News from Frankston High School

30 June 2017
Issue Six
From the Principal
Senior Campus News
Important Dates and Notices
Out and About
Student Leadership
In The Spotlight
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From the Principal

Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Friends

As the semester draws to a close you will be receiving comprehensive reports about your children’s progress.  Parents and students need to discuss these reports in detail, celebrating successes whilst also acknowledging and planning for areas of improvement.  If students are still unsure about what they exactly need to do to improve, they are encouraged to request detailed feedback from their teachers.  Similarly, parents are welcome to contact teachers to discuss their child’s report should they require further information.   



Thanks to the many parents and students who worked with great enthusiasm alongside our staff during the Term 2 Working Bee.  We were all very active in order to keep warm as we felt the first chilly breeze of winter and a bit of rain.  Special thanks to Mrs Lee Anne Smith who coordinated this activity and, with her great motivation and drive, ensured a very successful event.  Extensive mulching and planting was achieved around our new multisport synthetic field. 



Frankston High School fielded cross country teams in all age groups except for one, and all teams became District Champions.  Also, on a recent weekend our students competed in the Road Relays against top elite private schools.  Two teams were placed in the top six, which was an incredible achievement.  Thanks to Ms Chloe Edwards, Ms Carly Douglas, Mr Mal Burt and Mr Steven Bonfadini for all they do to support our school in having the best of athletics’ programs. Our semper squad program is certainly keeping our athletes fit and well-prepared for competition.



Thanks to Mr Jacob Givogue, I am excited to announce that a Chess Club will be running next term.  All interested students are asked to meet in the Reading Room during Friday lunchtime of the second week of next term (Friday 28 July). 



Many business and not-for-profit representatives gave of their time to visit Frankston High School for our annual business breakfast, which generated much interest in our school and the possibility of future mutually beneficial partnerships.

If you have a business/not-for-profit organisation and you are interested in forming a partnership with our school please, contact Ms Carolyn Florance (Business Manager) on 9783 7955.



Thanks to Ms Georgie Long’s enthusiasm and dedication, we have five debating teams regularly competing at night involving nearly 30 students.  Also, we are entering 12 Year 7/8/9 students in a statewide public speaking competition.  Recently, I had the pleasure of accompanying Danai Harawa (Year 12) and Stella Cowan (Year 11) to the VCAA plain English Speaking Awards where we were the only government school present, and I couldn’t have been more proud of their performances.  It is terrific that our students are experiencing such wonderful learning challenges where they are extending themselves in developing advanced speaking and listening skills. 



Thanks to Mr Peter Sharp for enabling our Senior Concert Band to perform at the Cranbourne Lions Band Festival on Sunday 28 May.  They were sensational with a number of impressive solo pieces lifting the whole performance.  It is a mammoth logistical exercise to transport this huge band of students to such an event. We are indebted to our staff for giving of their weekend time to allow our students to enjoy the rewards of performing to a very appreciative audience.   



Ms Sarah Bahramis has used her great leadership, expertise and initiative to successfully apply for Frankston High School to be involved in the ‘Inspired Citizens Project’.  Only 12 schools from across Australia were selected: Well done, Ms Bahramis!  This project will involve our Leadership Academy students implementing and evaluating a project idea that addresses an issue in our community.  This is a great authentic learning opportunity where our young leaders will be required to show high levels of critical, creative thinking and collaborative learning whilst, most importantly, making a positive difference to the wider community.


I wish everyone a relaxing fun time with family and friends over the holiday break.  Our senior students need to manage their time well in ensuring a balance between leisure time and continuing with their studies.  Research tells us that people who actually write down their goals are more successful.  Now is the time for parents and students to reflect on their reports and perhaps note some learning and personal goals for Semester 2.  I look forward to joining everyone for another action-packed term of learning after the holidays.   

Mr John Albiston,


Senior Campus News


I am looking forward to meeting Year 10 parents at our Information Evening on Wednesday 19 July in the senior school.  The evening will commence at 6.30 pm and both parents and students are most welcome to attend.  The purpose of the evening is to provide an overview of the best practice regarding VCE program selection, and to hear from and meet VCE subject teachers to discover more about the subjects on offer in the senior school. 

This is a very important information evening, as Year 10 students commence the process of course counselling and VCE subject selection.  Thank you to Mrs Carolyn Walsh for overseeing and organising this program and evening.



On Tuesday 14 June, some 463 students sat the VCAA GAT which is compulsory for all students studying a Unit 3/4 subject.  All students arrived on time and were accounted for, and no phone calls home had to be made, which is credit to the strong learning culture we have at Frankston High School.  The VCAA supervisors were full of praise of how well our students conducted themselves during the three hour exam.



