News from Frankston High School

01 February 2019
Issue One
From the Principal
School Council Election 2019
Senior School News
Important Dates and Notices
Seeking Host Families
Music Notes
Junior Resource Centre News
Sustainability at FHS
Birdman Rally!
Out and About
In The Spotlight
Our Sponsors
Frankston High School
03 9783 7955
97 Foot Street
Frankston, Victoria, 3199
AU

From the Principal

Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Friends

I hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing holiday break over summer and I look forward to catching up with many of you throughout Term One.  Students are settling in well to the new school year and I am confident that the wonderful partnership between parents, students and staff will allow us to continue to progress from strength to strength.  This year will be logistically challenging because we are still in the middle of a building program.  It is exciting that students and teachers will now be using our brand new STEM centre, whereupon they will be engaged in solving problems using their mathematical, science and technology skills.  However, because the stadium is currently being converted into a theatre, we will not have a stadium available for Physical Education until the new stadium is completed.  Despite the absence of such a purpose built facility, our Physical Education teachers have been working hard to develop a learning program that remains challenging and engaging for all students. 

 

OUTSTANDING YEAR 12 RESULTS

At the end of last year, we were thrilled during our presentation evening to share the magnificent VCE results of the Class of 2018.  As you can see from the front page of our newsletter, these results were outstanding.  In fact, some of our results were the best ever in the history of Frankston High School.  Consequently, we can continue to be justifiably proud of Frankston High School’s renowned reputation as a high performing academic school of excellence.   

 

Highlights other than those featured on our front page include: -

 

  • Frankston High School is the leading coeducational school on the peninsula, achieving results ahead of all government and private coeducational schools.
  • A median subject score of 32 indicates that a typical Year 12 student at our school achieves significantly above average study scores compared to students in private and government schools across the State.
  • The many students who were able to reach their full potential as a result of their commitment to their studies and the outstanding teaching at Frankston High School.
  • Results which are well above those schools which the Department of Education considers to be ‘similar’ schools.
  • 19 students awarded the VCE Baccalaureate.
  • Frankston High School ranked in the top 10 of non-select entry schools in the State.

These results reaffirm Frankston High School as one of the leading schools in the State.

 

UNIVERSITY PLACEMENTS

It is a great pleasure to report that, following the first round university offers, over 90% of our Year 12 students who applied for tertiary study have received an offer.  We anticipate that after second round offers and mid-year offers, 100% of these students will be proceeding with tertiary courses.

 

This is an outstanding result.  We were thrilled that most students received their first or second choice.  This is another great example of how our students achieve their dreams by striving to do their best always.

 

A MULTI-CAMPUS SCHOOL

Frankston High School is a multi-campus school. We have two Campus Principals who have responsibility for making decisions regarding the students on their campus:

Ms Helen Wilson

Principal of the Senior School (VCE Campus)

Ms Cathy Hogg

Principal of the Junior School (Year 7-10 Campus) 

 

HELP ALWAYS AVAILABLE

Frankston High School has a commitment to providing all the care and support necessary for each student to do their best and achieve the highest possible learning outcomes.  It is important when parents have concerns about their children, that they contact the relevant staff members immediately to ensure a quick, supportive response.

 

The most appropriate staff members to talk with when you have specific concerns are the classroom teachers, then Assistant/Year Level Coordinators, then Sub-School Coordinators. These are the staff members who have a thorough understanding of the needs of the students in their care.  Decisions regarding students are made in partnership with parents and students, with careful consideration of what is in the best interests of the students.

 

In addition, we are fortunate to have four Student Wellbeing Coordinators (Ms Kirsten Bakker, Ms Michelle Beirouti, Ms Myriam Camilleri and Ms Rebecca Stannage) who are available to help students and their families with welfare related concerns, and also a Careers Counsellor (Ms Sharon Bourne), who is available to counsel students and families in relation to exploring career options. 

 

RITCHIES

I encourage all parents to patronise Ritchies Supermarkets and access a Community Benefits Card, nominating Frankston High School as your preferred beneficiary.  Each time you shop at Ritchies you will be actively contributing to your child’s education by helping us continue to provide high quality resources throughout the school.

 

WELCOME TO NEW STUDENTS, PARENTS AND FRIENDS

I look forward to welcoming our parents of new students in Years 8 to 12 at an evening get together to familiarise yourselves with our great school, 7.00pm on Thursday 21 February.  Also, we have our ‘Meet and Greet’ evening for parents of Year 7 students on Tuesday 26 March. I can recommend these nights to new parents, as an informal, social get together in a friendly, supportive atmosphere.

