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National Anthem: The Ensemble
Assembly Leaders: Arts Prefects, Musa and Claire
Acknowledgement of Country: Tallis Martin 

Principal’s address

Mr Green spoke on the following ‘B’ topics
  • Don’t anger bees (a personal anecdote after last week's address about smart bees)
  • Be in the pool, be inspirational. Mr Green was inspired at last week’s Swimming Carnival by the swimmers at the House Swim who, while not able to swim, still participated.
  • Be here every day, beat Balkuin. The best percentage attendance last week was Dherwain and Bonda received a bonus point for best attending House on Friday. 
  • Bs or better, it’s what we do. 

Duke of Edinburgh Awards 

Mrs Beare and Lachlan Kaliyev, currently working towards his gold level, explained the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme and the opportunity for students to gain credit towards their QCE and receive certification. To gain the award, students need to qualify in the following categories:
  • Skill – e.g. learning at school, music lessons, etc.
  • Service – e.g. wearing uniform at school, participating in extra-curricular e.g. army cadets, scouts, leadership positions
  • Physical recreation – e.g. 1hr sport/week, anything that breaks a sweat
  • Adventurous journey – Bronze hike overnight, Silver 2 nights – our students currently join in with other schools for that component
Contact Mrs Beare in A block if you are interested or would like more information. 

2016 Australian Volleyball Schools’ Cup 

In the final week of school last year, eight HSHS Volleyball Academy teams and their coaches flew to Melbourne to compete at the National Schools Volleyball Championships, Harristown’s 27th consecutive year in the tournament. This event is the largest school sporting event in the Southern Hemisphere with over 5000 athletes participating. Although there were 5 and half days of volleyball, some teams had the opportunity to take part in extra-curricular activities, while for others, the draw wasn’t so kind and they barely got to leave the stadium the entire week.

Ultimately, we had our best ever results, finishing 8th overall out of 133 schools from around Australia and New Zealand. Despite our impressive history, 2016 was a very special year, as it was the first time in our existence that we come home with a National title in the top Honours division. We’re now proud to call our Academy a National Championship winning program.

Overall, two out of our eight teams came home with medals. Mr Green presented the plaques to the captains and congratulated the teams:
  • The U16 Division 1 Girls, coached by Mr Forknall, came home with a Silver medal: Lucy Leadbetter (Captain), Sophie Thornton, Adeng Santino, Maddi Burns, Tahlia Edards, Zoe Glasby, Layla Carter and Ashley Waugh.
  • The U16 Boys Honours team backed up their State Championship to take out the National title in a tight competition. They ultimately won the Gold medal in a 5-set encounter to become the best U16 Volleyball team in the country. The team: Jack Innes (Captain), Jake Jarick, Gai Gai, Bevan Fry, Zach Manly, Russell Chambers, Trent Knight, Riley Knox, Harrison Saint and Sam Dickenson. They were coached by Mr Krisanski. These boys have also been nominated for Sports Darling Downs ‘Team of the Year’
  • Mr Lau and Mr Krisanski have been nominated for Sports Darling Downs ‘Coach of the Year’. These awards aren’t just for schools but for every sporting individual, team or organisation on the Darling Downs, so well done to all and good luck for Saturday night.
Other results included:
  • Open Boys Honours – 10th – coached by Mr Lau
  • Open Girls Div 1 – 8TH – coached by Mr Martin
  • U17 Girls Honours – 9th – coached by Mr Parsons and assisted by Ms Busiko
  • U16 Boys Div 3 – 12th – coached by Miss Hollman
  • U15 Girls Div 1 – 8th – coached by Erin Phillips and assisted by Ms Varley
  • U15 Girls – Div 2 – 13th – coached by Zayden Pidgeon and assisted by Ms Thomas
Congratulations to all players, coaches, other staff, parents and once again. Any players who haven’t collected their team photos can do so at the end of Assembly in the stone courtyard.

On top of their efforts in Melbourne, Sophie, Lucy, Bevan, Jake and Jack (as well as Gai Gai – who has moved to be a part of the AIS program in Canberra) were selected to take part in a National Program camp in Victoria after AVSC and all have been subsequently selected as part of Australian teams to travel to Thailand in April. This is a massive achievement and we’re all very proud of you. We wish them all the best on their tour. Adeng Santino, of her own accord, made a video of AVSC 2016 for her own memories and this was shared on assembly. Well done to Adeng for a very professional video.


  • If you are interested in DD trials for any sport, please see Mr Burchardt in Q block for information.
  • Road crossing needs to improve – please use the crossings and follow directions of crossing supervisor, act as role models for the primary schools in the area
  • Army cadets in Toowoomba are currently recruiting, info sheets are available at the office.