News from Frankston High School

17 December 2018
Issue Twelve
From the Principal
Senior School News
Important Dates and Notices
The Resilience Project
Around Our School
Out and About
Intermediate Boys Cricket
Netball News
Junior Resource Centre News
In The Spotlight
Our Sponsors
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From the Principal

Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Friends

I have been so proud of our students and teachers because, as I have walked around classes, I have seen how enthusiastically they have become involved in a range of learning activities throughout the Early Commencement Program. Our students and teachers know that every precious minute of learning time counts and that their hard work will be rewarded by a relaxing summer break with family and friends.  As usual, this final edition of the newsletter is a celebration of many great achievements across our school community.

Journalism Class Wins National Award

Ms Georgie Long’s Journalism Class has won a National Award with Fintona as runners up.  Entries were submitted from across Australia for the National Fairfax Media / ATOM (Aust. Teachers of Media) Award.  Our team of Year 10 students in this class won with their outstanding school newspaper submission. Congratulations to Ms Georgie Long and the following Year 10 students:  Mitchell Baker, Tara Borovic, Madeleine Juleff, Hugh Park, Bianca Statton, Phoebe Walker, Alina Dremel and Nick Hammel.  They are Australia’s top Journalistic student team: what an achievement!

Training and Junior Bands Make Us Proud

Recently, our Training and Junior Concert Bands performed at the Deakin Edge; a magnificent auditorium in Federation Square overlooking the Yarra River.  What a perfect performance space for our young Years 7 and 8 students to showcase their talents.  This comment from a loving grandparent about our Instrumental Music Department says it all:

I would like to congratulate the Frankston High School Band on the wonderful performance at the Deakin Edge Theatre.  What an amazing experience for every child in the band, including my grandchild. The Judge and Director both said to me that they felt the Frankston Bands were exceptional, that the students were totally committed and disciplined, with wonderful work ethics.  They also commented how lucky the children are to have Mr Peter Sharp as their conductor and it is rare to see such a special performance and group of students.  I thank you (Mr Sharp) for giving my grandson such a wonderful experience and providing him with some very important self-esteem.  Thank you again for your professionalism, enthusiasm, skill and ability to make the experience fun.”

Election Day Sausage Sizzle: A Huge Success

Sincere thanks to Mrs Nickie Fidge for organising the election day sausage sizzle.  Ms Fidge assumed this mammoth task on behalf of PFA to raise funds for the school.  Thank you to the many PFA members and other parents and staff for volunteering their weekend time for this event.  We raised in excess of $1,000 to be invested in resources of the PFA’s choice for students to benefit from.  

Great Victorian Bike Ride

We congratulate our Great Victorian Bike Riding Team of students, parents and teachers who have just completed a nine day epic journey from Bright to Benalla.  To be well-prepared to ride hundreds of kilometres Mr Mal Burt, Ms Cheryl Hodgson, Mr Heath Booth and Mrs Jenny Martyn have devoted countless hours to weekend and after school training rides, and then been prepared to accompany our students and parents on this challenging event.  As usual, many other participants commented on the courtesy shown by our students and staff and their willingness to help others as they undertook this adventure.  Well done on being outstanding ambassadors for our school. 


Welcome Back Lifesaving Team

Congratulations to Mr Rowan Cameron who has led another very successful Surf Lifesaving Camp.  Our students are leaving this camp with Surf Bronze qualifications that will allow them to patrol local beaches and ultimately save lives. 

This was a truly authentic learning experience, as students learnt alongside indigenous students from St. Teresa's College, Abergowrie QLD, learning about lifesaving and also about the indigenous culture. Thanks to staff who gave of their time away from family and friends to allow this camp to take place:  Special mention to Mr Brett Cook,  Mr Shane Moffatt, Ms Georgia Tierney, Ms Mary Hunter and Mr Aiden Smith and many former students who attended to inspire their successors.  Thank you also to Ms Carolyn Florance for crowd funding for the Abergowrie student’s lifesaving program and building a relationship between Frankston High School and St. Teresa's College.

Former Student: Tom Debenham Inducted Into The Hall Of Fame

At our final assemblies for the year we celebrated with a special guest of honour: former student Tom Debenham.  Tom inspired our students by providing a very interesting talk about what he did at Frankston High School that is now allowing him to achieve great success in his current year.  Tom spoke about always trying to do your best at school and becoming involved in activities beyond the classroom.  Highlights included his involvement  in the Student Leadership Program, the Alpine School and the World Challenge Expedition.  Since graduating from school, Tom has gained qualifications as a landscape architect from RMIT.  Currently he works for a Design Company, BEST.

