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QPS Pipes and Drums Band
QPS Pipes and Drums Band

National Anthem:  Police Pipes & Drums Band

Assembly Leaders: Sports Prefects, Isaac and Isabella

Acknowledgment of Country: Kiarah Woodbridge

Guest Speaker – Sgt. Cam Foster

Constable Rebekah introduced Sergeant Cam Foster, Band Manager of the Pipes and Drums Band. Sergeant Cam spoke to the students about the bands and their role in the Queensland Police Service. He spoke of their work with the Cops in Kilts program, interacting with younger kids through the music of Bob the Builder, Limbo and Hokey Pokey. They have a mission of interacting with people so that instead of fear, people know you can go to the police for help. They also do crime prevention work, delivering messages about topics such as anti-bullying and cyber safety through music. The band plays at QPS graduation ceremonies and funerals, conduct work at Government House and Parliament. He finished with a message for students to enjoy high school and take care of each other, especially Year 12 students at schoolies.

Principal’s address

Mr Green began his address with a positive message about never giving up and persisting, using the actions of staff and students at the Swimming Carnival to illustrate his message. He congratulated Dherwain on their spirit award. He reintroduced the Interhouse Attendance Trophy. Points for the trophy are calculated on attendance every week plus bonus points for best attending house on Fridays and most improved house each week. After 5 weeks the points were as follows:

  • 10 points – Barang
  • 11 points – Balkuin
  • 14 points – Bonda
  • 20 points – Dherwain

Congratulations to Dherwain House.

Mr Green then delivered a clear message, supported with real facts, about the privilege of attending our school and being Hawks. A disappointing number of students have not started the year well and, through their actions, have already lost the privilege of being a Hawk or, through suspension, lost opportunities to learn at school.

He extended a ‘well done’ to the majority of students, who were not part of that number, on getting what it means to be a Hawk and living the three central school values of Relationships, Integrity and Diligence. “Congratulations on those who have started well - you keep our school together.”

He spoke to the students who have breached our school’s code of behaviours with major incidents and been referred to a Student Manager or Deputy Principal, “… make the breach a once-only event.”

“We are like a sporting team who have lost the plot. We got distracted in the first half and we need to come out now after the halftime huddle with a new resolve.

We are committed to increased safety and fewer interruptions to learning. We have not started well. It is not who we are or have ever been. It is not who we will be. Once a hawk, always a hawk, but always a great hawk. We will improve.”

World Challenge Expeditions

Rusty Halsall spoke about the World Challenge Expedition in 2019 to India. He spoke of the program to students with the following components:

  • You decide – Students take control of everything – plan your itinerary, book your own accommodation, meals, and transport;
  • Explore – Students experience a different culture, tasting foods and meeting locals;
  • Challenge yourself (and train in preparation) – Students trek part of the highest mountain range in the world and the most spectacular regions in the Himalayas;
  • Contribute – Students participate in a culture share and community engagement;

There is an information session for Years 9, 10 and 11 students and their parents Thursday 8th March 6pm in the Lecture Theatre


 World Challenge 2019