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Port Hacking High School delivers Stages 4, 5 and 6 curriculums in a comprehensive range of Key Learning Areas. Learn more about what you will study each year
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Port Hacking High School students are offered a diverse range of opportunities to cater to varied interests and talents. Whether it be leadership, creative and performing arts, sport, debating or public speaking, sustainability, peer tutoring , robotics, science groups, there is something for everyone.
|Term 1||Term 2||Term 3||Term 4|
|Start||Fri 29th Jan (Years 7, 11 & 12) Mon 1 Feb 2021 (Years 8, 9 & 10)||Tues 20th April 2021||Mon 12th July 2021 (TBC)||Tues 5th October 2021|
|End||Thurs 1st April 2021||Fri 25 June 2021||Fri 17th September 2021||Thurs 16th December 2021|
|Duration||10 weeks||10 weeks||10 weeks||11 weeks|
Student Representative Council
Each Year has representatives on the Student Representative Council: Ten Year 12; eight Year 11; six Year 10; four Year 9 and four Year 8. The purpose of the Student Council is to promote student participation within the school and to plan and implement changes for the benefit of the whole school community. Students should be sure that their representatives carry the opinions of their Year to SRC meetings. When school policy is being determined, opinions of the Student Council are expressed by the two elected student members on the School Council. The school Captains, Vice Captains and Prefects (all from Year 12) provide leadership on the SRC, and meet regularly with the school Principal.
Peer Support Program
Peer Support is an evidence-based peer-led approach to enhance the mental, social and emotional wellbeing of young people. At PHHS, the year 10 cohort participate in the Peer Leaders’ training program in term 4 each year. The experiential learning activities serve to further develop students skills in communication, decision making, empathy, assertiveness and relationship building in preparation for their role as seniors. Selected students go onto to lead orientation and transition activities for the incoming year 7 students. Throughout term 1, the Peer Support leaders facilitate “Strengthening our Connections”, an anti-bullying program which enables students to recognise their strengths, develop positive relationships, navigate challenges and develop resilience. Peer Support is an integral component of PHHS whole school approach to developing leadership capabilities and reducing negative interactions.
All NSW public school students have a right to an inclusive learning environment and to feel happy and safe at school.
Aboriginal student support
We are committed to closing the achievement gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. We know that we need to learn about, nurture and value the cultural identity of our Aboriginal students to help them be successful learners.
We welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family members, parents and carers, as well as community members to our school so that we can get to know each other, learn about the local Aboriginal community and develop shared goals and plans for Aboriginal students.
The Aboriginal Education Policy confirms the NSW Department of Education’s commitment to improvement in educational outcomes and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Our school welcomes students, families and community members from all cultural backgrounds. We appreciate difference and diversity and aim to provide a culturally inclusive and responsive environment that benefits all students.
Our teaching and learning programs develop intercultural understanding, promote positive relationships and enable all students to participate as active Australian and global citizens. Our school fosters student wellbeing and community harmony by implementing anti-racism and anti-discrimination strategies that encourage engagement by parents and carers from all backgrounds.
The Multicultural Education Policy outlines the NSW Department of Education’s commitment to providing opportunities that enable all students to achieve equitable education and social outcomes and participate successfully in our culturally diverse society.
The Anti-Racism Policy confirms the department’s commitment to rejecting all forms of racial discrimination in NSW public schools and eliminating expressions of racism in its learning and working environments.
For more information refer to:
Supporting English language learners
Learning English is essential for success at school and effective participation in Australian society. We can provide specialist support to help students learning English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D).
For more information refer to: EAL/D education.
Supporting refugee students
Schools offer safety, support and security to help refugee students adjust to life in Australia and participate successfully in education. Targeted support strategies are provided to assist refugee students in NSW public schools.
For more information refer to: Supporting refugee students.
The school’s learning and support team plays a key role in ensuring we meet the specific needs of students with additional learning and support needs, including disability.
- supports teachers in identifying and responding to the additional learning needs of students
- facilitates and coordinates a whole-school approach to improving the learning outcomes of every student
- coordinates planning processes and resourcing for students with additional learning and support needs
- designs and implements the support required to build teacher capacity so that all students access quality learning
- develops collaborative partnerships with the school, parents and carers, as well as other professionals and the wider school community.
For more information on programs and services to help students with additional learning and support needs visit Disability, learning and support.
Bullying of any kind is not acceptable in NSW schools.
The NSW anti-bullying website brings together information and resources for teachers, students, parents and carers. It helps to identify, prevent and respond effectively to student bullying, including online bullying. It provides information about online safety and what you can do if your child has been bullied, witnessed bullying or been involved in bullying.
For more information on anti-bullying strategies for NSW public schools refer to the department’s Bullying of Students – Prevention and Response Policy.
For information on racial bullying and anti-racism education for NSW public schools refer to:
Our teachers use a variety of strategies to assess student learning.
Student leadership helps young people find their voices, participate in decision-making, and understand their rights and responsibilities as active citizens. It helps students have a real impact on their learning and school environment and prepares them to participate meaningfully in their community.
Students can be leaders in the classroom, through their actions in the playground, through their support for others, or their involvement in academic, sporting, cultural or local community events or projects.
For more information about opportunities in NSW public schools visit Student voice and leadership.