News from Frankston High School

22 September 2017
Issue Nine
From the Principal
Senior School
Important Dates and Notices
Back To School
Casual Dress Day
Around Our School
Out and About
In The Spotlight
Our Sponsors
Frankston High School
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Frankston, Victoria, 3199

From the Principal

Dear Parents, Staff, Students & Friends

This edition of the newsletter finds us arriving at the end of a wonderful Term 3, where our students and staff have been extended with a range of incredible learning activities.  I remain in awe of students and staff alike who have given of their best in a range of situations to achieve personal and community growth, resulting in our school culture forever improving.



Thank you to the many parents and students who attended Parent Student Teacher Conferences recently.  Our teachers reported that they had very productive discussions with families about how students could continue to achieve improved learning outcomes.  The research is very clear that specific teacher feedback is significant in enabling students to make great gains in learning.  Attendance at such conferences allows students to benefit from gaining an understanding of themselves as learners, whilst establishing what they need to do for ongoing successful growth. 




Congratulations to the Instrumental Music Teachers for supporting our incredible Senior Stage Band to achieve a gold award, whilst the intermediate stage band were awarded silver, at the Victorian Schools Band Festival.

To achieve such awards against elite private schools is a huge tribute to the extraordinarily devoted, talented team of instrumental music and classroom music teachers we are so fortunate to have at our great school.  Also, I am very proud of the many students who devote countless hours in rehearsal and practice at home, to refine their talents to such an exceptional level. 



Our recent Cabaret Night thrilled the audience at the Dolphins Football Club, with an amazing variety of jazz performances.  Highlights included stage bands providing exceptional performances whilst supporting amazing vocalists.

The percussion ensemble that returned from performing in National Championships in Sydney was astounding in using everyday items such as bins to provide a toe tapping exciting performance.  Then we had the choir, the clarinet and guitar ensembles leaving the audience crying for more, with the evening being over too quickly.  For a mere $10.00 we all knew it was a steal in terms of the quality of entertainment we had the privilege to enjoy.  Well done to all involved for lifting our spirits in the depths of winter.



Mia Davis (Year 9) has been attending a number of public speaking events throughout the year to compete against 300 others in the Victorian Debaters Association Public Speaking competition.  As a result of Mia’s great success, she recently qualified with another nine students for the finals.  This public speaking involves each student delivering a prepared speech and, the most difficult challenge of all, an impromptu speech.  Ms Georgina Long who oversees our debating program has coached Mia, giving generously of her free time to develop Mia’s skills to an extraordinary level.  Consequently, Mia was placed an incredible third, being the only female to win an award.  Mia is a delightful student who always gives of her best and is most deserving of this award. 



Mr Jacob Givogue  recently accompanied an eager team of boys to the Peninsula Chess Championships.  On the day, I found some team members in earnest discussion about strategies they were going to employ in the competition.  Obviously much planning and practice rewarded the team with being placed as runners up.  My only comment is that perhaps if we had some girls on the team we may have ended up being champions.  Where are you, girls?  Hoping to see girls joining the team at our lunchtime Chess Club each week. 



Thanks to the enthusiasm of our Language Other Than English (LOTE) staff, our junior students are becoming very engaged with the online Language Perfect program; so much so that our ranking against other participating schools is very impressive.  For example, we are ranked 2nd in Australia for student participation in online French and 8th in Australia for students studying Japanese out of 150+ schools.  Hopefully many of these students will aspire to continue with their study of a second language in VCE.  Some comments our students are making about this program include:

"I love that I can learn any language I want. I LOVE LANGUAGE PERFECT!!!"

"I think this is a great website for learning and I think it is really fun."

"I love Language Perfect simply because it really helps me learn new vocabulary and enhances my learning so that I can exceed in my second language. Thank you so much. Cheers!! "

"I am learning lots by using language perfect. Thanks Ms Mcauliffe you're awesome!"

