News from Frankston High School

29 July 2019
Issue Seven
From the Principal
Senior School News
Important Dates and Notices
Around Our School
Out and About
International Student News
Junior Resource Centre News
Sustainability at Frankston High School
Our Sponsors
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From the Principal

Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Friends

Welcome back to school for Term 3.  I have begun school very refreshed after my sojourn in Queensland.  After eight weeks in t-shirts, shorts and thongs it has been amazingly brutal to come back to the freezing cold.  However, some days of sunshine last week really helped.  Fortunately, there were no major mishaps with the caravan so all is well with the world.  It has been terrific catching up with teachers and students and I am thrilled to have heard about all that has been achieved in my absence, much of what is included in this edition’s newsletter.  I hope you enjoy it!   

Students Excel At Work Experience

Thank you to Ms Lorelle Molloy for an outstanding job in overseeing an incredible range of work experience placements for our Year 10 cohort.  It has been gratifying to hear that we received absolutely wonderful feedback from employers, with one even going so far as to state that his student was the best he has had in the 25 years of doing work experience.  We should be so proud of how all the students who, being thrown into something that can be quite scary, have conducted themselves with the utmost professionalism.  We will be handing out evaluations received back from employers later in the term, so students can include them in their resume.

MEGAR Week Provides Time For Year 9 Students To Reflect

Even I can remember what it was like to be in Year 9 when as a teenager you are dealing with many issues as you traverse a slippery slope somewhere between childhood and adulthood.  The last week of Semester 1 provided an opportunity for our Year 9 students to reflect upon issues to ensure they look after their own health and wellbeing as they grapple with those teenage years.  Many thanks to Ms Kylie Williams who organized a very engaging timetable with many visitors specializing in health areas visiting the school to work with our students.  Thanks to Ms Georgie Long and Ms Andrea Carron who were able to involve an incredible 240 students in the community engagement program as part of MEGAR week to experience the positive impact volunteering can have for the volunteer and wider community.  Activities included: interacting with aged care residents, cleaning up the local beach, helping in the toy library and working to preserve historic trains with the Mornington Railway Preservation Society. 

Subject Expo For Years 9 And 10 Students Provides A Great Kick Off For Subject Selection

We have had a great beginning to the subject selection process with hundreds of parents and Years 9 and 10 students attending our Subject Expo on a cold winter’s night.  This bodes well for future learning outcomes with parents’ showing such a keen interest in their child’s education.  During this evening, students and parents were able to talk to teachers about subjects and course pathways they have an interest in that are offered during the later years of secondary school.  Also, every Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10 student has been provided with our new edition of our course selection booklets for the middle years and senior years.  These are great resources together with the expo night in preparing students and their parents for their discussions during course counselling sessions throughout this term.  My advice to students is to think about their strengths and interests and to choose subjects that match such strengths and interests because this will lead them onto post secondary courses and career pathways which will be aligned with their passion and allow them to ultimately achieve their dreams.  Simple advice but it makes sense, doesn’t it?  The quality of support continues to improve and certainly the program continues to be lifted thanks to our new Careers Coordinator, Ms Sharon Bourne.  Please make her feel welcome when you meet her.  

Best Ever Results In State Cross Country Championships

All the early morning training provided by our coaches: Mr Mal Burt, Ms Chloe Edwards, Ms Carly MacDonald and Mr Steven Bonfadini is certainly paying dividends with our Cross Country Team performing the best ever in the State Championships in the first week of the term.  We had the greatest number ever of students qualifying for the State Cross Country Championships.


State Champions: U13 girls’ and U16 boys’ teams


State Runners Up: U13 boys' and U14 girls' teams


Bronze: U15 girls’ team


Ayden Dignan (Year 10) was placed 2nd in the State which was phenomenal. 