 

In conclusion, I extend my best wishes to everyone as we embark on another challenging, stimulating year of teaching and learning where I am sure we will be regularly celebrating the many achievements of our extraordinary students.  I encourage all students to become involved in many different aspects of school life, which will enhance their learning and provide wonderful lifelong memories of well-spent years at Frankston High School. 

                      

 

Mr John Albiston

Principal

 

School Council Election 2019

The Department of Education and Training (DET) has approved the commencement of the electoral process for the election of School Councillors for 2019.

 

1. Membership

Our School Council consists of six parents, two students,  five members of staff including the Principal, and four community members consisting of one PFA representative, one student representative and two School Council appointed  community members.

 

2. Term of Office

The term of office is for two years, with half of the members retiring each year, but eligible for re-election. 

Three parents, two staff and one student representatives end their term of office at the start of 2019.

 

3. Retiring School Councillors

The following members of School Council, some being eligible for re-election, will retire at the end of this month:

 

Parents: Mr Daryl Durack, Mr Bruce Howden, Mrs Vera Roberts

Staff:  Mrs Cathy Hogg, Ms Helen Wilson

Student: Zoe Cox

 

4. Proposed Timetable for Elections

Friday 8 February                                  Call for nominees

Friday 22 February                                Nominations close 4.00pm

Wednesday 27 February                     Nominations displayed at school

 

Election held if required

Wednesday 13 March                           Close of ballot 4.00pm

                                                                         Votes counted

Tuesday 19 March                                  School Council AGM,

                                                                         followed by School Council Meeting

 

5. Voting

If the number of nominations exceeds the vacancies in either the parent or staff electorates, an election will be necessary.  All parents are entitled to vote for parent representatives and can vote for the staff representatives.

 

 6. Methods of Voting

There are two ways in which you can record your vote on the official voting form, from Wednesday 27 February to Wednesday 13 March at 4.00pm:

(a) Post your vote to school to arrive by 4.00pm on Wednesday 13 March.

(b) Vote in person at school at the 7—10 Campus Office, between 8.00am and 4.00pm from Wednesday 27 February to Wednesday 13 March at 4.00pm.

 

7. Nominations of Candidates

There are three distinct categories of elected members of School Council: Parent, Student and Staff/DET Employees.

 

8. Parent Member Category

DET employees, who are parents at the school, are now eligible for election to this category.  However, there is a limit on the number of DET parent members for a given school council configuration.  (The total number of DET employee members must be less than half of the total number on School Council.)

 

9. Student Member Category

To be eligible for election to this category, a person must be a current student at the school.

 

10. DET Employee Member Category

To be eligible for election to this category, a person must be a DET employee and either:

- a parent of a student at the school, and/or

- employed to work at or for the school.

 

11. Role of School Councillors

School Councillors play an important role in decision making and the management of our school.  They donate many hours to the various sub-committees of council: Education, Finance, Facilities & Grounds, Chaplaincy and Sponsorship & Marketing.   Councillors belong to two committees, they also attend monthly council meetings and represent the school at many functions.

 

SCHEDULE 4

NOTICE OF ELECTION AND CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

An election is to be conducted for members of School Council of Frankston High School.  The ballot will close at 4.00pm on Friday 8 March 2019.

 

Nomination forms may be obtained from the school and must be lodged by 4.00pm on 22 February 2019.

 

Following the closing of nominations, a list of the nominations received will be posted at the school.  The terms of office, membership categories, and number of positions in each membership category open for election, are as follows:

Membership                           Parent Member

Term of Office                        19 March 2019 - 16 March 2021

Number of Positions          Three

 

Membership                           DET Employee Member

Term of Office                        19 March 2019  - 16 March 2021

Number of Positions          Two

 

Membership                           Student Member

Term of Office                        19 March 2019  - 16 March 2021

Number of Positions          One

 

If the number of nominations is less than the number of vacancies, a notice to that effect and calling for further nominations will be posted in a prominent position at the school.

 

              Mr John Albiston

Principal

Senior School News

I would like to welcome back all students, parents and staff.  I look forward to another successful year working with our teachers and students to further improve the learning outcomes of our senior school students. 