Thank you to our VCAA supervisors, in particular our Chief Supervisor Mrs Bev Valentine, for administering the Year 12 exams and GAT over the past two weeks.  Also, thank you to Ms Nicole Filippou and Ms Kelly Mitchell for helping to oversee these exams.  Our students’ behaviour was exemplary.  A lot of these exams will be marked externally by experienced VCAA markers, which I am sure will give very valuable feedback to both students and teachers heading into the final semester of Year 12 studies before the end of year exams.



Year 11 students have just completed two weeks of end of semester exams in all studies.  Thank you to our teachers for preparing, supervising and marking the exams and providing valuable feedback to the students on their progress to date.  Thank you also to Mrs Ellen D’Ambra and Mr Con Neratzoglou for organising and overseeing the exams.



End of semester reports will be available online from Friday 30 June.  The new reporting format provides a comprehensive report detailing your child’s progress for the first half of the year.  It provides families with the opportunity to celebrate achievements and develop an action plan for future improvement.  If parents have any enquiries concerning their child’s progress, please do not hesitate to contact the subject teachers or Year Level Coordinators.



Congratulations to our Year 12 students on a very successful Year 12 Formal on Wednesday 14 June at the Mornington Racecourse.  It was a wonderful night and an excellent way to finish and celebrate the end of semester one.

The students’ behaviour was outstanding and many were still dancing when the night concluded at 11.00pm.  Thank you to Ms Nicole Filippou for her excellent organisation of the evening.  Thank you also to the staff who attended:  Mr John Albiston, Mrs Suzanne Caldwell, Ms Nicole Filippou, Ms Kelly Mitchell, Mrs Carolyn Walsh, Mr Con Neratzoglou, Mrs Ellen D’Ambra, Mr Travis de Valle, Ms Kirsten Bakker, Mr Stephen Crouch, Mrs Georgia Tierney, Ms Kate Burgess, Ms Miriam Mazlo, Ms Andrea Carron, Ms Lauren Ashton and Ms Alarna Summers.



As first semester draws to a close, I would like to thank the senior school teachers for their excellent work and commitment to the students over the semester.  Their tireless hours of work, both in and out of the classroom, is outstanding and ensures students maximise their learning outcomes and performance.


Finally, I would like to wish all students and parents a pleasant and relaxing holiday.  It is an excellent opportunity to “recharge the batteries” ready for what will be a very important Term Three.


Mr Simon Cameron

Acting Senior Campus Principal

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



10:00am - 12:00noon





The Uniform Shop will be closed during the school holidays and will  re-open on 





During Term 3 the uniform shop will not be open Thursday evenings


Host Families Needed


Each year Frankston High School sponsors one female student from Soweto, South Africa, who will complete Year 11 at our school.  This year Zandile Mumbuza (Zandy) has been selected according to her potential to graduate. Our sponsorship provides her with the opportunity to experience life and learning in a privileged environment which she may never have the chance to experience at home.

Host families are urgently needed for approximately 3-4 weeks from mid-August 2017.  Please contact Anne Thomson on 0409 835 541 or [email protected] for further enquiries.

Chaplaincy Fundraiser

Come along to a fun night of music and music trivia.  Limited tickets, so get in quick!!

Book your seat HERE



In 2017 the Victorian Secondary School Vaccine Program will offer free meningococcal ACWY vaccination to students in Years 10, 11 and 12. The vaccine provides protection against four strains of meningococcal disease (ACWY) and is administered as a single dose.

Parents/guardians of Year 10, 11 and 12 students should look out for the Meningococcal ACWY Secondary School Vaccine Program consent card coming home from school with your child.  You need to read the information, complete and return the card, regardless of whether your child is being vaccinated at school.

Adolescents are at increased risk of meningococcal disease.  Although uncommon, it can become life-threatening, very quickly.  There are different strains of meningococcal bacteria known by letters of the alphabet, including meningococcal A, B, C, W and Y.  In recent years, the meningococcal W strain has increased across Australia, with Victoria experiencing 11 cases to date in 2017 and 48 cases in 2016, compared to 17 cases in 2015, four in 2014 and one in 2013.  It is now the predominant strain in Victoria.

The Frankston City Council immunisation service may contact you about the meningococcal ACWY vaccine program. Schools are authorised to provide basic parent/guardian contact details to local councils for this purpose.  Contact the school by 28 July 2017 if you do not want your contact details given to the Frankston City Council immunisation service.

To learn more about meningococcal disease, the meningococcal ACWY vaccine and how you can prepare your child for vaccination, visit or  



Are you aware of the great resources we have available for students across all year levels via the Resource Centre portal page?  These include online study guides, resources, eBooks and tutoring services – all available anywhere, anytime!

What are all the buttons for?


