2010 Annual School Report - Hastings Public School

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NSW Department of Education
&

Training


4524


2010

Annual School Report

Hastings Public School

NSW Public Schools


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SOME FACES OF OUR FUTURE






2

OUR SCHOOL AT A GLANCE


Students

The continued growth in student

numbers was an
encouraging sign for the future of education at
Hastings. We began the year with 460 students

and by the end of the year had in excess of

480
students
.
Our students represent a good cross
-
section of the local community
.


Staff

The mix of
ex
perienced

and new
ly
-
arrived staff
continued to provide stude
nts with the best of
contemporary and
traditional

educational
methods.



All teaching staff meet the professiona
l
requirements for teaching in
NSW public schools.


Significant programs and initiat
ives




Our s
peech
t
herapy

program

again provided
assistanc
e to

more students
. This program

ran
during terms 2 and 3

with an increase in the
number of students f
rom
4

to
8
.




The School Parliament continued to provide
opportunities for students to
participate in the
decision
-
making processes of the school.



Our senior choir was successful in being
selected for the Choral Festival at the Opera
House and had a
memorable time.



K
-
2 Dance groups were begun this year with
the students presenting th
eir work at the K
-
2
Christmas Concert. These groups will continue
into 2011 with participation in the District Dance
Festival.



Our Positive Behaviour for Learning Program
saw a number of initiatives introduced around the
school
. A school
-
wide awards sy
stem will be
implemented in 2011, c
ourtesy of a $2,000
donation from

the P & C Association.



The rainforest reclamation project continued
with a loyal band of parents and friends
establishing a path through the entire rainforest
perimeter from the north
ern section of the school,
around the basketball court and to the Braemar
Drive entry point.



Michael Harris at work on the rainforest track

Student achievement in
20
10

Our NAPLAN results, while generally pleasing

and
above national averages
,
were
slightly below the
outstanding results of last year.


MESSAGES


Principal's m
essage

The
successful resolution of our building program
problems
occurred
with the announcement to

build five permanent classrooms.
These

rooms

are to be housed in a double
-
st
ore
y block which
will also contain

a special programs room and
three storage rooms
, adjacent to a toilet block
.
Work started on this project in August, changing
the face of this western aspect of the school.

The completion of these buildings

will

see

all
clas
ses
taught
in permanent accommodation

for
the first time in over 25 years
.


Our two parent and community bodies (P & C and
School Council) deserve congratulations for the
role they played in achieving this
excellent
result
for the school.

This building will

be home for

our
Stage 3 classes and provide many exciting
educational opportunities.


With many families now relying on both parents to
work full
-
time, we appreciate those parents who
are able to find some time to volunteer their
servic
es to assist not only their child, but all
children of our school
. The level
s

of support and
trust we receive from our parent community
are

always appreciated and
something
we
will
never
take

for granted.


I certify that the information in this report is t
he
result of a rigorous school self
-
evaluation process
and is a balanced and genuine account of the
school's achievements and areas for
development.

Grant Heaton




Our BER building underway



3

School Council


message


2010 saw the school council’s

continuing
commitment to our school and it
s facilities.


We

led a fight into the worth of our BER (Building
the Education Revolution)
project
.

This fight was well publicised
and most would
have followed it
s progress on local radio with Ray
Hadley's program
.
One of our council members,
Kylie Sherwood, took up the challenge with gusto
and did not take a backward step.


All

school council

members,
along with

the

P&C
,
backed
this action with maximum support.

As a
result, our school has ended up with a wonder
ful
new building comprising
5

classrooms and
amenities.


Other areas of achievement include the new
footpath

for Braemar Drive
, negotiate
d with Port
Macquarie Hastings C
ouncil
and the r
esurfacing
of the basketball court.


2010 has shown the strong school
pride,

great
leaders and parent bodies Hastings

P
ublic
S
chool

has. Thanks for a great year to all those invo
lved
-

you can hold your heads high!


Geof Hurkett

President
-

Hastings Public School Council

Student representative

s message

Hastings Public Schoo
l had a fantastic 2010. I
know Jake and I learned a lot from our experience
as Prime Ministers, along with the other
p
arliamentarians who shared the privilege of
representing our school.

We have received wonderful support from Mrs
Hopley and Ms Spiteri wh
o helped the Parliament
run smoothly, and in particular from Mr Heaton
who was very patient and provided many ideas to
help us in our role.

Our school had a wide range of activities during
2010, with School Parliament representing
Hastings at Remembrance
Day, Anzac Day,
NAIDOC Week and Education Week celebrations.
Our official duties also included running morning
assemblies and organising Kindergarten games
during second term at lunchtime.

Highlights of the year for the school included the
Y
ea
r 6 Canberra

excursion, Y
ear 4 Point

Wolstoncroft excursion, Wakakirri, the Dance
Festival at Camden Haven High School, Wheelie
-
a
-
thon at Wayne Richards Park and the school
discos, which always included a ‘dance
-
off’.

We have been lucky enough to participate in
Debati
ng, Spelling and Public Speaking
competitions, and the exciting Tournament of the
Minds, held at Westport High School.

During the year, our new classrooms were begun,
though we will have to wait until 2011 before they
can be used. We were able to enjoy a r
esurfaced
basketball court, which the very competitive girls
and boys basketball teams spent a lot of time on.

Year 6 celebrated their Farewell in style with a
masquerade ball, sharing laughs and memories
as we watched a video presentation showing how
our

faces had changed since Kindergarten!

