News from Frankston High School

03 May 2019
Issue Four
From the Principal
Senior School News
Important Dates and Notices
High Resolves Timetable
Around Our School
Out and About
Structured Workplace Learning Recognition Program
2020 Japan/France Study Tour
ECO Team News
Our Sponsors
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From the Principal

Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Friends

We have hit the ground running with the beginning of Term 2 having so many great things happening, which keeps reminding us all how Frankston High School is such a very special place to be. 

Parent Student Teacher Conferences Draw a Huge Crowd

We drew a huge crowd of parents with their children to Parent Student Teacher Conferences.  Our dedicated teachers were losing their voices after working all day and into the evening having back to back discussions with families.  So many parents were thanking me for the wonderful teachers the school has whilst all our teachers were commenting about the lovely families we are so fortunate to work with.  It is certainly a win win situation when we have a community that together make the very best of the educational opportunities our great school offers.  Now is the time for our students to reflect on the feedback that has been provided and be inspired to continue to do their ‘best always’.

Senior Stage Band a Highlight at Frankston Music Festival

I was so proud of our Senior Stage Band when they performed recently at the Frankston Football Club during the City of Frankston’s Music Festival.  The enthusiastic audience appreciated their rendition of some jazz classics.  We are indebted to our teachers (Mr Ben Braithwaite and Mr Rob Mattessi) who give up their weekend time for our students to have such a rewarding learning experience. 

Families of Prospective Year 7 Students Come in Droves on School Tours

We have just completed our series of school tours with over 1000 prospective parents and students visiting our school.  The feedback from parents and children was very positive after they had the opportunity to see our high performing school in action.  Such attendance in high numbers confirms Frankston High School remains a high demand school where the capacity to enrol is far exceeded by the demand for enrolment. Consequently, house prices in the zone are at a premium compared to the cost of comparable housing outside the zone.  I always suggest to families that investing in real estate in the zone is a wise financial decision because there is the potential for significant growth in housing prices compared to growth outside the zone.  As well as you are saving money by not having to invest in expensive private schools, since the quality of education and level of student achievement at our incredible school, is at the very least, equivalent to and even better than what is on offer at the most expensive of private schools.

Frankston High School Wins PARC’s "Let’s Move" Competition

Thank you to Frankston High School community members who visit PARC regularly and supported us in winning PARC’s Let’s Move competition.  The school has been awarded a $5,000 gym equipment cheque.  With last year’s win Frankston High School has won a total of $15000 to be invested in equipment for our new gym.  We are indebted to Mrs Chloe Stevens and Mrs Carly MacDonald for their great enthusiasm and leadership of this initiative. 

Resilience Project Forums for Parents and Years 7 and 8 Students

This term we have provided guest speakers for our Years 7 and 8 students to inspire their learning in class regarding the Resilience Project.  Also, we ran our annual Resilience Project night for parents and a session for staff.  The presenters whilst providing essential information certainly know how to captivate and inspire their audiences.  Due to the Resilience Project parents, students and staff are learning to be grateful for the wonderful lives we have, learning to be in the present, rather than always wanting for more.  We are also learning how to be more empathic and kinder to others and experiencing the joy this brings to our lives.  At the same time, we are all learning that life is not always a bed of roses. During such times of challenge, we can seek help from others and if we have practiced and acquired mindfulness strategies this helps us with everyday living and particularly enhances our resilience during these times of challenge.  It is recommended parents of Year 7 and 8 students look at their child’s diary with them and discuss and practice the strategies in the diary.  Also, there are many great apps for mindfulness.  I will be using the Resilience Project app to help me regularly practice mindfulness strategies. 

Celebration of Athletics at Frankston High School

Thank you to Mr Glenn Davey who has supervised the construction of our new athletics track.  It has been terrific to see students enjoying the sprint track as well as the two lane track that runs around the border of the oval.  To justify the investment in this resource we are celebrating the fact that an incredible 12 students qualified for and represented Frankston High School at the Australian Track and Field Championships in Sydney recently.   These students were placed from second in Australia to 14th in a huge range of events including, hurdles, relays, triple jump, long jump, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 3000m and the 2000m steeple.  Congratulations to:

Alicia Ockerby (Year 9)

Paddy Colgan (Year 9)

Elli Symonds (Year 7C)

Amber Kamau (Year 10)

Declyn Tanner (Year 7J)

Riley Lovick (Year 9)

Noah Oliver (Year 10)

Rhemmy Gibbs (Year 11)

Jeremy Ockerby (Year 10)

Isabella Phanivong (Year 12)

Blake Shaw (Year 11) and

Lily Oxley (Year 10)

Recently, Elli Symonds (Year 7C) had a great weekend in Hobart at the Australian Little Athletics Championships.  She won the triple jump (New Australian Champion).



