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​Assembly Notes 17th October

National Anthem: The Ensemble
Acknowledgment of Country: Jasmine Gray
Assembly Leaders: School Captains, Jye and Adeng

Principal’s address - Are you cactus or a cactus?

Mr Green began assembly using the prop of a large cactus, named Kevin, and explained the Australian expression ‘Are you cactus’ as meaning nothing left to give; the tank is empty. He then explained that a cactus is the opposite of that – a model of resilience standing tall and firm even without attention.
Why is the cactus resilient? Cactus spines act as protection. People who cope well have protective factors – sleep, eating, exercise, a good friendship group and a sense of hope. The cactus realises there will be many days without the rain – the things that encourage us - and knows there are better days ahead. He encouraged students to learn from the cactus's resilience.

Mental Health Week

Assembly welcomed Mental Health Week guest speaker Jessica Winter, an accredited dietician who works in Child and Youth Mental Health out of the Toowoomba Hospital. Jessica spoke to the students about mental illness and good mental health. She explained how mental health problems arise and where people can go to get some help including Lifeline and Headspace.

Arts Day

Jasmine and Ryan presented an Arts Day wrap-up and results. If you weren’t here, you missed out on seeing some amazing work from many talented students.  The performances, films and art work just keep getting better and better each year.  The competition was fierce in both the junior and senior sections.  A special congratulations to brave Year 7s who entered for the first time as well as the Year 12s, many of whom have been involved in every Arts Day for the last 5 years.
  • Junior Encouragement Award: Georgia Deeth
  • Senior Encouragement Award: Mackenzie Stuart
  • Best Junior Male Performer: Gian Recilla
  • Best Senior Male Performer: Isaac Budde
  • Best Junior Female Performer: Morgan McAleer
  • Best Senior Female Performer: Kira Thompson
  • Interhouse Dance Off: Barang
  • Overall Winning House: Bonda



Junior Solo Vocal

Kyra Ford (Barang)

Senior Solo Vocal

Elvira McKay (Bonda)

Junior Group Vocal

Ashley Webber (Dherwain)

Tayla Shaw (Dherwain)

Ellah Withers (Dherwain)

Senior Group Vocal

Nalani Kiakpe (Barang)

Kira Thompson (Dherwain)

Senior Solo Instrumental

Janvier Ndagano (Bonda)

Senior Group Instrumental

Janvier Ndagano (Bonda)

Mustafa Banza (Balkuin)

Samuel Kaanyapelo (Bonda)

Elijah Kininga (Barang)

Justin Rusangwa (Bonda)

Junior Solo/Duo Dance

Gian Recilla (Bonda)

Senior Solo/Duo Dance

Paige Bowtell (Balkuin)

Gian Recilla (Bonda)

Senior Comedy Performance

Isaac Budde (Balkuin)

Mackenzie Stuart (Dherwain)

Kira Thompson (Dherwain)

Junior Group Dance

Lily-Joy Baker (Balkuin)

Charlotte Barrett (Balkuin)

Emily Burchardt (Balkuin)

Hayley Castles (Balkuin)

Claire Gainsford (Barang)

Olivia Gainsford (Barang)

Imogen Scotney (Dherwain)

Rebekalea Setch (Dherwain)

Morgan McAleer (Bonda)

Summer Palmero (Dherwain))

Senior Group Dance

Jorjina-Rose Andreadis (Balkuin)

John Bwira (Bonda)

Monique Deem (Balkuin)

Moses Quoibia (Bonda)

Wallace Quoibia (Bonda)

Gian Recilla (Bonda)

Napoleon Trinidad (Dherwain)

Junior Artwork

Georgia Deeth (Balkuin)

Senior Artwork

Samantha Bonell (Balkuin)

Junior Photography

Claire Gainsford (Barang)

Senior Photography

Mirra Edwards-Brown (Balkuin)

Senior Short Film/Trailer

Mason Hughes (Barang)

Nathanlie Pamogas (Bonda)

Junior Theatresports

Jeanne Shukurani (Bonda)

Taylor Johnstone (Barang)

Georgia Hauser (Barang)

Tamaya Maher (Bonda)

Senior Theatresports

Kira Thompson (Dherwain)

Cody Mutch (Bonda)

Isaac Budde (Balkuin)

Mackenzie Stuart (Dherwain)


Chocolate Drive

Thank you to the school community for the great support given again this year to our annual chocolate drive.  We have four worthy winners who excelled with their chocolate sales:
  • Mercedes (B02) seller of 23 boxes– winner of $50 Coles Myer gift voucher
  • Bethany (G01) seller of 22 boxes– winner of $50 Coles Myer gift voucher
  • Kasey (Y15) seller of 18 boxes– winner of $20 Coles Myer gift voucher
  • Brooke (B03) seller of 16 boxes– winner of $20 Coles Myer gift voucher
Congratulations and well done.  Prizes can be collected from the P&C Shop

Assembly Notes 24th October

National Anthem: The Ensemble
Assembly Leaders: Vice Captains, Maddi and Russell
Acknowledgment of Country:  Darren Galvin

Principal’s address – What’s happening on the Corner?