VCE English resources – this page has digital study guides and links for all English, English Lit and EAL novels  Units 1-4.


A+ Digital Library for the VCE – this button gives you access to the entire Nelson A+ Study guide series including unit notes and exam questions.  There are two accounts – if you can’t get on with one, try the other. 


eBooks – over 1200 eBooks available for download to your computer, tablet or phone.  Adult, Young Adult and Children's fiction, modern and classics, all available at a click.  Logon with your school username and password.


eResources – access to World Book Encyclopedia Online, eNotes (English study guides and resources), Echo Online (Issues in Society database), Weblinks (an assisted search database), and Online Referencing Generator (do-it-yourself Harvard referencing). 


Your Tutor – if you are a Frankston City Libraries member you can access Your Tutor for free.  Operated by Monash University tutors Monday to Thursday 4.00-9.00pm, it provides tutoring across all subject areas via a live chat.  Savvy VCE students in the past have even uploaded essays for tutors to critique.  You can join up to FCL online and get access straight away.


Smart Library – our library catalogue – you can search our collection here!  Keep a look out for our exciting new upgrade Smart Suite, happening very soon!


Print VCE Study Guides

We also have a collection of print study guides and exams for all VCE subjects, including guides for current English texts.  This collection is currently located in the Science Centre Prep room, for use in the Science Centre.


JRC Team

Noodles No More!

Dear Parents, for the safety of our students we will no longer sell cups of noodles from the canteen, nor provide hot water to students who bring their own noodles.

Certificate of Appreciation Received from Epilepsy Foundation

Click Here to read Sian's letter.

Community Events


Out and About

Model United Nations Assembly 2017

The Rotary District 9820 Model United Nations Assembly 2017 (MUNA), took place on 5-7 May. MUNA is a three-day camp that is centred around a mock UN Congress which is assembled to debate six resolutions that are applicable to present times.

Danai Harawa and I represented the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea). The six resolutions at hand were: “The Situation of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar”, “The Situation in the Syrian Arab Republic”, “Intensification of Efforts to Eliminate All Forms of Violence Against Women and Girls”, “Protection of Global Climate for Present and Future Generations of Humankind”, “Regulating International Migration (and Refugees)” and “Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory”.

The resolutions were fiercely debated over the course of the camp.  As North Korea, our stance on many issues were radical and controversial, which was a challenging viewpoint to adopt.

As a whole, the event gave us an amazing opportunity to develop our debating and public speaking skills, alongside critical and creative thinking.

We would  like to thank our Rotarian , and School Council President, Mr David Cross, for sponsoring and supporting our participation in the event.   


Sam Ilobuchi with Danai Harawa

Visit to Melbourne University

On Wednesday 24 May our international students had the opportunity of attending an information session for Melbourne University.  Many of our Year 11 & 12 students participated in this workshop and gained valuable information about their future pathways and how to apply to this university.  We appreciated the information provided to our students by Jon Worthen.


Mrs Sharon Koning

International Student Coordinator

Student Leadership

LEAD visit Overport Primary School

On 31 May the Semester One LEAD class visited Overport Primary School to run a leadership workshop afternoon with the Grade 6s.  We decided to run some fun activities to do with leadership and transitioning from primary school to high school.

We ran three different activities:  The Puzzle Game which consisted of different levels of puzzles that represented life and the equality that our society often doesn’t have; next we had the Sit Down and Chat activity where we had the Grade 6s ask any questions that they may have had about transitioning from primary to secondary school, and thirdly we had a game we created ourselves - a combination of Golden Child and Body Charades.  The kids at Overport were so interactive and social, they enjoyed talking to us about problems and loved asking questions, they were all so kind and funny.  Overall I feel that the Grade 6s thoroughly enjoyed themselves and learned a lot from our workshops.

"I think it was a good experience to learn about what the primary kids are interested in, building our knowledge for younger kids, not just kids at our school” Alina Dremel

“Going to Overport for the year 9 LEAD class was a great experience.” – Matisse Knight 


Written by Leanne Smith - Year 9 LEAD student

LEAD visit Country Women's Association


On 14 June the Semester One LEAD class had the opportunity to go and visit the CWA (Country Women’s Association) in Beach St, Frankston and learn about the history behind the association.  We were greeted by a plentiful group of sweet and kind elderly women who were excited to meet us.  The CWA is an association organised for helping charities and the community.


They make crafts, which are marvellous, and bake many super delicious foods.  We learned that they love donating whatever they can to charities, hospitals and orphanages.  Not only did we learn the history behind their association, but they made us realise how much effort they put into making others happy.  We all learned something new and thought it was something that everyone should go and participate in because of how educational and kind all the women there are.


Written by Leanne Smith – Year 9 LEAD student

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