News from Frankston High School

17 September 2018
Issue Nine
From the Principal
Senior School News
Important Dates and Notices
The Resilience Project
Around Our School
Out and About
Music Notes
Junior Resource Centre News
ECO Team News
Our Sponsors
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From the Principal

Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Friends

Olá a todos

Hopefully that is me saying hello to everyone, in Portuguese.  I am writing this newsletter report from beautiful Brazil, where I am representing the Department of Education and Training (DET), in marketing Victorian schools to students in Brazil and Chile, to hopefully have some of these students choose to study abroad at our wonderful school.  Everyone is so impressed with our school and the broad engaging educational opportunities on offer in Victoria, compared to schools in Brazil and Chile.  I am pleased to say that our students make the most of such learning offerings and, as a result, we have had another term of students enjoying incredible learning experiences at Frankston High School.  I hope you enjoy this newsletter as a celebration of all that is great about our school.

Frankston High School Celebrates Outstanding NAPLAN Results

Last week the NAPLAN results were published and I am pleased to report that we have achieved outstanding data.  Highlights are as follows: 

  1. An amazing 81% of Year 9 students achieved high/medium growth in Writing.
  2. The Year 9 Reading Mean is the highest ever in the history of NAPLAN testing with a third of students in the top two bands.  We are indebted to all those parents who are setting time aside each day for their children to read for at least 20 minutes.  Reading is the foundation for all learning, and encouraging good reading habits by providing your children with books that cater for interests can significantly improve their learning outcomes in all subject areas.
  3. The Year 9 Grammar Mean score is also the best ever in the history of NAPLAN for our school.
  4. The Year 9 Numeracy Mean with an incredible 81% achieving High/Medium Growth and 40% in top two bands:  all best results in the history of NAPLAN testing at Frankston High School.  Again, thank you to those parents who play games with their children where they are practising their times tables, and performing quick mental arithmetic when using money.  Such activities beyond the classroom make a significant difference in helping our young people become numerate.  There is research that indicates a young person’s numeracy skills are related to their likelihood of successfully accessing tertiary learning pathways in the future.
  5. Year 7, te highest level of growth achieved in Numeracy over the last five years.
  6. The Year 7 students achieved the second highest level of Reading growth over the last eight years.
  7. The Year 7 students also achieved the  second highest level of writing growth over the last six years.
  8. We are also pleased to report that Year 7 students of a language background other than English (LBOTE) continue to achieve excellent results at FHS with our highest LBOTE mean scores being achieved in Year 7 Reading since 2014 and highest ever at Year 9.

Thank you to parents who encourage their children to develop their literacy and numeracy skills, to our talented and dedicated English and Mathematics teachers and also our students.  Congratulations to everyone involved. 

Critical And Creative Thinking Is Paying Dividends

The most recent Curriculum Day had teachers further investigating how they can design and deliver challenging curriculum that develops high quality critical and creative thinking skills in our young people.  We know that in order to thrive in the 21st Century our students will need to develop such skills to an exceptional level.  More so than ever before, they will be required to constantly analyse problems they experience in life and their careers and then to create possible solutions.  Earlier this year a random group of our Year 10 students were assessed by DET in relation to critical and creative thinking and the data indicated that our students had a greater capacity than students in other schools to apply such skills to solve unfamiliar problems.  Such data is indicating that our teachers are on the right track in preparing our students to prosper in the future.  Consequently, The Age celebrated our achievements in a recent story.  If you missed the story please follow this link:


Variety Night And Senior Concert Band Celebrate Extraordinary Student/ Teacher Talents

I was most disappointed I couldn’t attend our Variety Night recently.  I became double booked because I was at Hawthorn Town Hall, at the Melbourne Bands Festival watching in admiration and awe as our Senior Concert Band performed flawlessly.

The judge who coached the band was flummoxed as to how to coach this band to help them to improve because of such a sublime performance.  They received the highest award, PLATINUM!  This band competed in the advanced section and we are indebted to the incredible talents of their conductor, Mr Peter Sharp.

