News from Frankston High School

19 December 2017
Issue Twelve
From the Principal
Senior School
Important Dates and Notices
Around Our School
Out and About
World Challenge News
In the Spotlight
Our Sponsors
Frankston High School
03 9783 7955
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Frankston, Victoria, 3199

From the Principal

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.



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.


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.  




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.



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. 



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


Senior School


It is with great pleasure that I announce that Year 10 students Ellie Morton and Eily Walker are the recipients of the prestigious Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program.

Ellie and Eily will join a select group of students to receive support and special access to the resources of the University of Melbourne. 

Eily and Ellie were selected for this program based on their outstanding academic performance and leadership skills. 

The Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program is a three-year academic enrichment program designed to assist high-achieving students in realising their full potential through creating a network and community of students.  These students will have the opportunity to participate in an extensive program of events and activities, including lectures by leading researchers and seminars with world class teachers. 

The program was established in 2007 and is named in honour of eminent scholar, leading educationalist and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, Professor Kwong Lee Dow. 

I am sure this will be an invaluable journey of learning for Ellie and Eily.




The Year 12 examinations have now concluded.  My sincere thanks to Mrs Bev Valentine, our Chief Supervisor, and to the other supervisors who ensured the exams ran effectively.  The supervisors reported that our students were extremely well behaved and focused on their exams, which was wonderful to hear.

Year 12 students will be able to access their results and ATAR on the '2017 VCE Results and ATAR Service' from 7.00 am on Friday 15 December.

Results can be accessed by mobile app, email or from the internet.  Students will need their VCAA student number and PIN.  If you are a VTAC applicant, use your VTAC PIN.  If you are not a VTAC applicant use the first four digits of your birthdate (eg 17 July =1707)



The internet service is free and is available 24 hours a day from 7.00 am Friday 15 December until 5.00 pm Wednesday 20 December  –


Mobile App

The mobile app (Version 1.0) is available to download on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Search for ‘VCE Results and ATAR’.  2017 results and ATAR won’t be available until 7.00am Friday 15 December.



To receive VCE results via email on Friday 15 December students must provide an accurate email address to educational providers for them to record on VASS.



Results and ATAR statements will arrive in the mail from Monday 18 December.




Year 11 examinations concluded on Friday 1 December.  I have been very impressed with the students’ attendance and positive work ethic during this exam period.  My sincere thanks to Mrs Ellen D’Ambra and Mr Con Neratzoglou for their excellent organisation of these exams.  The results from these Year 11 examinations are very Important and help to determine subject selection and promotion to Year 12.




The compulsory early commencement program for all 2018 Year 11 and 12 students commenced on Monday 4 December and concluded on Friday 8 December.  Senior school teachers ran classes for the week. The program gives students the opportunity to get a head start with their studies and enables them to complete preparatory work over the school holidays.




2018 Year 11 and 12 students were required to confirm their enrolment for 2018 on Tuesday 12 or Wednesday 13 December.  Students received their 2018 enrolment packages during the week of the early commencement program.  All information pertaining to course confirmation and enrolment was contained in these packages.  If you have any questions regarding this process, please do not hesitate to contact the senior sub school office.




I look forward to seeing parents and students at the Presentation Night which will be held on Wednesday 20 December at 7.30 pm at the Frankston Arts Centre.  This night acknowledges and celebrates the achievements of our students from Years 7 to 12.




As 2017 draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all senior school teachers for their passion, dedication, enthusiasm and sheer hard work in providing each student with every opportunity to achieve their goals.   They are always giving of their time and assistance, and I thank them for their outstanding commitment and the excellent teaching and learning they have provided for the students.  It is a privilege to work with such dedicated and conscientious teachers.

My sincere appreciation and thanks must go to Mr John Albiston.   Frankston High School is an outstanding school, a school where there is a culture of academic excellence, where every student is given every opportunity to maximise their learning outcomes. There is a dynamic learning environment with shared goals, a sense of responsibility for making a difference and a culture of continuous improvement. This would not be possible without John’s support, encouragement and leadership, and I sincerely thank him for his outstanding commitment to Frankston High School.

