News from Frankston High School

16 November 2018
Issue Eleven
From the Principal
Senior School News
Important Dates and Notices
PFA Book Sale
The Resilience Project
Around Our School
Out and About
International Student News
Junior Resource Centre News
Our Sponsors
Frankston High School
03 9783 7955
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Frankston, Victoria, 3199

From the Principal

Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Friends

It is all happening across our community with students and teachers joining together in many varied learning activities.  We constantly have teams of great people doing their best and maintaining high expectations of themselves and others which results in us continuing to celebrate outstanding achievements throughout our school community. 

School Captains for 2019 Announced

It is my pleasure to announce the School Captains for 2019.  They are:


Anzali Nedumaran and Jade Roberts

School Captains

Lily Chapple and Guy Taylor

Deputy Captains


I am confident their leadership will inspire all of us to give of our best, enabling our school to progress from strength to strength.  

Valedictory Dinner


The Valedictory dinner was a terrific night of celebration, due to the energy and effort of our staff and enthusiastic support of students and parents.  A special thank you to Ms Nicole Filippou and Mr Simon Cameron who were brilliant in coordinating this event.  Also, thanks to Ms Helen Wilson, Ms Ellen D’Ambra and Ms Clare Challenger who worked throughout the evening to ensure it was flawless.  As you read this newsletter our Year 12 students are diligently studying and sitting exams.  The supervisors have commented that their attendance and behaviour in the exams has been superb.  We wish our graduates every happiness in their future lives and encourage them to come and visit their former school to let us know how they are going and become members of our alumni.

End Of Year Concert: Brilliant!

Congratulations and thanks to our dedicated Instrumental Music teachers and students for providing a sensational End of Year Concert.  The performances were testimony to the great strides our music students have made in developing their talents to an exceptional level.  We now have the largest Instrumental Music Program ever in the history of our great school with phenomenal class sizes in VCE.  I am sure everyone in attendance would agree that the performances were absolutely sublime, with this event being a grand celebration of Music at Frankston High School.  Such an incredible achievement is due to our fantastic Director of Instrumental Music Mr Peter Sharp and his great team Mr Rob Mattessi, Mr Ben Braithwaite, Ms Sally Bredin, Ms Peta Laughlin, Ms Kim Starr and Mr Bob Wijnschenk.  Thank you also to Eilis Peters (Year 12), our excellent emcee on the night.  Our honorary guest Mr Ken Rowe (former Principal) was thrilled to see how Instrumental Music, which he introduced, has developed to become an outstanding program involving hundreds of students, many of whom are proceeding to university to study Music.

Dancing The Night Away At The Year 10 Formal

Whilst we have had the more ceremonial celebratory events as mentioned above, I was able to let my hair down (if only!!!) and dance the night away at the Year 10 formal.  The students looked eye catching in their formal attire and certainly demonstrated what having fun is all about, reminding us that you don’t need alcohol or drugs to have a good time.

I was most impressed with the diversity of students in attendance and everyone was welcomed and accepted, being valued for the individuals they are.  It reminded all of us how fantastic it is to have such a caring, respectful school culture.  Many thanks to Mr Aaron Elias, Ms Lucy Foskett and Ms Leanne Wood, along with a few enthusiastic student leaders, who out did themselves by organising this super fun event. 

State Athletics


Recently our athletics team competed in State Athletics and yet again we were runners up.  This was a great achievement against the Maribyrnong multi-million-dollar sports school, that enrol elite athletes from across the State.  The good news is that we are closing in on Maribyrnong: last year we were 200 points behind and this year we ended up 60 points behind.  Many thanks to our wonderful coaches who inspire our athletes throughout the year, Ms Chloe Stevens, Ms Carly MacDonald, Mr Mal Burt and Mr Bonfadini.  We wish all the very best to our impressive athletics team who are off to Cairns to participate in the National Championships in December.

Public Speaking


We had amazing Year 11 students represent the school at the Lions Youth of the Year event.  Congratulations to Jade Roberts, Zoe Cox, Tandie Banana, Karu Handoyo and Dylan Garrett, who had the courage to participate in a rigorous interview process, followed by an evening of public speaking involving a prepared presentation and two impromptu speeches.  Dylan Garratt was the overall winner with Zoe Cox presented with the Public Speaking Award.  We are indebted to Ms Ellen D’Ambra and Ms Clare Challenger for preparing the students for this event and supporting the Lions Club in running this event at our school.  Also, just a quick mention of our wonderful Year 8 boys debating team who in the last newsletter were preparing for the State finals.  They acquitted themselves perfectly and became State Runners Up.  Over 500 teams had competed at this level in this debating competition; many from elite private schools and all being older in Year 9.  This was a magnificent achievement.

