Dear Parents, Staff, Students & Friends
As the end of the year rapidly draws near every precious minute of learning has been made to count, with the school in full swing delivering our Early Commencement Program. Students have stepped up to the challenge of entering their next year level and facing the higher expectations of learning that this brings. In chatting to our students they are telling me that they are off to a good start in preparation for a wonderful 2018.
INTERMEDIATE GIRLS CRICKET TEAM: STATE CHAMPIONS!
Congratulations to Mr Chris Sutcliffe: coach extraordinaire, who has led our Intermediate Cricket Girls Team to become State Champions. This is an incredible achievement considering the level of competition provided by competing schools across the state.
DEDICATED STAFF, PARENTS AND STUDENTS TOIL IN HEAT AT WORKING BEE
Thanks to Ms Lee Anne Smith for orchestrating a very successful working bee. Staff, students, and parents worked tirelessly in the heat to transform the slope on the eastern side of the multisport outdoor facility. We are indebted to the parents and students in attendance for being prepared to volunteer on such a hot day.
SCHOOL BANDS TO PROVIDE EXEMPLAR PERFORMANCES AT FEDERATION SQUARE
Recently our Training Band (conducted by Ms Kim Starr) and our Junior Band (conducted by Mr Ben Braithwaite) were outstanding in their performances at the Victorian Bands Festival. These concert bands performed at ‘The Edge’ in Federation Square which is a most architecturally impressive facility, providing the students with a professional venue to showcase their talents.
ARTFEST SHOWCASES OUR STUDENTS' ARTISTIC TALENTS
A huge thank you to the many parents, students and friends who attended our Artfest throughout the week. Each piece of work represented a labour of love where students have spent many hours honing their creative skills in collaboration with their teachers to an exceptional level. We are greatly appreciative of Ms Wapling’s leadership in working with the team of Art and Product Design teachers to organise a wonderful exhibition of student art. Also special congratulations to Eilis Peters (Year 12 Art) whose artwork has been shortlisted for the prestigious TopArts exhibition at the National Gallery. Eilis was selected from thousands of entries from across the state.
SPORTS PRESENTATION EVENING CELEBRATING SPORTING SUCCESS
This week we also enjoyed another night out to celebrate the many sporting successes that have occurred throughout 2017. I am thrilled that the majority of our students actively participate in our sporting program, which shows how committed they are to leading a fit and healthy lifestyle. Thanks to the many students on the Sports Leadership team who organized this event and, of course, we are eternally grateful to Ms Chloe Edwards, Ms Carly Douglas and Mr Lachlan Avery for their ongoing passion and great leadership of sport at Frankston High School.
Over recent weeks we have welcomed back students and teachers who have participated in the Surf Lifesaving Camp and The Great Victorian Bike Ride. We still have three groups trekking throughout China and Northern Thailand on the World Challenge Expedition. All these activities have provided 130+ students with extraordinary learning experiences they couldn’t have in traditional classrooms. Our lifesaving students undertook a rigorous training course both intellectually and physically to qualify in gaining their surf lifesaving bronze awards. Over summer they will make a difference to the wider community by patrolling our local beaches. Our cyclists now understand the rewards that come from training hard and working as a team. Fellow cyclists contacted me to let me know how courteous and friendly our students were on this trip. We are yet to hear of the wonderful stories our World Challenge travellers will share. One thing they will learn is how fortunate they are to be living such a privileged lifestyle and hopefully they will return with a commitment to help others less fortunate than themselves. Thanks to our very dedicated staff who have sacrificed personal time away from their families and friends to provide our students with these wonderful learning opportunities.
Finally, it is time for everyone to enjoy some relaxation time with family and friends. I wish you every happiness over the festive season and look forward to sharing another terrific learning adventure in 2018.
Mr John Albiston