News from Frankston High School

01 March 2019
Issue Two
From the Principal
Senior School News
Important Dates and Notices
Around Our School
Out and About
Seeking Host Families
Music Notes
Junior Resource Centre (JRC) News
Sustainability at Frankston High School
Our Sponsors
Frankston High School
03 9783 7955
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Frankston, Victoria, 3199
AU

From the Principal

Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Friends

This term is flying by with students and teachers joining together in a range of exciting teaching and learning initiatives.  I have been so impressed to see our students proudly wearing their school uniform and also being kind and friendly towards everyone they encounter. Walking around the grounds and throughout classes reminds me how fortunate we are to be members of such a high performing school.  The school environment is always electric with students and teachers responding with enthusiasm to a range of learning challenges.  Our school is a special place of learning where students are provided with a learning environment of excellence that allows them to reach their full potential, provided they do their best always. 

Congratulations And Many Thanks To Parents On School Council

I am pleased to welcome parent, student and DET staff representatives who have been appointed to School Council for a two-year term:

Parent Representatives:

Mr David Cross

Mr Daryl Durack

Mrs Vera Roberts

 

Student Representative: 

Tess Rogers (Year 10)

 

DET Representatives:

Mrs Cathy Hogg

Mr Geoff O'Neill

 

At this time we farewell Mr Bruce Howden as a parent representative on School Council and say thanks for his contribution to our school.  Also we thank Zoe Cox (Year 12) as she finishes her term as a student representative on school council.  Zoe will go down in history as one of the first ever official student representatives on Frankston High School’s Council. 

 

We are indebted to our parents for the great volunteer work they do in representing our school community on School Council.  School Council is our governing body which ensures that Frankston High School keeps moving onwards and upwards by leading Australia in providing excellence in teaching and learning for our students.

Motivation Day: A Huge Success!

Thanks to our team of enthusiastic Year 12 Coordinators: Mr Simon Cameron and Ms Elise Roper for organizing a highly successful Year 12 motivation day.  This is a significant event which undoubtedly helps students to reflect and plan what they want to achieve by the end of the year.  This day has inspired our students to achieve their full potential.  It is evident that our Year 12 students are focused on achieving their goals by being the best they can be, by the tone of the Margaret Mace Study Centre and Science Centre which are thriving with students collaborating on learning tasks or working independently.  Many are staying behind after classes until 6.00pm at night to use our magnificent study centre to continue with their studies.  Well Done Class of 2019: you are off to a great start!  We can tell this is a terrific cohort because they did not have to be asked to leave the centre perfectly clean and tidy as they found it. 

Swimming Sports: A Day Of Fun In The Sun!

We were most fortunate to have a beautiful, sunny day for our House Swimming Carnival.  It was terrific to see our students getting into the spirit of competition, dressing up in their house colours and competing in a range of events, including fun dance competitions and novelty events.  Also it was great to have a contingent of supportive parents at the sports.  Many thanks to Ms Carly MacDonald and Ms Kylie Grech for overseeing the organization of this highly successful event. 

VCE Information Night = Parents Who Make A Difference

Recent research indicates that there is no significant difference in learning outcomes between students who attend private and government schools.  The difference in learning outcomes between students is determined by the quality of parenting and teaching.  Parents who communicate to their children how much they value their education together with world class teachers which Frankston High School is fortunate to have will result in students with the best learning outcomes.  The great attendance of parents at our VCE Information night together with their most informed questions tells me that together with our exceptional VCE teachers, our students will achieve their potential and beyond.  Also, I would like to acknowledge our wonderful students who make the best of the wonderful learning opportunities provided by our school.   

