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WARNING For All Parents

A new campaign is using multiple methods to try and trick you into downloading ransomware onto your computer.


PSC has investigated this and we do not believe that any department computer programs or PSC systems, including Compass have been hacked.

The method uses a fake email that claims to be from Portland Secondary College, with a common subject line ‘Invoice due number 8’.

The ‘click’ link leads to a web page designed to download ransomware onto your computer. The invoice number changes for each email.

The fake email looks like the one below.

Ransomware email

What to do if you receive an email
If you receive fake emails like these, delete them immediately.

What to do if you’ve paid the ransom
If you’ve given your credit card or account details to pay the ransom, contact your financial institution immediately. 

What to do if you’ve been infected
Never pay the ransom. There is no guarantee that paying the ransom will fix your computer, and it could make you vulnerable to further attacks.

Restore your files from a back-up copy. Always have a recovery system in place so a ransomware infection can’t destroy your personal data forever.

Report the incident to ACORN.


What is ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that makes your computer or its files unusable unless you pay a fee.

More information
To find out how to protect yourself from ransomware, and what to do if you’ve paid the ransom, go to 
Stay Smart Online.

The information provided here is of a general nature. Everyone's circumstances are different.

If you require specific advice you should contact your local technical support provider.



Top Trade Students Awarded



 Some of Portland’s best trade apprentices were recognised for their tremendous dedication at the South West TAFE Awards ceremony earlier this month.More than 250 people attended the awards night on October 4 to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of students across automotive, carpentry, cabinet making, engineering, plumbing and electrical trades.


Seven apprentices from Portland, Heywood, Cashmore and Narrawong were among the 54 winners, ranging from first year to fourth year awards, as well as several commemorative awards.Keppel Prince apprentice Brad Jasper, who was awarded the Best First Year Apprentice in Certificate III in Engineering (Mechanical Trade), said his award came as a surprise."I was pretty shocked when I found out, but I was also quite happy too," Mr Jasper said."It was great to know all of my hard work this year has paid off."Mr Jasper said his first year at Keppel Prince has been fantastic."I love working at Keppel; it’s a really good place to work."We do a wide range of jobs – one day we might be working on a breakdown, the next day on the lathe, and then we’re off to the top shop (smelter)."There’s a fair bit of variety."


Mr Jasper was one of two award winners from the engineering firm, with boilermaker Nicholas Scott the runner-up Best Third Year Apprentice in Certificate III in Engineering (Fabrication Trade).Adult Apprentice Luke Inman was the recipient of the Shane Riordon Memorial Award, which goes to the Automotive Apprentice of the Year who’s in their third year of study."I was pretty stoked when I found out."


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Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.


Brad Jasper





Students enjoy Congress at Uni

Three Portland Secondary College students attended the Victorian SRC (student representative councils) Congress have described the three-day event as worthwhile. Flynn Roberts, 15, Harry Lipscombe, 15, and Willem Ciechowicz, 14, attended the congress held at Ormond College at The University of Melbourne.It was held during the recent school holidays.Liam Doyle, the school’s director of student voices and leadership, said it was the first time Portland Secondary College had been represented at the congress. "The three students were keen to attend," he said.Willem said 12 action groups were formed at the congress."Around 150 students from at least 50 schools were there," he said."Our group came up with plans to take student voices seriously such as adding students to school councils, and having a social media page to stay connected with other regional schools and SRCs."All three students said they would definitely be interested in attending the congress next year.


Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.


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Congress at Uni


Young People Shine at P2E Graduation Ceremony


Ten young people from Portland and Heywood graduated from the Passport 2 Employment Program in front of more than 50 people on Wednesday. The participants completed the nine week program feeling empowered and confident in preparation for the future transition to employment or further education.The brainchild of the Glenelg Transition Action Network (GTAN) and funded by the Port of Portland, Passport 2 Employment is an innovative program that aims to help secondary aged students build practical skills and access opportunities for further education and training. Highlights during the nine weeks have included sessions on nutrition, daily care habits and fitness, an industry tour, a shopping trip and a race around Portland where students enjoyed the opportunity to check out local support agencies, catch a bus and hail a taxi. Passport 2 Employment coordinator Tiana Richardson congratulated all of the graduating students. "I have been extremely impressed with the Passport 2 Employment participants, they have worked hard to learn, grow, develop and build new skills that will be of value in every facet of their lives," Ms Richardson said."The volunteers involved in the program are tremendously proud of what the students have accomplished, it is exciting to think about what they can achieve as they take the next steps in their Lives".


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Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.


Young people Shine


Work Experience Hands On

  Lochie Berry wants to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a fitter and turner. The 16-year-old Year 10 student from Portland Secondary College spent last week doing work experience at Kempe Engineering.


Hands on


Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.

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