Theswe are the SUPER SHOT images and others by students from the PORTLAND PS. FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras. The project as part of the “MOUNTAINS TO SEA” was originally planned to be sent to Arizona, but the ivitation by the local scholls there was withdrawn. Hopefully, it will be happen in the future, and the promise made to the students fullfilled.
IN the early days of settlement, the Henty Brothers with their families set sail for Victoria, and Portland from Tasmania, then known as Van Diemans land, looking for greener pastures and supplementing seas..They landed, and their names became synomous with the region, and entrenched in the history books. Then, as now, the sea was the mainstay of the thriving town with both commercial and recreational fishing adding to the populations workforce and income. In the 1960’s a new wharf was built jutting into the sea, where today it provides loading for the many ships that enter the port. These include the large container ships, and those that transport live sheep to the Middle Eastern markets. The port is growing in importance, and this will be enhanced more so in 2013, when the first cruise liners tie up to allow tourists to travel through the region in short stopovers. How it has changed, and the visions of the Henty’s and those early setttlers.
In the winter months whales frequent the bay with them actually being seen frolicking in the bay. What an awesome sight from the towns streets1
BELOW, Standing tall, and offering safe guidance home to the ships of the sea of today, this like many other lighthouses on the Victorian coast celebrates it’s 150’th anniversary in 2011. Chosen as the MAYOR’S CHOICE by Cr. Wilson in the PORTLAND PS FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras “MOUNTAINS TO THE SEA” project.
ABOVE. The view of the lighthouse where it stands prominently for all to see, both from sea and land making a strikiong attraction to the local landscape.
BELOW; Is is seaspray or a fishing fighting to make it’s release, to escape back to the depths of the ocean? It is, in fact the spray from the motor of a recreational boats motor, before being loading onto the trailer.
BELOW. Two markers for travellers to be guided by that are familiar to all who live in the town. Left, another view of the lighthouse framed by the leaves of a gumtree. Right, What was a common sight on the roads of early day Australia, a distance marker with it showing the number of miles to the nearest town, or most cases from Melbourne.
BELOW; Gateways show the way home and the entrace to some of the magnificent residences of the town. Like all country towns, there is pride in where they live, and this shown by the care and love taken in maintaining them.
ABOVE; The port has changed immensely since early settlement, and now has a mixture of all sizes of boats and purposeS tied up beside each other. Big ships from all over th world come and go, bringing a new found wealth to the town and the district. Add to this, the evergrowing recreational fishing, which in the last few years has seen the growth of tuna chasing with record catches being the talk of the day.
ABOVE; The view looking towards the town across the bay from the pier across. A truly busy, yet relaxing environment.
ABOVE. Two of the images displayed at the ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION at the MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW. The left be chosen as the OVERALL BEST CLOSE UP for the 2011 awards and being reproduced as a KIDzPIKz postcard. One of the ones seen by Councillor Gibert when he visted the display and voted in the POP PIKz POLL.
FOCUS FORCE and the PORTLAND PRIMARY SCHOOLS Kids With Cameras are really grateful to say thanks for the generous support provided by HARVEY NORMAN Photographics. (Hamiltion), and its franchesee . http://www.harveynorman.com.au/
THE GLENELG SHIRE & THE TOURISM MANAGER were enthusiastic backers of the program, and to them also goes the thanks of all those involved in the projext, and the provision of prizemoney. For helpful travelling advice contact; http://www.glenelg.vic.gov.au/
Our gratitude is gratefully extended to the Tea Tree Gallery for hosting the Portland PS. FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras exhibition in Portland ,and providing the opportyunity of putting the children’s achievements on show. Together with being the venue for the presentatyion of awards. www.theteatreegallery.com.au
A special mention of thanks to Mayor Gilbert Wison who attended, and officiated at the presentaion of the certificates and announcement of awards. The presentation evening took place in the THE TEATREE ART GALLERY & TEAROOMS where a small gathering including students, family and friends saw the works on display and watched the children being presented with their certificates.
MITRE 10 Portland also got behind the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras showing off the ROCKLEY SUPER SHOTS in the store. Thanks to you!
To th Manager of the ST.GEORGE BANK (Portland) for providing sponsorship money to those students whose works were chosen to be reproduced as KIDzPIKz postcards.
KIDzPIKz postcards along with others from projects were presented in Denmark to the Mayor of Copenhagen during the COPENHAGEN CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE by Melbourne City Counillor Cathy Oke. And, the children of the city got theirs when a number were handed out in the city square by Greater Geelong Coucillor John Doull. To both of these people, the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras wish to express their gratitude.
AND for putting the PORTLAND PS. FOCUS FORCE Kids with Cameras on show; a special thanks to The Portland Observer.
ABOVE & BELOW. Water is the essence of Portland’s lifestyles with it’s providing work and play to the thousands of locals and visitors. Here are 3 scenes that show it’s significance to the town.
ARIZONA CONTACT. During the time of the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras project at Portland PS. A bottle washed up from the sea on the coast near Cape Bridgewater. The bottlle, having been in the water for six years and travelled thousands of Kilometres, and half way round the world, contained message. Through the finders, who made contact with it’s senders, a link was made with the Scottsdale School District in Arizona where they lived. Originally, the district accepted the invitiation to host the FOCUS FORCE FRIENDSHIP EXHIBITION, which was subsequently withdrawn. FOCUS FORCE hopes to renew this arrangement in 2013.
WANT TO BE INVOLVED IN THE FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras program in 2012, or your child to take part in a holiday program during the summer break, Simply email; email@example.com. We will forward full details and application forms. There is consideration of a special return visit to the Western District for a new FCOUS FORCE Kids With Cameras project. THIS WILL INCLUDE A PROJECT THAT WILL RECORD A MOMENT IN TIME WHEN HISTORY IS CREATED IN A UNIQUE FOCUS FORCE FRIENDSHIP EVENT. BE PART OF IT!