Academic Excellence | Hastings Secondary College

At Hastings Secondary College we achieve academic excellence. Every student benefits from learning in an environment that celebrates and rewards personal success and enables them to achieve their personal best. Hastings Secondary College’s advanced level and extension courses create opportunities to challenge academically gifted students. Our College also delivers highly successful support programs in response to individual learning needs.

Our students engage with and develop a passion for learning through the guidance and inspiration of our highly experienced and caring staff. Our teachers open up the world of learning and enable students to progress confidently throughout their life.

Our students achieve outstanding results across all key learning areas and regularly attain ATAR’s of 90 or above in the Higher School Certificate. Our academic tradition of success is reflected in our students gaining entry to leading universities and other tertiary institutions.

Your Questions Answered on Courses and Subjects

Which English programs are offered?

English is mandatory from Year 7 to 12. NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA) sets minimum hours for all mandatory courses - English, Mathematics, Science, HSIE (History and Geography) PDHPE, Technology (Woodwork, Metalwork, Textiles, Food Technology) Art, Music and Language - which varies through the stage groups.

Hastings Secondary College prides itself on focussing on these elements of your child’s education. We teach over the mandatory hours in these subjects/courses.

In Year 11 and 12 student may select from Advanced English, Standard English, English Studies, English Extension 1 and English Extension 2. These courses are offered every year, some of which operate as cross campus classes.

Creative Arts is quite broad, is there a percentage of time spent on Visual Arts versus acting, dancing and Music?

Yes. Visual Arts and Music are mandatory courses in Years 7 and 8, as set by NESA (NSW Educational Standards Authority). Students will undertake more than the minimum 100 hours each.

Dance is part of the PDHPE curriculum. There are dance groups operating at both Campuses which practice at lunch times and perform at the Dance Festival and Port Macquarie Eisteddfod. Hasting Secondary College Dance Company is a combined group for which students may audition (in person or via video).

The Creative Industries Academy enables student to pursue further learning in Visual Arts, Drama, Music and Dance. Each student is expected to nominate a major and minor focus, though will be exposed to all four creative elements.

In Year 9/10 students may select courses in Visual Arts, Drama and Music as electives. In Year 11/12 they may select these for their HSC courses (Music has three options: Music 1, Music 2 and Music Extension).

We have a proud history of students achieving in the Creative and Performing Arts in the HSC, with many recognised as “distinguished achievers” and being nominated for “HSC Art Express” for Visual Arts, “HSC Encore” for Music and “OnSTAGE” for Drama. Past student and alumni have been accepted into both the Sydney and NSW Conservatoriums of Music and NIDA (national Institute of Dramatic Art) and have performed professionally in our very own Glasshouse.