News from Frankston High School

25 June 2018
Issue Six
From the Principal
Senior School News
Important Dates and Notices
The Resilience Project News
Around Our School
Out and About
cont...Snowy River School for Student Leadership
Living Below The Line
Our Sponsors
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From the Principal

Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Friends

As Term 2 draws to a close, we can reflect on a term that arrived with many challenges but thanks to our great community we have worked through these challenges with students making incredible progress in terms of learning outcomes and personal growth.



It is my pleasure to announce that two of our student leaders have been appointed to School Council.  They are Michaela Goggin (Year 9) and Zoe Cox (Year 11).

I am confident that both students will be excellent representatives of the student body on School Council and both parents and staff representatives look forward to hearing directly from the ‘student voice’. 



I am very pleased to report that the following Year 10 students from Frankston High School have been offered a place in the Monash Scholars Class of 2018-2020:  Tiana Atkinson, Ben Fiala and Elly Howell

Such an honour is very well deserved since these students excel in their studies by always doing their best always. Feedback from Monash University has indicated that the calibre of students applying for this award was exceptional, with many being unsuccessful.  The benefits of the Monash Scholars Program include:  enhanced learning, exploring career ambitions, defining personal aspirations, preparation for university life and building networks with other high-achieving students.

I am sure Tiana, Ben and Elly will take full advantage of the opportunities that Monash University offers them in the coming years.



Recently, Michaela Goggin (Year 9) competed in the DAV's Intermediate Public Speaking Competition against Years 9 and 10 students from all around Victoria.  Michaela spoke about bullying and resilience for her prepared speech and gave two impromptu speeches.  She came 8th and was the second highest scoring government school student.

Mia Davis (Year 10) competed in the Melbourne Final of the Rostrum 'Voice of Youth' Competition.  She was in the Senior (Years 10-12) division and selected 'Set your Wheels in Motion' as the topic of her prepared speech and focused on mental health and self-esteem.  She also gave an impromptu speech.  Mia’s brilliance shone through with her coming first in the Senior Division!  She will now compete against the winners of the Victorian Regional Finals.  If she makes it through that stage she will represent Victoria in the National Final.

Recently, I had the pleasure of accompanying Stella Cowan (Year 12) and Tandie Banana (Year 12) to the VCAA

Regional Finals

English speaking award.  This competition was primarily against private schools with Stella winning and now proceeding to the State Finals.  Stella provided her prepared talk on social justice in Australia, highlighting the divide that exists between private and government schools.  Very brave since she was speaking at Toorak College.  Accolades to Ms Georgie Long for her efforts in preparing these students and our debating teams to excel during competition.  



It was wonderful to see our Year 12 students kicking up their heels and having so much fun at their recent formal.  Everyone was certainly jiving on the dance floor with an atmosphere of friendship and happiness.  The students scrubbed up very well, looking most impressive in their formal attire.  The staff at the Mornington Racecourse commented on how well behaved and courteous our students were and as Principal, I must say they were excellent.  I am immensely proud of this Year 12 cohort who have stepped up considerably, to give of their best in their studies and also for their great sense of encouragement and acceptance they provide for each other.  They were most deserving of this light relief as Unit 4 begins. (Photo gallery in Senior School News)



Thanks to the willingness of coaching staff (Mrs Chloe Stevens, Mrs Carly MacDonald, Mr Mal Burt and Mr Steven Bonfadini) for giving of their time and expertise so generously to coach our long-distance runners to star at the Victorian All Schools Cross Country Championships

Highlights included Rhemmy Gibbs (Year 10) and Ayden Dignan (Year 9) becoming State Champions in their age group, with U16 boys achieving Silver (Ayden Dignan, Sean Van Wijk, Jaxon Fraser and Jye Dignan).

Twenty of our students were great ambassadors for our school at this event competing against elite private schools. This event was followed by the Regional Cross Country State Schools’ Championships.  Congratulations to all students who competed.  We had some fantastic results with our 13 years girls, 14 years boys, 14 years girls, 15 years boys and 15 years girls all winning and off to State along with many outstanding individual performers!  I was thrilled to cheer on Ayden Dignan, Rhemmy Gibbs and Bevan Does (Year 10) as they finished first in their races.



