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School Of Hard Knocks – 2011

Teenage boys are a mysterious breed. That adolescent hit of testosterone can transform your sweet little boy into an aggressive, monosyllabic stranger.  In those crucial, formative years of high school, it’s easy for some boys to fall between the widening cracks in our education system. For decades now, at what may be Australia’s toughest boys’ school, Frank Dando has been picking up the pieces.  Frank’s strict code of traditional maths and English combined with a gruelling exercise regime comes with a healthy dose of old-school discipline. The results speak for themselves.  At 81 years of age, Frank and his committed band of teachers have never met a teenage rebel they couldn’t tame.


Reporter: Ellen Fanning

60Minutes TV Special from 2014

For decades, Frank Dando has been taming troubled teenagers with his relentless regime of basic maths and English, a gruelling exercise routine and old-school discipline. Many believe he runs Australia’s toughest boys school. And it’s hard to forget these three rebels – Nathan, Luke and Matt Angelin – triplets with ADHD who were struggling to stay afloat in the mainstream education system. Now aged 17, the trio are living proof of Frank’s no-nonsense curriculum – they’re excelling at TAFE, working part time jobs, and even volunteering as surf lifesavers.


Reporter: Tara Brown

Australian Ninja Warrior

Local parents of two, Amanda and Ziad ‘Zak’ Zakaria are unlike most parents you would meet. In 2017 , they applied to the popular TV series of Ninja Warrior and became the show’s first husband and wife team to attempt the extremely challenging series of obstacles. They were already super fit but got stuck into specialised Ninja training in two very different ways…

Australian Ninja Warrior

60 Minutes Special from 1986

Check out an old 60 Minutes special with a trip down memory lane.

60 minutes special from 1986

FDSA taught me respect in all aspects, discipline, perseverance, comradery, loyalty & mental fortitude. To see the silver lining in hard situations & to be true to your word. All lessons that have made me who I am today