Hastings Public School has been a big part of my
life for 7 years, and I will never forget the people I
have met while there. As I move to High School I
know that many friendships I made there will last
long into the

future.

Elisabeth Kallmier


Prime Minister


Our Wheelie
-
athon riders

in action


SCHOOL CONTEXT

Student information

It is a requirement that the reporting of information
for all students must be consistent with privacy
and personal information policies.


Student enrolment profile

Our con
tinuing rise in numbers was
attributed to
an influx of
younger families
moving

into the area.
It is expected this growth will continue over the
next three years

with smaller
,

older grades
moving to high school and being r
eplaced by
younger grades of between 70 and 80 students
.


0
100
200
300
400
500
600
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
Students

Year

Enrolments

Male
Female


4

Student attendance profile


Our school attendance was again at pleasing
levels with most grades above the regional and
state averages.



Management of non
-
attendance

Whi
le our
strong
attendance
rates are

an indicator
of the positive school climate, i
f a child is not

attending regularly for unexplained reasons the
school will attempt to make contact via phone or a
home visit. If these measures prove unsuccessful,
the home school liaison officer is

called in to work
with the school and parents to address the issue.



Class structure

The following table shows our class sizes as
reported at the
2010 class size audit
.


Classes 1/2L, 3/4C and 5/6B were part of our
e
nrichment program
.


Roll
Class

Year

Total
per Year

Total in
Class

KB

K

19

19

KP

K

19

19

KM

K

19

19

KW

K

19

19

1F

1

21

21


1H


1


21


21




1M

1

21

21

1/2L

1

8

24

1/2L

2

16

24

2B

2

23

23

2R

2

22

22

3P

3

30

30

3S

3

30

30

3/4C

3

9

30

3/4C

4

21

30

4P

4

28

28

4/5W

4

14

29

4/5W

5

15

29

5S

5

29

29

6H

6

29

29

6S

6

28

28

5/6B

5

18

30

5/6B

6

12

30






Staff information

It is a requirement that the reporting of information
for all staff must be consistent with privacy and
personal information policies.

All our
teaching
staff have
formal
academic
qual
ifications

and
meet the professional
requirements for teaching in NSW public schools.

Staff establishment

Position

Number

Principal

1

Assistant Principals

4

Classroom Teachers

1
5

Teacher of Reading
Recovery


0.525

Support Teacher Learning Assistance

0.8

Teacher Librarian

0.8

Permanent Part Time

0.8

Counsellor

0.4

Chaplain

0.4

Specialist P E

0.4

School Administrative & Support Staff
(SASS)


2.625

Total


2
6
.75

We were pleased to welcome to Hastings our first
Aboriginal teacher, Miss Robyn Bishop. Robyn’s
active involvement in the Aboriginal Committee
ensured our NAIDOC Week celebrations were
relevant and culturally appropriate. She also
introduced changes to a n
umber of events to
ensure due recognition was given to Aboriginal
culture and heritage.


Teacher qualific
ations

Qualifications

% of staff

Degree or Diploma

66%

Postgraduate

34%


Staff Retention

Our high staff retention rate was maintained in
2010 wit
h no staff transferring out. We
farewelled
two Hastings stalwarts


Mrs Tina Bell and Mrs
Carolyn Veness


who retired after many years of
loyal service to the school.

We also farewelled
Mrs Suzanne Haldane who has worked as a
casual teacher over the previ
ous four years. We
hope to see her back soon.

We also officially farewelled Mrs Jann Salter who
had been in a relieving position as a maths
consultant

for the previous two

years
. Jann was
confirmed
in this position at the end of 2010,
ending her long asso
ciation with Hastings. Her
valuable contribution has been appreciated by all.


0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
100
2007
2008
2009
2010
Attendance rate

Year

Student attendance rates

School
Region
State DET


5

Financial summary

This summary covers funds for operating costs
and does not involve expenditure areas such as
permanent salaries, building and major
maintenance.


A full copy of the school's
2010

financial
s
tatement is tabled at

general meetings of the
Schoo
l Council and P & C Association.
Further
details concerning the statement can be obtained
by contacting the school.


Date of financal summary
30/11/2010
Income
Bal ance brought forward
142,807.03
$

Gl obal funds
222,334.59
$

Ti ed funds
169,549.62
$

School & communi ty sources
120,505.89
$

Interest
7,325.79
$

Trust recei pts
47,671.72
$

Canteen
-
$

Total income
710,194.64
$

Expenditure
Teachi ng & l earni ng
Key learning areas
71,964.94
$

Excursions
31,542.16
$

Extracurricular dissections
30,802.48
$

Li brary
9,604.08
$

Trai ni ng & devel opment
2,018.12
$

Ti ed funds
185,752.63
$

Casual rel i ef teachers
45,518.35
$

Admi ni stati on & offi ce
61,300.58
$

School operated canteen
-
$

Uti l i ti es
33,270.50
$

Mai ntenance
14,769.36
$

Trust accounts
44,991.85
$

Capi tal programs
39,765.55
$

Total expenditure
594,413.53
$

Balance carried forward
115,781.11
$




SCHOOL PERFORMANCE
2010

Achievements

Arts

The establishme
nt of

K
-
2 dance group
s

was an
impressive initiative d
uring the year. The children
worked very well throughout the second half of the
year, culminating their hard work with eye
-
catching performances a
t the K
-
2 Christmas
concert.


Our Wakakirri Danc
e Group again performed in
this state
-
wide competition, reprising their item at
a number of school presentations.








