News from Frankston High School

17 November 2017
Issue Eleven
From the Principal
Senior School
Important Dates and Notices
PFA Second Hand Book Sale
Inspired Citizens Award
Around Our School
Writing Competition 2017
Sustainability News
Our Sponsors
Frankston High School
03 9783 7955
97 Foot Street
Frankston, Victoria, 3199

From the Principal

Dear Parents, Staff, Students & Friends

This edition of the newsletter brings to our community feelings of great sadness with the loss of a wonderful former student who devoted a lifetime of caring for others and supporting our school, whilst we continue to celebrate the many learning achievements of our fine students. 



It is with great sadness that I inform our school community that former student Norma Binks has passed away.  Norma was a humble quiet achiever, being ever present to provide ongoing support for Frankston High School as a long serving member of both our Chaplaincy Committee and Former Staff and Students Association.  All who knew Norma loved her, because Norma epitomised all that is good in life.  Norma gave of herself to help others.  She was always kind and caring, and when you were with Norma she had a natural flair for making you feel special and valued.  Norma will be very much missed by us all, but never forgotten.  Those of us who knew Norma have all become better people, thanks to her.   We send our condolences to her loving family and many friends at this sad time.



Congratulations to the three Year 11 students who were nominated to enter the Lions Club Youth of the Year Award for 2017.   They were:  Stella Cowan,  Harry  Stuart  and Vivian Li.  They acquitted themselves exceptionally  well in this most challenging public speaking and general knowledge competition, being well supported by a group of encouraging parents. Students were interviewed and required to give impromptu and prepared speeches.  Just imagine the challenge and difficulty of delivering an ad lib speech when given the topic seconds beforehand, in front of an audience.  For someone who gives speeches regularly, I would dread this request.


Congratulations to Stella Cowan, who was presented with the award of Lions Youth of the Year 2017.  This is an outstanding achievement enabling Stella to progress to the next level of this competition.



Our Year 10 students were very impressive in their formal attire with a photographer commenting that  they looked so good they must be from a private school.  Based on that comment let’s celebrate the fact we are very proud representatives of the Government sector.  The students behaved themselves exceptionally well, demonstrating how to have a fun time in a responsible manner.  Thanks to the many staff who were in attendance whose dance moves, I must say, blew us all away: very entertaining for our young people. 



It was great to see magnificent Viscom and Media products and folios on display at Designworks recently. Visitors were able to achieve an understanding of the depth and sophistication of learning that occurs in producing such impressive end products.  We are indebted to Ms April Hinton for organising this event and also to the Media and Viscom teachers for their ability to nurture the talents and skills of their students to such an exceptional level.



Our Aerobics teams enjoyed the opportunity of participating in the Schoolaerobics competition. 

They wouldn’t have enjoyed this opportunity if it wasn’t for the absolute dedication and enthusiasm of Ms Genevieve Poynder and Ms Jemma Pawley who devote hours after school, during lunchtimes and giving of their weekend time to support these teams of fun-loving girls. It is these learning experiences that really connect students to our school.  Thanks to Ms Poynder for devoting all her time and skills to make the superb costumes.



Congratulations and thanks to our dedicated and highly talented Instrumental Music students and their Music teachers who teamed together to provide an end of Year concert that was nothing short of sensational.

The variety and quality of performances were absolutely awe inspiring.  In particular, it was hard to believe that all the members of our Training Band only began to learn an instrument at the beginning of this year, as they provided the audience with such a high calibre performance.



Parents, students and staff joined together to farewell the class of 2017 at our annual Valedictory Dinner.  It was a marvellous night of celebration with our graduating students and their families.  Many parents and students  provided feedback to me in relation to the outstanding education these young people had received at Frankston High School.  We wish our graduates every happiness and success for the future.  


At this time we are wishing our excited World Challenge Expeditioners a terrific trip as they embark on a search for pandas and challenging treks in China and Northern Thailand.  I am sure they will return, just before Christmas, with many stories of adventure and with a yearning for future travel.  This will be a life changing experience for all involved.  Wishing everyone good health and happiness as we hurtle towards the end of the year.

