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Leaders: School Vice-Captains, Taylor and Caleb

Acknowledgement of Country: Michael Isaacs

Principal’s Address - Sleep

Mr Green again entertained Assembly with a dramatic opening, feigning sleep, and needing to be jolted awake. His address focussed on sleep as an important part of doing well and excelling in everything we do.  Research says the biggest barrier to life achievements is lack of sleep.

We need to be ready to go, Mr Green asserted. He gave examples of why we need sleep:

  • State of Origin 1 players, who are playing at a professional level, have structured their life, including sleep, so that they can be ready to go.
  • The decision-making of US Defence Commanders is greatly impaired when deprived of sleep.  Research has tracked their abilities and the crucial need for sleep under extreme situations.

Mr Green suggested that every one of us is operating in a sleep-deprived state.  We need to prioritise sleep.  Without much-needed sleep, healthy eating and exercise won’t have their best effect on your body.  He cited Michael Carr-Gregg’s recommendation that for students aged between 12 and 17 years the requirement to function at your best is 9 hours of consistent sleep every night.

Jobs – Wayne Smith

Ms Matheson looks after the school-based apprenticeship and traineeship program in the school.  She introduced Wayne Smith from All Trades, a group training company, to deliver some messages for our students regarding employment. Wayne is also the father of Cameron Smith, Captain of the Australian Rugby League and the Queensland State of Origin team.

Wayne Smith began by explaining his role at All Trades, the largest employer of apprentices and traineeships in Queensland. They employ youth and hire them out to other employers for short and long term projects, making their apprentices well-rounded people in their qualifications. He spoke of the requirements for someone searching for employment:

  • Positive attitude
  • Self-discipline - be reliable, be on time and well-rested
  • Enthusiastic - ask questions and don’t be scared to ask or offer an opinion

There are 800 possible different traineeships or apprenticeships. It is not just for people who don’t do well at school – “16% of millionaires have university behind them,” Mr Smith said. He went on to explain that a high OP just gives you more options than those with a low or no OP when you leave school.  Your options grow when you attain a qualification including those gained with apprenticeships.  “You have a variety of pathways ahead of you,” said Mr Smith, citing his own business, teaching and varied work experience.  Completed apprenticeships and traineeships can improve your OP score if you want to go into Uni later.

There is no pass or fail. You are assessed on if you are competent of not yet competent. Your training company are there to help you achieve competency and coach you through the learning. 

Mr Smith spoke about the Indigenous programs All Trades manage.  He spoke about Harristown student Michael who presented the Acknowledgement of Country and is doing a Certificate 3 in Civil Construction.  He is in his 2nd year and, once he completes the certificate, he can go on to work in project management or civil design. He is giving himself opportunities to have other careers.

Quality start for a quality life - Cameron Smith 

Wayne then spoke about his son, Cameron Smith, and his different career path.  NRL players in the Under 20 Competition must be earning or learning. Broncos players have the opportunity to do an apprenticeship so they have other options besides rugby league and a career after footy.  Cameron was contracted to Melbourne Storm at 17 and played for Norths, the Brisbane feeder club.  Cameron decided after Year 12 to not do work and played Xbox for a year.  His performance at training was ordinary and his father warned that he was one injury away from ending his footy career.  Cameron continued and delivered an ordinary performance in the trial games.  Wayne told Cameron, “You are reflecting what you do every day – being lazy and your mind and body are telling you to do that on field.” 
Cameron applied for an apprenticeship in printing and he had to go to bed at 10pm because of work in morning.  The self-discipline of the work helped him improve on the field. He was well-rested and had other things to think about with his work.  It changed his attitude towards footy and improved his life.

Wayne’s key messages are: Do your best, strive your hardest, get plenty of sleep and think about other options you can try.

DD Certificate Presentations

Sports Prefects, Jack and Taylor congratulated the following students on their DD representative honours
Cassidy Forster
Hayley Gray
Harry Potter
Isaac Waters
Mason Blades
Ethan Boothby
Jayden Carmody
Natalie Wright
Caleb Stuart
Shaun Alexander
Kane Bradford
Tayla Gray
Rugby League
Tevita Cocker
Koby Cubby
Alec Duncan
Leslie Hartvigsen
Lachlan Perry
Bryce Whale
Rugby League and Touch
Denzel Burns
Gerome Burns
Riley Halpin
Rugby Union
*name withheld
Swimming and Volleyball
Jayden Cauley
Alexander Hinch
Kiara Taylor
Alysha Aliakbari
Najwa Aliakbari
Daniel Apsey
Ethan Farquharson
*name withheld
Courtney Gilson
Emily Gollan
Jack Innes
Richard Irwin
Clarissa Janes
Maggie Lorentzen
Savelina Magaono
Bridget Naumann
Mele Ngahe
Erin Phillips
Zayden Pidgeon
Gabrielle Schick
Scott Schultz
Joel Thornton
Arabella Thun