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Gold leaders Ben and Jazz acted as the Assembly Leaders. On today's assembly a special welcome was extended to Mayor Antonio.  The National Anthem was led by The Ensemble and singer Rianna Jenkinson.  Jordan Kuhn presented the Welcome to Country. 

Mr Green congratulated all students on their behaviour and effort for the mid-semester reporting.  He reported that our school-wide behaviour results rated above a B average and effort results were rated at a B average.  Well done!

Mr Green then proceeded to speak about healthy choices, using as visual props a fresh apple, a mars bar and a box of rat sack (the poisonous option).  He spoke about how choices can be toxic or non-toxic and how, out of the two non-toxic choices, the apple is healthy.  He related this to our thinking and gave examples of thoughts that are healthy and those that may be toxic in the same way that rat sack is toxic.  He encouraged us to take control of our thoughts and become 'mindful'.  We have to make conscious choices with our thoughts and control our toxic thoughts: those thoughts that cause stress, anxiety, fear or anger if we dwell on them.  "Think about what you think about and disregard toxicity.  Dismiss thoughts that don't enable you to move forward with learning, " Mr Green said.

Emily Innes and Chloe Wolski spoke about the Year 8 Volleyball Inter-form Competition and the fantastic skills and rallies displayed.  The final was contested between the only two undefeated forms G04 and G06. G04 were very dominant and were the eventual champions, winning the Gold Medal Match. The Bronze medal match was won by Y04 defeating B05.  congratulations to G04.

The All Star teams were selected from the year 8 players and the boys and girls teams were recognised on stage.  Mr Green presented Most Valuable Player shirts to Kaleshia Janes, Zoe Glasby, Bevan Fry and Zac Erlandson.  Well done to all players and Ms Joss and Mr Martin for their organisation. The next event for Volleyball will be the Darling Downs Schools Cup, to be held during Week 6 this term.

Ms Parker presented the Japanese buddy certificates to students who assisted the recent study tour from Japan.  These students assisted before and after school and gave up time during lunch hours to assist with the visitors.  Our school was considered overwhelmingly welcoming due to the qualities of our buddies.  The program is a two-way program developing peace and understanding across our world. These buddies have learned a little more about Japan.  Students were thanked and acknowledged with applause. 

Ms McAleer welcomed Mayor Antonio to our school and acknowledged him as an honorary Hawk.  Captains Emity and Lachlan presented him with a school tie and Ms McAleer explained that putting on a tie is not enough, as a Hawk displays pride. Mayor Antonio was seated in the Learner's chair and we enjoyed a Hawk-style quiz to help Mayor Antonio learn about Harristown Hawks.  Congratulations to Mayor Antonio on attaining this honour.