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Wed 20 until Fri 5 September

smART Show exhibition at Portland Arts Centre


Wednesday 3 September

Year 7 & 9 Immunisations.


Monday 8 September

Year 12 Parent Forum  -  6pm till 7pm in G8/9.


Thursday 11 September

Personal Learning Plan Day. (Students not required at school, except for interview times with parents).


Wed 17 Thurs 18 Fri 19 September

School Production, tickets available from the General Office.


Friday 19 September

Last day of Term 3.

2.30pm finish.




















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.



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.



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




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