Students of Port Macquarie and Westport campuses of Hastings Secondary College were recognised for their ongoing commitment and pursuit of excellence, innovation, opportunity and success at the first joint Awards of Excellence evening.
The College’s Executive Principal Kylee Owen said the celebration of excellence recognised how successful combining the formerly separate schools has been.
“Students have benefitted enormously from the sharing of resources, both physical and in personnel,” she said.
“The evening celebrated those students who we already know are phenomenal in their chosen fields of excellence and deserve to be celebrated in a more public forum for others to share in their achievements.”
Community, government agency and university representatives were there in support of the College.
Guest speaker and former student Jane Goldsmith shared her inspirational journey to television journalism.
Greg Linsdell, Head of Campus Charles Sturt University said it was a privilege to be involved and included in the Hastings Secondary College Awards of Excellence.
“Credit goes to the dedicated teachers who go above and beyond in assisting our young people with opportunities, experiences and knowledge that will build their ambitions and their confidence to realise their potential,” he said.
Some 100 students received awards, including the dux of each year, Principal awards, and individual awards for sport, leadership, national and international recognition, and commitment and service to the community.
- Year 7 Dux 2017 Patrick Rudd and Iesha Apthorpe
- Year 8 Dux 2017 Alyssa Katis and Jessika Helmers
- Year 9 Dux 2017 equal first Sarah Long, Bonnie Rudd and Zoe Davies
- Year 10 Abi Cornish; Georgia Hamilton
- Year 11 Thomas Preen and Ryan Aylett
- Year 12 Dux of 2017 George Rudd and Kate Clarke
- Tahlia Sheather
- Samet Portakaldali
- Kingslee Marks
- Joseph Johnson
Parent Phil Rudd said they could not be happier with the school.
“The students have so many opportunities to explore academic, sports and creative interests, and the teachers go above and beyond to support them,” he said.
“We particularly appreciate the help our son received in the challenging year 12 last year.”
Ms Owen, along with principals Lorraine Haddon and Ian Ross, said they are exceptionally proud of all the students.