Beacon speaker recognised in Australia Day honours

Last year former Hastings resident Beth Wilson spoke at the Western Port SC Beacon Charter signing. Beth was an inspiration to our students telling her story of raising a family on her own and returning to university. Eventually she went on to become the  Victorian Health Services Commissioner. Beth acknowledged Western Port SC and the positive work we are doing to improve outcomes for all students with increased rates of school completion. We wish to congratulate Beth on being awarded Member of Order of Australia (AM) for her work with the Victorian community.

Beth Wilson

2013 School Captains

Congratulations to our new school captains pictured at our recent awards night. They were introduced by outgoing captains Tyler Winkler and Jarryd Lymer. We look forward to seeing these students grow into their new roles for 2103.

Captains: Mitchell Bell, and Casey McDonnell

Vice Captains: Jackson Cox and Hannah Herbert

Annual Awards Night

On 7th December Western Port Secondary College celebrated the Annual Awards night at Frankston Arts Centre. There were many students recognised for high achievement in a range of areas including community service, academic studies and sports.

A highlight of the night was the first presentation of the Tim Bridge Scholarship for Music to two senior students in memory of Tim who died of cancer earlier this year. This award was presented to Robert Lucas- Year 11 (pictured) and Matthew Vowell- Year 12. The College was delighted that Tim’s wife Helen Booth was able to present this new award. We wish both students the best of luck in their music studies in 2013.

Japanese School Visitors

On 30th November WPSC hosted another visit from a school in Japan- Nara University High School. We have previously hosted a visit from this school and it has been great for our students to gain another inter- cultural experience. The students had a great time participating in a variety of school activities during their visit.

Year 12 students finish the year

Congratulations to our Year 12 students on finishing the school year. Staff, parents and friends celebrated with them at the Valedictory Dinner at Mornington Racecourse on 19th November.

Secondary Experience Day

On the 15th November we had our new Year 7 students for 2013 visit the school for secondary experience day. Students participated in a normal day of classes to help ease the transition to secondary school life next year. The students had a great time and got to meet many of their teachers for 2013.

Grade 5 Discovery Day

Recently many students from our local feeder primary school visited WPSC for Grade 5 Discovery Day. This day gave students a taste of secondary school life for the first time. They were involved in many activities and especially enjoyed their time playing on the new playground!

Sister School Visit Kuala Lumpur

Recently the Leadership team and LOTE teacher Thuy Ta visited our sister school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. WPSC has had a sister school relationship with SKM Aminuddin Baki since 2008, and this visit was seen as important in enhancing these ties.

While there we observed classes, worked with staff on curriculum projects and completed preparation for our student school tour there in 2013.

Students raise money for the Wheel Chair Foundation

At our recent school assembly it was pleasing to hear from Tenee Schneider (Yr 7) and Tash Green (Yr 9) who spoke about the amazing fund raising effort they completed with their student groups to raise money for the Wheel Chair Foundation. They presented a $500 cheque to Jeff Harvey who represented Hastings Rotary. Jeff was very thankful to the students who were involved and Helen Smith who helped coordinate the event, along with parent Joanne McDonald who assisted in the cupcake making that was part of the fund raising.

Pictured is Jeff Harvey representing Hastings Rotary who was presented with a $500 cheque from Tenee Schneider (Yr 7) and Tash Green (Yr 9)

Southern Zone athletics at Ballam Park

Congratulations to all the Western Port Secondary College students who competed in the Southern Zone athletics at Ballam Park on the 6th September. All students represented our school very well and had an enjoyable day competing against other local schools. Pictured are the U15 Girls relay team after their victory.

Thanks to Tracey Hall, John Heffernan, Steve Walsh, Kevin Berry and Robyn Stephenson who helped coordinate our students on the day.

A visit from Kadokawa City Junior High School

Recently Western Port Secondary College hosted a visit from Kadokawa City Junior High School. This was great opportunity for our students to meet students from a Japanese high school.

The cultural experience is important for many of our students and we hope to continue these visits into the future. While in Australia the students attended some classes at the College and went sightseeing to various local attractions. We would like to thank Tim Ward and Thuy Ta for their effort in organising this visit for our students.

Hastings Literacy Festival

Western Port Secondary College has been hosting the annual Hastings Literacy Festival. Students from many local primary schools and Year 7-8 WPSC students have been entertained by writers and illustrators in various workshops.

We would like to thank Justin D’Ath, Mark Wilson, Phil Kettle, Tony Sowersby and Sue Lawson for their time in sharing the joys of literacy.

Beacon Charter Signing

On the 21st June we held our annual Beacon Charter signing for our Year 10 students. This was a wonderful day where we had many visitors and supporters of the College attend to see our students take the “No Dole” pledge.

Our guest speaker was Beth Wilson who is the Health Services Commissioner of Victoria. Beth told her remarkable story about growing up in Hastings and leaving school early. After a variety of jobs she went back to school and has risen to this very important position which she has held for fifteen years.