Mr John Albiston


Senior School

Official classes for our Year 12 students concluded on 25 October.  Our Year 12 Class of 2017 can be proud of their work and 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 1 November and will conclude on Wednesday 22 November.  Our exam supervisors have commented that this year’s students have been absolutely wonderful and the school should be proud of them, which we are.  Congratulations to all Year 12 students on the perfect start to their exams.

One of the main reasons I am sure our students are conducted themselves in such an excellent manner is due in part to the practice exams held at the mid-year and over the September/October school holidays, as well 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. 



On the evening of Wednesday 25 October we farewelled our Year 12 students at the Valedictory Dinner held at The Sofitel on Collins in Melbourne.  Over 700 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 Mrs Kelly Mitchell for all of their hard work in the organisation of this event.

Congratulations to Jack Green who won the prestigious Caltex Best All Rounder award.

2017 VCE Results and ATAR Service

2017 VCE results and the ATAR will be available on the 2017 VCE Results and ATAR Service from 7.00am Friday 15 December.  Results can be accessed by the following methods:


Internet - 2017 VCE Results and ATAR Service

The internet service is free and is available 24 hours a day from 7.00am Friday 15 December until 5.00pm Wednesday 20 December.  To access the 2017 VCE Results and ATAR service, students will need to log in with their VCAA student number and results service PIN. To change the PIN go to

The VCAA and VTAC also encourages students to use the other options for accessing 2017 VCE Results and ATAR Service.


VCE Results and ATAR App

The mobile app (Version 1.0) is available now to download on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Search for ‘VCE Results and ATAR’.

NOTE: the app can be installed now but 2017 results and ATAR won’t be available until 7.00am on Friday 15 December.


Student Email

Students will receive their VCE results via e-mail on Friday 15 December if they provided a non-Frankston High School e-mail address.  



Results and ATAR statements will arrive in the mail from Monday 18 December.


Important Dates

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.


Confirmation of 2018 Enrolment: 

Tuesday 12 December and

Wednesday 13 December


Presentation Night:

Wednesday 20 December

Early Commencement

As in previous years, we are running a compulsory Early Commencement Program for all 2018 Year 11 and Year 12 students from Monday 4 December to Friday 8 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.


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:

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


last day of trading 

Saturday 16 December


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


Now on Facebook!





Frankston High School Production - 2018

Our Production team are excited to announce the cast of our 2018 production of 'Fame'. Congratulations to all the wonderful actors, singers and dancers who have been selected so far.

2018 Year 7 students who are interested in taking part in the show should look for announcements in their first week of school next year.


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


PFA Second Hand Book Sale

Save the Dates

Saturday 9 December,

9.00am - 1.00pm

7-10 Campus, JRC (Library)

Year 7 - 12 second hand books

will be available to buy


Tuesday 12 December,

(Year 7 Orientation Day),

8.30am - 9.30am

7-10 Campus - Sports Stadium Foyer

Any remaining Year 7 second hand

books will be for sale


Tuesday 12 December and

Wednesday 13December,

9.00am - 3.00pm

Senior Campus - Room 303

Any remaining Year 7 - Year 12

second hand books will be for sale

during VCE Enrolment Confirmation


Payment can be made by cash, Visa or Mastercard (no cheques acepted)

EFTPOS only on Saturday 9 December


Books To Hand In

Years 7 - 10

Parents are required to complete the

PFA Book Sale ‘Hand in Form’


Years 7 - 12

We will be accepting books with the completed ‘Hand in Form’ in the JRC

on the following dates during

Recess and Lunchtime:

Tuesday 5 December

Wednesday 6 December

Thursday 7 December


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



Unsold Books

After the book sale days, if you have elected to NOT donate any unsold books to Student Wellbeing, please ring 9783 7955 and ask for the Senior Campus Office to arrange to collect your unsold books by Friday 15 December 2017 otherwise they will become the property of the Frankston High School PFA.


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Inspired Citizens Award

Inspired Citizens Award

On Thursday 19 October, the Year 9 Leadership Class hopped on a train heading to Flinders St for the purpose of attending the Foundation for Young Australians Unleashed Awards Ceremony at Federation Square – Deakin Edge.