Farewell To Ms Lee Anne Smith

At the beginning of this year we said farewell to Ms Lee Anne Smith as she retires to embark on many great adventures.  Ms Lee Anne Smith has devoted 39 years to teaching, spending 33 years at Frankston High School.  During this time, she has been an outstanding Science and Psychology teacher, Leading Teacher and Assistant Principal.  Lee Anne leaves a legacy of having inspired many students, teachers and leaders to be the best they can be.  Over recent years Lee Anne has supported staff with her expertise to inspire staff to constantly reflect upon and improve their practice.  Lee Anne’s leadership can certainly be attributed to our forever improving learning outcomes in VCE; some best ever in our 94 year history.  Also, Lee Anne has been passionate in developing our grounds and facilities, leaving them both in an excellent state for future generations to enjoy.  We wish Lee Anne every happiness as she goes on her next adventure.

Save Money On Tutoring By Attending Homework Club

We are very fortunate to have a team of dedicated teachers who give of their time to assist students with homework, three afternoons a week.

 

Homework Club

Junior Resource Centre (JRC)

3.30pm until 4.30pm

 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

 

 During these times students are provided with snacks whilst being able to seek out teachers for assistance with learning challenges they are experiencing.  This is a great service for helping students to become more organised and allows for to individual  support in a more intensive manner as required.  I highly recommend this great opportunity to all students.

Upcoming Year 7 Parents 'Meet & Greet'

7.00pm Tuesday 26 March

Just a reminder to Year 7 parents to attend our ‘Meet and Greet’ evening on Tuesday 26 March.  It is a friendly night where you have the opportunity of meeting other parents and finding out more about the school.  Don’t be a stranger.  If you come alone, you will immediately feel a warm sense of belonging to our school.

 

Mr John Albiston

Principal

Senior School News

Congratulations To Ruben Chitters (Year 12)
GOLD In Gymnastics

Ruben competed in Austria in the Austrian Future Cup.  There were 15 countries represented and Ruben was placed 5th all round in gymnastics.  He also competed in Russia in the Veronan Cup, where over 25 countries participated.  Ruben was in the junior category and received SILVER in High Bar and GOLD in Floor.

Congratulations Ruben on these wonderful achievements.

Congratulations To Lachlan Van Veen (Year 11)

Lachlan is to be congratulated for enduring cold and rainy conditions to walk for nine hours from Seaford Railway Station to Federation Square (40 km).  Lachlan raised $1,288.25 for Beyond Blue.  This was an initiative he embraced on his own as he is very passionate about the cause.  Well done Lachlan on this amazing achievement.

Year 12 Motivation Day

A very successful Motivation Day was held on Friday 8 February at Monash University, Peninsula Campus.  The guest speaker was Mr Tristan Miller.  Tristan discussed goal setting, role models, targets and perseverance.  He outlined challenges including losing his dream job at Google in the Global Financial Crisis of 2009 and how he overcame challenges and embraced opportunities.  Tristan explained how he turned his life into an amazing adventure by running 52 marathons in 52 weeks, in 42 countries, on all seven continents.  Tristan was both inspirational  and entertaining.

 

Elevate Education presented two seminars:  Study Sensei and Time Management.  These presentations were invaluable in terms of providing information to assist students to prepare for assessments and examinations throughout the year.   

 

We also heard from a panel of 2018 Year 12 students: Stella Cowan, Connor Does, Matt Coulter, Caitlin Bourne, Blake Roles and Jonas Harrasser.  These students spoke about successful strategies they used during Year 12 to maximize learning outcomes.  I was incredibly proud of the Year 12 students from 2018 and their tips for succeeding in Year 12; they all made mention of the fantastic teachers and opportunities at this school and they were genuine and sincere as they relayed their experiences with their teachers over their time at Frankston High School. 

 

Thank you to the main speakers on the day who provided invaluable advice to our students:  Mr John Albiston (Principal of Franskton High School) for his motivational speech to commence the day, Mrs Sharon Bourne (Careers Coordinator) for her presentation on careers and Ms Kirsten Bakker (Student Wellbeing Coordinator) for her wellbeing talk and showbag. 

I would like to thank the Year 12 Coordinators;  Mr Simon Cameron and Ms Elise Roper for organizing this day and the Parents and Friends Association (PFA) who provided a delicious, healthy morning tea of fruit and fruit juice.