Basketball Teams Put Frankston On The Map At The Gold Coast

Our two U15 basketball teams blitzed the competition over the holidays on the Gold Coast.  This was a competition that involved a number of private schools and schools with targeted basketball academies from across Queensland and also New Zealand.  The boys’ team won the grand final whilst the girls’ team were runners up.  A special thank you to Mr Darin Joyce,  Mr Cameron Heyes and Mrs Kylie Grech who gave of their holiday time in order for our students to have such a unique learning experience.

Another First Ever Achievement At Our Great School In Emerging Sciences

Intellectual curiosity has motivated some of our high flying Years 9 and 10 students to enrol in the Emerging Sciences Victoria Program with Monash University.  These students have been learning in an online environment over the last six months, working alongside eminent scientists, researchers and academics from the university.  James Wylie (Year 9) has achieved the top student prize for Frontiers of Physics which is the first time a student from Frankston High School has been named top of the state in this subject.  We thank Mr Thomas Whipp for mentoring Emerging Science students with another group beginning this semester.   


'Bienvenue' to staff and students from our French sister school

In the first week of term we welcomed Mesdames Evelyne Richard (Principal), Nathalie Reau and Sandie Ramon (teachers) who accompanied 10 of their French students to visit and stay with us at Frankston High School.  Many thanks to those families and staff who welcomed our overseas friends and have opened their homes to generously host them during their stay.  As a result the relationship between our sister school (Lycee Jean Zay) and Frankston High School grows stronger and stronger ensuring opportunities for future students to participate in trips to France and have a special experience of being immersed in the French culture by living with French families.


I am looking forward to catching up with many parents and students at Course Counselling.  I wish everyone a happy and successful Term 3.


Mr John Albiston


Senior School News

Welcome Back

Welcome back to all students and staff, I hope you had a pleasant, relaxing and productive holiday and had a chance to ‘recharge the batteries’ ready for what will be a very important term.   

Change To Year 12 Coordination Team Until 12 August

I would like to welcome to our Senior School Leadership Team Mr Stephen Crouch who will be Acting Assistant Year 12 Coordinator to Ms Elise Roper who is Acting Year 12 Coordinator until 12 August, whilst Mr Simon Cameron is on leave.

Year 12 Exams

Thank you to Year 12 teachers who provided our students with the opportunity to complete mid year exams for Unit 3 studies over the last three weeks of Term 2.  I recognise and appreciate the extra work involved by teachers in the setting and marking of these exams, which provides valuable feedback to students on their progress and learning to date. These exam results will be available in early August.

 I would like to thank Mrs Bev Valentine (our Chief Supervisor) for overseeing the supervision of the exams.  All supervisors were very impressed with our students’ work ethic and behaviour over the exam period.

Year 11 Exams

Thank you to Mrs Ellen D’Ambra and Mr Paul Don for organising the end of semester Year 11 exams.  The students’ behaviour was exemplary, and examination results will be available late July.

Semester One Reports

End of semester reports were available to parents to view via Compass at the end of Term 2. It is important for parents to read through and discuss the report with their child and devise and implement strategies together to further improve student learning outcomes.  Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences for Years 7-12 will be held on Wednesday 11 September.

Senior School Parent Information Night – 2020 Course Selection And Subject Expo

A comprehensive Parent Information Night was held on Wednesday 17 July to assist students and parents in course selections and mapping a future learning pathway.  A mini expo was held where department heads and teachers showcased their senior school subjects and answered student and parent enquiries.  A summary of senior school studies and the course counselling process was explained.  A comprehensive list of VET studies was available for parents and students to discuss with our VET Coordinator, Mrs McIver. 

I would like to thank the parents and students who attended our information night.  In addition I would like to thank the department heads, teachers and the senior school coordination team for providing invaluable information and assistance on the night.  I would also like to thank Mrs Sharon Bourne, our Careers Coordinator for her planning and organising of the night.

Year 11 And Year 12 Course Selection 2020

Year 10 and Year 11 students have been provided with information concerning 2020 course selections.  This can be a daunting yet exciting process where students begin to make decisions that will help steer their future pathway.


Year 10 students will meet with their parents and course counsellor to finalise their Year 11 courses.  These interview times will be held over the following days:  22 July, 24 July, 25 July and 31 July.  Bookings must be made online.