Congratulations to:  James Barratt, Jackson Wylie, Archie Borradate, Orlando Randle and Yoaquim Freeman and a huge thank you to the countless hours devoted by Ms Georgie Long and Ms Emily Pratt in coaching these boys.

Designworks: A Celebration Of Creativity

Each year the culture of Designworks improves thanks to the dedication of Ms April Hinton with more and more parents and students attending this event.  This exhibition was a terrific celebration of the wonderful learning outcomes of students who study Media and Visual Communication subjects.  The high-quality work exhibited was a reflection of the talented dedicated teachers in these subjects, together with the extraordinary skills our students have developed culminating in amazing products.  The folios on display provided an insight with regard to the depth of learning and effort that is involved in producing such incredible pieces of work. 

We Will Miss Ms Smith Leading Our Working Bees

Ms Lee Anne Smith has outdone herself by leading us and enthusing everyone to pitch in at our working bees over many years.  Ms Smith is on leave in 2019 and will be sorely missed by everyone.  Ms Smith’s outstanding contribution and passion for maintaining and improving the grounds has resulted in enhancing the diversity of flora and fauna across our school.  She leaves a great legacy which we are determined to uphold.  Thanks to our loyal band of staff, parents and students who give of their weekend time to keep our gardens looking great.  Much was achieved with many of us candidates for RSI after extensive weeding. 

Early Commencement


In the next few weeks students are beginning their new year level as part of the Early Commencement Program.  This means that we are not winding down for the last few weeks of school, but we will continue to provide challenging learning experiences and assessments for all students for the remainder of the year.  Our reputation for having attendance well above the State average needs to continue for the rest of the year.  This is a time when students can impress upon their new teachers how willing they are to step up and do their best always.  For many, holiday homework will be set and it is essential that it is completed in order for a successful start next year. 


Looking forward to catching up with many parents and students on Presentation Night.


Mr John Albiston


Senior School News

Official classes for our Year 12 students concluded on Wednesday 24 October.  Our Year 12 Class of 2018 can be proud of their achievements.  We have seen this group of students achieve excellent results in academic performance, in extra-curricular activities, as well as provide leaders in student activities, sport, music and community involvement.  

The VCAA examination period commenced on Wednesday 31 October and will conclude on Wednesday 21 November.  Our exam supervisors have commented that this year’s students have been the best they have supervised over the years.  Congratulations to all Year 12 students on the perfect start to their exams.

I am sure this is due in part to the practice exams held at the mid year and over the September holidays and the high expectations communicated by Year 12 teachers.  It has been very pleasing to see the high number of students who have been at school, meeting with their teachers, attending revision lectures and completing practice exam papers.

Thank you to the Year 12 teachers who give freely of their time and work diligently in assisting students, marking practice exams and holding revision lectures to assist students in preparing thoroughly for these exams. 

2018 VCE Results and ATAR Service

2018 VCE results and the ATAR will be available on the 2018 VCE Results and ATAR Service from 7.00am Friday 14 December.


Results can be accessed by mobile application, student email or from the internet.  Students will need their VCAA student number and PIN.  If you are a VTAC applicant, use your VTAC PIN.  If you are not a VTAC applicant use the first four digits of your birth date (eg 17 July =1707)



The internet service is free and is available 24 hours a day from 7.00am Friday 14 December until 12.00pm Wednesday 19 December


Mobile application

The mobile app is available now for download on the Apple App Store or Google Play.  Search for VCE results and ATAR.  Results and ATAR will not be available until 7.00am Friday 14 December.


Student Email

To receive VCE results via email on Friday 14 December students must have provided an accurate email address to the school which has been recorded on VASS.



Results and ATAR statements will arrive in the mail from Monday 17 December.

Important Dates


Wednesday 31 October to

 Wednesday 21 November

Year 12 Examinations


Friday 16 November

Last day of Year 11 classes


Monday 19 November to Friday 30 November

Year 11 Examinations

 The results from these Year 11 examinations

are very important and determine subject selection and promotion to Year 12.


Tuesday 11 December and

Wednesday 12 December

Confirmation of 2019 Enrolment


Wednesday 19 December

Presentation Night

Early Commencement Program
3-7 December

As in previous years, we are running a compulsory Early Commencement Program for all 2019 Year 11 and Year 12 students from Monday 3 December to Friday 7 December.  Teachers will conduct classes for the week and the work covered will not be repeated next year.  The program gives students the opportunity to get a head start with their studies and enables them to complete preparatory work over the summer school holidays.