 

The organisation of the day and the presentations made by staff required a huge amount of time and effort, and I would like to thank all the staff involved.  I am sure the students found the day to be beneficial, a wealth of information was provided to assist students to reach their goals and maximise their learning opportunities. 

Senior School Parent Information Night

Thank you to all parents who attended the information night on Monday 11 February.  The feedback we received was very positive.  There is no doubt Years 11 and 12 are critical years and family support is vital.

 

Thank you to VCE Coordinators and support staff; Mr Simon Cameron, Mrs Ellen D’Ambra, Mrs Sharon Bourne, Ms Kirten Bakker, Ms Elise Roper, Mr Paul Don and Mr John Albiston for their presentations and assistance on the night.

 

Thank you also to former students Kaelah Elvish (Year 12 2018) and her mother Jo-Anne Elvish for their invaluable insight into VCE and strategies for success.

New Parent Evening

Thank you to Ms Joanna Matthews who organized a very successful New Parents Evening  of  Years 8-12 yesterday.  It was an excellent opportunity to meet with the new parents of the school and address any questions or enquiries they have.  If parents would like to discuss their child’s progress at school, they are most welcome to contact the relevant Year Level Coordinators. 

Senior School Crossing

It is important that parents do not drop students off both before and after school near the crossing.  This poses a very dangerous situation for both students and motorists. 

 

It is essential  that all students use the designated school crossings when travelling between campuses.

Use Of Study Periods

It is pleasing to see so many of our students using their time to an advantage in study periods. However, some students need to manage their time more effectively.  Our past students have spoken of the importance of utilising study periods to discuss work with friends, meet with teachers, complete homework and revise for assessment tasks.  All students are required to be in a designated study area during their study periods and to use this time productively.

Students Driving To School

Students who drive to school are reminded that they must complete a consent form (which is available from the Senior Office) and attach a photocopy of their driver’s licence.

 

Students are not permitted to park in the school grounds and hence, must ensure that they follow local parking restrictions on nearby roads.

 

Students should also be aware that they must not park on Foot Street.  Students are to park in the nearby side streets.

 

 

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

 

NAVY SPORTS BASEBALL CAPS

NOW IN STOCK

 

CLOSED 

SATURDAY 9 MARCH

LABOUR DAY WEEKEND

7-10 Campus Canteen Price List

 

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 the 2019 student photos have been taken. All the more reason students need to keep their card in a safe place.

Student Supervision Before And After School

Please be aware that teachers are on duty in the grounds on the:

7-10 Campus: from 8.30am before school and  until 3.40pm after school.

Senior Campus: from 8.00am before school and until 3.40pm after school.

It is advisable for students to arrive at school after supervision begins unless they have:

  • scheduled class time,
  • a planned activity (eg semper squad) or
  • attending one of the school Clubs (eg some posters below).

Please note that some buses leave after the conclusion of yard duty.  Students are expected to behave in a responsible manner when in school uniform, before and after school.  The public often contact Frankston High School to comment on the excellent behaviour of students in public areas.

 

Year 7 Immunisations

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

 

Year 7 Students

Friday 22 March

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.

Birdman Rally!

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!

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

Working Bee
Sunday 17 March

8.00am -12.00pm: Weeding & Mulching, followed by BBQ and refreshments.

If you are able to attend please meet at the 7-10 Campus Car Park at 8.00am Sunday 17 March.
Please confirm your attendance via email ([email protected]) or text 0409 835 541.

 

Year 7 Parent 'Meet and Greet' Evening

 

Year 10 Work Experience
24 - 28 June

 

Please return all forms to Ms Molloy in the JRC.

 

Work Experience Week

24 – 28 June 2019

 

A reminder that all Work Experience Arrangement and Work Experience Travel Arrangement forms are due back on Friday 8 March.  All students who hand in their forms by the due date go into the running for a $50.00 JB Hifi Voucher.

