News from Frankston High School

19 October 2018
Issue Ten
From the Principal
Senior School News
Important Dates and Notices
The Resilience Project
Around Our School
Out and About
French Trip
Japan Tour
Music Notes
Junior Resource Centre News
Our Sponsors
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From the Principal

Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Friends

The beginning of spring with days of warm weather and our magnificent cherry trees in blossom has certainly helped us to have an uplifting start to Term 4.  Many students have told me they have had a great holiday but are pleased to be back at school enjoying the company of their friends and teachers. 

Parent Student Teacher Conferences provide feedback for student improvement

Thanks to parents who attended Parent Student Teacher Conferences last Term.  Also a special thank you to those many parents who took the time to pass on their gratitude for the team of wonderful teachers we are so fortunate to have at Frankston High School.  As you are well aware, our teachers go way beyond what is expected to support our students with their learning and this ensures that, with students who do their best always, our students are able to obtain incredible learning outcomes.  Such a three-way conversation is critical in forming a strong partnership between home and school to support our students in striving for ongoing improvement. Please feel free to contact teachers if you wish to receive any further information about how you can support your children to improve.

Hope Lives Here!
Relay For Life; Student Leaders raise over $10,000!

We are indebted to our staff and student sports and SLC leaders who gave up their holiday time to stay awake all night (in most cases) to participate in Relay for Life.  Relay for Life was held in the first weekend of the school holidays where students and teachers walked and ran around Ballam Park Athletics track overnight.  As a result of this event and many other fund raising activities, students and staff have done us proud by raising in excess of $10,000 for cancer treatment and research.  Two research awards of $5,000 will be handed over to Relay for Life.  All of us remember and honour those we have lost to cancer and we are confident that such improved research and treatment will lead to an eventual cure. 

Welcome Back to our Overseas and Interstate  Adventurers!

Approximately 140 students have returned from extremely successful Central Oz, Japanese, French and Queensland trips that were conducted over the latter part of Term 3 and throughout the holidays.  Many thanks to staff who sacrificed their personal time especially their holiday time away from family and friends to support our students in having trips they will remember for the rest of their lives. Staff reported on the excellent behaviour of students on all trips with feedback from people throughout Australia, Japan and France about what courteous, friendly helpful students we have.  I am sure this is a reflection of the high expectations our staff maintain with our students, together with the wonderful job parents are doing in nurturing such fine young people. 

This year we ran our very first interstate lifesaving trip, where a team of lifesavers, with Mr Rowan Cameron, Ms Georgia Tierney and Ms Carolyn Florance, travelled to Queensland to teach indigenous students lifesaving skills.  As well as learning to give to others, our students learnt from our indigenous friends the importance of looking after each other as one big family.  We look forward to having some of these indigenous students join us at our lifesaving camp at Lorne in December.

Year 8 Boys Debating Team Compete in State Grand Final!

Last week I went to Trinity Grammar to see our Year 8 boys’ debating team win their semi final, qualifying them for the State Grand Final.  At the time of writing this newsletter they had not competed but during this week they will have competed in the Grand Final.  Regardless of the outcome, this is a marvellous achievement because the boys have been competing against Year 9 students mostly from elite private schools.  These impressive young men have been admired by all who meet them, being outstanding ambassadors for our school.  Congratulations to:  Orlando Randles, Yoaquim Freeman, Archie Borradale, Jackson Barratt and James Wylie.  Thanks in particular to Ms Georgie Long who has spent countless hours coaching our debating teams and accompanying them to night time competitions.

Southern Metro Region Athletics:  Students and Staff to be Proud of. Frankston High School Winners!

Last week the students representing Frankston High School at the Southern Zone Sports epitomised our motto of doing their best always and showed great sportsmanship throughout the day.  Frankston High School are yet again Southern Zone Champions and this is a great achievement, since our competition involved many other schools who regard themselves as elite sporting schools. There has been an extraordinary team of staff who have devoted many early mornings, weekends and school holidays to coaching and enthusing our students as members of Semper Squad.  Thanks to Ms Chloe Stevens, Ms Carly MacDonald, Mr Mal Burt and Mr Steven Bonfadini who have coached our athletes.  Our students are most fortunate to have staff who are prepared to give their all to create such an exemplary sporting culture. We wish our team every success and enjoyment in their participation in the up-and-coming State and National Championships.

