Frankston Teachers College Reunion

Welcome to Our Frankston Teachers College Reunion site.

For any further details contact Kevan Porter [kporter@bigpond.com], Tony Neville [tnan@primus.com.au] or Sandra Parker [sandra@parkershouse.net]

Our next Reunion will be on Saturday 10th November 2012 at Frankston Campus of Monash University.

It’s only a few weeks until our 55th Reunion and we are just finalising the numbers. If you haven’t yet confirmed that you will be joining us, would you please contact one of the committee.
After the success of the last two reunion events, we’re planning on this probably being the last formal trip back to Frankston Campus, so would like to see as many of our ex-colleagues as possible.
Sandra, Gary, Kevan, Tony & Howard

Thanks to all who have replied to our invitation. We have now made contact with 70 of the 1960 Frankston Teachers College Intake. There are still 55 ex-students we have atttempted to contact, but we aren’t sure if they received the Newsletter.
We would appreciate it if you haven’t replied yet, that you make contact, even if you aren’t sure whether you can join us in November by email, phone, this webpage or through our facebook page.
Sandra, Kevan, Howard, Gary & Tony

facebook; https://www.facebook.com/groups/1632672000301295/

1960 UP
55 years
FRANKSTON TEACHERS COLLEGE
1960 ENTRY

NEWSLETTER
APRIL 2015

http.//frankston.parkershouse.net

• Afternoon Get-together at College.
• Optional Informal Dinner at Taggarts (Frankston).

Saturday November 7th 2015
12.30 pm to 5.00 pm
Seahorse Tavern, Monash Peninsula Campus, Frankston.

Gary Hopcraft has made the booking for the Seahorse Tavern. (At this stage we are negotiating finger food and tea or coffee for less than $20 and drinks to be paid for at the bar.)

An informal dinner is planned for Saturday night and bookings can be made for an overnight stay at the Best Western motel if required.

Best Western International
389 Nepean Highway, Frankston 3199
03 9781 3444
info@frankstoninternational.com.au www.frankstoninternational.com.au

Sandra has made enquiries regarding dinner at Taggarts (Best Western) on the Saturday night. For numbers around 40, we can make a group booking. The cost will be $44 per person for a 3 course meal. (2 course offered at $38 pp) Pay on the night. Start time: 6.30pm. Tables will be 8 – 10 persons in a section of the restaurant.

We are happy to coordinate arrangements for Taggarts, but you must let us know if you wish to dine there.

We also need to let the Seahorse Tavern know the number attending in the afternoon.

At the end of this newsletter is a form that we would like to you to send back to us so that we can do some planning.

We have been unable to locate the following and perhaps you can help get the word to them and let us know their contact details.

Michael Dunne, John Good, Robina Cavendish, Christine Eley, Beverley Gyles, Judy McKee, Barbara McKinnon, Shirley Moore, Lorraine Power.

In addition to the above, we have contact details for the following, but have had no response:

Michael Johnson, Jennifer Gaudion, Peter Watson, Valda Morgan, Narelle Nelson, Dzintra Apinitus.

If you know how to get in touch with any of these colleagues, please pass the message on to them and let Sandra know of their latest address.

Sandra has sent out emails to the email addresses that we have on record and were successful previously, but she has had some “bounce-backs”. They are:
Barbara Garner, Maureen McKenzie, Glenda Saunders, Ann McCallum, Hugh Stevenson, Ken Launder, Fred Heesh, Janet Evans, Heather Barker, Wendy Stamp, Wendy Burns and Marian Murray. Please contact Sandra with their new email addresses.

Members of our Planning Committee are:

• Sandra Parker (Bradford) sandra@parkershouse.net
• Tony Neville tnan@primus.com.au
• Gary Hopcraft helengary@primus.com.au
• Howard (Harry) Wills howard_wills@bigpond.com
• Kevan Porter kporter@bigpond.com

Sandra Parker has set up a website for our reunions so that you can keep up with the latest information. This is our main means of communicating with you. The website contains copies of all our newsletters and an assortment of photos.

You can find the website at:

http://frankston.parkershouse.net

We also have a Facebook page at:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1632672000301295/

Could you please check with your FTC friends to ensure that they have the 2015 reunion in their diaries? It is just possible that they may not receive this newsletter because of communication gremlins. Let them know about the website if they have not heard.

