2020 for Hoppers Crossing Secondary College will go down as one of the finest years in the college’s rich 36-year history. Why? As principal Keith Halge puts it, “It truly demonstrates the commitment and resilience that we as a college community have been able to sustain in this most remarkable of years.”
Mr Halge says there’s much about which to be proud.
“We continue to be a school of choice in Wyndham and in 2021 will grow to about 1560 students.
“Much of the planned activities this year had to be adapted, and I thank every member of our school community for their willingness to work together to achieve the best outcomes possible, given the advent of COVID-19.
“I recognise the outstanding work of the HCSC staff who adapted to remote learning so quickly and were able to provide great structures and student supports.
“I also acknowledge our students and their families who logged on each day and were so diligent in engaging with the staff and their peers to ensure that they were progressing in their learning.
“The college events that we could conduct, either onsite or remotely, were very well supported. Whether that was our overseas tour to our sister school in California in January, the school swimming carnival in February, or the Year 12 pyjama day when we returned onsite in June, our staff and students who participated took full advantage of these terrific opportunities.
“Likewise, the virtual school assemblies where students were recognised through the mid-year honours program or for being a COVID Hero. All contributed to a very successful period of remote and flexible learning.
“2020 saw the college awarded the Age Newspaper’s best-performing government school in the Western Metropolitan area over the past 10 years in terms of VCE improvement.
Furthermore, feedback from our students in the annual Student Attitudes to School Survey saw further growth in areas such as effective teaching time, stimulating learning, classroom behaviour, learning confidence, and motivation and interest.
“There is clear evidence that our school is certainly meeting goals, particularly given the extraordinary events of this year.
“I thank the college staff who continue to inspire our students in their learning, and the students who inspire our teachers to engage in classroom practices that are continually developing to meet the changing needs of our students in our global society.”
Hoppers Crossing Secondary College, 2 Fraser Street, Hoppers Crossing. Inquiries: 9974 7777 or visit www.hopcross.vic.edu.au