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The School

Frankston High School is a large multi campus, coeducational school situated in South Frankston.  The school has a population in excess of 1600 students. The Year 7-10 and Senior Campuses occupy nearby sites.  

There are a large number of accelerated courses, including university enhancement programs. Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs are now well established at the VCE level. In 2007, the school introduced a Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL Program) as an alternate pathway for our senior students. 

Frankston High School’s innovative curriculum program is enhanced by an extensive extra-curricular program including music, sport, lunchtime activities and musical production. These programs, together with a strong Student Leadership Council (SLC), provide many opportunities for students to develop leadership skills. All students are actively encouraged to involve themselves in the school and its many programs and activities.

Priority has been given to providing for the pastoral care and health needs of all students and to maximising opportunities for students at all levels to develop leadership skills. Programs such as Hands on Learning and Pathways cater for students with different learning styles. There has also been a strong focus on improving literacy and numeracy from Years 7 to 10.

The Project

Students at Fraknston High School, Victoria, composed poems and explored activities from the Sea Things learning resource, which was piloted in 2011. 

As part of the workshop experience, Bonny composed a poem for the school, ‘If you force the sea through a sieve’, which is published on the Red Room website (and in the playlist above).

The Poet

Bonny Cassidy

Bonny Cassidy is the author of three poetry collections, and lectures in Creative Writing at RMIT University, Melbourne. She is feature reviews editor of Cordite Poetry Review and co-editor of the Anthology of Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry (Hunter Publishers, 2016). Bonny's essays of criticism and poetics have been published widely in Australia and internationally.