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Schools and Youth Program


Port Macquarie-Hastings Council launched the Think 2050 Community Strategic Plan (CSP) community engagement on 4 December 2019. Council are now endeavoring 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.

Throughout the first 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. Port Macquarie-Hastings Council recognises the important contribution young people make to the Hastings Region.  Council views 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 and the country and the world. We are focused on supporting the ideas of our young people to build capacity, ownership and inclusive opportunities.

We are planning a huge variety of ways the youth of the community can talk to Council about their big ideas for 2050. We are endeavoring to target different learning styles and in light of the recent recommendations in relation to COVID19, we are developing these programs via digital methods.

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

Youth Summits for Primary and High Schools-Digital Alternative
Youth summits were to be held as a means of allowing schools from across our Local Government Area to work together in creating visions for the future of our region. The summits were set to take place on Monday 6 April for Primary and Tuesday 7 April, however, in light of recent COVID19 updates, these events have been postponed until further notice. A design project is currently being created in digital form instead. Watch this space or look out for the email that will be sent to schools soon!

Digital Workshops for Primary and High Schools
We’re available to consult with your students throughout the second half of Term 2. In addition to giving a background on local government, activities will include brainstorming, surveys and creative writing opportunities. Schools are given the choice to nominate single classes or their Student Representative Council. These workshops will now be provided via digital means. A link to registrations will be put up on this website soon and emailed out to schools.

Stage 3 Minecraft Competition
We are looking to engage with youth in a variety of ways and see technology as a way to capture the thoughts of our 21st century learners. A Minecraft competition will be held throughout Term 2 which will see groups of students creating their ideal town of the future. Schools may choose to have small groups or class groups create an entry but must choose only one project from your school to submit. This may mean holding a mini in school competition before closing date to select your entry of choice. The winning entrant will receive $500 to go towards technology for their school. A link to competition submission requirements will be put up on this website soon and emailed out to schools.

Primary School Digital Art Competition
This competition would see students creating digital artworks of places they love in our local area. 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. A link to competition submission requirements will be put up on this website soon and emailed out to schools.

If you have any questions regarding these initiatives email mystie.smith@pmhc.nsw.go.au or phone 6581 8094


This page was last updated on: 24 March 2020