I am looking forward to waiting on a room of mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunties and sisters at this weekend’s High Tea. All proceeds will be donated to helping students and their families with wellbeing needs.  This event is a real celebration of women who contribute so much to our very special community.  Also don’t forget tickets are selling for Legally Blonde.  Our students are looking forward to performing for you. 

As you are reading my report, my wife and I will be touring up to Queensland with our caravan.  This should be an interesting experience to say the least.  Hopefully my reversing onto sites will improve without too many distressing arguments all of my own doing.  I could be returning at the beginning of Term 3 for a rest.  Have a great term everyone. 

Mr John Albiston


Senior School News

Welcome Back

I hope everyone had a relaxing holiday and Easter break.  It has been very pleasing to see that students have utilised these holidays in completing homework and preparing study notes and summaries.  I would like to thank our teachers, many of whom made themselves available to assist students with their work over the holiday period.

Congratulations to Jade Roberts, Lily Chapple, Zoe Cox and Anzali Nedumara

Our student leaders – Jade Roberts, Lily Chapple, Zoe Cox and Anzali Nedumaran recently had the pleasure to attend the C4GF Louisa Dunkley Women in Parliament forum.

Below is an article by the girls on their experience and what a valuable opportunity this was in attending the forum.

Politics is often portrayed under a negative light through the media, which has left our younger generation, especially women, confused and intimidated by what it offers. On Thursday 28 March we were lucky enough to attend a women in politics forum hosted at McClelland Gallery. This event allowed us as students and women to view the world of politics from a different perspective, our guest speakers, Sonya Kilkenny, Julia Banks and Cindy McLeish, all local women of peninsula politics, discussed their entry into parliament and the intricacies that follow their endeavour for change. Their experiences as women in power provided a trustworthy insight for us to see the true, unguarded nature of politics, instead of the exaggerated process as seen through television. The undermining moral of the event taught us that in order for change to proceed, as individuals, we must take action when we see indecision instead of waiting for movement. We were also enlightened to meet other key figures in Frankston society such as lawyers and councillors who also shared their experiences of their careers. Overall, this wonderful opportunity provided to us gave us a greater insight on the true meaning of politics and the importance of women in this role of power.   We would like to thank Frankston High School and Ms Trudy Poole for providing this opportunity for us to attend the forum.

Congratulations To Zoe Cox

Zoe recently attended a community forum at Cube 37, representing brilliantly Frankston High School and the youth of Frankston.

Zoe has written the following report on her experience.


On Sunday 31 March I participated in an amazing opportunity and a great Frankston initiative, a community forum. I was on the panel alongside Ms Ginevra Hosking, the CEO of the Committee for Greater Frankston and Mr David Cross, a keen member of the Frankston community and Frankston High School’s Council President.


The forum was hosted by Rev. Tim Costello, and was set in the year 2030, as we were encouraged to think about the future of Frankston. The afternoon was a terrific experience as I was able to share my opinions, concerns and hopes for the future of Frankston, as well as listening not only to my fellow panel members, but engaging with local member Mr Chris Crewther MP and candidates Ms Peta Murphy and Mr Spencer Porter.


I would like to thank the Frankston Music Festival for organising and allowing me to be a part of a wonderful event. I would also like to thank Mr John Albiston, Ms Helen Wilson, Mr Glenn Fischmann, Ms Elise Roper and Mrs Cindy Bryant for helping me prepare for the forum and supporting me on the day.


A final thank you to Mr David Cross for providing this opportunity for me and his support and encouragement.

Parent Student Teacher Conferences

Thank you to all parents, guardians and students who attended these conferences.  The feedback was extremely positive and it was reassuring to know how much the school community values the excellent work of our teachers.  These conferences provide an important opportunity for parents, students and teachers to work together to further improve learning outcomes. 

Careers and Tertiary Expo
Wednesday 8 May

I encourage all parents and students to attend the Careers and Tertiary Expo which will be held on

Wednesday 8 May

Senior Presentation Space


This is an excellent opportunity to meet with representatives from the major tertiary providers to ask questions and gain information on the courses they have on offer.  This is invaluable in planning future pathways with your child. If you have any enquiries please do not hesitate to contact our Careers Practitioner, Mrs Sharon Bourne.