FUNDS
We have $365 left in kitty from 2010 and 2012 to help offset any expenses. This will be used on mail-outs to those without access to the internet The balance will be used to offset other costs.

SAD NEWS
Orme informed us that sadly Wendy Sanders (Devenish) died last Easter after a long battle with breast cancer and its secondaries.

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday 7th November. This may be the last reunion, so please make an effort to get to the afternoon get-together at least!

Sandra, Tony, Gary, Howard and Kevan.

We have now contacted all ex students by their listed email. A number of you have changed your address. Please make contact to keep us up to date. Thanks to those who have passed the Reunion details on to other 1960 college entrants.
For those without email, you will be contacted by post.
Please make sure we have your current contact details, even if you are unable to join us on the 7th November.

Keep 7th November in your diaries for our 55th Reunion. Details to follow. Please let any colleagues know the date.

FRANKSTON TEACHERS COLLEGE
1960 ENTRY

http.//frankston.parkershouse.net

I know it is in your diaries, but just a gentle reminder:

Saturday November 10th 2012
12.30 pm to 5.00 pm
Seahorse Tavern, Monash Peninsula Campus, Frankston.

Gary Hopcraft has made the booking at the Seahorse Tavern.

Informal dinners are already being planned for Saturday night and bookings are being made for an overnight stay at the Best Western motel.

Best Western International
389 Nepean Highway, Frankston 3199
03 9781 3444
info@frankstoninternational.com.au

Sandra has made enquiries regarding dinner at Taggarts (Best Western) on the Saturday night. For numbers around 40, we can make a group booking. The cost would be $42 per person for a 3 course meal. Pay on the night. ($35 for a 2 course meal.)

We are happy to coordinate arrangements for Taggarts, but you must let us know if you wish to dine there.

We also need to let the Seahorse Tavern know the number attending in the afternoon.

At the end of this newsletter is a form that we would like to you to send back to us so that we can do some planning.

Bring along any memorabilia that you think others would be interested in. We can display it at the Seahorse Tavern during the afternoon.

We have been unable to locate the following and perhaps you can help get the word to them before November.

Michael Dunne, John Good, Robina Cavendish, Christine Eley, Beverley Gyles, Judy McKee, Barbara McKinnon, Shirley Moore, Lorraine Power.

In addition to the above, we have had no response from:

Michael Johnson, Jennifer Gaudion, Peter Watson, Valda Morgan, Narelle Nelson, Dzintra Apinitus, Janet Evans.

If you know how to get in touch with any of these colleagues, please pass the message on to them and let Tony Neville know of their latest address.

Members of our Planning Committee are:

• Sandra Parker (Bradford) sandra@parkershouse.net
• Tony Neville tnan@primus.com.au
• Gary Hopcraft helengary@primus.com.au
• Howard (Harry) Wills howard_wills@bigpond.com
• Kevan Porter kporter@bigpond.com

Sandra has set up a website for our reunions so that you can keep up with the latest information. This is our main means of communicating with you. The website contains copies of all our newsletters and an assortment of photos.

You can find the website at:

http://frankston.parkershouse.net

Could you please check with your FTC friends to ensure that they have the 2012 reunion in their diaries? It is just possible that they may not receive this newsletter because of communication gremlins. Let them know about the website if they have not heard.

Funds.
We have $365 left in kitty from 2010 to help offset any expenses. This should be ample.

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday 10th November.

Sandra, Tony, Gary, Howard and Kevan.

Dear Colleague

It is almost two years since the 50th reunion of 1960 entry Frankston Teachers College students. At that reunion many participants wanted to have a get-together every 2 years.

The Planning Committee agreed to set a date in 2012 and make a booking at the Seahorse Tavern (at the old campus) for the afternoon. The idea was that people could make their own arrangements for any other activities.

We are not sure if the enthusiasm expressed two years ago still remains, but if so, the attached newsletter gives details of the afternoon’s activities, accommodation and a dinner venue for Saturday night.

We still have some of our year who we have been unable to contact. Please help us spread the word if you have contact details.

Hope to see you on Saturday 10 November.

