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29/10/2014
​Interact Free Dress day - wear red and bring a gold coin for Daniel Morcombe Foundation

​Assembly Leaders: Emity and Lachlan

National Anthem: The Ensemble and Rianna

Acknowledgement of Country: Matt

Principal's Address

Before he began his address, Mr Green introduced guests Deputy Director-General for State Schooling, Ms Patrea Walton, and also our Darling Downs South West Regional Director for DETE, Mr Greg Dickman.

Mr Green drew attention to the Honour Boards placed either side of the stage which now display the Award Recipients who were announced last night. He also shared the names of the 2015 Gold Leaders:

  • Captains: Alysha Hart, Matt Bailey
  • Vice-Captains: Caleb Harvey, Taylor Reeves
  • Sports Captains: Taylor Hansen, Jack Liddelow
  • Arts Captains: Tesi Koka , Jadzia Clifford-Pugh
  • Prefects: Emily-Jane Harvey, Felicity Farquharson, Nicholas McNalty, Phoenix Robinson

In introducing Ms Walton, Mr Green reflected on her role as an encourager in his career path and how, as Hawks, we can also be welcoming and willing to help others.

Deputy Director-General for State Schooling

Ms Walton reflected on both the significance of the acknowledgment of country and the national anthem, encouraging students to continue singing when it is played. Speaking about her role and her responsibility to students, Ms Walton drew the parallel between her attaining her position and our Year 12s who may move to seeking employment in the near future. She questioned: What do you think the employer is looking for?  Beyond skills and academic qualifications, is the ability to work with people, value people and care about others. She encouraged students to 'pay it forward' and do the right thing by others. It costs little effort to say hi or thanks, talk to others and treat them with care. She finished by reminding students that while you may have the skills and talents to get you through the door, you need to be a good person to stay in the room.

Maths Competition

Ms Livingstone presented certificates for the following:

  • Maths Challenge for Australia Credit Certificates
    • Natalie Arthur
    • Fatima Shabbir
  • National Maths Quiz - There were 45 students who received credits who will receive their certificates in Form Class. Distinction was attained by the following students:
    • Year 8 students: Isaac Kleidon, Harry Potter, Jack Schofield, James Sorrensen and Ephraim Thayer. Harry and Ephraim placed in the top 3% of competitors
    • Year 9 students: Abigail Haydon, Lachlan McLeod, Adam Ryan, Alex Thompson
    • Year 10 students: Kimberley Ward and Shannon Gregory. Shannon also receives a Prudence Award for the most number of correct answers in a row.
    • Year 11 Jadzia Clifford-Pugh and Tom Crimean

DD Sports certificates

Coran and Ms Joss presented students with certificates for representing in their chosen sport. The full list will be published before Sports Awards Night.

Year 11 Legal Studies

Romance is in the air twice in 2014. Phoenix got down on bended knee and proposed  to Sinead and ... she said yes.

Alysha invited all to attend the Mock Wedding next Friday 7th November in G Block courtyard.

Bridge to Brisbane

Students were presented with certificates as being part of the Bridge to Brisbane run. Thanks were extended to their teachers, Mr Martin, Mr McDonald and Ms Joss, who also ran.

Japanese Buddy Awards

Ms Zaun and Ms Parker acknowledged Japanese buddies with a certificate of appreciation for demonstrating warmth and kindness towards our international visitors, especially the three visiting Japanese groups

Year 8 Form Class Basketball Competition

Kathryn and Adyn spoke about the competition that occurred and acknowledged B06 as the winning team overall.  After the Form Class competition, two boys and two girls all star teams were selected and played against each other. Mr Green congratulated the students who were selected in these teams. The Most Valuable Players (MVP) players, Riley Knox and Sophie Thornton, were congratulated and receive a $35 gift voucher.

