Western Port Secondary College Beacon Polish Program

Western Port Secondary College is a Beacon School and we were very fortunate to host four days of the Beacon Polish program for our Year 10 cohort during 27th – 30th June.

The Polish program is about teaching our young people confidence, transferrable, team and leadership skills, ,etiquette, personal grooming hygiene and interview techniques to gain successful employment.  During the 2-3 course lunch students engage in conversation with business guests.

Our Community Bendigo Bank in Hastings sponsored one of our Polish days held in the Hastings Community House.

Students were  privileged  travel to the CBD and have the Polish program delivered to them at  Crown Plaza and SKM both sponsors of Beacon Foundation.

The Pilot and Benelong Foundations sponsored one of our Hastings Polish Program as well.

Overall the students were very positive about the experience on the day and said the skills they learnt would help into future pathways.

Beacon Charter Signing

On Monday the 4th of April, it was the seventh annual, Western Port Secondary College Beacon Charter Signing. The Beacon Foundation Supports “Bright Futures – No Dole” which aims to encourage all students to enter full time, education training, or employment by the 31st of March 2012.

Our two guest speakers, Anthony Garnham – Victoria State Manager of the Beacon Foundation, and Sam Cawthorn – Federal Government Youth Futurist & 2009 Young Australian of the Year, spoke to us about further education and how proud we should be of our school because we are a Premier Platinum school in the Beacon Foundation.

For most of the students the special guest speaker Sam Cawthorn was the highlight of the Charter Signing Ceremony. He visited our school to talk to our year 10 students about Bouncing Forward – Not Back.

In October 2006 Sam’s life changed forever when he was involved in a major car accident where he was pronounced dead. He was thankfully resuscitated, but was left with an amputated right arm and a permanent disability in his right leg.

Sam was told he would never be able to walk again but after a year of rehabilitation he proved the doctors wrong by taking his first steps into a new life where his story would continue to inspire and change the lives of Australians and people all over the world.

Four of Western Port’s past students; Tarsha Johnston, Brad Kellet, Sharni Lee-Archer and Hayley King talked about how they’ve progressed since finishing year 12 and what options they chose for their further education.

Written by Loren Webster and Emily Hamilton-Aspinall of year 10.



Sister School Visit

Western Port Secondary College was pleased to host a group of 15 staff and students from our Sister School in Malaysia. The College established a Sister School partnership three years ago with SKM Aminuddin Baki in Kuala Lumpur to enhance cultural exchanges for students at the College.

Five teachers and ten students from Aminuddin Baki Secondary School from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia visited on a 5 day whirlwind tour of Melbourne in the latter stages of February. As a sister-school partner to our College, the two schools were able to join forces to compare and contrast daily life as a student in each country.

The Malaysian students undertook research in the areas of English teaching strategies, information technology to enhance the learning capacity of students, as well as a focus on potential hands-on environmental awareness projects to introduce into their own school in Kuala Lumpur.

All visiting teachers and students enjoyed an action packed adventure in their short 5 days – including a day and ½ in-school program at Western Port SC, a visit to two other local secondary colleges – Somerville S.C and Rosebud S.C, as well as a trip to the zoo and time in the city. In all three schools, the Malaysian students and teachers had many opportunities to see and discuss education in Victorian public schools and this was an exceptionally positive experience for all involved.

Students in Year 11 from Western Port are aiming to tour Kuala Lumpur later in the year and certainly look forward to meeting up with the visiting students, as well as the other students whom they met through the email exchange program started at the College in 2009.

Congratulations Kayla

We were pleased to hear recently that Kayla Bentley from Year 12 2010 was the winner of the Mornington Peninsula Shire Young Citizen of the Year.

Kayla was a wonderful student while attending Western Port Secondary College and contributed in many ways including being the Arts Captain during 2010.

We wish Kayla success in her illustration course at Chisholm TAFE.