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Friday 26 June

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Andrew Jack Trust Portland Reengagement Program Donation






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The weight has been lifted from the shoulders of the Portland Secondary College’s re-engagement program, albeit temporarily, with the announcement of $100,000 in funding from the Andrew Jack Trust.The 11th-hour reprieve saves the program from imminent closure, securing the positions of 40 students until the end of 2016.Trustee for the Andrew Jack Trust, Portland lawyer Pat Howman, said the re-engagement program was a worthy cause, having seen first hand the effects of disengaged youth."In my role as a lawyer I’ve often seen the impact of kids dropping out of school.


This program tries to bring them back on track for a more positive outlook," Mr Howman said."From a personal view, I understand the importance of the re-engagement program. You don’t want to see people fall through the cracks."Mr Howman said that if the re-engagement program were to close, the prospects of the young students could be dire."How much does it cost the community if there’s no re-reengagement program? If you think about it, it costs more than $100,000 per year to hold someone in prison, so this is money well spent."While visiting the re-engagement program’s Glenelg St centre on Monday, Mr Howman said he hoped the one-off grant would help the secondary college find sustainable funding."I believe the government should fund this type of program for the benefit of local society in general; it shouldn’t have to rely on a charitable organisation," he added."Hopefully this will show the level of local support and need for the program and convince the government to provide ongoing funding."With the program funded for now, supporters are not under the illusion that the program is permanently saved; school principal Toni Burgoyne said the program could still close if long-term support is not found in the next year."It’s great to have this support; however, work still needs to be done to ensure the future sustainability of the program," said Mrs Burgoyne.


"It is now funded to December 2016 but unless we can secure recurrent funding for years to come from the government, we will be in the same position and by July next year will again have to make a decision on its future."It’s clear that this is a stop-gap measure and a one-off grant to help us pursue sustainable funding."Mrs Burgoyne said the school council was continuing to pursue discussions with the Victorian Government to secure ongoing funding."We believe this program is essential considering the high level of disengagement in the Portland community. We’ve made great headway in addressing this important community problem since it was established in 2011, and would hate to see that good work undone because we don’t have any ongoing surety in our school budget."


The Andrew Jack Trust was set up after the death of Portland identity Andrew Jack in 2011. It has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to Portland health and education needs.


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Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.



Mathematics Perfection




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A perfect score is quite a rare achievement; 15-year-old gymnast Nadia Comăneci was awarded a perfect 10 at the 1976 Olympics, and Cy Young pitched a perfect game of baseball in 1904 at age 37.Portland Secondary College student Zak Heppenstall is another person whose achievement will be talked about for years to come, after being the only student to record a perfect score in the Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) competition this year."I am pleased with my result. It was the best possible outcome," said Zak, 16.Zak beat out 8000 specialist maths students from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and China and did not study for the test; the only preparation he undertook was a pre-test.The CAT competition is a one-hour problem-solving competition that seeks to identify computer programming potential.There are six multiple choice questions and nine more challenging questions where an integer constitutes the solution to a problem."We presented Zak with the opportunity; he accepted it and took it from there," said Senior Maths coordinator Dale England. "It’s an outstanding individual achievement.""When I asked Zak whether he still wanted to utilise the remaining 10 minutes of his hour-long competition, he replied, No. I think I have done enough."


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Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.





Anzacs Stories from Portland Archives

ANZAC Stories of Gallipoli Soldiers from Portland Archives.


Portland Teenagers to be part of Gallipoli Legend, click here to down load pdf of this article.


First Hours at Gallipoli and Two Portlanders lie Dead,  click here to download a pdf of this article.


Historic Photos Recall Anzac Day Through the Years,    click here to download a pdf of this article.





Reengagement Program Partnership with United Way Glenelg


Re-Engagement Program Partnership with United Way Glenelg Obs  June 2015


United Way Glenelg will continue its strong association with the Portland Secondary College’s Portland Re-Engagement Program by administering all funds raised for the innovative Support a Student Placement Initiative.


Launched last year, the scheme encourages individuals and businesses to pledge to support a local student to continue their education at the Re-Engagement Program.Key partner Anne Murphy from the Glenelg and Southern Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network encourages individuals or families to donate to the scheme, contributing whatever amount they can."It’s a great opportunity for groups of people to get together to sponsor a placement between them, and all donations are eligible for a Tax deductible donation," said Ms Murphy.United Way Glenelg executive officer Nicole Angelino said that taking on the administration of the funds raised was a practical way for United Way Glenelg to support the positive work being done by the Re-engagement Program."At United Way Glenelg we believe that education is a crucial building block for a good life. The Portland Re-Engagement Program is to be congratulated on their hard work re-engaging local young people in education."Ms Angelinio added that United Way Glenelg is thrilled to be able to support the program, and believes it is a great example of what the community can achieve by working together. The Re-Engagement Steering Committee, together with the College Council, developed this initiative as a short term funding solution while lobbying continues to the government to improve funding models for alternative settings."We hope that the government will reaffirm its commitment to young people of our region by securing ongoing funding for this vital program," College Council president, Karensa Smith said.For more information on the Support a Student Placement Initiative contact Nicole Angelino on 0410 51 3305 or via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Vicki Taylor at Portland Secondary College on 55231344 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.



R.M. Ansett Trust


Portland Secondary College student Meluda Peart has been rewarded for her continued community involvement and academic achievement, with a scholarship from the R.M. Ansett Trust.Meluda, in year 10, will receive $1500 each year for the next three years - a prize awarded to 10 students in Victoria annually.Her community involvement covers many aspects of her life, including speaking at last year’s Reconciliation Day event, to cultural days and peer support at school. She is also part of this year’s Whitten Project and is involved with two local sporting clubs."The money can go towards a number of things," Meluda said."I can use it to pay for text books or VETiS fees for my hospitality course, and now I can choose to go on school camp or participate in the tertiary tour."The R.M. Ansett Trust was established through Sir Reginald Ansett’s will in which he expressed his wish that the income from his charitable trust be used to assist children to ‘take their place in life’.The trust set up the public school scholarships to encourage academically promising students in years 10 to 12 to complete their secondary education.


Year 10 student Meluda Peart is grateful for her three-year scholarship from the R.M. Ansett Trust.

R.M. Ansett Trust


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Photo courtesy of The Portland Observer.



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