Our
school band
again provided musical
extension for our talented

players. The band
comprise
d

students
from Year 3 to Year 6, with
the elite players
joining the
HVCS Band

which has
members from all of the community schools
.
Thanks again to
Mr Rugers and Mrs Hamilton
for
their care and direction provided.



Our senior choir had an experience to remember
when they performed at The Sydney Opera
House as part of the NSW Massed Choir in
August.
Congratulations to everyone on the effort
and commitment from students, staff and parents.


Members of the choir were also selected to join
the
Hastings Valley Community of Schools

(HVCS)

Choir
known as

Valley Vox

. This choir
sang at
the Education Week opening.
.


In the field of drama we increased the number of
students who joined

the HVCS Dr
ama Ensemble
to 12
. These students performed a number of
times through the year with students from the
other Hastings Valley schools.


As always, the
K
-
2 Christmas Concert

was the
cultural highlight of the year for the
K
-
2
students,
staff, parents and gran
dpar
ents. The time and
effort that g
oes into the event is a credit to all
involved.



6


On our way to the Opera House


Sport

Our
three
sporting

carnivals

of swimming, cross
country and athletics

again

provided students with
opportunities to display

some of

their sporting
skills.


In 2010

the school entered PSSA knockouts in
boys cricket, boys and girls basketball,

netball,
rugby league and touch football.
Our junior rugby
league team benefited from the advice and

input
of Mark Cowdrey, a very enthusiastic
parent. Our
netballers made the third round while our girls
basketball team continued the fine recent tradition
in this sport by making the final of the North Coast
division.


The final in
stalment of the Premier’s Sporti
ng
Fund was delivered in 2010 with the following
equipment purchased:
indoor hockey kit, hurdles,
tackle bags, shin pads, cricket balls, pads, bats
and gloves, pole marker kit and play ball kits. This
will be supplemented with more sporting
equipment obtai
ned through the Coles
supermarket promotion where our school
community collected over 57,000 vouchers.


Our Year 1 and 2 students engaged in a variety of
activities which include
d

aerobics,
parachute
work, balance practice and
skills

development
covering c
atching, throwing, hitting and kicking.
Our Kindergarten classes used the fixed
equipment in the playground for much of their
fitness activities as well as the equipment near
Yarranabee Drive for Friday afternoon sport.

For the first time the K
-
2 Sports D
ay was held at
Oxley Oval with everyone agreeing it was an
excellent experience for students, parents and
teachers.


In Stage 2
,

students were offered activities and
coaching in:



athletics skills



g
ymnastics



g
ame skill development and minor game
sessions



a

variety of sports including indoor
hockey, newcombe

ball
, cricket, soccer,
touch football, T
-
ball, kickball, basketball
and hockey.


For the first time, Stage 2 students were offered
the chance to participate in paid sporting activities
outside of school
. These activities included m
ulti
-
sports, Life Express Gym, Z
umba classes, body
attack, step and Pilates classes, indoor soccer,
basketball and indoor hockey.

Students in Sta
ge 3 sport
participated in a wide
variety of sports which included gymnastics,
soccer, touch football, hockey on the artificial turf,
Life Express
activities, surfing and beach sports.


SWIMMING CHAMPIONS



Ella
-
Jayne

Wehlow

J
unior Girl


Anneka

Mitchell

11 year
Girl


Lais

Clarke

Senior Girl



Tyler

Hyde

Junior Boy


Sam

Harris

11 year Boy


Jake

Hawes

Senior Boy



Ben

Derwent

Senior Boy











7

CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONS


Ruby Derrick

8/9

year

Girl



Oscar Carter

8/9 year Boy


Isla
-
Jae Collins

10 year
Girl



Lachlan Delis

10 year Boy


Aisha Vernon

11 year Girl



Thomas Maynard

11 year Boy


Toni Hurkett

12/13 year Girl



Ben Derwent

12/13 year Boy





ATHLETICS CHAMPIONS

-

GIRLS

Isla
-
Jae

Collins

Junior Girl






No photo
available



Tarnia

Hall

11 year
Girl


Georgia

Hunt

Senior Girl





ATHLETICS CHAMPIONS

-

BOYS



Jack

Sheaves

Junior Boy


Lachlan

Hawkins

11 year Boy


Jake

Hawes

Senior Boy





REGIONAL SPORTING REPRESENTATIVES


Daniel
Williams

Swimming

& Athletics



Sam

Harris

Swimming


Logan

Hives

Net
ball


Georgia

Hunt

Basketball



Tyler

Hyde

Athletics


Lachlan
Delis

Cross
Country &
Athletic
s


Stephanie

Mackedie

Cricket


Jack
Sheaves

Athletics


Zac
Badenoch

Athletics














8

Academic

In the National Assessment Program,
the results
across the Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 literacy and
numeracy assessments are reported on a scale
from Band 1 to Band 10.


The achievement scale represents increasing
levels of skills and

understandings demonstrated
in the assessments.

Y
ea
r 3:


from Ba
nd 1 (lowest) to



Band 6 (highest for Year 3)

Y
ea
r 5:


from
Band 3 (lowest)
to



Band 8 (highest for Year 5)


The Department of Education has provided
figures for ‘Like School Groups’ (LSG) which are
the combined results of schools deemed similar to
ours on the basis of size, socio
-
economic and
locality similarities.


Our preparation was disrupted because of the
dispute over the My School reporting of NAPLAN
results. Our

results were also affected by

a
significant number of
parents withdrawing their
children from the test
s
.

Literacy


NAPLAN Year 3


Our Reading results were again pleasing,
especially the number of students in Band 6 which
was higher than the state average.


