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Liam and Asha Shortlisted for Top Arts

Tuesday, 28 January 2014


Portland Secondary College Year 12 students Liam Barr and Asha Murray have both been shortlisted for entry into next year’s Top Arts exhibition.The annual exhibition puts artwork from Year 12 VCE students on display in Melbourne at the National Gallery of Victoria.Both Asha and Liam were on "schoolies" when they learned the news and had trouble convincing their teachers, David Burgoyne and Tracy Ward, they had actually been accepted."They thought it was a schoolies prank," Liam said."We made sure all of Victor Harbour knew."Liam had his linocut print Selbstporträt, Greek for self-portrait, accepted. The almost-full size print was too large for the school’s press and had to be done at Portland Bay Press, only barely fitting that press, and took four runs before a flawless print was achieved."There was a lot of swearing involved," Liam joked.Liam said his early years at PSC offered plenty of variety and when he got to choose a direction in Year 10, he got started on linocuts.Asha’s studio arts piece is called Set to Destroy, another self-portrait created with watercolours, acrylic, gouache and pen.She said she squealed when she got the news."I was really excited. It’s the best feeling," Asha said. "I sent it up for consideration, but that was all I was expecting."Asha said she had done "pretty much everything" while at PSC, but this year had taken inspiration from Australian artist Del Kathryn Barton."I found I was really comfortable with what I was doing this year," she said.Asha said she was planning on heading to Federation University after a gap year to undertake a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Education to become a secondary arts teacher. Art teacher David Burgoyne said this year’s works are the first linocut and the first watercolour from PSC to be shortlisted for Top Arts."Between 2000 and 3000 apply each year, 200 are shortlisted and between 50 and 60 get into the exhibition," Mr Burgoyne said.

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Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.


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Engaging Youth Homelessness

Friday, 24 January 2014


Portland Secondary College Reengagement Program students have been working to improve Portland’s understanding of youth homelessness this term.

Their most recent contribution has been introducing the community to Brophy Family and Youth Services Portland’s new youth homelessness support worker, Shannon Ross.Mr Ross started at Brophy three weeks ago and said he hadn’t been involved with the project but was looking forward to helping make a difference in the Portland community."I’m still getting my head around it at the moment. It’s an interesting job," Mr Ross said. As part of a project for their VCE studies, a group of reengagement program students started by improving their own understanding before informing the wider community though the Portland Secondary College newsletter, speaking to the Glenelg Youth Network, designing a banner which has been brought to life by Portland Signworks (now hung at the end of Julia St), and written a cookbook.With funding from United Way Glenelg, The Couch-surfer’s Cookbook has been professionally printed and goes on sale this week in the PSC office.Reengagement Program lead teacher Kara Young explained how the students had created all the recipes in the book, which help people on low-incomes craft affordable and nutritious meals. The book also includes advice and contact information useful for people who don’t have a home.

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"The book sales will go towards providing an extra place in the program," Ms Young said.

Portland Secondary College Reengagement Program students Michael Carlyon, Matt Irvine and Dillon Berry with their new banner and the new Brophy Family and Youth Services Portland youth homelessness support worker, Shannon Ross.


Photo courtesy of Portland Observer.


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