He has collaboratively delivered a vast array of different design projects Australia wide.  One of Tom's most recent design ventures was the completion of Swanston Street's 'Metro Tunnel HQ' - an immersive Visitor Centre that uses virtual and augmented-reality technology to encourage all Victorians to learn more about the construction of the Metro Tunnel – Victoria's largest ever public transport project in history.  Tom also co-owns The Milkman Cafe, a beautiful seaside cafe on the Mornington Peninsula designed and built by himself! Tom finds joy in radiating laughter, positivity, gratitude, empathy and puts his best foot forward in every situation presented to him.

He was very worthy of being inducted into the Frankston High School Hall of Fame during these assemblies and, most importantly, our students left inspired to always put their best foot forward, also!


Opening Of The Margaret Mace Study Centre

Last Friday the Frankston High School community was thrilled to honour former student and staff member, Ms Margaret Mace, by naming our brand new study centre on the Senior Campus ‘The Margaret Mace Study Centre’.  Margaret has been an active advocate and supporter of our great school for nearly 70 years.  Margaret attended Frankston High School when it was on Quality Street from 1951 until 1956.  In her final year of school, she was a Head Prefect and responsible for undertaking uniform checks.  Perhaps this was a sign of things to come.  In 1966, Margaret began teaching at Frankston High School, where she inspired thousands of students with her career spanning an incredible 34 years.  Margaret’s passion was teaching English and English Literature to senior students.  After retiring, Margaret has continued to support Frankston High School as an active member of our Former Staff and Students Association. 

Sports Presentation Night: A Celebration Of Sport At Frankston High School

It was fantastic to see hundreds of students and parents at Sports Presentation Night, where we celebrated many students receiving awards for a wide range of sports.  The participation at this event is merely the tip of the iceberg with hundreds more representing Frankston High School in sport.  Being involved in sport allows our students to acquire the qualities and skills of good sportsmanship, and how to be a great team player; it also builds resilience by learning to deal appropriately with losing.  The acquisition of such qualities and skills set up our students to lead successful, fulfilling lives.  A highlight of the evening was the responses to questions provided by the visiting AFL players:  Ed Curnow (Carlton), Ben Reid (Collingwood) and Dylan Shiel (Essendon).  It was music to my ears and that of our parents to hear that Dylan and Ed, whilst playing football, are completing University degrees.  This is because we know that many young people dream of becoming sporting champions, but in reality everyone needs to have a great education with qualifications that will allow them to have rewarding careers, because our bodies don’t allow us to be sporting heroes forever.  A huge thank you to Mrs Chloe Stevens, Mrs Carly MacDonald and Mrs Kylie Grech for their outstanding leadership of our sporting program, and also to staff who give so much of their own time to coach teams, attend weekend events, early morning training and interstate and overseas events. 

Artfest:  A Fantastic Celebration Of Student And Teacher Talent!!

I am sure all staff would agree that this week’s ARTFEST was absolutely sensational.  It was certainly a tribute to our Visual Arts, Design and Technology teachers and their ability to nurture the talents of our students to such an incredibly high level.  Congratulations to all students who exhibited their artworks.  It was terrific to see many parents and friends at the opening, rejoicing about the great team of Art, Design and Technology students and teachers we are so fortunate to have at Frankston High School.


I hope you enjoy the Kananook Yearbook which is a magnificent record of the many great achievements of Frankston High School students and staff in 2018.  I look forward to seeing many parents and students at our final official function for the year, Presentation Night.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy summer holiday.  I look forward to welcoming everyone back to school in 2019.

Mr John Albiston


Senior School News

Congratulations to Jasmine Adams -
Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholar

It is with great pleasure that I announce that Year 10 student Jasmine Adams is the recipient of the prestigious Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program.  Jasmine will join a select group of students to receive support and special access to the resources of the University of Melbourne. 

Jasmine was selected for this program based on her outstanding academic performance and leadership skills. 

The Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program is a three-year academic enrichment program designed to assist high-achieving students in realising their full potential through creating a network and community of students.  These students will have the opportunity to participate in an extensive program of events and activities, including lectures by leading researchers and seminars with world class teachers. 