Last week I visited the Snowy River Campus for Student Leadership in Marlo where six of our Year 9 students have been living and learning throughout Term 2.  It was exciting to catch up with these students and to hear of their adventures.  I am convinced this has been a life changing experience for these students and they will return to our school and their families, having grown as young people, further developing their leadership skills to an exceptional level.  During our visit the students presented their community project.  They plan to complete a mural at the Frankston Hospital, which will be a reminder whenever we have a hospital visit of how important it is for a school to reach out and make a difference to the wider community.  I look forward to welcoming the following talented students back to school in Term 3:  Tess Rogers, Alex Hayes, Matt Debenham, Jack Westley, Lucy Philpott and Amelie Rule.



Last Friday our flute ensemble and choir provided moving performances at the High Street Uniting Church in support of the Choir of Hard Knocks.  In addition, our Senior Concert Band stole the show at a recent concert at McKinnon Secondary College.  Music at Frankston High School is flourishing thanks to the leadership of Mr Peter Sharp with the support of a very talented dedicated team of Instrumental Music teachers.



Semester 1 reports will be made available to families online on the first day of Term 3.  It is recommended that parents read these reports with their children to reflect upon the comments teachers have made and to make plans for future improvement.  Please don’t hesitate to contact teachers at the beginning of Term 3 should you require any further ideas and support for how to best assist your children to make the most of their learning time at Frankston High School. 


Staff and students are exhausted after giving their all for the first half of the year allowing outstanding teaching and learning experiences to be enjoyed by all.   I wish all staff, students and their families a relaxing holiday break and special time with family and friends.  Stay warm and get those batteries recharged because third term will provide us with some more substantial learning challenges which will enrich our lives and help us to grow to be even better people.  


Mr John Albiston


Senior School News


I am looking forward to meeting Year 10 parents at our Information Evening on Wednesday 18 July in the Senior School.  The evening will commence at 6.30 pm and 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 and programs 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.



Thank you to our supervisors, in particular our Chief Supervisor  Mrs Bev Valentine,  for administering the Year 12 exams and GAT over the past two weeks.  Our students’ behaviour was exemplary.



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; providing valuable feedback to the students on their progress to date.  Thank you also to Mr Aaron Elias and Ms Clare Challenger   for organising and overseeing the exams.



End of semester reports will be available online at the beginning of Term 3.  This is 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 13 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 11.00 pm.  Thank you to Ms Nicole Filippou and Mr Simon Cameron for their excellent organisation of the evening.  Thank you also to the staff who attended:   Mr John Albiston, Ms Nicole Filippou, Mr Simon Cameron, Mrs Carolyn Walsh, Ms Suzanne Caldwell, Ms Kylie Williams, Mr Aaron Elias, Ms Clare Challenger, Mr Travis de Valle and Ms Kirsten Bakker.



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, to ensure students maximise their learning outcomes and performance is outstanding!


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 3.


Ms Helen Wilson

Senior School Principal

Important Dates and Notices

Important Dates


Semper Squad Timetable
- Term 3

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


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 (7.30pm-8.30pm)


The Uniform Shop is going "bag free",

in line with popular supermarkets



Winter uniform must be worn until

the end of Term 3




JRC & Homework Club

Homework Club Hours 3.30-4.30pm

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

French Host Information

The emphasis of the French Exchange Host Program is for our French visitors to experience our culture, our food and our language and in return enjoy a rewarding cultural exchange.


The 10 French students aged 16-17 years old will arrive at Tullamarine Airport on Sunday 15 July at 5.35am (last Sunday of the school holidays).  They depart on Tuesday 21 August at 9.15pm.  There will be two host block dates to choose from:


Sunday 15 July - Friday 3 August

(19 days)


Friday 3 August - Tuesday 21 August

(18 days)


Data Collection


Year 10 Immunisations


The Meningococcal ACWY Secondary School Vaccine Program Consent Card was sent home from school with your child.

This card  must be completed and returned to the school regardless of whether your child is being vaccinated at school.



Support our school with the Ritchies Benefit Card







The Resilience Project News

The Resilience Project App is a daily well-being journal.  Each day users will be prompted to identify their emotions, record moments of gratitude and practise mindfulness.  The aim is to develop emotional literacy, engage with the positive things in life and be actively present.


The Resilience Project staff worked with the team at Australian Unity as part of their Join The Optimists campaign to develop this App.  We believe that it’s the perfect tool to help you practise gratitude, empathy and mindfulness.