I would also like to thank the Senior School Leadership Team for their assistance and the invaluable work they do in supporting our students:

Mr Simon Cameron

(Senior Sub School Leader/Year 12 Coordinator),

Mrs Ellen D’Ambra

(Year 11 Coordinator),

Mrs Carolyn Walsh

(Careers Coordinator ),   

Mr Con Neratzoglou

(Assistant Year 11 Coordinator),

Ms Nicole Filippou/Ms Kelly Mitchell

(Assistant Year 12 Coordinators),

Mrs Sharon Koning

(International Student Coordinator) and

Ms Kirsten Bakker

(Student Wellbeing Coordinator).


The drive and leadership of these people is what makes the senior campus the school that it is and I thank them most sincerely for their tireless energy in ensuring all students achieve their best.

In addition I would like to thank and acknowledge the work of our educational support staff:

Ms Mindy Fischer

(Senior School Office Manager) and

Mrs Carolyn McIver

(Senior Coordination Administrative Assistant and VET Coordinator).


Finally I would like to thank the parents and the wider Frankston High School community for your support throughout the year.  I wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and festive season, and I look forward to working with you again in 2018.



Ms Helen Wilson

Senior Campus Principal 


Important Dates and Notices

Dates & Timetables


Finance Office

Monday - Tuesday - Thursday - Friday

8.00am - 4.00pm



8.00am - 11.00am 

11.00am - 1.00pm (CLOSED)

 1.00pm - 4.00pm

Uniform Shop


Sarah Smith & Sara Dawson

Telephone 9784 9080




12.30pm - 1.30pm

3.00pm - 4.00pm

7.30pm - 8.30pm



10:00am - 12:00noon


Please see attachment for uniform prices and special opening times in January 


Breakfast Club from 31 January 2018

Breakfast Club will commence  on  Wednesday 31 January 2018.

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

We would like to open for breakfast every morning of the week (8.00-9.00am).  If any parents are available and able to assist you are more than welcome to contact us or should you know of a local business that would like to donate to our Breakfast Club please contact Sam or Stav on 9783 7955.

Thank you to the sponsors of the Frankston High School 2017 Chaplaincy Fundraising Dinner:

Rosies Kitchen

La Porchetta

Peninsula Dry Cleaning

Former Staff and Students

Fuji Xerox

Debbie and John Albiston

Anne and Craig Thomson

Barb Bradey

Trudy and Russell Poole

Lynn Keating


2018 Lamont Booklist Collection

1.00pm - 7.00pm, Tuesday 16 January 2018
Orders MUST be placed by 9 January for school collection option
If your order is not collected on this day, the pack will be returned to Lamont Books where it will be available for collection at Lamont Books, 4/167 Princes Highway, Hallam 3803, phone: 8787 1700.




Community Sport



This year Artfest was held at a new time and new location in the Presentation Space, Senior Campus, bringing lots of excitement and change to the event.  The talented VCE student works were able to be showcased, with many students exploring challenging subject matter with exceptional skill.  The hard work and creative responses of Years 7–10 Visual Arts students were also able to be celebrated as we displayed the highlights of the challenging curriculum we provide.  Artfest is such an important event as it gives students the opportunity to publicly exhibit their work and sheds a light on the hard work and effort that goes into not only the final works, but the developmental process as documented in the visual diaries on display.

We are as always indebted to the dedicated Art and Design Technology teachers who devote their time to preparing the exhibition.  We are also so grateful to our sponsors Aquire Real Estate and Atelier Art Supplies, who generously provide prizes for our awards.  The night would not be the same without the hospitality and entertainment provided by our wonderful Food Technology and Music departments and volunteer students and teachers, thank you to all involved.

Congratulations to all of our award winners as listed.

Ms Emily Wapling

Artfest Coordinator

Around Our School

Term 4 Casual Dress Day

Thank you to everyone who helped out and supported our Term 4 Casual Dress day. 

We raised a great total of $1678.00 for the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees).

I am very passionate about the UNHCR and endorse the idea of helping refugees around the world.  This is a very personal topic for me as my family had had experiences of being refugees in the past.

