News from Frankston High School

27 August 2018
Issue Eight
From the Principal
Senior School News
Important Dates and Notices
The Resilience Project
Around Our School
Out and About
Music Notes
Junior Resource Centre News
ECO Team News
In The Spotlight
Our Sponsors
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From the Principal

Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Friends

This term continues to be action-packed with many challenging and varied learning activities on offer for our students.  This edition of the newsletter highlights some of the incredible experiences our students are having at Frankston High School.  Become friends with us on the Frankston High School Facebook page and the Frankston High School Sport group to find out more about our great school.



Congratulations to our Intermediate concert band in their amazing achievement of winning gold at the Victorian Schools Music Festival.  This was a great accomplishment against private schools and a real tribute to Mr Peter Sharp and his terrific team of instrumental music teachers.  The band’s conductor Mr Rob Mattessi has done an excellent job in nurturing this band to perform at such an exceptional level. Just as importantly, much positive feedback was provided regarding the excellent behaviour of our students. Such a triumph reminds us that our school bands are up there with the best in Australia.

In addition, we are very proud of Felix Stuart (Year 11) who has been awarded this year’s Peninsula Music Society's Bursary prize of $3500 receiving this prestigious award as a top musician from private and government schools’ students from across the Peninsula.



Many thanks to Mr Brendan McKinnon and our Eco team student leaders for delivering very informative Green assemblies about how we can all change our behaviours to help preserve our environment.  Students realised that, by changing behaviours at home and school, they can have a positive impact in preserving our magnificent planet.  Hopefully this assembly has generated some discussions at home about what can be done to be even more eco-friendly.  Easy things to do include: composting, turning lights off in rooms not being used, turning off appliances at the plug and using your recycling bins productively. 



Many thanks to all parents who have supported their children by attending course counselling.  Parent support has enabled families to actively participate in helping students to choose their learning pathways as they proceed up to the next year level, from Year 8 onwards. Parent attendance indicates the extent to which our parents take an active interest in their children’s’ education and, when this happens, young people achieve much higher, more successful learning outcomes compared to those parents who remain disconnected from their school community. Congratulations to our parent community! 



Accolades to Mrs Chloe Stevens, Mrs Carly MacDonald and Mrs Kylie Grech for leading the organisation and implementation of a wonderful house athletics day carnival.  The weather was superb, together with record participation, especially of our Junior students.  It was a great day of fun, celebrating the values of teamwork, good sportsmanship and the joy of leading a fit and healthy lifestyle.  Students made the most of the day demonstrating exceptional cooperative behaviour throughout the event. 



Frankston High School has an incredible four out of five teams going through to State finals.  The students have achieved some amazing results against some formidable opponents, being one of few State schools in the competition.  Our C grade team remains undefeated for the season.  Our combined Year 11/12 team competed in A grade (Year 12) this season and achieved some excellent results but were disappointed not to make the finals. The team this year contained many students who had never debated before, and they developed excellent speech writing and public speaking skills. Ms Georgie Long is to be congratulated for engaging so many students in debating, with Frankston High School recognised as a very strong school in the area of public speaking. 



All Aerobics teams made it to the National finals in Queensland and made a dash to Queensland to compete in the National championships over a recent weekend.  Our three pairs’ teams triumphed in this event by taking out Gold, Silver and Bronze. All students were great national ambassadors for our state and school.  Thanks to all the hard work of Ms Genevieve Donovan and Ms Lucy Foskett, our teams have performed to such a high standard.  All girls and staff returned from Queensland with glowing tans after enjoying the Queensland sun.  


As I am writing my report I am looking forward to the Winter concert which is a great celebration of the many bands and ensembles at Frankston High School.  It is also the debut performance of the Training Band who I am sure will have received resounding support from the audience with deafening applause from our supportive community. Hope everyone is well and enjoying life.


Mr John Albiston


Senior School News



Thank you to our Careers Practitioner, Mrs Carolyn Walsh, and the senior school coordination team for overseeing the course selection process for senior school studies in 2019.   I would also like to thank the team of course counsellors, including Mr Andrew Watson, Mr Jacob Givogue and Mrs Carolyn McIver, who assisted students and parents in this important process. 