Meanwhile back at the Mechanics Hall our students, parents and teachers were celebrating the many talents of our students at Variety Night.  Thanks to Ms Alarna Summers for all her extra hard work in staging this show for all our students to showcase their talents.  Thanks also to Ms Paige Jessulat for organising a raffle to raise funds for Headspace

Two Debating Teams Progress to Octo State Finals

Well done to Ms Georgie Long, Mr Jon Christie and Ms Emily Pratt who have coached two of our debating teams to reach the Octo State finals.  Also, congratulations to our students in these teams who have honed their skills to such an extraordinary level.  Such great challenging learning activities are developing our students' literacy, speaking and listening skills remarkably well.

Cabaret Night:
Booked Out To A Packed Audience Jiving To Jazz!

Many thanks to our fantastic team of Instrumental Music teachers and talented young musicians who, from all accounts, provided first rate jazz performances from our magnificent stage bands, and various ensembles at Cabaret Night.  I wish I could’ve been there; it is one of my most favourite events.  The variety of talented students we are so lucky to have at Frankston High School is a real tribute to our dedicated team of Instrumental Music teachers.  

Best Ever Results In Victorian Track Relay Championships

Frankston High School finished with a total of six medals in the bag including one State Title at the recent Track Relay Championships.  This is a huge improvement on 2017 where our teams won two medals.

It was great hearing about how Frankston High School was celebrated over the PA on so many occasions when competing amongst the top private schools in Victoria.  Thanks to our dedicated coaches who gave of their weekend time to support our athletes:  Ms Chloe Stevens, Ms Carly MacDonald and Mr Mal Burt.


We Appreciate Your Attendance At Parent Student Teacher Conferences

I am sorry I wasn’t at school to catch up with the many parents and students who participated in Parent Student Teacher Conferences earlier this week.  I am confident all parties benefited from very productive discussions in becoming aware of the future challenges that need to be addressed to support students in their quest for ongoing improvement.  It is quite clear that our students certainly value the learning opportunities provided by our school, and this is because their parents have instilled in them the importance of education.  I thank our parents for their wisdom in encouraging their children to value learning.  Such a positive partnership will ensure our students continue making great progress for the remainder of the year.  If you were unable to catch up with a teacher, you are welcome to email or ring them to receive feedback about student progress.

Bon Voyage To Many Travellers Bound To Have Life-Changing Learning Experiences

As you read this newsletter we have many Year 11 students and a team of intrepid teachers beginning a great adventure as they tour throughout Central Australia.  Also, we have groups of students and staff winging their way to France and Japan to see the sights of these countries, and to have the unique opportunity of living with students and their families from our sister schools.


Welcome back to our lifesavers who participated in an inaugural trip to Queensland where they inspired indigenous students to learn lifesaving skills.  Thank you to Mr Rowan Cameron, Mrs Georgia Tierney and Mrs Carolyn Florance (Business Manager) for attanding this trip.  In total we have 150+ students participating in these life-changing trips beyond the classroom during this Term and over the holidays.


As this Term draws to a close the pressure continues in a relentless fashion for our Year 12 students and Year 11 students studying Year 12 subjects.  I encourage those students to study hard and to balance their study with rest breaks in preparation for the holiday practice exams and the final exams in Term 4.  How much our students commit themselves to their studies over the following six to eight weeks can make a significant difference to their final score and future post school learning pathway.  Hang in there, Year 12 students: we really believe in you and please remember that your final score doesn’t define you, it is doing your best that counts.  Knowing how to do your best in life is the best predictor of success for the future, not your ATAR. 


Many thanks to Ms Helen Wilson for a superb job as Acting Principal in my absence. Wishing everyone a well-deserved relaxing holiday break.


Atenciosamente (Kind regards)

John Albiston


Senior School News

Year 12 Examinations - September Holidays

A reminder to parents and students that Year 12 exams will take place during these school holidays.  Attendance is compulsory and each Year 12 study will have an exam.  The examinations commence on Thursday 27 September and conclude on Friday 5 October.  This is an invaluable initiative to provide feedback to students on their examination performance and devise strategies for improvement in preparation for the official VCAA Year 12 examination period.

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 Simon Cameron immediately. The examination period begins 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. 

