New Minister Meets Department Head At Hastings Secondary College

New Minister Meets Department Head At Hastings Secondary College

Member for Port Macquarie and Assistant Minister for Education, Leslie Williams, met the Secretary of the Department of Education, Dr Michele Bruniges, at Hastings Secondary College today.

The College’s Executive Principal, Dr Wayne Ible, discussed with Mrs Williams and Dr Bruniges the progress made by the College’s two campuses since it opened at the start of Term 1.

Mrs Williams says the College was established from the former Port Macquarie and Westport High Schools to enable closer co-operation in pursuing academic excellence.

“There is already a strong expectation of excellence among the students and the community,” Mrs Williams said.

“The College has created a highly supportive learning environment which allows students to focus on the quality of their work from a wider curriculum.

“The community was closely involved in planning the College, and that connection will only strengthen as the benefits of the new arrangement are shown in student outcomes, putting the College at the heart of its community,” Mrs Williams said.

The new College integrates more closely the operation of six local Public Schools – Port Macquarie, Westport, Hastings, Tacking Point, Telegraph Point and Lake Cathie.

Closer collaboration across the College’s two campuses and their communities extends to all aspects of its operation:

Curriculum and extra-curricula offerings e.g. College band and musical productions, and their alignment in the timetable; teaching programs and resources; online resources; common orientation, transition, assessment and reporting programs; university and TAFE ties, and a common sports network.

With a focus on developing the whole child, gifted and talented programs, creative and performing arts, and sports opportunities are also being extended across the College.

The College opened with 1,250 students and has capacity for up to approximately 1,600 in existing facilities.

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