The LEAD class have participated in the ‘Inspired Citizens’ program and created their project cleverly named “Stomping Out Stereotypes”.  This idea and project came from a desire to create a change and a difference in our local community, and evolved as we decided that stereotyping was the root cause of many issues in our society.


On the night, “Stomping Out Stereotypes” was up for one of the several awards of the night along with three other schools.


After the four finalists’ projects were explained, Frankston High School was announced as the winner, and they were presented with the award by the 2017 Young Victorian of the Year: Jason Ball.  We gratefully accepted the award and celebrated as a class.


The class had to choose three representatives to accept the award and attend the Winners Day celebrating the success of our win and network with all the other finalists and winners.  Kynen, Imogen and Blake were the lucky students selected.

The Winners Day consisted of a light, delicious breakfast provided by the social enterprise STREAT.  After breakfast, the finalists and winners travelled to a mystery location which turned out to be the Eureka Skydeck.  We spent the rest of the morning enjoying the scenery and the intensity of The Edge (the Edge is an area of the building which extends three metres out of the Eureka at a height of over 260 metres).  After the Eureka we walked back to FYA HQ to enjoy a variety of scrumptious pizzas, sweets and water.


The Winners Day concluded with Jason Ball talking to everyone about his journey through sexuality and finding a sense of belonging.

For more information on Jason Ball visit


Thank you to everyone in the LEAD class who helped to make this opportunity possible and to FYA for your support and giving us the honour of being the winners of the 2017 Inspired Citizens Award.  Thank you to Chelsea Lang and Kate McCully without whom this wouldn’t be possible, and thank you to Mrs Sarah Bahramis for being such a kind and patient teacher throughout this whole project.



By Kynen Cogan, Imogen Brown and

Blake Shaw (Year 9)

Around Our School

High Resolves

On Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 October, the Year 9 LEAD class and many SLC students were appointed as student leaders for the Year 7 High Resolves program.  We learnt a lot from this experience as we got to participate in the program, as well as having insightful discussions with our Year 7 groups.  Mentoring the Year 7s helped us greatly develop our leadership skills as for some of us, the new experience was a step outside our comfort zone.  We would like to thank John from High Resolves for being such an inspirational, friendly presenter who made the day as enjoyable as it could have been.

The Year 9 LEAD class

On Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 November the Year 7 and 8 students participated in a High Resolves workshop.  The program was hosted by John and, with the assistance of the Year 9 LEAD class, we were taught about being good citizens, not only around our local community but to everyone we meet learning we can make a difference in the world.  We also learnt about self-development, through an activity about not judging a situation without all the details. We also learnt the skills of being able to think independently teaching us not to judge someone or something based on first sight.

I enjoyed High Resolves, especially working in our own chosen, small groups along with a Year 9 leader, who offered support, ideas or help when we needed it.  Because I knew my group members well, I felt confident about sharing any ideas I had and believe everyone felt the same way, as we all happily came up with many solutions to problems. 

I would like to thank John from High Resolves who took time out of his day to come speak with us, the Year 9 LEAD class for assisting with our groups and, of course the Junior School staff members for putting this amazing experience together for all of the Year 7 and 8 students to learn from and enjoy.

By Meg Howell (Year 7)


International Student News

Photo above of Year 12 Valedictory night when 13 International students graduated from Frankston High School.  Five nationalities were represented in this group of students and we are very proud of their achievements.

Photo above of Cherry Zhong who represented our school at the UN Youth Australia public speaking competition.  She had to research and develop a persuasive speech which is very challenging as English is Cherry's second language.  This photo is taken with the organisers and judges at Frankston Library where the event was held.

Our Year 12 students thanking their homestays for the time they have spent with them throughout their study at Frankston High School.  Our International program relies on our large number of kind and caring homestay families who support our students throughout their time at our school.


Mrs Sharon Koning

International Student Coordinator


Victorian Interschool Cycling Series MTB

Fantastic efforts by all our riders.  Frankston High School finished runner up in the Secondary School division and bagged a number of podiums on the day.

Standout performances by Archie and Millie Chester (Year 8 and Year 7) winning the U15 Male and Female State Championships and Victorian Series Championships in racing division.


Charlotte Beaumont (Year 8) placing 2nd in the State Championships and Victorian Series winner in U15 Sport division.  