Year 12 Valedictory

The Year 12 Valedictory Dinner will be held on Wednesday 24 October (Week 3 of Term 4) at the Pullman, Albert Park.  Students should have finalised their tickets, as catering numbers need to be confirmed.  I would like to thank Ms Nicole Filippou and Mr Simon Cameron for their excellent organisation of this night.  I look forward to seeing Year 12 parents and students at this important event. 


Congratulations To Lucy Cripps

Lucy has been named in the U18 AFLW All Australian Team.  This announcement was made after Lucy’s performance in the AFLW U18 All Australian exhibition match in Adelaide.

Lucy surmised her experience as follows:

Over the weekend I was given the privilege of travelling to Adelaide to play for Victoria in the AFLW U18 All Australian exhibition match at the Adelaide Oval as a curtain raiser to the EJ Whitten Legends match. It was an awesome learning experience, and a great challenge to test myself against some of the best players, under the best coaches and on one of the best grounds in the country. Following the match, I was named in the back line for the U18 AFLW All Australian Team.

I started playing football with AUSKICK when I was in Prep and I’ve played ever since. I started playing with Mt Eliza, my local club, then played for Frankston Dolphins for a couple of seasons before returning to Mt Eliza. I was selected to play for Dandenong Stingrays in the TAC Cup in 2015 and since then went on to play in the Vic Country state team earlier this year.  I got to travel to Qld and was very excited to play at Metricon Stadium.

With the growth of AFLW, I am excited for what the future may hold for me in football.

Cabaret Night

It was a pleasure to attend the annual Cabaret Night on Thursday 6 September.  Congratulations to our very talented music teachers and our outstanding students – the performances were brilliant, and had many in the audience tapping away and wanting more.  I particularly want to wish our VCE Music Performance students all the very best with their upcoming performance examinations.



The KLD Young Scholars Program is aimed at giving talented students an insight into life at The University of Melbourne and to motivate and encourage them to consider going to university.  Nominations from current Year 10 students opened on 3 September for inclusion in the 2019 Program.

In addition to the KLD Young Scholars Program, there are a range of scholarships available for international and local students who intend studying at The University of Melbourne.

Please see me for more information.  You can seek information about such scholarships at:



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



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. 




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 and character, a demonstrated commitment to the wider community in addition to academic ability.  Information about the scholarship and an application form are available at:


I wish all students and parents a relaxing holiday break.  It is important that Year 12 students use these two weeks to revise thoroughly for their upcoming examinations.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank our senior school teachers who have made themselves available to hold revision lectures during these holidays and to mark and provide feedback to Year 12 students on their exams. 


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



8.00am - 11.00am

11.00am - 1.00pm (CLOSED)

1.00pm - 4.00pm

Uniform Shop Hours


Sarah Smith & Sara Dawson

Telephone 9784 9080





12.30pm - 1.30pm

3.00pm - 4.00pm

7.30pm - 8.30pm**


10.00am - 12.00noon


The Uniform Shop is going "bag free",

in line with popular supermarkets



The Uniform Shop will now be

open Thursday evenings



11 OCTOBER 2018




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


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

Lost Property

Please note that all items from Lost Property will be displayed in the Sick Bay.  Please ensure that you come and have a look for anything you may have misplaced.


Any items not claimed by the end of term will be donated to charity.

2018 Relay for Life

During the first weekend of the school holidays (22-23 September) our Sports Leaders and SLC students will be combining forces to participate in the 2018 Relay for life to raise money for the Cancer Council. Last year our students raised $12,500 which is an amazing effort!  If you would like to support please click HERE.

Thanking you in advance for your support.

Year 7 Immunisation


Year 10 Formal,
Year 12 Valedictory and
End of Year Concert


LAMONT Books is moving!


Support our school with the Ritchies Benefit Card




The Resilience Project

Spotlight On Mindfulness



Is Mindfulness the edge sporting professionals are looking for?


Exploring the benefits of mindfulness in elite sport.



