Term 4 has been super productive for students and staff in Special Education. We moved quickly back into routine after lockdown and welcomed two new Year 8 students into our classrooms.

We celebrated International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), a United Nations observed day celebrated on the 3rd of December each year to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability.

The VOICE crew supported this day by creating posters on disability to place around the school. This was followed by an IDPwD whole school assembly, where Finn, Luke, Rory and James spoke clearly and confidently during the live feed. James invited students to join games on the oval with prizes to be won!

Special Education hosted a BBQ lunch to commemorate the day and invited Senior Executive, Mrs Lombardo from the VOICE, members of the Learning & Support Team and Mr Papps to celebrate alongside students and staff, in what became a most exciting day. We even had a visit from Santa!



Ms Ellem led a very special farewell for our Year 12 school leavers, Riley and Luke, and we sent them off with a heartfelt presentation. As students celebrated and enjoyed a pizza party, they also reflected on the wonderful friendships that have been formed over the past few years.

Special Education wishes both these students well on their transition to work and future endeavours.

This term, students and staff voted for two new SRC members to represent Special Education in the 2022 Leadership Team.  Miss Thompson, accompanied by prefects Ashley Gray and Grace Ryan, spoke to the students to explain more about the SRC role and responsibilities. We are proud to announce that Finn Ledlin (Year 12) and Rory Henry (Year 7) were the successful applicants following a self-nomination and voting process. Finn and Rory will now represent our students and faculty in a whole school leadership role, which is very exciting!



An important mention must go to our 2021 Presentation Day student award winners for their tenacity, personal commitment to learning and ongoing service to the school. The school has made a recording of the Presentation Day ceremony that will be soon available on the PHHS website.

Benjamin Young
Year 7
Consistent Effort during Remote Learning

Danny Lo Castro
Year 9
Consistent Application across all Key Learning Areas

Joshua McPherson
Year 10
Most Improved in Core Subjects and Citizenship

Finn Ledlin
Year 11
School Leadership and Commitment to Learning

Congratulations to all these amazing students (see photos below), and to all our students, staff, service providers, and parents in Special Education at Port Hacking High, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Stay safe and make sure you have plenty of fun these holidays 🙂

Ms Abigail Gassman – Head Teacher Special Education