Valedictory Dinner

On Wednesday night 24 October we farewelled our Year 12 students at the Valedictory Dinner held at The Pullman, Albert Park.  Over 600 people attended the dinner and many awards were presented.  Seeing these wonderful young adults completing high school was a proud moment for many of us.

It is hard to believe that six years ago they were only eleven or twelve year olds and starting high school for the first time.

The dinner was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the students’ achievements with their parents and teachers.

I would like to thank Ms Nicole Filippou and Mr Simon Cameron for all of their hard work in the organisation of this event.

Congratulations to Stella Cowan and Matthew Coulter who won the prestigious Caltex Best All Rounder Award.



The Captain Reg Saunders Scholarship is an annual scholarship open to Koorie and Torres Strait Islanders who are eligible to commence, or are currently studying, a university degree or diploma course in 2019 and intend undertaking this Degree/Diploma in the area of Psychology, Nursing, Applied Science, Social Work or Education.  Further information and application forms can be obtained via  the website:


Applications for the Charles Hawker 2019 Scholarships open on Monday 3 December and close on Friday 4 January 2019.

An application form and further information are available from  Hawker Scholarships are valued at up to $60,000.00 over three years. They are offered to capable students of principle and character, who have demonstrated a commitment to the wider community.  Selection is based on personal qualities as well as academic ability.


Ms Helen Wilson

Senior Campus Principal

Important Dates and Notices

Important Dates


Semper Squad Timetable
- Term 4

Click HERE for Link to Frankston High School Sports Facebook page.

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 - 8.30pm


10.00am - 12.00noon


Last Day of Trading for 2018

15 December




JRC & Homework Club

Homework Club will conclude on

Thursday 9 December

This will be the last session for 2018


Click HERE for link to Frankston High School JRC Facebook Group for news and updates.

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 on 9783 7955


LAMONT Books is moving!




PFA Book Sale

Save the Dates


Saturday 8 December

9.00am - 1.00pm

JRC (Junior Resource Centre) 7-10 Campus

Year 7 - Year 12 second hand books

will be available to buy



Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 December

Any remaining Year 7 - Year 12 second hand

books will be for sale from

9.00am – 3.00pm

on VCE Campus - Room 303

(adjoining Presentation Space).



Tuesday 11 December

8.30am - 10.00am

Any remaining Year 7 second hand books

will be available to buy in

the corridor outside the JRC.


Payment can be made by cash, Visa or Mastercard

Please note: EFTPOS will only be available on Saturday 8 December.

Books To Hand In

We will be accepting books with the

completed ‘Hand in Form’

in the JRC on the following dates during


 Recess and Lunchtime:

Tuesday 4 December

Wednesday 5 December

Thursday 6 December

Friday 7 December


The PFA Book sale ‘Hand in’ Form plus a list of all of the second hand books we are accepting is included below. This information is also available on our website and Compass.


Urgently Needed

A request to Year 12 students:

When you hand in your books to sell  at the JRC please also hand in your Frankston High School padlock along with your lock combination code and receive $5.00 cash.



This Is The PFA’s
Biggest Fundraiser
for The Year,
Please Support
Our School


The Resilience Project

How to get better sleep

You'd think by a certain age we would master the art of getting enough sleep (parents/carers of babies excluded!), however the Center for Disease Control and Prevention have called sleep deprivation a public health crisis.


Are you getting enough sleep?





Around Our School

Year 12 Final Day

On Wednesday 24 October, our class of 2018 completed their final day at Frankston High School.  The students who had attended Frankston High School since Year 7 received their time capsules, with many memories inside.

The Year 12 students then had the opportunity to dress up.  A BBQ was prepared by the Year 11 SLC students and served to all Year 12 students.  The School Captains supported by the Year 12 SLC team, distributed fun awards.  The morning culminated with all students receiving a delicious and personalised cupcake.

These cupcakes were kindly made by the Year 8 Food Technology classes and their teachers, iced by Ms Lauren Ashton and Ms Eliza Pelham and then toppers carefully placed on by the Year 11 SLC team.

Overall it was a wonderful celebration. Thank you to everyone involved who made it a day to remember.



In developing countries, for many girls, their monthly cycle affects their education and life completely.  Sanitary items are expensive.  Most families can’t afford to send their children to school for $20, let alone buying $24 worth of sanitary products a year.  A group of students from the L.E.A.D class have decided to hand make and sell red scrunchies for $5 each with all profits going straight to helping these young girls. 

These scrunchies will be sold every Friday lunchtime in the canteen annex.  Help us educate these young girls and help them with providing them with the resources they need.