Monash Scholars Program

Year 10 students who are interested in applying for the Monash Scholars Program should see me for further details.  Applications are based on students’ academic ability, leadership qualities and contribution to school and community life.  All applications must have a school endorsement.  The benefits of the Monash Scholars Program include:  enhanced learning, exploring career ambitions, defining personal aspirations, preparation for university life and building networks with other high-achieving students. 

Mid Year Examinations

A reminder to students and parents that the end of semester is Friday 7 June.  All Year 11 and Year 12 studies will have an end of semester examination.  Timetables will be distributed shortly. 

Year 11 examination period

11 June to 21 June


 Year 12 examination period

11 June to 21 June

( Year 12 exams will be held outside of classtime)

Students must have a study/revision timetable in place and consistently review their class notes in preparation for these examinations.  Any students who would like assistance with study skills are most welcome to contact one of the Year Level Coordinators, Ms Kirsten Bakker, or myself for assistance. 


All students who are studying a Unit 3 and 4 (Year 12) subject are required to sit the General Achievement Test (GAT) on Wednesday 12 June.  There will be no timetabled Year 11 and Year 12 classes on this day.

I wish students all the best with their examinations.

Attendance Policy

I would like to remind parents and students of the attendance policy in the senior school.  Seven unexcused absences in a study and/or fifteen absences in a study results in an N result for that study.  Students must ensure all absences are annotated by the coordinators or office staff on the absence card in their diary.  Students must also ensure this is shown to all of their classroom teachers.  In order for the absence to be excused, parents/guardians must provide a note with a specific reason for the absence:  illness, funeral etc.

End Of Semester Arrangements

Year 12 Students:

Friday 7 June

The last day for students to submit work for Unit 3


Tuesday 11 June – Friday 21 June

Year 12 exams (outside of classtime)


Tuesday 11 June – Monday 17 June

No Year 12 Classes


Wednesday 12 June

General Achievement Test (GAT)

There will be no formal Year 12 classes on this day


Thursday 13 June

Report Writing Day


Tuesday 18 June

Classes Resume and

Year 12 exams will be held afterschool on Tuesday 18 June – Friday 21 June


Tuesday 18 June

Unit 4 Commences


Year 11 Students:

Friday 7 June

The last day for students to submit work for Unit 1


Tuesday 11 June – Friday 21 June

Year 11 examination period

(There will be no Year 11 classes during

this period)


Wednesday 12 June

General Achievement Test (GAT)

All students undertaking a Unit 3 and 4 study (Year 12 study) are required to sit this test.  There are no formal Year 11 classes on this day.


Monday 24 June

Unit 2 Commences

Debutante Ball
Friday 10 May

I am looking forward to attending the Debutante Ball at the Brighton International on Friday 10 May.  The debutantes and their partners will be presented to Mr Paul Edbrooke MP, member for Frankston in the State Parliament.  Best wishes to all students involved in the Debutante Ball, I am sure it will be a very memorable night for you. 


Ms Helen Wilson

Senior School 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 to 8.30pm


10.00am - 12.00noon


The Uniform Shop will be closed   




Either Summer or Winter uniform (but not a combination) can be worn during Term 2

 until Queen's Birthday.

Winter uniform must be worn from thereafter until the end of Term 3.


2019 Frankston High School Compass Student cards will comply as a (Public Transport Victoria) PTV Approved School Student ID card. This will mean that parents or students will not have to arrange for an additional Student ID card for public transport which is a saving of $9.00.

The new cards have now been

distributed to students

If you haven't received your COMPASS Card please let  to the General Office know.


You can download the Compass App for easier access to Compass Notices and Information.

Please Note: For security reasons your COMPASS Log In Password will need to be reset once every 12 months.




Mouthguards and School Sport

Parents and students are advised that Frankston High School recommends that students wear mouth guards for all contact sport at school, particularly when students are playing school and interschool sport in the following: football, soccer, hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, netball, basketball and baseball.

A mouth guard is an easy and cost effective way to reduce the risk of injury when playing sport. The Australian Dental Association has set out five good reasons why mouth guards should be worn when playing sport:

  • Cushions teeth against impact
  • Protects against jaw joint injuries
  • Protects against soft tissue injuries
  • Helps prevent neck and jaw injuries
  • May help reduce a concussion

It is important to remind parents that the Department of Education and Training does NOT provide personal accident insurance or ambulance cover for students. Student accident insurance may be taken out privately by parents for their own children.

Host Families Needed!

We are asking Frankston High School families to consider hosting a 2019 Letsibogo Girls High School student for a period of four weeks. Our Soweto students have arrived and are completing Year 11 at Frankston High School.

