The campus code of conduct endorsed by the P&C association requires all students to wear the approved campus uniform and the wearing of the campus uniform at Port Macquarie Campus is compulsory. The uniform shop is open every Monday and Thursday during term from 1.45pm until 2.45pm. The below outlines the approved Port Macquarie Campus uniform requirements and the opening hours during the school holidays.

Orders for Port Macquarie Campus winter  jackets and sloppy joes are now being taken. To assist staff in ordering quantity and sizes please provide the following details.

Uniform Policy Update

Message from Hastings Secondary College Port Macquarie Campus Principal Meaghan Cook 19 May 2019

In light of the concerns raised from our uniform stance, I felt it is crucial to alleviate some of the concerns raised by our community and clarify some misunderstandings that are currently circulating.

If parents would like to discuss further or clarify uniform, I have made arrangements to hold an additional parent lounge session on Monday 20 May at 10 am and 4 pm.

Teaching and learning is our core business. I can reassure parents we are not taking our focus away from the amazing activities that happen in the classroom.

For those parents who are unable to attend, a question and answer document has been prepared. You can also email any feedback by clicking here.

Uniform Frequently Asked Questions

Considering the concerns raised from our uniform stance, I felt it is crucial to alleviate some of the concerns raised by our community and clarify some misunderstandings that are circulating in our community.

  1. Why have you changed the Uniform?

There has been no change to the Uniform Requirements or Uniform Policy. The college uniform code has been in place for five years. The uniform blitz on Friday was focussing on non – uniform items. That is coloured jumpers, hoodies, black shorts, jeans and coloured track pants that were not navy blue. At no time has there been a suggestion that navy track pants were not appropriate.  

We have been looking at introducing navy pants for our female students and grey pants for males. However, these are an option to purchase this year and not mandatory.

  1. Why were parents not told about this?

I have made mention of uniform in my previous newsletters, on assembly and our web page, asking parents to ensure their child is incorrect uniform. There has been no change to the uniform at Port Macquarie Campus, other than my expectation that it is worn.

  1. The uniform is expensive, especially if I have more than two children.

I certainly understand that uniform can be an additional burden on families. To support all students and their families, various options are in place at the campus to assist. Student assistance, wholesale uniform options and payment plans to pay off uniform purchases are in place. Please contact Jenni Scherf Port Macquarie Campus Administration Manager.

  1. The jackets/jumpers are not warm.

I feel the cold too, so completely understand the need to keep warm. There are fleecy sloppy joes available, and the wind jackets will cut out the wind. If students have a plain, navy blue jumper, we are happy with that being worn. I am not expecting families to purchase our jumpers if they already have one. I would, however, encourage families to take up the offer of the payment plans and reduced-price options for winter jackets and jumpers.

  1. How long do I have to wait for jumpers’ jackets/pants? In the past, there hasn’t been the stock?

My understanding from the P&C is that we do have jumpers and jackets in stock. The navy pants will take approximately three weeks to be delivered. Fitting sessions for those girls who would like to take up the option of pants for winter, see the front office at 10.30 and 12.30 am on Monday 20 May to try on sizes. If senior girls would like the pants (particularly, as they could be worn outside of school for interviews or other occasions), we will not place logos on them to assist in the longevity of a quality item which will take them through into their post-school careers.

  1. What if my child refuses to wear a uniform?

My wish is that all students want to wear their uniform because they are proud to belong to our community. There may be significant reasons why this is the case. I would work with each student and their family to assist with uniform compliance.

  1. Why doesn’t the school spend their time and energy on teaching and learning rather than insisting on the correct uniform?

I believe that the wearing of uniform is integral to providing and maintaining high standards of education, self-esteem and safety for our student body. Uniform has a role to play in this. The four major reasons for wearing our uniform are:

  1. It helps foster school spirit and pride in the College, particularly our campus
  2. It provides clear identification of our students within the school and community.
  3. It promotes cohesion within the campus, breaking down discrimination based on financial, religious or cultural background.
  4. It reflects workplace practice and safety.

Teaching and learning is our core business. I can reassure parents we are not taking our focus away from the amazing activities that happen in the classroom.