Oliver Beaumont (Year 10) won second in both the Championships and the series in U17 Race.

Awesome efforts by Rocco Cantlie and Matthew Jurinec in their first year of racing. Unfortunately, Thomas Hughes crashed during warm up and was unable to race.  Millie and Archie competed in the Road competition the following day and finished 1st and 2nd respectively in the U15 Sport division.  Special thanks to all the parents for getting the students to all of the rounds – this is a parent-run activity - and to Mr Joe Russo of Core Fitness for sponsoring our fantastic jerseys.

Writing Competition 2017

Senior School Category Winners

1st Prize:

Stella Cowan (Year 11) for ‘Stargazing’

2nd Prize:

Kate Wolfe (Year 12) for ‘On My Last Day On Earth’

Highly commended:

Josh Gardner (Year 12) for ‘Thirst’


Middle School Category Winners

1st Prize:

Abigail Strangward (Year 9) for her untitled short story


2nd Prize:

Chloe Chia (Year 9) for ‘The Devil’


Highly Commended:

Leila White (Year 10) for her untitled short story


Junior School Category Winners

1st Prize:

Tyler Simpson (Year 7) for ‘Clipped’


2nd Prize:

Jackson Barratt (Year 7) for ‘A Broken World’


Highly Commended: 

Emma Dalgleish (Year 7) for ‘The Day Winter Came’

James Wylie (Year 7) for his untitled short story

Nissi Cai (Year 8) for ‘Where Thousands of Bodies Lay’

Sustainability News

Dear parents, students and friends

I would just like to say a few words as the school’s Sustainability Coordinator.


Things are not looking so good for the future at this point in time.


The United Nations has recently reported that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increased at record speed last year – to a degree that has not been seen for more than three million years!


According to a report by Orb Media ( micro-plastics have infiltrated tap water globally (micro-plastics were also found in bottled water). This is such a new revelation that studies to do with the impact on human health are only just beginning.


These two things alone warrant significant attention, however the media has, generally speaking, been fairly quiet on the matter.


The good news is that renewable energy is being implemented at record rates all around the globe and fossil fuel use is decreasing quite rapidly. Last year global carbon dioxide emissions did not increase.


However, the negative news can certainly seem to outweigh the good and is not something that everyone deals with well; many blatantly ignore this sort of news or put it into the category of ‘but what can I do about it?’ However, we most definitely all have a part to play.

Try to reduce your use of single use plastics – instead of using cling wrap, try using fabric wraps or a reusable container. This is something small, but incredibly effective in reducing plastic waste. Buy a reusable drink bottle made from glass or metal to replace the buying of single-use plastic drink bottles.


We live in a plastic society – and believe me when I say that I certainly do not live a plastic free life! But where I can, I try to avoid single use plastics – particularly things like shopping bags, straws and cling wrap. One step at a time as they say.


Of course turning lights, fans, heaters, air-conditioners and other powered resources off when not required is also incredibly helpful in reducing carbon emissions as well as reducing power bills.


Please consider that humans are substantially impacting the environment and we are now at a point where it is coming back to bite us. It is simple common sense that we need to act in a way that promotes a better equilibrium between humans and the planet on which we reside.


Please try to do better for youself, your kids, your parents, your siblings, your grandchildren, your cousins, your colleagues, your students and even your pets.


If you wish to do more than ‘the norm’ in terms of being better to the environment on which we depend, feel free to contact me via email and we can work towards the establishment of a FHS sustainability group – one that could perhaps consist of parents and those more directly associated with the school. Amongst many potential areas of focus, this group could work towards engaging the parent community in aspects of sustainability and making sure that the school meets as many sustainable targets as possible.


Brendan McKinnon

Frankston High School Sustainability Coordinator

[email protected]

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Uniform Price List and Open Days.pdf
IGA Penny's store listings.pdf
New STEM Centre.pdf
STEM Centre Floor Plan.pdf
Front End of New Stadium.pdf
Floor plan Stadium.pdf
Elevation View of Stadium.pdf
Performing Arts Theatre.pdf
2017 Hand in form for Booksale.pdf
2017 Year 7 to 10 accepted books for sale.pdf
2017 Year 11 Year 12 accepted books for sale.pdf