Book Swap Buy and Sell

Parents/ Guardians are invited to use the Book Swap Buy and Sell forum on Facebook, you will find it pinned to the top of the College Facebook page.

This event has been created as forum for members of the College community to buy, swap and sell unused text books. Please post details of the items you wish to sell on the event page, do not post personal information, ask prospective buyers to ‘private message’ you in regards to these items.

*The College is not a go between for sellers or buyers. Please note there is not a Second Hand Book Sell day on campus.

Details of text books that can be sold has been posted to all our College families.

https://www.facebook.com/westernportSC/

Red Frog

Digger from Red Frog popped in to speak with our Year 12’s about schoolies and safe party practices, giving the students valuable information on how to take care of themselves and their friends during hectic times such as schoolies. #westernportsc #redfrogs

Bendigo Bank Leadership Camp

Year 10 students attended the camp at Portsea, this camp encourages students who show leadership qualities to consider methods of team building and communication. #westernportsc #bendigobank#Bendigobanlleadershipcamp

District Athletes at Ballam Park

We are so proud of our sports stars. There were so many other competitors from so many other schools yet our students stepped up to the podium so many times. Well done to everyone for giving it their best shot!

MAT Program 2017

You are stronger than you think.
Small steps matter.
Learning never ends.
Accept challenges.

VCAL students completed their Martial Arts Training (MAT program) component yesterday with the well known technique – breaking boards. The program has taught the students some invaluable life lessons. Well done and congratulations. #westernportsc #martialarts #VCAL

You Yangs Camp

In Early September the Year 12 Outdoor Education Class spent three days in the You Yangs National Park. The group rock climbed, abseiled and mountain biked up, down and around the beautiful mountainous area.

School Wide Positive Behaviour Support

On Tuesday August 29, all Western Port staff participated in a professional development day. The day focused on the School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) framework. SWPBS  is a framework that will build a positive culture of teaching and learning at the College. The framework is well supported by evidence from around the world and is a key engagement strategy supported by the Victorian Department of Education. The PD day was organized and planned by WPSC’s Positive Behaviour Support Steering Committee, a collection of volunteers from different parts of the college. This group has worked tirelessly over the first half of 2017 and it was fantastic to see staff from all parts of the school leading professional development for their peers.

The first session of the day saw Umesh Sharma, Associate Professor at Monash University present to staff, introducing the principles of Positive Behaviour Support. Umesh has experience from across the globe in leading research on Inclusive Education and Positive Behaviour Support. Umesh has been supporting the PBS steering committee with their work this year and it was great to have him present to our staff group. Umesh is committed to mentoring the steering committee and school leadership as our work on Positive Behaviour Support continues, and we are very fortunate to benefit from his experience and knowledge.

The rest of the day saw teaching and support staff rotate through a number of interactive activities to learn more about the three ‘tiers’ of behavioural support in the framework. Participation was energetic and enthusiastic and it was clear that staff enjoyed the day, gaining new skills and knowledge that will be important in the roll-out of the framework at the school. In the end of the day reflection survey, more than 90% of staff said they “had a good understanding of the SWPBS framework as a result of the PD day”.

The day was a huge success thanks to the great work conducted by the PBS steering committee and the participation from all staff. The day set a solid foundation for the rest of the roll-out of the Positive Behaviour Support framework at the College.

Tom Cain | Year 8 Learning Leader

Kade’s UK Tour

Kade has recently returned from a three week cricket tour of the UK.  Representing the Mornington Peninsula Cricket Association. Winning four out of eight games really showed their opponents they mean business!

Kade and his team mates a had a great adventure with watching the Test at Lords being the highlight of the trip. Well done Kade and well done to the MPCA team! #westernportsc #MPCA

 

Thank you KK Steel

Western Port Secondary College would like to thank Mr Kevin Toohey and the boys from KK Steel for their continued support to the College. Kevin recently came to the College to help staff member, Ms Christina Moss to set up the welding bays in our new Trade Training Centre.

The school is now offering new courses for both Year 9 and 10 students in basic engineering, welding and fabrication. This to provide students with more ‘hands on experience’ in an industry, which is best, suited to the area and therefore increasing employment opportunities for its students.

Kevin has been keen to support the new courses because he understands and sees the value of these skills in an industry that continues to thrive against automation and robotic intervention. ‘Just giving students the opportunity to learn these skills so that they can use them in later life or help them get into TAFE or onto an apprenticeship is invaluable.’

2017 Debutante Ball

7B Afternoon Tea

On the 15th of August 7B invited an important person/people in their life to an Afternoon Tea.

The Year 7’s cooked scones beforehand for their important person/people and the Year 9 café class made drinks for the visitors. They served different types of jams and cream with their scones.

The year 7’s created plates and bowls to serve their scones on. When the afternoon tea was over the important people got to keep the plates and bowls. It was a great turn out and everyone enjoyed themselves.