While our results were good, the aim during the
next eighteen months will
be to raise the number
of students in Band 6

via the extension of Best
Start activities into Year 2 and the compilation of
writing expectations for each grade.


Our spelling results were pleasing with the
exception of the larger than expected number of

0
5
10
15
20
25
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
Percentage of students

Band

Percentage of students in bands:

Year 3 reading

Percentage in band
School average 2008 - 2010
SSG average 2010
State DET average 2010
0
5
10
15
20
25
30
35
40
45
1
2
3
4
5
6
Percentage of students

Band

Percentage of students in bands:

Year 3 writing

Percentage in band
School average 2008 - 2010
SSG average 2010
State DET average 2010
0
5
10
15
20
25
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
Percentage of students

Band

Percentage of students in bands:

Year 3 spelling

Percentage in band
School average 2008 - 2010
SSG average 2010
State DET average 2010


9

st
udents in Band 3. There will be a greater
emphasis on spelling rules and editing skills.


The number of students above the state average
in Band 6 was a pleasing result and was far above
the school average for the previous three years.

Numeracy


NAPLAN Y
ear 3


While our combined total in the top two bands
ex
ceeded the state average
, we intend to

target
all abilities

by introducing ability

grouping for
maths

in

stages 2 & 3.

Literacy


NAPLAN Year 5



Our resu
lts were
slightly below the state average.
Two strategies to improve these results will be
p
rogramming of inferential reading activities

which
address identified needs, and

refresher work
on
how to do Running Records with a focus on
inferential questioning.


0
5
10
15
20
25
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
Percentage of students

Band

Percentage of students in bands:

Year 3 grammar and punctuation

Percentage in band
School average 2008 - 2010
SSG average 2010
State DET average 2010
0
5
10
15
20
25
30
35
1
2
3
4
5
6
Percentage of students

Band

Percentage of students in bands:

Year 3 numeracy

Percentage in band
School average 2008 - 2010
SSG average 2010
State DET average 2010
0
5
10
15
20
25
30
35
3
4
5
6
7
8
Percentage of students

Band

Percentage of students in bands:

Year 5 reading

Percentage in band
School average 2008 - 2010
SSG average 2010
State DET average 2010


10


Our
results here, while appearing average, do not
show the great improvement made by this cohort
since 2008. Further information about growth in
this area may be found later in this report.


Our

school average in spelling was slightly
below
the state average.

Our emp
hasis will be to reduce
the number of students in Band

5 with a greater
focus on spelling rules and self
-
editing skills.


Our combined result in the top two bands were
a
bove the state average and validated the
combined efforts of students and
staff.



Numeracy


NAPLAN Year 5


Our school average

was below the state average.
It is hoped the move to ability
-
based maths
0
5
10
15
20
25
30
35
40
45
50
3
4
5
6
7
8
Percentage of students

Band

Percentage of students in bands:

Year 5 writing

Percentage in band
School average 2008 - 2010
SSG average 2010
State DET average 2010
0
5
10
15
20
25
30
35
40
3
4
5
6
7
8
Percentage of students

Band

Percentage of students in bands:

Year 5 spelling

Percentage in band
School average 2008 - 2010
SSG average 2010
State DET average 2010
0
5
10
15
20
25
30
35
3
4
5
6
7
8
Percentage of students

Band

Percentage of students in bands:

Year 5 grammar and punctuation

Percentage in band
School average 2008 - 2010
SSG average 2010
State DET average 2010
0
5
10
15
20
25
30
35
40
45
3
4
5
6
7
8
Percentage of students

Band

Percentage of students in bands:

Year 5 numeracy

Percentage in band
School average 2008 - 2010
SSG average 2010
State DET average 2010


11

groups and the use of an additional teacher to
make smaller groups in 2011 will see an
improvement in this area.

Progress in li
teracy


This area will be a focus for 2011 with strategies
including an emphasis on inferential reading
strategies,
refresher courses on running records
and purchasing of gender specific reading
materials to encourage boys to read more.



The focus on w
riting in all grades paid dividends
with this pleasing growth rate.
We will continue
with the professional development of teachers via
the use of district consultants
.




Progress in numeracy


Being above the state average growth rate was a
pleasing
result for the students and staff
. It is
hoped the TEN Program (Targetting Early
Numeracy will reinforce these gains and provide a
solid foundation for all students as they enter Year
3.


Minimum
standards

The Commonwealth Government sets minimum
standards

for

reading,
writing
, grammar and
punctuation
, spelling and numeracy for years 3, 5,
7 and 9.


The performance of the students in our school in
the National Assessment Program


Literacy and
Numeracy is compared to
these minimum
standards. The percentages

of our students
achieving at or above these standards are
reported below.


Note:

Because exempted students are included
with students not meeting minimum standards the
percentages below may not necessarily
correspond with those reported in the band
percentage tables.

Percentage of Year 3 students achieving at or
above minimum standard

Reading




95

Writing




97

Spelling




94

Punctuation and grammar


96

Numeracy





95

Percentage of Year 5 students achieving at or
above minimum standard

Reading




90

Writing




96

Spelling




98

Punctuation and grammar


96

Numeracy





98








0
20
40
60
80
100
120
2006 - 2008
2007 - 2009
2008 - 2010
Progress

Average progress in reading

between Year 3 and Year 5

School
SSG
State DET
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
2006 - 2008
2007 - 2009
2008 - 2010
Progress

Average progress in writing

between Year 3 and Year 5

School
SSG
State DET
0
20
40
60
80
100
120
2006 - 2008
2007 - 2009
2008 - 2010
Progress

Average progress in numeracy

between Year 3 and Year 5

School
SSG
State DET


12

SIGNIFICANT PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES

Speech Therapy Program

In conju
nction with Community Health this

program was run for the third successive year. We
employ
ed

a fully trained S
chool
L
earning
S
upport
O
fficer

to implement the program.
The
program is
funded by the school (approximately $15,000) but
the long
-
term benefits

for the children involved
show

our money is well spent with obvious
improvement in confidence levels and
also
in
the
reading and writing levels of all students involved.


