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Hawk Assembly News

4/09/2015

Assembly Leaders: Junior Secondary Leaders, Ben and Kira

Acknowledgment of Country: Dominic Isaacs

Principal’s address

Mr Green discussed the importance of fathers and significant male adults in our lives. He invited everyone to the free screening of Absence, noting that the absence of fathers has a critical effect on our society. The screening will be in the Lecture Theatre this Friday evening, 4th September at 7.00pm. The website that adds further information regarding the film is http://www.absentmovie.com.au/

Mr Green also spoke about student behaviour and the number of incidents reported that are negative.  He encouraged students to exercise habits of mind to get the work done and not find a reason to misbehave. He asked students to assist in drastically reducing numbers.

Duke of Edinburgh awards

Ms Beare spoke about the Duke of Edinburgh Award, encouraging students to get involved. She described the Award as a way to boost your QCE points. Students can earn up to four points by participating in the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award (Australia). There are three levels of award: Bronze, Silver and Gold; and each level is made up of four sections, five for Gold.

The sections are Service (get involved in your community e.g. SRC), Skill (build your skills e.g. music, drawing), Adventurous Journey (get out and do something challenging, e.g. excursions, cadet or scout camps), Physical Recreation (take part in sports, e.g. basketball, volleyball) and Residential Project (Gold Only)

Many students could sign up for the award and be able to use their current subjects and extra-curricular activities to meet the award requirements. Please see Mrs Beare in A2 for more information.

Library news

Today is Indigenous Literacy day and it is tremendous that we can celebrate our Year 7 readers both Indigenous and Non-indigenous on this day. Year 7s have been busy in Library reading lessons and in their own time over the past few months as part of the Premier’s Reading Challenge.  We are entering results in the database so that Achievement Certificates can be sent to the school but today we can congratulate two Year 7 English classes as having the most read as part of the challenge. Congratulations for having read 79 books to Miss Beckman’s 7G class and, for reading 75 books, Mrs Campbell’s 7A class. Well done.

Last week, as part of Children’s Book Week, Mrs King ran a Books Light up our World competition in the Library for the Year 7 students. Mr Green and Mrs King presented book prizes to the following students:

  • Nathaniel Canty
  • Ashleigh Morgan
  •  Milrus Caguimbal
  • Zara-Rose Murphy

Well done students and keep reading.

Athletics

Mr Martin spoke about the Toowoomba District Athletics competition and the solid effort from our student competitors, gaining a 3rd place in the boys competition and a 4th in the girls competition against other schools in Toowoomba regions. He also acknowledged the achievements of Denzel Burns and his brother Gerome. Denzel followed up his Harristown Carnival 100m record of 10.9 seconds by breaking the Toowoomba record, crossing the line in a lightning 10.8 seconds. Denzel also won the Father Graham Trophy for the male athlete to amass the most points for their school on the day. The Burns name has been etched on this trophy 3 times in the last 4 years with brother Gerome winning this trophy twice before. This time around, little brother edged him by 2 points. Well done to the HSHS team and the dominant Burns boys.

He wished all the best to our 26 students competing in the Darling Downs Athletics trials.

Senior Schooling/VET

Ms Matheson spoke about the many school-based apprenticeships and traineeships available now, listing the varied positions available including hairdressing, retail, business, cooking, air-conditioner, book-keeping and administration.

Students are asked to check the list displayed outside the Senior Schooling office or outside Guidance Officer Mrs King’s office. Also displayed are any full-time, part-time and casual jobs. Come and see Jeanine Briese or Ms Matheson to start your career pathway.