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2013 Gold and Silver Leaders' Investiture


The Investiture of Harristown State High School Gold and Silver Leaders of 2013 occurred today in the Assembly Hall.  The ceremony was opened with a Welcome to Country and the National Anthem, enthusiastically played by the Ensemble.

Mr Ken Green, in his Principal’s address, told the story of Lieutenant John Blanchard’s Blind Love. He connected the story with a message for this year’s leaders:   There will come times when the decision is tough “but as a Hawk of Integrity, you will do the right thing.”

Mr Christopher Barnes, from the class of 2009, was welcomed as Guest Speaker. A former all-rounder, he is currently studying teaching while working at Toowoomba Regional Council and honouring commitments to the Cool Nights Big Band and Toowoomba Titans Volleyball.

Reminiscing about the 2009 Gold Leaders, Mr Barnes spoke of their entry in the Carnival of Flowers Parade and the pride they carried in being Hawks. “Thanks to the opportunities you get here, you can be anything you want to be,” he said.

Mr Barnes advised this year’s School Captains to not forget that they have a whole team behind them and to ask for help. He reminded the 2013 Prefects that they are an important part of the team and to speak up. He encouraged all students, “Don’t listen to people when they say you are going to fail, because as Albert Einstein said, ‘You never fail until you stop trying!’.”

The Gold and Silver Leaders took the Pledge of Office after being presented with their badges by Mr Barnes. School Captains, Lauren Dalamaras and Thomas Keighran, introduced the school leaders’ focus for 2013:

Our vision revolves around the central concept of ‘Unity’. As Harristown Hawks we have been united in many ways, whether in a sporting match against another school, competing in a Rock Eisteddfod or walking proudly behind a Harristown banner in the Carnival of Flowers.  As a team of leaders we believe that unity is an important key to accomplish Harristown’s vision for 2013: Engage, Achieve, Excel. This concept has been chosen by looking at the 2012 focus of community and expanding upon it.

Being unified will assist in bringing the community into Harristown whilst continuing the journey of becoming the best school that we can be. In the words of Mattie Stepanek, “Unity is strength … when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.”  Imagine the place Harristown would be if as a school we could take a step closer towards unity. Building strong relationships with others is vital when it comes to unity, so we are looking at developing not only our internal relationships between staff and students, but also to grow in our relationships with other schools around Toowoomba. If Harristown is where teamwork and collaboration are, wonderful achievements are sure to be made. 2013 is going to be an exciting year, in which we will certainly Engage, Achieve and Excel.

The School Vice Captains, Katherine Bizzell and Jacob Bigby, gave a vote of thanks and presented Mr Barnes with a gift as a token of the school’s appreciation. They thanked their parents and families for their support and closed the ceremony. “As Gold and Silver Leaders we are excited to lead the school community on what will be an amazing 2013,” said Katherine Bizzell.

Well done all Hawks on a memorable Gold and Silver Leaders’ Investiture.