Host families are needed

from early June

Daily needs such as clothing, toiletries, pre-pay mobile phone, public transport costs plus a $30 per week allowance are provided by the school.  However, we would be relying on the generosity of host families to provide accommodation and food.

Receipts from public transport, phone cards for overseas calls (available from a newsagency) mobile phone cards, etc. will be reimbursed from the Finance Office on the 7-10 Campus.


PLEASE CONTACT:   Anne Thomson

Mob:     0409 835 541 or Email:  [email protected] 

Year 10 Work Experience
24 - 28 June


Work Experience Week

24 – 28 June 2019

A reminder that all Work Experience Arrangement and Work Experience Travel Arrangement forms were due back on FRIDAY 8 MARCH and if your child still has not handed their forms in they are now very overdue.  Work Experience is a compulsory component of the Year 10 curriculum.

It is very important now that, if your child hasn’t returned their forms or they are having trouble finding a position, they speak with me urgently.  Students can find me in the JRC from 8:30am to 3:30pm.

Ms Lorelle Molloy

Work Experience Coordinator


Woolworths Earn & Earn
1 May - 25 June

Woolworths has just launched Earn & Learn, and we have once again joined.  For those parents who aren't aware of the program, if you shop at Woolworths between 1 May and 25 June you can earn stickers.  Our school will be collecting these stickers which we will be able to swap for new school equipment; things like robotics, technology supplies, teaching aids, and more.

For any parents who shop at Woolworths, please collect those stickers and drop them in to one of our collection boxes, which are located in the reception foyer of both the 7-10 and Senior Campuses and also the Woolies stores at Baxter and in Bayside.

If you let your family, friends, neighbours and colleagues know we are collecting these stickers, they may also be happy to collect for our school too!  

Thanks for helping out!

Indigenous Lifesaving Leadership Program is on again!!

From 5 - 12 May, a group of trained lifesaving students from Frankston High School will travel to Far North Queensland to a small remote indigenous boarding school called St Teresa’s Abergowrie.


We need your support to help fund the return trip to Abergowrie in May. All funds raised will subsidise the students’ flights.


To read more about this project and to make a tax deductable donation please go to the link below:

School Production
"Legally Blonde"
30 May - 1 June

Frankston High School presents the fabulously fun ‘Legally Blonde’, based on the adored movie.

The musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams.



Kingswim Car Park
 Monday & Wednesday before 11.00am



Frankston High School Pool / Kingswim

from 13 April to 27 May


For accurate information please ALWAYS refer to COMPASS and/or Frankston High School OFFICIAL Facebook Page and Groups.

Main Facebook Page: CLICK HERE

Sport Page news and updates: CLICK HERE

Resource Centre (JRC): CLICK HERE



Please come to the General Office if the following items are yours:

Glasses found in the JRC in a laptop bag

Also, a watch with a set of keys  found near the synthetic courts.




NAPLAN Testing Years 7 and 9
14/15/16 May

The annual NAPLAN testing will take place for all students in Years 7 and 9 on Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 May 2019.


The tests are as follows:

Tuesday 14 May

Language Conventions test,

Periods 1 and 2 (45 minutes)


Tuesday 14 May

Writing test,

Periods 3 and 4 (40 minutes)


Wednesday 15 May


Periods 1 and 2 (65 minutes)


Thursday 16 May

Part A: Numeracy – calculator,

Periods 1 and 2 (55 minutes)

students must provide a calculator for this test.

Calculators used for the numeracy test must not be multifunction or internet accessible devices.


Thursday 16 May

Part B: Numeracy – non calculator,

Period 2 (10 minutes)


Parents may choose to exempt their child from the NAPLAN tests.  If you wish to have your child exempted please contact Ms Caldwell via email on [email protected] 

Parents need to sign an official exemption form.

High Resolves Timetable

HIGH RESOLVES – Years 7 and 8 program

High Resolves is a not-for-profit educational initiative that motivates high school students to be purposeful global citizens and develop the mindsets and skills they need to lead their communities, and the world, to a brighter future.

Year 7 Program

On Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 May students in Year 7 will be involved in the High Resolves program. Students will spend three periods on one of these days undertaking a module on Identity & Purpose. This addresses the core questions, “Who am I?” and “Who do I want to become?” Participants develop their sense of collective identity as members of a single human race. Participants will develop a competence in independent thinking and associated values, including open-mindedness and critical thinking.