"I am enjoying the opportunities I am getting"




As usual we are extremely proud of our athletics team that blitzed the local schools by becoming District Champions, winning by in excess of 600 points.  This is a magnificent achievement and a reflection of our outstanding students and coaches:  Ms Chloe Edwards,  Ms Carly Douglas,  Mr Mal Burt and  Mr Steven Bonfadini.



Congratulations to all students who competed at the Victorian Track Relay Championships recently at Albert Park.  We had some exceptional results against Victoria's most elite private schools.  We had two state medals, another four top five performances and other teams qualifying for state finals.  Many thanks to Ms Chloe Edwards and Ms Carly Douglas for providing our students with this wonderful experience.



Frankston High School had eight teams enter the Victorian Knockout Track and Field Championships at Lakeside on 14 September.  Our teams had some fantastic results against Victoria's most elite private schools, with the highlight being our Junior boys placing 2nd (Melbourne Grammar 1st by only 10 points and Wesley Grammar in 3rd).

The boys are now off to Adelaide to compete at the Australian Championships in December.  The team is excited about the opportunity to take on the country's best and is looking forward to training hard at Semper Squad in the lead up to the Championships.  A few individual highlights of our elite athletes in Year 8 included:

Noah Oliver - 1st 100m

Tane Rowley - 1st Shot Put

Cadyn Howden - 3rd 100m

Well done to all Frankston High  students who represented our school and all the best to Noah Oliver, Tane Rowley, Cadyn Howden, Monte Charters, Ayden Dignan and Beau Sargent (Year 7) at Nationals.



During the holidays we will be running compulsory practice exams for our Year 12 students, which is an excellent opportunity to have our students well prepared for performing to the best of their ability during the final exams.  My advice to Year 12 students is to study very hard during the holidays whilst maintaining a balance between rest and study.  Also seek out your teachers for extra help.  Our teachers will go out of their way to provide support for our students.  These final few weeks during the holidays and during the beginning of Term 4 can make all the difference with regards to final results.


Wishing that everyone hopefully enjoys some warm spring weather over the break.  I look forward to working with you all throughout Term 4. 


Mr John Albiston


Senior School


The VCE results and ATARs will now be released to students on Friday 15 December and not Monday 18 December as originally advertised. This is to allow students more time to seek careers advice on changing preferences prior to schools closing for the summer break.



On Wednesday 30 August and Friday 1 September school tours were held for families interested in attending Frankston High School in Years 9-12 for 2018.  The tours were well attended, and the parents were full of praise and admiration of the learning culture which was showcased on the tours of both campuses.  Congratulations and a special thank you to Jack Green (Year 12), Lizette Gerryts (Year 12), Sam Ilobuchi (Year 11), Eilis Peters (Year 11) and Harry Stuart (Year 11) who gave families a perfect insight into the teaching and learning, and culture of Frankston High School in the middle school and senior years.  Their presentations were passionate and we appreciate them taking time out of their busy VCE schedules to make the tours so successful.



Students in studies with a performance or oral component have been given a timetable for these examinations.  Any student who has not received a timetable should see Mrs Carolyn McIver in the front office of the Senior Campus immediately. The examination period begins on Monday 9 October and ends on Sunday 5 November.  Students should arrive at their examination half an hour before the scheduled start time and must have photo identification with them.

Good luck to all students involved. 




A reminder to parents and students that Year 12 exams will take place during these school holidays.  Attendance is compulsory and each Year 12 study will have an exam.

The examinations commence on Thursday 28 September and conclude on Thursday 5 October.  This is an invaluable initiative to provide feedback to students on their examination performance and devise strategies for improvement in preparation for the official VCAA Year 12 examination period.



The Year 12 Valedictory Dinner will be held on Wednesday 25 October (Week 3 of Term 4) at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Melbourne.  Students should have finalised their tickets by end of Term 3 as catering numbers need to be confirmed.  I would like to thank Ms Nicole Filippou and Ms Kelly Mitchell for their excellent organisation of this night.  I look forward to seeing Year 12 parents and students at this important event.



