News from Frankston High School

27 April 2018
Issue Four
From the Principal
Senior School News
Important Dates and Notices
Around Our School
Out and About
Year 9 MEGAR Week 2018
Our Sponsors
Frankston High School
03 9783 7955
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Frankston, Victoria, 3199

From the Principal

Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Friends

Wasn’t the warm weather over the Easter break absolutely phenomenal?  I hope our families were able to get out and about and enjoy the sunshine.  Everyone has hit the ground running first week back and it has been especially gratifying to see our students enjoying their friendships whilst focusing on their studies.



I was most impressed with the huge attendance of parents and their children at our recent Parent, Teacher, Student Conferences.   The research tells us that teacher feedback is one of the most powerful strategies in helping to improve student learning outcomes.  Hopefully all families left such discussions with plans for continual improvement as a result of suggestions provided by teachers.  If you have been unable to meet with a teacher, perhaps because they were booked out with appointments or they were unavailable, please contact the teacher via email and they will be only too happy to catch up with you.  It was so gratifying to see the many parents throughout the day who were demonstrating to their children how important their education is by attending this event. 



Frankston High School’s priority to introduce the Resilience Project at Year 7, and eventually across the school, was emphasized at our parent forum during the first week of Term.  Martin Heppell our guest speaker from the Resilience Project engaged and captivated the audience, providing powerful messages through the artistry of storytelling.  We are hoping that as educators and parents we can join together in teaching our students values and skills from the resilience project which will help to improve their wellbeing and inoculate them with coping skills during times when life is tough.  The Resilience Project will hopefully teach our students to be grateful for the wonderful lives they have rather than always wanting more.  It will also teach them to be kind and empathic towards others, whilst teaching them the power associated with practising mindfulness.  When mindfulness strategies are regularly practised then research shows that you are better able to cope in stressful situations.  Most importantly, the message is that when you have a problem, always share it with others.  There are people who can always help, no matter what the problem is.  There is nothing so bad, or sad, that you can’t share it with someone else.  I encourage parents to talk with their children about how important it is to talk with others when they are feeling troubled, whilst we give them the same message at school.



We have welcomed back our International Athletic team from their tour of athletic competition throughout New Zealand.  I have heard a number of stories about the students’ wonderful experiences and, most importantly, their teachers have informed me that all members of the team were outstanding ambassadors for the school and their country.

Ayden Dignan of Year 9 broke the New Zealand record (9.08) in U/15’s 3000m, which I am sure you will agree is an incredible achievement.  Special thanks must go to Mrs Chloe Stevens, Mrs Carly MacDonald and Mr Mal Burt who so generously gave of their time and coaching expertise to organise and accompany our students on this amazing trip. 



It is a thrill for me to announce that towards the end of last term we became Regional Swimming Champions yet again. We have held this title for many decades.  I was able to cheer on our swimmers at this event and couldn’t have been more proud of their efforts in doing their best always.  As usual their behaviour was exceptional.  Thanks in particular to Mrs Carly MacDonald and Ms Kate Burgess who have devoted countless hours to support our swimming team and to provide Semper Squad swimming training for all students, regardless of their swimming ability.  Such regular swimming opportunities are instilling in our students the importance of leading a fit and healthy lifestyle.  We were also very proud of our State swimming team with students and teams being placed from first to eighth in the State.

Special mention to Ryan Longden (Year 9) who became State Champion in 50m butterfly, and second in 100m butterfly

and also to Helena Herman  (Year 9) who was placed second in 50m butterfly.





Frankston High School  had great success in this event.   Stand out performances were Amber Kamau (Year 9) winning the triple



Rhemmy Gibbs (Year 10) placing second in the 3000m and






Paddy Colgan (Year 8) received gold in the 4x100 relay.





All students trained hard in the lead-up to these championships and we are very proud of their results.


Aerobics and Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) competitions are on this weekend so wishing our teams all the very best.  Also a number of Stage Bands are performing from 10.00am onwards,  at Functions by the Bay: Frankston Football Club.  This is a free event which promises high class entertainment for the family to enjoy.   We are so fortunate to have staff who give of their expertise and time way beyond what is expected to provide these wonderful learning opportunities for our students. 



Congratulations to Shae Latimer (Year 9) who represented Frankston High School at the Interschool Equestrian Championships on 4 April and was awarded Reserve Champion.  In achieving such high results, Shae qualified to represent Victoria at the Interschool Nationals in September 2018.  Exceptional achievement, Shae!


2018 is an important year in our school’s Accountability Cycle.  It is a year of review where all members of the community are invited to contribute to evaluating our achievements over the last four years whilst identifying areas for ongoing improvement.

