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Liam and Asha shortlisted for Top Arts

Liam and Asha shortlisted for Top Arts 181213

Portland Secondary College Year 12 students Liam Barr and Asha Murray have both been shortlisted for entry into next year’s Top Arts exhibition.The annual exhibition puts artwork from Year 12 VCE students on display in Melbourne at the National Gallery of Victoria.Both Asha and Liam were on "schoolies" when they learned the news and had trouble convincing their teachers, David Burgoyne and Tracy Ward, they had actually been accepted."They thought it was a schoolies prank," Liam said."We made sure all of Victor Harbour knew."Liam had his linocut print Selbstporträt, Greek for self-portrait, accepted.


The almost-full size print was too large for the school’s press and had to be done at Portland Bay Press, only barely fitting that press, and took four runs before a flawless print was achieved."There was a lot of swearing involved," Liam joked.Liam said his early years at PSC offered plenty of variety and when he got to choose a direction in Year 10, he got started on linocuts.Asha’s studio arts piece is called Set to Destroy, another self-portrait created with watercolours, acrylic, gouache and pen.She said she squealed when she got the news."I was really excited. It’s the best feeling," Asha said. "I sent it up for consideration, but that was all I was expecting."Asha said she had done "pretty much everything" while at PSC, but this year had taken inspiration from Australian artist Del Kathryn Barton."I found I was really comfortable with what I was doing this year," she said.Asha said she was planning on heading to Federation University after a gap year to undertake a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Education to become a secondary arts teacher.


Art teacher David Burgoyne said this year’s works are the first linocut and the first watercolour from PSC to be shortlisted for Top Arts."Between 2000 and 3000 apply each year, 200 are shortlisted and between 50 and 60 get into the exhibition," Mr Burgoyne said.


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Photo curtesy of the Portland Observer.




Engaging Homeless Youth

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Portland Secondary College Reengagement Program students have been working to improve Portland’s understanding of youth homelessness this term.

Their most recent contribution has been introducing the community to Brophy Family and Youth Services Portland’s new youth homelessness support worker, Shannon Ross.Mr Ross started at Brophy three weeks ago and said he hadn’t been involved with the project but was looking forward to helping make a difference in the Portland community."I’m still getting my head around it at the moment. It’s an interesting job," Mr Ross said. As part of a project for their VCE studies, a group of reengagement program students started by improving their own understanding before informing the wider community though the Portland Secondary College newsletter, speaking to the Glenelg Youth Network, designing a banner which has been brought to life by Portland Signworks (now hung at the end of Julia St), and written a cookbook.


With funding from United Way Glenelg, The Couch-surfer’s Cookbook has been professionally printed and goes on sale this week in the PSC office.Reengagement Program lead teacher Kara Young explained how the students had created all the recipes in the book, which help people on low-incomes craft affordable and nutritious meals. The book also includes advice and contact information useful for people who don’t have a home."The book sales will go towards providing an extra place in the program," Ms Young said.

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Photo courtesy of the Portland observer.


ANZAC Research



 Students ensure Portland ANZACS live on

 Students ensure Portland ANZACS live on


The individual stories of 13 Portlanders who fought at the Gallipoli campaign a century ago are coming to life again, thanks to the research efforts of Portland Secondary College students and their teacher.Six PSC volunteers ranging in age from 12-15 are taking on the complex task of finding out as much as possible about 13 young Portlanders who posed for a photograph just before embarking from Egypt to the Turkish coast in a costly and ultimately futile effort to attack the enemy in what was seen as their ‘soft underbelly.""Each student chose one of the soldiers in the photo," teacher librarian Jan Colliver said. "We have confirmed the identities of 11 of the 13 in the picture, which has been up for a while on the wall here at the library.