Year 8 Program

On Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 May year 8 students will be involved a module on Just Society. Students will work on this module for three periods on one of the days. This module addresses the core question, “What kind of world do I want to see?” and “Will my choices be on the right side of history in 50 years?” Participants imagine what kind of world we would want if we did not know in advance where or who we would be. Thinking through such issues should lead us to favour greater social justice. Participants will develop a competence in social advocacy.


Around Our School

Harmony Day

This year, the SLC and International students celebrated Harmony Day on Thursday 21 March. Staff and students from different backgrounds came together and celebrated the amazing diversity that is present in this school. The International team and SLC Events team worked together in order to run this delightful event. It is very important to celebrate Harmony Day to recognise our diverse community, regardless of our differences. SLC students brought food from their culture to share, and SLC students cooked a sausage sizzle for everyone to enjoy. Everyone was able to interact and share their culture with each other. Thank-you to Miss Georgie Long and Mrs Sharon Koning for helping us to organise this event - our Harmony Day celebration was a success due to the inclusiveness of all cultures in Frankston HIgh School!

Gerald Decena,

Year 12 – SLC International Team Leader

Casual Dress Day

On 29 March the SLC ran Frankston High School’s first Casual Dress Day of 2019, in support of the charity Dogs for Kids with Disabilities. Thank you to all SLC members for their hard work and everyone who donated and participated in the day’s activities. From the donations given, we raised a huge amount of $2736.20. This included:

  • Junior School: $1084.70
  • Middle School: $759.20
  • Senior: $595.30

And a special mention must go to Ellen Konopcik (Year 7A), who donated $40 from her pocket money!


During the day, many activities were organised by the SLC Casual Dress Day team, including a bake sale on both campuses in conjunction with the LEAD class and a lollies in a jar competition, which raised nearly $300 - an amazing effort by everyone! Congratulations to Oscar Menzies (Year 8M) who was the winner of this competition.  


The SLC were supported by Sports Leadership who held a dodgeball tournament on the 7-10 Campus. Other activities on the day included drama games and a movie was screened in the library. We would also like to thank all staff involved in these events, especially Ms Long. Once again, a big thank you to everyone who participated to make this day a great success! We look forward to raising even more money on Term 2’s Casual Dress Day, which will be held on Friday 7 June.


Mahima Stephen and Liya Jose,

SLC Casual Dress Day Team Leaders 

Hands On Learning

During Term 1 the students at Hands On Learning have been completing many jobs around the school grounds in order for the school tours commencing in Term 2. Students have also been very busy perfecting their wood work skills on some very intricate projects that will be revealed soon. If you know any Hands On Learning students please congratulate them on their hard work and persistence finishing jobs within set time frames. Students worked especially hard completing the balustrade and bench seats that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but fully functional as well.  Congratualtions HOL!


Mr Andy Blackall and Mr Shannon Lee

Hands On Learning Coordinators

International Students Arrive at Frankston High School

We would like to welcome Hana Shimamoto from Japan & Ana Josviak from Brazil to our school.  Both girls arrived in the school holidays & will be studying here till the end of Term 3.

Shanghai Principals Visit our School

On Monday 20 April, our school hosted a visit from Shanghai by 20 Principals looking at our curriculum & observing the differences in education.  They were very impressed with our facilities & the way we taught our students.  Together they have over 200,000 students in their schools in China!  We were fortunate to see one of our International students, Nadja Xu play her clarinet, the robotics class in the STEM centre was a highlight & then they were impressed to hear a didgeridoo being played as part of another class.  It was a very interesting visit for everyone.

Mrs Sharon Koning

International Student Coordinator

Out and About

National School’s Constitutional Convention

The National School’s Constitutional Convention is a three-day event in Canberra, which consists of 120 students from all around Australia, coming together to learn and discuss Australia’s Constitution. This year I was lucky enough to be selected to attend, representing Frankston High School and Victoria.

In 2019, we debated the topic ‘a new preamble for the Australian Constitution?’. The three days were spent at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, where we were able to hear from those in the industry of politics, discuss the Constitution and learn about the making of other countries preambles. Throughout the convention, we determined that Australia did need a preamble to our Constitution. As a result, at the end of the three days, we had formed one. All 120 students came together to create the new preamble for our Constitution, which was then put forward to a mock referendum conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission. The referendum was to pass our new proposed preamble, which is as follows;


We the Australian people, united as an indissoluble Commonwealth, commit ourselves to the principles of equality, democracy and freedom for all and pledge to uphold the following values that define our nation.

We stand alongside the traditional custodians of the land and recognise the significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in shaping the Australian identity, their sovereignty was never ceded.

As a nation and indeed community, we are united under the common goal to create a society catered to all, regardless of heritage or identity.