Tuesday 19 June 6.30pm our usual School Council meeting will be an open meeting whereupon all parents will be invited to contribute to our self-evaluation.  The recommendations from the self-evaluation will be presented to an independent reviewer who will visit and assess our school in Term 4, helping us to develop a new Strategic Plan for the next four years (2019-2022).  Parents are encouraged to attend this forum to have their say about what they feel the priority areas for improvement should be.  I am looking forward to meeting with you and especially hearing from you at this gathering.  Refreshments will be provided.  Please RSVP to [email protected]



I would like to recommend to all our mums, grandmothers, daughters and grand daughters our Chaplaincy High Tea on  Saturday 12 May.

This is a wonderful way to treat all mums by giving them some time out  to enjoy an array of incredible refreshments with an amazing view of the beautiful bay whilst enjoying the company of friends and loved ones.  Also, it is not every day you can order the Principal to get you a drink or canapé and watch me run off my feet!  This event is a great gift for Mother’s Day.  Hope to see many of you on the day.  Book now via trybooking: 



Mr John Albiston


Senior School News


I hope everyone had a relaxing holiday and Easter break.  It has been very pleasing to see that students have utilised these holidays in completing homework and preparing study notes and summaries.  I would like to thank our teachers, many of whom made themselves available to assist students with their work over the holiday period.



Calvin Gu (Year 12) was presented with an award from Frankston High School for winning  the State Video Award for "A Day in the Life of an International Student".

Our school is very proud of this achievement, as Calvin competed against very high quality video entries from schools throughout the State.



Thank you to all parents, guardians and students who attended these interviews.  The feedback was extremely positive and it was reassuring to know how much the school community values the excellent work of our teachers.  These interviews provide an important opportunity for teachers, parents and students to work together to further improve learning outcomes. 



I would like to welcome Mr Aaron Elias who is the Acting Year 11 – Director of Student Management and Engagement for this term and Ms Clare Challenger as the Acting Assistant Year 11 Coordinator for Term 2.  I am looking forward to working with both of these leaders in further improving the learning outcomes of our senior school students.  Parents of Year 11 students are welcome to contact them to discuss their child’s progress.



I encourage all parents and students to attend the Careers and Tertiary Expo which will be held on Tuesday 1 May in the Senior School Presentation Area from 2.15 pm – 5.30 pm.  This is an excellent opportunity to meet with representatives from the major tertiary providers to ask questions and gain information on the courses they have on offer.  This is invaluable in planning future pathways with your child. If you have any enquiries please do not hesitate to contact our Careers Practitioner, Mrs Carolyn Walsh.



Year 10 students who are interested in applying for the Monash Scholars Program should see me for further details.  Applications are based on students’ academic ability, leadership qualities and contribution to school and community life.  All applications must have a school endorsement.  The benefits of the Monash Scholars Program include:  enhanced learning, exploring career ambitions, defining personal aspirations, preparation for university life and building networks with other high-achieving students.  Applications open on 1 May and close on 28 May.



A reminder to students and parents that the end of semester is Friday 8 June.  All Year 11 and Year 12 studies will have an end of semester examination.  Timetables will be distributed shortly. 

The Year 11 examination period is from 12 June to 22 June.

The Year 12 examination period is from 12  June to 22 June and the Year 12 exams will be held outside of class time.

Students must have a study/revision timetable in place and consistently review their class notes in preparation for these examinations.  Any students who would like assistance with study skills are most welcome to contact one of the Year Level Coordinators, Kirsten Bakker, or myself for assistance. 

All students who are studying a Unit 3 and 4 (Year 12) subject are required to sit the General Achievement Test (GAT) on Wednesday 13 June.  There will be no timetabled Year 11 and Year 12 classes on this day.

I wish students all the best with their examinations.



I would like to remind parents and students of the attendance policy in the senior school.  Seven unexcused absences in a study and/or fifteen absences in a study results in an N result for that study.  Students must ensure all absences are annotated by the coordinators or office staff on the absence card in their diary.  Students must also ensure this is shown to all of their classroom teachers.  In order for the absence to be excused, parents/guardians must provide a note with a specific reason for the absence:  illness, funeral, etc.



