As the year draws to an end, I can’t decide whether it seems a short year because we spent so much time learning from home, or a long year whereas a school community, we had to field uncertainty and continual change. What I can do though is to thank all the students, staff and parents that have offered an endless amount of support and encouragement to myself as Relieving Principal and to Port Hacking High School as a whole community over 2021. I would also take this opportunity to thank the membership of the P&C and acknowledge the vast contribution they have made in supporting school initiatives that enable us to improve the learning environment for all students in the school.

To the outgoing Year 12 of 2021, I offer my heartfelt congratulations on your resilience and ability to overcome the many challenges thrown your way over the last two years of your schooling. I also pay tribute to Mr Assaad who has been your Year Adviser for six years and on both our behalf, I wish you well in your future endeavours. I was honoured to be a part of your graduation ceremony and always remember, be brave enough to take that first step.

Over the last week I have had the pleasure of attending a number of annual presentation ceremonies for our stage groups. I congratulate each one of the award recipients on their achievements. It is also important to acknowledge all the students who have tried their best and worked consistently well throughout the year. These students may not have received a formal award but are to be praised equally for striving to achieve your goals. Congratulations to the many students who have represented the school so admirably at Region or State level over the year. We have had many students recognised for their achievements in the arts, sports, student leadership and contribution to the community.

Thank you to the entire teaching staff who have worked above and beyond to provide engaging learning opportunities for all students whether lessons have been face-to-face or via. online platforms. Congratulations to the many deserving staff have been recognised through professional associations for their work at district and state levels as well as those teachers who have been successful in gaining either permanent teaching positions or promotions.

Many extra curricula activities would not be possible without the willingness of staff to share their expertise outside of their normal teaching. I extend my thanks to the many teachers who have organised rehearsals and performance groups, coached sporting teams, facilitated student leadership activities, supervised Strive Hive and provided academic coaching sessions throughout the year.

On behalf of the whole staff, I wish all students and their families a happy, healthy and safe holiday period and I look forward to seeing you all back at PHHS in the new year.

Mr Trevor Price – Relieving Principal