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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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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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Students Reflect on Trip of Lifetime

Fond memories and a new appreciation for gelato are just a two of the many things that came to mind for the Portland Secondary College’s first tour group to Italy.

Three staff and 30 students embarked on an 18-day trip across several states of Italy, visiting cities such as Florence, Rome and Venice.Teacher Andy Harris and a small group of students got together last week to reminisce about their trip of a lifetime.The unanimous highlight for the group was in Capri, where they saw the Blue Grotto in person."It was just the way the cave lit up," said Braiden Malady, 14."The way the sunlight brought out the blue in the water was amazing.""Seeing some of the great buildings, such as the Florence cathedral, opened my mind to Christianity symbolism and the role they played in their culture," added Caydn McIlroy, 14.A mainstay across the trip was the obsession of fresh gelato, which started after an afternoon of sight-seeing."We found the most delicious gelato stand in Sorento," Mr Harris said."It was just the right thing for the hot afternoon."Soon it because a daily ritual, with many of the kids going on ‘gelato runs’ for each other in each place we visited."Caydn and Tovi Kitt, 17, said the trip created an opportunity to learn about themselves and their school mates."The bonding experience was great," Tovi said."Spending time with each other in a completely different country was very unique.""The chance to bond with the teachers was awesome too," Caydn added.Likewise, Cady Phelan, 17, and Sam Budde, 17, reflected on the freedom on the trip, saying it was both exhilarating and eye-opening."We had to be independent, as we were away from our family for such a long time," Cady said."The teachers let us do our own thing, which was great.""But it also meant we were doing our own laundry at 10pm," Sam added.Mr Harris said he saw the students grow in confidence as the trip progressed, to the point where they competed in an impromptu Amazing Race."We were given a list of activities and a map," Caydn said."One activity was to go to a mask shop and buy a mask that represented our personality.""It was great to see the students work together," Mr Harris added.Despite only returning from the trip recently, Mr Harris is already planning another trip for 2018.

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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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