In addition, our athletic team performed brilliantly at the recent Nitro State Athletic Championships.   Our Intermediate Boys and Girls placed 2nd and are off to Nationals in Cairns in December!!  This is a wonderful opportunity for these students to represent Victoria and our school.  I am sure they will be excellent state and school representatives.  

Top Year 11 Science students selected for National Youth Science Forum in Canberra

Congratulations to Lan Li and Amelie Schumann who have been selected to represent Rotary at the National Youth Science forum in Canberra in January 2019.  Both girls participated in a rigorous selection process which involved a written application and interview.  Academic excellence, coupled with evidence of enthusiasm and passion for Science, were the criteria for selection.  Lan and Amelie will have the opportunity of working alongside Australia’s most prominent scientists during their visit. They are excited about meeting like-minded people who they  can learn from, helping them to further identify Science career pathways for the future. 

Year 12 Holiday Exams Prepare Students for Final Exams

A huge thank you to Ms Helen Wilson who sacrificed six days during the holidays to organise and oversee the Year 12 holiday practice exams. Students have commented that this was a great learning experience enabling them to further perfect their exam techniques and to become aware of areas of their course requiring more focus.  The last few weeks of school for Year 12 students and the swot vac period can make all the difference to final subject scores.  My suggestion to all Year 12 students is to establish a timetable of study and to practise as many exams as possible under exam conditions, and then to seek teacher feedback about their performance.  This is a very demanding study period so it is essential to have an hour off each day apart from meal times to do something that you find relaxing.  I look forward to wishing the class of 2018 every success and happiness in the future as we say farewell on Celebration Day and join with parents at our up- and-coming Valedictory dinner.

 

 

Tonight I I will try and look my best as I join with very smartly dressed Year 10 students to dance the night away at the Year 10 formal.   Wishing everyone a Term 4 that is full of fun, challenging learning activities at our great school.

 

Mr John Albiston

Principal

Senior School News

Welcome Back

Welcome back to what is a critical and very busy time of year for our senior school students. 

Year 12 September Exams

I would like to thank all students and parents for the overwhelming support for the Year 12 exams which were held over the September holiday period.  This program was an outstanding success, and I hope it is a valuable learning experience for students in terms of perfecting exam techniques and time management.  It is now important for students to act on the feedback which has been provided by their teachers to further improve their learning outcomes and examination performance.

I would also like to thank the supervisors who assisted with the exams, in particular, Mrs Bev Valentine, who worked tirelessly to ensure the exams ran efficiently and under VCAA guidelines.  I would also like to acknowledge the extra work and dedication of our Year 12 teachers in the setting and marking of these exams.

Year 11 Central Australia Tour

Another successful tour of Central Australia and the Northern Territory has arrived home safely with students and staff reporting on a memorable and enjoyable trip.  Congratulations to the students who were excellent ambassadors for Frankston High School.  I am sure you gained an invaluable appreciation of Australian culture and will have life-long memories of this tour.  Thank you to the staff involved, under the leadership of Mrs Adrienne Shepherd who gave of their personal time and worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the trip – their commitment and dedication is outstanding.  Thank you also to Mrs Anne Thomson for the excellent organisation of the trip.

Examinations

We have now reached the most critical time of year.  Year 12 students have less than one week of class time left and Year 11 students have four weeks before their exams.  All students should have implemented a comprehensive study plan/timetable to prepare for their examinations.

Some useful hints for exam preparation:

  • Prepare summaries in your own words and use pictures, tables and graphs to help you remember the theory
  • Highlight the key words that you need to remember and create the theory
  • Work with a study partner and ask each other questions about the notes or explain the concepts to another person (parents come in handy here!)
  • Study in blocks of time, eg 50 minute blocks followed by a ten minute break
  • Practise as many past exam papers as possible so you get used to the timing and types of questions examiners ask
  • Don’t cram before exams; a bit each day is a much more effective way to learn
  • Establish a regular routine in studying, eating, exercising and sleeping
  • Study and sit previous years’ exam papers at home at the same time as the end of year exam.
  • Don’t stay up all night; it’s not an effective way to learn

I would like to remind parents and students of the Elevate presentations where the importance of completing past exam papers was stressed.  The presenters stated that a critical component of student success in Year 12 is completing past exam papers under timed conditions and receiving feedback from teachers on their answers.  As a minimum 5-6  practice exam papers should be completed per subject; based on research the top students in each study are completing 20-30 practice exam papers and meeting with their teachers to receive feedback.  Students should also be reading the Assessment Reports on past exam papers which are available at www.vcaa.vic.edu.au.

