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Portland Secondary College is one step closer to a state-of-the-art facility with a major modernisation project officially underway.The secondary college received $2 million from the Victorian Government in the 2016-17 state budget, as well as $193,000 in the 2017-18 budget, to build new modern learning spaces, teacher offices and infrastructure.Principal Toni Burgoyne said it was exciting to see the project begin."We’re ahead of schedule, which is very pleasing," Ms Burgoyne said."The refurbishment will update the learning and teaching facilities, with teaching teams embedded in the new area."The renovations are set to finish my mid-November, and we plan on moving our Year 7 and 8 students into the new space at the end of the year, ready for the 2019 school year."I’m pleased with the progress and happy to hear that David Nock and the team at 1:1 Architects are engaging with local tradespeople."Ms Burgoyne said planning for the new space involved the whole school community."We sent a team of students, parents and teachers to a number of schools for inspiration."Not only did it help with planning for the refurbished space, but it assisted us in reforming the current sub-school set-ups."The new area will focus on the junior sub-school, with Year 7 and 8 students spending most of their core schooling in the new flexible learning space.Mr Nock, the director of 1:1 Architects said his firm has a specific aim for the modernisation project."The vision for this renovation was to create a neighbourhood hub for the junior school, to enhance the transition from primary to secondary and to springboard the kids into their secondary education," Mr Nock said.

 

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2018 VCE High Achievers

VCE High Achievers

 

 

Portland Secondary College

Congratulates their High Achievers of 2017.

 

Back: Jess Pethybridge, Damon Greenham, Erin Husband

Front: Georgina Meyrick-Garnier, Jovina Espanta, Julia Flores, Courtney Perkins, Stacey Goldsworthy, Bailey Knight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three of the best recognised in Top Arts

 

 

Three emerging artists from Portland Secondary College could have their work hung at the prestigious National Gallery of Victoria next year after being short listed for the 2018 VCE Top Arts exhibition.Erin Husband, Georgina Meyrick-Garnier and Stacey Goldsworthy, all 18, were recognised for their amazing art pieces, joining a group of 150 students from across Victoria studying VCE Art or Studio Arts."I was pretty excited when I found out I was short listed," Erin said."I had two pieces that were selected; an oil painting titled ‘Aberrant’ and a series of 25 mixed-media portraits called ‘Idealist’."I never expected one art piece to be selected, let alone both."Throughout the year, Erin spent her free time in the back room of the school’s art block, working on her portfolio, often alongside fellow classmate Georgina Meyrick-Garnier, who had one piece selected, a dry point etching ‘Untitled’."I originally didn’t want to do dry point etching, but my teacher encouraged me to expand my skill set," Georgina said."I was honestly quite surprised to find out I was selected for this year’s Top Arts program."While it is both Georgina’s and Erin’s first time entering the Top Arts competition, it will be classmate Stacey Goldsworthy’s second time, after her Year 11 work was was selected for Top Arts."Honestly, I was surprised to find out I was a finalist again; I didn’t think I would be two years in a row.""(This year) I had a set of three etchings that were shortlisted in this year’s Top Arts," Stacey said."They were titled ‘Essence of time’."With their art work now in the hands of officials at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, the three women are eagerly waiting for notification of the final short listing process on January 16, 2018.

 

If selected, their art work will be on display to the public at a special exhibition from March to July.No matter the outcome, PSC head of art department, David Burgoyne, is proud of their achievements."As individual artists they each have demonstrated the effective marriage of technical excellence with original, personal concepts."Stacey’s mastery of etching and aquatint incorporated personal symbolism."Georgina’s experimental dry point was a vehicle for expressing her views on contemporary social issues."Erin’s fluent, spontaneous drawings in a range of media explored personal ideas around portraiture."Their artistic journeys were not without challenges, but hard work and talent are a formidable combination and this is evident in each of their art works."

 

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Students enjoy Congress at Uni

Three Portland Secondary College students attended the Victorian SRC (student representative councils) Congress have described the three-day event as worthwhile. Flynn Roberts, 15, Harry Lipscombe, 15, and Willem Ciechowicz, 14, attended the congress held at Ormond College at The University of Melbourne.It was held during the recent school holidays.Liam Doyle, the school’s director of student voices and leadership, said it was the first time Portland Secondary College had been represented at the congress. "The three students were keen to attend," he said.Willem said 12 action groups were formed at the congress."Around 150 students from at least 50 schools were there," he said."Our group came up with plans to take student voices seriously such as adding students to school councils, and having a social media page to stay connected with other regional schools and SRCs."All three students said they would definitely be interested in attending the congress next year.

 

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