 

If your child hasn’t returned their forms or they are having trouble finding a position, please ask them to see Mrs Lorelle Molloy in the JRC as soon as possible.

 

Parents will be sent, via email, a signed copy of the all the forms in June, 2018.  If you have changed your email address can you please contact the General Office to advise of your new email address.

 

If your child is struggling to secure a placement during work experience week, they have been advised that they can do their placement on 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

 

Indigenous Lifesaving Leadership Program is on again!!

From 5 - 12 May, a group of trained lifesaving students from Frankston High School will travel to Far North Queensland to a small remote indigenous boarding school called St Teresa’s Abergowrie.

 

This is a truly authentic learning experience, as our students learn alongside indigenous students from St. Teresa's College, Abergowrie QLD, about the indigenous culture.

 

The focus of the FNQ camp is to assist a group of boys from St Teresa's College in Abergowrie, attain invaluable lifesaving skills and knowledge.  Throughout the week of our visit to St Teresa's College we will build on their skills and assist them in achieving the completion of their Recreational Bronze certificate. This qualification will assist them in gaining employment and provide them with skills that they can use throughout their everyday lives. The focus of this camp is not only lifesaving but also an opportunity to get to know these students, immerse ourselves in their culture and learn from them through activities such as painting, dance, cooking and storytelling.

 

We need your support to help fund the return trip to Abergowrie in May. All funds raised will subsidise the students’ flights.

 

We have established a fundraising page through the Australian Sports Foundation; every cent counts so please help and let us teach more of our lifesaving skills and keep this amazing program going for the future generations.   

To read more about this project and to make a tax deductable donation please go to the link below:

https://asf.org.au/projects/frankston-high-school/

Year 7 Training Concert Band Info Night

 


NO PARKING
Kingswim Car Park
 Monday & Wednesday before 11.00am

KINGSWIM CUSTOMERS EXCLUDED

 

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'Rumpelstiltskin'
Kids Show

Jack Green and String Dog Productions are very proud to present a pantomime show of 'Rumpelstiltskin', showing over two days at Frankston High School's Presentation Space.

Buy your tickets HERE

 

 

 

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Around Our School

International Student News

In late January many students arrived for our International Student Program (ISP) - photos are from the airport pick up with students, one parent and lots of luggage!

Many of our new students were taken to their homestays who will take care of them while they are studying in Melbourne.  We have a photo of Marcel & Cecilia outside one of the homestays.

On Wednesday 30 January, an induction was held for all new students and the ISP welcomed students and their families to our school.  Many cultures were included in the new students, including Hong Kong, Italy, Germany, Cambodia and China.

We wish all the students much happiness while studying at our school.

 

Mrs Sharon Koning

International Student Coordinator

LEAD and Dogs for Kids with Disabilities (DKD)

The LEAD class have been busy preparing for our entry to the ‘Birdman’ competition in Moomba – we are creating a flying machine and fundraising as much as we can to raise money for the amazing charity ‘Dogs for Kids with Disabilities’ (DKD).

On Friday 8 February the Year 9 LEAD team held a sausage sizzle to raise money for ‘DKD’ at the Frankston High School Swimming Carnival.  Thank you to everyone who supported us and bought a sausage or donated to this worthy cause.  We raised $720 from selling sausages and $51 of this was directly from kind donations.

In week two we were lucky to have Mrs Emma Limpens and her DKD puppy Murphy visit us to talk to us about DKD, the role of a puppy raiser and why she volunteers to help DKD.  We were given the opportunity to ask questions about Murphy and what he is training to do.

Murphy has been specially bred to help kids in need.  People like Emma generously offer to take time out of their busy lives to help train these dogs.  Dogs stay with their puppy raisers for about 18 months, then the dogs begin more intense training before they are ready to go to the kids needing the help.

A big thank-you to Emma for visiting us, and to Murphy for letting us all have a pat!