Around Our School

Chemistry Titration Competition

This years titration competition involved four teams from Frankston High School competing against 322 teams from all over Victoria, in an Acid Base Titration.  Teams had to then calculate unknown concentration of Sodium Hydroxide and Ethanoic Acid.  Teams were ranked on how accurate and precise their titrations and calculations were.  Our 4 teams results were:

Ms Kate Adriaans

Chemistry Teacher

The Titration competition was very enjoyable.  We were able to learn about the precision and accuracy required when participating in titrations, and solidify our knowledge of acid-base reactions and chemical processes that are used in the chemical industry.  The competition element of the competition inspired us to work effectively and efficiently as a team.  Being able to work with people from other classes was the highlight of the competition!  We hope that we will be able to take all the skills that we have learnt during our training sessions, and the competition and apply them to whatever paths we take next year.

Diana Metsatunyan and Sara Arshid  (Year 12) Chemistry Titration Competitors

SLC & International Students Get-Together

On 17 August, the SLC and International Students gathered on the senior campus for a meeting full of activities and fun to get to know each other.  The event was a great success, the students were able to bring both international and SLC students together to break the gap between students and create new friendships.  Students when welcomed at the door were given name tags and then a number for a group; this number was for the students when they participated in a group quiz competition that tested them on the knowledge of both Australian and International facts on fun topics that happened later in the session!

A warm welcome was made by two of the members of the International team and we were lucky enough to have the first youth mayor of Frankston who graduated from Frankston High School last year, Gerard Felipe, who joined in with the activities and announced an exciting competition created by the Frankston Council.  There was popular International music playing in the background whilst students ate and got to know each other more by playing name bingo which consisted of students needing to find someone who fitted each category as a warm up before they split into their groups for the quiz.  The vibe throughout the whole lunchtime session was great and there was lots of positive feedback from students about the games, food and music.

The SLC international team are currently planning for another get together for Term 4 and hopes to continue to break the barrier between the local and international students at Frankston High School.  They want to have more interaction and friendships build between the students, we can’t wait for the wonderful opportunities that the rest of the year has planned for us!

Nissi Cai (Year 9) SLC International Team


Wishing the best of luck to our two teams of Years 7 and 8 Netballers the Redbacks and the Whitetails. Both have been representing Frankston High School all year in the Friday after school competition at Jubilee Park.

The Whitetails were moved up into the senior division with the Redbacks after a fantastic Term 2, and hopefully both teams will now be playing finals next week.  The girls train unfailingly on Wednesday lunchtimes and have played exceptional netball all year.  Thank you to all the supportive parents, especially Lil Shinkfield and Julie Coyle for managing the teams.  Congratulations, girls, on all your hard work, your great spirit and on your excellent season so far.  Have a great finals series. (Photos Alex Fox, Aurelie Fauvore)

Mr Chris Sutcliffe

Out and About

VicSRC Student Voice Workshop Reflection

As part of the student voice team, I was given the amazing opportunity to go to a workshop at Mornington Secondary College which was run by the VicSRC.  There were schools from many different areas and it was a great way to socialise and discuss what different SLCs do.  We had two main focus groups; improving the schools’ facilities and mental health.  As we worked along, writing down goals and how we would get there, we were also required to talk to other schools about focus groups.  Every school was different and gave me a different perspective on how leadership works.  Overall, the workshop was a very handy tool in helping the student voice team to narrow down our goals. 

Anzali Nedumaran (Year 11)


The VicSRC student voice workshop was a good insight into what an SLC should look like and how to eliminate certain difficulties around the school.  It taught me that we need to consider the voices of other students, not just within SLC, but within the entire school.  It is our job to make the school exciting for everyone and to work as a team to build the best school environment we can.  We learnt a very interesting way of finding out exactly what we need to achieve or ask first.  By using the Ask, Listen, Think, Enact and Reflect (ALTER) technique the problems we tackle will be resolved much faster than before.  Overall, it was a great day to meet some new people with some great ideas for their school.

Jaimie Burke (Year 8)

On Tuesday 28 August, seven other SLC students and I went to a VicSRC workshop hosted by Mornington Secondary College.  Whilst we were there we were taught great techniques for making a change and representing students' voices.  One of the hosts explained that in society teenagers aren't thought to be the best role models, so when people see teenagers doing something that is good or that promote change they will most likely support it.  We identified big issues within our school and made plans for what we can do to fix them.  The senior students decided that wellbeing was the biggest issue and the junior students decided that our facilities could be improved.  Overall, the experience was amazing and I would highly recommend going to a VicSRC workshop.