This App is suitable for and has programs designed specifically for, primary and secondary school students, as well as adults of all ages wanting to improve their mental well-being.  We’re also very fortunate to have worked with Buddhify and Happy Waves who have donated several mindfulness scripts to ensure this App has everyone covered.

You can purchase the App for $4.49 – and you’ve got it forever!

Around Our School

High Resolves 
Year 7

As part of our LEAD class we were able to join the Year 7 High Resolves presentation and use our leadership skills to help the Year 7s discuss issues within our group.  The presentation was shown by Tom Marks - he talked about Collective Identity and brought up topics such as discrimination.  I found the presentation really interesting and the use of games and activities tied into the overall theme.  I found the idea of the 'Star Games' very creative and the moral and underlying theme was very clear. Within periods 1, 2 and 3, the classes of Year 7s were very quiet, so by the time it got to the second group we were all surprised by the amount of energy they had.  Everyone who took part seemed very interested and was happy to share their opinion about any of the topics.  At the start of having each group, it did feel a little awkward at first, as none of us knew each other, but by the end we were all laughing and had our own inside jokes.  I really enjoyed being able to discuss topics with them, one being after seeing a picture separating boys' toys and girls' toys.  It was nice to hear each of their opinions and listen to the reasoning behind their ideas.  Overall, I had a really enjoyable experience and feel very grateful I was able to take part.

Hannah Chia

Year 9 LEAD member 

On Thursday 24 and Friday 25 May, the students in the Semester One LEAD class helped out as student leaders at High Resolves.  On Thursday morning, my peers and I arrived in the library, preparing to encourage the Year Seven students. We introduced ourselves to Tom Marks from High Resolves. When the Year 7s came in, the atmosphere of the room went from quiet and peaceful to excited and buzzing in a matter of seconds. Mrs Caldwell started sending a couple of students to each group until most were full.  The first group we had for the first three periods consisted of four classes.  Once everyone's group was full, Tom introduced himself to the Year 7s and we began the workshop.  He started by telling everyone what we would be talking about, the program was called Collective Identity. Collective Identity is an interactive program designed to help students realize that they are global citizens and that they are a part of a single, yet diverse race, the human race.  The length of the workshop is 2-2.5 hours.  There were many messages throughout the workshop but one of the main ideas was about being a global citizen.  Being a global citizen involves the idea of all persons  having rights and civic responsibilities that come with being a member of the world.  Tom also taught us about recognizing divisive messages and being able to interact with other cultures in a constructive way.

A huge thank you to Tom Marks for coming to Frankston High School and educating our Year 7s about being global citizens.

Kirsten Smith

Year 9 LEAD student

Casual Dress Day

On Friday 1 June, Frankston High School held the Term 2 Casual Dress Day, and raised $2374.60 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

This is an enormous amount and as a school, we should be proud of our collective efforts.

The SLC would like to give a special thanks to Year 7K, who donated $35 and Year 8D who donated $42.30.  These extra donations are vital for helping the JDRF and their extremely important work surrounding Juvenile Diabetes.

The day featured bake sales on each campus, as well as a Lolly Jar that was sent around the 7-10 Campus, which was won by Mr Chris Sutcliffe who had the closest guess.  Combined, the two events made $324.60.

There was also a four-square tournament held on the junior side courts, as well as a soccer match held on the new astro-pitches, run by Sports Leadership.

Type 1 diabetes, affects over 120,000 people in Australia and there is currently no known cure.  Currently the JDRF is the global leader in organising funding for Type 1 diabetes research and hope to help increasing the quality of life for people with Type 1 Diabetes; all the funds raised by this will help the JDRF achieve their goals.


Massive thanks go out to the school community, and hopefully the next free dress day is even bigger.

Daniel Moore

Year 12 SLC member

MYnd Workshop

Throughout the last few weeks of this term, the Semester One LEAD students have been preparing and organising a workshop on mental health called ‘MYnd’.

We are currently presenting this workshop to the Year 7s in their tutorial classes.  The workshop aims to spread awareness on the various components of mental health: identifying the severity of mental health issues, differentiating everyday emotions from real mental health illnesses and emphasising the importance of seeking support whether it be from a friend, family member or professional, including our Well-being team.