Any donations to support the LEAD class and ‘Dogs for Kids with Disabilities’ are greatly appreciated - our Go Fund Me page is https://birdmanrally.gofundraise.com.au/page/DKD

By Meg Howell and Morgan Janssen

Year 9 LEAD Students

Out and About

Year 9 LEAD students: Year 7 camp workshops

Camp 1 – February 19

 

Every year the Frankston High School Year 9 LEAD students attend the Year 7 camps and run activities with the students that assist them to develop different skills focused around leadership and encourage the students to get to know each other.  The LEAD students hosted activities that varied from number soccer to a Q&A session to help explain upcoming events like excursions and basic day-to-day things that will help the new Year 7 students have a more enjoyable school experience.

LEAD students spent time organising and preparing these lessons, which not only developed the LEAD class leadership skills, but this also allowed the Year 7 students to form a stronger bond with other students that they may have not considered before.  The LEAD class students developed many leadership qualities like improving their confidence, planning and learning effective ways to include others in discussions.  On camp Mackenzie Sadler-Tew and Lukas Goodwin facilitated the Q&A session, Lara Casey and Mel Reardon ran the game ‘Octopus', Mackenzie Brouwer organised number soccer and Alex Dakin and Bianca Middlebrook lead a range of team building activities.

 

The LEAD team and other students and teachers wanted to thank Mr. Joyce for his commitment to the camp activities overall, and the assistance of the LEAD activities. The LEAD team also wanted to thank Miss Long for her participation in the activities which allowed them to be more successful, and additionally teaching the LEAD class the skills needed to perform this level of independent leadership.

 

Written By

Mackenzie Sadler-Tew, Melanie Reardon, Lukas Goodwin

 

Camp 2 - 2 February 21

On 21 February, seven students from Miss Long’s Year 9 LEAD class went to the Year 7 camp to run activities which were designed to help the junior students get to know each other.  Charli Evans and Lu Yang held a Q&A session in the main dining area, Morgan Janssen and Meg Howelll played number soccer on the soccer pitch, Jackson Lovell-Murray and Zara Black played 'Octopus' on the courtyard and Oliver Craig did some team building activities in the archery room.  These activities allowed us to develop leadership skills such as confidence, public speaking, team work and being a good role model. 

Thanks to Mr Darin Joyce, Miss Georgie Long and the other Frankston High School teachers on camp! 

Written by

Lu Yang

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

To The Parents of Year 7 Students

Dear Parent/Guardian,

 

As you may be aware, the band program at Frankston High School is an essential component of the school’s extra curricula activities.  The program involves approximately 200 students who perform in a variety of bands, all of which enjoy great success.

 

Each year we form a new Training Concert Band for Year 7 students.  This band is for students who have had little or no previous musical experience in a concert band setting.  The instruments involved in this kind of band are Flute, Trumpet, Clarinet, Trombone, Oboe, Saxophone, Percussion, Double Bass, Tuba, Bassoon and Euphonium.

 

Benefits

There are many benefits to learning to play a musical instrument, especially in a band environment.

 

Being part of a large ensemble helps to develop attributes such as resilience, empathy, self-confidence, mindfulness and the act of learning to play a musical instrument can help in the development of spatial and abstract reasoning, verbal memory, self- expression and literacy skills. Learning to play a musical instrument also broadens your options when to come’s to VCE as your instrumental study can be taken as a VCE subject.

 

It is also a great way to make new friends and have fun!

 

Information And Try Out Night - 7.30pm Tuesday 5 March

If you would like your child to be a part of this exciting program, you and your child will need to attend our Information And Try Out Night which will be held in the Music Centre on Tuesday 5 March commencing 7.30pm.

 

On the night we will provide detailed information about the program, advice on the best choice of instrument for your child and the options for obtaining an instrument.  There will also be a performance from last years Training Band.  Please note that the evening may take some time as each student will be given the opportunity to try their preferred instrument and we expect to take at least 60 students into our new 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.

 

If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like your child to be involved I can be contacted by email at [email protected]

 

The concert band format has long been considered an ideal way for students to learn music in schools.  I hope you are interested in being involved in this dynamic and very beneficial program and I look forward to meeting you at our recruitment night.

