First day of school

Years 7, 11 and 12 commence Friday 29 January. Week A

At high school orientation

At your child's Year 7 orientation day parents were provided with information about:

  • School uniforms (including sports uniforms) – where and when to buy them.
  • A map of the school to identify buildings, entry points and bike racks.
  • Note school start and finish times.
  • safe travel routes to and from school, and find out about forms for your teen’s travel pass or subsidy if applicable.
  • Details on programs the school offers.
  • List of book packs and school supplies.
  • How you can become involved in the school.
  • Connection with the school facebook, newsletters, p and c and parent lounge.


  • Buy school uniforms, books, stationery, school bag, drink bottle, house key, and any other supplies. Dates can be found on the College website under your campus.
  • Label everything.
  • Break in school shoes to make them more comfortable.
  • Practise travelling to and from school with your teen using their new transport or travel route.
  • Teach them how to read the timetable for the bus, train or ferry as appropriate.
  • Join your Hastings Secondary College Facebook page.
  • Register for your campus newsletter. You can subscribe from the College website under your campus.

At home

  • Talk positively to your teen about the move to high school.
  • Ask them what’s exciting about high school. Does anything worry them?
  • Make sure your teen has a quiet work area and extra stationery supplies.
  • Organise personal hygiene items in school bags.
  • Decide what your teen will do before and after school, and what time they need to be home.
  • Discuss emergency and safety issues with them.

The first day

  • Help set your teen’s alarm. Encourage them to get themselves ready on time.
  • Provide your teen with money and your contact numbers in case of emergencies.
  • Make sure you have the school’s phone number and email with you.

The first week

  • Photocopy school timetables to place in school diaries, inside locker doors and on the fridge.
  • Remind your teen to note all assignments, homework and events in their diary.
  • Check through the timetable each night while your teen packs their bag. Encourage your teen to eat healthy food and get a good night’s sleep.
  • Give the school your current contact details.