The program was established in 2007 and is named in honour of eminent scholar, leading educationalist and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, Professor Kwong Lee Dow. 

 I am sure this will be an invaluable journey of learning for Jasmine.

Year 12 Examinations

The Year 12 examinations have now concluded.  My sincere thanks to Mrs Bev Valentine, our Chief Supervisor, and to the other supervisors who ensured the exams ran effectively.  The supervisors reported that our students were extremely well behaved and focused on their exams, which was wonderful to hear.

Year 12 students will be able to access their results and ATAR on the 2018 VCE Results and ATAR Service from 7.00 am on Friday 14 December.

Year 11 Examinations

Year 11 examinations concluded on Friday 30 November.  I have been very impressed with the students’ attendance and positive work ethic during this exam period.  My sincere thanks to Mrs Ellen D’Ambra and Ms Clare Challenger for their excellent organisation of these exams.  The results from these Year 11 examinations are very Important and help to determine subject selection and promotion to Year 12.

Early Commencement Program

The compulsory early commencement program for all 2019 Years 11 and 12 students commenced on Monday 3 December and concluded on Friday 7 December.  Senior school teachers ran classes for the week. The program gives students the opportunity to get a head start with their studies and enables them to complete preparatory work over the school holidays.

Enrolment Confirmation for 2019

2019 Year 11 and 12 students were required to confirm their enrolment for 2019 on Tuesday 11 or Wednesday 12 December.  If you have any questions regarding this process, please do not hesitate to contact the senior sub school office.

Presentation Night
Wednesday 19 December

I look forward to seeing parents and students at the Presentation Night which will be held on Wednesday 19 December at 7.30 pm at the Frankston Arts Centre.  This night acknowledges and celebrates the achievements of our students from Years 7 to 12.

Farewell to Ms Nicole Filippou and Ms Clare Challenger

I would like to take this opportunity to wish Ms Nicole Filippou and Ms Clare Challenger all the best for the future as they embark on the next chapter of their teaching career.  They have both made an outstanding and positive contribution to the senior school sub team and will be greatly missed.

Thank You and Best Wishes for the Festive Season

As 2018 draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all senior school teachers for their passion, dedication, enthusiasm and sheer hard work in providing each student with every opportunity to achieve their goals.   They are always giving of their time and assistance, and I thank them for their outstanding commitment and the excellent teaching and learning they have provided for the students.  It is a privilege to work with such dedicated and conscientious teachers.

My sincere appreciation and thanks must go to Mr John  Albiston.   Frankston High School is an outstanding school, a school where there is a culture of academic excellence; where every student is given every opportunity to maximise their learning outcomes. There is a dynamic learning environment with shared goals, a sense of responsibility for making a difference, and a culture of continuous improvement. This would not be possible without his support, encouragement and leadership, and I sincerely thank him for his outstanding commitment to Frankston High School.

I would also like to thank the Senior School Leadership Team for their assistance and the invaluable work they do in supporting our students – Mr Simon Cameron (Senior Sub School Leader/Year 12 Coordinator), Mrs Ellen D’Ambra (Year 11 Coordinator), Mrs Carolyn Walsh (Careers Coordinator),   Ms Nicole Filippou (Assistant Year 12 Coordinator), Ms Clare Challenger (Assistant Year 11 Coordinator), Mrs Sharon Koning (International Student Coordinator) and Ms Kirsten Bakker (Student Wellbeing Coordinator).  The drive and leadership of these people is what makes the senior campus the school that it is, and I thank them most sincerely for their tireless energy in ensuring all students achieve their best.

In addition I would like to thank and acknowledge the work of our education support staff – Ms Mindy Fischer (Senior School Office Manager) and Mrs Carolyn McIver (Senior Coordination Administrative Assistant and VET Coordinator).


Finally, I would like to thank the parents and the wider Frankston High School Community for your support throughout the year.  I wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and festive season, and I look forward to working with you again in 2019.


Ms Helen Wilson

Senior Campus Principal

Important Dates and Notices

Important Dates


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 was

Saturday 15 December



Year 10 Work Experience
 24 – 28 JUNE, 2019

During the first week of Early Commencement the students attended a session regarding OH&S.  They sat an online test for their General Module and were awarded their General Module Certificate.  The students were also given their Work Experience packs so they can make a start on finding their 2019 Year 10 Work Experience placement over the Christmas holidays. 


The Work Experience forms

are due back on

Friday 8 March 2019.


