During a recent Biology class the Year 12’s took part in a video conference with the Gene Access Technology Center(GTAC). In which, one of their leading immunology researchers provided a lecture on the immune system and guided students through an activity where students modeled the immune response in the human body when bacterial infection occurs. This Activity helped students understand how the different cells involved communicate to fight infection and keep us healthy.
The Garden at the Salvation Army Western Port Mission Center is officially open – with the help of some very handy and and helpful students the garden is looking great! well done to our SBAT students, Dawsey, Braiden, Lily, Sam, Zac and Miles, you all did a fantastic job.#westernportsc #salvationarmy
A group of WPSC students attended the Entrepreneurial Learning Forum with Mitchell Institute and internationally renowned education expert Yong Zhou. The students presented a film they have produced show casing the entrepreneurial tasks undertaken at WPSC and talking about their learning in the project this year. Cody is shown interviewing Yong Zhou in front of school leaders, teachers and students representing schools across Victoria and New South Wales.
On Thursday April 27th & Friday April 28th, Western Port Secondary College hosted National Youth Week Activities for Year 4 students from our feeder primary schools.
Our Year 10 Student Leaders ran 4 x 35 min workshops for the students based around the theme for our event which was “Mind, Body & Soul”.
After a lovely Australian National Anthem, sung by Kayla Dooley, Aaron Whitford read the Acknowledgement of Country and Mr Devine gave an introduction which reminded us of the sacrifices made by the Anzac’s.
Martin Choy and Vicki Hogan Keogh told us some interesting facts about life on the battle field, Lachlan Clasby and Taylor Debrota spoke about the history of this important day.
Beth Byrnes gave a solemn rendition of The Last Post and Rouse. The College Captains – Matt Foy, Tennee Schneider and Vice Captains Ben Miller and Katelyn Davis laid the wreath between the flag posts in the College gardens.
Once again we could not have been more proud of how our students behaved during the service.
Winner’s school keeps kids engaged
ACCOLADES are pouring in for Western Port Secondary College principal Michael Devine who has won a 2017 Commonwealth Bank National Teacher award.
One of 12 recipients from across Australia, he was the only Victorian educator to be recognised.
Mr Devine and assistant principal Chris Quinn travelled to Sydney to accept the $45,000 prize which includes an international study tour of Singapore’s education system, a program to improve student outcomes, professional development and a series of master classes.
“It was very humbling but also recognises the work of so many people across the school,” said Mr Devine.
The principal has led a range of programs to boost engagement and keep students in school, resulting in improved NAPLAN and VCE median study scores. Additionally, no student has fallen below the national minimum standard in numeracy and the school’s retention rate has almost doubled.
“In 2011, the number of students in Year Seven who were there in Year 12 was 35 per cent. In 2016, it was 63 per cent,” Mr Devine said.
“This has put us above the state means.
“We’re taking the approach that one size does not fit all. Education is the ticket to breaking the cycle of poverty.
Congratulations to Bailey Williams of Year 11, he has been working tirelessly and its paying off. I am sure we will see him playing AFL very soon.
Great to catch up with an original 1974 Hastings High School student and former Bittern Primary student at the recent Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards in Sydney. Suzanne Cridge enrolled in Year 8 and was sent home for the first three weeks whilst some portable classes were moved onto the site of the school which was then a few farm paddocks. Sue has had an extensive career in education and was a pioneer of Women In Educational Leadership in Victoria. She is currently Director of Education for Social Ventures Australia. We hope to partner with Sue on some projects in the future.
Congratulations to Mr Devine and staff for winning a National Award which recognises the hard work of staff at the College, well done to the HPV team that did a fantastic job at the HPV 24 Hour Race in Wonthagi, Huon took at the Swimming Carnival while Encounter blitzed the House Aths! congratulations to all our sports champions! thank you to Lani and Katlyn for the update on the Environmental Group.
Thank you to everyone who came along, the evening was a huge success with over 500 visitors. Thank you to all the staff and students that helped create such a wonderful evening. It was a pleasure to have Daniel Mulino – Member for Eastern Victoria and Jorja McKinnon who is the STEM Catalyst Project Manager from Deakin University speak at the launch.
Congratulations to our principal Mr Devine who has received a Commonwealth Bank National Teaching Award in Sydney. These national awards are granted through a joint initiative between the Commonwealth Bank and Schools Plus and are open to teachers and school leaders across all tiers; independent, catholic and government. The award was given based on the following criteria:
Transforming Learning Outcomes
Collaborating and Sharing Knowledge
Engaging with the Community
Applying Technology in Teaching
The selection panel included David Gonski Chairman ANZ and Coca-Cola Amatil (also led the ‘Gonski Review’), Ian Narev CEO Commonwealth Bank, Anthony Mackay CEO Centre for Strategic Education and Prof Geoff Masters CEO ACER.
The award is a significant recognition and endorsement of the hard work and results of so many teachers and staff over the last few years.
The Awards include Professional Development, an International Study Tour and $30,000.00 towards a project at the school that improves student outcomes.