Year 11 students will participate in the course counselling process on 6 August, 8 August, 13 August and 15 August.


If students or parents have any enquiries, you are most welcome to contact the Year 11 Coordinators (Mrs D’Ambra and Mr Paul Don), the Year 12 Coordinators (Ms Roper and Mr Crouch), the Careers Coordinator (Mrs Bourne) or myself.

VTAC Selections 2020

This term Year 12 students begin the important process of preparing their Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC) selections for next year.  Information, guidance and assistance will be available in iSupport sessions over the next few weeks and from Mrs Bourne.  A VTAC Parent Information Night will be held in August.

Year 12 End Of Year Exams – September Holidays

Frankston High School is conducting Year 12 end of year exams during the September holidays.  The exams will commence on Thursday 26 September and will conclude on Friday 4 October.


The advantages of this practice are clear including:  ensuring students utilise their September holidays for revision; opportunities for our students to maximise their success/results; maximising class revision time in Term 4 where teachers can address areas of concern in student performance and exam technique and it provides opportunities for students to hone exam techniques and practices.


It is our expectation that Year 12 students would devote the third term holiday period to revision and study in preparation for these examinations and the final VCAA examinations.  These examinations will be conducted under VCAA and Frankston High School guidelines. Final examination timetables will be distributed in the next few weeks.  These exams are compulsory and full school uniform is required.

Students Driving To School

Students who drive to school are reminded that they must complete a consent form (which is available from the Senior School Office) and attach a photocopy of their driver’s licence.

Students are not permitted to park in the school grounds and hence, must ensure that they follow local parking restrictions on nearby roads.  Students should also be aware that they must not park too close to the pedestrian crossings or driveways, particularly the entrance and exit to the Senior Campus.


Ms Helen Wilson

Senior School Principal

Important Dates and Notices

Important Dates


Finance Office Hours

Monday - Tuesday - Thursday - Friday

8.00am - 4.00pm



8.00am - 11.00am

11.00am - 1.00pm (CLOSED)

1.00pm - 4.00pm

Uniform Shop Hours


Sara Dawson

Telephone 9784 9080




12.30pm - 1.30pm

3.00pm - 4.00pm


10.00am - 12.00noon



During Term 3 the

Uniform Shop will NOT open

Thursday evenings




Winter uniform must be worn

until the end of Term 3.



Kingswim Car Park
 Monday & Wednesday before 11.00am



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Around Our School

Semester 1 Reading Stars!

Congratulations to all our amazing Year 7 and Year 8 readers! All the classes have really enjoyed exploring some different worlds and different texts, which is great to see!  A big congratulations to our top reading classes for Semester 1 2019 - 7E who topped Year 7 with over 80,000 pages and 8B who topped Year 8 with over 65,000 pages! Wow!


A special mention also has to go out to our Top 5 Readers of each year group.  In Year 7, our top five were:

Poppy DeLacey 

Lily Rose Hall Krause

Alex Vandermeer

Ella Vicary

Caleb Price


In Year 8, our top five were;

Emma Wallace

Sienna Longmuir

Chris Jobi

Andrew Gourley

Abbey Black 


We are looking forward to another amazing semester! 


Ms Jenny Martyn

English and History Teacher

Year 7 Lego Robotics Incursion

A very successful Year 7 Lego Robotics Incursion run by Mr Steven Bonfadini and Mr Adam Martin.

Hands On Learning

The students at Hands On Learning have been working on building lamps from recycled pallet timber.  Students have been excited to see their work displayed!


Out and About

Year 7 Geography Excursion to the Eagle, Red Hill and Dromana Beach


International Student News

Welcome to Frankston High School!

On Monday 15 July we welcomed 20 new students into our International Student Program.  These students arrived during the school holidays and come from seven different countries - China, Philippines, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland and Vietnam. 

