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Reengagement Program Student Perspective

The Portland Re-engagement Program is a campus of Portland Secondary College which caters specifically for students who have disengaged or are at risk of doing so from mainstream education.

Students come from all backgrounds and have left mainstream education for a wide range of reasons. What they have in common is a strong desire to improve their chances of success in life and the centre focuses on assisting them to make a positive contribution to their community by transitioning to further education, training or employment.

The South Portland setting is homely, class sizes are small and students and teachers build strong and supportive relationships that foster both social and academic growth and give the students the very best chance of achieving their personal goals.Here, the students tell in their own words what being part of this innovative educational environment has meant to them.

Reengagement Program Student Perspective

 

Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.

 

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Campaign targets underage drinking

A covert operation to tackle underage drinking can now be revealed.

Posters featuring three brightly-coloured characters, Quirky, Daring and Funny, have been appearing across Glenelg Shire over recent weeks, popping up overnight in busy Portland streets.The campaign’s message was revealed at a series of youth events and forums last month, starting with the Blue Light Disco on June 17, and at school forums in Heywood and Portland on June 20 and 21.The campaign’s concept is simple: "You’re Enough" to have fun, and to be fun to be around, without alcohol.Speaking on behalf of the Glenelg and Southern Grampians Beyond the Bell group,

Portland Police youth resource officer Leading Senior Constable Lee-Anne Nelson said they wanted to send a positive message to people under 18 to believe in themselves and encourage them to resist peer pressure to drink alcohol."We are encouraging young people to defer their first drink, as we now know the significant harm from alcohol on the developing brain and the increased risk of mental health issues and future alcohol problems when young people start drinking at an early age," Ldg Snr Cnst Nelson said."We also know that when school-aged young people regularly drink alcohol, they are less likely to do well at school or to finish at all. We want all of Glenelg’s young people to reach their full potential."

Campaign targets underage drinking

 

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$10 million for Portland Schools

Three educational institutions across Portland are set to receive major funding boosts in Wednesday’s 2016-17 State Budget.In Portland to formally announce the $7 million the Victorian Government has given the Portland Bay School to establish a purpose-built facility, Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney shocked representatives of both Portland Primary School and Portland Secondary College with a further $3 million injected into the two schools.Ms Tierney said the funding will be used to upgrade ageing facilities, ensuring students have the modern spaces they need to learn.Portland Secondary College will receive $2 million to build modern learning spaces and Portland Primary School an added $1 million to upgrade its facilities."The Victorian Government is investing in schools to bring up retention rates," Ms Tierney said."We want to keep local students engaged so they add value to our community."Ms Tierney highlighted the tremendous effort each school is making to engage and add value to local education."I know these Portland schools are doing great work – and this funding will help them become even better."Students deserve more than the ageing and outdated facilities we have now."This funding will ensure they have the fantastic learning spaces they deserve."Ms Tierney thanked the tireless effort of Portland Bay School’s council president."Debra Robinson, the school council president, parent and at times activist, should be thanked."Her campaign has been very ‘grass roots’ in nature."Ms Tierney said due to Mrs Robinson’s efforts, the school will have a new life, enjoyed by the staff, students and community.

The plan of what the new Portland Bay School will look like, with entry from Henty Street. The school will be located behind Portland Primary School, and the two schools will share the existing oval.

 

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Sams trip to Yosemite National Park

 

Despite being quite a busy teenager, Sam Shepherd, 16, is more than happy to squeeze in another camp this year.

 

The Portland Secondary College student will spend two weeks in the beautiful Yosemite National Park in California, USA, during August after he was awarded a NatureBridge scholarship by the Alcoa Foundation.Sam was just one of 16 teenagers in Australia who received the scholarship and the all-expenses paid hands-on environmental program at the UNESCO world heritage site.Amazingly, the news came while Sam is currently on a week-long drama camp in Warragul, and having just finished a week-long music camp in Geelong."It’s a fantastic opportunity," Sam said in a phone interview from neighbouring Trafalgar."The chance to spend two weeks focusing on environmental issues in Yosemite National Park is amazing."I’m looking forward to seeing the American wildlife, like the mountain lion, and experiencing the massive temperature change, which will range from 20°C during the day and -6°C overnight."Sam and his fellow scholars will engage in a number of activities along the way; learning about team work, environmental care and most importantly, their fellow scholars’ cultures.The NatureBridge program is designed to empower students aged 16 to 18 to learn how their actions impact their community and the world around them.

 

An incredible 100 scholarships have been awarded to young people in communities where Alcoa has operations around the world.Alcoa of Australia chairman and managing director Michael Parker said the company was proud to provide this opportunity to young people with a passion for the environment."The successful scholars were selected because of their outstanding applications and recommendation letters," Mr Parker said."It was clear that they are all very committed to their education, keen to become future environmental leaders and hope to make a positive difference in the world."With hundreds of applications worldwide, it is an outstanding achievement to be chosen for the scholarship and we are delighted that 16 young people from Australia will attend this year’s NatureBridge expeditions."

Sams trip to Yosemite National Park

 

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Apprentice works on top fashion models

 Local hairdresser Clare Deans, 19, of Gazebo Hair, has capped off her three-year apprenticeship with a remarkable week of experiences to add to her résumé.From May 16-21, Miss Deans and business owner Andrew Eade worked with some of the world’s most famous models at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Sydney.Together they worked on countless models’ hair in what was Miss Deans’ first business trip."It was very full-on. There was a lot of preparation time that we had to do beforehand," Miss Deans said."On average it was about four hours of prep for a 10-minute show."Many of the models were easy to work with."Miss Deans said while she spent most of the week backstage, she did get to sit in the audience and watch one of the fashion shows.While this was her first fashion show, Mr Eade has been working at the international fashion show since 2005."He has been going for the last 12 years. I think he really enjoys it, as it’s very different to a salon environment."Hopefully I can go again next year.

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