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16/07/2014
​Ski Trip 2014: A stop over at the Canberra War Memorial
The Ensemble and Rianna Jenkinson opened Assembly with a performance of the National Anthem.  Arts Prefect Ben Sauverain led Assembly and Travis Turnbull presented the Acknowledgement of Country.

Principal's Address

Mr Green opened his address by congratulating Travis on his performance with the U15 Queensland side at the recent national Rugby League Carnival, mentioning his field goal that won the semi-final for his team.

Mr Green welcomed back all students and staff and reflected on his appreciation of students participating in the Athletics trial and acknowledged, in their absence, the CGEN team who are in Brisbane today for rehearsals for their performance this week.  Mr Green also welcomed Mr Greg Sellars to the role of Dherwain Deputy Principal and our new Youth Support coordinators: Jessica Smith and Sarah Martin, who will start next week.

Mr Green asked us to stop and appreciate this historic semester where secondary is only Years 8 to 12.  Next year we welcome Year 7 into the high school. Work is being done in the Junior Secondary precinct at the moment in preparation.  We will trial Junior Secondary and Senior Secondary Assemblies in the next few months and Mr Green observed that as Hawks we are used to being flexible and adapting to change and the different time for assembly is one of these changes.

Mr Green spoke about the highlights for the term which include our Week 3 NAIDOC week, where we honour indigenous Australians. His holiday to the Northern Territory recently gave him a further appreciation of Indigenous peoples. Also in Term 3 where our values of Participation and Enthusiasm will come to the fore:

  • Week 3: Interhouse Athletics and the OPEN afternoon 
  • Week 4: Volleyball Cup
  • Week 5: School Play
  • Week 7: Year 10 and Year 11 camps
  • Week 8: QCS
  • Week 9: Exam block and Subject Selections
  • Week 10: TYME festival, Work Experience and Arts Day

Sports News

Ms Joss spoke about the Term 3 Hawk Cup.  Students will form teams, in house groups, and compete in a different sport each week.  Results are collated and Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards are presented.  Students have the chance to win a MVP T-shirt and canteen vouchers for their participation.  Students are to report to their wet weather rooms at the beginning of their sport lesson on Wednesday for Year 10s and Thursday for 8s and 9s.

Ski Trip

Jessie Yates and Jackson Franke spoke about the 65 students who journeyed  to Mt Perisher. "The first day of snowboarding and skiing began and I can confidently say almost everyone was on the ground more than on their snowboards and skis," said Jesse.  

"A massive thank you to the teachers: Ms Joss, Mr Rogers, Mr Lau, Mrs Wark, Mr MacDonald and Miss Beckman for a number of laughs and good times. However none of the fun would have been possible if it wasn't for the endless amount of work put in by Mr Martin who unfortunately couldn't enjoy it with us," said Jackson.

They strongly encouraged students to take on ski trip next year and presented a video of the group's fun and falls (see below).

Year 11 Assembly

  • The Deputy Principals will have interviews with students struggling with the academic program, based on semester 1 results. These students should consider their SET plan and investigate subject changes or other alternatives.
  • Camp notes will be out next week and the program is looking fantastic and packed solid with activities including laser skirmish, archery, beach and pool activities and the formal dinner.  The  scavenger hunt through Brisbane will happen on the last day.  
  • Senior Jerseys meeting will be announced on notices; if you want a say, be at the meeting.  Design and orders will be completed by end of Term 3 so students can collect their jersey early next year. 
  • Be mindful of your attendance and your relationships this semester as you work on building your reputation as a Hawk and as a leader.  Your application for Senior Jersey and Leadership Camp will be influenced by these matters.
  • Healthy Hawks this term will be about developing leadership skills. The school needs many leaders: - 12 Gold leaders, 8 Silver leaders, many Bronze leaders plus the Interyear leaders.  It is all about the influence you have as the big people of the school.  From this point on, you are on display so and every interaction you have with others at this school is important; you need to get it right.  Shortlist of leaders depends on your skills demonstrated at the Interyear Leader Training day; your attendance and behaviour in class and on your relationships with others including your playground interactions with other students and staff. What are you doing when you are part of the crowd?  As of now, step up in exerting influence in a good way.

Year 10 Assembly

  • Congratulations to students on improved attendance
  • 84% of students achieved an A or B on behaviour
  • SET planning is happening in the next three weeks
  • listen to notices regarding a Camp meeting soon
  • Southern Cross Cultural Exchange Scholarships worth $3900 are available.  Collect details and application forms from Mr Rogers.
  • Wet 'n Wild end of year excursion will happen so be mindful of your uniform, attendance and behaviour to be eligible for event.