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7/08/2014

​Assembly​

Leader: Maddison Barnes

Acknowledgement of Country: Kobi Hinch

Mr Green's Address

Mr Green opened his address by acknowledging that it was the last assembly for our visitors from Japan. He wished them well as they leave this week and continue touring.  He also extended thanks to Jeff Chesters, Kassidy Leslie and Ms Connor for their efforts with NAIDOC week. 

On the topic of school buses, Mr Green expressed how staff are disturbed to hear of students who are feeling discomfort, lacking in safety and respect because of the behaviour other students. Mr Green spoke about our values and how we as a school support the well behaved conduct of students and will continue to act to ensure that all students feel safe.

Science Quiz

Mr Sardoni spoke about the National Science Quiz. In early June, 104 of our students participated in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools in Science, which is conducted by the University of New South Wales.  As the timing of the quiz was just before the exam block for Years 11 and 12 students, it wasn't convenient to enter any of the senior students in the quiz this time, so all our student entrants were all from Years 8, 9 and 10.

The purpose of the quiz is to allow students to see how their science skills are developing. Each student receives detailed feedback about their progress on a variety of science skills. Also, there is the opportunity for students who perform particularly well to receive awards.

All students are to be congratulated for their willingness to participate in this valuable activity, whether they received an award or not.

Our whole-school results used to be compared with results from students from other schools in Queensland, but starting this year, the comparisons are across all of Australia, not just Queensland. However, high school students from Queensland are, on average, half a year younger than those from other states, so we are at a disadvantage in such comparisons. Nevertheless, our Year 8s matched the national average, and the Years 9 and 10 students were very close to it, so overall, our results are quite good.

Mr Green presented certificates to some of the award-winning students. The students who received 'Credit' awards achieved in the top third of all students across Australia or better. Also presented were awards for students in the top 25% and top 20% and top 15% of students in Australia.

The following students received 'Distinction' awards. This means that they were placed in the top 11% in Australia:

  • Josh Politch
  • Lachlan McLeod (Top 10%)
  • Jack Halpin (Top 8%)
  • Harry Potter (Top 6%)

Congratulations to all students who crossed the stage as well as all those who participated. ​Thanks must also go to Mr Sardoni for calculating the House results and smartest form class based on these Science Quiz results.  Congratulations to Barang House and B11.

Vocal Ensemble

Rachel and Sebrina encouraged students to become part of the Vocal Ensemble: learning to sing in harmony with others.  There are some new songs being worked on in coming weeks and students will find the Vocal Ensemble rehearsing on Thursdays in the Music block.

40 Hour Famine

Jayde and Felicity spoke about the World Vision Leaders Seminar.  The Year 11 SRC members travelled to Brisbane to participate in this seminar and were shocked at the terror inflicted on the people of Rwanda.  they felt fortunate to have the opportunity to listen and talk to others who have helped to contribute to change in a place of need.  They encouraged all Harristown students to become involved in the 40 Hour Famine, challenging at least 50 Hawks to raise $40 each to enable the school to donate $2000 to help "bring hunger down" (see below for the video).

2014 Chocolate Drive

A huge 4.5kg block of Toblerone is the prize for the student who sells the most chocolate.  For every box sold, $15.00 is credited to the student's school account to help pay for resource fees, excursions etc.​ See staff in the P&C shop to get started on raising funds for yourself and the school.

Junior and Senior Secondary Assemblies

With the introduction of year 7 students to high school in 2015 student numbers at our school will increase significantly.  As a school we value our weekly school assemblies, but full school assemblies may not be possible. 

In preparation for increased student numbers we will be trialling split assemblies for the next three weeks. The sequence will be:

Period 5 – Senior Secondary (years 10, 11, & 12) assembly in the auditorium

                   Junior Secondary (years 8 & 9) Healthy Hawks

Period 6 – Senior Secondary Healthy Hawks

                   Junior Secondary Assembly in the auditorium​

At end of first break all students are to go to their form room and are asked to follow the procedures for entry and exit to Assembly that will be covered during Form Class.