Zara Black (Year 8)

The VicSRC workshop taught me different ways to tackle the challenges that arise from the school.  As a member of the SLC Student Voice, not only is it important to try to find ways to improve the school, but it is also important to lead by example.  The workshop made it apparent how important it is to consider the voice of the students in the school and how their beliefs and opinions affect teaching and learning.  Our job as the SLC is to eliminate any obstacles that may preclude the enforcement of effortless learning.  Moreover, not only is it our job to make learning engaging but it is also the responsibility of teachers, the principal, students, the community, as well as the parents, hence it is important to include everyone when making decisions.

Through the workshop we got to share our experiences with other schools, which also made me more aware of the importance of the SLC because of the different tasks we handle, for instance: sending notices, raising money, organising events and bridging the gap between different ethnic groups.  I thoroughly enjoyed going to the workshop because the activities were interesting yet informative at the same time.  I would highly recommend this excursion to every SLC member, it definitely changed my mindset.

Many thanks to Mrs Sarah Bahramis, Miss Kate Burgess and Ms Miriam Mazlo for helping make this opportunity possible.

Zanele Kubeka (Year 11)


Frankston Foundry Innovation Class Excursion

On 21 August our Innovation In The 21st Century class, visited the Frankston Foundry.  We listened and spoke to entrepreneurs about their businesses; how they got started, how they finance and afford their companies, where their ideas initiated as well as countless more.  Two men, Brett and Marshall, discussed their individual start-up companies BSDA and Passel. Furthermore, a lady called Nina provided us with information about her booster business where she’s labelled as a social media educator.

This experience enabled us an insight of the ups and downs of founding, creating and managing your very own establishment. Providing us with a perception of the countless hours one must put in. As well as the amount of turning points and blocked roads along their multiple lines of work, that lead the to where they are today. Allowing us to understand the reasoning as to why they do what they do, even considering the risks they must take. A truly eye-opening discussion with innovative thinkers. 

Shilo Saker (Year 10)


Frankston Foundry was such an amazing experience.  The guest speakers who started their own business were very inspirational. They told us that there will be errors, but you can get around them if you are devoted enough.  They also told us to prioritise time every day for this business, when you have time.  Also, sleep is very important, and you need to sleep to recharge your mental and physical batteries. The entire experience was awesome and inspirational.

Alex Green (Year 9)

On 21 August, our Innovation class travelled down to Frankston Foundry to listen to three entrepreneurs speak about their journey.  Marshall, the first speaker told our class about his business ‘Passel’. He spoke about his past careers leading up to the creation of Passel and the struggles of starting up a new company. We learnt that creating a new company is a very slow process and that is why many entrepreneurs fail before they succeed.  Marshall taught us that having connections is very important and that you should ‘never say no to a cup of coffee’ as you should always be open to meeting new people.  Keeping their social media accounts busy is also very important according to Marshall as it helps them reach more people and get their service out there.


The second and third speakers were Brett and Nina. Brett explained how he and his close friend created their business, BSDA. Between the hours of his job, family and running off three hours a sleep a night he was able to produce his website that helped others with skills and advise.  Nina gave us a different perspective on entrepreneurship than the other speakers.  She spoke of how she raises money for her business herself rather than borrowing or relying on others because they ‘always want something in return.’  She spoke of her social media educator business and she taught us about our digital profile and how to make money online.  Overall, this experience was very helpful as it gave us realistic views on what it takes to be an entrepreneur.  We learnt a lot and we are very grateful to have had this experience. 

Katrina Everett and Shae Johnstone (Year 10)

On Tuesday, our innovation class went down to the Frankston Foundry. There, we met three entrepreneurs, Marshal, Brett and Nina. They explained to us, the ups and downs of starting up and running their own businesses, how they are run and much more. They made sure to get us thinking, and always held our attention with their personal stories. Overall, I would say that it was a very educational trip, which even gave us a few pointers on how running our own business would go.


We would like to thank the Frankston Foundry for this great opportunity, especially Liz, Marshall, Brett and Nina. Also thanks to Mr Fischmann and Mrs Bahramis for organising it.

