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Schools and Youth Program


We launched the Think 2050 Community Strategic Plan (CSP) community engagement on 4 December 2019. We're now endeavouring to get the whole community involved in creating our future vision and help us understand what the expectations of our changing community are so we can create a new CSP.

Play your part in creating our community's future

Throughout the second half of 2020 we will be asking our community members, including youth within our schools, all kinds of questions, about all kinds of things.

Ideas, suggestions and feedback will help us plan for the ongoing and future needs of everybody in our region. Council recognises the important contribution young people make to the Port Macquarie-Hastings region.  We view our young people as vibrant, creative, and talented in so many ways. They have strong opinions and great ideas for the future of our area, our state, the country and the world.

We're focused on supporting the ideas of our young people to build capacity, ownership and inclusive opportunities.

There are many ways the youth in our community can talk to Council about their big ideas for 2050. To facilitate the process, we're using a range of different learning styles, and to accommodate current COVID-19 restrictions, we've converted these programs to a digital or online 'world' where relevant.

Participating in these events will give your school and students the chance to contribute to the new CSP while also meeting educational outcomes relevant to many subject areas!


Minecraft Competition - Stage 3 and Stage 4 students

We see technology as a way to capture the thoughts of our 21st century learners.

The Minecraft Competition will see groups of students from Stage 3 and Stage 4 creating their ideal town of the future using design thinking processes.

Participating teachers don’t need to be skilled in the use of Minecraft as the program contains support materials that will guide teachers through the process.

Schools may choose to have small groups or class groups create an entry but must choose only one project from their school to submit. This may mean holding a mini in-school competition before the closing date to select your entry of choice!

There will be a winning submission from each Stage and this team will win $1000 to go towards technology for their school.

Register to get involved



Primary School Digital Art Competition

To be involved in this competition, students create digital artworks of places they love in our local area and what these places might look like in the future... Think 2050!

To give viewers an understanding of the works, artists will be required to write a one paragraph artist’s brief. There will be one winner selected from ES1-S1 and one from Stage 2-3 and these students will win $250 each for their school to spend on art supplies.

Find out more and submit your creation today

Workshops for Primary and High Schools-Years 1-12

We’re available to consult with your students throughout Term 3 from Tuesday 21 July-Friday 4 September. In addition to giving a background on local government, activities will include brainstorming, surveys and creative writing opportunities.

It’s important that students know they have a voice and this is a great way for students to provide input into the formation of our Community Strategic Plan. Schools are given the choice of nominating single classes or their Student Representative Council and can even suggest dates that work in with term calendars.

When: Between Tuesday 21 July and Friday 4 September
Times: We can fit into your daily timetable (nominate the preferred date and times for each class when registering below)
Where: On your school premises
Who: Nominated class/es of up to 30 or your Student Representative Council (SRC). The class teacher or SRC teacher will need to be in attendance during the sessions.
How: Please contact Mystie Smith, Education Team Leader on 6581 8094 or email at Mystie.Smith@pmhc.nsw.gov.au

Get in touch for more information

If you have any questions regarding any of these programs, please email mystie.smith@pmhc.nsw.gov.au or phone 6581 8094.

This page was last updated on: 10 September 2020