We pledge to champion individual freedom and honour those who have served and continue to serve our nation.

As Australians, we stand for the pursuit of a democratic state that upholds the fundamental principles of human values as set out by this Constitution.


Ultimately, there was a double majority ‘yes’ in favour of our new proposed preamble, which was later presented to the Senate for their discussion later in the year.

The convention was a great opportunity for learning and growth. I made many like-minded friends, as we all have similar interests, and it was an amazing three days. It gave me an insight into what a life in politics would be like, and I am so thankful for the experience. I would like to thank Mrs Bryant for encouraging me with my application.


Zoe Cox

Year 12

Frankston Netballers Steal the Show at Jubilee Park!

Year 9/10 competition – Redbacks 1st, Spiders 3rd

Year 7/8 competition / Division 1 -Whitetails 1st, Hornets 2nd, Fireants 4th, Vipers 6th with Hornets and Fireants promoted to Division 1 half way through the season. 

Year 7/8 Competition / Division 2 - Dragonflies 2nd, Stingers 3rd.


Thanks to Ms Libby Nicol for training us, Mia for coaching and managing, Rosie for umpiring, and to Audrey, Julie, Lil, Andrea, Kate and all the other parents who helped out throughout the term;  it was an absolutely fantastic season. The championship competition runs through Terms 2 and 3 and games begin next Friday, wish us luck!


Here’s the squad, minus a few Redbacks:


Sports Leadership Council (SLC) Camp

Every year the students from the Student Leadership Council are given the wonderful opportunity of attending a camp based at the Phillip Island Adventure Resort Camp.  This year from 27 February till 1 March we boarded the buses heading towards Phillip Island and left our school life behind for three days.  As this was our final year at school, my Year 12 peers and I were given the honour of leading a colour group mixed with students from various year levels.  This enabled us leaders to interact with students beyond the senior school, communicate with the younger year levels and further develop our leadership skills. 


The focus of the camp was to set our goals and devise initiatives we would work towards for the rest of the school year.  Students split into multiple teams to focus on different areas, including student voice, casual dress day, mental health and wellbeing and multiple other areas. The three days given enabled our groups to understand the strengths and weakness of Frankston High School and plan what we intend to implement in the future. Students were also given the chance to advocate for a charity that Frankston High School would fundraise for on our Casual Dress Days, and the remaining students voted for the charities we would like to support.


Alongside our goals we also had amazing guest speakers including our very own Eilis Peters (2018’s Vice Captain) who explained the importance of volunteering and the benefits associated with it.  Above all, this camp gave us the opportunity to interact with others who we would not normally have the chance to talk to.  Developing great bonds and friendships amongst everyone I can truly say that this camp was a delight. I would also like to thank the teachers who gave up their personal time to support us on this camp as all SLC students really appreciate this.

Anzali Nedumaran,

Year 12 – School Captain 

International Women’s Day Breakfast 2019

On Wednesday 6 March I was able to attend the International Women’s Day breakfast held at Mornington Racecourse. I was fortunate enough to hear two inspirational speakers, Ms Tania De Jong and Ms Prue Gilbert talk about their stories and their successes. Tania De Jong is one of Australia’s most successful female entrepreneurs and innovators, she has developed five businesses and two charities over 3 decades.  Prue Gilbert is a lawyer, human rights advocate and a mother empowering parents across Australia. Prue co-founded Grace Papers to challenge traditional stereotypes, drive gender equality and empower working parents and their employers. I would highly recommend to any student if they get the chance to go to an International Women’s Day breakfast to definitely attend and hear amazing stories about empowered women and to be inspired by others! Thanks to Miss Georgie Long and Ms Suzanne Caldwell for giving us this opportunity.

Madeleine Juleff,

Year 11

MOOMBA - Birdman Rally

On Sunday 10 March Moomba was held and Frankston High School participated in the Birdman Rally supporting the incredible charity DKD (Dog for Kids with Disabilities). The Year 9 LEAD class had worked together to plan for the events leading up to this, such as raising money and organising/designing an aircraft with the help of Hands on Learning. Our School Captain, Guy Taylor, was our pilot and he was assisted by Year 12 students Rory Philpott and Lily Chapple as his support crew.

The Birdman Rally is a charity event where participants launch themselves off a platform and try and ‘fly’ as far as they can across the Yarra river in home-made crafts, with the longest distance receiving prize money for their charity. Teams must fundraise to enter the competition – we were thrilled that we raised over $2700 on our Go Fund Me page, and each $500 raised counted as an extra metre of distance in the competition.  