Aboriginal education

The school continued to enhance Aboriginal
Education throughout all classes. Our NAIDOC
Week activities involved a number of local
Aboriginal identities including parents, a
grandparent and neighbours. We had a Welcome
to Country Assem
bly which began the
celebrations for the week and
,

during the following
days
,

had dance workshops, face painti
ng, bush
ticker tasting and an Aboriginal sports day using
traditional games. This day was well supported
with students from Westport High assisti
ng with
the
implementation.


The Norta Norta program was conducted to
provide remediation for Aboriginal students in
need following the NAPLAN tests.
It was not
possible to compare our results wit
h the rest of
the state as
we only had three Year 3 and fou
r
Year 5 Aboriginal students. These numbers do not
enable a
reliable
statistical comparison to be
made.


Multicultural education

Apart from the
multicultural aspect
s

of many HSIE
units, the specific activities
dealt with during 2010
were:
Bahasa Indonesia
taught
to all
Y
ear 6 and
5/6B

during term 1, lessons on Japan from visiting
Japanese students and Mrs Nicole Wells from
Port Macquarie High, international cooking days,
Bali Day
where students experienced
dancing,

puppet making, singing, batik and Balinese

cooking.

A highlight of the year was the Year 6

Gold Day

where the
influence of migrants

was
treated
,

especially that of Chinese settlers.


Respect and responsibility

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL), a Hastings
Valley Community of Schools initiativ
e,
commenced school
-
wide implement
ation during
2010. This problem
-
solving framework addresses
both social behaviour and academic outcomes
and adheres to the principles of Quality Teaching.

Data was collected by the PBL team and used to
guide activities
.
In addition to this, a school
-
wide
teaching matrix was developed. Lessons from

Kindergarten to Year 6 were then planned with
activities encompassing behaviours in all
situations.

A new awards system will be introduced in 2011
and will offer all students t
he opportunity to
receive constant and tangible feedback.


This year the
Peer Mediat
ion team had many
responsibilities which included the very successful
games trolley which was availabl
e for all students
to use at l
unchtime. The peer mediators also were
responsible for the K
-
2 sandpit, providing advice
and guidance for those students using the sand
pit, assisting with shoes and socks at the end of
the period and also ensuring materials were safely
stowed and the pit
cover in place.


Our chaplaincy program continued to provide
support for new students, children in transition
and those in need of a friendly ear and advice.



Our school parliament continued to grow and
provide relevance as it allowed for student
leader
ship and citizenship ideas.
Many motions
passed during the year

were incorporated into the
school management. These have included
improved playground conditions

and changes to
organization
.


OTHER PROGRAMS


Programs for Gifted an
d Talented Students

In
2010,

a wide variety of programs was

set in
place to cater to the individual needs of Gifted and
Talented student
s in all classes
. Programs
provided opportunities for students in

the five
identified areas of talent; Intellectual,
s
ocial
,
l
eadership
,
p
hysic
al

and
c
reativ
ity
.
Apart from the
achievements mentioned earlier in this report,
t
hese programs included:

Intellectual



Years
1/2,
3/4 and 5/6 Enrichment Classes
offer
ed

a differentiated curriculum. A
w
ide
variety of thinking tools was

adopted to
encourage Higher Order Thinking. Class and
h
omework tasks allowed
for children to
complete meaningful research projects which

also
allow
ed

for
increased
student direction

and ownership
.

The Inquiry Learning Model
wa
s use
d extensively as it enc
apsulated

the
Quality Teaching Framework.



Acceleration in Mathematics: Aaron Sherwood
(3/4C) was accelerated one year in
Mathematics. He attended the Y
ear 5 Maths
Group. His skills were rewarded, winning
equal third place in the State in the Newcastle
Perm
anent Mathematics competition.



Premier’s Debating Challenge. Two teams
entered the competition. Team A became
zone champions, defeating two teams from
Tacking Point. They went on to also defeat
Macksville P
ublic School

in the fourth round
but were narrowly

defeated by Barrington
P
ublic School

in the fifth round of the
competition. This debate was conducted via
Video Conference. The four team members,


13

Ellie Kallmier, Stepha
nie Mackedie, Toni
Hurkett and
Georgia Hunt demonstrated
excellent skills in team work
, higher order
thinking and public speaking.



Tournament of Minds: Teams were entered in
the Language Literature and Maths
Engineering divisions. Both teams performed
extremely well.



This year the inaugural Hastings Public
Speaking Competition was held to
improve
the skills of students in all primary classes.
The standard of

the speeches in the final was

excellent. Winners received a medallion and
had their names placed on a perpetual shield.
The winners for this year were, Stage 2:
Anthony Yassir, Stage 3:

Stephanie
Mackedie.



Our
Stage One Science Fair

was an initiative
of Mrs

Liza

Fieldsend and Mrs

Fleur

Eichler, a
parent
of

our school. All students were
engaged in a diverse range of experiments
involving the skills of designing and making
and investigatin
g. Students from Port High
assisted on the day which was strongly
supported by the parents.