We hope that the Year 7s come out of our workshop feeling more informed and aware of mental health and the different effects it can have on individuals.  We were inspired by the Year 7 resilience project to create this workshop and hoped to pass on the importance of our well-being.

Kasey Stuart and Luca Agius

Year 9 LEAD members

Year 12 iSupport Session

On Monday 4 June during the Year 12 iSupport session, a group of SLC well-being team students organised and ran a well-being session designed to provide the busy Year 12s with some stress-relieving fun.

Activities such as bingo, old school trivia, dodgeball, colouring, board games and meditation were running, and positive feedback was received from both students and teachers. This session was created as an initiative to improve the well-being of Year 12 students in the stress of VCE, providing them with an enjoyable outlet for the afternoon.

Thank you to Sam Ilobuchi (School Captain) for all the time he spent organising this session, as well as Ms Andrea Carron, Ms Cindy Twyford, Mrs Sarah Bahramis and the other iSupport teachers who assisted in making this session a success. 


Molly Ash and Steph Godkin

Year 12 SLC members

Teach The Teacher

On Tuesday 5 June, the SLC Teach The Teacher group, consisting of nine students, ran a workshop with all the Frankston High School Leadership Team, including Principals, Leading Teachers and Aspirant Leaders.  We students planned the entire workshop, including what we would do, what the focus was going to be and how we wanted to run it.  We then ran the entire workshop all on our own.

As a group we had many discussions and decided that we wanted to focus on feedback, and how our teachers and school can improve the way we receive quality feedback.  As this was our focus, we broke this big idea into four subgroups: parent student teacher conferences, specific and personalised feedback, reviewing the lesson, and getting prompt feedback.

It was fascinating to hear about all the different ways the teachers approach feedback and the strategies that they use; especially when it came to ideas that we had never heard/thought of before, as well as the amount of work teachers put in when giving constructive feedback. Throughout this workshop, it was a discussion between us students and the teachers on what we would like to see, what works for us and how we can improve.

Overall it was a very engaging and fun workshop that I think everyone has learnt from.  I think it is safe to say that it was very successful, and everyone got a lot out of it.  Thank you to all teachers who participated, and we hope that you gained something from this experience.  We are hoping to offer this workshop to more teachers next Term.

Michaela Goggin

Year 9 SLC member

Hands On Learning

The Hands On Learning team at Frankston High School has been busy working on a number of artistic and woodwork projects for around the school grounds.  We have recently painted some existing structures and have made nesting boxes.

 At the end of Term Two our team of students will be participating in the Annual Billy Cart race in Officer, Victoria, where we will attempt to retain the championship from 2017.  Stay tuned for an update as we unveil our new design.


 Andy Blackall and Shannon Lee

Hands On Learning

Year 7 students Brighten our School Walls

Anya Brock is an Australian artist best known for her bright and bold artworks that colour the streets with a lively and bouncy glow.  After being exposed to her work, we were inspired to produce multiple paintings in her art style that now find themselves on the walls of our school.  Anya’s artwork inspired us with our acrylic paintings to do one of her favorite art topics - birds.  We used blocks of bright, bold, neon colours before going over in black paint to make the features of the bird’s pop, just like Anya does in her bird paintings.

She uses complementary colours in her artwork as well as bright, vibrant colours, which is why nearly every one of her artworks are so colourful and stand out.  Anya uses organic and geometric shapes in her paintings, in a lot of different sizes.  Our artworks include the same elements, using bright, vibrant colour, organic and geometric shapes and bold lines.

She uses the art element of shape in her work brilliantly - she mostly uses geometric shapes but does occasionally uses regular shapes in her work to add texture to make the bird look a little bit more realistic.  As well as that, she also uses a lot of irregular shapes like the splatters and drips she adds to her art work to make it just that little bit more expressive.

Anya uses mainly watered-down acrylic for her bold and beautiful works.  She creates drips and washes and a lot of thick paint for her hard, bold backgrounds.  When we made our Anya Brock-inspired art work, we worked well together because we were always communicating.  Unfortunately, there were a few mishaps, but that didn`t matter because we worked as a team to fix them, and we worked hard to get it done. In our painting we used many techniques including wet on wet, wash, hard edge, dry brush and more.  We used acrylic paint and different brush sizes to get small and large spots.