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

Students are not permitted to park in the school grounds or Overport Primary School, the car park of the Community Centre at Delecombe Park or directly on Foot Street or Towerhill Road. Students need to park on surrounding side streets and must ensure that they follow local parking restrictions on nearby roads.



Thank you to the parents who participated in the 2017 Parent Opinion Survey.  Our ‘CASES21’ computer program, randomly selected 30% of our families to participate in this survey.

The survey responses are confidential and are sent to an independent organisation that collates the data.  This data will be used to enable the school to celebrate success as well as identify areas for improvement.

Your participation in this important process is greatly appreciated.



The KLDYS Program is aimed at giving talented students an insight into life at The University of Melbourne and to motivate and encourage them to consider going to university.  Nominations from current Year 10 students will be called for towards the end of Term 3 for inclusion in the 2018 Program.

In addition to the KLDYS Program there are a range of scholarships available for international and local students who intend studying at The University of Melbourne.

Please see me for more information.  You can seek information about such scholarships  HERE



Twelve scholarships, valued at $5,000 each, are awarded to students completing Year 12 in 2017 who enrol at Federation University Australia in 2018.  The scholarship will be awarded based on a student’s overall academic potential, contribution to their school and community, with a supporting statement from the School Principal, who seek to study at Federation University in 2018.


For the application form and further information please click  HERE

Applications close Friday 20 October 2017


If you have any questions please contact the Federation University Scholarships, Bursaries and Grants Office on:

(03) 5327 9340 or [email protected]


Applications for this annual scholarship are invited from government school students of VCE Music-Solo Performance.  The selection panel will consider applicants who can demonstrate a commitment to music in recent years and to a future career in music performance.  The students’ study scores for VCE Music-Solo Performance will be taken into consideration.  This scholarship was established by the family of the late Margaret Schofield in recognition of her achievements as a musician and her commitment to music education, and is coordinated by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).  The annual scholarship will contribute towards the cost of tertiary education in music performance.

Applications for the Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarships 2018 opened on Friday 8 September 2017 and close on Friday 10 November 2017.

More information is available on the VCAA Website


The 2018 Charles Allan Seymour (C.A.S.) HAWKER SCHOLARSHIP

The 2018 C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships open on Monday 4 December 2017 and close on Friday 5 January 2018 and are open to Year 12 students.  Information about the scholarship and an application form are available at

Selection is largely based on personal qualities and demonstrated leadership as well as academic ability.


I wish all students and parents a relaxing holiday break.  It is important that Year 12 students use these two weeks to revise thoroughly for their upcoming examinations.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Senior School teachers who have made themselves available to hold revision lectures during these holidays, and to mark and provide feedback to Year 12 students on their exams.


Mr Simon Cameron

Acting 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



The uniform shop will now be open

Thursday evening 7.30pm to 8.30pm




Girls School Uniform

Either Summer or Winter uniform (but not a combination) can be worn from the beginning of Term 4 until Melbourne Cup Day. Summer uniform must be worn from thereafter until the end of school year.

Annual Chaplaincy Dinner


Frankston RSL Club (Simpson’s Room)

183 Cranbourne Road, Frankston

6.00pm for 6.30pm start



$55 (two course dinner, drinks at bar prices)



Ms Suzanne Caldwell  [email protected]  

RSVP: 27 September

17 - 19 October


Frankston High School Production - 2018


Writing Competition


End Of Year Concert Friday 27 October
Tickets Now On Sale!

The Music Department's biggest night of the year, our end of year concert, will be held in the Frankston Arts Centre on the evening of Friday 27 October, commencing at 7.00pm.  A dazzling showcase of our school's musical talent, the concert will have not only our usual bands and choir, but will also feature solo and group performances from our VCE 3 and 4 Music Performance students.

