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Upcoming Events

 Tuesday 9 December

Year 7 2015 Orientation Day

Wednesday 10 December

Presentation for Head Start Program (Student Free Day)

Wed 10 until Thurs 19 December

End of Year Program for Years 7 - 10 students

Tuesday 16 December

Report Collection - 1.00pm until 4.30pm

Wednesday 17 December

Report Collection - 9.00am until 1.00pm

Friday 19 December

Last day of school for staff.




Thursday 22 January

- Book Collection at PSC for 2015 Year 7 to 10

- Admin Staff Return

Monday 26 January

Australia Day Holiday

Wednesday 28 January

Teaching Staff return

Friday 30 January

Years 7,10,11 & 12 return

Monday 2 February

All students return.




















Re-engagement Program 3 Bays Marathon


Reengagment Program  . 3-bays marathon
Eight students from the Portland Secondary College’s Re-engagement Program are lacing up their shoes and putting some miles in their legs in preparation for the 3 Bays Marathon on Sunday; along the way the students have learnt about a lot more than just running. With the help from their teachers and one of the world’s largest sportswear manufacturing companies, students have discovered the value of a good diet as well as the importance of warming up and cooling down.


Teacher Kaleb Sherwell said the students have been working for the past three weeks towards running a five kilometre leg of the 3 Bays Marathon ."The boys have done a lot of running into the lead up of the 3 Bays, including laps of the lagoon and the gannet lookout. "We try to encourage the kids to participate in sports that they normally wouldn’t do.  Encouraging the students is $2500 worth of gear from FILA, including shoes, shorts and T-shirts.  "Chris Thomas (head teacher) wrote them a very nice letter, and they sent us some excellent running gear," added Mr Sherwell.Outside of running, the students have looked at getting their body ready by focusing on pre-race nutrition and stretches. "We have learnt a lot about rainbow food, and the importance of high carb and low carb foods," said student Calib Scott, 13.  "We also learnt about stretching before you run," he added."We used to go out running and come back with sore calf muscles and shins," said Brandon Higgins, 14.  "Then Kaleb taught us a heap of different stretches to stop that from happening.  "With all of this new experience under their belt, the eight students will all strive to create their own personal bests as they take on the 42.195 kilometre course around on Sunday.

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Photo courtesy of Portland Observer.


PSC smART Art Exhibition



smART Art Exhibition

Staff and students at Portland Secondary College’s smART Art program are celebrating its tenth anniversary this week with a major new exhibition at the Arts Centre.The exhibition, which opened Monday, features the works of students in a wide variety of media and techniques.


Student work created under this banner has enjoyed statewide popularity, with some items selected for showing in Melbourne. Art critics have called the works “impressive and intriguing”.“This year we celebrate the tenth anniversary since renaming our annual art show to the smART Art exhibition, proudly displaying talent from Years 7-11, coordinator Emma Baulch said. “The Year 12s have their very own VCE exhibition in October.” She said the work is in both two dimensional and three dimensional forms, with just about every medium used. From collage work, paintings, drawings and photographic prints to sculptures created from recycled materials and wire, the variety in the exhibition showcases the diverse and high quality skills passed on from the arts team, she noted.

The formal opening night was held on Wednesday 20th August from 5-6pm together with nibbles, drinks and live acoustic music.“The success of our previous and current art students emphasises the importance of having an art program within the curriculum for students from Years 7-11,” she said. “Students who have had their work displayed in exhibitions such as Top Arts and the Silk Cut exhibition or who have gone on to study or practice fine arts are evidence that the art program offered is of high standard, preparing our students for a competitive future in the industry. “It is important to display the students’ work to the community to celebrate the success of the students, and showcase their many talents.”  The show continues through September 5.


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Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.




2015 Handbooks


Download the Student Handbooks here:

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

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


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




 year 7


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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