Hastings Secondary College encourages students to serve in leadership roles.
Westport Campus elects a captain and vice-captain and twelve leaders from Years 11 and 12 to serve as a leadership team. The team meets regularly with a co-ordinating teacher to plan involvement in school activities.
At Port Macquarie Campus, two captains and two vice-captains are elected each year. Elections are also held for student representatives from each year to form a student representative council (SRC). The captains and vice-captains are also members of the SRC. The group meets each morning during the roll call/pastoral care timeslot to plan activities such as fundraisers for charity.