Portland Secondary College places a strong emphasis on welfare and well being of its school community with excellent transition, pastoral care and mentoring programs established. The College works extensively with eight feeder primary schools to assist and support transition from Primary School into the College and a sub-school structure, consisting of Years 7, 8 and 9, and the Senior School of Years 10,11 and 12; all of which provide the basis for student management with pastoral care/form coordinators in place for all year 7-9 classes and mentors for all 10/11/12 students.
The College employs 53 teaching staff, some of whom work part time and 30 Education Support staff. The staffing profile includes 3 Principal Class Officers, 7 Leading teachers, 35 Expert teachers, 6 Accomplished teachers, 3 Graduate teachers and 2 Para Professionals and is strongly supported by an active College Council and various sub-committees including Finance, Physical Services, Curriculum & Student Services, Strategic Planning, Uniform and Parents Auxiliaries.
The College’s mission statement is to develop each student socially, physically and academically, in a safe, caring yet challenging environment. Despite its rural isolation the College's dedicated staff provide a wide range of special co-curricula programs that support and extend all students. A wide range of studies is offered at senior level including VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education), VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning), VET (Vocational Education and Training) and School Based Apprenticeships. Supportive Leadership and high levels of staff morale and commitment leads to a quality education resulting in higher than normal academic results. The College has an extensive record in debating and public speaking, sport, music, drama and arts. PSC is currently developing a sustainability program to further enrich our student opportunities.
Student management is based on clear expectations, consistency and the development of self-discipline skills in students. These approaches contribute to students’ self esteem and to their growing sense of the wider society.
College Council, in conjunction with the College staff, believe students should be challenged and extended, offered success in worthwhile learning and given the chance to take increasing responsibility for their own education. The College welcomes enrolments from students with diverse racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds and prides itself on teaching students to respect and celebrate differences. The College supports a number of Koorie enrolments and employs a part time Koorie Support Officer to work extensively on individualised programs with this cohort of students. Additionally the College extensively assists funded students who require Disability and Impairment support as well as providing additional Literacy and Numeracy to all students who require a little extra assistance. Extension and Enhancement and Co-curricula activities are offered at all levels.