S
tudents in the 5/6 enrichment class

participated in the Project Expo evening. This
was the culmination of their individual projects
w
h
ere they

researched and prese
nted
projects in a dramatic manner.
At the
presentation evening,
parents watch
ed

all
student

presentations and
viewed
their
artwork and research projects. The evening
provided a
n opportunity to celebrate

learning
and promote excellence in achievement in a
range of areas including, technology and
visual and performing arts


Leadership



School Parliament: Students
we
re given the
opportunity to make decisions within their
school and take leadership roles including the
running assemblies, organising sporting
equipment and perfor
ming office duties while
staff we
re in meetings.



Intellectual


The
Multicultural Perspectives Public
Speaking

Competition

was another feature of our
program with a high standard of competition
obvious.

Samantha Skellern,
Sereana Zwaan
,
Jaren Clark and Stephanie Mackedie
were our
competi
tion winners and represented

at the
district competition.


S
amantha

Skellern


Jaren

Clark



Sereana

Zwaan


Stephanie

Mackedie



The
Premier’s Spelling Bee

was conducted
throughout the primary department with the junior
and senior place getters being:


Juniors


1
st


Z
ack Erdelyi
(following up on


his second place of last year)


Seniors


1
st

Natasha MacLeod




Zack

Erdelyi


Natasha

MacLeod





Participation

in the Aust
ralian Schools

tests is
voluntary and produced

the following results.



Area

HD

D

C

English


1

6

Maths


1

6

Science


3

3

Writing


1

2

Spelling


2

8


Key
:

HD

-

High Distinction (top 1% in nation),


D
-

Distinction (next 9%)


C
-

Credit (next 20%)





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HASTINGS HEROES

Each month

during school terms,
one student is
cho
sen to be our Hastings Hero. Those

students
selected
have

demonstrated admirable citizenship
qualities deserving of recognition.




Jake Hawes

February



Stephanie Mackedie

April




Joshua Hoole

J
une




Dakota Dawson

August



Zoli Petho

September



Helen Charles

November




Emma Collins

December












PROGRESS ON 2010

TARGETS


Target 1

Student Welfare


A 20% reduction in the
percentage of students referred to planning
room when compared with 2009 figures.

Our 2009
Planning Room referrals were 368
compared with o
ur 2010 referrals

which totalled
270 and was

well within our target of a 20%
reduction
.

The development of the P B L program may have
contributed to the reduction in Planning Room
referrals.

The continuing excellent
work
of our
Chaplain, Mr
Peter
Charles also provided
students with additional luncht
ime activities and a
comforting ear to discuss any problems.


Target 2

Writing


100% of all students to engage in
peer editing strategy

All teachers successfully implemented a check list
which was used by all students. This
was a
contributing factor to

the improvement in our Year
5 writing NAPLAN results and the fact that the
grade’s growth in this subject was above the state
average.


Target 3

Technology


Each class to use the connected
classroom at least twice a year.

Unfortunately this target was no
t met as not all
classes used the connected classroom twice in
the year.

A number of classes used the room
more than twice through the year.
It is hoped as
more interactive learning opportunities become
available as more schools ha
ve this technology
instal
led,

there will be a corresponding rise in our
use.


Key evaluations

It is a requirement for all NSW public schools to
conduct at least two annual evaluations


one
related to educational and management practice
and the other related to curriculum. In
2010

our
school carried out evaluations o
f
School Culture
and Technology.


EDUCATIONAL
AND

MANAGEMENT
PRACTICE

Background

School Culture was chosen for review as the
areas of Leadership, Learning
and Management
have been reviewed recently and it was a logi
cal
progression to evaluate this area. Through a
survey of students, parents and staff the
evaluation focused on aspects of school life
across many areas.


Findings and conclusions

Sending all surveys home on the one page at the
same time resulted in a rec
ord number of parent
responses being returned, giving added validation
to the findings. 100% of parents feel that their
child is proud of the school. All o
ther areas


15

surveyed rated over 85
% positive responses.
In the area of student r
esponses, 8 of the 13
criteria
received 100% positive response. The
other 5 criteria received over 90% positive
responses.
Staff responses again were very positive and

en
couraging. All areas had over
80% positive
re
sponses indicating staff support and satisfaction
with the culture of the school
.



Future Direction

Over 10%
of parents felt we could cater more to
special learning needs of stud
ents. This is a small
percentage but it is important

to address this core
issue.
To this end we will endeavour to improve
the communication from the Learning Support
Team and staff to parents. This could take the
form of interviews, meetings and copies of

P
ersonal
L
earning Plan (PLP
s
)

for parents
.


School Culture

-

Students

8 of the 13 criteria
received 100% positive
responses.

The other 5 criteria received over 90%
positive responses.



Future Direction

We feel the students

are happy and positive about
their school experiences. To this end we will
continue to work in a positive manner and make
sure that any new students to our sc
hool are
welcomed and supported

to become happy,
confident and valued members of Hastings Public
School.


School Culture

-

Staff

Again the results of this survey were very positive
and encouraging.

All areas had over
80% positive
responses.


Future Direction

The staff responses indicated that they would still
like to find ways to improve student outcomes.
One area that staff have already begun to work
with is PBL (Positive Behaviours for Learning).

The s
taff are looking at
consistent
ways to reward
both studen
t lear
ning and appropriate behaviour.