If the students hand their form/s in by the due date they will be given a raffle ticket to go into the draw for a $50.00 JB Hifi voucher.   All forms are to be handed in to Ms. Molloy in the JRC.


All signed forms and certificates will be emailed to each employer, parent/guardian and student in the weeks prior to work experience in 2019.


If your child is struggling to secure a placement, please ask them to see Ms. Molloy when they return in Term 1.


Tuesday 15 January
1pm - 6pm
Senior Campus

All prepaid orders not collected on the day, will go back to LAMONT's new warehouse:

6 Technology Circuit, Hallam


Breakfast Club
back Term 1 2019
from Monday 11 February 


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  Wellbeing on 9783 7955



Short Survey

Frankston Police are currently conducting surveys of local residents to share concerns about public safety and ideas to solve them.

They look forward to hearing from you.


The Resilience Project

Self-care tips for the festive season

The festive season can turn into the depressive season for some, due to the pressures that build up during this time of year.  Hugh shares a few tips on how to look after yourself throughout the silly season.







Around Our School

Frankston High School Chess Championship

The Frankston High School chess tournament took place over five days and concluded on Wednesday 28 November.  Thirty two players competed in 64 elimination rounds.  First place was awarded a chess board, whilst those in second, third and fourth place were awarded canteen vouchers. 


Our champions were:

1st  Ruslan Laishev (Yr 7E)

2nd Noah Sauvola (Yr 7J)

3rd  Prokhor Veresov (Yr 10)

4th James Campbell (Yr 7C)

The Chess Club would like to acknowledge its team captain, James Campbell, for organising the tournament, and thank everyone who chose to participate or spectate during the event.


Mr Jacob Givogue

Chess Tournament Coordinator

Out and About

GOLD in Judo!

On Sunday 2 December Aleksandar Stojanovic of Year 7N won GOLD at State ( Victorian) Championship in JUDO which was held at Broadmeadows Aquatic Centre.

Congratulations, Alexsandar!

Equestrian News

On Friday 12 October Kate Harris of Year 7 competed on her pony Gossip at the Interschool Showjumping at Hillcrest College.  This was the first time Kate and Gossip competed for Frankston High School. Congratulations, Kate!


Intermediate Boys Cricket

Frankston High School Intermediate Boys Cricket Team are State Champions for 2018 after a dominant display on State Finals day on 16 November, held at Macleay Oval in North Balwyn.

In glorious sunny conditions for cricket, the team displayed their class in defeating Bendigo’s Catherine McAuley College in the morning semi final, before launching a blistering batting display to defeat South Geelong’s Grovedale College in the afternoon Final.

The Frankston High School team comprised cricketers with excellent senior experience, including Captain Luke Kranzbuhler and Vice Captain Sean Van Wijk, who are both excelling at Victorian Premier Cricket Level with Dandenong and Frankston Peninsula respectively.

Other players who have also tasted senior cricket with their local MPCA clubs include Bailey Bakker at Somerville, Sam Webster at Mt Eliza, and Luke Long, Jai Block and Josh Rice at Baden Powell.

Comprising nine Year 10 students and two Year 9 students, the majority of the team has played together in the school teams for four years, forming a close bond to generate this successful result.

In the State Semi Final commencing early at 9am, the students from Bendigo elected to bat first and proceeded without much trouble to 1/56 in the 10th over.  However Frankston fought back hard with a brilliant 10 over block to limit Catherine McAuley College to only 8/98 from their 20 over allocation.

Spinners Sam Webster (2/18 off 4 overs) and Luke Long (2/15 off 4 overs) restricted the run scoring very well, supported by solid outfield catching from Luke Kranzbuhler and swift glove work from wicket keeper Sean Van Wijk.

In reply, Frankston was never under pressure, achieving the target to make 100 from 15.3 overs with the loss of just three wickets.  The runs were shared between Bailey Bakker (11 off 8 balls), Sean Van Wijk (36 off 47), Luke Kranzbuhler (26 off 24), Luke Long (13* off 8) and Jai Block (10* off 6).

Moving onto the State Final, Grovedale decided to bowl after winning the toss, in what proved to hand the advantage over to Frankston.  In an amazing display of power hitting, the side raced to 1/120 off their first 10 overs, including an incredible 33 runs from the sixth over.