Gold Leader Initiative

Emity and Myra spoke about the end result for the 2014 student initiative. They extended thanks to the many students and staff who participated and helped with the initiative including Mr Jibson and his construction class, Mr Lau, Ms McAleer.  Mr Jones and Mr Verdon were presented with gifts to acknowledge their talent and effort in supporting the students. If you have not yet viewed the 8 by 4 meter masterpiece, you'll find it mounted on the blue gym wall, clearly visible from the bottom oval and street.

Interact Free Dress Day

Victoria spoke about the Daniel Morcombe Foundation and their objectives in supporting and educating. She, with support from Harry and Amelia, encouraged all to wear red tomorrow and bring a gold coin donation with a prize for the from class who raise the most money.

Students viewed the Daniel Morcombe Foundation video about the Help Me app, found on the Foundation's website.

2015 Ski Trip

An information sheet about the Ski Trip, which includes a return slip can be collected from Mr Martin. Key points are:

  • Open to all Senior Secondary students - Years 10 - 12
  • There are limited numbers
  • Place on the trip is allocated on a first-in with the $150 deposit basis, payable from now
  • July 4 - 11 (2nd week of June/July Holidays)
  • The approximate cost is on the sheet as well as the large number of inclusions such as all transport, breakfast, accommodation, resort facilities, ski equipment and clothing hire.

USA Volleyball Tour

In the September holidays, Miss Joss and Mr Martin took 13 fantastic kids to LA, San Diego and New York City. Mr Martin's speech listed the absolute highlights:

It was an amazing trip which included visits and experiences at the following places:

  • Manhattan beach – the home of beach volleyball, beach courts as far as the eye could see
  • Angel Stadium to see the Anaheim Angels in a MLB Match, where a certain someone threw away Mr Martin’s souvenir nacho helmet – no hard feelings, Brooke.
  • Hollywood and the Walk of Fame
  • Santa Monica Pier
  • AB Miller High School, Fontana – where we came 5th in a Varsity Tournament and Emily Innes was named in the All-Tournament Team
  • 2 days at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure Park
  • The American Sports Centre – Home of the USA National Volleyball Team, who we missed by two days.
  • Moonlight beach at sunset, which was just one of those perfect ‘life’ moments
  • The Mexican border – for some outlet shopping, to buy lots of Nikes
  • The USS Midway – for a photo challenge
  • Seaport Village – for some Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream
  • Hilltop High School – who hosted us for lunch and a training session before we went on to beat them 3-1.
  • Coronado Beach
  • La Jolla (Hoya) Cove, where we were nearly overcome by seal stench
  • Los Osos High School – home to 4500 students and some of the most amazing school facilities we’ve ever seen or dreamed of – where we came equal 3rd in the Bronze Playoff Pool in a Junior Varsity Tournament
  • New York City, which included roaming the streets of Flushing Queens; the NYC Subway at all hours of the day and night; Times Square; Central Park by foot and by bike; an All Access Tour of Madison Square Garden – the most famous Arena in the world; a night Tour of all the NYC sights; a heart-wrenching and touching visit to The World Trade Centre Memorial and Museum; Francis Lewis High School – also home to 4500 students but this time we got escorted to and from by the NYPD – where we went to school for the day before losing 3-2 but drowned our loss with pizza and Gatorade provided generously by our hosts; Junior’s Bakery – home of New York Baked Cheesecake; Broadway to see the stage production Les Miserables and a memorable walk across Brooklyn Bridge.

The touring party were congratulated by Mr Green for their exemplary behaviour and conduct. They were a credit to their families and their school: Emily Innes, Chloe Hunt, Brooke Hudson, Mia Jessup, Hayley Hielscher, Tyla Howard, Erin Phillips, Bridget Naumann, Jayde Austin, Mele Ngahe, Bre Abela, Danekah Pember and Maggie Lorentzen. Mr Martin extended thanks to Miss Joss for her assistance in the trip and her tireless efforts to help. 

Get Microsoft SilverlightUSA Volleyball Tour Presentation