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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Athletics Day

On Tuesday March 27th the 40th annual House Athletics sports were held on the Athletics track.

The day ran smoothly on a beautiful sunny autumn day with many students excelling in track and field. There were a number of age group records broken and it was great to see so many students participating well and enjoying the day.

Huon won the House Shield to add to their win of the swimming sports earlier this year.

Well done to all who participated.


On the 25th April a number of student attended the Anzac Day ceremonies at Hastings and Crib Point. The College was represented by School Captains Tyler Winkler and Jarryd Lymer and Vice Captains Lauren Walker and Rachael Potter who laid wreathes on behalf of the school. There were a number of other students representing various sporting clubs and community groups including a large number of Navy Cadets. It was pleasing to see our students involved in this important day.
The College invited RSL representatives Kieran Gallagher (RSL Hasting President) and Gary Taylor to speak at the whole assembly on Monday 23rd where we held a minutes silence after the Ode of Remembrance.

Environment Week at The Briar’s Historic Park

This week students from the College are involved in Environment Week at The Briar’s Historic Park. Students from Years 9 and 10 have been assisting local primary school students with various activities including horticulture, arts and crafts from recycled materials, native animal and bird information and Woolworths fruit education.

District Final for Lions Youth of the Year

On the 18th March Lauren Walker participated in the District Final for Lions Youth of the Year in Trafalgar. Lauren made it through two regional level finals to get to this stage in a fine effort.

Lauren is a Vice Captain at the school and has a long list of achievements in and out of school. She is always involved in various school activities and takes on many responsibilities in her leadership role.


The competition involves a range of public speaking on impromptu topics and a five minute speech of their choice. The standard of the speakers in the District Final was quite amazing with Lauren speaking on her topic of world poverty. Lauren did extremely well to make it to this stage and we wish to congratulate her of this effort.

Whole school assembly- Friday 16th March

At our recent whole assembly we were able to present many awards to students. We presented the House Shield to the Huon Leaders for their win in the swimming sports. Well done to all who participated on a hot 35◦C day at the Pines Swim Centre.

We also presented leadership badges to our new Student Leadership Representatives (SLC) and Beacon Leaders. Congratulations to all students who received this recognition of their leadership.

Western Port Secondary College Sports Stars

Congratulations to Sam Hodic who recently represented Australia at the Winter Youth Olympics in Austria. Sam competed in the Ice Hockey Skills Challenge. Sam finished a very respectable 15th in his competition which was an outstanding effort.

Also, Congratulations to Year 7 student Matt Foy who was selected to tour England in 2013 with a representative team from the Mornington Peninsula Cricket Association after participating in Country Week. Matt plays for the Hastings Cricket Club.

Peninsula Teenage Fashion Expo & Tickled Pink at Tyabb High Tea

For the third year in a row Western Port and Mornington Secondary College students from our VET Fashion Studies have participated in the Peninsula Teenage Fashion Expo held at Dromana Secondary College. Again our students talents were rewarded by the judges with a third place award in the Special Occasion Category and three Encouragement Awards, which included a scholarship to the Whitehouse Institute of Fashion.

We must congratulate My Ha, Amanda, Rhiannon, Olivija, Kirstie and Naybuay who between them designed, drafted and produced 12 beautiful outfits showcased on the night. Also a huge thank you to Bec and Kellie-Ann who assisted by modelling some of the garments for our Western Port students. We are all very proud of their effort and commitment, especially as they have to participate at weekends and in the evenings to represent our College. Well done girls and a big thank you to their parents for their continued support as well!

During October students from the VET Fashion Studies class participated at the “Tickled Pink at Tyabb” High Tea. Gina Mathers on behalf of the Tyabb Aero Club invited us to again showcase our student’s fantastic fashions that they have designed, drafted and produced in class. The event is a fundraiser in support of Breast Cancer and our students were more than happy to support such a worthwhile cause. Nine students, representing four colleges, modelled 16 different outfits produced by eleven of our students.

The audience was most impressed with the talent and the confidence displayed by our students and gave loads of very positive feedback, especially when we all made our way down onto the airfield for a flyover photo shoot. The girls were also able to benefit from the opportunity to get some fabulous ‘Vogue-like’ photos in amongst the planes for their fashion folios. A huge thank you to the girls for giving up a day of their holidays to represent our college in such a professional way.

First Whole School Assembly in New Gym

On Thursday 22nd September the College held its first whole school assembly in the new gym. There were many awards and recognitions of achievement that were celebrated included the many students who performed well in the recent interschool athletics championships.

A couple of highlights included Greg Hardingham receiving the 2011 Defence Technical Scholarship from the ADF. This is the second student from the College to receive this with Ryan Mulheron receiving the award in 2009.

Greg had to complete a rigourous application process which included  demonstrating his knowledge of trades and describing what he would do as an ADF tradesperson in a real life crisis situation. He competed with over 2000 students from across Australia to win this award. Congratulations to Greg on this great achievement.

We also presented certificates to Jessica Runting, Ben Janz and Emily Monck who will be attending a Monash University High Achievers Program during the holiday break. This is part of WPSC formal relationship with Monash University through the Schools Access Monash Program (SAM).

It was great to see so much success celebrated and we look forward to many more assemblies in the future.

Little Shop of Horrors Production

The College production of Little Shop of Horrors was a great success, below is an article written by one of the students involved:

Recently, I had the fantastic opportunity to be a part of a spectacular production called the Little Shop of Horrors in 2011. The show is based in a florist shop and is about a plant (Jak Vickers) that can only be fed blood, not just any blood, and human blood. And as it eats more and more blood it gets bigger and bigger.

Seymour, works in the florist, was played by Kitlyn Bourke and the plant shop owner Ms.Mushnik was played by Molly Fergus.  Audrey was played by me (Rachel Robins), works with Seymour at the florist.

The production took months and months to prepare for, with weekend and after school rehearsals to get all of the cast and crew ready for opening night. Mr. Bridge took his own time to spend with all of us learning our lines and making the props.

When it was ShowTime, I was extremely nervous but knew it was going to be a great night, even though I had lost my voice for a week and hadn’t been able to talk! Everyone involved in the production on stage to everyone off stage, showed on the night how all the rehearsals and time spent had paid off and show was a great success!

Doing the production has made me realize that I really want to do more acting and stage work and to continue singing. I enjoyed being a part of this production and I would like to thank everyone involved and especially to Mr. Bridge for giving me the amazing opportunity.

By Rachel Robins 9C

Japanese Visit

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Western Port Secondary College Beacon Polish Program

Western Port Secondary College is a Beacon School and we were very fortunate to host four days of the Beacon Polish program for our Year 10 cohort during 27th – 30th June.

The Polish program is about teaching our young people confidence, transferrable, team and leadership skills, ,etiquette, personal grooming hygiene and interview techniques to gain successful employment.  During the 2-3 course lunch students engage in conversation with business guests.

Our Community Bendigo Bank in Hastings sponsored one of our Polish days held in the Hastings Community House.

Students were  privileged  travel to the CBD and have the Polish program delivered to them at  Crown Plaza and SKM both sponsors of Beacon Foundation.

The Pilot and Benelong Foundations sponsored one of our Hastings Polish Program as well.

Overall the students were very positive about the experience on the day and said the skills they learnt would help into future pathways.