Year 12 students:

Tuesday 12 June – Friday 22 June

Year 12 exams (outside of classtime)


Tuesday 12 June – Monday 18 June

There will be no Year 12 classes


Tuesday 19 June

Classes resume


Friday 8 June

The last day for students to submit work for Unit 3


Wednesday 13 June

General Achievement Test (GAT)

There will be no formal Year 12 classes on this day


Thursday 14 June

Report Writing Day


Tuesday 19 June

Unit 4 commences


Year 11 students:

Tuesday 12 June – Friday 22 June

Year 11 examination period


Tuesday 12 June – Friday 22 June

  There will be no Year 11 classes


Wednesday 13 June

General Achievement Test (GAT)

All students undertaking a Unit 3 and 4 study (Year 12 study) are required to sit the GAT

There are no formal Year 11 classes on this day.


Friday 8 June

The last day for students to submit work for Unit 1


Monday 25 June

Unit 2 commences



I am looking forward to attending the Debutante Ball at the Brighton International on Friday 11 May.  The debutantes and their partners will be presented to the State Member of Frankston in the Victorian Parliament, Mr Paul Edbrooke MP.  Best wishes to all students involved in the Debutante Ball, I am sure it will be a very memorable night for you. 

Ms Helen Wilson

Senior School Principal



The Department of Education and training (DET) has increased each school’s constituting Order by two positions to allow for two student members to be elected to council.  All Victorian government secondary school councils with students in Year 7 and above must conduct their Student member school council election process.  Two members must be elected by the end of Term 2 on Friday 29 June.


Student members of school council will have the same role and responsibilities as other council members, including full voting rights.

Student members will be expected to prepare for and attend all council meetings, in line with the requirements for school councillors. 


To be eligible to run in the Student member category, that person must be a student enrolled in Year 7 or above at the school where they are seeking to be on council. 


For 2018 only, one student will be elected for a one-year term of office and one student will be elected for a two-year term of office.  From 2019, students will be elected to council for a two-year term of office.


Councillors are not permitted to share their role.  Councillors are elected to council and are expected to attend all meetings and serve their full term of office.


 Proposed Timetable for Elections

Monday 14 May                      Call for nominees

Monday 28 May                      Nominations close 4.00pm

Wednesday 30 May               Nominations displayed at school

Election held if required

Monday 4 June                      Ballot Papers available

Tuesday 19 June                   Close of ballot 4.00pm

                                                      Votes counted

Thursday 21 June                  Student Members announced

Tuesday 14 August                School Council Meeting



If the number of nominations exceeds the vacancies, an election will be necessary.  All students are entitled to vote.



 Methods of Voting

You can record your vote on the official voting form, from Monday 4 June to Tuesday 19 June at 4.00pm.

Your can vote in person at school, between 8.00am and 4.00pm  at the 7—10 Campus Office or Senior Campus Reception.



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.  

Meetings are held twice a term on a Tuesday and begin 7.30pm with an approximate 9.30pm finish.




An election is to be conducted for Student members of School Council of Frankston High School.

The ballot will close at 4.00pm on Friday 19 June 2018.


Nomination forms may be obtained from the school and must be lodged by 4.00pm on 28 May 2018.


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

Membership                           Student Member

Term of Office                        20 March 2018 - 17 March 2019

Number of Positions          One


Membership                           Student Member

Term of Office                        20 March 2018  - 17 March 2020

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


Important Dates and Notices

Important Dates


Finance Office Hours

Monday - Tuesday - Thursday - Friday

8.00am - 4.00pm



8.00am - 11.00am

11.00am - 1.00pm (CLOSED)

1.00pm - 4.00pm

Uniform Shop Hours


Sarah Smith & Sara Dawson

Telephone 9784 9080





12.30pm - 1.30pm

3.00pm - 4.00pm

7.30pm to 8.30pm


10.00am - 12.00noon






Either Summer or Winter uniform (but not a combination) can be worn during Term 2 until Queen's Birthday.

Winter uniform must be worn from thereafter until the end of Term 3.

Junior Resource Centre & Homework Club


Breakfast Club


If any parents are available and able to assist (must have current WWCC) or should you know of a local business that would like to donate to our Breakfast Club,  please contact Sam or Stav on 9783 7955

School Tours Year 7 2019

Bookings via our  website


YEARS 7 & 9

The annual NAPLAN testing will take place for all students in Years 7 and 9 on:

Tuesday 15 May

Wednesday 16 May

Thursday 17 May

 For further information please see  the

NAPLAN section in this newsletter

Work Experience Week
(Year 10)

Work Experience Week

25 – 29 June


Work Experience forms were due back 16 March.   If you have not handed in your forms you need to hand in now, please.   All forms are to be handed in to Ms. Molloy in the JRC. 


If your child is still struggling to secure a placement, please ask them to see Ms. Molloy as soon as possible to discuss placement options and/or obtain assistance in finding a placement.  If your child is unable to attend their 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. 