Deputy School Captain Eilis Peters has received a Certificate of High Commendation acknowledging her excellent nomination and submission for the 2018 Roy Ward Leadership Prize.  Eilis was one of six local secondary students shortlisted for the 2018 Order of Australia, Mornington Peninsula Regional Group, Roy Ward Leadership Prize.


The prize is granted to a secondary student in Years 11 or 12, who has shown, in his or her school, qualities of character, leadership and community service which exemplify Australian citizenship, over an extended period.    In addition to Eilis’ leadership roles at Frankston High School, her commitment to service to others includes Eilis participating extensively in wider community projects.

The Order of Australia Association stated:  “The Panel determined that your submission deserved high commendation for the way your submission responded to the Roy Ward Leadership Prize criteria and together with the competent way you presented at the interview. You clearly demonstrated leadership and a passion for community service”



This Term Year 12 students begin the important process of preparing their Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC) selections for next year.  Information, guidance and assistance will be available in iSupport sessions over the next few weeks and from the Careers Practitioner, Mrs Carolyn Walsh.

To assist parents, a VTAC Parent Information Night was held on Thursday 23 August.



I would like to wish the Year 11 students who are embarking on the Central Australia/Darwin tour all the best for a fantastic trip.  I am sure they will have a wonderful time and will have life-long memories of this adventure.  A special thank you to Mrs Anne Thomson who has overseen the organisation of this tour, and to Mrs Adrienne Shepard and all staff attending the trip for their excellent work in ensuring the trip is an outstanding success.



Students in studies with a performance or oral component have been given a timetable for these examinations.  Any student who has not received a timetable should see Mr Simon Cameron immediately. The examination period begins on Monday 8 October and ends on Sunday 4 November.   Students should arrive at their examination half an hour before the scheduled start time and must have photo identification with them.  Good luck to all students involved. 



Frankston High School is conducting compulsory Year 12 exams during the September holidays.  The exams will commence on Thursday 27 September and will conclude on Friday 5 October.


The advantages of this practice are clear, including:  ensuring students utilise their September holidays for revision; opportunities for our students to maximise their success/results; maximising class revision time in Term 4 where teachers can address areas of concern in student performance and exam technique; and it provides opportunities for students to hone exam techniques and practices.


It is our expectation that Year 12 students would devote the third Term holiday period to revision and study in preparation for the examinations and the final VCAA examinations.  These examinations will be conducted under VCAA and Frankston High School guidelines. Final examination timetables have been distributed to students and parents.


I hope this initiative of examinations and the provision of teacher feedback will significantly enhance your child’s performance in the exams, allowing them to achieve their best.



Thank you to the parents who participated in the 2018 Parent Opinion Survey.  Our ‘CASES21’ computer program randomly selected 15% of our families to participate in this survey.

The survey responses are confidential and are sent to an independent organisation that collates the data.  This data will be used to enable the school to celebrate success as well as identify areas for improvement

Your participation in this important process is greatly appreciated. 



Students who drive to school are reminded that they must complete a consent form (which is available from the Senior School Office) and attach a photocopy of their driver’s licence.

Students are not permitted to park in the school grounds and, hence, must ensure that they follow local parking restrictions on nearby roads.  Students should also be aware that they must not park too close to the pedestrian crossings or driveways, particularly the entrance and exit to the Senior Campus.  




The KLD Young Scholars Program is aimed at giving talented students an insight into life at The University of Melbourne and to motivate and encourage them to consider going to university.  Nominations from current Year 10 students open on 3 September for inclusion in the 2019 Program.

In addition to the KLD Young Scholars Program, there are a range of scholarships available for international and local students who intend studying at The University of Melbourne.

Please see me for more information.  You can seek information about such scholarships at:



Applications for this annual scholarship are invited from government school students of VCE Music - Solo Performance.  The selection panel will consider applicants who can demonstrate a commitment  to music in recent years and to a future career in music performance.  The students’ study scores for VCE Music - Solo Performance will be taken into consideration. This scholarship was established by the family of the late Margaret Schofield in recognition of her achievements as a musician and her commitment to music education, and is coordinated by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). The annual scholarship will contribute towards the cost of tertiary education in music performance.  

