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Hawk Assembly News

2/12/2016
Year 9 HPE
National Anthem: Junior Secondary Ensemble
Acknowledgement of Country: Mackenzie Docherty
Assembly Leaders: Junior Secondary Leaders Mehran, Thomas and Malachi

Principal's Address

Mr Green spoke on the following topics:
  • Thanks to  our musicians, Mackenzie and Tech Crew
  • Last week's topic 'What is the hardest thing you've ever had to do?', drew some emotional responses.
  • With a shovel as his prop, Mr Green asked, 'What is the hardest thing you've seen someone else do?' Mr Green gave some examples and then spoke about an incident from the book "The Miracle of the River Kwai" about the condition of humankind when things aren't going well. He asked students to imagine life as a prisoner of war and then read:

"As conditions steadily worsened, as starvation, exhaustion and disease took an ever-growing toll, the atmosphere in which we lived was increasingly poisoned by selfishness, hatred, and fear. We were slipping rapidly down the scale of degradation. We lived by the rule of the jungle, “red in tooth and claw” – the evolutionary law of the survival of the fittest. It was a case of “I look out for myself and to hell with everyone else.” The weak were trampled underfoot, the sick ignored or resented, the dead forgotten. When a man lay dying we had no word of mercy. When he cried for our help, we averted our heads. We had long since resigned ourselves to being derelicts. We were the forsaken men – forsaken by our families, by our friends, by our government. Now even God had left us. Hate, for some, was the only motivation for living. We hated the Japanese. We would willingly have torn them limb from limb, flesh from flesh, had they fallen into our hands. In time even hate died, giving way to numb, black despair."

"A shovel was missing. The officer in charge became enraged. He demanded that the missing shovel be produced, or else. When nobody in the squadron budged, the officer got his gun and threatened to kill them all on the spot… It was obvious the officer meant what he had said. Then, finally, one man stepped forward. The officer put away his gun, picked up a shovel, and beat the man to death. When it was over, the survivors picked up the bloody corpse and carried it with them to the second tool check. This time, no shovel was missing. Indeed, there had been a miscount at the first check point. "The word spread like wildfire through the whole camp. An innocent man had been willing to die to save the others!"   From Ernest Gordon, Miracle On The River Kwai

  • Mr Green spoke of how the culture of the prison camp changed as the news of the prisoner's death spread. The guard had miscounted and the prisoner had sacrificed his life for all the other prisoners. The mood changed as the prisoner's were given sense of hope. At school, there are those who behave in a way that is not representative of humanity: demonstrating selfishness, no concern for others, a culture of hatred spread through social media, texting and conversation. The hardest thing you can do is stop, think and change your behaviour. Violence, hatred and disrespect to another student or teacher are not welcome at our school.

Year 9 Duathlon

During Term 4, Year 9 HPE students have been participating in a Duathlon unit with the goal for students to run a 1km lap followed by a 200m swim in their fastest time possible. Congratulations to our year 9s who have participated consistently by running and swimming every week, committed themselves to improving their performance and supported their classmates. Yesterday, the top 3 male and female students from each HPE class challenged each other for the title of Super Duathlon Challenge Champion. This was the first year we've held this event and it was great to see so many awesome athletes giving their best. Wile there can only be one race winner, providing healthy competition and striving for your own personal best ensures that everyone finishes as 'Champions'. Not all participants yesterday were from the 14 years age group though. Thanks to Mr Knott, Mr Lau, Mr Burchardt, Mr Green and Mrs Monagle (Team Greenagle) who also had a go, showing us all that you are never too old to stay fit, healthy and strong. Or to try and beat your students.
 
The winning HPE class based on the top 15 times goes to Mr Fenwick's class. This winners of the girl's race were Alyssa Riley with a time of 8:05 min followed by Nikki Smith, Mackenzie Docherty, Grace Wright and Emilee Bradford. For the boys, Jayden Castles won with a personal best time of 6:14 min. Closely behind Jayden were Rowan Davidson, Aiden Ison, Daniel Boland and Jack McLaughlin. Thanks to Mrs Patterson and Mrs Dodd for their assistance on the pool deck as well as all the HPE staff who helped organise the Dualthon. Year 8s - start training for next year.

CGen 2017

Ms Mullins and Ms Matheson spoke about the different sections such as dance, instrumental, choir and tech that students could audition for as part of Creative generation. Assembly enjoyed a video snapshot of CGen and interested students are to see Ms Mullins to collect an application form. Forms are due for next year's event.
 

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