We arrived at Moomba early in the morning to secure a good viewing spot on the banks of the river. Many Frankston High School SLC members and students from the LEAD class came and supported our entry - we had a loud and proud cheer squad, and Guy flew an incredible 8 metres! DKD was a really good charity to raise money for because they are a small charity that is based locally. The charity trains dogs to assist families and act as companions for kids with disabilities, and the dogs really do help the children - some haven’t been able to leave the house but the dogs will help them go out and do activities they have never done before.

The Semester 1 LEAD class are still supporting and raising money for this charity, and will be holding a bake sale at the Parent Student Teacher Conferences in Term 2. I would like to thank Hands On Learning, DKD, the LEAD Class, Guy Taylor, Rory Philpott, Lily Chapple and Miss Georgie Long for making this opportunity possible.

Melanie Reardon,

Year 9

Journalism Students at the Grand Prix

On Friday 15 March the Year 9/10 Journalism students attended the Annual Grand Prix event in Melbourne.  Students were there to practice their interviewing and news gathering skills, and had the task of writing a news article about this event.  Students could choose what aspect of the event to focus on, and topics we chose to research ranged from “how to have fun at the Grand Prix for non-car enthusiasts” to “is the Grand Prix suitable for children?”

The journalism students were also set the task of interviewing the general public about the event to create vox pops.  The day was successful for all of the class, as we practiced the skills we had learnt in class and had a fun day out! 

Tiffany-Rose Ellis,

Year 10

Structured Workplace Learning Recognition Program

Structured Workplace Learning Recognition Program – Connecting Students to the Workplace

Structured workplace learning recognition (SWLR) provides an opportunity for students to apply the skills and knowledge they have learnt in their VCE VET program within an appropriately matched workplace placement.  The learning experiences help students to relate the theoretical information to a real-world work context and develop their employability skills.


The benefits of this program are as follows:

  • Keeps students engaged in their chosen studies
  • Provides a pathway for students to obtain traineeships or apprenticeships in their chosen work field
  • Enhancement of skills development
  • Practical application of industry knowledge

For the first time this year, students in Years 11 & 12 who are studying a VET certificate had the opportunity to participate in the SWLR program as part of their VCE. Forty students across Years 11 & 12 are in the program as timetabled class and most are undertaking their placement one day a week on a Friday.


Throughout the year students will learn various skills to work in industry as well as undertake pre-placement, during placement and post placement tasks. Upon successful completion of the SWLR placement and work requirements, students in the program will receive two unit credits towards their VCE in the same way VCE subjects do.



Students Experiences so far…


Student: Seth Kelly

Year: 11

Placement: Decking out Melbourne, Graham French

VET Course: Building and Construction

Roles: General labour

What I enjoy about the program?

I like working with the people I work with, working in different areas and learning new skills.

Student: Lucas Rogan

Year: 11

Placement: Burst Graphics

VET Course: Certificate III Screen & Media

Roles: Sign Writer (Vinyl Signs Onto Business Cars)

What I enjoy about the program:

I enjoy It because it is placed as a "Try Before You Buy" class, as in you try the Industry that you want to get into and work out if it is for you.

Student: Khiel Walker

Year: 11

Placement: All in 1 Outdoor Development

VET Course: Building and construction

Roles: General labour work

What I enjoy about the program:

I like working at different sites instead of the one site.

Student: Cooper Logan

Year: 12

Placement: Jets Fitness Clyde North

VET Course: Certificate III in Sport and Recreation

Roles: Occasional assistance in writing programs for clients, more often programs focused around compound lift strength and hypertrophy, make sure all equipment is in check, talk and get to know clients to provide a more positive experience.

What I enjoy about the program:

I started going to the gym just over a year ago and I have become completely addicted to the science behind different training methods to achieve various levels of fitness goals, I love being surrounded by people that share the same passion as I do and I love to see people of all body types pushing themselves in the gym.


Student: Jack Wolf

Year: 12

Placement: Balcombe Grammar School

VET Course: Certificate III in Sport and Recreation

Roles: Assisting PE Department

What I enjoy about the program:

I enjoy how I’m able to make my own decisions on what I want to do throughout the day and love that I get to meet a lot of new people. My placement is also very fitting as I’m an extremely sporty person myself and have a passion for physical education.

Student: Charlie Boswell

Year: 12

Placement: Xplode fitness 24/7 Frankston

VET Course: Certificate III in Sport and Recreation

What I enjoy about the program:

I enjoy being in the work environment and learning the things I do such as shadowing the personal trainers and learning the techniques with certain exercises. It is very hands on which I enjoy and the people in the environment are good to be around.


