Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Friends
At the end of last year, we were celebrating our excellent VCE results whilst also welcoming back over 100 students who had been either trekking overseas on the World Challenge Expedition, gaining their surf bronze qualification on the Surf Lifesaving Camp or completing the Great Victorian Bike Ride. This provides just a brief snapshot of some of the challenging learning experiences our young people can participate in throughout the school year. I encourage all students to get the most out of school life by becoming involved beyond the four walls of the classroom. I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday time with family and friends and look forward to supporting everyone to make the best of their learning time throughout 2018 with a special welcome to all new students and their families.
OUTSTANDING YEAR 12 RESULTS
We need to all be very proud of our Class of 2017 who achieved outstanding VCE results. As you can see from the front page of our newsletter, we are thrilled with the results achieved by this cohort, some of which are the best ever in the history of our great school. Consequently, we can continue to be justifiably proud of Frankston High School’s outstanding reputation as a high performing academic school of excellence.
Highlights other than those featured on our front page include:-
- Frankston High School continuing to be the leading government school on the Peninsula and, in fact, obtaining results up with and ahead of many private schools.
- 9% of subject scores over 40 places Frankston High School within the top 10 of metropolitan government co-educational and non-select entry schools.
- A median subject score of 31 indicates that a typical Year 12 student at our school achieves above average study scores compared to students in private and government schools across the state.
- The many students who were able to reach their full potential as a result of their commitment to their studies and the outstanding teaching at Frankston High School.
These results reaffirm Frankston High School as one of the leading schools in the state.
It is a great pleasure to report that following the first round university offers, 95% of our Year 12 students who applied for tertiary study have received an offer. We anticipate that after second round offers and mid-year offers, 100% of these students will be proceeding with tertiary courses.
This is an outstanding result. We were thrilled that most students received their first or second choice. This is another great example of how our students achieve their dreams by striving to do their best always.
FOND MEMORIES OF GEORGIA NEWTON
During the holidays representatives from Frankston High School attended the funeral of a cherished former student; Mrs Georgia Newton, who passed away after a short illness. Georgia was an active member of the Former Students and Staff Association committee. For many years Georgia assumed the mammoth workload of organising reunions of former staff and students from across Australia, holding many of these events interstate. Georgia was full of life and fun, having a great love for our school. She was responsible for allowing thousands of former staff and students to stay in contact and share happy memories of their time at Frankston High School. She will be sorely missed by us all and our thoughts are with family and friends who have so dearly felt this loss.
FRANKSTON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FEATURE IN NATIONAL AND LOCAL AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS
It was an absolute privilege for me to accompany Ms Bahramis and two students from our Year 9 LEAD class to the National Australia Day award ceremonies in Canberra. The reason we were invited was because our LEAD class won a National award: The Inspired Citizens Award. They received this award for developing a project called ‘Stomping out Stereotypes’ whereby they have developed a website and implemented a program to encourage people not to stereotype others. For example, not to expect girls and boys to behave in a certain way because of their gender but to support people to become the individuals they need to be. These great young leaders are helping our school to continue to celebrate diversity and to be an inclusive safe environment for everyone. During the awards ceremony which was televised by the ABC some of our students were featured talking about their ideas about the future of Australia. Such achievements make us all very proud of the very talented forward thinking skills and talents of our students and, of course, Ms Bahramis who inspired her students to make a positive change in the world. At the same time back in Frankston, we were delighted to hear that one of our school captains, Eilis Peters (Year 12), was awarded the honour of Frankston’s Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year, for her great leadership and community work in the wider community. Eilis is a lovely student who is well deserving of this acknowledgement.
DAVID CROSS: AWARD WINNER : FRANKSTON CITY COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to our School Council President, Mr David Cross, who as a leading member of Frankston Rotary was awarded the 2018 Frankston City Community Event of the Year.
The Seaford Farmers Market marked its 10th Anniversary in November and is held monthly every third Sunday of each month. The market brings together a group of stallholders to sell to the local community such goods as fruit and vegetables, meat products, bread and cakes, household items such as soaps, candles etc., and arts and crafts; along with food and drinks for consumption at the market.
The Rotary Club of Frankston runs a hot food stall with all profits going towards various charitable projects. The Seaford Farmers Market offers the community the opportunity to support small, local producers and retailers in a friendly and pleasant environment.
The Rotary Club of Frankston has raised in excess of $400,000 over the ten years the market has been running, which has been distributed to worthwhile organisations and charities.
WELCOME TO NEW STUDENTS, PARENTS AND FRIENDS
Welcome to all new students and their families. You are joining a wonderful school with exceptional teachers who will support you to achieve your best.
Frankston High School provides a learning community where we all respect and care for each other, always working cooperatively as a team. In addition, our school provides you with magnificent facilities and resources which are yours to use. You are among friends who care and support each other. Please don’t be afraid to ask questions, and students and staff alike will enthusiastically respond to ensure you feel welcome. Staff, students and parents are eager to help you make a successful transition into our school.
A MULTI CAMPUS SCHOOL
Frankston High School is a multi-campus school. We have two Campus Principals who have responsibility for making decisions regarding the students on their campus.
Ms Helen Wilson
Principal of the Senior School (VCE Campus)
Ms Cathy Hogg
Principal of the Junior School (Year 7-10 Campus)
HELP ALWAYS AVAILABLE
Frankston High School has a commitment to providing all the care and support necessary for each student to do their best and achieve the highest possible learning outcomes. It is important when parents have concerns about their children, that they contact the relevant staff members immediately to ensure a quick supportive response.
The most appropriate staff members to talk with when you have specific concerns are the classroom teachers, then Assistant/Year Level Coordinators, then Sub-School Coordinators. These are the staff members who have a thorough understanding of the needs of the students in their care. Decisions regarding students are made in partnership with parents and students with careful consideration of what is in the best interests of the students.
In addition, we are fortunate to have a very caring Student Wellbeing team: Mrs Kirsten Bakker on the Senior Campus, with Mrs Michelle Beirouti, Mrs Sam Rowe and Mrs Linda Hughes on the Year 7-10 campus) who are available to help students and their families with wellbeing related concerns. We also have a Careers Counsellor : Mrs Carolyn Walsh, who is available to counsel students and families in relation to exploring career options.
I encourage all parents to patronise Ritchies Supermarkets and access a Community Benefits Card, nominating Frankston High School as your preferred beneficiary. Each time you shop at Ritchies you will be actively contributing to your child’s education by helping us continue to provide high quality resources for our students.
FAMILY WELCOME EVENINGS
I look forward to welcoming our parents of new students in Years 8 to 12 at an evening get together to familiarise yourselves with our great school, on Thursday 15 February at 7.00pm. Also we have our Meet and Greet evening for parents of Year 7 students on Thursday 8 March at 7.00pm. I can recommend these nights to new parents, as an informal, social get together in a friendly, supportive atmosphere.
In conclusion, I extend my best wishes to everyone as we embark on another challenging, stimulating year of teaching and learning where I am sure we will be regularly celebrating the many achievements of our extraordinary students. I encourage all students to become involved in many different aspects of school life, which will enhance their learning and provide wonderful lifelong memories of well spent years at Frankston High School.
Mr John Albiston