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ResourceSmart Schools

 Monitoring water use to conserve water and reduce costs was the theme of a regional workshop held at the Portland North Primary School.The regional progress workshop for the state-wide ResourceSmart Schools Program was attended by representatives from primary and secondary schools from across the far south-west.Representatives attended from All Saints Parish School, Portland South Primary School, Portland North Primary School and the Portland Secondary College along with a number of schools in the south-west.ResourceSmart Barwon South-West facilitator and assessor Sally Jensen said the program was a free, comprehensive sustainability in schools program that supports schools to audit and reduce their consumption of resources and embed sustainability issues in the curriculum.Ms Jensen said the workshop focussed on auditing water use in schools, increasing efficiency and teaching and learning about local water issues."Guest speaker Andrew Hinchcliff from SWEP (School’s Water Efficiency Program) offered schools use of data loggers to track water use and reduce costs," she said."Wannon Water’s education officer Catherine Grist shared the resources and free programs that the water authority offers schools to increase children’s knowledge of water issues, as well as enhance schools participation in local issues."The event aimed to assist teachers in their efforts towards including local, environmental knowledge and sustainability awareness in the curriculum."The day highlighted that being sustainable, or ResourceSmart, includes increasing student leadership and embedding sustainability in the curriculum."This is best done by allowing students the responsibility of monitoring energy and water use in their school, giving young people leadership opportunities to reduce litter and waste," she said.

Water saving

 

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Chalk Art Day

 

 

A host of Portland Secondary College students spent Wednesday morning toiling away on the cold, concrete paths to create unique images of beauty with the annual Chalk Art Day.Art teacher David Burgoyne said for more than a decade, students have devoted their day to drawing the large pieces of temporary art to share with their peers."Chalk Art is an annual event open to all students," Mr Burgoyne said."It’s an off-shoot of the street art movement and help students develop their ideas in a public setting."By using chalk, their creations are temporary, which is a hard concept to understand as a young artist."So by taking the students out of the classroom and making them work with chalk, they will work more freely'.

Chalk Art Day 2017

 

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Elli loses her locks fo a good cause

Portland Secondary College Year 8 student Elli Aitken lost her long locks of hair on Friday as she raised more than $2000 in the battle against brain cancer.Elli, 13, said more than $1300 had been raised on her GoFundMe website, with further funds being added by the school’s student representative council which held a barbecue on the day and a $500 contribution from the Port of Portland.The funds raised so far went past her target of $1500.She was raising money for Beanies 4 Brain Cancer.Her hair was cut by Clare Deans from Gazebo and will be donated to be used in a wig."I am really happy I have done this, it is amazing and hopefully it will make a difference," she said.Students also wore beanies to school to recognise the battlers and survivors of brain cancer.Donations can still be made online by visiting www.gofundme.com/beanies4braincancer.

 

Elli photo 

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Indonesian Speaking Competition

 

 

The dedication of Portland Secondary students Dana Mueller (left), 14, and Elly Whitehead, 13, have paid dividends, with the pair finishing fourth and third respectively in the Sayembara Lisan Statewide Competition at Melbourne University.

 

Indo Comp

 

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Re-engagement Program Reignites a Love of Learning

 

 

 Seven years after its launch one of Portland’s great success stories, the Portland Secondary College Re-Engagement Centre, has pledged its commitment to the future.The innovative educational facility marked its milestone with a student-run morning tea, with many organisations and businesses using the opportunity to pledge their continued support.The 36 students, as well as teaching staff, hosted 12 businesses, organisations and community groups at the Victoria Parade campus on Wednesday morning, with much of the food made by the appreciative students.Student Taylor Hill, 17, moved the audience when she spoke passionately about how the program helped her reignite her spark for learning after missing almost two years of school."Like you, I’m a big fan of this place," Taylor said."In year 7 I was going into hospital quite a bit, so I missed a lot of school."In year 8 … I went to less than five days; I stayed at home a lot and did nothing."In year 9 I joined the first girls group at the Re-Engagement Centre with seven other girls; it was the first time I’d had success since leaving primary school."That year, Taylor attended more than 80% of her classes."The big difference for me was having less people, nicer teachers and more support to get my work done."Last year I achieved my Foundation VCAL Certificate … this is more than I thought I would ever achieve."I was overwhelmed with pride to achieve so much in one year."This year I am doing my Intermediate VCAL certificate, and when – not if – I achieve this, I will be looking for full time work."I am not going back to sitting on the couch."As one of the 12 organisations firmly supporting the re-engagement program, Portland Aluminium community relations advisor Anna Impey said it is important to give all young people the best chance in achieving their potential."For the past three years, Portland Aluminium has streamlined our partnerships and about 90% of that is aimed at education, opportunity and leadership," Ms Impey said."Our philosophy, especially (Portland Aluminium plant manager) Peter Chellis’, is to grow your leaders from within."By supporting the Re-Engagement Centre, we hope to give the younger generation the best opportunity they can have."Long-time re-engagement program teacher Chris Thomas said it was heartening to see so many supporters use Wednesday’s gathering as an opportunity to sign the program’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).  Download the complete article, on the link below the photo.

 

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