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Hawk Assembly News

2/06/2017
senior ball

National Anthem: The Ensemble

Assembly Leaders: School Captains, Tess and Emery

Acknowledgment of Country: Alyrah Beezley

Principal’s address

Mr Green spoke about the following topics:

  • Exam block for Year 11 and 12 students begins Wednesday 7th June. It is a significant time in the term for the whole school as, like the end of the race, it is a time to guard your sleep so you can be well-rested and find time to do some exercise every day to help you be alert, positive and thinking well.
  • Times of sadness – recalling the tragic event on Monday, we pay respect to the Officer Brett Forte who lost his life in the course of duty, his family left behind and members of the Queensland Police Service.
  • Lucky draw – Well done to Year 9 R07 student, Thomas who is the recipient of this week’s lucky draw for excellent results and attendance.

Reading

Ms Monagle and Harry spoke about the importance of reading, based upon research Harry gathered from Harristown students. The images and text (left) are from Harry’s Research Journal:

VOCABULARY AND SPELLING

This makes perfect sense: the more you read, the more words you gain exposure to, and they’ll inevitably make their way into your everyday vocabulary. Being articulate and well-spoken is of great help in life, and knowing that you can speak with self-confidence can be an enormous boost to your self-esteem.

IMAGINATION AND CREATIVITY

People who are well-read, well-spoken, and knowledgeable on a variety of topics have creative and imaginative thoughts and ideas.  The more we read the more we have to draw on for our own writing.

KNOWLEDGE AND MEMORY

Everything you read fills your head with new bits of information, and you never know when it might come in handy. The more knowledge you have, the better-equipped you are to tackle any challenge you’ll ever face.

When you read a book, you have to remember an
assortment of characters, their backgrounds, ambitions, as well as the events that weave their way through every story. That’s a fair bit to remember, but brains are marvellous things and can remember these things with relative ease. Amazingly enough, every new memory you create forges new synapses (brain pathways) and strengthens existing ones.

IMPROVE WRITING

This goes hand-in-hand with the expansion of your vocabulary: exposure to published, well-written work has a noted effect on one’s own writing. In the same way that musicians influence one another, and painters use techniques established by previous masters, so do writers learn by reading the works of others.

In closing, reading is really really, really important for all the reasons I have mentioned.  I believe we should all read every day to help improve our spelling, vocab, writing ability, knowledge base and ability to be creative and use our imagination.

Senior Ball

Tess, Maddi and Caleb spoke about the Senior Ball: Every year, a ball for senior students is held for a night of fun and celebration. The senior ball is a traditional night for students in years 10 to 12 to dress up in a selected theme by going op-shopping around town for your costume. The senior ball aims to raise money for the SRC to go toward your needs around the school.

The theme this year is “You’re A Star”. This basically encompasses the overall idea of Hollywood, so come dressed as your favourite singer, actor, celebrity, or even your favourite character from a film or cartoon. You will be able to grab a photo with your friends on the night, kindly provided by the photography club. 

  • Theme: You’re a Star
  • Date: 16th June, last Friday of Exam Block
  • Time: 6.30pm to 10.30pm
  • Cost: $13 (includes entry, cup of popcorn, DJ playing the hits, lollies and water will be available)

So buy your tickets at the P&C now and come to one of the best nights of your senior schooling!