Performance and Oral Examinations

Students in studies with a performance or oral component have been given a timetable for these examinations.  Any student who has not received a timetable should see Mr Cameron immediately. The examination period commenced on Monday 8 October and ends on Sunday 4 November.  Students should arrive at their examination half an hour before the scheduled start time and must have photo identification with them.

Good luck to all students involved. 

Important Dates

Year 12 Examinations begin on Wednesday 31 October and conclude on Wednesday 21 November.

Year 11 students are not required to attend school on Wednesday 31 October due to the Year 12 English Examination taking place on this day.

 

Year 11 Examinations begin on Monday 19 November and conclude on Friday 30 November.  The results from these Year 11 examinations are very important and determine subject selection and promotion to Year 12.

 

The final submission date for all work for Year 11 students is Friday 9 November.

 

The early commencement program will run from Monday 3 December to Friday 7 December.  Attendance is compulsory for all 2019 Year 11 and Year 12 students.

 

I wish all senior school students the very best for their upcoming exams.

Congratulations to Calvin Gu

Congratulations to Calvin Gu who has been awarded first place in the Frankston City Council History Student Media Competition.  This is a wonderful achievement and is a testimony to Calvin’s outstanding media skills, in particular photography.  Thank you to teachers Ms Griffin and Ms Kulling for their assistance.

Year 12 Valedictory Dinner
24 October 2018

The Year 12 Valedictory Dinner will be held on Wednesday 24 October at The Pullman Melbourne, Albert Park from 7.00 pm to midnight.  Students should have finalised their tickets and tables as catering numbers need to be confirmed.  I would like to thank Mr Simon Cameron and Ms  Nicole Filippou  for their excellent organisation of this night.  I look forward to seeing Year 12 parents and students at this important event. 

Scholarships

THE MARGARET SCHOFIELD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Applications for this annual scholarship are invited from government school students of VCE Music - Solo Performance.  The selection panel will consider applicants who can demonstrate a commitment  to music in recent years and to a future career in music performance.  The students’ study scores for VCE Music - Solo Performance will be taken into consideration. This scholarship was established by the family of the late Margaret Schofield in recognition of her achievements as a musician and her commitment to music education, and is coordinated by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). The annual scholarship will contribute towards the cost of tertiary education in music performance.  The application form is published on the VCAA website:

 

THE DAVID BURGESS FOUNDATION

The David Burgess Foundation has provided scholarships to well-deserving, disadvantaged students for the past 27 years.  The Foundation aims to help young people from State secondary schools who have had to struggle to overcome adversity, who have shown commitment to their goals and those of the community, and who, with some help, have the opportunity to succeed in their studies and future life.

 

Any Year 12 students who satisfy the criteria and are interested in applying for this award are asked to please see me. 

Applications for 2019 scholarships close on 31 October, 2018.

Details regarding the criteria and additional information regarding The David Burgess Foundation can be found at:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOXA HOLLINGWORTH CADETSHIP PROGRAM

This program is designed to provide disadvantaged youth who have satisfactorily completed their Year 12 studies, with the opportunity to pursue university education and gain future employment.

The current cadets are studying a range of degrees, including: Social and Environmental Science, Applied Science, Law, Arts, Commerce, Transport and Logistics Management, Economics, Business, Computing, Engineering, Accounting, Public Relations, Human Resources, Psychology, Arts, Urban Planning and Architecture.

The Doxa Cadetship provides: 

  • Financial assistance
  • Work experience with a corporate organisation
  • A mentor
  • Book allowance
  • Professional and personal development

If you are interested in applying, please see me. 

 

 

THE 2018 C.A.S. HAWKER SCHOLARSHIP

Applications for the 2019 Charles Hawker Scholarships open on  3 December 2018 and close on  4 January 2019, and are open to Year 12 students.  Selection is largely based on personal qualities of principle, character and a demonstrated commitment to the wider community, in addition to academic ability.  Information about the scholarship and an application form are available at:

 

 

 

Best Wishes to the Class of 2018

As this is the final newsletter for our Year 12 students before they embark on their final examinations, I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere best wishes for their examinations and their future goals and ambitions.  I wish them every success in the future and I would like to thank them for their excellent contribution to Frankston High School.  They have been an absolute pleasure to work with.  I would also like to congratulate and thank the excellent work and leadership of our two school captains Sam Ilobuchi and Stella Cowan and deputy school captains Eilis Peters and Sian Nugent.

