News from Frankston High School

20 October 2017
Issue Ten
From the Principal
Senior School
Important Dates and Notices
Frankston High School Capital Works Project  
Around Our School
Relay for Life
In The Spotlight
Our Sponsors
Frankston High School
03 9783 7955
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Frankston, Victoria, 3199

From the Principal

Dear Parents, Staff, Students & Friends

The beginning of spring with days of warm weather and our magnificent cherry trees in blossom has certainly helped in providing an uplifting start to Term 4.  Many students have told me that they had a great holiday but are pleased to be back at school enjoying the company of their friends and teachers. 



Thanks to an outstanding group of teachers and over sixty SLC and sports leaders who generously gave of their first weekend of the holidays to participate in ‘Relay for Life’.  They raised in excess of $12000, which was the largest sum of any organization.  Funds will be used to support the most important priority of cancer treatment and research.  The students were exceptional ambassadors for our school, completing the midnight marathon and many circuits of the Ballam Park Athletics track.  I stayed until 1.00am in the morning and I was exhausted, perhaps because I am "old", but the students and their teachers remained bright and full of energy throughout the night.  Congratulations and a huge thank you to these amazing young people (teachers and students) we are so fortunate to have at our school. 



Year 11 students have returned from their Central Oz trip that began in the latter part of Term 3, finishing midway during the holidays.  Many thanks to staff who sacrificed their personal time, especially their holiday time away from family and friends, to support our students in having a trip they will remember for the rest of their lives. Staff reported on the excellent behaviour of students on this trip, with many travellers in Central Australia commenting on how friendly and courteous our students are.   Such positive feedback makes me very proud to be Principal of Frankston High School. 



Last week the students representing Frankston High School at the Southern Zone Sports epitomised our motto of doing their best and showed great sportsmanship throughout the day.  Frankston High School are yet again Southern Zone Champions and this is a great achievement, since our competition involved many other schools who regard themselves as elite sporting schools.  There has been an extraordinary team of staff who have devoted many early mornings, weekends and school holidays to coaching and enthusing our students as members of Semper Squad.  Thanks to Ms Chloe Edwards, Mr Mal Burt, Mr Steven Bonfadini and Ms Carly Douglas who have supported our athletes.  Our students are most fortunate to have staff who are prepared to give their all to create such an exemplary sporting culture. We wish our team every success and enjoyment in their participation in the up and coming State Championships.



Those who attended our annual Chaplaincy dinner enjoyed a great night of friendship and celebration of our Chaplaincy program.  It was great to have a table of parents of Year 7 students and we hope you enjoyed this night so much that you will join our loyal band of supporters who return year after year.  Our guest speaker was former student Laura Bird who is pursuing a career as an Acoustic Engineer.  Laura spoke about the rewards of giving to others, having established the inaugural Peninsula Rotary Club when in Year 12.  She specifically spoke about her epic bike ride from Melbourne to Cairns to raise research funds for a rare form of brain cancer.  Laura raised in excess of $100,000. 



A huge thank you to Mr Simon Cameron who sacrificed a week during the holidays to organise and oversee the Year 12 holiday practice exams.  Students have commented that this was a great learning experience enabling them to further perfect their exam techniques and to become aware of areas of their course requiring more focus. 

The last few weeks of school for Year 12 students and the SWOT VAC period can make all the difference to final subject scores.  My suggestion to all Year 12 students is to establish a timetable of study, to practise as many exams as possible under exam conditions, and then to constantly seek teacher feedback about their performance.  This is a very demanding study period so it is essential to have an hour off each day apart from meal times to do something that you find relaxing.  I look forward to wishing the class of 2017 every success and happiness in the future as we say farewell on Celebration Day and join with parents at our up and coming Valedictory Dinner.


Wishing everyone a Term 4 that is full of fun and challenging learning activities at our great school.


Mr John Albiston


Senior School

Welcome Back

Welcome back to what is a critical and very busy time of year for our senior school students.



I would like to thank all students and parents for the overwhelming support for the Year 12 exams which were held over the September/October holiday period.  This program was an outstanding success, and I hope it is a valuable learning experience for students in terms of perfecting exam techniques and time management.  It is now important for students to act on the feedback which has been provided by their teachers to further improve their learning outcomes and examination performance.

