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Year 10 Work Experience

 

 

A number of Portland Secondary College Year 10 students are getting to see what it’s like to spend time in a workplace of their choice.The students were this week given the opportunity to spend time in a workplace; some were inspired by their interests and some were influenced by past experiences. Chad Cleary, 16, spent the week at BJM Panels, a local panel beating business owned by Brent Murray. Chad decided to work there because of his passion for cars and interest in that particular workplace."I have felt very welcome," Chad said."I’ve been helping restore old cars, repainting cars and sanding down panels." While he enjoyed his work, he said he has faced some challenges such as being around potentially dangerous equipment and trying not to scratch anything they had repainted.BJM Panels is the first place that Chad has worked at and said it was a good environment and he would definitely consider this workplace and others like it as a future job. Classmate Alysha Meade, 16, chose to do her work experience at Portland South Primary School after attending the school in her younger years. Alysha said in the first two days of working there she had already been in all the classes. Further inspiration to spend time at Portland South was that she enjoyed babysitting family friends’ children, which gave her some knowledge to take to her work experience week. "One of my favourite experiences in the week was getting to work with the children in the art classrooms, helping to make things," she said. - Portland Secondary College students CAILIN PEARCE and photographer MICHAEL PETERS are on work experience at the Portland Observer.

Year 10 Work Experience

 

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ResourceSmart Schools

 Monitoring water use to conserve water and reduce costs was the theme of a regional workshop held at the Portland North Primary School.The regional progress workshop for the state-wide ResourceSmart Schools Program was attended by representatives from primary and secondary schools from across the far south-west.Representatives attended from All Saints Parish School, Portland South Primary School, Portland North Primary School and the Portland Secondary College along with a number of schools in the south-west.ResourceSmart Barwon South-West facilitator and assessor Sally Jensen said the program was a free, comprehensive sustainability in schools program that supports schools to audit and reduce their consumption of resources and embed sustainability issues in the curriculum.Ms Jensen said the workshop focussed on auditing water use in schools, increasing efficiency and teaching and learning about local water issues."Guest speaker Andrew Hinchcliff from SWEP (School’s Water Efficiency Program) offered schools use of data loggers to track water use and reduce costs," she said."Wannon Water’s education officer Catherine Grist shared the resources and free programs that the water authority offers schools to increase children’s knowledge of water issues, as well as enhance schools participation in local issues."The event aimed to assist teachers in their efforts towards including local, environmental knowledge and sustainability awareness in the curriculum."The day highlighted that being sustainable, or ResourceSmart, includes increasing student leadership and embedding sustainability in the curriculum."This is best done by allowing students the responsibility of monitoring energy and water use in their school, giving young people leadership opportunities to reduce litter and waste," she said.

Water saving

 

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Indonesian Speaking Competition

 

 

The dedication of Portland Secondary students Dana Mueller (left), 14, and Elly Whitehead, 13, have paid dividends, with the pair finishing fourth and third respectively in the Sayembara Lisan Statewide Competition at Melbourne University.

 

Indo Comp

 

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Chalk Art Day

 

 

A host of Portland Secondary College students spent Wednesday morning toiling away on the cold, concrete paths to create unique images of beauty with the annual Chalk Art Day.Art teacher David Burgoyne said for more than a decade, students have devoted their day to drawing the large pieces of temporary art to share with their peers."Chalk Art is an annual event open to all students," Mr Burgoyne said."It’s an off-shoot of the street art movement and help students develop their ideas in a public setting."By using chalk, their creations are temporary, which is a hard concept to understand as a young artist."So by taking the students out of the classroom and making them work with chalk, they will work more freely'.

Chalk Art Day 2017

 

Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.

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Elli loses her locks fo a good cause

Portland Secondary College Year 8 student Elli Aitken lost her long locks of hair on Friday as she raised more than $2000 in the battle against brain cancer.Elli, 13, said more than $1300 had been raised on her GoFundMe website, with further funds being added by the school’s student representative council which held a barbecue on the day and a $500 contribution from the Port of Portland.The funds raised so far went past her target of $1500.She was raising money for Beanies 4 Brain Cancer.Her hair was cut by Clare Deans from Gazebo and will be donated to be used in a wig."I am really happy I have done this, it is amazing and hopefully it will make a difference," she said.Students also wore beanies to school to recognise the battlers and survivors of brain cancer.Donations can still be made online by visiting www.gofundme.com/beanies4braincancer.

 

Elli photo 

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