 

Ms Helen Wilson

Senior Campus Principal

Important Dates and Notices

Important Dates

 

Semper Squad Timetable
- Term 4

Click HERE for Link to Frankston High School Sports Facebook page.

Finance Office Hours

Monday - Tuesday - Thursday - Friday

8.00am - 4.00pm

 

Wednesday

8.00am - 11.00am

11.00am - 1.00pm (CLOSED)

1.00pm - 4.00pm

Uniform Shop Hours

CONTACT

Sarah Smith & Sara Dawson

Telephone 9784 9080

 

TERM 4

NORMAL TRADING HOURS

Thursday

12.30pm - 1.30pm

3.00pm - 4.00pm

7.30pm - 8.30pm

Saturday

10.00am - 12.00noon

 

**PLEASE NOTE

The Uniform Shop will be OPEN

SATURDAY 3 NOVEMBER

 

UNIFORM PRICE LISTS

GIRLS UNIFORM

Either Summer OR Winter uniform (but not a combination) can be worn from the beginning of Term 4 until Melbourne Cup Day.  Summer Uniform must be worn from thereafter until the end of school year.

 

JRC & Homework Club

Homework Club Hours 3.30-4.30pm

 

Click HERE for link to Frankston High School JRC Facebook Group for news and updates.

Breakfast Club

CAN YOU HELP?

If any parents are available and able to assist (must have current WWCC) or should you know of a local business that would like to donate to our Breakfast Club,  please contact Sam on 9783 7955

End of Year Concert

 

LAMONT Books is moving!

 

 

 

The Resilience Project

Mental Health Month

Mental Health Day is celebrated each year in the month of October.  This awareness day encourages all of us to think about our mental health and wellbeing, regardless of whether we may have a lived experience of mental illness or not.  This month also gives us the opportunity to understand the importance of mental health in our everyday lives and encourages help seeking behaviours when needed.

 

For WorldMentalHealthDay, Hugh has six things you can do every day to improve your mental health.

If you're suffering from a mental illness, the best thing to do is to seek professional help; and remember, you are not alone.      

 

For more information, check out:

http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/2018/en/

https://1010.org.au/about/

Around Our School

Casual Dress Day

WHY FIGHT MND!

In February this year, the day before I went to SLC camp, my family contacted me with horrible news.  My cousin-In-law’s brother (David) had been diagnosed with MND.  Being in a close family, this really affected me.  David not only has a beautiful wife, but two very little kids.

In case you don’t already know, MND stands for Motor Neurone Disease.  The name is given to a couple of diseases in which the nerve cells (or neurons) fail to work normally, which eventually results in death.

With no nerves to activate them, the muscles gradually weaken and waste. Neurons control the muscles that enable us to walk, speak, swallow and any other kind of movement including breathing.  This could happen to David!

At SLC camp (the day after I found out) I decided to nominate the charity Fight MND.  This charity is non-for profit and puts the funds directly into research for a possible cure for this disease.

In the 50,000 people diagnosed in any one year, roughly 60% of those are male, with two Australians dying of MND every day and a further two being diagnosed every day.  These figures are far too high.

So this is why I nominated the charity.  It’s why I’m writing this today. I am urging you to donate all the money you can to make this disease a thing of the past.  Thank you.

Alex Fox (Year 9)

SLC member

 

CASUAL DRESS DAY REFLECTION

On Friday 7 September we held the Term 3 Casual Dress Day.  We would like to thank everyone who helped out and supported the day.

We raised a wonderful amount with a total of $1969.45 for FightMND.

 

Founded in 2014, FightMND was established with the purpose of finding effective treatments and ultimately a cure for Motor Neurone Disease. The horrible and debilitating disease gradually takes away the patient’s use of their arms and legs, their ability to eat and swallow, their speech and ultimately their ability to breathe…all in an average timeframe of just 27 months.

Congratulations to 7E who donated $45 and 8D who donated a massive $53.10. 

