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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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."

 

Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.

 

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Top Arts

 

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

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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

 
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