Sean Van Wijk (31 off 28 balls) scored with ease at the top of the order, before Luke Kranzbuhler (72 off 29) unleashed nine fours and four sixes to take the match away from the opposition.  Aidan Fulcher (34 off 21) added some hand lower order runs, bringing the total to an imposing 7/194 off 20 overs.

Grovedale had a massive job to do to get close to the target, and went out hard early as a result in the search for quick runs.  Without much luck Grovedale fell to 6/36 off six overs and they looked to be out of contention.  However, a rapid seventh wicket partnership of 67 got the Southern Geelong side back in the hunt, before they were dismissed for 151 with 13 balls remaining in the innings to ensure the State Title for Frankston.

Luke Kranzbuhler was fast and accurate with the new ball, smashing into the stumps twice to finish with an amazingly economical 3/6 off 4 overs. Sam Webster (3/46 off 4) opened the bowling with his leg spin and was targeted to the boundary, but still collected three wickets from mis-timed shots in the air.

When Sam Webster caught a skied ball at point from the bowling of Aidan Fulcher, it was time to celebrate the win and complete the long journey to be crowned the State’s best for 2018.


The journey to the State title commenced in March when Frankston High School defeated McClelland College, Mount Erin College and Elisabeth Murdoch College to claim the Northern Peninsula Division pennant.

In October, after having a bye in the Southern Metropolitan Region Quarter Final, Frankston High School defeated Parkdale Secondary College in the SMR Semi Final, before defeating Dandenong High School in the SMR Final.

This result took the team to picturesque Yarragon on 7 November to meet Gippsland Region champions Drouin Secondary College in the State Quarter Final.

In the State Quarter Final, Drouin won the toss and elected to bowl first in the slippery conditions, with Frankston compiling 9/129 from their 20 overs thanks to top order innings from Sean Van Wijk (32 off 37 balls) and Luke Long (34 off 28 balls).

Needing to bowl and field well to contain Drouin under that underpar target, Frankston executed their plans well to have Drouin struggling at 7/66 in the 15th over.  A brief late order rally had Drouin in the hunt for an unlikely victory, before the challenge was halted and the side was dismissed for 112 from the last ball of the innings.

Josh Rice (3/15 off 4 overs) and Jai Block (2/28 off 4 overs) were the chief wicket takers, securing Frankston High School’s place in the final four teams in the State.

Everyone at Frankston High School is extremely proud of the team’s achievements, with State Titles being very difficult to achieve.

Back Row (L-R)Bailey Bakker, Josh Rice, Nicholas Hammel, Mr Glenn Davey (Team Coach), Luke Long, Declan Hughes, Jai Block.

Front Row (L-R):  Sam Webster, Sean van Wijk (Vice Captain), Luke Kranzbuhler (Captain), Aidan Fulcher, Jonah Avery.


Mr Glenn Davey


Netball News

Frankston High School Netballers have wrapped up an amazing year playing Friday nights in the Frankston Netball Association competition at Jubilee Park. It's a tough competition against Toorak, Woodleigh, Flinders, Karingal, Baxter, Bonbeach, YCA and other representative teams. 

Frankston High School has been represented by five teams and nearly 50 players in over 100 games this year, including four finals. The Year 9/10 Taipans made their debut in season 2 and recorded their first win in Round 5, Year 7/8 Vipers also earned their first win this season, Year 7/8 Scorpions were promoted to the First Division, where they reached the semifinal in season 2, Year 7/8 Whitetails finished in the top four every season and will be very hard to beat next year. Year 8 Redbacks finished the year on top of the ladder, only going down in a tough Grand Final.  And everyone's determined to go one better next season!


Thank you to all the parents who looked after the management of the teams and supported the players so well through three seasons and four terms. A huge thank you to Ms Libby Nichol who contributed enormously in developing the girls' skills at Semper Squad and while coaching in Season 3.

And finally, a big thanks to the girls who have consistently represented their school with skill and sportsmanship, playing well and fairly, for the fun as well as the competition. There have been some thrilling games, a lot of hard work and remarkable development. Next year looks really promising with strong Year 9/10, Year 9 ,Year 8 teams and possibly three Year 7/8 teams ready to go! 


Congratulations to you all and have a great holiday. 

Mr Chris Sutcliffe


Junior Resource Centre News

Holiday Reading

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.

JRC Open Times & Homework Club Days

Homework Club concluded on Thursday 9 December 2018 and will commence on

Tuesday 5 February 2019


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.


In The Spotlight





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