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Sams trip to Yosemite National Park

 

Despite being quite a busy teenager, Sam Shepherd, 16, is more than happy to squeeze in another camp this year.

 

The Portland Secondary College student will spend two weeks in the beautiful Yosemite National Park in California, USA, during August after he was awarded a NatureBridge scholarship by the Alcoa Foundation.Sam was just one of 16 teenagers in Australia who received the scholarship and the all-expenses paid hands-on environmental program at the UNESCO world heritage site.Amazingly, the news came while Sam is currently on a week-long drama camp in Warragul, and having just finished a week-long music camp in Geelong."It’s a fantastic opportunity," Sam said in a phone interview from neighbouring Trafalgar."The chance to spend two weeks focusing on environmental issues in Yosemite National Park is amazing."I’m looking forward to seeing the American wildlife, like the mountain lion, and experiencing the massive temperature change, which will range from 20°C during the day and -6°C overnight."Sam and his fellow scholars will engage in a number of activities along the way; learning about team work, environmental care and most importantly, their fellow scholars’ cultures.The NatureBridge program is designed to empower students aged 16 to 18 to learn how their actions impact their community and the world around them.

 

An incredible 100 scholarships have been awarded to young people in communities where Alcoa has operations around the world.Alcoa of Australia chairman and managing director Michael Parker said the company was proud to provide this opportunity to young people with a passion for the environment."The successful scholars were selected because of their outstanding applications and recommendation letters," Mr Parker said."It was clear that they are all very committed to their education, keen to become future environmental leaders and hope to make a positive difference in the world."With hundreds of applications worldwide, it is an outstanding achievement to be chosen for the scholarship and we are delighted that 16 young people from Australia will attend this year’s NatureBridge expeditions."

Sams trip to Yosemite National Park

 

Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.

 

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$10 million for Portland Schools

Three educational institutions across Portland are set to receive major funding boosts in Wednesday’s 2016-17 State Budget.In Portland to formally announce the $7 million the Victorian Government has given the Portland Bay School to establish a purpose-built facility, Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney shocked representatives of both Portland Primary School and Portland Secondary College with a further $3 million injected into the two schools.Ms Tierney said the funding will be used to upgrade ageing facilities, ensuring students have the modern spaces they need to learn.Portland Secondary College will receive $2 million to build modern learning spaces and Portland Primary School an added $1 million to upgrade its facilities."The Victorian Government is investing in schools to bring up retention rates," Ms Tierney said."We want to keep local students engaged so they add value to our community."Ms Tierney highlighted the tremendous effort each school is making to engage and add value to local education."I know these Portland schools are doing great work – and this funding will help them become even better."Students deserve more than the ageing and outdated facilities we have now."This funding will ensure they have the fantastic learning spaces they deserve."Ms Tierney thanked the tireless effort of Portland Bay School’s council president."Debra Robinson, the school council president, parent and at times activist, should be thanked."Her campaign has been very ‘grass roots’ in nature."Ms Tierney said due to Mrs Robinson’s efforts, the school will have a new life, enjoyed by the staff, students and community.

The plan of what the new Portland Bay School will look like, with entry from Henty Street. The school will be located behind Portland Primary School, and the two schools will share the existing oval.

 

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Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.

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Future Leaders start their Journey

On Wednesday night the Future Leaders of Industry (FLOI) was launched for 2016 with 13 new students attending the opening night dinner to kick off the program. Now in its 11th year, the program is run by Glenelg and Southern Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network (GSGLLEN) in conjunction with Portland Aluminium.The students and their parents got their first taste of the program and what it has to offer, meeting their business mentors and other local business people.The FLOI, which runs over a number of months, allows students to learn about local industries and career paths and work on skills that will help their future employment such as leadership, presentation and public speaking.In addition the participants will receive one-on-one guidance from their local mentor who will share their valuable experience from their career, which is in the students’ field area of interest.

 

The program is supported by various local businesses and organisations, along with numerous local professionals who participate in the student workshops.Portland Aluminium plant manager Peter Chellis was enthusiastic about being involved in the program again and supporting the next generation of professionals."We started this program eleven years ago to help promote local careers and build local talent," Mr Chellis said. "We are committed to using our experience and our facilities for the greatest benefit in our community, and providing further education and training opportunities for our local young people is an important part of that goal."

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Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.

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Apprentice works on top fashion models

 Local hairdresser Clare Deans, 19, of Gazebo Hair, has capped off her three-year apprenticeship with a remarkable week of experiences to add to her résumé.From May 16-21, Miss Deans and business owner Andrew Eade worked with some of the world’s most famous models at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Sydney.Together they worked on countless models’ hair in what was Miss Deans’ first business trip."It was very full-on. There was a lot of preparation time that we had to do beforehand," Miss Deans said."On average it was about four hours of prep for a 10-minute show."Many of the models were easy to work with."Miss Deans said while she spent most of the week backstage, she did get to sit in the audience and watch one of the fashion shows.While this was her first fashion show, Mr Eade has been working at the international fashion show since 2005."He has been going for the last 12 years. I think he really enjoys it, as it’s very different to a salon environment."Hopefully I can go again next year.

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Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.

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Hindle Take the Best

Former Portland triathlete Katherine Hindle is set to take on some of the world’s best athletes after qualifying to compete for Australia in the World Triathlon Series.The 26-year-old, who now lives in Geelong, will compete in sprint and Olympic distance events at the final event of the world triathlon season, which will be held in Cozumel, Mexico, in September.The Mexico event is the last of eight events in the World Triathlon Series and will act as the venue for the grand final.Hindle was ecstatic to be selected in the Australian contingent, after strong results in qualifying races around the country including a victory in the Victor Harbour Olympic distance event in South Australia in March.Hindle said the qualifying process was tough."There is one race in every state throughout the summer series and you have to race at least three and your top three races will go into a points draw," Hindle said.

 Hindle takes on best

Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.

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