CURRICULUM

Technology

-

Parents

Over

90% of parents felt that technology a
t
Hastings
made student work more interesting

and

improved

outcomes and technology skills. They
were confident that students were able to use
technology in a variety of learning situations,
given appropriate guidelines and had good access
to technology at school.


Future Direction

20% of parents felt the
y would
like to participate in
workshops to help them understand more and
improve their skills so we will look at offering
some workshops at the beginning of the year to
help meet these community needs.


Technology

-

Students

Over 85% of students felt that the t
eaching of
t
echnology made learning more interesting

and
improved their skills
. T
hey
also had a good
understanding of
the responsible use of
technology.

50% of students felt they could use technology
more across some learning areas and would like
more acce
ss to technologies at school.


Future Direction

To raise
student
awareness of how and

when
they use technology, students

c
ould be
encouraged to keep a TECH LOG to record
times, uses and learning area involved.

The
school will also publish
computer acce
ss times
available for class and individual use.


Technology

-

Staff

All but
two areas
surveyed rated
over
80%
positive responses
.

60% of staff feel confident to share their skills with
other staff
.

30% of staff would like more
professional learning
in
a wider range of technologies
e.g.

video
making/editing



Future Direction

To assist staff
learning we will have more sharing
sessions
where staff can ask technology
questions
. A staff meeting is planned for early
Term 1 for further in
-
servicing in the use of the
Notebook software.

We

will continue our
technology professional learning

with video
conferencing and
use of interactive whiteboards.


OTHER EVALUATIONS

Parent, stude
nt, and teacher satisfaction

In
2010

the school sought the opinions of parents,
students and teachers about the school.
The
results are below:


Key :

1 = Almost always 2 = Usually



3 = Sometimes 4

=

Rarely


1

2

3

4

Teachers help
students
achieve their
best

55%

40%

3%

2%

Students are
proud of their
school

80%

19%

1%

0%

The school is
well resourced

58%

40%

2%

0%

School
communications
are positive and
informative

65%

27%

8%

0%

The school
provides
enrichment
activities across
many areas

70%

22%

8%

0%



16

Grounds and
buildings are
well maintained

75%

20%

5%

0%

Programs assist
my child’s social
development

50%

40%

10%

0%

Teachers
understand my
child’s learning
needs

55%

29%

12%

4%

I feel welcome
and my views
are valued

60%

32%

4%

4%

Discipline
procedures are
clear and
effective

65%

25%

7%

3%

There are
effective support
programs in
literacy and
numeracy

63%

28%

6%

1%

The school is a
happy and safe
place to learn

80%

17%

2%

1%


These results are encouraging and an affirmation
of our
pro
grams and policies with all areas, except
one, gain
ing over 90%
approval ratings.

This area


teachers understanding children’s learning
needs


received a very good rating of
84% but
we can improve

by

plan
ning

to seek more
information of what parents f
eel their child needs
w
hen we have our first interview
.

These needs

should then be assessed
and addressed with
follow up communication with the parent.


PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

The school is allocated approximately $19,000 to
cover professional learning
for all staff members.
Our major areas and the amounts spent on each
are below:

Beginning Teacher
s



$1961

I
TC




$

850

Literacy & Numeracy



$1433

Quality Teaching


$3428

Syllabus Implementation

$4594

Career Development


$
3464

Welfare & Equity



$6280


SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT 2009


2011

Targets for
2011


Target 1

5
0% of Year 3 & 5 students will achieve above
state average in NAPLAN reading following
44% for Year 3 and
21.5% for Year 5.

The ability to read is a gift all teachers hope to
bestow. We
will make it our prime objective to
ensure all children are competent readers and
reading to the best of their ability.

Strategies to achieve this target include:



Exposing

students to a

wide

variet
y of
literature



Continuation of
the
Jolly Phonics program a
nd

introduction of Jolly Grammar along with the
p
urchase of additional Big Books



Professional development of inferential
reading skills and
work on p
rogramming of
inferential reading activities which address
identifie
d needs

Our success will be measured by
:



Improvement in NAPLAN reading results



Teacher feedback on the reading abilities of
the children in their class.



Data from our Support Teacher’s program
related to student improvement.


Target 2

5
0% of Year 3 and 5 students will achieve
above state
average in Numeracy in NAPLAN
following 36% for Year 3

and 18.9% for Year 5.


Strategies to achieve this target include:



Employment of an additional teacher to
reduce the size of maths classes



Have graded maths groups to enable
teachers to target specific

needs



Continuation of school subscription to internet
maths sites Skwirk and Rainforest Maths



Emphasis
ing

problem solving and working
mathematically

strategies



K
-
2 st
aff participating in TEN (Targe
ting Early
Numeracy) professional development
program.

Our

success will be measured by:



Improvement in our NAPLAN results



Feedback from parents regarding their
children’s attitudes to maths. This will be our
curriculum evaluation area.



Teacher reaction to maths groups and the
TEN program


Target 3

20% reduction,
or higher, in the number of
bullying incidents reported to teachers using
2010 data as the base line
.

While our school has an encouraging record in
this area, we are attempting to make our school a
bully
-
free zone.


Strategies to achieve this target includ
e:



Reintroduction of peer mediators in the
playground



Establishment of social groups throughout the
school for f
ormal lessons on cooperation




Specific anti
-
bullying lessons and use of the
school newsletter to relay our policies.

Our success will be
measured by:



Examination of 2010 and 2011 data on
reported bullying incidents



Parental

and student

responses included in
our satisfaction surveys.