2020 Japan/France Study Tour

2020 Japan Study Tour

Frankston High School will be running its bi annual tour to Japan in September 2020. 


Itinerary Highlights:

  • Tour of Kyoto: Kiyomizu Temple, Golden Pavilion, Sanjusangeno Hall, Nijo Castle and the Heian Shrine.
  • Osaka: Visit to Osaka Castle
  • Hiroshima: Memorial Peace Park and Museum
  • Miyajima Island: Itsukushima Shrine
  • Nara: Todai Ji Temple and Nara Park
  • Susono: Visit to Frankston’s sister city and Mt Fuji viewing centre
  • Tokyo: Stay in a traditional Japanese inn. Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Tower, Electronic town, Harajuku shopping strip
  • Nagano 3 night stay in Nagano: Visit a working farm, Zenkoji Temple, sightseeing in Kanazawa and a samurai exhibition performed by a trained samurai!
  • Kawaguchi Kita High School: One week homestay at our sister school in Saitama prefecture. Students will attend school with hosts and make cultural presentations to their Japanese classmates.
  • and more...

Dates:  the second last week of Term 3 and the first week of the Term 3 school, 2020


Students: studying Japanese in Years 11, 10 and 9 in 2020 

Information Night

Wednesday 22 May

 7.00pm in the JRC

If you have any questions or would like a letter, please ask your Japanese teacher or contact Tonia Hast at school on 9783 7955 or via email [email protected]


Mrs Tonia Hast

Japan Tour Organiser

2020 France Study Tour

Every year we have the pleasure of hosting ten students from our sister school in Orléans in France and this year we are also welcoming two teachers and the school principal. Our French guests arrive at the end of this term, Saturday 13 July, and it is time to register your interest in hosting.

The advantages of hosting are immeasurable. Amongst other benefits, you gain insights into French culture, you are able to share your beautiful city, state and country with an interested overseas visitor, and you can make long lasting friendships with someone from a different culture, sometimes with their whole family! Information about the individual students who are visiting this year is available from your child’s French teacher or from Ms Thomson - please send an email to [email protected] to receive an information sheet about the visiting students. 

Application Forms below:

If you are considering attending the French Language and Culture excursion to Paris, Normandy, Brittany and Orléans in 2020, then it is also important to consider hosting a student, as this will definitely help your chances of successful selection.

Information Night

Monday 20 May

7:00pm in the JRC

f you have any questions please ask your French teacher or contact Chris Sutcliffe at school on 9783 7955 or via email [email protected]

ECO Team News

FREE 'Wicking Bed' Workshop

Come and join us at a ‘hands on’ workshop where you can learn about ‘wicking beds’ and participate in making a real one for community gardens. 

Run by an ethical permaculture and garden support professional, you will learn valuable information about how these garden beds work and how to make one yourself.


What is a ‘Wicking Bed’ and how does it work?

A wicking bed is a raised garden bed that contains a water reservoir underneath the growing area. This is made up of round rocks and perforated pipe and is separated from the soil by a layer of landscaping fabric.

Water is automatically wicked upwards towards the top of the soil to irrigate the plants, encouraging deeper root growth and reducing the maintenance and watering of the garden.


When:             Saturday 11 May 2019

Time:               9.30am – 11.30am

Where:            Ebdale Hub Community Centre,

                           20 Ebdale Street, Frankston

What:        This is a HANDS ON workshop where we will be building wicking beds outdoors. Please wear appropriate clothing, bring along your gardening gloves and any personal safety equipment you require as well as a ‘can do’ attitude to getting it done!   

Light refreshments will be provided.

Bookings:     Eventbrite (click on Evenbrite for direct link)




The Eco Team is proud to announce they have organised a screening of the soon to be released film ‘2040’ at Hoyts Cinemas in Frankston.


2040 is a hybrid feature documentary that looks to the future. Award-winning director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream. Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary with dramatized sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board of how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations.


Tickets are available at $16 each. The screening will be held from 6.30pm to just after 8.30pm on Tuesday 28 May. Seating is limited.


To book go to:


For the film’s trailer go to:


The Eco Team would greatly appreciate the pleasure of your company. Any funds raised on the night will be donated to an environmental charity chosen by the audience, from a selection presented by the Eco Team, on the night.


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News from Frankston High School
2019 Key Dates Issue 3.pdf
2019 Key Dates Issue 4.pdf
Map of 7-10 Campus.pdf
Compass Information.pdf
Teacher Room Location 1 May 2019.pdf