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Wednesday 20 August

'Dress-up Day' for

Children's Book Week


Wed 20 - Thurs 21 August

Portland & District Music Festival  -  Civic Hall


Thursday 21 August

PSC Make-up Night 7.00 til 9.30 in GLC


Wed 27 til Friday 29 August

Year 10 Camp - City Orientation.


Wednesday 3 September

Year 7 & 9 Immunisations.


Thursday 11 September

Personal Learning Plan Day.


Wed 17 Thurs 18 Fri 19 September

School Production, tickets available from the General Office.


Friday 19 September

Last day of Term 3.



















Literacy continues to be a focus at PSC


Literacy expert, Terri Campbell, continued her work with Portland Secondary College teachers last week following on from her visit to the school in January. Terri has been working with teachers to develop Strategies to focus on Literacy in every classroom and subject area.

The focus of last week’s workshop was to identify where there has been ‘traction’ with reading and the teaching of comprehension strategies. The teachers, working in their Curriculum Action Teams, explored vocabulary strategies and ways to embed them into classroom practice and link to writing, as well as experimenting with methods to build writing stamina and rigour in specific content areas.


At the end of the workshop teachers had a range of strategies to trial in connection to vocabulary and writing instruction in their classroom, as well as protocols and a lens for ‘Looking at Student Work’.

Humanities teacher Donna Bassett found the day very inspiring. "The day was amazingly rewarding. I especially enjoyed being shown so many strategies to help improve literacy, and to see ones that I already use. I have gone into class in this last week and used some of Terri’s strategies which I believe worked well."


"The Humanities team has been focussing on vocabulary and glossaries this semester. We have all walked away from the experience with ways to help us make the vocabulary stick in our students’ minds for a longer time. It will be amazing to see what we have all used in our classes and how it works when we get back together this week," Donna explained.

"It was pleasing to have some of our school’s beliefs about literacy validated by an expert like Terri," School Librarian Jan Colliver said. "For many years the PSC community have had a quiet 15 minute daily reading time. Terri pointed to research that has found that 15 minutes of reading time daily assists students improve their vocabulary and thinking skills."

"The workshop provided staff with an opportunity to trial practical ideas in vocabulary building and writing tips which can be adapted to any curriculum area. We pinpointed ‘shared vocabulary’ that students need to succeed in the senior years of education."

Terri is working with a number of local primary schools on Literacy and it is extremely beneficial to continue to develop Literacy strategies that will transition students from Primary to Secondary level.

"With Terri’s expertise, a range of teaching staff worked together to develop ‘Literacy Walks’," said Matthew Powell, PSC’s Teaching and Learning Coach. "These walks looked at what literacy scaffolding techniques are being used in classrooms and which strategies are effective. The team will continue to improve literacy across all Key Learning Areas."

Professional Development Days with Terri are already in the pipeline for 2015 to ensure that Portland Secondary College continues to build and implement Literacy Strategies across the curriculum to assist students to grow and achieve their best.


All Creatures Great and Small



A natural with animals, Portland Secondary College’s Tiarna Sulman, 17, is enjoying her traineeship at the Portland Veterinary Clinic.


Portland Secondary College student Tiarna Sulman, 17, the path to gaining her qualification to become a veterinary nurse has been a dedicated, and somewhat unconventional, journey spanning across the last three years.


After completing her work experience at Portland Veterinary Clinic in 2012, Tiarna began working casually with the clinic as a junior kennel hand while completing Year 11 as a VCE student.Fast forward to 2014, and she transferred into the senior VCAL program so that she can embark on a Traineeship in Certificate II in Animal Studies for Veterinary Nursing at Animal Industry Resource Centre.Upon completion of the certificate, she will be a qualified veterinary nurse.Currently, Tiarna works at the Portland Veterinary Clinic one day a week as part of her work placement, undertaking a number of different responsibilities. "Typically I monitor or assist with the spaying or castration of animals, help taking blood and screen samples, cleaning and assist with reception operation," Tiarna said.Genaya Quinlivan, one of clinic’s supervisors, is pleased with Tiarna’s progression."This is the first time that we’ve had a VCAL student and it has proven to be a really good program."She does so many things as part of her training, such as monitoring and assisting under supervision, medicating animals, plus walking and feeding too."Over the June-July school holidays, Tiarna has been able to come into the clinic regularly, receiving hands-on training in more specific areas."This week she is receiving training in pathology, where she can monitor, take and screen blood and urine samples," said Mrs Quinlivan.Already Tiarna has her eye set on the future once she finishes her senior year of VCAL, where she hopes to work full-time at the clinic as a veterinary nurse.




Portland Secondary College offers


• a diverse and interesting curriculum

• strong Pastoral Care and Mentoring Program

• we are an e-smart school

• supportive, caring environment

• quality teaching and learning

• teachers committed to professional learning

• expansive grounds and top quality facilities

• excellent community partnerships

• wide range of extra curricula activities

• excellent history of strong academic results

• strong instrumental music program

• extensive enrichment and enhancement opportunities

• access to a wide variety of Senior School programs including VCE, VET and VCAL




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To learn more about the opportunities that Portand Secondary College can provide for your child or to arrange a personal tour of our facilities please contact the school on 03 55231344.



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2015 Handbooks


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Junior Handbook - Before you print - please note this handbook is 78 pages

Senior Handbook - Before you print - please note this handbook is 135 pages