Hastings Public School, a modern style building, set amidst a rainforest reserve and landscaped gardens, was established in 1981. The leafy school grounds, the adjoining environmental learnscape and the open plan design of classrooms, are notable physical aspects of the school, appreciated by students, staff and visitors. A highlight of school life is the opportunity to regularly sight native animals. The school has high expectations in all areas of individual development. Achievements of the school are proudly promoted and recognised within the wider community. Learning, Growing, Caring - the school motto - provides direction for staff and students, in creating a safe and happy learning environment that encourages students to act independently, work cooperatively and responsibly, and respect differences.