The final artworks that we created look great and, if you want to see them, you can take a look in the canteen or the History and Geography hallway. The artworks were done by Year 7M and we were really happy with our work.  We had a great and fun time this semester and will find it hard to beat.


Dan Li, Maribel McTaggart, Allister Cronan,

Texas Bailey, Kaleb Ryder and Oscar Menzies

Year 7M

Out and About

Stomping Out Stereotypes Workshop

On Tuesday 22 May Mrs Sarah Bahramis, Year 10 students Maxin Major, Tavi Sharma, Prosha Veresov, Maddy Nichols, Julia Doebbeling, Tiana Atkinson and myself went to Ballam Park Primary School to run one of our Stomping Out Stereotypes workshops with the students of Years 5 and 6.  We had adjusted the workshop to make it more interactive, so they could have fun whilst learning about the impact of stereotypes.

We split into two groups doing our workshop with two classes each.  We believe they got a lot out of our workshop and had a fun time whilst doing so.  Through running this workshop, we have been able to extend our project to more people within the community and we are hoping to run more workshops to further extend our project into the community.

For more information about our project visit our Website.

Blake Shaw

Year 10


Some feedback from the Ballam Park Primary School students includes:


Hannah- ‘I liked it because they are spreading awareness for the types of stereotypes that aren't always talked about.  The interactive parts of the session were great, I enjoyed drawing the typical Aussie.’


Paige- ‘I learnt that male sports players earn much more than women and that this also happens with doctors and other professions.  You shouldn't judge people by their skin colour, religion or beliefs.  I think that in the future, women need to fight for their pay conditions to be fair and the same as the men's.


Danielle- ‘I learnt that looks don't matter.  It doesn't matter that your skin colour is different, and that people saying things about you because you are different is not okay.’


Stephanie- ‘After doing this session, I will try harder to not judge people before I get to know them.’

The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) Gender Equality Workshop

On Monday 28 May, The Foundation for Young Australians partnered with Our Watch and  offered Mrs Sarah Bahramis, Maddie Juleff and me an amazing opportunity to partake in the design process of their new project.  The idea of the project is to select 15 young people and to fund them $8,000 to combat gender inequality within Australia, and to make a lasting impact on the battle to achieve gender equality.  We travelled to the FYA (in Melbourne City) by cab to participate in many of their workshops.  We discussed the various issues connected to gender inequality, the ways that we can reach out to young people and who to select for their project.  We also created short pitches for the project and constructed a timeline plan to decide how the project will run.  Overall, the workshops were filled with thoughtful discussions and a tremendous amount of unique and insightful responses, which was quite overwhelming, yet enlightening for us.  Working with the FYA was an unforgettable experience for each and every one of us, and we hope that we can be fortunate enough to receive more fantastic opportunities like this one in the near future.

Prosha Veresov

Year 10


On 28 May, I attended the FYA Equality Workshop in Melbourne.  This workshop was about a mentoring program for young people aged between 15 and 24 who have an idea for a project that promotes gender equality.  Applicants for this program will receive $8,000 in funding and will be paired with a mentor to receive training from the YLab group and partnering organisations.

This workshop brought together community leaders, and people working for gender equality, as well as young people, to provide matters from their own lives to support the program.  Overall the day was so inspiring; it was amazing to see so many like-minded people in the same room and everyone sharing their own stories and experiences to make this program a reality.  I would like to thank Mrs Sarah Bahramis and Prosha Veresov for making this day an experience I will never forget. 

Maddie Juleff

Year 10

cont...Snowy River School for Student Leadership

Community Learning Project

Hello, my name is Alex Hayes and I am one of the six Snowy River Campus students sent from Frankston High School to complete the 10-week Leadership Program with SSL (School for Student Leadership).  As a team we have set out to complete our CLP (Community Learning Project) in order to give back to our community in a way that we are all passionate about.  For our Frankston team, we find our passion is about the members in our local area and being able to give back to them through our upcoming project.

Our aim is to brighten up the patient’s time at the hospital by including them in our project, which is to construct a mural at Frankston Hospital for families and patients to see when walking by it. Our team has been working hard together to come up with a master plan for this project and, after careful consideration, we have finalised the major details to get the project on the road.  Our original plan was compromised as we were not able to run activities with the children in the hospital; however, we were later offered this opportunity to create the mural by the hospital.

