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Acknowledgement of Country: Abigail Budden

Principal's Address

Mr Green spoke to the following topics:

  • Welcome to the 19 young men visiting from the USA on a football tour. Mr Green had the truly Aussie gifts of Caramello Koalas and an Aussie Pack for Lucky draw winner Damon.
  • Amazing tries and enthusiasm felt while watching the impressive Queensland State of Origin side win. What is it that the Queensland team has? Pride, passion and an indivisible team.
  • How does our school emulate that? None of the Queensland team would act to work against the team: Choose actions that work for the team. If someone is talking - everyone is listening: Be in the game. When on the field, don't stop palying and leave it to someone else as some NSW players did. A piece of litter may not be your responsibility: don't leave it for 'someone else' to pick up but take action.

In summary, put litter in bin, listen and be in attendance for classes. Hawks listen, they are in the right place at the right time and do they what is required of them.

Athletics Carnival

Sports Prefects, Jordan and Mikaela introduced the Interhouse novelty event: a three-legged race that will take place during the Friday lunch time. It will be a 15-meter race and each House will have an allocated time just like the House Swim. Nominate through your House.

School Ambassadors

School Ambassadors, Adeng Santino and Maddi Burns spoke about the program. Each year, a number of students from our school are selected to act as ambassadors. Typically, students are selected via teacher nomination or, in the case of Year 11 students, by submitting a short expression of interest. From here, these students are then handpicked by teachers, being recognised as a person who meets the schools targets by upholding an attendance rate of 95% or higher, and Bs or better in both effort and behaviour across all subjects.

The 2017 Ambassadors were identified as a group of people who could undoubtedly fill the role of ambassador well, as they represent a rich mix of subject and extra-curricular interests. The role of an ambassador is to visit primary schools in our area, speak to year 6 students about high school, and to answer any of their questions along the way. In total, these students have visited 18 schools and spoken to over 500 year 6 students. In addition, these students also participated in a training afternoon and assisted in the running of our annual Open Afternoon. Congratulations to the following students who were presented with certificates for their service.

​Taylah Alchin,
Maryam Alhasnawi,
Alex Anderson,
Jessica Becker,
Shaelie Bee,
Jorjah Beutel,
Emily Beveridge,
Madison Brown,
Isaac Budde,
Maddi Burns,
Milrus Caguimbal,
Britney Cawkwell,
Fatima Clifford-Pugh,
Logan Coonan,
Shyla Cooper,
Elise Cuskelly,
Georgia Deeth,
Jarrah Deme,
Mahdieh Ghavamjoo,
Lilly Hockey,
Mason Hughes,
Jordan Jarick,
Pricilla John,
Sophie Klowss,

​Liam Lawson,
Tahnee Madden,
Savannah McCarty,
Phimkae Nielsen,
Jessica Paech,
Molly Paech,
Kainat Rezaie,
Jim-Martin Rodriguez,
Madeline Rohde,
Erin Ryan,
Adeng Santino,
Matthew Simmons,
Brie Smith,
Naomi Stephens,
Ebony Stuart,
Mackenzie Stuart,
Marina Teske-Finlay,
Naomi Thayer,
Brayden Thompson,
Kira Thompson,
Kirra Thompson,
Zackary Tozer,
Chloe Waters,
Tiana Wegener.


Interact Club

Interact President, Brooke and Vice-President, Regan spoke about the activities of the club in Semester 1:

  • The Harristown Interact club aims to support and help people in need by organising and participating in fundraising events. In this semester review we will outline the events that Harristown has been a part of and our achievements as a club.
  • Our first event occurred in Term 1, we delivered red roses for secret admirers on Valentine’s day to raise money for the Drought Angels.  The Drought Angels are a local charity that provide drought assistance to farmers in the Darling Downs region. The Interact Club managed to sell more than 500 roses and as a result we were able to donate $1000 to assist the Drought Angels.
  • Our second event of the year was the Leukaemia Foundation’s Shave for a Cure. A massive thank you to the brave volunteers who gave up their hair on their head and legs to raise money for leukaemia patients. These troopers included – Saad Shabbir, Regan Hohn, Kiel Brennan, Caleb O’Reilly, Mr Krisanski, Mr Martin & Mr Lau. In total $800 was raised by the Harristown community.
  • In Term 2, Harristown participated in the Cancer Council Relay for Life event, with 12 Hawk teams comprising 103 participants and in memory of Ms Sally Wark we raised $5485 and donated it to the Cancer Council. Congratulations to the following students who completed over 100 laps – Brooke Hart, Chloe Koch, Ngaruach (Nia-way) Yak, Nathanlie Pamogas, Alex Duggan, Adam Ryan, Morgan Hopkins, Russell Chambers, Maddi Burns and Nicholas Hersbach. Well done to team ‘Choccy Milk’ for completing the highest number of laps with a total of 755. A grand total of 6052 laps was completed which equates to 2421kms – which is almost the same distance from Toowoomba to Cape York - The tip of Queensland. A big thank you needs to go out to the teachers who helped supervise the event and the 103 students who helped relay throughout the night to raise money for the fight against cancer.
  • Our final event for Semester 1 was the Kokoda Challenge which was held at the D’Aguilar National Park. This event raises money to support underprivileged youth to make differences in their community. The Interact Club nominated 3 teams to complete a 30km trek with a total altitude change of 2523.36 feet. The participants who finished the 30km trek were Chloe Koch, Mikaela Ribot De Bresac, Caleb O’Reilly, Kurtis Griffey, Hamish Wollaston, Regan Hohn, Matthew Perrin, and Brooke who finished with a time of 8 hours and 6 minutes. Some special congratulations go to Lochlan Kaliyev, Denzel Kaliyev, Cody Reid, and Michael Lorentzen who finished the 30km trek in 5 hours and 47 minutes and finished in 12th place in the schools’ division. A massive shout out to Mr Clarry, Mrs Clarry, and Mr Lau who supervised and trekked with the students. The challengers were presented with their finishers dog tag and certificate.
  • We have a busy Semester 2 coming up with events like the sleep-out, bandanna day, and the 40-hour famine. If you are interested in being a part of the interact club and helping people – please listen to notices and attend our meetings. Thank you for your support.

 Interact Semester 1 2017


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