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​Singing the school song, accompanied by the Stage Band.

We welcomed performances by the Stage Band and ensembles on ​Assembly today.

The Stage Band opened Assembly with the National Anthem and school song, accompanied by Tiana Black's vocals and Kara Manteit spoke the Acknowledgement of Country.

Mr Green began his address by acknowledging the performances of the 35 Year 11 students who modelled participation and risk-taking to nominate for Gold Leadership positions. There will be only 12 positions announced on Presentation Night but Mr Green said the nominating students are "person(s) of worth and value who presented themselves admirably".

Mr Green asked the audience, using the props pictured, to consider the building bricks of our school: the four houses; the five Dimensions of Learning, the six year levels (from 2015) and the 3 elements of our vision. He then proceeded to fully engage students and staff with an anecdote about Balloon Boy, a tragic story about a balloon deflating others on a 'bad air' day. His message for students: "Don't be like Balloon Boy and let yourself and others down; be a Hawk and be proud."

The commitment and achievements of the Vocal Ensemble and various brands was celebrated by the Captains: Thomas Keighran, Tiana Black, Teresa Barnes, Lauren Dalamaras and Jordan Symes. Each group recognised rehearses for one hour each week and the students and teachers give up many hours of their own time to practise, attend performances and competitions.

Both the large and small Vocal Ensembles have performed at a range of events during the year including the school’s Anzac Day service, The Toowoomba Eisteddfod, Choral Fanfare and the TYME Music Festival at the University of Southern Queensland. The ensemble were awarded a Silver Certificate at Choral Fanfare.  The next two weeks will see them prepare for the Paul Morton Choral Festival at Downlands. The students extended thanks to their director Mr Williams, Ms Matheson and Miss Brown for their hard work, support and guidance.

Throughout the year the Stage Band, under the direction of Mr Lanzafame, performed at the TYME Music Festival, Drayton Villas Retirement Home, The Toowoomba Jazz Club and The Toowoomba Eisteddfod. Competition wise, the Stage Band placed First in the B Grade section of the Toowoomba Eisteddfod. 

The smaller String Ensemble also had an active year of rehearsals and performance, with participation at TYME Music festival, Combined Secondary Strings Orchestra and The Toowoomba Eisteddfod. While they didn’t place, they performed admirably at the Toowoomba Eisteddfod in July.

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble has once again had a very successful year. In August they placed second in the A Grade Concert Band section at the Toowoomba Eisteddfod with the adjudicator complementing the students on an outstanding  performance. They also performed at TYME Music festival and were proud to continue the tradition of high standards in performance well established by Harristown musicians in previous years . They thanked their conductor Mrs Redfearn for her dedication and enthusiasm throughout the year.

The school's new band, The Ensemble has been a lot of fun for its participants but it has possibly been the hardest working ensemble for the year.  As Mr Macdonald was conductor, this meant they were available to perform at many in-school functions including ANZAC Day, the Gold and Silver Awards Presentation and providing most musicians for assembly performances each week. They have also performed at the TYME Music Festival and The Toowoomba Eisteddfod where they placed third in their section. 

There were a number of smaller Harristown ensembles who competed with distinction in the Toowoomba Eisteddfod.  Congratulations to the Senior Saxophone Ensemble who placed second in their section; Sarah Lindsay placed second and third in solo competitions, and the other groups and soloists, who, although they didn’t place, still did Harristown proud. 

The MOST program brings together around 80 of the best musicians in Queensland for an extended program of intensive rehearsals and performances with industry leaders in a range of musical fields. This year Tiana Black represented Harristown in this prestigious event and was acknowledged on Assembly.

The annual State Honours Ensemble Program was held during the September holidays at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Brisbane. The 730 students selected for the program from around Queensland worked with the finest conductors, repertoire and venues, culminating in a Grand Finale Concert for very large ensembles not unlike our Symphonic Wind Ensemble.  This year many of Hawk nominees were successful in gaining selection but only five students were able to attend.

The SHEP representatives were
  • Theresa Barnes (Alto Sax)
  • Chloe Hunt (Alto Sax)
  • Jazz Hunt (Clarinet)
  • Emma Thrussell (Voice)
  • Michael Thrussell (Voice)


In July, 20 Harristown students rose to the challenge thrown down by the Qld Music Festival to establish the World’s Biggest Orchestra for a performance and Guinness World Record Attempt at Suncorp Stadium.

The record attempt was directed by James Morrison the Australian jazz virtuoso who conducted the attempt from the in-goal of Suncorp with musicians seated in the stands at the northern end. To qualify for the record all musicians needed to perform the same arrangement and be proficient musicians playing a piece which went for a minimum. We all did our best and enjoyed the day enormously, learning at the end of the attempt that the existing record of 6452 was beaten by our orchestra with 7224 musicians. The students who were part of this memorable event were asked to stand and be congratulated.

Finally the students thanked their Instrumental Music Coordinator, Mr Macdonald, for all his efforts and enthusiasm this year. He coordinated the live music that is enjoyed on assembly every week and organised the Instrumental Music camp and assisted the Music Captains in developing a major social function each term this year which all attendees enjoyed.