I would also like to thank the supervisors who assisted with the exams, in particular Mrs Bev Valentine, who worked tirelessly to ensure the exams ran efficiently and under VCAA guidelines.  I would also like to acknowledge the extra work and dedication of our Year 12 teachers in the setting and marking of these exams.



Another successful tour of Central Australia and the Northern Territory has arrived home safely with students and staff reporting on a memorable and enjoyable trip.  Congratulations to the students who were excellent ambassadors for Frankston High School.  I am sure they gained an invaluable appreciation of Australian culture and will have life-long memories of this tour.  Thank you to the staff involved, under the leadership of Mrs Adrienne Shepard, who gave of their personal time and worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the trip – their commitment and dedication is outstanding.  Thank you also to Mrs Anne Thomson for her excellent organisation of the trip.



We have now reached the most critical time of year.  Year 12 students have less than one week of class time left and Year 11 students have four weeks before their exams.  All students should have implemented a comprehensive study plan/timetable to prepare for their examinations.

Some useful hints for exam preparation:

  • Prepare summaries in your own words and use pictures, tables and graphs to help you remember the theory.
  • Highlight the key words that you need to remember and create the theory.
  • Work with a study partner and ask each other questions about the notes or explain the concepts to another person (parents come in handy here!).
  • Study in blocks of time, eg. 50 minute blocks followed by a 10 minute break.
  • Practise as many past exam papers as possible so you get used to the timing and types of questions examiners ask.
  • Don’t cram before exams; a bit each day is a much more effective way to learn.
  • Establish a regular routine in studying, eating, exercising and sleeping.
  • Study and sit previous years’ exam papers at home at the same time as timetabled for the end of year exam.
  • Don’t stay up all night; it’s not an effective way to learn.

I would like to remind parents and students of the Elevate presentations where the importance of completing past exam papers was stressed.  The presenters stated that a critical component of student success in Year 12 is completing past exam papers under timed conditions and receiving feedback from teachers on their answers.  As a minimum, 5-6 practice exam papers should be completed per subject; based on research the top students in each study are completing 20-30 practice exam papers and meeting with their teachers to receive feedback.  Students should also be reading the Assessment Reports on past exam papers which are available at


The Frankston High School Resource Centre has resources to help... see attachement below.




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. 



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 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.

Important Dates

End of Year 12 Arrangements

Wednesday October 25

Normal classes run Periods 0, 1 & 2

Students allowed to get changed into costumes and sign shirts from Recess

Celebration Activities and BBQ commence Period 3

Year 12 students leave the Senior Campus by 12.30pm in full school uniform (including a clean shirt/dress that hasn’t been signed)

Valedictory Dinner starts 6:30pm (Sofitel Melbourne).


Year 12 Examinations

Begin on Wednesday 1 November and conclude on Wednesday 22 November.

Year 11 students are not required to attend school on Wednesday 1 November due to the Year 12 English Examination taking place on this day.


Year 11 Examinations

Begin on Monday 20 November and conclude on Friday 1 December.

The results from these Year 11 examinations are very important and determine subject selection and promotion to Year 12.

 The final submission date for all work for senior school students is Friday 3 November.


Early commencement program will run from Monday 3 December to Friday 8 December. 

Attendance is compulsory for all 2018 Year 11 and Year 12 students.

I wish all senior school students the very best for their upcoming exams.



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, and contribution to their school and community, with a supporting statement from the School Principal, to students who seek to study at Federation University in 2018.


For the application form and further information please click  HERE

Applications close TODAY,  Friday 20 October 


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.



There are a number of scholarships available to students that the DET advertises but does not administer.  This includes scholarships available to Year 12 students which can be applied for once their end of year results have been finalised.  All scholarships can now be viewed via the DET link:

Best Wishes to the Class of 2017

As this is the final newsletter for our Year 12 students before they embark on their final examinations, I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere best wishes for their examinations and their future goals and ambitions.  I wish them every success in the future and I would like to thank them for their excellent contribution to Frankston High School.  They have been an absolute pleasure to work with.  I would also like to congratulate and thank the excellent work and leadership of our school captains Lizette Gerryts and Jack Green.