Tickets for the concert are $19.00 and will be on sale from the Frankston Arts Centre from 9.00am Monday 18 September. You have three choices in how you can purchase your tickets:

  1. In person from the Frankston Arts Centre’s Box Office which is open from 9.00am–5.00pm Monday–Friday and 9.00am–2.00pm on Saturdays, or
  2.  By phone on 9784 1060. Tickets can be retained at the Box Office for collection anytime during business hours or can be mailed to you at a cost of $2.75.
  3. Alternatively you can purchase your tickets online at where you can choose to pick up your tickets from the Box Office, have them mailed to you or print at home.  Print at home tickets will arrive as an attachment to the confirmation email sent to your nominated email.

Please note that Frankston Arts Centre will not post tickets within the last 10 days before the concert.


Mr Peter Sharp

Head of Instrumental Music

Please Observe School Traffic Signage

As you are all aware, we have limited parking in the Frankston High School grounds for parents picking up their children.

If you organise to meet your children in the drop off zone and they are not waiting for you when you arrive, please do not block the passage of cars trying to get through.  Please continue through the center of the drop off zone, turn left out of the school into Foot Street, proceed down to the roundabout at Baileyana Street and then do a loop back up Foot Street and around Towerhill Road roundabout.  If the entry to the drop off/pickup zone is full please do not block the roundabout at the corner of Towerhill Road and Foot Street. Continue straight on to the roundabout at Baileyana Street and then do a loop back up again.

GATE 3 is only for staff access and not for student drop off or pick up.  We thank you for your cooperation.

Please Note: The center of the Drop Off/Pick Up Zone is a drive-thru area at all times (even after normal school hours)

Reminder To Bus Travellers

All students who travel to and from school via the public buses are reminded to only use the black and white ‘zebra crossings’ on Towerhill Road and Foot Street to get to and from bus stops, before and after school.

Traffic is extremely congested on the streets before and after school.  It is not safe for students to cross the roads anywhere but the zebra crossings at any time, but especially before and after school.  Parents are asked to discuss with their children, the importance of this matter.


In The News; 
Frankston Leader

'Top marks for homes in Frankston High School zone'  15/9/2017




Read Article HERE






Community Events


Community Sport


Back To School

Back to School Assemblies

During assemblies with our Year 11 and Year 12 students we celebrated the achievements of two very special former students by inducting them into the Frankston High School Hall of Fame. 


They provided inspiring speeches which motivated our senior students to believe that they can achieve their dreams if they embrace challenges, don’t give up when they fail and always do their best.  The former students at this event were Dave Rabey and Alanna Deutrom.  Both provided the message about the rewards experienced as a result of giving to others. 


Below is a description of what Dave and Alanna have already achieved since graduating from Frankston High School. 



Casual Dress Day

Casual Dress Day

On Friday 8 September, the Term 3 Casual Dress Day was held to support The Thin Green Line Foundation (TTGLF)

Every day, Park Rangers risk their lives to protect wildlife and wild places from poaching and other threats.  Sadly, it’s estimated that over 1,000 park rangers have been killed in the line of duty over the past 10 years – a large percentage of these are due to commercial poachers and armed militia groups.  Park Rangers are generally under-equipped, underpaid, and often under-appreciated.  The Thin Green Line Foundation works tirelessly to provide them with the support they need to continue to protect threatened species around the world.

The Thin Green Line Foundation protects Nature’s Protectors by providing vital support to Park Rangers and their communities who are at the front-line of conservation.  They work predominantly in developing nations and conflict zones, and with Indigenous Park Rangers within Australia and abroad.

They are the only organisation solely dedicated to providing Rangers worldwide with the assistance they deserve and need.  As the official charity arm of the International Ranger Federation, TTGLF has unparalleled access to Rangers worldwide.

The Thin Green Line Foundation is highly successful at delivering much needed support to Rangers, with a wide range of effective programs worldwide – from Kenya to Tanzania, Costa Rica to Guatemala, Thailand to Indonesia, and in many, many more places around the globe.

In the sad circumstance of a Ranger losing his or her life in the line of duty, TTGLF helps to ensure the widows and families are looked after into the future.