We have also l created a go fund me page with the link here


Website link


Cadyn, Zoe, Josh L,

Jaxon,  Mia, Jacob, Maud,

Josh T, Alex, Maegan,

Jordana and Sahar



Out and About

Great Victorian Bike Ride 2018

Over the past couple of months, you may have spotted groups of Frankston High School students riding on Wednesday nights around Frankston South and Mt Eliza and on Sunday mornings.  The group of 30 students, eight parents and staff have been in training for the 2018 Great Victorian Bike Ride in all sorts of weather conditions, as they prepare for their 500+ kilometre challenge.  This year’s event begins in Bright then works its way up to Yarrawonga then back to Benella for the finish.

Two weeks ago, the group enjoyed perfect riding conditions as they completed a 75km ride up to the top of Arthurs Seat and back. The development of the students has been extremely impressive in terms of fitness, riding skills and road awareness.  For some, the early training sessions up Overport Road and Humphries Road were overwhelming, yet now they are conquering the tallest point on the Mornington Peninsula.

Over the next two weeks they will ride over 200km, with rides to Black Rock and Sorrento.  We really appreciate the friendly waves and patience of most drivers that we have encountered during the training sessions.

With two weeks until the beginning of the Great Victorian Bike Ride, students, staff and participating parents are finalising their preparation.  The success of our group is largely due to the support from our sponsors, who have generously contributed to our challenge.  We encourage you to contact our sponsors if you are in a position where you can utilise their services.

Our sponsors for 2018 are, Nicholas Lynch Real Estate and Bayside Coaches.

For more information about the Great Victorian Bike Ride, you can go online to Bicycle Network Victoria or contact Malcolm Burt at Frankston High School.

Stay tuned for reports from the students upon our return and remember the Great Victorian Bike Ride will be offered again in 2019 to students in Years 7 to 10.


Mr Mal Burt

GVBR Coordinator

International Student News

Year 12 Graduation Ceremony

On Monday 22 October, we farewelled 26 Year 12 International students with a special pizza lunch and certificates.  They are all intending to continue onto university.  The event was supported by the Principal Class, Coordinators and their teachers.  We wish them all the best in their exams and future careers.


On Wednesday 24 October, 26 International students graduated from our school.  Some of the students have been studying here for over three years, becoming like a family for them, while they are living away from their own family overseas.

It was a special night of celebration and I would especially like to thank our Principal Mr John Albiston, who drove 22 of us to the venue and home again in the school bus.  It is rare that a principal would find the time to be able to drive and show so much care for the International Student Program.  We are very grateful for his kindness.

Congratulations Calvin!

Calvin Gu in Year 12 has won two prestigious awards recently.  The first one was through the Frankston City Council Historical photography competition.

This was followed by the State competition of Victoria Through Your Eyes and Calvin won first prize again in this.  He is a credit to his amazing teachers and the effort they have put in to develop his passion and ability.

Congratulations Calvin!


Mrs Sharon Koning

International Student Coordinator

Junior Resource Centre News

Holiday Reading

Christmas and the summer holidays are fast approaching!!!  Firstly, a reminder that all library loans are due back on Friday 7 December so that we can stock take our collection.  Our digital library ePlatform will still be available throughout the holidays, 24/7, anywhere in the world, so there is no excuse to stop reading!

ePlatform is a fantastic resource with over 1000 eBook and 600 Audiobook titles on offer.  Loans are for 2 weeks and return automatically, so no risk of overdues or lost books! 


ePlatform can be accessed from the ‘eBooks’ button on the library homepage:

Compass > ‘Star’ > Resource Centre > eBooks

You can sign in with your school username and password.


An easier way to access ePlatform is to download the ePlaform App on any Smart device.  Watch this VIDEO to see how easy it is.


Downloading Audiobooks can use a lot of data, but with ePlatform App you can preload books so you can listen data free when you’re out and about.  This VIDEO shows you how.

Open Times & Homework Club

Homework Club will conclude on

Thursday 9 December

This will be the last session for 2018


Click HERE for link to Frankston High School JRC Facebook Group for news and updates.

Automated Reminder Emails

We are excited to announce the launch of automated reminder emails for overdue books this term.  Emails will be sent to students two days before their book is due, then at three days and 14 days overdue.  After 14 days overdue, library staff will begin contacting parents.  This is a huge improvement from the previous manual system.

Just a reminder that library loans are for two weeks only and students are expected to renew or return their books after this time.  Whilst we don’t charge overdue fines, if your book is long overdue you will need to pay for a replacement.


Our Sponsors


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