We are so lucky to live in a first world country and sometimes we take things for granted.  However, on the opposite side of the world places like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, South Sudan and Libya just to name a few, are faced by war.  Life as a refugee can be difficult to imagine.  But for nearly 20 million people around the world, it is a terrifying reality. They struggle to find proper food, water and shelter.  Six million are of school-going age between 5 and 17.   Access to education for this marginalised group is limited.  More than half, 3.7 million, have no school to go to.  Some 1.75 million refugee children are not in primary school and 1.95 million refugee adolescents are not in secondary school.  Without the chance to study, an entire generation is at risk.  

Congratulations to 7H who donated $34 and 8K who donated $36. 

At lunchtime on the day, we had many fun activities and events running, including a Drama Workshop (run by Miss Alarna Summers), an Ultimate Chicken Horse tournament (run by Mr Steven Bonfadini), a BBQ and music in the canteen annex.  Unfortunately, due to the weather, the Hockey game on the new synthetic court (run by Sports Leadership) was cancelled.  The SLC also ran a BBQ at lunch, which raised $179.10.

Thank you again to the school community for their support.

Anzali Nedumaran (Year 10)

SLC member

Year 7 Science Heat and Matter Topic

As part of the Heat and Matter Unit in science, students had to work in small teams to research, design, construct and test solar ovens made from a pizza box and other materials.

Lots of aluminium foil, black cardboard and glad wrap  was used in the construction.  Student became aware of the angle of reflection of the sun’s rays required for the solar oven to reach the highest temperature possible.

Most of the ovens reached temperatures in the high 50°C.  Thanks to Hungry Mouth Pizza  for the donation of the pizza boxes.

Mr Ray Owens

Year 7E Science Teacher

Year 7 2017

Wow!!! We have finished Year 7! What a great afternoon of a delicious lunch and fun activities to finish with.  Thank you to PFA for providing all Year 7s with lunch to celebrate our last day as Year 7 students.

Although the day was very wet and cold, all the teachers did a great job of keeping everyone calm and out of the rain.  The Year 9 LEAD students ran the afternoon activities.  Our class started with trivia.  We had a few rounds of it and multiple people won the game.  Each activity went for about 15 minutes.  Due to the rain, my class, along with 7C, was in the Year 10 locker area and played a whole array of games like: Simon Says, Zip Zap Boing and Copycat.

Thank you to every one involved in the afternoon and our first year at high school.

Will Green  (Year 7)

Soccer Competition

During Term 4, an Indoor Soccer Competition was played for students in Years 7 and 8 during Sport Education.  It was run with the assistance of Middle School sports coaches, Mr Cameron Heyes, Mr Neil Johnson, Mr Shane Moffatt and Mr Rohan  Edleston.  The Year 7 competition had nine  teams and the Year 8 competition had six teams.

The winners of the 'Golden Boot' competition for the most goals are as follows;

Year 8:  Kiaren Keith (30 goals)

Year 7:  Adam Harrington (26 goals)

Mr Rohan Eldeston

Soccer Coach

Top Arts 2018

Congratulations Eilis Peters - Shortlisted for Top Arts 2018

An annual highlight of the National Gallery of Victoria exhibition calendar, Top Arts presents exceptional work from students who have completed Art or Studio Arts as part of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). 

Top Arts celebrates the outstanding achievements of some of Victoria’s most gifted young artists, whose work across a diverse range of media including painting, drawing, sculpture and multimedia. Eilis has been shortlisted for selection into the 2018 exhibition.

It is very prestigious to even be shortlisted from thousands of entries - congratulations Eilis and best of luck for selection!

Ms Emily Wapling

Art Teacher

Top Designs 2018

Congratulations to Luca Rudolf (Year 11) - Shortlisted Top Designs 2018. 

All of his work was done at night, one week before or after a new moon, also encompassing the best way to incorporate objects and landscapes that would enhance the star scape night sky.  His aim was to inspire people to enjoy this style of photography and the technical ability that has enabled him to create these amazing images and overall aesthetic.