Recycling Bins have moved for a few months!

The recycling hub has been moved to the Senior School car park area due to building works on the Junior side.

The bins are easily recognisable due to their colouration and sheer size.  

Items that you can put in these bins include plastic toys, small electrical items including home hardware appliances, mobile phones, clothes, accessories, footwear and kitchenware.

Education Perfect






Community Events







The annual NAPLAN testing will take place for all students in Years 7 and 9 on:

Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 May, 2018.


The tests are as follows:

Tuesday 15 May

Language Conventions test, Periods 1 and 2 (45 minutes)

Writing test, Periods 3 and 4 (40 minutes)


Wednesday 16 May

Reading, Periods 1 and 2 (65 minutes)


Thursday 17 May

Numeracy – calculator, Periods 1 and 2 (50 minutes)

(Students must provide a calculator for this test.  Calculators used for the numeracy test

must not be multi function or internet accessible devices)

Numeracy – non calculator, Period 2 (10 minutes).


Parents may choose to exempt their child from the NAPLAN tests.

Please contact Ms Suzanne Caldwell via [email protected] if you wish

to have your child exempted.

Parents need to sign an official exemption form.


Around Our School

2018 SLC Leadership Team

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected as the 2018 SLC leadership team:


Year 8  

Captain- Jaimie Burke

Vice Captain- Orlando Randles


Year 9

Captain – Tess Rogers

Vice Captains - Alex Hayes and Zoe Meo


Year 10

Captains - Mia Davis and Blake Shaw

Vice Captains - Will Rear and Elly Howell


Year 11

Captains- Alanah Bucher and Anzali Nedumaran

Vice Captains - Jade Roberts and Rory Philpott


Year 12

School Captains- Stella Cowan and Sam Ilobuchi

Vice School Captains - Eilis Peters and Sian Nugent

Casual Dress Day

On Friday 23 March, Frankston High School’s Casual Dress day raised $2,589 for Challenge. The day was run by the six students who attended the Gnuard-Gundidj campus of the School for Student Leadership in Term 2, 2017 as part of their Community Learning Project.

We chose Challenge as our organization to support, because they provide life changing experiences and adventures to children who are sick with cancer, and their families.


We were able to bring in a guest speaker prior to the day, Gary Sanders, who brought awareness of Challenge’s mission to our entire student body. On the day, aided by a sausage sizzle and raffle, we were able to raise over two and a half thousand dollars, exceeding all our expectations!

We want to say a huge thank you to the companies that supported us by donating prizes to the raffle, including Mike Rear, The Moonlit Sanctuary, Escape Frankston and Gravity Zone. Also, to Mrs Bahramis and Ms Burgess for their tireless efforts to assist us, as well as Mr Albiston and the entire SLC and Sports Leadership!

Being able to complete our CLP was an incredible experience, and the entire school community pitched in to help us bring the day together and make it a success. We’re so proud of being able to support Challenge, and hope you all are too!


Written By

Abby Strangward, Will Rear,

Tavishek Sharma, Blake Shaw,

Audrey Cousins and Jemimah Wilksch.

LEAD Class Bake Sale & BBQ during Parent Student Teacher Conferences

A massive thank you to everyone who supported and helped out at the LEAD class bake sale and sausage sizzle at the recent Parent Student Teacher Conferences.  The Semester One LEAD Class took part in baking for the sale, as well as planning and running the sale, so a special thank you to them and any support they received.

Overall, it was very successful, with the LEAD class raising a total of $962.45.

The LEAD class would also like to thank The Little Olive coffee cart, which donated $80 of their proceeds to our cause.

All money raised will go towards World Vision. World Vision is an international charity based organisation that supports those in need in a variety of issues around the world.  The LEAD class would also like to give a huge thanks to Mrs Bahramis for making all this possible!  Thank you again to everyone who supported us on the day.


Congratulations to Mrs Louise Goodwin (Lukas Goodwin - 8K) for winning the raffle.


Written By

Matilda Scroggie and Alex Fox

(LEAD students)

International Student News

Harmony Day was held successfully outside the lunchroom on the Senior Campus.  Many students participated and the SLC kindly provided a variety of food to share with everyone.  Thank you to Mrs Sarah Bahramis for organising this.

We would like to welcome four new students:

Tom Vuong from Vietnam,

Jerry Huang from China,

Jun Kawai form Japan and

Lorna Chen from China.

They have all commenced in the International Program this Term.

We took five students: Marina Domer, Tung Nguyen, Jan Hofmann, Sakurako Odashima and Haruka Nakano to the Welcome Ceremony at Government House on 20 March.

