Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Friends
Here we are at the end of Term 1 with so much has been achieved by students and staff in a relatively short time. Our Year 7 students and new students in other year levels have well and truly settled in, being a delight to have at Frankston High School. Also I am very pleased to report that Aus Build Constructions will be commencing refurbishment of our Senior Campus during the school holidays. Whilst the Senior Campus will be a building site next term the final product will be worth it. Please be reassured that plans have been put in place to avoid any disruption in the delivery of our high quality teaching and learning program for our VCE students.
STRONGEST SWIMMING TEAM EVER!!
The strength of our swimming team is forever improving thanks to the efforts, expertise and enthusiasm of our swimming semper coaches: Ms Carly Douglas & Ms Kate Burgess.
Recently I cheered our team on at the All High Swimming Championships where the competition is predominantly against elite private schools such as Scotch College and Caulfield Grammar. I am very proud to report that we held our own against such exceptional competition. This resulted in Frankston High School, blitzing the opposition at the district sports to yet again become District Swimming Champions. Thanks to our students who showed great sportsmanship and were excellent ambassadors for our school throughout these competitions.
MEET AND GREET: A HUGE SUCCESS!
A large number of parents attended our recent ‘Meet and Greet’ evening and such a crowded house is certainly a reflection of the quality of our 2017 Year 7 cohort, who, all staff have agreed, are an exceptional group of students. Parents were able to attend mini briefing sessions to learn about how to use Compass, how their children work with Onenote, how we as a school design curriculum and use formative assessment as a critical component of teacher practice. Thanks also to the many staff who attended along with parent volunteers to make it a great night for Year 7 parents to meet many school community members.
HPV TEAMS HAVE THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES IN A 24 HOUR NON STOP RACE AT WONTHAGGI!
A huge thank you to Ms Sarah Wallace who devoted countless hours to training our teams and preparing our vehicles for the Wonthaggi HPV Grandprix. We had 16 students in two vehicles compete in this very grueling 24 hour race. I was there in my sleeping bag throughout the cold night watching our students work in their teams working cooperatively to encourage each other and carry out smooth pit lane transitions.
The students were from all year levels and it was heartwarming to observe them looking after each other. The students and I are indebted to Ms Georgia Tierney and Ms Carly Douglas for giving up their weekend to help run this event. Staying up all night to supervise students whilst they race is true devotion. We are indebted to these staff for providing our students with this great learning experience, where they learnt the importance of teamwork in very challenging circumstances.
WORKING BEE KEEPS OUR MAGNIFICENT GROUNDS IN GREAT SHAPE!
Whilst I was losing my voice cheering our teams on at Wonthaggi, parents, staff and students were toiling away at our recent working bee. From all accounts it was a great turn up, allowing much to be achieved. As usual Ms Lee Anne Smith was wonderful in overseeing and organizing the many attendees to achieve so much during the Sunday morning. Many thanks especially to parents who so generously give of their time to help maintain the pride we all have of our great school. It is uplifting for us all to be part of a school that has such beautiful grounds, capped off with a breathtaking view of our treasured Port Phillip Bay.
ROWING TEAM CELEBRATES BECOMING STATE CHAMPIONS!
Congratulations to Jackie Mandarino (Year 10) and Daniel Rogozinski (Year 9) who won gold to become state champions at the recent Victorian Schools State Rowing Championships. There were other teams that made it to the ‘A’ Grade Finals and also those that were 'B' Grade winners which was also a terrific achievement. We are the only government school on the Peninsula to offer rowing thanks to the enthusiasm of our Head Coach Ms Mary Hunter, who generously gives of her own time for early morning training and weekend events to allow our students to have this special sporting experience. Well done to our rowing team who are becoming fitter by the day and are also learning the importance of demonstrating our value of persistence when faced with a challenge.
FAREWELL TO OUR FRIENDS FROM OSAKA SEIKEI GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL.
Over the last fortnight we hosted our Japanese friends from Osaka Seikei Girls High School. They have returned home with many happy memories, improved understandings of our culture and greater mastery of the English language as a result of their visit. Thank you to all those Frankston High School families and staff who generously opened their homes to host these students. Such programs are a way of contributing to the shared goal of world peace. I encourage families to participate in this experience in future exchange programs because it is a very rewarding experience for all involved.
PARENT STUDENT TEACHER CONFERENCES – A RESOUNDING SUCCESS
I enjoyed meeting the many parents and students who attended Parent Student Teacher conferences this week. Such large numbers in attendance demonstrates that Frankston High School parents and students clearly value the learning opportunities on offer at our amazing school. I was pleased to observe students participating maturely in discussions with their parents and teachers to plan for future improvement. I extend a huge thank you to our teachers who showed their professionalism, offering support to our families by providing constructive feedback about each student’s progress. Also thanks for your positive feedback in relation to our revised improved reporting format. I know our Assessment and Reporting team will continue to consult with parents and students to make further improvements in this area. Parents and students often mention how thankful they are to have such dedicated caring teachers and I regularly receive such feedback during such an event. I echo these sentiments.