We are proud to announce that we raised $2,063.80 for this great cause. The Eco Team have also kindly donated $1,000 totalling $3,063.80.

On the day, many fun activities were held around the school, including a frog in a pond stall, a drama workshop, table tennis and four square competitions, a hockey match and a rocket league tournament.

Many thanks to all the teachers who helped out and made the day such a success.


Frankston High School SLC and

Sports Leadership

Around Our School

Poet Chris Wallace Crabbe Visits Literature Classes

On Tuesday 22 August, acclaimed Australian poet Chris Wallace Crabbe visited the school to speak to Year 12 Literature students.  Literature studies are currently studying Wallace Crabbe’s anthology of poetry and it was a rewarding experience to see the poet himself read his work aloud.

He provided rich insights to the students into how his poems were constructed and the intended meaning attached to them.  Students provided a delicious morning tea which we enjoyed over a question and answer session.

Local school, Patterson River Secondary College, also attended the session and students from both schools were able to share their insight and analysis of Wallace Crabbe’s work.


Ms Lauren Costanzo

Literacy Teacher/Acting Director of Pedagogy

Senior SLC Café

During Term 3, the Senior SLC students ran a café from the Senior School Canteen.  The SLC students rotated being the Baristas throughout the Term.  A total of $250 was raised which will be donated to Chaplaincy.  The SLC would like to thank Mrs Kylie Austin for all her support in making it such a success.  The SLC are looking to expand the café in the near future.


Mrs Sarah Bahramis

Director of Student Leadership and Community Engagement


Trivia Game

On Tuesday 5 September, the Senior SLC students and Year 12 International Students met up again to share lunch and play a Trivia game.  The game was full of fun questions that covered Australian culture as well as many questions about countries that our International Students come from.  The lunchtime game was a great way for everyone to interact and have fun.  The Senior SLC students look forward to running many more lunchtime activities.


Bake Sale

Last Wednesday during Parent Student Teacher Conferences the Year 9 Semester 2 Lead Class ran a bake sale and sausage sizzle.  In total we raised $533.85 and $75 was donated by the Little Olive Coffee Cart.  This money will go towards the Nepean School to help repair damages caused by a recent flood.

We would like to thank everyone who came along and supported the Nepean School by purchasing something.  We would also like to thank Ms Anne Thomson for helping run the BBQ.


by Molly Owen and Julia Doebbeling (Year 9)

Out and About


On Thursday 16 March, a group of enthusiastic middle school students were selected for the 2017 Access Monash Champions Program.  We travelled to Sandown Race Course where we met our mentors Hamish and Jade, took part in leadership activities and were introduced to our project that we would be working on for the next five months.

Our project was based on tertiary education, where we explained to our peers the importance of tertiary education and how important it is for their future careers.  Within this project we conducted hours of research, interviewed Monash University students and sent out a survey which was later added to the website that we created.  Our website consists of valuable information about university and what it is like to be a student at university.

On Thursday 31 August, we presented this project at the Peninsula Monash University Campus in front of other schools participating in the Monash Champions Program.  Throughout the day we watched the presentations from other schools and had an inspirational guest speaker talk to us about how traumatic experiences can shape our character. Overall, we have gained lots of knowledge about tertiary education and the university experience and are very grateful to have been given the chance to take part in the Monash Champions Program.

We would like to thank Mrs Aimee Pelzer for all her support.


by Sharka Straka (Year 9), Madeleine Juleff (Year 9),

Samantha Stobie (Year 9), Angelique Joseph  (Year 9)

and Samuel Elliott (Year 10)

Frankston Susono Friendship Association Japanese
Speech Contest 2017

The Frankston Susono Friendship Association Japanese Speech Contest 2017 was held at Monash University Peninsula Campus on Friday 8 September.  There were six contestants from Frankston High School with the other schools from Mornington Peninsula (32 contestants from Secondary schools).