 

During the day we had many fun activities, including a bake sale and Sherrin footy raffle on both campuses which raised $471.80, as well as footy activities run by ex-AFL player Dean Rice (organised by Alex Fox - Year 9). 

 

Congratulations to Max Oliver (Year 11) and Allira Reid (Year 7) who won the best dressed competition and Lucy Cripps (Year 11) who won the Sherrin Footy raffle.

 

SLC and Sports Leadership

RU OK Day

On Wednesday 12 September, the LEAD class of Semester 2, 2018 held a bake sale and raffle to raise awareness for the “R U OK? Day” charity. We are extremely pleased to announce that we raised over $700 with an $80 donation from The Little Olive coffee van.

The day ran smoothly and included a raffle for three “R U OK?” branded keep cups, with the three lucky winners being Ms Julie Bacon, Ms Chloe Stevens and Ms Kylie Williams.

Thank you to everyone who purchased from or supported the bake sale, as it would not have been such a success without you.

 

Please remember to ask your friends and family the simple question: “R U OK?”

 

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Basketball

On 12 September our basketball team of International students played against McClelland Secondary College.  The captain was Justin Chen(Year 11) who organized the practices after school every Friday and the match against another school.  Also in the team were: Ray Tian (Year 12), Stephen Chen (Year 10), Kevin Xu (Year 11), Jerry Cheng (Year 11), Tony Liu (Year 11), Henry Huang (Year 11), Wilson Wang (Year 11), Limhour Kruoch (Year 11) and Barry Guo (Year 10).  All boys played extremely well and our International students played in the best spirit of the game; the referee from the Frankston Basketball Assoc commented that it was the best match she had ever refereed.  Congrats to our International students for their sportsmanship.

Mrs Sharon Koning

International Student Coordinator

Out and About

Annual Peninsula Chess Championship

The interschool chess competition was held at Mornington Secondary College on Friday, 7 September. Public and private schools from around the region sent teams of twelve players to compete for the Peninsula Region Chess Championship trophy. More than 400 matches were played on the day, and it gives me great pleasure to inform parents that the Frankston team completed the tournament with the highest score and was awarded first prize!

Our champions include our team captains James Campbell (Year 7C) and Matthew Coulter (Year 12) as well as Kyle Eichenberger (Year 8G), Branden Green (Year 10), Rueben Hollands (Year 8G), James Kim (Year 11), Ruslan Laishev (Year 7E), Lachlan Snowden (Year 8F), Baylin Trinder (Year 8G), Hayden Van Kuyk (Year 7C), Prokhor Veresov (Year 10) and Jacob Walters (Year 8H).

Relay For Life

During the September holidays myself and 25 other students from Frankston High were grateful to participate in the charity event Relay for Life. Relay for life is an event where you walk laps around an athletic track and get involved in many small activities to help raise money to support the Cancer Council and their research to cure cancer and help those who suffer the awful disease. This event went from 3pm in the afternoon and concluded at 11am the next day. I was able to get involved in many fun activities throughout the event. Some of my favourite highlights were the lip sync battle, midnight marathon and just hanging out with my mates. I had lots of fun doing this especially because it was for a good cause.

I am already looking forward to doing it again next year. I would like to say a huge thanks to Mrs Stevens who organised our school team and all the other teachers that came for their huge efforts and support for this event. Without them all of this couldn’t have been achieved.

Jaxon Fraser (Year 9)

Relay for Life was a great event to participate in on the first weekend of the holidays.

Many students from Frankston High School Sports Leadership and SLC formed a team for this event. Students would walk around Ballam Park Athletics Track for many hours through the night until the next morning in honour of those who have lost someone to cancer or is going through the fight against cancer at the moment. I thought it was a great event to participate in especially knowing it was for such a great cause. Throughout the night students participated in many events including a lip sync battle, Midnight Marathon and many more. Overall Relay for Life was a wonderful opportunity and I am excited to participate next year. We as a team are very proud of raising over $10,000.

Cadyn Howden (Year 9)

French Trip

The 2018 French trip was genuinely the trip of a lifetime. Our Frankston High School students made us proud everywhere they went. Patient, caring, interested and attentive, they were an ideal combination of diverse personalities.

We rose early and walked somewhere between 15 and 20 kilometres nearly every day, without a single word of complaint.  In Paris, we took in the sights, the art and culture, the macaroons and the baguettes, and the peak hour metro.  Museums, galleries, street performers, fine fashion and good food!  An adventure round every corner.