Chrisin Sebastian (Year 10)


Lifesaving Class

This past week a group of 13 students from Frankston High School’s Advanced Lifesaving class flew up to Far North Queensland to mentor and teach a group of students from St Teresa’s College in Abergowrie (a remote indigenous boarding school) in their recreational bronze certificate.

In return, students from St Teresa’s College shared their culture, their dance, cooking, storytelling, painting and their ways of life.

This experience has been a huge success for both schools, fostering understanding between students.

Frankston students also visited Arcadia lifesaving club (on Magnetic Island) where they spent a night and engaged in lifesaving activities.  This week has been a very rewarding and enriching experience for all involved.  We thank staff and students from St Teresa’s College and Arcadia Lifesaving Club for their hospitality.


Mr Rowan Cameron

Outdoor Education Teacher 

ELC Students excursion to Queen Victoria Market

On Thursday 6 September our middle school ELC students attended the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne.  They put their studies of nutrition, economics and food technology into practice, as well as experiencing some new and exciting Melbourne sights, smells and tastes!


Accompanied by

Ms Ursula Kulling, Ms Emma Manks

and Ms Liz Wills. 

Hands On Learning

Over the last few weeks the Hands On Learning team have been working closely with Parks Victoria and Frankston Indigenous Nursery on a number of projects around the local community. Over four separate days, up to 20 students took part in planting native plants and removal of invasive species along the Frankston/Seaford foreshore.  Both groups worked really hard and have made a huge impact towards the regeneration of the local area.

Well done to the Hands On Learning team for creating a successful partnership.


Mr Andy Blackall

Hands On Learning

Central OZ 2018

Yesterday 80 Year 11 students and eight staff departed for the annual 16-day Central Australia and Top End Tour.  It’s a fantastic opportunity for the Year 11 students to experience a taste of life through the Red Centre and the Top End.  They experience the wonder of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon, followed by the uniqueness of Daly Water, the beauty of Katherine Gorge, Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks and finishing off with the fun of Mindil Beach Markets.

Every year the students who attend comment that it is one of their best experiences and Year 12 students are always looking for a way to attend for a second time! Current Year 10 students will have the opportunity to apply for the trip towards the end of the school year. 

The school would like to thank NT Tourism for their grant which is used for activities on the trip.


Ms Adrienne Shepard

Central Oz 2018 Trip Leader

Music Notes



Melbourne Bands Festival

Congratulations to our Senior Concert Band on their sensational performance in the advanced section of the Melbourne Bands festival on Tuesday 27 August.  The band received a well-deserved PLATIMUM award for their work which is the highest award possible and is a new benchmark for our Music Department.


Cabaret Night

Congratulations to all the students involved in our fantastic Cabaret Night which was a sellout success.  Our 200 guests were treated to a sparkling nights entertainment from our percussion groups, flute and clarinet choirs, guitar ensemble, vocal ensemble, jazz combo and Intermediate and Senior Stage Bands.

A very big thank you to Mr Ben Braithwaite, Mrs Sally Bredin, Mrs Peta Laughlin, Mr Bob Wijnschenk and Miss Kim Starr for all their hard work with these groups.

South Street Eisteddfod

Congratulations to our Senior Percussion Ensemble who performed in the advanced percussion section at the South Street Eistedfod in Ballarat last Saturday.  The ensemble received second place and won $100.00, a sensational effort.

A big thankyou to Mr Ben Braithwaite for his work with this group.

Coming up....

VCE Soiree
Tuesday 18 September

Come and support our VCE Music Performance students as they make the final preparations for their performance exams which start early next term.  The students will be presenting a soiree of selected works from their VCE Music Performance programs and is a must for any students considering VCE Music performance next year.


The concert will be held in the Music Centre and commences at 6.00pm.

End of Year Concert
Friday 26 October

The Music Departments 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 will be on sale from the Frankston Arts Centre from 9am Tuesday 25th September. 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 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

We have been lucky to acquire a free trial of the Wheelers Audiobook library for Term 3.  This can be accessed from the Wheelers eBook button on the library homepage:

Compass > ‘Star’ > Resource Centre > eBooks

Students can log on with their school username and password.  Loans are for 2 weeks and return automatically.  There are over 1000 eBook and 600 Audiobook titles on offer.  To enhance your reading experience you can download the ePlatform app from the Apple or Google store which can set up your device like an ereader.


