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Presentation Night 2014

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Congratulations Katrina!

Katrina Bell

Portland Secondary College is proud to announce Katrina Bell as the first of our students who has achieved the Victorian Certificate (Baccalaureate).The VCE Baccalaureate is contained within the VCE and provides an additional form of recognition for students who undertake the demands of studying both a higher level of mathematics and a language in their VCE program.

In congratulating Katrina, PSC Year 12 Level Leader Belinda Bothe noted that 'Tertiary institutions have indicated that they strongly support initiatives that encourage senior students to study a higher level of maths and a language'.

Katrina is hoping to study a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Politics and International Studies while concurrently studying for a Diploma of Languages (Indonesian).

Congratulations Katrina.


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Re-engagement Program 3 Bays Marathon


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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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Young Brock is Radio Host at 3RPC

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Young Portland Secondary College Student and 3RPC radio host might turn pro some day.


Which is more fun, speedway, motor-cross or radio announcing? Or all of the above? That's the delightful dilemma facing 13 year old Brock Pengilly of Portland Secondary College, one of the newest (and youngest) presenters on community radio 3RPC-FM.  Brock, whose show goes to air every Thursday afternoon at 4pm, has settled in well to playing his favourite music on air after three months getting used to the operating board, and the sound of his own voice on the radio.

"There was an announcement at school about opportunities for young presenters at 3RPC, so I decided to give it a go," Brock said.  "I got training from Viv Aroin and especially from my grandmother Jenny Collins, who is already a presenter at the station.  The hardest part was learning to operate the board, but now I think it's going well.  I have to remember what all the slides are for, and avoid dead air."

Ms. Collins, who supervises his on-air sessions due to his youth, agrees.  "He is really improving, with more confidence now," she said.  "It's not hard for him to get organised anymore.  But I do notice that he gets even better whenever I leave the room.  I try to go in the studio only if it sounds like he might need some help."

Brock's program came from the handful of CD's he  owns,  plus a few more he borrows.  "I get to choose all the music," he said, "from songs I know".  Radio has to compete with schoolwork on weekends, and Brock's other passions motor-cross and speedway, which he enjoys during visits to Bordertown, S.A.

"I might want to be a professional radio DJ some day," he said. "It's a bit early to tell for sure."


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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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