The application form is published on the VCAA website:



The David Burgess Foundation has provided scholarships to well-deserving, disadvantaged students for the past 27 years.  The Foundation aims to help young people from State secondary schools who have had to struggle to overcome adversity, who have shown commitment to their goals and those of the community, and who, with some help, have the opportunity to succeed in their studies and future life.


Any Year 12 students who satisfy the criteria and are interested in applying for this award are asked to please see me.  Details regarding the criteria and additional information regarding The David Burgess Foundation can be found at

Applications for 2019 scholarships close on 31 October, 2018.



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



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


Click HERE for link to Frankston High School JRC Facebook Group for news and updates.

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

Variety Night
Tuesday 28 August


Parent Student Teacher Conferences Years 7-12
Wednesday 12 September

Parent Student Teacher Years 7-12 Conferences are being held on Wednesday 12 September.  


There are no formal classes on this day except students studying a VCE Unit 4 subject who will need to attend Periods 1-4 as timetabled and the English SAC Periods 5-6 (1.35pm-3.15pm).  There will no Period 0 (8.10am-8.55am) on this day.


You will be able to access your child’s online report via Compass School Manager using your family username and password.  For those few families who do not have internet access please contact the school for alternative arrangements.  Reports will be available online from 12.00pm, Monday 3 September.


Please note the following different booking dates:

  • Years 11-12 students:  bookings open 12.00pm, Monday 3 September
  • Years 7-10 students:  bookings open 12.00pm, Tuesday 4 September

2018 Relay for Life

During the first weekend of the school holidays (22-23 September) our Sports Leaders and SLC students will be combining forces to participate in the 2018 Relay for life to raise money for the Cancer Council. Last year our students raised $12,500 which is an amazing effort!  If you would like to support please click HERE.

Thanking in advance for your support.

Year 10 Formal &
Year 12 Valedictory




Pick My Project

HELP save Montague Park Scout Hall by voting!! VOTE for 'MONTAGUE PARK SCOUT HALL', You will need to vote for 3 projects to make your vote count. Please vote & share with your friends. The 1st South Frankston Scouts are thanking you in advance :)


LAMONT Books is moving!


Support our school with the Ritchies Benefit Card





The Resilience Project

How To Raise A Generous Child


“We want every kid to be generous,” says Dr. Laura Markham, author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids.  But, according to Markham, if we force kids to share, they’re less likely to do so again.  How, then, can a parent raise a generous child?


In the latest episode of Home School, The Atlantic’s animated video series about parenting, Markham reveals the surprising childrearing method that promotes not only generosity, but also resiliency.







Around Our School

Japanese Study Tour

Recently we hosted six Japanese students and their teacher to our school to study in Australia and participate in our lifestyle.   We had four host families who very kindly cared for them; Debra Beacham, Gail Mack, Tiffnee Mellech and Elizabeth Banfield.  Our students were buddies for the two school days and did an excellent job ensuring they enjoyed their study here, thanks to students Leeanne Smith, Perri Hobbs, Olivia Percoco, Madeline Heskins, Eve Kibblewhite and Shannon Loader.

 Also, thank you to the LOTE staff who gave huge support to this visit and to our Principal, Mr John Albiston, who drove the school bus all day Sunday to ensure they experienced many different activities on the Mornington Peninsula.

Finally thank you to all the staff and students who made this time very special for our visitors.

The feedback from everyone was that it was a very successful experience for all.


Mrs Sharon Koning

International Student Coordinator

Cyber Safety

Leading Senior Constable Daneen Richie from the Somerville Police came to Frankston High School and spoke to all of our Year 7 and 8 students about the implications of issues with social media and cybersafety.


Students were informed about the the dangers of chatting to strangers online, taking and posting images online, as welll as, laws associated with the online world.


Thanks to Daneen for coming and educating our students about being informed in relation to all aspoects of online safety.

Pages Mean Prizes

Throughout Semester One students in the junior school had regular lessons dedicated to reading. Some students continued to read more at home, and as a result have collectively logged an amazing number of pages read through the semester.

