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Science and Engineering Challenge 2014

Assembly Leader 

Coran Smith

Acknowledgement of Country

Zac Myles

National Anthem

The Ensemble and Rianna Jenkinson

Principal's Address

Mr Green welcomed to Assembly and the school our visitors from Japan, in the Acosta group.

He commended Mr Rogers on last week's Ski Trip video and introduced our new Youth Support Coordinator Sarah, who will join Jess in supporting students. 

As a prequel to next week's NAIDOC celebrations, Mr Green spoke about Jackie Robinson who has a place in US Baseball history.  For many years it has been fully integrated but Jackie was first ‘black’ American to play Major League Baseball – a challenge at a time when racial segregation was a part of the way of life in America.  Mr Green related how Jackie Robinson was greeted by boos at every ground he played and then, in a game against the Brooklyn Dodgers, made an error on second base.  He hung his head in shame as his home ground crowd booed.  Team mate, Pee Wee Reese, went over and put his arm around him as a sign of support and solidarity.  Mr Green urged students to reflect on this classic moment in history and encouraged students to think about bystander behaviour and the thinking 'someone should do something'.  He desires that if the time comes when we are that someone, that we demonstrate our values of Integrity and Relationships.

Science & Engineering Challenge 

Abigail Haydon spoke about the participation of Year 9 Academic Academy students in the 2014 Science and Engineering Challenge on the 22 May 2014 at the University of Southern Queensland. Over four days, thirty two schools competed for the chance to represent the Darling Downs at the State Championships. The students took part in 8 activities against groups from other schools. 

While all students are to be commended for their efforts on the day, three students in particular showed understanding and ingenuity when presented with a task and won their section for the day. In the Stringways activity, students had to manoeuvre string, representing water pipes, around a board with checkpoints, representing towns, to best utilise their resources.  Points were awarded for speed efficiency and ingenuity. Students Chloe Burke, Charlotte Dorge and Brianna Davey proved capable, winning a medal despite competing against larger teams.  Well done students and thanks Mrs Brownhalls for the slideshow (below) that screened on Assembly. 

Athletics Carnival Information 

Interhouse Athletics Carnival is on next week.  Thursday 31st July will see shorter lessons in periods 5 and 6 to accommodate a 1.30 pm start. Events on Thursday include:

  • 400 metres for All age groups
  • 13 years  Long Jump, Shot Put, Triple Jump
  • 14 years  High Jump, Discus
  • 15 years  Discus, High Jump
  • 16 years  Javelin, Long Jump
  • 19 years  Shot Put, Javelin, Triple Jump

Students are reminded that if they are competing and find a clash between two events, they should register for the field event and then complete the track event before returning to the field event. Students are encouraged to wear shoes for all events but it is compulsory to wear shoes for discus, shot-put​, javelin and hurdles. 

Students must obtain a permission card from house teachers to leave their house area to visit the toilets/ get a drink from the drink fountains. There will be specific teachers you will have to see to get these cards.

The area above and beyond D Block will be strictly out of bounds to all students after house meetings.  This of course does not apply to those students participating in Javelin.

On Friday, students are to move straight to house areas; no form class; lining up in form class groups in gyms: 

  • Barang - Blue gym
  • Dherwain – Lecture Theatre
  • Bonda - Yellow gym
  • Balkuin – Auditorium

It will be fantastic to see the students dress up in theme or house colours on the Friday.  

  • Balkuin Tribal
  • Barang Vikings
  • Bonda Christmas in July
  • Dherwain Despicable Me Minions

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