 

A special welcome to the Senior School Leadership team:

Mr Simon Cameron (Year 12 Coordinator)

Mrs Ellen D’Ambra (Year 11 Coordinator)

Ms  Elise Roper (Assistant Year 12 Coordinator)

Mr Paul Don (Assistant Year 11 Coordinator)

Mrs Sharon Bourne (Careers Coordinator)

Ms Kirsten Bakker (Student Wellbeing Coordinator)

Mrs Sharon Koning (International Student Coordinator)

Ms Mindy Fischer (Senior Office Manager)

Mrs Carolyn McIver (Senior Coordination Assistant and VET Administrator)

 

If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact any member of the team.

 

OUTSTANDING VCE RESULTS

I would like to congratulate the Class of 2018 on their outstanding VCE results.   In particular, congratulations to Vivian Li who was the DUX of Year 12 with an ATAR of 99.45.  Vivian has our sincere best wishes as she embarks on her university studies.

In addition there were six perfect study scores of 50 in our Class of 2018:  Dayna Smith (Business Management), Stella Cowan (English), Vivian Li (English), Eily Walker (Heath and Human Development), Kaelah Elvish (Health and Human Development) and Daisy McDonald (Outdoor and Environmental Studies).  This is an outstanding achievement. 

 

Congratulations to the following students who received the top study score in these subject areas:

The following students are to be congratulated on achieving outstanding ATAR scores:

These results are a reflection of the excellent teachers at Frankston High School.  I am full of admiration for the professionalism, motivation and commitment shown by our teachers in ensuring all students maximise their learning outcomes. 

I would also like to acknowledge the outstanding support and opportunities given to our Year 12 students by the Careers Coordinator, the Year 11 and Year 12 Coordinators,  Mrs Sharon Koning, Ms Kirsten Bakker, Mrs Carolyn McIver and Ms Mindy Fischer.

 

 

SENIOR SCHOOL PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT

We have a very important parent information night that we would like you to note in your calendars.

It will be held on Monday 11 February in the Senior Presentation Space at 7.00 pm.  Issues such as VCE requirements, assessment, study scores, tertiary selection and parent support will be discussed.  The evening is tailored to assist parents of all Year 11 and Year 12 students undertaking VCE. 

Our parent information nights are invaluable and I look forward to seeing parents at this information night.

 

YEAR 12 MOTIVATION DAY

All Year 12 students will attend a Motivation Day on Friday 8 February at Monash University, Peninsula Campus

The agenda includes:  Motivational Speaker, Principal’s Address, Elevate “Study Sensi” presentation, Elevate “Time Management” presentation, careers session and a Year 12 Q & A panel.

Thank you to Ms Elise Roper and Mr Simon Cameron for the organisation of this day.

 

IMPRESSIVE START TO THE YEAR

It has been an excellent start to the 2019 school year.  The students were motivated and focused, and it is pleasing to hear so many positive comments from teachers on their classes. Teachers have been very impressed with the students’ work ethic in completing homework set during the early commencement week.  Students in the senior school should be completing 2-3 hours of homework each night.  Students should also be consistently revising their class notes on a regular basis in preparation for assessments. Overall, it has been an outstanding commencement to the term and I sincerely thank all teachers, students and parents for all of their efforts.

 

I look forward to the year ahead as we continue on our journey of learning, reflecting the school’s vision “together we become purposeful learners”

 

Ms Helen Wilson

Senior School Principal

Important Dates and Notices

Important Dates

 

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

 

NORMAL TRADING HOURS

Thursday

12.30pm - 1.30pm

3.00pm - 4.00pm

7.30pm to 8.30pm

Saturday

10.00am - 12.00noon

7-10 Campus Canteen Price List

 

Students With Medical Conditions

Parents are reminded to advise the school of any change in diagnosis and treatment of their child’s medical conditions immediately.

 

The school is prohibited from administering any over the counter medication, including panadol and antihistamines.  If you would like your child to have access to these, or any other medications, you must have provided it, with your child's name and form, to the First Aid Attendant.

Mrs Christine Dawe

First Aid Attendant

Student Insurance

Parents are reminded that Department of Education and Training (DET) and Frankston High School do not provide personal accident insurance for students.  Parents and guardians are responsible for the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including transport costs.

Students’ accident insurance policies are available from the private insurance market. These cover a range of medical expenses not covered by Medicare. They can be obtained by parents for individual students.


Parents of students at Frankston High School are reminded that Frankston High School does not have a whole school policy.

