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Future Leaders Celebrate 2017

The next cohort of leaders was officially introduced to the community this week, with the 2017 Future Leaders of Industry induction ceremony on Wednesday afternoon.Hosted by Glenelg and Southern Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network (GSGLLEN) together with founders Portland Aluminium, 13 students from Portland and Heywood were inducted into the program at the Portland Business Hub.The Future Leaders of Industry Program is now celebrating its 12th year since it was founded by Portland Aluminium in 2005.Since its inception, more than 220 local students from Portland and Heywood have participated in the scholarship program, with many of the participants returning to the shire after completing their studies to establish careers with local businesses and organisations.Students, along with their parents, had the opportunity to meet their business mentors, as well as other local business identities.The 2017 Future Leaders program offers an opportunity for students to explore local industries and related career paths, along with workshop participation in leadership, presentation and public speaking skills.

A major part of the program is the mentorship, which provides the invaluable experience of one-on-one guidance from a local professional whose career 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 by sharing their experience, knowledge and expertise with the students. Plant manager Peter Chellis said Portland Aluminium started this program 12 years ago to help promote local careers and build local talent."In that time Portland Aluminium has injected approximately $130,000 into building our future leaders within the local community," Mr Chellis said."Providing further education and training opportunities for our local young people is an important part of that goal."A strong community is built on strong leadership."Anne Murphy, executive officer of the GSGLLEN, reiterated Mr Chellis’ sentiments."The partnership between education, community and industry partners through the Future Leaders of Industry program provides an excellent opportunity for our young people to experience first-hand opportunities available within local industry," Ms Murphy said."We are thankful for the support of Portland Aluminium and partners who make this very valuable program possible."

Future Leaders

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Year 10 Work Experience

 

 

A number of Portland Secondary College Year 10 students are getting to see what it’s like to spend time in a workplace of their choice.The students were this week given the opportunity to spend time in a workplace; some were inspired by their interests and some were influenced by past experiences. Chad Cleary, 16, spent the week at BJM Panels, a local panel beating business owned by Brent Murray. Chad decided to work there because of his passion for cars and interest in that particular workplace."I have felt very welcome," Chad said."I’ve been helping restore old cars, repainting cars and sanding down panels." While he enjoyed his work, he said he has faced some challenges such as being around potentially dangerous equipment and trying not to scratch anything they had repainted.BJM Panels is the first place that Chad has worked at and said it was a good environment and he would definitely consider this workplace and others like it as a future job. Classmate Alysha Meade, 16, chose to do her work experience at Portland South Primary School after attending the school in her younger years. Alysha said in the first two days of working there she had already been in all the classes. Further inspiration to spend time at Portland South was that she enjoyed babysitting family friends’ children, which gave her some knowledge to take to her work experience week. "One of my favourite experiences in the week was getting to work with the children in the art classrooms, helping to make things," she said. - Portland Secondary College students CAILIN PEARCE and photographer MICHAEL PETERS are on work experience at the Portland Observer.

Year 10 Work Experience

 

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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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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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