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.
VALE NORMA BINKS
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.
LIONS YOUTH OF THE YEAR AWARD – STUDENTS DEMONSTRATE EXEMPLARY LEADERSHIP SKILLS
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.
YEAR 10 STUDENTS SCRUB UP WELL TO CELEBRATE A FORMAL ENJOYED BY ALL
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.
DESIGNWORKS: A CELEBRATION OF VISCOM AND MEDIA
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.
AEROBICS TEAMS PARTICIPATE IN SPRING COMPETITION
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.
END OF YEAR CONCERT: BRILLIANT!
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.
VALEDICTORY DINNER : A SPECIAL NIGHT FOR TEACHERS, FAMILY AND THE CLASS OF 2017
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