Forensic science, JFK, the watch and inclusivity through food were just some of the highlights of this year’s Zenith Project Showcase event held on the Charles Sturt University Campus.

Proud students from Zenith classes from Hastings Secondary College found themselves the centre focus as they celebrated their impressive work and diverse range of projects.

The event allows students to demonstrate their exciting projects to over 500 public primary schools, community members, university personnel and fellow students to discuss their project theme.

Year 7 Zenith students were asked by the directors of Social Inclusion Week to develop experiences that could be used to make the region more inclusive. Year 8 Zenith students showcased how an event in the past decade shaped their future.

Ms Moylan, Deputy Principal Hastings Secondary College said, “These projects are an opportunity for our students to build their collaborative practices and critical thinking skills which require deep thinking and skills identified as a necessity for preparing students for the 21st Century workforce”.

Ms Kate Wood-Foye, Director of External Engagement at Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie said, “We are excited to host more than 600 public school students for the Zenith Project Showcase and see some of the wonderful work Hastings Secondary College Year 7 and 8 students have created.

“Hosting such events is a great opportunity for local school students to get a glimpse of our Port Macquarie campus and discover more about the tertiary education options that are available right here on their doorstep.”

Zenith is designed to enhance and extend the learning in Years 7 and 8 of our high achieving students in the Hastings Valley Community of School.

Our students study the core curriculum in common with their year cohort; however, the curriculum is compacted and made more challenging to allow time for enrichment, extension, problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

The program offers challenging, real-world learning using innovative teaching to support Future Focused learners in a culture of high expectations and learning excellence.

Zenith students will have opportunities to participate in a range of academic, cultural and sporting extra-curricular activities to enhance their learning.

A special mention to Ottomans Kebabs Settlement City, Sahara Turkish Restaurant Port Macquarie and Sunshine Bakery Kempsey for the wonderful food supplied to feed the students - thank you so much!