Congratulations to Bailey Williams of Year 11, he has been working tirelessly and its paying off. I am sure we will see him playing AFL very soon.
Great to catch up with an original 1974 Hastings High School student and former Bittern Primary student at the recent Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards in Sydney. Suzanne Cridge enrolled in Year 8 and was sent home for the first three weeks whilst some portable classes were moved onto the site of the school which was then a few farm paddocks. Sue has had an extensive career in education and was a pioneer of Women In Educational Leadership in Victoria. She is currently Director of Education for Social Ventures Australia. We hope to partner with Sue on some projects in the future.
Congratulations to Mr Devine and staff for winning a National Award which recognises the hard work of staff at the College, well done to the HPV team that did a fantastic job at the HPV 24 Hour Race in Wonthagi, Huon took at the Swimming Carnival while Encounter blitzed the House Aths! congratulations to all our sports champions! thank you to Lani and Katlyn for the update on the Environmental Group.
Thank you to everyone who came along, the evening was a huge success with over 500 visitors. Thank you to all the staff and students that helped create such a wonderful evening. It was a pleasure to have Daniel Mulino – Member for Eastern Victoria and Jorja McKinnon who is the STEM Catalyst Project Manager from Deakin University speak at the launch.
Congratulations to our principal Mr Devine who has received a Commonwealth Bank National Teaching Award in Sydney. These national awards are granted through a joint initiative between the Commonwealth Bank and Schools Plus and are open to teachers and school leaders across all tiers; independent, catholic and government. The award was given based on the following criteria:
Transforming Learning Outcomes
Collaborating and Sharing Knowledge
Engaging with the Community
Applying Technology in Teaching
The selection panel included David Gonski Chairman ANZ and Coca-Cola Amatil (also led the ‘Gonski Review’), Ian Narev CEO Commonwealth Bank, Anthony Mackay CEO Centre for Strategic Education and Prof Geoff Masters CEO ACER.
The award is a significant recognition and endorsement of the hard work and results of so many teachers and staff over the last few years.
The Awards include Professional Development, an International Study Tour and $30,000.00 towards a project at the school that improves student outcomes.
The Trade Skills Centre has officially opened! Greg Hunt opened the STEM Centre earlier this week, during his visit he spoke with local Primary school students about the fantastic things they have been doing during the four week program at the STEM Centre, the students where keen to show him their earthquake simulators which test the strength of different building materials during earthquakes. After a quick coding session with the students, radio station 3RPP interviewed the MP, click on the link to hear the wonderful things he had to say.
On Monday March 6th four students from Western Port secondary College competed in the Southern Metropolitan Region Lawn Bowls Finals at Hampton Bowls Club. The competition was separated into 2 pools of 4 teams following a Round Robin format. The matches consisted of 8 ends or 50 minutes whichever came first.
First match was a win against Mac Rob 8 to 5. Second was the same score beating Melbourne intermediate. Last game to get into the finals was against McKinnon Senior. The boys were 5 shots down but came back with some terrific bowling to win 7 to 5.
The final was against the other pool winner Glen Eira which was 10 ends. It was closely fought with the lead changing constantly with the end result being a draw. An additional end had to be played and unfortunately the team lost. Congratulations to the pennant runners ups Matt Foy, Aaron Whitford, Bailey Hastie and Harry Hansen. Well done!
The Carryon Op Shop was officially opened on Saturday at 61 Cool Store Road Hastings. The Honorable Daniel Mulino presented Students and staff with certificates of appreciation for the mural they painted on the side of building. Carry On is a self funded organisation offering veterans support in areas of welfare, education and accommodation.
Jordan Watson of Year 11 plays for the South East Sharks under 18 cricket team. The Sharks became state champions winning over East Select, congratulations Sharks!
On Monday February 13th the Senior Girls volleyball team travelled to Mornington Secondary College to compete in the interschool competition. The competition was strong and consistent on the day. We were allocated to Pool B with Rosebud S.C and Dromana S.C. in our first match we faced Rosebud and were narrowly defeated in 2 sets 23-25 and 22-25. Against Dromana B we were a dominant force winning convincingly 25-11, 25-19. Coming second in our pool we played off for third position overall against Dromana A from Pool A. This was a very evenly matched game, we won in 3 sets. 24-26, 25-23, 15-12.
The girls played with great mateship and represented our college with pride. Well done to; Isabella Goddard, Georgia Walker, Georgia Baker, Beth McCullagh, Meagan Govan, Olivia Condick, Rachel Ganderton, Amber Treuel, Ebony Holdsworth, Kaitlyn Davis.
On Tuesday February 13th the Senior girls played at Emil Madsen in a round robin competition. The girls won all three games easily against Dromana, Mt Eliza and Mornington. The final was against Mornington the girls batted first with all players scoring well. A special mention to Jordan Watson with the best score of 52 off 1 over. And Vicki Hogan-Keogh for winning all the coin tosses. With some superb bowling, fielding and batting the girls won very convincingly 168-69. Well done girls on your sportsmanship and team co-operation. The girls conduct on the day was outstanding. Now onto the quarter finals. GO WESTO
Check out the Western Port News to see our Primary STEM program in action with Tyabb Railway Station Primary School!
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Thank you to Kayla Dooley for once again singing the National Anthem beautifully.
Welcome back to all students, a special welcome to our Year 7’s and new students throughout all year levels from Mr Devine.
Our school captains spoke at their first whole school assembly, welcoming everyone back with some words of wisdom.
Mr Aldham congratulated last year’s HPV Team on their wonderful efforts during the 24 hour Race towards the end of last year.
Sports Captains Vicki Hogan Keogh and Aaron Whitford informed every one of upcoming events and how important it is to be involved. The Swimming carnival is in two weeks, it’s a compulsory school day and hope that all students enter in an event, if not it’s important to come along and support fellow school mates. Students who do choose to be in an event will get a ticket to use the water slide!
Mr Allen and Mr Miller spoke about this year’s school musical, if anyone would like to be involved please see them, there are around 30 acting positions to be filled and plenty of behind the scenes help needed.
Bella Goodard and Georgia Walker regaled us with their adventures on the GDAY USA Tour over the summer holidays, along with 10 other WPSC students they spent 20 days tripping around California. You can see some great photos on the College FaceBook page.
Ms Lewis reminded us that we have many Environmental groups to join, these groups are open to students from all year levels. If you would like to be involved please see Ms Lewis.
Lastly we heard from Mr Quinn who introduced NAO, if any students would like to work with NAO in the STEM centre please see MR Quinn for details, you could learn how to program our new member of the College.