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RAAF Graduation -Jordan Oakley

Jordan Oakley has graduated as an aircraftsman with the Royal Australian Air Force.Mr Oakley, 34, is from Portland and said the 12-week course was at the RAAF base in Wagga Wagga."My role will be to support the ADF (Australian Defence Forces) with their activities, exercises and operations through the efficient and effective movement of aircraft, personnel and supplies - whether that be within Australia or on a deployment to a war zone, disaster relief or peace keeping missions," he said."I get to work out on the flight line around a lot of different aircraft from Australian and coalition forces such as the FA18 Super Hornet, C130J Hercules, C17A Globemaster and the new Joint Strike Fighter, the F35 Lightning."

RAFF graduation - Jordan Oakley

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Biggest Morning Tea

Students from the Portland Re-Engagement Centre (from left) Jake Hall-Cook, Darcy Fisher, Liam Robinson, Chris Bowman, Josh Smith, Jarrod Bourke and Jamie Vermelon, with some homemade goodies created for a Biggest Morning Tea at the centre last week. The Biggest Morning Tea raises money and awareness for the Cancer Council Victoria.

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Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.

 

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Since Tuesday

Portland vocal group Since Tuesday have put themselves on the national music scene, making the finals of the illustrious Highton Rotary Club’s annual Star Search.Since 1976, the talent search has been a well-known stepping stone for many Australian acts including Missy Higgins and The Voice finalist Jackson Thomas.Despite coming home empty handed, the four Portland Secondary College students who make up the band, Patricia Thompson, 15, Sophie Von Tunk, 17, Maddi Cram, 17, and Beau Dixon, 15, said they enjoyed the experience."It was a really strong competition, with seven finalists in the vocals section and eight in the instrumental section," Sophie said."We had to perform first, which was pretty daunting."The group performed a mash-up of Peggy Lee’s classic ‘Fever’ and ‘Tainted Love’ by 1980s synthpop duo Soft Cell."While they are two completely different songs, the bass line and chord changes are similar," Maddi said."We auditioned with these songs in the heats in May, which had about 40 acts."The finals of the star search just adds to the long list of performances the band has put together in the past six months, which include the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Nelson Road2River Festival, and Australia Day festival Bridgestock.Later this month, the band will appear at the Warrnambool Eisteddfod with an original song.
To follow the band, check them out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SinceTuesdayPortland/), Instagram (www.instagram.com/since_tuesday/) and Triple JJJ unearthed (www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/tuesday-0).

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Simon ready to Learn

Long removed from the sunny villas of Spain, Portland Secondary College’s newest Teach for Australia (TFA) associate Simon Jones is hoping to learn as much as he can from the region’s largest educational institution.Part of the newest cohort for TFA, Mr Jones will call Portland home for the next two years as he immerses himself in the school and community.The Melbourne University alumni completed his Bachelor of Arts, with honours in Indonesian studies, spent a number of years overseas before he landed in Portland. Under TFA he will complete a Masters of Education over the next two years while at PSC."I went off and lived in Europe for six years, teaching in a university program in Spain for five years," Mr Jones said."I then spent a year in South America before coming back to complete my Masters in International studies at Monash University."While overseas, a newspaper clipping from back home sparked his interest in TFA."When I was first living overseas, my mum saw an article in the paper and sent it across, so I was aware of TFA for ages."I think when I went along to a grad expo day and had a chat with a few people there I was really impressed by their passion."The more time I spent with them, the more I became impressed with them as an organisation."With a combination of English and Indonesian classes across several year levels, Mr Jones has set himself a number of goals as he takes on his new vocation."At this stage I really want to get a real sense of what the school is about and the particular needs of my students."I want to make sure I can support them in the best way possible."In Indonesian, I want them to get enthusiastic about the language from day one, and showing them that it is relevant for them and can be fun."Fortunately for Mr Jones, a fellow TFA associate, Tom Cain, remains at the school and is able to mentor the young teacher as much as he can."Tom has been fantastic so far," Mr Jones said."Having Tom’s perspective of having been through the program is great."His experience of the challenges of going through study and working at the same has been fantastic."During his induction, Mr Jones was even able to call upon the experiences of previous associates, Adam Ross and Chris Weinberg too.Since arriving just weeks ago, Mr Jones has had a self-described whirlwind tour of the region, taking in as many cafes and beaches as he can."I want to make sure that I am on top of balancing all aspects of my life - the work, study and physical exercise."I love walking; I’m looking forward to finding a weekend where I can check out part of the Great South West Walk."Everyone has raved about it so I’m really looking forward to that."

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Staff and students get behind Biggest Morning Tea

With a scrumptious spread of home-made slices and barista-made coffee on offer, the Portland Secondary College’s annual Biggest Morning Tea, held last Wednesday, was guaranteed to attract a strong crowd. A team of six Year 8 students, led by Rozetta Punton, 14, successfully hosted a morning tea for the teachers and a luncheon for the fellow students, raising much-needed funds for the Cancer Council.Despite having no experience in catering for a large crowd, the group stepped up to the challenge with ease."We’re really pleased with the turnout," Rozetta said."We each cooked three items for the morning tea, while the staff brought an item each for students to buy at lunch."I think the baristas were a real drawcard too."The group raised $522.50 for their efforts, eclipsing their goal of $500.

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