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Hawk Assembly News

9/12/2015

National Anthem: Ensemble

Acknowledgement of Country: Casey Turnbull

Principal's address

Mr Green began by observing that it is the final Assembly in an historic year with three Junior Secondary year levels.

He reflected on the singing of our national anthem and the meaning especially for some of our EAL/D students. As a multicultural school we welcome students from many cultures. For some of our female students, the words "young and free" from the anthem are significant as they celebrate a freedom others take for granted. Mr Green related the appreciation from students who are able to be in a class and are able to ask and answer questions. In the country they come from they wouldn't be free to do that because of their gender.

This week's lucky draw student, meeting Harristown High targets with 11 'Excellent' and  9 'Very Good' ratings for effort and behaviour as well as 97.88% attendance is Daniel Astbury.

Mr Green is analysing performance in the pages of reports soon to be posted for the 820 Year 7, 8  and 9  students. He extended congratulations to the Year 8s who had the best effort and best behaviour for Junior Secondary.

Demonstrating empathy

Mr Dayus shared a story about his Dreamworld excursion experiences and remarked on the school's ability to produce students who are good people and demonstrate empathy, integrity and participate in the community. He described how, when one student was sick on the way down to Dreamworld, his bus of Year 7 students impressed him with their behaviour. Miss Walker and Miss Baker leapt into action to support the student who was sick and clean up the bus. No one complained for the detour and the delay; no one laughed or was made to feel bad.

Congratulations to Bus 1, a group of Year 7 students who showed empathy, understanding and allowed one peer to maintain dignity.

Attendance

95% is our target. Thirty six students who achieved a 99% or better attendance for the year were presented with certificates of congratulations. Jake Buckland, who achieved 100% attendance was applauded for his efforts.

Students played Minute to Win It games for their final Healthy Hawks.

Wishing all Hawks a safe and happy holiday break. See you in 2016.