HASTINGS SECONDARY COLLEGE
Port Macquarie, NSW
In 2015, Hastings Secondary College contemplated how to better tailor its educational offerings to its diverse community, investigating innovative approaches adopted both locally and abroad, and developing a range of flexible learning opportunities.
For Year 7 and 8 students, it has developed sports, STEM and creative industries academies for students. It also offers Personal Interest Project classes for students across a range of interest areas, linking learning to real-world experience. There’s also the LEAP Academy for Year 8 to 10 students who benefit from more individualised learning in a smaller group setting, and then there’s the Zenith program for high-achieving and gifted and talented students in Year 7, in which staff and students work together on authentic, real-world projects.