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4/09/2013
​Gerome Burns with the Father Graham Trophy for most outstanding male athlete at the TDSSSA Athletics Carnival

​With many year 12s ensconced in QCS exams, this week Assembly was capably led by Blake Stansbie, Jazz Hunt, Amelia Cooke and Lachlan Porter.

Mr Green's learning intent for the address was to encourage students to set their goals and aim for something. He referred to the oft-quoted maxim that 'if you aim for nothing than that is what you get'. Mr Green touched upon maintaining an atmosphere of harmony around the school and discouraged behaviours that detract from what we as Hawks do.

Ben Keighran and Rianna Jenkins encouraged students to sign up for Wednesday Chess Club and advertised the special chess competition, occurring on  the 18th September from 12 pm to 3 pm at school. The competition will be a teams event,  with a $2 entry cost, and permission slips can be collected from the Hawk Thinkers noticeboard in the Library. This is a fantastic opportunity for any budding chess players and who knows who will win the first ever Harristown Chess Cup.

Ms Joss spoke about the Hawk Cup competition, organised for students in Years 8, 9 and 10 on their allocated sport afternoon. The Hawk Cup involves teams of students (predominately in House groups) competing against another team in a different sport each week. At the completion of the match, a winner is recorded and points count towards the overall Hawk Cup award for the best Year 10 team, Boys 8 & 9 team and Girls 8 & 9 team. In addition to this, Most Valuable Player (MVP) points are awarded to students who demonstrate participation and sportsmanship while competing in a variety of sports. MVP awards will be presented to 1 male and 1 female from each age group.

Sport afternoons has been quite successful with all students given access to a variety of different sports in which they can be competitive. Enjoyment has been displayed by both teachers and students who have been involved in Hawk Sport this semester.

Mr Martin spoke about the recent TDSSSA Athletics Carnival which saw all Toowoomba schools converge on Harristown. An excellent job was done by Ian Brackstone and Cathy Hollman to prepare for the event and the day went very smoothly throughout with outstanding weather adding to the positive and competitive atmosphere. Harristown again performed strongly taking out the

15 years boys division and tying with St Mary's for the boys relay trophy.

Overall, the boys team finished 3rd overall out of 11 schools and the girls finishing 4th out of 13 schools. On an individual note, Gerome Burns (pictured) was the standout performer not only winning four events but also taking out the Father Graham Trophy for the most outstanding male athlete at the carnival, across all age groups. Further to this, Gerome smashed a 37 year old Toowoomba District record by over half a second, running 22.25s in the 200m event. Other winning athletes included Denzel Burns and Braydon Andrews.

There were multiple athletes who finished in second place throughout the day including HSHS Track and Field Captain Krystal Woods who competed in no less than 7 events from start to finish. Congratulations to the entire team.