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7/08/2013

Mr Greeen's assembly address honoured the career and contributions of Mr Trevor Duffie, a Harristown SHS teacher since 1981. He described the legacy left by Mr Duffie's work in his years as a teacher at Harristown including the planning and leadership of many building and environmental projects and his work leading the Job Pathways Program which won a National Award for placing over 2000 students in jobs.

Mr Green said, "On this assembly we salute you and thank you for your career in education and thank you especially that, in 1981, when you first started here, and became a Hawk, even though the concept of the Hawk may not have yet been created, that you decided that you loved it here and wanted to stay, to benefit our school, our students, our staff and our community, as we saw specifically through the job creation program."

Mr Duffie shared photos and spoke to the students about his varied career, from a job winding clocks to teaching in four countries before arriving at Harristown as a Physical Education teacher. He spoke about remembering Mr Broadfoot when he was in Year 9 (Ms Monagle quipped, "He (Mr Broadfoot) had hair then!") and how the school looked in those years. He listed the many students he coached who have gone on to representative honours, including Steve Price. He observed that what becomes most apparent at school reunions is that students become attached to this school and once you're a Hawk, you're always a Hawk.

We thank Mr Trevor Duffie for his dedicated service and wish him the very best in his retirement.

Sports Prefects Melody Baker and Maddie Staff presented certificates to all the Darling Downs Representatives, selected to compete at State Championships through the year.The list of our representatives can be found under Related Links.

Cultural Captain Shayriza Shafain spoke about Harristown's hosting of 63 Japanese students. She described the interactions and tour that student 'buddies' have enjoyed with their visitors, including social gatherings and a tour of Toowoomba. She thanked the students and their teacher and wished them the best for the rest of their journey home. This was translated by one of the Japanese students. Their teacher, Mr Kohei Shinkai returned thanks and spoke about his new Australian-flavoured learning and likes, which include vegemite and Harristown High School.

Amelia Cooke and Jaz Hunt spoke about the World Leadership conference held by World Vision on the 21 May. Here they participated in a game simulation about the world and food security. They then spoke about creating local food security in Malawi through the 40 Hour Famine. Students watched a video from the World Vision site http://www.worldvision.com.au/40hourfamine.aspx and were encouraged to think about the various things they could give up to participate in the 40 Hour famine, including mobile phone or chocolate.

Mr Martin spoke about the National Secondary Students' Diet and Activity Survey 2012-13 to provide data to the Cancer Council and Heart Foundation regarding diet and physical activity of adolescents. The research has approval from Education Queensland as well as the Human Research Ethics Committee and selected students with parent permission will complete that today.