Let us know which activities you are coming to so that we can do the bookings.
RSVP no later than 30 September 2012
Regards
Kevan Porter (for the Planning Committee)

Time flies. It doesn’t seem long since we got together for a highly successful 50th reunion in November 2010. At the time, we agreed that we would meet again every two years and that our next function would be at the same venue:

Saturday November 10th 2012
12.30 pm to 5.00 pm
Seahorse Tavern, Monash Peninsula Campus, Frankston.

Gary Hopcraft has made the booking at the Seahorse Tavern. If smaller groups want to meet the night before or for dinner on the Saturday, then that will be up to the groups to arrange it. Similarly for accommodation. We can give details of suitable dinner venues and motels closer to the event.

For the afternoon session of the 50th reunion in 2010 we had 80 ex-students out of a possible 125. (The original intake was 138, of which 125 are still living.) We are hoping that some who could not make it in 2010 will be able to come this year.

We were unable to locate the following and perhaps you can help get the word to them before November.

Michael Dunne, John Good, Robina Cavendish, Christine Eley, Beverley Gyles, Judy McKee, Barbara McKinnon, Shirley Moore, Lorraine Power.

Our Planning Committee is smaller this year as there is not so much to do. Get in touch with any of the following if you have an address for any of the Missing People:

• Sandra Parker (Bradford) sandra@parkershouse.net
• Tony Neville tnan@primus.com.au
• Gary Hopcraft helengary@primus.com.au
• Howard (Harry) Wills howard_wills@bigpond.com
• Kevan Porter kporter@bigpond.com

Sandra Parker has set up a website for our reunions so that you can keep up with the latest information. This will become our main means of communicating with you to cut down on the committee’s workload. The website contains copies of all our newsletters and an assortment of photos from the 2010 reunion.

You can find the website at:

http://frankston.parkershouse.net

We have not included photos in this newsletter because it is too difficult to send large files to some email-boxes.

If you do not have a computer and email address yet, we ask that you use a relative’s or friend’s. This way it is much easier for us to communicate with you. (Note that we will be sending out very few emails, so if you are using someone else’s email address, it should not be an imposition on them.) If you have a new email address since last time, could you please email the new address to Sandra, Tony or Kevan.

Could you please check with your FTC friends to ensure that they have the 2012 reunion in their diaries. It is just possible that they may not receive this newsletter because of communication gremlins. Let them know about the website if they have not heard.

Funds.
We have just over $300 left in kitty from 2010 to help offset any expenses. This should be ample.

Looking forward to seeing you on 10th November.

Sandra, Tony, Gary, Howard and Kevan.

Of the 138 students enrolled in 1960, we located 116 prior to our Reunion in 2010. We would appreciate any assistance you could give in locating the last 9.
They are: Michael Dunne, John Good, Robina Cavendish, Christine Eley, Beverley Gyles, Judy McKee, Barbara McKinnon, Shirley Moore, Lorraine Power.
If you can help please let us know.

Great to hear so many familiar names

The 1960’s are considered synonymous with all the new, exciting, radical, and subversive events and trends of the period. It’s probably a good thing that we didn’t know it at the time.
Most of us headed for Struan on day one with a mixture of apprehension, excitementand varying degrees of confidence. The uniforms of childhood had been replaced bywhat we viewed as the height of fashion, though looking back at the photos, I’m not quite sure whether we even knew what fashion really was! There was always something terribly clone-like about our clothing.

‘Lecturer’ Bill Martin introduced us to College life, making sure that we were blatantly aware of the importance of this introductory week, ‘Vegetable Week’, which required us to consider specific vegetables in some depth. We also had a minute’s silence for some dearly departed lecturer. Many of us were so gullible in the ways of a ‘grownup’ world. The new college buildings weren’t quite completed, so we briefly joined those who were already halfway along their study path, at Struan. Little did we realise that study was going to become a necessity throughout our careers, not just the 21months of our course, or a bit longer for some who saw a life ahead teaching ‘little kids’ .

For many students, much of college life was taken in their stride. For me the most remarkable stride was that of Monty Brown hastening along to lectures, gown flapping, all ready to ensure that if only we had studied Latin 1 & 2 we would easily comprehend the complexities of the English Language. I hadn’t and I didn’t then, but I coped in spite of it.