17

PARENT
&

COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION

As
mentioned earlier, the support provided by the
parents and community mem
bers is outstanding.
A small example was the marvellous support we
received in the Coles “Sport for Schools”
promotion where over 50,000 tokens were
collected and counted. Thanks to the Collins
fami
ly for taking on this huge job of counting and
bundling al
l these vouchers.




Thanks to every parent who assisted their child
or
any other child throughout the year in 2010. Your
work helps make our school what it is.


END OF YEAR AWARDS


Elisabeth

Kallmier


Dux


Emma

Collins

Hastings
Award


Amy

Lee

Hastings

Award



Sophie

Glanville

Citizenship


Max

Rogers

Citizenship


Coen

Davis

Aboriginal
Student

of the Year



Elisabeth

Kallmier

Principal’s
Award


Jake

Hawes

Principal’s
Award


Georgia
Puriri

Canteen Lady
Award






Georgia

Hunt

Senior

Sports
person



Jack

Sheaves


Junior

Sports
person


Erin

Badenoch


All

Rounder


Olivia

King


Rotary

4 Way Test


Lais

Clarke

Rotary

4 Way Test


Brodie
Christensen
CWA
Scholarship


Toni

Hurkett

L J Hooker
Award for
Excellence



Natasha

MacLeod



L J Hooker
Award for
Excellence


Anthony

Yassir

Robyn Pavan
Young
Improver

of the Year

















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CLASS AWARDS



ACADEMIC
ACHIEVEMENT

CONSISTENT

EFFORT

3
C


Jaren

Clark



Tahli

Enfield



3P


Samuel

Amini


Rodney

Cooper

3S


Matthew


Kesby




Elizabeth

Housen

4P


Naomi Kallmier




Zac Badenoch



Photo

not available


Jensen Rogers

Flynn Broughton












4/5W


Sharnay
McKinnon


Samantha

Cheng

5S


Damien

Laverty


Jackson

Sauer

5B


Sereana

Zwaan


Liam

Clark

5B


Lachlan

Byron


6H


Erin

Badenoch



Atlanta

Hawthorn

6S


Lachlan

Covel



Sarah

Cox



19






















ABOUT THIS REPORT

In preparing this report, the self
-
evaluation
committee has gathered information from
evaluations conducted during the year and
analysed other information about the school's
practices and student learning outcomes. The
self
-
evaluation committee and the teaching staff
have determined targets for the school's future
development.


Deborah Baker


Assistant Principal

Liza Fieldsend


Assistant Principal




(Relieving)

Carol Pratt


Assistant Principal

Christine Sprague

Assistan
t Principal

Grant Heaton


Principal








MOST
IMPROVED

CITIZENSHIP

3P


Hamish

McKie



Lucy

Westcott

3S


Ben

Harris


Taayla

Murphy


4P


Caitlin

Rake


Reanna

Paget


4/
5W


James

Jackson


Alex

Page


5
S





(No photo
available)



Alec

Buttola




Abbey
Burtenshaw


MOST
IMPROVED

CITIZENSHIP

5B





Rachael

Sharp

6H


Joshua

Oreo


Amy

Lee

6S


Bailey

Evans


Joshua

Hoole




20



















IST


Vision

Mr Kym Gribble

IST


Hearing

Mr Brett Powell

Counsellor

Dr Peter O’Connor

Chaplain

Mr
Peter Charles

Reading Recover
y

Mrs Christine Sprague

Office Manager

Mrs Sue Wilson

Office

Staff

Mrs Trish Brest

Mrs Janine Collar

Teacher’s

Aides

Mrs Trish Brest

Mrs Jeanette Chapman

Mr Paul Grant

Mr Wayne Henson

Ms Kate Hutchison

Mrs
Virginia Sheaves

Mrs Janet Sharp

General Assistant

Mr Peter Mackie

Canteen Manager

Mrs Lesley Boswell

Uniform Shop

Mrs Kylie Sherwood

Cleaners

Mrs Yvonne Prentice

Mr Greg Grace

Assistant
Principal’s

Mrs Christine Sprague

Mrs Liza Fieldsend
(Rel)

Mrs Carol Pratt

Mrs Deborah Baker

Principal

Mr Grant Heaton





KB

Mrs Susan Brangwin

KM

Mrs Gail Martin /

Mrs Christine Sprague

KP

Mrs Kathie Piper

KW

Mrs Jenny Willard

1F

Mrs Debra Flood

1H

Mrs Suzanne Haldane

1M

Mr John
McMillan

1/2L

Mrs Liza Fieldsend

2B

Mrs Tina Bell /

Mrs Carolyn Veness

2R

Miss Robyn Bishop

3P

Mrs Carol Pratt

3S

Mrs Jeanette Starr

3/4C

Ms Sue Clarke

4P

Mrs Dianne Ping

4/5W

Mr Michael Watts

5S

Ms Brenda Spiteri

5/6B

Mrs Deborah Baker

6H

Mrs Melissa Hopley

6S

Mr Tony Scott



Library

Mrs Donna Dobson

Technology

Mrs Vanessa Steel

STLA

Mrs Maree Wall

PE

Mrs Ann Heaton

SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION

Hastings Public School

Waniora Parkway, Port Macquarie. 2444

Phone : 6582 2566

Fax : 6582 1380

Email : hastings
-
p.School@det.nsw.edu.au

Web :

hastings
-
p.School.det.nsw.edu.au

School Code : 4524


Parents can find out more information about Annual School Reports,

how to interpret information in the reports and

have the opportunity to provide feedback about these reports at
:

http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/asr


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