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


Library Loans

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.

Next Term we will be introducing automatically generated notices that will be emailed to students two days prior (Reminder Notice), three days and 14 days overdue, which should make keeping up to date easier.  After this point parents will be contacted.


Chess Tournament

The JRC will be hosting the Frankston High School Chess Competition early in Term 4.  Keep an eye open for details in coming weeks. 

ECO Team News

How to decrease your negative impact on the environment.​

1.  Consider what you spend your money on.

What this means:  If you spend money on something you are saying ‘I like your product’.  If it is not good for the environment you are also saying ‘I’m okay with you destroying the natural environment to provide me with this product’. However, if the product is good for the environment you are saying ‘I’m supporting you for doing the right thing’.  Give your money to companies doing the right thing.

Examples of brands / companies doing the right thing:


2.  Do an Ecosia search on how you can make a difference.

You search the web and Ecosia plants trees.  Searching online with Ecosia is like searching with any other search engine, with one major difference.  They use the profit they make from searches to plant trees where they are needed most.  Make it your default internet browser.


3.  Decrease your energy use.

Unplug electrical equipment when not in use. Turn off lights, the television, etc. when you leave the room.  When new electrical equipment is purchased, buy the most efficient possible.  Use timer features and power saving features on ‘smart’ devices.  Keep the heating / cooling around 22 degrees.  In winter, wear warmer clothing to reduce heating costs.  Read a book sometimes instead of watching television.


4.  Compost food scraps.

Create a compost in your backyard.  Use your compost to fertilise your garden.  No backyard? Get an indoor Bokashi System - you’ll be able to compost everything including meat and bone!  Why is composting important?  It keeps methane (which is a more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide) out of our landfills and out of the atmosphere.


5.  Avoid palm oil in products not certified sustainable.

Some products use sustainable palm oil, if so it will be clearly marked on the packaging.  However, there are a heap of products that use palm oil from unsustainable plantations.  Why is this bad? Major deforestation occurs, biodiversity and Earth’s natural climate filters are lost.  For information on products containing palm oil click HERE.


6.  Use recycled paper.

If your paper products aren’t recycled or labelled as being from a sustainable plantation, chances are they are coming from illegally logged forests. There are plenty of recycled paper products on the market – support them.  To find out if products are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) look for their logo or search using the FSC site.  

And don’t forget to put a ‘No Junk Mail’ sign on your letter box!  If there is someone in your family that loves junk mail, no problem, send them to Lasoo.


7.  Be active.

Speak with people about how climate change and plastic pollution will change our world.  Write to companies doing the wrong thing to let them know they need to change or you will stop buying their product.  Don’t be content with allowing your future to be compromised. Show doubters the following videos:


Look up more videos on YouTube if they need further convincing. And don’t forget the 'VIDEOS FOR CHANGE' Competition!


8.  Get rid of single use plastics.

Plastics are contaminating our environment significantly, so getting rid of single use plastics is essential.  Refuse plastic straws, cutlery, double wrapped products, cups etc.  Remember that you use them for a few minutes at most, but they will last in the environment, polluting it, for at least 500 years – probably more.  Take your soft plastics to the bins at the front of Woolworths or Coles where REDcycle will likely turn them into other plastic products.


9.  Don’t buy balloons.

They make their way into oceans where they look like food to marine creatures. Once eaten they often kill marine animals. Use bubbles as an alternative at celebratory events.  Pleas see the trailer for Rubber Jellyfish below.


10. Plogging.

If you are a runner / walker, take a receptacle with you and pick up rubbish along the way. You’ll be healthier, as will the environment.




Clips featured in the presentation:

One Species

Follow the Frog

Zooey Deschanel on plastics

Biggest Calving Event

Without the Montreal Protocol


Mr Brendan McKinnon

(Sustainability Coordinator)

and Eco Team

Our Sponsors


Proud Sponsors of our Breakfast Club


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