Beth’s story was inspiring for our students and we wish to thank her for her time in relaying her life experiences in an entertaining way.


School Community,
Mornington / Hastings / Rosebud police would like you to know about new alcohol legislation that may affect adolescents and their parents / carers ;
The “Teen Drinking Laws”.

This legislation relates to the serving of alcohol in your home and has been introduced to manage and reduce dangerous adolescent alcohol consumption.  It is intended to reduce and resultant victimisation and offending behaviour associated with adolescent alcohol consumption.

Vic Health have produced a valuable web link resource for both adolescents and their parent or carer regarding this new legislation.  Victoria Police are featured as a podcast here:

Opening of the Hastings Hub

Students from Western Port Secondary College represented the College at the opening of the Neighbourhood Renewal- Hastings Hub on 16th May. It was fantastic to see so many members of the community involved in the this significant community program and facility.

Our school captains Jarryd Lymer, Tyler Winkler and Vice Captain Lauren Walker represented the school along with a number of students from the strings group who played at the opening.

The centre was officially opened by the Hon Simon Crean MP who met with our students.

Year 7 Class Captains

Congratulations to our new Year 7 class captains. We look forward to seeing these students lead their year level. Students were presented with their leadership badges by the College Principal.

Bogong Camp

20 Year 9 students from Western Port Secondary College attended a leadership camp at Bogong Outdoor Education Camp from 16th to 20th April.

During the camp students stepped out of the comfort zone and challenged themselves to gain confidence. To do this they chose the overnight hike and one day of activities. On the way to Edmondson’s Hut they hiked 6kms over rough terrain to set up camp. As the sun went down, they walked up the mountain and had a beautiful view of the sunset.

Bogong Camp students are selected for their potential as leaders within the College. The camp provides a challenge for all involved over the week and builds their leadership skills.


Western Port Secondary College has been running the Vic Roads Keys Please information session for a number of years. On the 22nd of March, Robin Tiffany ran his 5th session at Western Port informing soon to be drivers (Year levels 10 and 11) the importance of having enough experience before eventually getting your P plates.

The class also pointed out why young drivers are at risk, how to plan your learners driving practise so it matches your developing driving skills, tips on how to manage stress that could get in the way of driving, the importance of filling out the log book with the correct amount of hours and the significance of developing a partnership between both the learner driver and the parent’s.

The following day, in Form assembly we were all given L Plates and an information sheet covering all of the topics that were covered in the session. The session was very informative covering a lot of things that we were all unsure about. Overall it was a really good program. We learnt heaps of tips and facts. We all thoroughly enjoyed the lesson and most of us are looking forward to getting our L’s sometime this year.

By Dayna Carey


On the 17th and 19th of April the seven Beacon Ambassadors and Peer Support students volunteered to help out with Youth Week, to make kids more aware of depression, health and wellbeing.

Some local businesses supported this event by donating products that were given out in show bags on the day. Mr. Devine on behalf of The Beacon Ambassadors also applied for $2000 grant which was successful and helped with running the activities. Altogether over the two days 150 grade 5 and 6 students from different primary schools on the Peninsula participated in this event.

Four activities were run over the day. These activities included sport, healthy cooking, meditation and yoga, and a mental health workshop.
I, along with two others ran the cooking group, where we made banana and choc chip muffins and salad wraps which each group of kids contributed to making lunch for everyone.

We also explained how cooking in a commercial kitchen in VET hospitality could lead to a career in the food industry and you can become a Chef and work in restaurants.

With Physical Education we got the primary school students to do relay sprints to get their hearts pumping and making them active and feel alive.  We also did crab walks and basketball competition and other activities making use of their arms and legs.

We explained how a career pathway would include personal trainer, working in a gym or a Physical Education teacher.

In Yoga, the primary school students were with Jan a yoga specialist and they did multiple yoga poses.  Afterwards they had a meditation relaxation session where they would lie down and listen to Jan speaking to them about relaxation skills, using the power of the breath and mind to rejuvenate mind body and soul as one.

The career pathway is to teach yoga/meditation to people of all ages in communities, schools and retreats.

The next activity was mental health. This group covered different types of bullying, physical and emotional. They explained this by getting butcher paper and having someone lie down and have their body being traced. Then each student would receive a sticky note which they wrote actions of bullying and stuck it on the outside and the feelings that are felt on the inside.

The children were then given tips on how to help when being bullied and were told about Youth Beyond Blue and how they can help young people   experiencing depression. A whopping 160,000 young people in Australia aged between 16 and 24 live with depression each year.

Career pathways include Social Worker, Psychologist, and School Nurse.

Overall the primary school students learnt new skills, they got to explore our facilities and had fun with other schools which benefited from our
“Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds Program”.

We as Leaders learnt to work as a team, use our public speaking skills and it made some of us think of our own careers.  Everyone had a fun time!

Rachel Robins & Tim Truong (Beacon Leaders)

Teachers Malaysia Study Tour

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