Ms Annie Griffin

Media Teacher

Out and About

National Young Leaders Day

On 13 November, a group of SLC students from Year 7 to 11 and the Year 9 LEAD class attended the National Young Leaders Day run by Halogen AustraliaHalogen Australia was created to help inspire and influence younger generations to be able to lead themselves and others well.  Arriving at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre with different schools across Victoria to see and listen to four speakers talk about their own leadership experiences and their challenges throughout life was both emotional and inspiring. The four speakers were Nick Dal Santo, a retired AFL player, Gemma Triscari, a cricket player for the Melbourne Stars, John Coutis, a man who has no lower part of his body and Hayden Wilson, the author of ‘Why Wait to be Great: The Young Leader’s guide to Showing Up, Standing Out and Shining Bright’.

Each speaker talked about how, through their different types of leadership skills, they were able to create their dreams and pursue them, overcome their most challenging times, work like a team, and ask questions when it really mattered.  Each leader explained to the audience of thriving young leaders from different schools the need to be grateful, resilient and confident; because without these traits they wouldn’t be the leaders that they are today.  Coming away from that day I was able to recognise and appreciate the people in my life that have helped me become who I am as a person and a leader and to never give up.

By Sian Nugent (Year 11)


Alongside 49 other students, I was lucky enough to attend the 2017 National Young Leaders Day, which allows students from all over Victoria to unite as one to be able to listen to four different but equally inspirational speakers.  These speakers enlighten and inspire like-minded students to make a positive difference within their own personal school community, by sharing their own life experiences.  I was personally influenced in a different way by each of the four speakers from this year’s conference, allowing me to be able to come back to Frankston High School with new ideas on how to approach our communities’ goals and overcome challenges for the upcoming year.  As always, NYLD conference is a rewarding experience for all students lucky enough to be involved, and is a highly recommended opportunity. Many thanks to Miss Challenger and Miss Dickinson for taking us to the National Young Leaders Day.

Eilis Peters (Year 11)

Great Victorian Bike Ride

The 2017 Great Victorian Bike went from Wilsons Prom to Trafalgar.  It was a unique experience and a great chance to meet new people.  It was an excellent opportunity to explore Victoria and the wonderful scenery of Gippsland.  Although this year's ride got cancelled due to extreme weather, it was still a very  unique, enjoyable and great experience.

Ms Kate Adriaans

GVBR  Coordinator

Patrol at Portsea Back Beach

Following the Lorne Lifesaving camp, eight Frankston High School students went on patrol at  Portsea Back Beach with the Legends Patrol Group.

Captain of the Legends Patrol, Mr Simon Knight, is coming up for his 50th year of continuous active patrol service on the Portsea Back Beach.

Front row all Frankston HS students


Alina Dremel (Year 9), Julia Doebbeling (Year 9), Ebony Taylor (Year 10), Angus Dakin (Year 9), Benjamin Dremel (Year 12), Seth Kelly (Year 9), Will Taylor (Year 7), Tom Humphreys (Year 9) and Oscar Peddle (Year 9).


Tom Humphreys and Oscar Peddle completed their Advanced Resuscitation Certificate during the recent  Lorne Lifesaving Camp.  They have been promoted to Vice Captains in the Legends Patrol. 

Mr Rowan Cameron

Camp Coordinator

World Challenge News

Frankston High School has three teams travelling between Beijing and Chiang Mai.  Students have been involved in treks through rice fields, jungles and mountain gorges, as well as community engagement projects in remote mountain villages. Some of the highlights to date have been the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden Palace, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Jinghong, Luang Prabang, the village homestay and project in Hoify, the Tat Kuang Si waterfalls, travelling along the Meekong River and the night markets.

The students have really been taken out of their comfort zones and risen to all challenges.  They are fantastic ambassadors for Frankston High School.

Mr Mal Burt

World Challenge

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News from Frankston High School
Key Dates Issue 11.pdf
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Uniform Price List and Open Days.pdf
2017 Hand in form for Booksale.pdf
2017 Year 7 to 10 accepted books for sale.pdf
2017 Year 11 Year 12 accepted books for sale.pdf