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assembly week 5 collage
National Anthem: Ensemble
Assembly Leaders: Year Level Prefects Noah and Jessica
Acknowledgment of Country: Abigail Budden 

Principal’s address

Mr Green spoke on the following topics:
  • Every house hit 90% attendance last Friday. Keep attendance percentage up by attending.
  • Acknowledged the Junior Secondary Leaders, announced at Presentation Night.
  • Year 8 student asked, “What are you here for?” when finding Mr Green sitting in her classroom. Mr Green’s intention is to get into every class at least once each year. We are a place of learning, Mr Green loves learning and he needs to be visiting classrooms to see the learning happen. Be neat and tidy, accurate, diligent and attentive:
  • If he arrives at start of lesson – he is looking to see an orderly start to the lesson; students knowing the routines and being prepared to learn with books or materials and the attitude ‘ready to learn’.
  • During the lesson he is looking for standards of bookwork that show pride in your learning. Booklists are going out for next year. Make sure you have the materials required and know how your teacher expects your book to be set out.
  • Attentiveness: show you are attentive to the teacher and listening when the class learning. When two or more people are talking, learning is not being maximised.

Mathematics Achievers

Ms Livingstone announced the award certificates to our maths students.

Maths Team Challenge

Junior division:
Jayden *surname withheld
Milrus Caguimbal
Georgia Collins
William Cooke
Mariam Gorges
Erica Honke
Mason Hughes
Kieron Lindsay
Logan Plant
Caleb Thompson
Kathleen Williams
Intermediate division:
Laura Barrett
Thomas Clerte
Malachi Hallas
Kirra Thompson
Shae Thies
Senior division:
Natalie Arthur
Susannah Dudman
Thomas Lister
Haimei Su
Kimberley Ward

Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians

The following students entered this competition and received credit certificates:
Year 7 - Fadi Gorges, Mariam Gorges
Year 8 - Matia Bayntun, Milrus Caguimbal, Kade Fisher, Mason Hughes

Australian Maths Competition

141 students, from Years 7 to 12, entered the Australian Maths Competition in July. 38 students received credits and 28 received proficiency. As these are too many to mention here, they will receive their certificates from their teachers.
Students who received Distinctions are:
Year 7: Fadi Gorges
Year 8: Katherine Bonell, Kade Fisher, Mason Hughes
Year 9: Thomas Clerte, Nathanlie Pamogas, Prasiddha Paudyal
Year 10: Joshua Politch, Harry Potter
Year 11: Abigail Haydon, Chris McDonough, Adam Ryan, Zac Titcume
Year 12: Natalie Arthur, Shannon Gregory
Students who received High Distinctions are:
From Year 12, Haimei Su
Haimei is in the top 5% of students
And receiving a High Distinction as well as Best In School, receiving the school’s highest score:
Jessica Paech, Year 8
Jessica is in the top 1% of students.
Congratulations to all our Maths Achievers.

Junior Leaders Initiative

Junior Secondary Leaders, Nikki and Malachi spoke about the Junior Leaders initiative, reminding the Assembly that the approaching holiday for many families becomes a time of extreme financial stress. As a school, we can make a positive impact on our local community, which may in turn assist Harristown families. This is what the Junior Leader Initiative is about.  Throughout November we ask all year levels to bring in non-perishable food items and toiletries that will be donated on behalf of the school to St Vincent de Paul to form hampers for local families in need. Our goal is to donate 4000 items…from a school the size of ours we believe this is achievable.  Start bringing items into Form Class, and listen to notices for updates. We’ll also have an update on the noticeboard in the office as to how many items we have collected.

Instrumental Music 2016 wrap-up

The Instrumental Music Captains spoke about the three ensembles – the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Stage Band and String Ensemble.  Each rehearses for one hour each week and the students and teachers give up many hours of their own time to practise, attend performances and competitions.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Campbell Patterson spoke about the Symphonic Wind Ensemble’s very successful year. Fanfare saw the band perform very well as we welcomed so many new musicians from years seven and eight, giving them a taste of things to come with some very demanding repertoire. The ensemble gave a great performance, finishing third in the B Grade section of the Secondary Schools Concert band section at the Toowoomba Eisteddfod.  The band prepared strongly in the lead up to Presentation Night last night, performing the academic procession, National Anthem  in the form of an orchestra, and our feature piece “The Queen in Concert Medley”.  He thanked the conductor Mrs Redfearn for her dedication and enthusiasm throughout the year.