To celebrate this learning achievement, morning teas were held for the Year 7 and 8 class with the most pages read. A range of snacks were provided to the students as a way of celebrating together the effort they had put into this vital life skill. 7B were the winners with a whopping total of 94,372 pages read between them, special mention should go to 7G, who closely followed with 92,947 pages read. In year 8, 8D won with a total of 46,834 pages read.

A small group of students in Year 7 have gone above and beyond this and have each recorded over 20,000 pages read so far this year. These students are Chris Jobi (7B), Emma Wallace (7C), Anneliese Newton (7G) and Abbey Black (7G). These students have been rewarded with $20 vouchers to treat themselves for their hard work.

Well done to all students involved in the program and we hope to see more students reading through the rest of the year.

We would love for you to support us and your child in this endeavor by reminding them to read at home in the evenings, and talking to them about what they are reading, and any goals they may want to achieve.

SCIENCE Week 2018

Science Week for 2018 was a great hit – with many different activities running throughout the week.  We had the movie “The Martian” running every lunch during the week. Thanks to Mr Mark Seaton and Ms Michelle Snooks for running and supervising this.

We also had a wander through the Universe using an excellent Virtual Reality App and the VR glasses at lunchtime on Tuesday. Thank you to Mr Aaron Elias for supervising this and being able to explain to 45 students what all the “space things” were.

On Wednesday we had Ms Danielle Mates give a fascinating, insightful and visually spectacular presentation of her time in Antarctica, and some of the scientific research she has participated in during her many trips to Antarctica. Thanks to Ms Ebonie Burns for supervising the presentation, and to Ms Danielle Mates for giving us her time.

The Grand Final of the Spaghetti Tower Challenge was at lunchtime on Thursday, with a team from each class competing against each other to build the tallest tower in 15 minutes using only spaghetti, masking tape, string and their amazing scientific skills!

The winners from Year 7 were Ms Kristina Henson’s class, 7E, with a tower standing 43cm. From Year 8 the winning tower stood a magnificent 83cm and was built by the team from Mr Heath Booth’s class, 8K.  Both teams have won their class a pizza lunch. A huge thanks to all the students that came to support their class mates, and all of the teachers that supervised and supported their classes: Mr Tom Whipp, Mr Mark Seaton, Ms Elise Roper, Ms Kylie Williams, Mr Joel McMahon, Ms Kristina Henson, Ms Ebonie Burns, Mr Mal Burt and Mr Peter Sadler.  A huge thanks also to Ms Lorraine Buttery for organising all the supplies and counting all the spaghetti.

It has been another fantastic Science Week and huge thanks to all the students and teachers that participated in things and joined in on the fun!


Ms Kate Adriaans

Head of STEM and

Assistant Science Coordinator

Out and About

Congress 2018

Between 10 and 12 July, Michela Goggin and myself were lucky enough to have the opportunity to participate in the 2018 Victorian Student Representative Council Congress (VicSRC), which is a student-led organisation. It is run by 15 executive member/students that are elected by Congress participants annually, and these executive members work closely alongside the Victorian State government to better our education system and schools all throughout our state for the benefit of our students.


Congress is one of the many initiatives run by VicSRC to allow students to be a collaborative part of positive change. Its main purpose is to offer students a platform to discuss and bring forward matters that they are passionate about or require attention in the upcoming year. Twelve areas of focus are then chosen or shortlisted, with participants choosing their preferred topics to work on in groups in order to prepare a presentation to the Education Minister, members of Education and state government and other congress leaders/participants on the final day.

Michela and I both selected “Transforming the VCE system”. Five key areas are then voted on for focus in the coming year. This was an amazing experience to participate in, and a topic we were all very passionate about! It is exciting to know that we can have a say in, and assist with, actual change in our system; and that our topic was included in the top five areas for the year ahead. Congress was also an amazing opportunity to meet many like-minded young people who are also passionate about making our state and schools a better place - it was a place where you can create new friendships, have a safe forum for expression and a chance to learn new skills. Overall, an experience I would highly recommend to any student!

