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In loving memory of Ms Sally Wark
​In loving memory of Ms Sally Wark who served the Harristown SHS community with distinction from 1999 to 2016.

National Anthem: Junior Ensemble

Assembly Leaders: School Captains, Chloe and Alex

Acknowledgment of Country: Corban Kanaveilomani

Principal’s address

Mr Green spoke of how the day was a solemn, sad occasion for the school as staff and students mourn the loss of our much respected, highly valued member of staff, Ms Sally Wark. Mr Green then spoke a tribute to Sally, conceding that it won’t be enough.

He reflected that Ms Wark was NSW born and often would be wearing the classic light blue or a NSW jersey to show her support on State of Origin days such as today. Sally commenced teaching in 1999 in the Science faculty and her place in the staffroom is a reminder of our loss. She gained promotion as an experienced senior teacher in science and mathematics and Mr Green remembered her excitement and love for knowledge in these areas. He noted that she worked in the science industry before teaching and organised scientists to speak to students often.

Her house was Bonda and she loved it. She acted as Senior Secondary Student Manager while Mr Peake was on leave and exercised diligence and enthusiasm in that role. 

She was an encourager and supporter of others and an active leader of Interact and their fundraising causes, notably for cancer research and providing support for victims. Sally led the process for observing the CanTeen Bandanna Day at our school, raising significant funds and our observance of that day will continue – with greater significance for us as a tribute to Sally. 

Mr Green described her work with Relay for Life – drawing in many to brave the cold and stay the night as a team. He shared a fond memory of Sally, rugged up, freezing but still there to make sure event would happen. Mr Green spoke of her many contributions to our school – including organising seating for presentation night and organising the staff planner.

He reflected on how we feel for Sally’s sons, Mitch and Tim and our hearts as a community go out to her sons. Sally, he said, knew her situation and faced it with inspirational bravery. Mr Green communicated through anecdotes Sally’s warm, caring, unselfish nature and finished his address by stating Sally’s standard signature on messages he received from her. Her signature speaks to him of her love for her subject, students and teaching – Take Care Sally Science.

Relay for Life

Will and Marni, the Interact Captains, spoke about Harristown’s participation in their 10th consecutive Relay for Life. Relay for Life is a chance for communities to recognise and celebrate those who have overcome cancer or are undergoing treatment, as well as the people who care for them. The Relay also provides an opportunity to celebrate the memory of loved ones lost to cancer. Teams participate in a relay-style walk or run for 18 hours and raise money for cancer research and support.

A record number of 93 students participated this year, forming 9 teams. Congratulations to the Purple Painters who completed 530 laps on the night with special mentions to Brianna Brett who completed 120 laps and Danielle Bigby who completed 118 laps. Even more importantly, congratulations to the Purple Patrol, with captain Pearce Titcume, and the Squirtle Squad, with captain Jacinta Langston, who completed $550 and $300 respectively. Mr Green presented these students with their awards.

This year, Harristown SHS has raised $4232.40 with more money still to come in. Well done on a great effort.  Relay for Life would not be possible without the help from the dedicated staff: thanks to Mrs Mazzanti, Ms Brown, Ally Beckman, Mrs Krause, Mrs McDonald, Mrs Nolan, Ms Gehrig, Miss Hollman, Mrs Fisher, Miss Burns, Mrs Brownhalls, Mr and Mrs Clarry, Miss Southwell, Miss Jan Woods, Mrs Fraser, Ms Reeve, Mr Ryan, Miss Merriman, Mr Jones, Mr Floyd, Mr Schick and Mr Lau.

A special thank you to Ms Wark for her help and organisation with Relay for Life for this year and for her commitment and endless support to our students for this event over the past 10 years. Without you Ms Wark, Hawk Spirit would not be what it is today. You will be dearly missed.