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 be CLOSED on the

following Saturdays:

28 October (due to asbestos removal)

4 November (Melbourne Cup weekend)


Please see attachment for uniform prices and special opening times, December and January. 



Working Bee Sunday
29 October - CANCELLED

Due to asbestos removal, the Working bee will be rescheduled for a later date.



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.

Frankston High School Production - 2018


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 are on sale at the Frankston Arts Centre. 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, so this option is not available for concert tickets.

Mr Peter Sharp

Head of Instrumental Music

Community Benefit Card

The Ritchies Community Benefit Card or Key tag can be used at ANY of the listed supermarkets or liquor departments.  See list attached below.

Check our website: for phone numbers and addresses of the following stores or ring Head Office on (03) 9784 2000.


Community Events


Community Sport


Frankston High School Capital Works Project

In 2014 our school was fortunate enough to be allocated $8.5 million in funding to redevelop and modernise our school facilities over both campuses.  The appointed architects (Baade Harbour Pty Ltd) have worked tirelessly over the last three years with our staff and school community to ensure the best outcome for Frankston High School.  The tender process is now complete for both campuses.


Senior Campus

The senior students have now moved into the completed refurbishment of the former SRC also known as the Margaret Mace Centre.  This area incorporates three classrooms, study space, Wellbeing and International Student office and a fantastic senior social space where all students can congregate and enjoy lunch together.  A great space for our senior students to relax after long periods of study.

Currently the builders are completing refurbishement of the 400s block including the former reception and admin area.

The Senior Campus project is expected to be completed and ready for the commencement of Term 1, 2018.

7-10 Campus

The 7-10 Campus will commence in the next few weeks and will be ongoing until late 2019.  The 7-10 Campus project will entail the conversion of the school hall into a STEM Centre, the current stadium converted into a Performing Arts Centre, and the Aviation Shed and surrounding car park will become a community gym and two-court stadium.


STEM Centre Drawings

Sports Complex

Performing Arts Centre


Around Our School

The Year 7 French Correspondents Program is underway!

Earlier in the year some of our French classes sent postcards to students at the College Jean-Louis Harmon in Brittany, France, introducing themselves and asking for correspondents.  Now that the students in France are back from their summer holidays, they have sent their replies, with their contact addresses.  Our students have been busy reading their mail and preparing their answers in class, but then they’ll be keeping up the connection to their own French penfriend via social networks or by real mail if they choose.

Picture Gallery: Years 7A, 7D and 7F


Many thanks need to go to the French connection Gwenaelle Moalmeyer, and her colleague Laurence Pierce from the English department of the college in Plouha, to Patricia from the History/Geography department and to Hérvé Thomas of the Sports faculty.


During my trip to France, I spent a day teaching at the college to promote the program and to allow the French students to find out more about our school and Australia. 

In the morning, I tried to teach them cricket using a tennis racquet and witches’ hats, and in the afternoon assisted in the English classes.


The newspaper even turned up, although they did manage to get the name wrong!  Article Link HERE


Mr Chris Sutcliffe, French Teacher

Relay for Life

Relay for Life 2017

On 23 September, 67 SLC and Sports Leadership students joined together to participate in the Cancer Council’s Frankston Relay For Life. We walked from 4.00pm to 11.00am the next morning.  It was a very exhausting but enjoyable time.


Before Relay for Life we did a lot of fundraising, ending up with over $12,500 going to the Cancer Council to help fight cancer.  We all did our individual fundraising and did a huge group fundraiser at Village Cinemas, watching "Wonder Woman".   Congratulations to Dylan Garrett (Year 10) for raising $1,340.


At Relay for Life there was a midnight marathon, which commenced exactly at midnight.  We had three teams running the full marathon (100 laps) and three running the half marathon (50 laps).  Each team had around five people and took it in turns to run laps.


On behalf of the students I would like to thank the many great teachers for coming because it wouldn’t have been such a success without you, especially Ms Chloe Edwards and Ms Carly Douglas.

Blake Shaw (Year 9)

SLC and Sports Leader



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