Belongings at School

Students are advised not to bring personal and expensive belongings to school other than equipment required for learning.

 

Frankston High School Council does not have the authority to reimburse parents or replace students’ personal belongings that are lost or stolen.  This can include mobile phones, calculators, toys, sporting equipment and cars parked on school premises.  As the Department does not hold insurance for personal property brought to schools and has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property, students and staff should be discouraged from bringing any unnecessary or particularly valuable items to school.

 

Students must always ensure personal belongings are placed in their lockers and then locked with their padlock.

Mrs Carolyn Florance,

Business Manager

Compass Card

2019 Frankston High School Compass Student cards will comply as a (Public Transport Victoria) PTV Approved School Student ID card. This will mean that parents or students will not have to arrange for an additional student id card for public transport which is a saving of $9.00. The new cards will arrive in March after 2019 student photos have been taken. All the more reason students need to keep them in a safe place.

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) helps ensure that no student misses out on the opportunity to join their classmates for important educational and fun activities.  It is part of making Victoria the Education State and the Government's commitment to breaking the link between a student's socio-economic background and their achievements.

CSEF will be provided to eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.

If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF.  A special consideration category also exists for asylum seeker and refugee families.  The allowance is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.

 

The annual CSEF amount per student is:

  • $125 for primary school students
  • $225 for secondary school students

You can apply by contacting the General Office to​ obtain a CSEF application form or download from the CSEF website​.

All applicants must complete and lodge their submission by 1 March 2019

 

For further information please see website

 

Year 7 Immunisations

The Frankston City  Council's immunisation service may contact you about the secondary school vaccine program.  Schools have been authorised to provide details to local councils for this purpose.  Please write a letter to the school if you do not want your contact details given to the Frankston City Council.

 

You should have received the vaccine consent form/s sent home from school with your child. You need to read, complete and return the form/s regardless of whether your child is being immunised at school.

 

To learn more about the diseases, the vaccines, or how you can prepare your child for vaccination, go to immunehero.health.vic.gov.au

 

The vaccination dates allocated to Frankston High School are listed below.

 

Year 7 Students

March date TBA

Friday 11 October

 

Vaccines:

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) 

Diphtheria-Tetanus-Whooping Cough

 

Year 10 Students

Thursday 2 May

 

Vaccine:

Meningococcal

 

 

If you would like your student immunised but have not completed a card, you may collect one from the General Office.

 

Please ensure the card is returned prior to the immunisation date.

 

Second Hand Books for Sale

Years 7-10

VCE

Please contact Anne Thomson on [email protected]  or call 0409 835 541

Year 10 Work Experience
24-28 June

Welcome back everyone.  Hopefully by now your child will have either started their search for their Work Experience placement or secured a placement. 

 

The forms are due back by Friday 8 March 2019.  Students that hand their forms in by the due date go into the running for a $50.00 JB HiFi voucher.   Please return all forms to Ms Molloy in the JRC.

 

Work Experience Week

24 – 28 June 2019

 

If your child is unable to attend their placement during Work Experience week (24–28 June) they have been advised that they can do their placement in either the July or September school holidays.   They will receive the last week of Term 2 as a holiday in lieu of giving one week of their holidays. 

Ms Lorelle Molloy

Work Experience Coordinator

 

Home Work Club

 

Japanese Club

 

Breakfast Club starting Monday 18 February

All students are welcome every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the school terms.

 

If any parents are available and able to assist, you are more than welcome to contact us.  Also should you know of a local business that would like to donate to our Breakfast Club please contact Myriam Camilleri on 9783 7955.

Year 7 Training Concert Band Info Night
Tuesday 5 March

 

Frankston High School Careers

Our aim is to provide you with all the latest information that will help you make decisions about your future career and your life beyond school.
 

For the latest Careers newsletter please go to

http://fhscareers.com/

 

You can use this site to locate University, TAFE and any other type of course across Australia, get information about the VCE, search for job vacancies and much more. Feel free to drop into the Careers Office if you have any questions.

Students Driving to School

Any student of legal driving age who intends to drive to school, either on a regular basis or occasionally, must comply with the school requirements and is required to complete the Parent Permission and Student Agreement Form.  These forms are attached below and also available from the Senior Office.

 

Crossing The Road

REMINDER TO BUS TRAVELLERS

 

All students who travel to and from school via the public buses are reminded to only use the black and white ‘zebra crossings’ on Towerhill Road and Foot Street to get to and from bus stops, before and after school.

