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18/09/2014
​Students from 'The Game Shuttle' Drama Production were applauded.

​Assembly Leaders: Ben and Jazz Acknowledgement of Country: Ben

Mr Green's Principal's Address

It is always important to appreciate history in making and we are facing many 'last events' for our Year 12 students who will cast fond farewells as they grasp these last opportunities. 

Look forward to:

  • Year 8 - 10 Junior Ball
  • Red Lion Cup Final for the footballers
  • Volleyball tour to USA with Mr Martin and Ms Joss
  • Finals of Soccer Premier League
  • TYME festival at USQ
  • Arts Day
  • Carnival of Flowers Parade - show PRIDE in representing our school

We also farewell Mrs Jenny Slacksmith who concludes her long Harristown career this term.  We wish her all the best.

Looking forward to a busy Term 4:

  • Start Tuesday 7th October (Monday is a Public Holiday)
  • Gold and Silver Leader Applications and Junior Secondary Leaders interviews
  • Gold Leader Initiative will happen Thursday Week 1
  • Junior Schools Volleyball tournament
  • Presentation Night - we celebrate 2014 Achievers and announce 2015 Leaders that night.

Mr Green urged students to take these opportunities and contribute.

Drama Production

Production Captains Maddi and Shaniah acknowledged the staff, cast and crew and extended thanks to all helpers. 

Shaniah explained the origin of the production: "This year we undertook a very different approach to what we would do for our Drama production.  Rather than choosing an existing script, we decided to use the collective talents of the staff and students to write our own play about games people played before we had electronic devices.  The ideas about different games in the script came from interviews that the cast members did with their family and friends.  We began rehearsals for the production in March, spending at least three hours a week learning lines and blocking movement.  We also had a number of Sunday rehearsals to help us prepare for our first performance on Wednesday, 13th August."

Maddie spoke about the achievements: "There were four public performances of “The Game Shuttle” altogether as well as two community shows in August which gave students from four primary schools and the clients from the Senior Citizens Day Respite Centre the opportunity to see our great production.  The audience got to participate in the show by following the actions of the crew at different times and learning the cup song.  We had lots of lovely feedback from many people who saw the performance. 

Helen Finlay from the Senior Citizens Day Respite Centre said “We were extremely well looked after and you must be so proud of the thoughtful, polite students you have in your Arts Department.”

Students from Vale View State School also enjoyed our show.  One said “The thing I most liked about the play was how we all got to be a part of the play as well as watching it.”  They also liked our ‘onsie’ costumes and one student thought we “deserved a trophy”.  Shaniah and I are certainly proud to have been captains of this great production."

Creative Generation

Creative Generation Captains Kim and Jazz spoke about Harristown's 9th year of involvement in Creative Generation State Schools Onstage, a professional production showcasing the talents of over 1200 Education Queensland students from Prep to Year 12.  The show features dance, drama, instrumental music and choral music performances and the four performances wouldn’t be possible without the support of the amazing stage and film crew. 

Kim said, "34 of Harristown’s most talented dancers performed in the show, joining students from Mt Lofty and Wilsonton to form the Darling Downs Dance Ensemble.  This group performed in three numbers in the show including the finale with 600 other dancers on stage.  Year 9 student Maddy Cybulski and Year 12 student Kaitlyn Kelleher were selected by audition to perform in an additional two numbers and spent many weekends driving to Brisbane for rehearsals - a huge commitment!  Ebony Sayeg from Year 9 showed how multi-talented she is, performing in the CGen drumline as well as in the massed dance numbers."

Jazz said, "Our amazing Tech Crew were also successful once again in their application to be a part of the Creative Generation Stage Crew.  They did the school proud, working long hours during show week and performing many different roles in the show including moving bands and their equipment on and off stage.  Maddie Kennedy got a few extra jobs including working the dry ice machine and being on headsets with the rest of the production team.   This year, Jai Warner was selected for the film crew and spent a week in Brisbane filming all aspects of the production including an amazing time lapse of the Brisbane Convention and Entertainment Centre being set up for the show."

The staff and students were applauded for their efforts.