The students had a great time meeting other new students in other schools and a lovely morning tea with our Governor General.  Thanks to Mrs Debbie James for organising this.   


Congratulations to Calvin Gu on winning the Victorian Video Award for “One Day in the Life of an International Student”. There were many competitors and we are very proud of his achievement representing our school.


Mrs Sharon Koning

International Student Coordinator

Out and About

Year 9 LEAD Class

On 22 February, our group from the Year 9 LEAD class visited the Year 7 camp at Golden Valley Lodge.  We had the opportunity to run games for the kids and help with the camp activities.  We had spent all week in class, planning what we were going to do and what equipment we were going to use, so we really wanted everything to work. When the teachers got all the kids together, we were going over everything again last minute. However, we were lucky that the weather was great and so were the kids.  Some of the games we played with them included Clusters, Birds Nest, Birthday Line-up and Capture the Flag. It was amazing to meet all the new Year 7s and get to know them, and seeing what each student was interested in and what they enjoyed doing in their spare time.  It was fun playing with the Year 7s and they seemed to really enjoy the games we made.  The kids treated us all with respect, and that's all we could ask for.  This experience was great for developing our leadership skills such as courage, compassion, maturity and patience. Overall, it was an amazing experience and we had the best time.


Written By

Aleisha Walters, Maya Williams,

Mia Williams-Watt, Amelia Tobin,

Jazmin Zamifirescu and Bryn Smith

Year 8 Sport Education - Tennis

Congratulations to the Year 8 boys’ and girls’ tennis teams on winning their first round of competition on Wednesday 21 March, and making it to the Regional Finals. 

The conditions were tough due to the extreme wind, but both teams managed to easily sail through to the next round whilst exhibiting excellent sportsmanship against Mt Erin Secondary College, McClelland Secondary College, Patterson River Secondary College and Elisabeth Murdoch Secondary College.


Again, congratulations to both teams on winning the MPD!


The successful boys’ and girls’ teams included Jaeger Kindler (C), Kalla Le Roux, Ty Coulson, Olli Sawaya, Max Giuliani, Will Scroggie, Hayley Semetas (C), Reese Mestdagh, Natalia Glebova, Morgan Janssen and Madeleine Sherry. 


Written By

Elliott Willis, Branten Kindler and

Mrs Ros Swainston (MS Sports /Tennis coach)

Hands On Learning

During the last week of Term 1 a goup of students from Hands On Learning, Frankston High School travelled into Parliament House, Melbourne to showcase the great work that is being done across Australia.

Hands On Learning began at Frankston High School close to 20 years ago and has since helped thousands of students re-engage with school from Years 7-10.  Hands On Learning has recently merged with Save the Children Australia and is now run at close to 100 schools internationally.

We met with politicians, educational and community leaders to showcase and discuss how Hands On Learning improves the truancy and engagement of students in the classroom by providing an alternative community-based program within the school setting. Our government has committed to providing more funding which has concreted the program permanently in the Australian school system and opens up more potential for many more students to take part.  A great step forward.

Hands On Learning of Frankston High School would like to show their appreciation for the ongoing support of the leadership team and greater Frankston High School community.

Well done to all students involved in Hands On learning.


Written By

Mr Andy Blackall and Mr Shannon Lee

(Hands on Learning)

Year 9 MEGAR Week 2018

MEGAR Week 2018
25 - 29 JUNE

In the last week of Term 2 (25-29 June), Year 9 students will be participating in MEGAR week. Throughout the week,  Year 9 students will participate in a range of fun activities that aim to build students’ skills in:




Acceptance and



The activities are intended to promote mental health and wellbeing, all while having a bit of a break from regular classes and stepping out of your comfort zone!  Some activities to look forward to include: various workshops, yoga, mindfulness and meditation, a fitness session, a motivational speaker, a visit to Monash University and Chisolm TAFE, and much more!


For more information about the week, please contact Ms Emma Manks, Ms Paige Jessulat, and Ms April Ewing.


If interested, students will also have the opportunity to volunteer in their local community at some stage during MEGAR week.  To facilitate this, we are partnering with Impact Volunteering to offer students authentic community engagement opportunities.  This is a great way for students to get involved in the wider community and start giving back – letting them start practising empathy and gratitude right away!  For more information about community engagement, please contact Mrs Sarah Bahramis.


Click on the link below to watch a video of students from MEGAR week 2017 enjoying and reflecting on their experience and to get a sneak-peek of some of the awesome activities to look forward to!  


We hope that students are starting to get excited and are EAGER for MEGAR!


Photo Gallery from MEGAR Week 2017:


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