations that come together to support community. In this case the Westport Campus. They completed painting, landscaping and concrete cleaning jobs that have required attention for some time. Fantastic results and a big thank you to Greg Campion and his City Serve members for their outstanding efforts.
The Rural Fire Service was also on site completing some hazard reduction work. This work has been in the planning process for over twelve months, in consultation with local council and the Port Macquarie Koala interest group. The grounds are now looking rejuvenated. Another fantastic result.
Supported Learning Unit Westport Campus is now ready for students to plant their gardens. Thanks to the Rotary Club of Port Macquarie west who helped on this project - it is a great extension of the Chicken Coop area.
On Tuesday I spoke to Year 12 about the opportunity that currently exists in putting the polish on what they have learnt in their various subjects and really striving to do their very best in the HSC, which commences at the beginning of next term. My message to them was that the better you do the more opportunities will present themselves. Also that working with each other in study groups is an effective preparation technique leading up to the HSC. I wish them all the best in the run up to their exams.
I am looking forward to a productive term of quality teaching and learning to promote our students personal best.
Principal Hastings Secondary College Westport Campus