It was also lovely to see so many families from other countries come to our school to assist their children settle into their new school.  In addition, we had students from Year 12 2018 come back to assist with this process and we would like to especially thank Star Yue and Calvin Gu for coming in the morning and talking to the new parents and students about how Frankston High School had helped them to achieve their goals and enable them to go to their preferred university courses this year. 

Many of the students have started their study in our English Language Centre, but some have commenced in local classes already. 


We also welcomed a student from our sister school, Fukuoka High School in Japan.  Her name is Rui Sekita (Year 10) and she is looking forward to studying at our school for one term.  Thank you to Mrs Yuka Mukaiyama  and the Language Department for organizing this visit to our school.

Farewell from Frankston High School

At the end of Term 2 we farewelled three students from our Study Abroad Program.  Cecilia Fornoni - Italy, Alina Hoedl - Austria and Marcel Pfitzner - Germany.  They all returned to their home countries after studying at Frankston High School and they were all sad to say farewell.  The students made many friends both international and local and they invited their friends and homestays for a final afternoon tea to celebrate their time at our school.


Mrs Sharon Koning

International Student Coordinator


Junior Resource Centre News

Tuesday 13 August 
Years 7 and 8 Author Visit – Will Kostakis

Personally, Will Kostakis is ready to catch a ball two seconds after it’s hit him in the face. Professionally, he’s thankful he’s chosen a career that requires little (if any) coordination.  After dabbling in celebrity journalism and reality TV, he now writes for young adults.


His first novel, Loathing Lola, was released when he was just nineteen, and his second, The First Third, won the 2014 Gold Inky Award.  It was also shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year and Prime Minister’s Literary awards.  The Sidekicks is his third novel for young adults.


During lunchtime on 13 August Will will be doing a signing session – we will have bookmarks available, but if you have one of his books bring it in for signing!


Sustainability at Frankston High School


The Eco Team have been working busily towards ensuring that sustainability is placed front and centre at Frankston High School. Priority at the moment is being given to preparing a school policy that leads us down the path of becoming single-use plastic free in 2020.

The Eco Team is not taking this responsibility lightly as they realise it will be a big change for many members of the Frankston High School community. However it will definitely be worth the effort given what plastics are doing to the environment. It is particularly noteworthy that humans are now, according to the journal of Environmental Science and Technology, ingesting anywhere from 39,000 to 52,000 pieces of plastic annually. More if you drink regularly from a plastic bottle! The journal also stated these estimates are very likely on the conservative side.

Eco Team members Michaela Goggin (Year 10) and Allira Reid (Year 8) also had a visit from Peta Murphy MP who planted a tree with them to celebrate National Trees’ Day. Mrs. Murphy gave the girls time to have a chat with her, and the girls were able to express their opinions about environmental concerns as well as enquiring about her intentions for dealing with environmental issues in parliament.


Later this term Michaela, as Eco Team president, will be speaking at the Geography Teachers’ Association of Victoria conference (at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre no less!) from a student’s point of view about sustainability and climate change. She will be part of the keynote address, speaking alongside Melbourne’s Lord Mayor amongst others. Further, the Eco Team will be presenting a workshop for Geography teachers about the reasons why Eco Teams are necessary in schools and the basics of how to form one.


The Frankston High School Staff Environmental Group met for the first time and came up with an action plan to do lots across the school, from the creation of a ‘close the loop’ station at school through to production of a pamphlet explaining the complexities of climate change and the need for change across our school, with a no-nonsense and common sense guide to how changes can be made.

And finally, you may have noticed a small garden bed has been setup out the front of the 7-10 campus. This is a beneficial insect garden that has been installed to help increase the numbers of beneficial insects in the area. A number of gardens have been setup around the Frankston region and Frankston High School was more than happy to become a hosting school. The Eco Team were involved in the planting and parent Narelle Debenham was crucial to organising the whole thing, including being at the school at 6.45am Saturday morning for its installation and procuring a donation of plants from Bunnings! Frankston High School would like to thank Narelle wholeheartedly for her efforts.


Mr Brendan McKinnon

Sustainability Coordinator

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