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PSC $2 million Facelift



Portland Secondary College is one step closer to a state-of-the-art facility with a major modernisation project officially underway.The secondary college received $2 million from the Victorian Government in the 2016-17 state budget, as well as $193,000 in the 2017-18 budget, to build new modern learning spaces, teacher offices and infrastructure.Principal Toni Burgoyne said it was exciting to see the project begin."We’re ahead of schedule, which is very pleasing," Ms Burgoyne said."The refurbishment will update the learning and teaching facilities, with teaching teams embedded in the new area."The renovations are set to finish my mid-November, and we plan on moving our Year 7 and 8 students into the new space at the end of the year, ready for the 2019 school year."I’m pleased with the progress and happy to hear that David Nock and the team at 1:1 Architects are engaging with local tradespeople."Ms Burgoyne said planning for the new space involved the whole school community."We sent a team of students, parents and teachers to a number of schools for inspiration."Not only did it help with planning for the refurbished space, but it assisted us in reforming the current sub-school set-ups."The new area will focus on the junior sub-school, with Year 7 and 8 students spending most of their core schooling in the new flexible learning space.Mr Nock, the director of 1:1 Architects said his firm has a specific aim for the modernisation project."The vision for this renovation was to create a neighbourhood hub for the junior school, to enhance the transition from primary to secondary and to springboard the kids into their secondary education," Mr Nock said.


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PSC 2million facelift




Three of the best recognised in Top Arts



Three emerging artists from Portland Secondary College could have their work hung at the prestigious National Gallery of Victoria next year after being short listed for the 2018 VCE Top Arts exhibition.Erin Husband, Georgina Meyrick-Garnier and Stacey Goldsworthy, all 18, were recognised for their amazing art pieces, joining a group of 150 students from across Victoria studying VCE Art or Studio Arts."I was pretty excited when I found out I was short listed," Erin said."I had two pieces that were selected; an oil painting titled ‘Aberrant’ and a series of 25 mixed-media portraits called ‘Idealist’."I never expected one art piece to be selected, let alone both."Throughout the year, Erin spent her free time in the back room of the school’s art block, working on her portfolio, often alongside fellow classmate Georgina Meyrick-Garnier, who had one piece selected, a dry point etching ‘Untitled’."I originally didn’t want to do dry point etching, but my teacher encouraged me to expand my skill set," Georgina said."I was honestly quite surprised to find out I was selected for this year’s Top Arts program."While it is both Georgina’s and Erin’s first time entering the Top Arts competition, it will be classmate Stacey Goldsworthy’s second time, after her Year 11 work was was selected for Top Arts."Honestly, I was surprised to find out I was a finalist again; I didn’t think I would be two years in a row.""(This year) I had a set of three etchings that were shortlisted in this year’s Top Arts," Stacey said."They were titled ‘Essence of time’."With their art work now in the hands of officials at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, the three women are eagerly waiting for notification of the final short listing process on January 16, 2018.


If selected, their art work will be on display to the public at a special exhibition from March to July.No matter the outcome, PSC head of art department, David Burgoyne, is proud of their achievements."As individual artists they each have demonstrated the effective marriage of technical excellence with original, personal concepts."Stacey’s mastery of etching and aquatint incorporated personal symbolism."Georgina’s experimental dry point was a vehicle for expressing her views on contemporary social issues."Erin’s fluent, spontaneous drawings in a range of media explored personal ideas around portraiture."Their artistic journeys were not without challenges, but hard work and talent are a formidable combination and this is evident in each of their art works."


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Top Arts


2018 VCE High Achievers

VCE High Achievers



Portland Secondary College

Congratulates their High Achievers of 2017.


Back: Jess Pethybridge, Damon Greenham, Erin Husband

Front: Georgina Meyrick-Garnier, Jovina Espanta, Julia Flores, Courtney Perkins, Stacey Goldsworthy, Bailey Knight.







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.



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