Jade Roberts

Year 11 SLC member


Over the holidays I was fortunate enough to attend the VICSRC congress. It was a riveting three-day camp where students from across Victoria who are passionate about leadership and making a difference within our schools, came together to tackle school-based issues and find solutions. It was an empowering camp focusing on issues such as difficulties in VCE, the lack of education on indigenous culture, the need for safe places for LGBTQI+, equality between genders, and so on. After spending numerous days in a focus group, as well as attending several workshops, I understand how important it is for youth to share their opinions and how we can truly make a difference. As we are the key stakeholders in our education, and we are the ones who can make change. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed tackling an issue and coming up with solutions and knowing that the EXEC will be making these solutions happen. I made several new friends and I cannot wait to go back again!


Michaela Goggin

Year 9 SLC member

Foundation for Young Australians Excursion – Innovation Class

On 24 July, our Innovation in the 21st Century class went into the city to meet the members of the FYA. We also met the founders of four small businesses: Accessible Adventures, Game Changers, Crepes for Change and The Timekeepers. We learned how difficult it can be to start a small business, but how rewarding it can be to change someone’s life. It was a fun experience and we learned a lot.

Max Sheppard

Year 10

The excursion to the FYA headquarters was extremely educational and fun. Everyone in the Innovation class had a great time hearing about all the different social enterprises and how they impacted the world. My favourite part was coming up with a new way to help homeless people and, although our program, Chauffeur, didn’t win the competition, I still think it was the best idea. While developing our idea, we learnt the three stages of innovation, development and advertising.

We heard a talk from the marketing manager of STREAT, an amazing food company that has trained and helped many thousands of homeless people, and who catered delicious food for us to eat on the day. The panel of social enterprises, including a representative from Accessible Adventures, Game Changers, The Timekeepers and Crepes for Change, all talked about the day-to-day challenges of running a business and how they strive to make a difference to the world. Overall it was a great day.

Yoaquim Freeman

Year 9

My experience at FYA was amazing; the food, the games, the entertainment and the speakers were amazing. One task we did was where we needed to try to get homeless people off the streets and back on track (we won). The guest speakers were so inspirational and fun to talk to. I learned that, as an entrepreneur, you will run into mistakes and problems, but you can get through them with hard work and perseverance. The overall experience was awesome, the people were so kind, the food was delicious, the games we played were fun and the speakers inspired me.

Thank you to Mrs Bahramis, Mr Fischmann and the FYA staff for a great day!

Alex Green

Year 9

Monash University Year 8 Engineering workshops

During the last school holidays, Lucien Cooke, Saam Fujii, Eleanor Rivett-Bewsher, James Wylie, Cheyanne Kamau and Emma Ireland of Year 8 attended a three-day engineering workshop at Monash University, Clayton Campus. They were joined by other students from around the State and had a fantastic time participating in a wide range of activities.

Below is an overview of the three days through the eyes of Eleanor Rivett-Bewsher.


'Every year Monash University offers Frankston High School places at their annual Year 8 Engineering Challenge which takes place over three days at Monash Clayton campus and goes through a wide variety of engineering disciplines from robotics to environmental engineering. This year three other Frankston High School Year 8 students and I were given the opportunity to participate; here is my account of the events…


Day 1

Introduction, Lighting/Fluorescents, Automotive Engineering, Robotics, Flight/ Aeronautics, Environmental Engineering (Alternative energy).

When I arrived on campus on the first day I was directed to a theatre with the rest of my group (named Purple group) where someone came in and talked briefly about all the different subjects that the activities/workshops would be covering. Then we did a short workshop about light and fluorescents. After this we were split in to three groups of about nine and were led to three different locations.  My group was led to an area where they design and build cars, and we did two workshops.  In the first one we took turns in trying to take the wheel off and on a racing car, and in the second we tried out a virtual reality driving game. After that we swapped with another group and did a workshop on robotics, followed by a activity where we made very high class foam paper gliders. Then we had lunch, after which we walked over to a hall for a workshop on alternative energy and then a workshop on environmental engineering.


Day 2

Structural Engineering, Chemical Engineering.