After a long, mad day at Disneyland and a beautiful, sunny day covering the entire grounds of Versailles, we paid our respects to the fallen at the D-Day landing beaches and at the Australian war memorial in Villers- Bretonneux, before visiting the mysterious St Michel and the pirate town of St Malo. We ate oysters and lemon meringue ice-cream (not together!) in the quaint seaside village of Cancale and saw dolphins and old sailboats at the Pointe de Groigne.

We followed Francois I and his friend Leonardo da Vinci, the tale of Joan of Arc and the story of Catherine of Medici’s dark career, through their castles, palaces and cathedrals, the gardens and the artworks, and the curious medieval towns of Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley.  Topped off by homestays with our friends from Orléans and the Lycée Jean Zay, where the parents, the teachers and the exchange students had nothing but praise and friendship for our twenty-one travellers.

With Ms Lee Anne Smith running a tight ship and sharing her dry wit, and Ms Emma Manks in touch with students’ needs and interests, I was able to enjoy the good company and watch everybody having a great time and soaking it all in!

My thanks to all of you and to your supportive parents – it was an unforgettable experience.

 

Mr Chris Sutcliffe

French Teacher

Japan Tour

Recently, between Wednesday 12 September and Monday 1 October, myself and 24 other students (ranging from Years 9-11) and three staff (Ms McAuliffe, Mr Cameron and Mr Givogue), visited Japan on what was essentially a study tour but also was a rich cultural experience. During our time away there were school visitations and we toured traditional and iconic temples, shrines and historical buildings.  Japan itself, was an unforgettable experience; the traditions, the culture, and obviously the food, left me already planning my return trip.  Personally, out of all the areas which we toured together with the school (organised by Ms Black), Tokyo was by far the most memorable city in Japan.

During our time in Tokyo, we visited Tokyo Disneyland for the day, giving us a chance to go on all of the amazing rides, such as Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and others, as well as buying items from the many Disney stores, ordering food in Japanese, and watching the Tokyo Disneyland 8 o’clock fireworks display.

The next day we visited the Edo Museum, which held many displays, models and historical artefacts from traditional Japan.  Here, students were able to walk through model traditional Japanese homes and buildings, as well as see weaponry used during the times of the old Japanese military.  Later that day, we had the opportunity to go and watch a live sumo wrestling tournament!

This was one of my favourite moments in our tour of Tokyo, because we got to observe the popular Japanese sport, and how important it is to Japanese people.  All of the seats were full of excited fans, who would yell and cheer the names of their preferred sumo while holding up signs.  It was very surprising how aggressive the sumo wrestlers were with each other when the match began, but still show the upmost respect towards one another.  Another one of my favourite areas in Tokyo was Harajuku, where we practised praying at one of the temples there and visited the shopping district, where we were able to buy many of our souvenirs and anime merchandise.

Tokyo was definitely one of my favourite areas in Japan, with all of its culture and tradition that made the experience one that I could never forget. So, for any students who are considering going on the Japan tour in the future, I highly recommend it, because the experience itself isn’t one that you’ll find anywhere else, and it will help improve your Japanese, whether you do Japanese as a subject or not.

Isobel Hinds-Brooks  (Year 11)

 

On the second week of the trip in Japan, students went on an exchange with Kawaguchi Kita High School. During the exchange students were hosted by students of Kawaguchi Kita for one week.  It gave us the chance to have an authentic experience with Japanese culture.  We got to discover what life is like for students and families in Japan.

The exchange was my favourite part of being in Japan.  The people in Japan are amazing, they are always kind and respectful.  Our host families were always catering for us and it was fun doing various activities with them.  The students at Kawaguchi Kita high were also very kind, always intrigued and wanting to get to know us.

