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Mid May

Assessment and Reporting cycle ends.

 

Tuesday 16 May

Open Day for Grade 6 students

Home study day for 7/8/ students

 

Wednesday 17 May

Student Free Day (Staff Development Day)

 

Saturday 20 May

PSC Deb Ball

Civic Hall

 

Friday 26 May

Top Arts Tour (please note date change for this excursion from Friday 5 May)

 

Monday 29 May until Friday 2 June

Year 9 Camp

 

Monday 5 June

Year 8 Exams

 

Tuesday 6 June

Year 9 Exams

 

Monday 12 June

Queen's Birthday Holiday

 

Wednesday 14 June

GAT Exam

Civic Hall

 

 Friday 30 June

Last day of Term 2

 

 

 

 

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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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.

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Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.

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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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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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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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