We are still working through the minor details regarding the design of the artwork and we are all excited to get the project completed to achieve the final product.  We all hope that this will be a great symbolisation of our appreciation to the hospital and for the people we would like to give back to, in a more direct way, with slight adjustments from the original plan.  We are all extremely grateful for this opportunity and look forward to implementing our Community Learning Project back at Frankston.

After our CLP Presentation Day (when we present our plans) we will hopefully be visiting the hospital on weekends to complete the mural with senior art students from Frankston High School to help.  For the rest of our time here at the Snowy River Campus we will bring all our work together and present it in our final CLP Presentation Day.

Alex Hayes

 Year 9

Hi, my name is Amelie Rule, and I am another Frankston High School student currently located at the Snowy River Campus of the School for Student Leadership.  For the past six weeks, I have had the brilliant opportunity to live among 44 other fantastic Year 9 students from across Victoria to learn about leadership and to participate in wondrous experiences from caving and surfing to overnight expeditions.

During our time here at the Snowy River Campus, we have had many eye-opening opportunities, including outdoor excursions and activities, and indoor classes.  We have gone out for canoeing along the Yeerung River and spent a night out of campus for our first expedition.  We have our second expedition coming up next week, in which we hike, canoe and spend two nights out camping. In terms of indoor classes, we focus a lot here on our F-10 strands with Questions and Possibilities, Cultural Diversity, Meta-cognition, Decision Making, Self-Awareness and Management, and Social- Awareness and Management.  All these classes provide new outlooks on certain situations and teach us about practical things in life, like people’s thinking processes and why certain decisions can influence different outcomes.  All this learning has shown us how to increase our awareness of ourselves and others around us, and how we can better act as global citizens.

Life at SSL is quite different to back home, with a set schedule for practically every hour while you are awake.  This does help us in staying organised and certainly keeps us busy.  We have one or two daily duties that we complete, varying from assisting with cleaning the bathrooms, washing the common room and dishes after meals and looking after our chooks.  Unlike normal school, our classes are spread out over the duration of the day, with only one day free of classes on Saturday, “Rest Day”.  We have our morning class from 9:00am-12noon, with morning tea in between, and afternoon class from 1:30-3:30pm.  We also have an evening class from 7:30-8:30pm to finish off the day.  Although, for some it took some getting used to, the schedule works well and makes sure we always have something to catch up, finish or work on.

Tess Rogers, Lucy Philpott, Alex Hayes, Matt Debenham, Jack Westley and I have slowly been creating and forming our Community Learning Project to bring back our learning to our home area and school.  For our CLP, we will be collaborating with the Frankston Hospital to design and paint two murals in the Oncology and Acute Care of the Elderly wards to bring a little light to the two areas.  Our vision has always been focused on the hospitals in our area, and assisting the patients being treated in them.  Through a roller-coaster process we have managed to make our way to the CLP that it has become, with help from contacts at Frankston Hospital, our home liaison teacher and our SSL teacher.  This project that we have created will be able to be viewed by all members of our community, and we hope it will be an example of what can be achieved by a determined group of like-minded individuals for the benefit of others.  Additionally, it will be a lovely reminder for all of the people involved of what we have spent so much time on, especially the Frankston crew here at Snowy who have dedicated so much effort to this project.

Time has gone incredibly fast here at SRC, and we can’t wait to share all our achievements from our work at SSL. With only four weeks left to go, I don’t think any of us ever want to leave and have made many friends for life.  Thanks for all the support we have received from family, friends and teachers back home at Frankston.  We are so grateful for everything that has helped us to get here and assisted us throughout the program.

Amelie Rule

Year 9

Hello, I’m Lucy.  I am from Frankston High School in Year 9 and currently I am attending the Snowy River School for Student Leadership.  Late last year I applied to attend the School for Student Leadership because I felt it was a great opportunity to meet new people and build on my leadership skills to become a better leader.  Snowy River Campus is based on making Year 9 students better leaders; we stay at the campus for 10 weeks and take part in many outdoor activities, as well as learning inside class about things like social awareness.  So far, Snowy has been one of the best experiences I have ever had.  Some of the highlights so far would have to be surfing, expo & 2, yoga and relaxation.  I have now been here for 8 ½ weeks and had class every day except Saturdays.  We do three classes plus silent reflection each day.  We have our morning class which runs from 9-12 with a 30-minute morning tea break, afternoon class from 1:30-3:30 and then evening class from 7:30-8:30.  At 5:00pm each night we do reflections of the day and then on Saturdays we walk over to the sand dunes and do reflections while watching the sunset.