Of all the staff, to my recollection, no one seemed to swoosh their gown with quite the flair of Peter Botsman, who reminded me of the then contemporary Have Gun Will Travel hero, Paladin.

We soon settled in to timetables and the vagaries of lecturers, who were most probably wondering if this rabble of teenagers could ever be trusted with the education of society, let alone that of their own children and grandchildren. They were not to know that collectively, we have been responsible for some 5000 teaching years and direct influence on at least half a million students. For some ofthese students, we have become the memorable teacher of their past.

Teaching round one, when we ‘observed’, and had pointed out to us, the superior teachers, including those with the best work programs. We were even allowed to ‘help’ in class. After that we signed ‘The Bond’ that piece of paper which ensured we would be gainfully employed, and beholden to the whims of the Victorian Education Department for 3 years. Although women could escape through marriage after 12 months, the blokes weren’t so fortunate. They had to dig deep if they wanted a departure clause.

It was about this time, we were introduced to the ‘lesson plan’, that late night activitywhich preceded the formal lesson, for which we got a ‘crit’, by the class teacher, less frequently, by the head of the teaching area, and once a week, a lecturer. We compared ‘good crits’ and hoped other indiscretions would not haunt us the rest of our days, as anyone could check out the whole teaching round’s lesson plans and resultant comments.

Lectures of varying interest and demands on our time and intellect, proceeded apace, with assemblies on Wednesdays. My fondest memories are of assemblies. Electoral spin by Max trying to convince us of his platform when he spoke of his commitment to the Institution, Constitution and Pros ……… perity.

The glamorous Elly Lukas showing the girls that etiquette and decorum were essential elements for a woman, don’t know what the blokes did, but it couldn’t have been nearly as decorous. This could have been about the time of the ‘Gallant’s Fashion Parade. I wasn’t fashion parade material.

Percy Cerutty, when he eventually got there, was about as far from fashion as was possible, in his grey turtle neck sweater, shorts, bare feet and demonstration of running, across the stage using parallel arm and leg movement, he reckoned it was possible for runners to perfect such a gait. I don’t think Herb Elliot ever took it up.The begowned staff somehow looked out of place on the stage. There were thestudent contributions too, Jenny’s ‘Summertime’ and a wonderful violin solo, I recall.

We played the recorder, the most ludicrous instrument for a teacher to use as it was impossible to play, sing and direct our students at the same time. “Lazy-Ade”Monsborough seemed to manage pretty well though, with a bicycle pump and a length of garden hose. Somehow, I don’t think Bernie Carrigg would have approved of us turning up with that, he barely tolerated the ruler recorders, when we inadvertently left our real recorders at home whenever we had a new piece to practice, in our own time. I was quite good at playing the ruler.
We, who were sure we’d left homework behind when we left school, didn’t rate it highly when there was an adult social life awaiting – and we could smoke in the common room!
By the next year, the original TPTC’s had graduated, the original TITC’s seemed totolerate us as we were now old hands and we revelled in the welcome to the unproven, incoming ‘stewed-ants’. How were they to know that their new lecturers and welcoming committee were there for our entertainment? Their banner welcome, I think, assured these subsequent students, ‘That there was still time’.

We could choose our specialised subjects and it meant more time in schools doing real teaching. And developing the contents of our Aids Cases, just think what ourgrandchildren would make of that one! We practiced our speech rhymes, our blackboard techniques, and wondered what on earth we would do next in ISM. Do you realise that we were probably one of the first groups to utilise acronyms as part of our everyday life? That’s probably why we can sort of survive in today’s world.

1961 was a great year. And what a year! Revues, plays, social committees, trips, electives, publications and ‘The Gondoliers’! For something which really occupied quite a small period of time, it has occupied a very large part of the memory space of many students, who have sung along and reminisced at the slightest provocation in the intervening years.

The last few weeks were a blur of exams, results, excitement and trepidation. In December, we walked across the stage to collect our Certificate which showed, that we were teachers and we would now be set loose on the world.

In the intervening years, much has changed, we are all far from the somewhat naive neophytes of fifty years ago, and we are here to reminisce and celebrate our time at Frankston Teachers College which began our career path and made a contribution to what we all have achieved in our lives.

Sandra Parker

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