The first half of the day was made up of building a spaghetti bridge; this activity was a bit more serious than your usual spaghetti bridge-making activity, because we were trying not just to make the strongest bridge but also the lightest bridge. The other specifications were that our bridge had to span a certain length and also had to be a certain width. We were all very glad we had three hours to do this activity - in the end my group’s bridge came second. After this we had lunch for an hour, then we moved on to our next activity where we would be doing a set of activities to do with chemistry. I felt a bit tested when the teacher asked me to dictate equations on the board but, luckily, I could remember some of the elements. The first activity was one about water currents, the second the separation of chemicals, the third the extrusion of gases from liquids, the fourth the conductivity of metals, the fifth also about the conductivity of metals.


Day 3

Computer Programming, Material Engineering, Robotics, Award Ceremony.

On the third day, the first workshop that we did was about computer design, where we got to design our own basic digital character. Then we did a workshop on materials engineering in which we did several mini experiments, including one where we tested solar panels using different parts of the light spectrum. Iin another experiment we used some jelly snakes as a model  for  manual durability and, finally, we conducted an experiment which showed what happened when an algae extract is added to calcium. After lunch we went on a tour of the robotics department, followed by a make-your-own robot workshop. The day ended with an award ceremony.'

Year 11 Visit Vasey RSL

On Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 22 August two of our Year 11 Health and Human Development classes visited residents of Vasey RSL Care on Overport Road as part of their studies into perspectives of different lifespan stages.  The residents absolutely loved having a visit and remarked on how lovely, friendly and polite our Frankston High School Year 11 students were. The students loved this community engagement experience and gained some powerful insights into the lives of the residents during the war which made them very grateful for experiencing their youth in 2018 and the many opportunities available to them. 

Ms Emma Manks

Health and Human Development Teacher​

Music Notes

Coming Up...

A very busy Term 3 for the Music Department with several important performances.



We have two bands appearing at the Hawthorn Town Hall in the first stages of the festival.

The Intermediate Concert Band performed on Thursday 16 August and won GOLD.

The Senior Concert Band will be performing on Tuesday 28 August at approximately 8.00pm.



The Music Department’s famous Cabaret Night will be held at the Frankston Football Club function rooms on Thursday 6 September, commencing at 7.30pm.

Booking form attached below.



Our percussion ensemble will be heading off to Ballarat to compete in the Royal South Street Eisteddfod on Saturday 8 September.



On Tuesday 18 September our VCE 3 and 4 music performance students will be presenting selected works from their VCE repertoire as they make their final preparations for their performance exams in Term 4.  Prospective VCE music performance students are encouraged to come along to gain some insight into what is involved in completing this subject.  The concert will be held in the Music Centre and commences at 6.00pm.



Our clarinet choir will be heading to Japan in the first week of the holidays to perform at the Frankston Susono Friendship Association’s Australian fair which will be held in the city of Susono on Sunday 30 September.

Junior Resource Centre News

CBCA Book Week 20-24 August

Find Your Treasure in the JRC: come and browse the nominated books, enter our Crack the Code competition to win a prize, watch Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom screening at lunchtimes, and grab a ticket for our daily raffle draw.

Author Visit

The JRC was pleased to welcome author Mark Smith as our visiting author for Book Week.  Mark spoke about his books 'The Road To Winter', 'Wilder Country' and the soon to be released final story in the trilogy.  He invited our Years 7 and 8 students to imagine what they would need and how they might survive if they were faced with the challenges confronting Finn, the main character in his story.  The students were captivated with his presentation and his books have been flying off the shelves.  We all had a great day.

For fans of Tomorrow, When The War Began.

EBooks and Audiobooks

We have been lucky to acquire a free trial of the Wheelers Audiobook library for Term 3.  This can be accessed from the Wheelers eBook button on the library homepage:

Compass > ‘Star’ > Resource Centre > eBooks

Students can log on with their school username and password.  Loans are for 2 weeks and return automatically.  There are over 1000 eBook and 600 Audiobook titles on offer.  To enhance your reading experience you can download the ePlatform app from the Apple or Google store which can set up your device like an ereader.


Chess Tournament

The JRC will be hosting the Frankston High School Chess Competition in early September.  Keep an eye open for details in coming weeks. 