I am here alongside five other Frankston High School students (Tess Rogers, Alex Hayes, Matt Debenham, Jack Westley and Amelie Rule) and 39 others from schools all over Victoria.  In each expo team there are 10-12 students with two teachers except our team have three because we have a student teacher.  2A is made up of the six Frankston Students and the six Swifts Creek students with three amazing teachers, Miss Patterson, Mr Dooley and Miss Gubb. We do most classes in our expo teams and our team gets along like no other team.  We are always singing and laughing together, and they make expos and other activities so much fun.

As part of being here as a school group, we are required to plan a CLP (Community Learning Project) that is to be completed when we arrive home.  As a team we have faced a few challenges, as our original plan with going to local hospital and brightening the day of the children didn’t work out.  After speaking to our home liaison teacher over the phone, we had the opportunity to create a new CLP but stay on the same topic of brightening hospitals.  We will be painting a mural at the Frankston Hospitals to enhance the days for visitors and patients.  We have been in contact with Frankston Hospital, and running it pasted Miss Burgess (our home liaison teacher) for the past few weeks, making sure everything will go to plan.  We are currently in the process of completing our presentation for CLP day where Miss Burgess, Mrs Bahramis and Mr Albiston from Frankston High School will come and watch our presentation and spend the day with us.

Lucy Philpott

Year 9

Living Below The Line

'Living Below The Line' 

The week from 7-11 May, I lived on $2 of food a day. I lived under the Australian poverty line for five days.


I am not going to lie. This week was difficult, but that is the harsh reality of 13.3% of the Australian population. For 2.9 million people, each day is a challenge within itself – the goal: averting starvation.  Getting my daily cup of tea or my little chocolate fix are all luxuries in a life of necessity.  These are all pleasures we do take for granted.

Growing up in a household where I have had access to a wealth of resources - food, furniture, and opportunities - I have been told on various occasions that I ‘am lucky’.  But hearing this as a five-year-old child, this statement was just words.  It couldn’t show me my good fortune; it didn’t demonstrate to me how living in Australia, in a safe household with a beautiful family and having the chance to attend school every day to learn, is a privilege.

That statement was still quite vague, even in later years.  Luck is a term associated with success and failure but, in my life, I hadn’t been able to see past that.  Through my 16 years of life, I have gained an appreciation for my surroundings – being able to love what you have. But Living Below the Line has awakened me to envisage a new form of appreciation; it has redefined my sense of fortune.

Being introduced to the incredible organisation Oaktree, helped guide me into taking part in such a brilliant cause, although I knew my love for food may be manipulated over the course of the five days.  Every other morning, I wake up, inspired and excited for breakfast and what the day has instore.  I am eager to be in the kitchen, cooking for myself and my family, using an abundance of nutritious ingredients that make me feel nourished and full of happiness and joy.  I have always seen food as something that is to be enjoyed, as it is a pleasure. But this week has taught me that food isn’t always a pleasure, it is fuel and it is a necessity for your body to function, a basic commodity.

I learnt that sometimes fuel isn’t exciting. It can be bland, but it is energy.  It is what your body thrives on in order to function in daily expenditure. My passion for cooking and creation was not restricted by the small variety of foods I had to play with.  The lack of seasoning and flavour didn’t stop me from making meals I began being excited for, began seeing as a pleasure.

I am aware that the appliances I had access to during this week helped guide me in making more advanced meals, but it still made me release that the mottos I would normally live by, regarding depriving and pleasure, were slightly altered.

During the week, I managed to make a basic pizza, burger buns and kidney bean patties, along with a soup, tuna pasta and peanut banana porridge.  Using basic ingredients is the reality of many households, even those above the poverty line.  I believe that getting creative can be the solution to pleasure in meals. It can help you enjoy your fuel and not feel deprived.

In saying that, Living Below the Line for five days was an eye-opening experience.  It allowed me to develop my outlook on food and on life.  I am now able to appreciate my luck, and view my fortune as a privilege and, hopefully, you can, too.

Mia Davis

Year 10


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