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Hawk Assembly News

​Spring comes to Harristown. Photo by Mr Christopher Parker.
Leaders: Sports Prefects, Jack and Taylor 

National Anthem: The Ensemble, Caleb and Phoenix

Acknowledgement of Country: Year 8 student,  Abigail Budden,

Principal’s Address

Mr Green spoke about the following:

  1. Students should continue to strive for an attendance target of 95%: attend school right up to the last day.
  2. Many gathered at Rangeville Community Church on Tuesday to say farewell to past student Lachlan Percy. Lachlan’s younger brother, Cameron, and cousin, Tom, and many of the current Harristown SHS community have been affected by this loss. Many spoke in tribute to Lachlan’s including MrWilkes and former captain, Jacob Bigby. The key message Mr Green heard from all the speakers was about safety for young people with motor vehicles. Car accidents are tragic and affect many people but youth are over represented in the statistics. Mr Green urged our students that, when you are the driver, to “understand that you are responsible for your own safety and for everyone else in the vehicle and to err on the side of safety and take no risks”.  Mr Green suggested to students that if you find yourself in the difficult situation when you don’t want to get in the car as a passenger, you do whatever you can to avoid that situation. He extended thoughts, prayers and sympathy from the school to the family and friends of ‘Percy’ in their loss.
  3. Farewell to Chaplain Peter Murphy who finishes this week. Mr Green wished him all the best as he starts a new venture, training to be a paramedic.
  4. Mr Green also spoke about Mr Sellars, the Dherwain Deputy Principal, who is retiring from the Department.  He spoke of his successful career and service, including positions as a Head of Department at Lockyer and Deputy Principal at Oakey. Mr Green extended thanks to Mr Sellars for a job well done.
  5. Mr Green questioned: Do we respect our school? How are we treating our school? Some days our litter is minimal. But some days it is not. Mondays are the worst day. He urged students to change situation and solve litter challenges by putting everything in the bin. 

Science Competition

Ms Wark spoke about the 168 students who recently participated in the International Science Quiz run by University of NSW. While only 10 students from Years 11 and 12 were able to enter because of the competition’s timing just before exam block, the school came within 1% of national average for results with Year 9 and 10 students. Merit certificates will be presented during Form Class, while Mr Green presented certificates to those who earned a Credit or a Distinction. Congratulations to all students.

Credit and Distinction Certificates:


Lachlan McLeod, Year 10

Joshua Politch, Year 9

Year 12 
Aaron De Smet
Year 10
Adam Ryan
Abigail Haydon
Jacqueline Bennett
Year 9
Kirra Thompson
Ephrain Thayer
Harry Potter
Daniel Pamagos
Jack Halpin
Britney Cawkwell
Maddison Burns
​​Year 8
Laura Shoesmith
Keegan French
Laura Barrett
Year 7
Rebecca Sherrie
Jessic Paech
Kieron Lindsay
Kade Fisher
Milrus Caguimbal
Kaleb Bowden
Katherine Bonell
Matia Bayntun

Financial Literacy

Mr Howard welcomed Judith Barkla from Smith Family Organisation to Assembly. Smith Family began from a group of business men wanting to donate anonymously. Earlier this year the Smith family funded and facilitated a Certificate 1 course in Financial Literacy. Mr Green and Ms Barkla presented certificates to the following students:

​​​Jeanfranc Mugabe
Muhammad Mir Kheil
Isingoma Ndawura
Ali Muhammad Ashraf
* name withheld
Yasir Duku
​Daniel Magaono
Ali Mir Kheil
Amissa Sawuda
Abdullah Mughal
Fille Dusabimana
Daniel Mugabe
​Sameer Younasi
Abdul-Karim Nur
Kimba Kibombo​
Habtom Abay Weldenugus
Ibrahim Edriss
Veco Serugo

Staff Car Park – Reminder that it is out of bounds to students at all times, please use the pedestrian path provided for students to walk through with bikes to bike cage

Crossing Hennessy Street: Please cross at the designated crossing. The flags are up during the school day for pedestrians to safely cross.