 

Traffic is extremely congested on the streets before and after school.  It is not safe for students to cross the roads anywhere but the zebra crossings at any time, but especially before and after school.  Parents are asked to discuss with their children, the importance of this matter.

 

Learn Greek At Frankston High School

The Frankston Greek Community is conducting classes in Modern Greek language & Culture every Thursday Evening from 4.45-7.30pm, at Frankston High School 7-10 Campus.

The syllabus is approved by the Victorian Department of Education and Training and is taught by qualified teachers.  The classes range from Preparatory to Year 10.  The school caters for students from parents of Greek and non-Greek background.  Other activities such as dancing, singing and participating in Festivals are also held during the year.

 

Classes  commence 

Thursday 7 February 2019

 

The annual fees are: $350 for the first child, $250 each for the second, $200 each for third child, and free for any additional children in the same family.

Concession Card Holders $150 per child.

For more details contact Ms Athanasia Vass (Principal) on 0422 391 000.

 

 

 

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Seeking Host Families

Soweto Students

For more than a decade our student leaders have been actively promoting the wonderful relationship we have with our sister school, Letsibogo Girls High School in Soweto, South Africa.  Each year Frankston High School sponsors students from Letsibogo and provides them with the opportunity of experiencing life and learning in a privileged environment that offers opportunities the girls may otherwise never experience, which can be utilised with success when they return to South Africa. The two students are selected according to their potential to graduate from school and progress with further tertiary learning to a fulfilling career.

We are asking Frankston High School families to consider hosting a 2019 Letsibogo Girls High School student for a period of four weeks. Our Soweto students will be arriving soon and completing Year 11 at Frankston High School.  Host families are needed from March onwards.  Daily needs such as clothing, toiletries, pre-pay mobile phone, public transport costs plus a $30 per week allowance are provided by the school.  However, we would be relying on the generosity of host families to provide accommodation and food.

Receipts from public transport, phone cards for overseas calls (available from a newsagency) mobile phone cards, etc. will be reimbursed from the Finance Office on the 7-10 Campus.

 

PLEASE CONTACT:   Anne Thomson

Mob:     0409 835 541 or Email:  [email protected] 

Music Notes

Welcome Back

Welcome back music lovers! We are looking forward to another exciting year in music.

 

Rehearsals and lessons will commence on Monday 4 February.

 

The rehearsal times for our ensembles are:

Senior Concert Band

Monday         3.30pm to 5.30pm

Intermediate Concert Band

Tuesday        3.30pm to 5.00pm

Junior Concert Band                

Thursday       3.30pm to 4.45pm

Senior Stage Band                  

Thursday       3.30pm to 5.30pm

Intermediate Stage Band         

Wednesday    3.30pm to 5.00pm

Guitar Group

Tuesday       3.30pm to 4.30pm

 

Students who have not yet picked up a re-enrolment form will need to do so as soon as possible.

New Students Years 8-12

New students in Years 8 – 12 who are interested in joining our band program are very welcome. Just come along to the Music Centre and we will get you started.

Year 7 Students

Year 7 students can join our band program in one of two ways;

 

If you have already been playing an instrument for a year or more you may be able to join our Junior Band.  Just come along to the Music Centre and show us what you can do and we will see if we can help you.

 

We also have a band specifically for beginner musicians in Year 7.  Over the coming weeks the Music Department will visit all Year 7 classes to explain to them how to get involved in the music program.  This will culminate in a Information and Try Out night which will be held in the Music Centre on Tuesday 5 March.

 

Please see our article below and flyer elsewhere in the newsletter.

Year 7 Students Only:
Training Concert Band Information and Try Out Night, 7.30pm
Tuesday 5 March

Year 7 students interested in joining our exciting band program and learning to play a musical instrument are invited to attend our Information and Try Out Night which will be held in the Music Centre on Tuesday 5 March, commencing at 7.30pm.

 

Our Training Concert Band is for students who have had little or no musical experience and we are offering tuition on flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, french horn, euphonium and percussion.

 

On the night we will provide information on how our program works, and give a recommendation on which is the best choice of instrument for you to play.  We will also have a performance from our Junior Concert Band.  

 

Don’t forget that all students must be accompanied by a parent or adult representative.

 

Parking will be available on the 7-10 Campus basketball courts.