Open Times & Homework Club

Homework Club Hours 3.30-4.30pm

Click HERE for link to Frankston High School JRC Facebook Group for news and updates.

ECO Team News

The Eco Team inspires change...

At recent student assemblies the FHS Eco Team presented information about issues concerning the environment. An introduction to the assembly was provided by Hayley Musgrave and Kayley Lewis. As part of the introduction they spoke of Jane Goodall, a standout example of someone who, through dedication and perseverance, has helped to inspire significant environmental change. A fitting start to the assembly.


The climate change component of the presentation was passionately presented by Matilda Scroggie (Year 9); the plastic pollution part clearly and succinctly by Georgie Dowel (Year 9). Through a multimedia presentation, their peers were alerted to the pressing issues of our time, so that they might alter their behaviour to make a more concerted effort to look after the environment that supports their lives. It is always difficult to speak about topics that are confronting, and indeed confusing, for some people. All members of the Eco Team should be very proud of their efforts.


To balance the confronting nature of climate change and plastic pollution, a positive story from the 1980s was explained in a very professional manner by Freya Vaughan (Year 9). A story of global cooperation that resulted in an Earth that is still fully habitable for human beings – a story that sounds like it was lifted straight from a Hollywood script.


Anyone who was around in the 1980s might remember a hole in the ozone layer becoming a focus for the media. For those who cannot remember (or are too young to remember), a hole in the ozone layer was opening over Antarctica and was very likely to increase in size over time. However, governments around the world came together to ban the cause of the problem – chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), a propellant used in pressurised spray cans at the time.


This global cooperation resulted in a ban titled The Montreal Protocol.


In early 2018, NASA reported that the Montreal Protocol worked. They were seeing a reduction in the size of the ozone hole over Antarctica. It is likely to fully recover somewhere around the year 2065.


Without the global ban, it would have been a different story. NASA concluded that life on Earth would have been a lot more uncomfortable than what humans are currently used to, even on the verge of the Earth being virtually uninhabitable.


Students listening to the presentation seemed to take comfort in the idea that governments can work cooperatively for the global good.


The presentation continued with Allira Reid (Year 7) and Jorden Lancaster (Year 7) enthusiastically speaking about environmental initiatives being undertaken by different organisations; from Microsoft using 100% renewable energy since 2014 through to Adidas’ use of recovered beach plastics to construct shoes - positive stories rarely heard in the media.


The next stage of the presentation, delivered with diligence by Year 8 stuents; Mayatili Thompson-Fidge, Laura Brumbaugh and Harriet Muhlnickel, revolved around what individuals could do to make an immediate difference in terms of minimising their environmental impact. This included things like the greater use of recycled paper, significantly decreasing the use of single-use plastics and reducing energy consumption where possible.


The final impassioned speech was delivered by Eco Team president Michaela Goggin (Year 9). In it she reiterated key points about humans needing to work together to achieve the better future we all deserve. Cooperation and effort are likely to make up a big part of this. She ended the speech with a quote made famous by Margaret Mead, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.’


The Eco Team greatly appreciated the interested and patient nature of their audiences, it is hoped they absorbed a lot of what was spoken about on the day. The importance of the Eco Team's messages cannot be overstated.


Lastly, a big thank you to Luisa Harrasser (Year 8) who helped out with behind-the-scenes organisation during the presentation.


Join the ‘Eco Team at FHS’ group on Facebook to keep an eye on what’s going on environmentally and to join the conversation.


For more information on the ozone layer and Montreal Protocol click HERE.


Mr Brendan McKinnon

Sustainability Coordinator

Invitation - 5 September

The Eco Team would like to extend an official invite to you, your family and friends on behalf of Environment Victoria. On Wednesday 5 September, at 6.00pm in the Senior School Presentation Space, Environment Victoria will be presenting an overview of the renewable energy policies for each of the main political parties. This is expected to be a low key, relaxed event where attendees can ask questions and find out more about what political parties aim to do in terms of decreasing Victoria’s dependence on fossil fuels. If you would like to attend please RSVP to [email protected] prior to 5 September.


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