The exchange started with an introduction ceremony at Kawaguchi Kita High School.  It was the first time I met my host and my host family.  My host was a Year 11 student named Taishi, he had a little brother named Shinji.  When I first met my host family they were happy to see me.  I politely introduced myself in Japanese which really Impressed them. Taishi spoke amazing English which made it easy for us to communicate and become close friends.  When I first met Shinji, he was incredibly shy and cried when he met me. We quickly arrived at my host family's home and they showed my around the house.  Everything was clean and orderly.  I talked about myself, such as hobbies and my family, and enjoyed trying to use my Japanese as much as possible.  Shinji warmed up to me and was excited to pick out Japanese treats for me at the local supermarket. Later after we got back from the supermarket, I noticed that Shinji had a game called Bay Blade; I said I remember playing that in my childhood. Shinji, Taishi and I played it for a couple of hours. That enjoyable experience quickly formed a bond with my host family and Shinji was no longer shy around me.  The next day was a Monday and a public holiday.  We went to Hikawa-Jinja shrine which was beautifully surrounded by nature and traditional Japanese architecture.  After that we had Japanese Dumpling called Dango.  Dango is sweet treat that has a soft texture a bit like Gnocchi.  Eating Japanese cuisine is very delicious.  The last event for the day was the train museum in Tokyo.  Going there was Shinji’s recommendation.  The museum focuses on the history of trains in Japan. I was amazed at how interesting the history of trains in Japan was.  I enjoyed it because it was a great way to spend time with my host family.

The next day was the first day of school at Kata Guchi Kita High School.  I felt like a celebrity.  All the students were excited to see us Frankston High School students.  I made many new friends. Sometimes the language barrier was difficult as I was trying to use as much Japanese as I knew, and they were trying to use as much English as they knew.  Taishi with his amazing English saved me by helping me as a translator.  The language barrier never stopped me getting along with the students at Kawa Kita High School.  School in Japan is very different compared to school in Australia.  Everything is organised, all the students are silent in class, they work hard, and they are always respectful. 

I got used to school life and fell in a routine.  I didn’t understand much of the class work, instead I spent classes revising my own work.  I’d participate and help students during English class.  In Japan after school many students don’t leave until it's late, as they participate in various clubs such as sports clubs (traditional sports like Kendo).  My favourite club was Karuta; it’s a traditional Japanese card game.  It's a game that I’ve always been interested in and was excited that I got to experience the game in person.  Sometimes we would get home around 8 o’clock at the latest, but I usually asked Taishi if we could get home earlier because I would get very tired after school. 

My experience with my host family was special, as I made a bond that will last me a lifetime.  On the last night of the exchange, my host family wrote me heart-warming letters and gave me gifts for my family and I.  My host mother and father said that I am welcome to come back anytime.  I never expected to feel anything during my exchange but when Taishi began to cry with the thought of me leaving the next day, I too started to cry.  The last day we said goodbye and hugged at the train station before I departed.  Shinji cried, too.  I felt loved when I was with my host family.  I really feel that my host family was like an extended family or a second family.  In the morning just before we left for the train station, I made a Line account (a communication App) so I could keep in contact and communicate with Taishi while I was having my last week in Japan. Three days before I was meant to leave and depart at Narita Airport, Taishi sent me a message saying he would meet me there.  He and His mother were the only ones to come to the airport and say one last goodbye. That was a special experience for me to have. Taishi is now like a brother to me.  It’s been three weeks since coming home from Japan - I keep in contact with Taishi and plan to continue our friendship.

Thank you to everyone who made it possible for me to come to Japan, I’m already looking forward to going again.

Samuel Elliott – Year 11

After the home stay week we departed Tokyo and headed to Kyoto for four nights.  The trip to Kyoto was a lot of fun, we got to visit Osaka Seikei Girls School, Nara Park, Miyajima Island, different temples/shrines, have a day tour around Kyoto and much more.  Nara Park was the paradise for deer which people respect as a spirit animal. Locals can get a chance to feed them and some start screaming away as deer chase after them for food.  Also, there is a temple at the end of the park and the view is breathtaking.  It was fun to interact with the deer for the first time and the view of the temple is amazing.  When we visited the Osaka Seikei Girls School, people were very welcoming, and the staff members were really nice. We got to do activities and have lunch with the local students, which were really exciting to experience.  The day after, we went to Miyajima Island.  We had to take a ferry in order to get there and back, and the ocean view was beautiful.  While on the ferry you get to see the Great Torii Gate which is the entrance of the Miyajima Shrine. After that we went to Memorial Peace Park, A-Bomb Dome, Atomic Bomb which are important historical places.

We checked out of our hotel in Kyoto on Thursday September 27 and went to visit Frankston City Councils sister city Susono, which is the gateway town to famous Mount Fuji.

They welcomed us with a bag of goodies which included various treats, souvenirs and a hat of the city’s mascot, and they also provided us with a nice lunch.  After lunch we went to a sight-seeing spot to admire and take photos of the great Mount Fuji, which included running through fields of the beautiful flowers in the foreground.