Mr Peter Sharp

Director of Instrumental Music

2019 FHS Vocal Ensemble

All year levels welcome – we have a range of students from different year levels currently in the FHS Vocal Ensemble and we perform a variety of styles. We welcome Year 7 students and new students to FHS. Rehearsals are weekly and performances include school assemblies, school concerts and community events.

 

Vocal Ensemble rehearsals start

Tuesday 12 February

Lunchtimes in Room 72

 

Enquiries to Mrs Sally Bredin or Mrs Peta Laughlin

Email: [email protected]

              [email protected]

                                                                          

Ms Sally Bredin

Music Teacher

Junior Resource Centre News

Welcome to all our new Year 7’s!  We look forward to seeing you all in the Junior Resource Centre (JRC) this year. 

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Year 7 Borrowing

Year 7 students will be unable to borrow books until their library accounts are set up – usually about four (4) weeks after school commencement.  In the interim, they can select a book to be stored in the library for reading classes, or bring a book from home.  We are hoping they will have access to their ePlatform (eBook library) accounts over the next couple of weeks, so they will also have the option of downloading an eBook on their laptops.

Lunchtime/Recess Activities

With our current run of hot weather the JRC is the coolest place to be at recess and lunchtime!  We have lots of board games on offer, grab a book, get on the web or just have a chat with friends.

Monday is a busy day in the JRC, with Chess Club (Mr Givogue) and Japanese Club (Mrs Hast) running at lunchtime from 1.00 - 1.30 pm.

 

Library Loans

Just a reminder that library loans are for 2 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.  Students now receive reminder emails 2 days prior (Reminder Notice), 3 days and 14 days overdue, which should make keeping up-to-date easier.  After this point, parents will be contacted.

 

Homework Club

 

Sustainability at FHS

Sustainability at Frankston High School

At Frankston High School sustainability is something we strive to achieve. Our values of empathy, integrity, optimism, persistence, respect and responsibility are certainly intertwined with sustainability to a significant degree. We particularly understand that not moving to becoming more sustainable will have an extremely detrimental impact on our students’ futures.

 

To help secure students’ futures, our school has a sustainability policy that requires audits of our systems, asks staff to consider sustainable procurement, encourages sustainability aspects to be covered across the curriculum and pushes for ongoing development of school sustainability practices.

 

On the Junior Campus we have a 100,000 litre water tank that provides water to our school oval and to student toilets. We also have LED lighting and sensors in most Junior School classrooms, enabling us to save a lot on electricity costs and to cut our emissions. The school booklist has a lot of mandated recycled products added to it in the interests of promoting a recycling culture. There are many other efforts that are in place, ongoing and being developed.

 

One of our biggest assets is the school’s student based Eco Team. They meet weekly in an effort to, among other things, discuss environmental issues, raise awareness in and outside of the school community, and support each other. They are always happy to welcome new members who are passionate about ‘being the change they would like to see in the world’. The team’s current focuses are micro-plastics and marine debris, reducing the school’s impact on the environment and educating students in and outside of Frankston High School.

 

If you or your child/children are interested in helping to make Frankston High School a more sustainable school feel free to make contact with the school’s Sustainability Coordinator:

Mr Brendan McKinnon at [email protected]

Birdman Rally!

Birdman Rally!

This year, the Year 9 Leadership class of Frankston High School is participating in the Birdman Rally, a charity event taking place as part of the Moomba Festival on Sunday, 10 March. The LEAD class will be supporting Dogs for Kids with Disabilities, and trying to raise as much money as we can!

The Birdman competition takes place at Birrarung Marr, and it is a competition where people jump off a platform in their ‘craft’ and land in the Yarra River - the point is to try to ‘fly’ as far as possible. Some groups use their engineering skills to come up with a human-powered aircraft to glide above the water, to get as far as possible in the Eagles category. Others dress up in crazy home-made costumes for the Penguins category, which is judged just by how much money the person or group has fundraised, and they simply jump into the river as far as they can in their wacky costume. We will be participating in the Penguins category!

 

We are really excited to be supporting Dogs for Kids With Disabilities (DKD), which is a not-for-profit organisation, providing Assistance and Companion dogs to children with autism spectrum and other developmental disorders. Each of the dogs are specially trained to accompany their child, and help them to live life to the fullest! These dogs are trained to prevent bolting, decrease self-harm behaviours and reduce melt-downs, as well as help children to sleep better, reduce anxiety and build communication skills.