Congratulations to our prize winners:


Sarah Fujii (Year 10)

1st Place

Japanese Environment division (Secondary school)


   Sam Fujii (Year 7)

2nd Place

Japanese Environment division (Secondary school)


We had four more contestants who did very well memorizing a long speech about Hachiko:

Charli Evans (Year 7),

Imogen Briggs (Year 9),

Lan Li (Year 10),

Ankita Thakur (Year 10)

Great effort and well done, everyone! 

Mrs Yuka Mukaiyama

​Languages Teacher

World Vision 40 Hour Famine

Over the weekend, 12-13 August, a group of Frankston High School students participated in the World Vision 40 hour famine and raised $440.50

This year’s 40 Hour Famine is supporting the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time the refugee and displaced persons crisis.  Globally, more than 32.5 million children have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict.  This year, students were committed to living out of their backpacks for 40 hours to raise funds for refugees and displaced children.  This experience helped our students understand what it's like for these children to leave everything behind, even if it was just for a weekend!

I would like to congratulate the following students who were in the top donors:

Orlando Randles (Year 7) - $120.70

Harriet Muhlnickel (Year 7) - $115.00

Archie Borradale (Year 7) - $42.40

Daniel Goodman (Year 8)  - $42.40

Roo Gambiza (Year 10) - $20.00

Mrs Sarah Bahramis - $100.00

Mrs Sarah Bahramis

Director of Student Leadership and

Community Engagement


State Schools Constitutional Convention

I had the pleasure of accompanying Fern Nicholls (Year 11) and Molly Ash (Year 11) to Parliament house on Tuesday 12 September to take part in the Victorian Secondary Schools’ Parliamentary Convention.


The topic for the day was “Should Australia abolish compulsory voting and should the voting age be lowered to 16?”.  Both girls took the opportunity to share their views on the topic in small groups and Fern was chosen to provide one of the opening statements.

 This meant standing up in front of the 100 delegates from other schools in the Legislative Assembly, using the microphones our parliamentarians use and following Parliamentary protocol.

Both girls represented Frankston High School exceptionally well actively contributing to their group discussions.  I wish them luck in their applications for the National Convention to be held in Canberra next year.

Ms Cindy Twyford

Legal Studies Teacher



“Stomping out Stereotypes” Project

The LEAD (Leadership Education and Development) Class of 2017 is preparing to launch a project to eliminate stereotyping within the local community.  Earlier in Term 3, The Foundation of Young Australians visited the class and ran a workshop for the whole day.  The class was inspired to create a project to target a common social issue (stereotyping), and was offered a grant of $500 to fund it.  The name of the project is “Stomping out Stereotypes”, and the aim of it is to raise awareness about stereotyping to the younger generation.

The class collected information from students, teachers and parents to later analyse and construct workshops.  The class is also investing a large proportion of the money in creating a website on Weebly, outlining their project and what they hope to achieve.  It also acts as a resource for students and teachers to learn more about stereotyping in the wider community.  The workshops will be run in some Year 7 classes and in local primary schools over the next Term.  The first workshop has been scheduled for Wednesday 20 September, and the students are very excited to get the workshops underway.

The class organised themselves into small groups to gain insight into different areas of stereotyping, and to promote the project by designing a logo, a website, and a documentary video.  In addition, the students have learnt many things during the process of the project creation:

“I've been able to expand on my knowledge of stereotypes by delving deep into the internet to find out all about the impact stereotypes have on children at a young age, whether those effects come from their parents, television or toy advertisements in local shops. I've also been able to look over my friends’ information and found out more about stereotypes in sport, race and religion. It's been an important topic throughout the term and we've all taken it seriously which has been great to see.” Kynen Cogan (Year 9)

The class hopes to “Stomp out” stereotypes in the younger community by interactively teaching primary school and junior high school students about one of the greatest social issues in humanity.  If you have any enquiries, concerns, or would like to be a part of the “Stomping Out Stereotypes” project, feel free to email [email protected]


Mrs Sarah Bahramis

Director of Student Leadership and

Community Engagement


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