For the final part of our trip, we headed up to the mountains for three nights and based ourselves in Nagano. The hotel we stayed at are more like a traditional style and we got to enjoy the indoor and outdoor hot spring.  From there we visited:

  • Zenkoji Temple, founded over 1,400 years ago
  • Matsumoto Castle, one of the oldest and most complete of Japan’s original castles
  • Spent a day in Kanazawa, which included Musashigatsuji-Omicho Market and Kenrokuen Garden Kanazawa Castle Park
  • The famous snow monkeys of Yudanaka
  • A restaurant called Gotoku-Tei for a delicious Japanese lunch; the owner of the restaurant performed a Samurai exhibition
  • Working grape and apple orchard.  The fruit in Japan tastes much different to the fruit in Australia, especially the grapes which are much bigger and taste a little bit like mango

Overall, I really enjoy the time in Japan and I can recommend more people should join the trip to experience the culture and food.

Melanie Tiong – Year 11

Music Notes

End of Year Concert
Friday 26 October

The Music Department's biggest night of the year, our End of Year Concert, will be held in the Frankston Arts Centre on the evening of Friday 26 October, commencing at 7.00pm.

A dazzling showcase of our school’s musical talent, the concert will have not only our usual bands and choir, but will also feature solo and group performances from our VCE 3 and 4 Music Performance students.

Tickets for the concert are $20.00 and are on sale from the Frankston Arts Centre. You have three choices in how you can purchase your tickets:

  1. In person from the Frankston Arts Centre’s box office which is open from 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday and 9am – 2pm on Saturdays, or
  2.  By phone on 9784 1060. Tickets can be retained at the box office for collection anytime during business hours or can be mailed to you at a cost of $3.50.
  3. Alternatively, you can purchase your tickets online at www.thefac.com.au where you can choose to pick up your tickets from the box office, have them mailed to you or Print At Home. Print At Home tickets will arrive as an attachment to the confirmation email sent to your nominated email.

Please note that the Frankston Arts Centre will not post tickets within the last ten days before the concert.

 

Mr Peter Sharp

Director, Instrumental Music

Junior Resource Centre News

EBooks and Audiobooks

Given the overwhelming response by students, we are delighted to announce that we will be continuing our Audiobook subscription with ePlatform into 2019.  ePlatform is a fantastic resource with over 1000 eBook and 600 Audiobook titles on offer.  Loans are for two weeks and return automatically and, unlike our print collection which we recall at the end of the year, ePlatform is available throughout the Christmas holidays. 

ePlatform can be accessed from the ‘eBooks’ button on the library homepage:

Compass > ‘Star’ > Resource Centre > eBooks

You can sign in with your school username and password.   To enhance your reading experience, download the ePlatform app from the Apple, Google or Windows store for free, which turns your device into an eReader and makes signing in easier.  Check it out today!

 

Open Times & Homework Club

Homework Club Hours 3.30-4.30pm

Click HERE for link to Frankston High School JRC Facebook Group for news and updates.

VCE Study Resources

We have a number of resources available to VCE students for exam preparation:

  • Print Study Guides – a wide selection of VCE Study Guides available in the JRC on the Reference Shelves.  These guides are for in-library use.
  • A+ Digital Library for VCE – subscriptions to the Nelson A+ Digital Library which holds study notes and exam questions for most subjects.  This is available via the Resource Centre homepage: Compass > ‘Star’ > Resource Centre > A+ Digital Library
  • VCE English Resources - digital study resources for all VCE and EAL novels.   To access: Compass > ‘Star’ > Resource Centre > VCE English Resources

 

Automated Reminder Emails

We are excited to announce the launch of automated reminder emails for overdue books this Term.  Emails will be sent to students two days before their book is due, then at three days and 14 days overdue.  After 14 days overdue, library staff will begin contacting parents.  This is a huge improvement from the previous manual system.

Just a reminder that library loans are for two weeks only and students are expected to renew or return their books after this time.  Whilst we don’t charge overdue fines, if your book is long overdue you will need to pay for a replacement.

 

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Light Show, Disneyland
Visiting Mount Fuji
Welcoming ceremony at Osaka Seikei College
Placing cranes in Hiroshima
Kawaguchi students and the minty challenge