Mr Green introduced a Lego plane as his prop for Assembly and spoke of the brand and pronunciation in Denmark. He linked the idea of building from scratch to the construction of marvellous additions to our school:
  • Administration block on the perimeter of the ground will house Administration staff, school office and the P&C shop and first aid room; three areas for classrooms of the future. Two stairwells and an elevator take students and staff up to the first and second floors which have a complete set of classrooms, collaborative learning areas, two magnificent kitchens and pantry and a staff area.  Hope to be ready by the middle of 2019.
  • Focus on STEM – expanding facilities to focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) – Two new ultra-modern science laboratories being constructed from classrooms in A block (A11/A12) and B Block (B8/B9).
  • Focus on Arts – another Visual Art Teaching space to be developed from a standard classroom and a small classroom in upstairs D block upstairs.
  • Three additional temporary classrooms to go on the far side of the top oval between cricketing shed and U Block for use while refurbishing other classrooms.

Why? We attract students to our school and there have been enrolment increases for the last three years. We have strong foundations, strong students, strong values and continue to grow. Take the time to have a look at the magnificent changes that are happening.

CGen – Visual Art

Arts Prefects, Jasmine and Ryan spoke about The Queensland “Creative Generation, Excellence Awards in Visual Art” recognises student excellence in senior Visual Art. This year Harristown students, Kirra Thompson, Melisha McCarty, Shakira Madden and (*name withheld), were finalists in the prestigious C-Gen regional exhibition. Their work was hung in an exhibition held at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, along with other student artworks considered the best in the region.

Music Ensembles

Jasmine, Ryan & Jorjah presented a Music Ensembles wrap-up: 2018 has been another great year for the Music Ensembles.  There have been quite a number of changes this year.  In the Instrumental Music program, we welcomed Mr Gray as the Symphonic Wind Ensemble director and, in Semester 2, Mrs Tredinnick as our String teacher and String Ensemble director.  We welcomed back Ms Nichols as our Woodwind teacher.  Mr Will also came on board as our new Brass/Bass Guitar teacher and Stage Band director and he was the instigator of a new group, the Contemporary Ensemble, which includes vocals.   You will hear them play shortly.  The Instrumental Ensembles have successfully performed at a variety of events throughout the year including Harristown’s ANZAC Day ceremony, the inaugural Arts Community Showcase, Fanfare, the Toowoomba Eisteddfod, TYME Festival, Presentation Night and Harristown’s annual Carols by Candlelight.  Mr Green was presented with certificates from Fanfare – Bronze for the String Ensemble, Silver for the Stage Band and Gold for the Symphonic Wind Ensemble.  The Stage Band also received third place at the Eisteddfod.  Congratulations to all of the ensembles.

Harristown’s vocal program also saw a significant change this year with the introduction of a new singing/acting/moving group called The Harristones.  The group has gone from strength to strength, performing an introductory concert at the end of Term 1, in the Arts Community Showcase in Term 2 and at TYME at the end of Term 3.  They will also perform at Presentation Night next week.  Thanks to Mrs Beare, Mrs Krause, Ms Matheson, Miss Runham, Miss Brown and Mrs Auchter for all their work with the group throughout the year.

Three of the Harristones members attended the State Honours Ensemble Program in Toowoomba in May.  As successful nominees for the Voice category, they worked with different conductors, singing a range of new repertoire that they performed in a Finale Concert.  Mr Green presented Emma Beare, Hayley Denman and Kyra Ford with their certificates.

On behalf of the students involved, we’d like to thank all of our musical directors and staff for their great work with their respective ensembles throughout the year.  They provide inspiration and encouragement and give us the opportunity to continue to develop our love of music and performing.  We would also like to particularly thank Mr Macdonald for the amazing job he does as Instrumental Music coordinator.

To finish the Music Ensembles wrap up, the new group, the Contemporary Ensemble, performed “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” originally by the Proclaimers featuring the vocal talents of Quinn Macdonald.