On the behalf of 7B we would like to thank everyone for coming and the Year 9’s for helping out.

By the Year 7 Publicity Leaders 21/08/17

Year Holocaust Excursion

On Monday the 14th August a group of 39 students and four staff members traveled to the Holocaust Centre to help students have a better understanding of the issues of identity, human rights, conflict and tolerance. Students are currently studying the texts ‘Night’ and ‘Schindler’s List’ and their ability to answer and ask questions at the Centre was extremely impressive, as noted by the staff at the Holocaust Centre. We all left the Holocaust Centre with a more comprehensive knowledge of the atrocities that occurred yet a real sense of hope and compassion.  We then stopped for lunch at Acland Street St Kilda where we enjoyed all the fine eateries on offer. It was a picturesque day of blue skies and 19 degrees. It was a pleasure to take this group of students and their behaviour and attitude is a credit to Western Port Secondary College.  Ms Power 

The museum itself is a very confronting place. To be there and learn the story from an actual survivor made it even more emotional. I think I learnt more about the Holocaust and what happened with the prisoners not only in Auschwitz but in other concentration camps. All of us who attended the Holocaust Centre now have a much better understanding about the happenings of that time. When I lit a candle of hope and remembrance, it really meant a lot to me, especially to get to talk personally with Lusia. She showed me her brother in the photo gallery and said she often thought about him. It broke my heart to see such a gorgeous boy in the photo and know he was murdered. I went with Lusia into the Memorial Room and we placed the candle down. We stood in silence for ten seconds, and the whole time, I thought about all the innocent lives that were lost to such dreadful acts during the Holocaust. It made me incredibly emotional during that time and even afterward. I will never forget Lusia’s story. To me, it was the most important thing I got to hear all day at that museum and I will always cherish it within my mind and also my heart.

Rebekah Weafer Year 10 

 

Pierre de Coubertin Award – Vicki Hogan-Keogh

The 2017 Pierre De Coubertin Awards

The Pierre de Coubertin Awards, an initiative of the Victorian Olympic Council and the Department of Education and Training, turned 20 this year and WPSC was one of the 15 schools who have participated each year since its inception in 1997.

There are now over 200 school representatives receiving this award-an indication of the significance and esteem in which this award is held.

 

Named after the founder of the Modern Olympic Games, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the awards aim to recognise students who demonstrate attributes consistent with the fundamental aims of the Olympic movement. These attributes include participation in sporting endeavors with a particular emphasis on competing and commendable sporting behavior.

This year the award was presented to Vicki Hogan-Keogh a Year 12 student. The award ceremony was held on Sunday June 23rd at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) and provided the opportunity to connect one on one with Olympians: Linley Frame Swimming, Ellia Green Gold medalist Rugby, Belinda Hocking Swimming, Jeff Riseley Athletics, Pam Ryan Silver and Bronze medalist Athletics and Trevor Vincent Athletics.  The day also included a tour of the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) which Matt Foy also attended. Western Port Secondary College also received a certificate recognising our support.

Pierre’s inspiring message reminds us that: “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part. Just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.”

Congratulations Vicki.

 

 

Genetically modified food? Yes or No

Would you eat Genetically Modified food? What if they had more nutrients?

Last week the Senior Biology class went on an excursion to the AgriBio building at LaTrobe University Bundoora to do two sessions, a practical session using DNA Manipulation Techniques to investigate ways that farmers use DNA markers to ensure the best outcome when breeding livestock. The second session focused Ethical implications of genetic engineering where students discussed with students from other schools the positives and negatives faced by scientists and society. Students really enjoyed sharing their well thought out opinions on this controversial topic.

This week and next week Students are working on their Scientific Investigations with a focus on Antibiotics students design and conduct an experiment then create a scientific poster to present their findings.

 

Annual Year 12 Pyjama Day

For one day of the year our 12’s have the opportunity to wear their pyjama’s. Students pay a donation which goes to a charity of their choice.

Year 11 Career Expo Trip

Year 11’s visited the 2017 Careers Expo at the Exhibition Building last week. This excursion gave the students the chance to speak with organisations regarding future employment opportunities.

Teaching fellows in Singapore

Mr Devine visited two high performing schools in Singapore over the Term 2 break.  Pictured here are all the teaching fellows with Principal and staff at Nan Chiau Primary School, and Mr Devine with Mr Albert Lim Principal at Ngee Ann Secondary School.  Both schools are “Future Schools” in the Singaporean Education system. #cbateachingawards

Gene Access Technology

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.

Year 12 Camp

Students spent 3 days exploring Universities and other tertiary institutions that Melbourne has to offer. Visiting the Eureka Tour, Ice Skating and some nice restaurants, one group even bumped into George Colombaris! (Thanks to Mrs McCarthy for the photos).

Malaysia Tour Flyer – Don’t miss out!