‘Making our Mark’ Exhibition

The ‘Making Our Mark’ exhibition highlighted creative expressions depicting the theme “What uplifts the Spirit“.
The aim of the exhibition was to bring not for profit community services within the Kingston and surrounding areas, who work with people, who have overcome the barriers of addiction, domestic violence, mental illness, and social isolation, to create a sense of community participation and collaboration.
The ‘Making Our Mark’ exhibition aimed to give our service users a voice on what works and why, and to promote opportunities for workers and managers to come together, to share their ideas and to discuss collaborative partnerships and better referral pathways.


Card at Work

Each year PCLC students of all ages submit Art work using the theme of culture. Students paintings are their own interpretation of what culture means to them. Also this year the students are making a House of cards. The idea of the House of Cards is that it represents a home away from home for our students. The painted cards on the house are all love heart cards to represent love and less hate in world.

PCLC is a family, a family that’s not perfect but which home is? We all have issues and all have problems, but together we can all work through them together.


Learn Local Awards highlight outstanding training achievements across Victoria

The 2014 Learn Local Awards were held last night at St Kilda Town Hall, Minister for Higher Education and Skills Nick Wakeling congratulated the winners of the seven award categories. PCLC Visual Art trainer, Tony Senese was awarded the winner in the category of ‘Outstanding Practitioner’. Tony’s ability to adapt and connect with all his learners is admirable. Students often arrive at the centre with a negative perception of education or are scarred by their past experiences. Tony engages, encourages and supports students, helping them to move into further study. He strives to ensure his learners continue their education from pre-accredited to accredited learning. In the words of one of Tony’s VCAL students, “We pay attention to him because he has respect for us…he is an all-round sick teacher, with a fresh Mohawk and goatee.”

PCLC would like to Congratulate Tony on this fantastic achievement, it is well deserved. PCLC would like to congratulate the other finalists, Maria Cox from Youth Now and Rani Pillai from Keysborough Learning Centre.

Stakeholder Testimonial

‘One of the many positive qualities Tony has is the ability to authentically connect with his students, colleagues and members of the Community Partnership that PCLC has established with Oakleigh Grammar. From the moment I was introduced to Tony, I felt that there would be a win-win for both schools. Tony is passionate about educating through the arts and his integrity, professionalism and dedication to the students make him an exceptional educator. I have nothing but the deepest respect for Tony, particularly when seeing firsthand how he worked and engaged his own students and our students in their own learning journey. If I were to define leadership as having both the character and the competency, then Tony is a leading teacher because of he creates opportunities for improving student outcomes, inspires the love of learning through the arts and promotes healthy relationships…Tony goes over and beyond the call of duty and is worthy of recognition for the invaluable contribution he makes to the lives of those he educates.”

Leadership Facilitator – Oakleigh Grammar

Learn Local celebrates launch of new website and awards program

Learn Local organisation, Prahran Community Learning Centre, on Wednesday 19th March celebrated the launch of a new website for the Learn Local education and training sector, as well as the opening of nominations for the sector’s annual awards program.

The Weekly Review – Prahran art teacher Tony Senese inspires in class

PCLC’s Visual Art trainer, Tony Senese is featured in an Article in the Weekly Review for his nomination as one of the finalists under the ‘Outstanding Practitioner’ category as part of the 2014 Learn Local Awards.


PCLC…Through the Ages

Tony Senese, PCLC Visual Art Trainer has captured the movements of PCLC from its inception.

The Mural “PCLC Though the Ages” depicts past and current community learning programs. PCLC originated as Prahran Neighbourhood House in 1979, as an opportunity for Prahran Housing Estate Residents to drop in, enjoy a cuppa and participate in social activities. Over the years PNH became PCLC and a Registered Training Organisation and a Senior Secondary Provider as part of the Learn Local sector. Courses now include a combination of accredited and non-accredited learning.
“A Wall Storyteller” appeared in the Stonnington Leader on the 14 May 2013 pg. 15

Malvern Book Store Helps Build a Love of Reading at PCLC

Readings Malvern started donating a book a month to the playgroup in February, which has more than 30 families enrolled. “Malvern book store helps build a love of reading at Prahran Community Centre”


Happy kids go to pot with dirt on their hands

Bunning’s in Port Melbourne donated pots, potting mix, seeds and plants to help educate the children in playgroup on plant life. “Prahran children go potty” appeared in the Stonnington Leader on the 29th October 2012.

Building better futures out of Melbourne’s Estates

PCLC Youth Education for Life and Learning Access (YELLA) was featured in an Article in Neos Kosmos on 1st September 2012.

Lost amid affluence, students find a way back

Please follow the link below to read the Article “Lost amid affluence, students find a way back” that appeared in The Age Newspaper on the 24th July 2012. The Article was written about the PCLC YELLA Program at the Horace Petty Estate.