During that time, other students have posed questions about those 13, and our team will try to get the answers."Mrs Colliver said four of the 13 troops died at Gallipoli, two in the carnage of the first day.Tegan Barrington, 15, is a year nine student. She chose Leonard Papley, one of the two who died in the first assault, now commemorated as Anzac Day."I’m using the AIF website created by the Australian Defence Force Academy," she said, "and material from the National Archives. I’ve found out before the war he was a carpenter living in Percy St. He went to school at All Saints."She said her research has given her a much better understanding of the Gallipoli campaign than she had before this centenary year.The soldier of choice for Tom Drew, 12, is Murray Keiller."So far I have learned he was a labourer before the war," Tom said. "He was lucky – he came home in 1915. There was a very high death toll and I certainly would not have wanted to be there and have to try my chances."The average age for those 13 soldiers from Portland was about 22 or 23, just 10 years older than Tom is today.One very valuable resource for the youthful research team is a site called Trove. This is where thousands of pages of vintage newspapers can be found, including hundreds of editions of the Portland Observer and Guardian dating back to the 1850s.Mrs Colliver said the students will closely inspect those digitised pages during their research leading up to Anzac Day.


Also at the research session was Brad Jasper, a PSC student selected with 18 others from Victoria to attend the dawn service at Anzac Cove in Turkey this year.Thanks to sharp-eyed Portland Observer readers, there’s been further confirmation of another soldier in the photo. George Moore, who lived in Heywood, has been positively identified by his great nephew Frank Moore. He is contacting Heather Clark of the RSL, who is coordinating local commemorations, to supply more facts about his great uncle.


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Photos courtesy of the Portland Observer.



PSC Band prepares with primaries

PSC band prepares with primaries 181213

Portland Secondary College's senior school band is touring Ballarat today after performing for Portland's primary schools late last week.

Music Teache,r Brian Healy said while both school rock bands had joined the senior school band performing for the pupils of most primary schools and Portland Bay School, only the senior school band was touring this week.


'They will perform at a number of primary schools, Bridge Mall and the Ballarat Specialist School,"  Mr Healy said.

"It will give students the opportunity to perform outside the local area for people who haven't met them before.  It will also be a bit of team building and develop their focus when they're playing."


The band departed on Sunday and will return tomorrow.  Before their departure, the band had ample opportunity to practice, including the presentation night performance last Wednesday and primary school concerts held in the PSC gym.


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Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.


Blue Whale Research



Marine Science Scholarship Program.pdf


Four students from local high schools are taking part in a unique marine science scholarship program studying iconic blue whales in their feeding habitat around Portland.Portland whale research organisation, Blue Whale Study (BWS), is offering The Researching the Blues Marine Youth Scholarship for the second consecutive year."This is a great opportunity for local young people to learn the ropes in the Bonney Upwelling," said BWS director Dr Peter Gill."They will learn boat handling at sea, the basics of marine ecology, and whale research methods in this exceptional marine environment. "The scientific objective is to photo-identify as many individual blue whales as possible".


Portland Secondary College students Margy Doherty, 17, and Emily Booth, 16, have joined Heywood and District Secondary College’s Kane Mueller, 14, and Bayview College student Shelby Bridgeman, 16, to tackle the research project. The students were selected by their respective schools. Endangered blue whales arrive from their winter breeding areas in tropical waters in October or November to feed in the cold water upwelling, and spread out to feed along the continental shelf between Bass Strait and the eastern Great Australian Bight, until May.


The wind-driven Bonney Upwelling draws cold, nutrient-rich water onto the continental shelf, providing food for a complex marine food web that includes krill, baitfish, rock lobster, abalone, squid, gannets, muttonbirds, penguins, and a variety of seals, dolphins and whales.The Bonney Upwelling is one of only four confirmed blue whale coastal feeding areas in the Southern Hemisphere, outside Antarctica. The others are off Fremantle, Western Australia, off the west coast of New Zealand, and off the coast of Chile, South America.The tall blows and silver backs of blue whales can often be seen in the distance from cliff sites such as Cape Nelson and Cape Bridgewater, and along the western Great Ocean Road. They are the only land areas in Australia to regularly view feeding blue whales.


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Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.


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