Pastoral Care/Connect | Hastings Secondary College

We are very proud of our extensive pastoral care network within the Hastings Secondary College.  Every student at the college is a person of dignity and worth and we value each student individually.

Students are allocated to Pastoral Care Groups which meet each day and begin with a roll call. The pastoral care teacher is the first point of contact when difficulties arise.

As well as our Deputy Principals and our Year Advisers for Years 7 to 12, there are numerous other staff members allocated to cater for student wellbeing; Head Teacher Welfare/Wellbeing, Learning and Support Teachers, Student Learning Support Officers (SLSO’s), other Student Support Officers, Aboriginal Support Officers, School Counsellors and School Chaplains. There are numerous programs running within the college to help students face and deal with issues that arise both at home and at school.

The Pastoral Care Connect Program which takes place in the allocated pastoral care/roll call groups focuses on ‘Dealing with hard times,’ and the Student Responsibility System. During this time each day, staff and students discuss current issues facing our youth such as positive relationships, cyber safety, being a supportive friend and building resilience.

The Quick Smart Numeracy Program supports Year 8 students who are below the state average in numeracy.

English as a Second Language Program helps students who enrol from different countries, to learn English.

The Year 9 Girls Respectful Relations Project concentrates on developing more positive relationships amongst the Year 9 cohort.

Year 7 Friendship Day and Peer Support Groups help welcome Year 7 students to high school by building connections and communicating our anti-bullying ethos.

Learning and Support of Students with a Disability provides extra assistance to students who need it.

Lovebites  is a program for Year 10 students which emphasizes respectful and healthy relationships and raises awareness of domestic violence.

 After School Homework Sessions offer additional support to students who may need help establishing study patterns.

Indigenous Student Wellbeing is co-ordinated by the Aboriginal Support Officers and co-ordinates activities with the Birpai Local Aboriginal Lands Council, the wider Aboriginal community and related services.

Our College Anti-Bullying Policy recognises the pro-active approach both campuses take towards supporting our stance against any bullying or harassment.

The Breakfast Club operates three mornings a week at the Port Macquarie Campus and is staffed on a volunteer basis and supported by a small school budget and some business houses. It is an opportunity for students to meet in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere before school and have a healthy snack before starting lessons.

Numerous workshops with guest speakers are held throughout the year; police visits alert students to the dangers of drugs, anti-social behavior and the need to take responsibility; Charles Sturt University (CSU) Study Skills days for Year 11; ‘Courage to Care’ – an anti-bullying program with links to the Holocaust and motivational speakers for the Year 9 Boys At Risk Program are among those.

The Learning and Support Team meet regularly to monitor the administration of all areas that deal with student wellbeing and to evaluate the various programs that are offered to students to help them learn in a safe and happy environment.

We work in partnership with many external agencies such as Headspace, Centrecare, Port Macquarie Youth and Family, Mission Australia and Burnside to ensure both students and their families have access to any support they may require.

The Port Macquarie Learning Centre, which is located at the Youth Hub, is an innovative alternate teaching and learning program designed for at risk Stage 5 students who may not be reaching their full potential in mainstream schooling. The program offers content experiences that focus on literacy and numeracy development, information technology skills, employability skills, personal awareness, self esteem and communication skills. The program is built around the students’ individual academic and social needs and takes into account their own interests and passions.