The Stage Band

Sharee Muller and Brittania Clifford-Pugh acknowledged the Stage Band’s great year under the direction of Mr Lanzafame. This year the band was invited twice to perform at the Toowoomba Jazz Club resulting in two excellent gigs.  As recently as last Friday evening we competed in the Prestige Music fest event in Brisbane where they received a Gold Award and an excellent adjudication that recognised the high level of preparation and execution the band has aimed for all year.  In other competitions, the Stage Band competed in Fanfare and the Toowoomba Eisteddfod gaining a Gold Award and third place respectively. This year the band sees a large number of players graduate and with that opportunities will open up next year for the next group of musicians to take their place. The girls wished these students well.

Toowoomba Eisteddfod

Brittania Clifford-Pugh recognised the individuals and small groups who also performed at the Toowoomba Eisteddfod in July.  Again this year a group of Year 11 and 12 OP musicians decided to disrupt the private school domination of the Orff section, placing third with “Closer to the Edge”.  The saxophone ensemble featuring Brittania Clifford-Pugh, Carley McColl, Susannah Dudman, Caspian Inskip and Mardi Duncan placed 3rd.  Sarah Lindsay again this year took on the challenge of competing in a range of solo flute sections and was often the only state school entrant in each section. Sarah placed in every section she entered and placed first in Section 353 against incredible competition.

The String Ensemble

Sharee Muller spoke about the great year for the String Ensemble even though they were disappointed not to perform at TYME in September which was rained out for the second year in a row.  They enjoyed representing the school at the Toowoomba Eisteddfod and, for the first time in nearly 20 years, they joined with Symphonic Wind to form an orchestra and opened the formal proceedings.  She thanked the conductor, Mr Stockwell, who has worked very hard with all the members of the ensemble and his inspiration and encouragement are central to the growth in the string program within the school.

State Honours Ensemble Program

Sarah Lindsay described the annual State Honours Ensemble Program, held during the September holidays at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Brisbane. This is an enormous program with 900 students selected for the program from around Queensland. As successful nominees the students worked with some of the finest conductors from across the world, played new repertoire and had the opportunity to utilise the best venues available in Brisbane. The program culminated in a series of Finale Concerts in which they performed.  This year they again had a record number of students attend and Mr Green presented the musicians with their certificates:
  • Shanyn Ambrose (Voice)
  • Liam Dodman (Trumpet)
  • Caspian Inskip (Trombone)
  • Sharee Muller (Double Bass- Symphony Orchestra)
  • Brittania Clifford-Pugh (Saxophone)
  • Sarah Lindsay (Trombone)
Sarah thanked the Instrumental Music Coordinator, Mr Macdonald, for all his efforts and enthusiasm this year. He has coordinated the live music that you enjoy on assembly every week, designed the musical components of all in-school special assemblies and along with the Music captains, organised a social function each term this year which everyone has enjoyed enormously. It would be fair to say that he does everything he can to ensure we are everything we can be. More than that we cannot ask.
Overall, it has been another very successful year for the Instrumental Music program.  If you are interested in joining one of the music ensembles next year or learning an instrument from scratch see Mr Macdonald.  Watch out for details about how to do this on notices at the start of 2017.  You’ll have a great time and remember - playing music makes you smarter - even if you are a drummer.

Josh Arnold’s “Walk Together Toowoomba” project

Josh launched our YouTube video on Assembly earlier this year.  Mr Green, Mrs Peters and Ms Mullins presented the participants with their certificates:
The vocalists and band were:
  • Rahila Abdul Hadi
  • Farah Al-Najafi
  • Robert Batterham
  • Brittania Clifford-Pugh
  • Liam Dodman
  • Peter Hallas
  • Emery Kavuala
  • Nalani Kiakpe
  • Elijah Kininga
  • Sarah Lindsay
  • Sharee Muller
  • Pearl Nilsson
  • Campbell Patterson
  • Kira Thompson
The students in the Freedom Choir were:
  • Prisca Kalenga
  • Esta Kininga
  • Magdalena Mauwa
  • Kiza Mwibusa
  • Roselyn Nihopara
  • Angel Rezaie
  • Amissa Sawuda