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Assembly Leaders: Sports Prefects, Jordan and Mikaela

Acknowledgment of Country: Jessica Langton

Principal’s address

Mr Green spoke to the following topics:

  • Assembly hall transformed for Arts Showcase. Well done to students and staff.
  • No Assembly next week as examinations for Year 12. All the best for each student's studies.
  • Year 11s presented Silver Leader speeches after Assembly. Mr Green wished them well as they faced their peers.
  • Are you choosing to hang out with the wrong crowd? Whom are you choosing to be around and why? Do they lift you up and help you become a better person or are they pulling you down?

Year 8 Enterprise

Mrs Schick and an amazing group of Year 8 business students have been running an enterprise group this term and have come up with a business idea, which they have planned for, budgeted for and created their own products in the hope of making a profit. Selling all week 6 (except Wednesday) in the canteen area at first break are limited quantities of the following packs:

  • Stationery and confectionary packs (cupcakes, chocolate, pencils, highlighters, jelly beans and more)
  • Homemade decorated brownies
  • Christmas decoration baubles
  • Scented and glitter slime
  • M&H Edible Slime

Bring some small change and support your fellow students in their enterprise. They would really appreciate your support. Look out for the flyers advertising each group’s business ideas around the school and listen out on notices for more info.

Music wrap-up

Music Captains, Jasmine, Abi, Shanyn, Carlie and Jorjah wrapped up the year’s activities for the Music department. Harristown has five main Music ensembles - the Symphonic Wind Ensemble conducted by Mr Robinson, the Stage Band conducted by Mr Lanzafame, the String Ensemble conducted by Mr Stockwell, the Performance Ensemble conducted by Mr Macdonald and the Vocal Ensemble directed by Ms Matheson.

Each ensemble rehearses for a set time each week and both students and teachers give up many hours of their time to perform at competitions and a range of school and community events. Last week, all ensembles performed on Presentation Night with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and String Ensemble combining to form the Harristown Orchestra.  The TYME Music Festival, held at USQ on the last Thursday of Term 3, was not rained out as it has been for the last two years and so the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Stage Band and String Ensemble were able to perform along with bands from other Darling Down schools.

Twice this year, the Stage Band have enjoyed the unique opportunity to perform at the Toowoomba Jazz Club.  The Performance Ensemble have enjoyed providing live music every week for assembly as well as for special events during the year such as the ANZAC Day ceremony and sporting events such as the Volleyball Championships in May.  The Vocal Ensemble are looking forward to an exciting new format next year. 

This year there were three State Honours Ensemble Program events, the first two were held in Toowoomba and the last was held at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Brisbane.  As successful nominees for the Voice category, the students worked with some of the finest conductors from across the world, singing new repertoire in some of the best performance venues in Brisbane. The program culminated in a series of Finale Concerts in which we performed. 

  • Dina Pujolas attended the Darling Downs program.
  • Emma Beare attended both the Darling Downs and South-East Queensland programs.
  • Shanyn Ambrose participated in both the Darling Downs and Queensland SHEP programs

We’d like to thank all of our conductors for working very hard 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 end our Music Ensembles wrap up, our Stage Band had a special performance for us.  The band played “American Patrol”, conducted by Mr Lanzafame.   

Chocolate Drive winners

Thank you to the school community for the great support given again this year to our annual chocolate drive. We have three worthy winners who excelled with their sales. Congratulations to

1st prize: Callum W, Year 11, who sold 22 boxes and receives a $100 gift voucher.

2nd prize: Kasey S, Year 10, who sold 17 boxes and receives a $60 voucher.

3rd prize: Kim C, Year 12, who sold 16 boxes and receives a $40 voucher.