Mr Peter Sharp

Director of Instrumental Music

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.

 

Rehearsal Times

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.

 

 

2019 Vocal Ensemble

All year levels welcome!

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

 

Vocal Ensemble Rehearsals

Tuesday 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 (JRC) News

Year 7 Borrowing

We are happy to announce that all Year 7 students are now able to borrow library books.  Students can borrow up to five items for two weeks, after which they have the option to renew the loan or return it.  Students receive reminder emails two days prior, then three days and 14 days overdue.  This should make keeping up to date easier.  After this point parents will be contacted.  Whilst we don’t charge overdue fines, students will need to pay for a replacement if the book is long overdue. 

Lunchtime/Recess Activities

We have had record numbers in the JRC over the past couple of weeks, to the point where we have had to put the ‘FULL’ sign up most days! 

We have had lots of students coming in to read, do homework and play card/board games every lunchtime.  We have also had an influx of Year 7 students with their new laptops.

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

Just a reminder of lunchtime rules:

  • No food or drink
  • Students must wait outside on the ramp until a staff member lets them in.
  • Sensible behaviour

 

 

SmartSuite

Students can easily access our library catalogue SmartSuite from the ‘Star’ menu on Compass.  As well as searching our print collection, students can also access relevant articles on World Book Online (digital encyclopedia) and WebLinks (our assisted search database).  This is particularly useful when researching topics for assignments, as they both provide credible, unbiased information, unlike many websites accessed on Google.  Simply search your topic and then select the information source on the top tabs. SmartSuite is available 24/7, both at school and at home.

 

Homework Club

 

Sustainability at Frankston High School

The Eco Team Planning Day

On Friday 15 February students from the Frankston High School Eco Team spent a day at the Briars’ Eco Living Centre to plan their course of action for the 2019 school year.  As part of the day they also ate an awesome lunch provided by Main Sail Café in Mornington!

 

The day began with me giving the students an overview of what is happening to the earth from an environmental perspective; the idea being to give students a good base knowledge so they could focus their planning on the environmental issues that are the most important to address.

However the highlight of the day was listening to their guest speaker of the day, Ms Josie Jones.  She is this year’s Mornington Peninsula Citizen of the Year, and is also known as ‘The Mermaid of Rye’.  Her work on, and experience with, the withdrawal of litter from Port Phillip Bay’s waters (a 60% decrease in Rye alone) made her the perfect person to motivate members of The Eco Team.

 

Josie’s skills in positive leadership, her ability to actively contribute in a meaningful way to society and to successfully activate and motivate all kinds of stakeholders in the plastic pollution battle made her an invaluable speaker.  Her time with the Eco Team greatly informed their strategic plans for what they could do both in and outside of school over and beyond the 2019 school year.  Her wise words of ‘say what you mean, but don’t say it mean’ were something The Eco Team took to heart.

 

Most memorably Josie showed students the rubbish she had collected over a period of two hours, from Rye Beach foreshore the day before (refer to picture below).

Although things are getting better in places, many people continue to litter, having dire consequences for marine life and the general eco system of the Bay.  By far the biggest pollutant… cigarette butts! Josie shared that 18% of Australia’s population smokes, and of those people 60% litter.  This is one thing the Eco Team would like to change, and as part of their plastic litter work, will endeavor to help address.

 

See part of Josie’s message by viewing The One Tonne Challenge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGM0k6l7xX0

 

Overall the Eco Team were able to use the day to set goals and to begin to work together on programs they are passionate about that will help to make their futures better.

Lastly, and most importantly, a big thank you to Mrs Nickie Fidge for providing much needed support for myself and the students on the day!

 

If you have an interest in helping Frankston High School achieve its sustainable goals feel free to contact [email protected] with a way in which you might be able to contribute.

 

Mr Brendan McKinnon

Sustainability Coordinator

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News from Frankston High School
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