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​Indigenous Student Leadership Team

National Anthem: The Ensemble

Assembly Leaders: Year Level Prefects, Ben and Brie

Acknowledgement of Country: Conner Jeffries

Principal's Address

Mr Green thanked students for their assistance in the Open Afternoon.
He spoke on the theme of Reconciliation: we may all have experienced a relationship that didn't work out as we planned and face one of three options: move on, become bitter or be brave and reconcile. To reconcile is a hard move to say I'm sorry or I was hurt and work together to make the relationship better. He shared a story from Ernest Hemingway to illustrate the theme of reconciliation. Never underestimate the power of Relationships in your life and the lives of others. It is a key value of our school.


Richard Hayden and Raylene Smith, two members of Harristown’s Indigenous Leadership team, spoke about this week as National Reconciliation Week, the theme of which is, "Don't Keep History a Mystery". National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
We’re here today to raise awareness in our school about this important issue, because in order for reconciliation to truly work, it must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians. We must continue to move forward with this, to create a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Reconciliation Week is also a time for each one of us to explore how we can contribute to further achieving the goal of true reconciliation in Australia. Australia has a long history of reconciliation and countless numbers of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people have dedicated their life’s work to the reconciliation movement.  As a result, many significant steps have been taken, but there is still a way to go.
Let us as students be a part of this effort, united as one in taking even more steps in the direction of achieving reconciliation.

Junior Art Expo

Arts Captains, Jasmine and Ryan announced that ten of our Visual Art students were selected as finalists in the prestigious Junior Art Expo. The Art Expo is run by the Toowoomba Art Society and The Chronicle. Selected student artworks are hung at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery in a showcase of the region’s best student artwork.  From over 600 entries, only 117 were chosen as finalists. An impressive 10 Harristown State High School student entries were selected. This year, in amongst some extraordinary talent, two of our students were also named as prize-winners within their sections. Congratulations to:
  • Georgia Deeth
  • Mikayla Schoenfisch
  • Phebe Waters
  • Kaylee Richters
  • Naheeda Nouroz Ali
  • Kirra Thompson
  • Jess Phillips
  • Samantha Bonell
  • Vicki Andrews - runner up in the Open drawing category
  • Shaelie Bee - winner of the Open Painting & Multimedia section

Athletics Trials

Mr Burchardt spoke about the details for the upcoming Athletics Trials
  • When: Tuesday 26th June
  • Where: HSHS ovals
  • Who: 12 years - 19 years Boys & Girls. 19 years not at QCS prep will trial this year, if time permits, as the final group to participate at each event. Year 12s doing QCS prep can self nominate at the beginning to Term 3. If you are away on the day and would like to be considered, you will need to discuss this with your House Coordinator before trials.
  • What: Rotate around 9 different events in your house group (gender e.g. Barang Boys) to compete against people in your age group. All participants receive a point for each event completed which goes towards House Spirit/Participation trophy. Time is tight with a limited time for each event.
  • Why: To identify the top 2 in each event for each age group to compete at the athletics carnival 2nd/3rd August.

 Junior Art Expo


 Reconciliation in Australia


 From Little Things - Paul Kelly