The Frankston High School Leadership class is looking forward to sponsoring DKD to raise money to help train dogs to assist young Australians. We need to raise at least $500 to participate in the Birdman Rally – but we are hoping to exceed this target! We would really appreciate any donations to this amazing cause. If you are able to help us in our adventure and donate to the cause, you can find our Go Fund Me page here:

https://birdmanrally.gofundraise.com.au/page/DKD

A big thank you from the Frankston High School Year 9 Leadership class.

 

Out and About

World History Excursion

This is an image of last year’s World History group’s visit to the Jewish Holocaust Centre when we were enthralled and deeply moved by the story of Rosa Krakowski.  Below is a link to the Youtube Interview provided by the Centre.

 

National Young Leaders Day

On Wednesday 14 November 2018, selected students from the SLC travelled to the Melbourne Convention Centre for the annual National Young Leaders Day.  We got to meet many amazing people who shared incredible and inspiring stories about their lives, and how they got to be where they are today.

At the event we met:

Cosentino, a famous magician, who told a story about being creative and self-aware.

Holly Ferling, an Australian cricket player, who taught us that failures and setbacks are really just opportunities.

Liesel Jones, the famous swimmer, who told her story, saying that talent alone does not make you a success.

And finally, Uli Latukefu, who taught us that we should not let our experiences define us.

After each speaker told their story, we had the opportunity to meet them personally and get a picture or a signature. It was a great experience to learn about leadership and I can’t wait to go again next year.

Orlando Randles,

Year 9

 

On 14 November 2018, I had the opportunity to attend The National Young Leaders Day (or NYLD).  Hundreds of student leaders from schools as far as Mount Beauty came to the Melbourne Convention Centre to be inspired by other leaders from different backgrounds. Just being in a room with like-minded people was extraordinary.

Cosentino was the first speaker at the event and he is an illusionist and escapologist (pretty awesome, right?).  He talked about creativity and how he made his career by being himself. He was different and stood out amongst other illusionists. An interesting thing that he mentioned was that scientists believe that 50% of the jobs that young people will have in the future haven’t even been created yet. I think that’s truly inspiring for the people who don’t know what they want to do in life yet. With a lot of creativity and hard work you could make an entirely new profession for yourself. Don’t be restricted by what everyone else is doing.

Holly Ferling was the second speaker and she is an Australian female cricketer. She has had many injuries over her career, but she never gave up and kept on pushing herself to the limit. While she was recovering from a terrible elbow injury, she didn’t focus on what she couldn’t do, she focused on what she could do.

 

The third speaker was Leisel Jones, an Olympic gold medalist and former Australian competition swimmer, who talked about hard work. “Talent alone will not make you successful,” and she taught us that you must work hard. She also talked about strategies to achieve your goals, such as break big goals down into smaller goals. If you want to write a novel, set a goal to write a chapter in a month. If you want to go from getting a C on every Maths test to an A, try getting a B first. Most importantly, steady progress is the key.  You’re not going to get anywhere if you keep procrastinating and put it off until tomorrow. If you want to start going to the gym and improve your physical health, then you need to go consistently to achieve your goals, but first of all you need to start. Taking the first step is absolutely key to achieving any goal.

 

Uli Latukefu is an Australian actor and singer who is most famous for his role as Byamba in American Netflix series Marco Polo. He talked a lot about how being a good leader for others and spreading happiness to others also means showing a little love to ourselves. Mental health is important and, as a leader, it is easy to get stressed trying to do everything correctly. But all you have to do is take a deep breath in and out and remember that you’re going to be okay. It’s okay if you fail; you win some, you lose some. He doesn’t say that you shouldn’t work hard, just that you need to understand your limits and to be patient to achieve your goals. Set goals, but don’t beat yourself up about it if you don’t achieve them, just keep going and forget about the past; all that matters is the present. So, follow your dreams, and take your time. You can do it.

 

I learnt a great deal at National Young Leaders Day (as you can probably tell from this article!) and I highly suggest that you take some of these messages into your own life; I know I will. The day was an absolute blast, and I had so much fun just listening to these inspiring leaders as well as talking to student leaders from other schools. A few final messages from the speakers that I think are a great note to end on:

 

“The future belongs to the people who believe in the beauty of their dreams,”

“There is always learning to be had,”
“Success can’t be taught, but it can be learned,” and finally,
“Leadership is a quality, not a title.”

Oli Craig,

Year 9

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