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​Courtyard Culture Performers​

National Anthem: Caleb, Phoenix and The Ensemble

Leaders: Caleb and Taylor
Acknowledgment of Country: Hayden Smith

Principal’s address

Mr Green congratulated this year’s award winners and the new Gold Leaders,
announced at the 60th Anniversary Presentation Night, and extended thanks to Mrs Apsey, Mrs Hollman, Mr Potter and their many helpers. He announced the update on the Interhouse Every Day Counts trophy results. Last week, Bonda and Balkuin earnt the bonus points, making the current positions:
  • 1st - Balkuin
  • 2nd - Bonda
  • 3rd - Barang
  • 4th - Dherwain
Mr Green extended congratulations to the World Challenge students. He shared the letter of praise written by a community member after they spoke at a community event. Mr Green asked us to remember the number: 0 – next week this number is important. Achieving Targets Lucky draw student: Year 8 student Ahmed $30 iTunes card.

2016 Music Highlights

  • Symphonic Wind Ensemble has had a successful year with performances in the A Grade section of the Secondary Schools Concert band at the Toowoomba Eisteddfod and at Presentation Night. Courtney extended thanks to their conductor, Mrs Redfearn.
  • Stage Band, under Mr Lanzifame’s direction, has performed at the Toowoomba Jazz Club and Secondary School Principal’s Conference, placed 3rd in the Open Ensemble section and Highly Commended in the A Grade High School State Band sections of the Toowoomba Eisteddfod. Julia winning sang with the band on a number of occasions.
  • Ashley Hogg celebrated the individual and small group performances at the Toowoomba Eisteddfod. The Year 11 and 12 students performed, and placed 2nd, in the Orff section under the direction of Courtney Taylor. The Saxophone Quartet, featuring Brittania Clifford-Pugh, Carly Smith, Susannah Dudman and Caspian Inskip, placed 2nd. Sarah Lindsay entered 4 solo sections to prepare for her AMEB exams, gaining a 2nd and 3rd place and 2 Highly Commended certificates, a truly wonderful achievement.
  • The String Ensemble performed at Presentation Night and thanked their conductor, Mr Stockwell. Zara Turner attended the Secondary Strings Orchestra workshop.
  • The annual State Honours Ensemble Program, held during the September holidays at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, sees 860 select students work with the finest conductors, repertoire and venues, culminating in a Grand Finale Concert. This year a record number of Harristown SHS students attended including Hannah Cheeseman (Alto Sax), Liam Dodman (Trumpet), Caspian Inskip (Trombone), Sharee Muller (Voice) and Zara-Naharni Turner (Violin).
  • Hannah extended the students’ thanks to Mr Macdonald, the Instrumental Music Coordinator for his efforts and enthusiasm.  The students appreciate his coordination of the Assembly music, the social functions and the administrative tasks.   
Congratulations to all students on your achievements.

Mathematics Dept. Presentations

Ms McMahon and Mr Green presented certificates for participation and achievement for a number of Mathematics events:
  • QAMT Maths Quiz: Matia Bayntun, Isaac Budde, Mason Hughes, Jessica Paech, Ahmed Abdulmunem, Laura Barrett, Thomas Clerte, Malachi Hallas, Jasmine Page, Nathanlie Pomogas
  • Maths Team Challenge: Katherine Bonnell, Georgia Collins, Nikita Barnes, Thomas Clerte, Mason Hughes
  • Australian Maths Competition: 152 students from Years 7-12 entered and 53 students received Credits. Their certificates will be presented in class. Students who received Distinctions include
    • Kade Fisher, who also received a Prudence Award which means he received the school’s highest number of consecutive correct answer​s
    • Jack McLaughlin
    • Bianca Verblakt
    • Isaac Kleidon
    • Nathan Ratcliffe
    • Jacinta Langston
    • Natalie Arthur

    • Liam Dodman
    • Shannon Gregory
    • Nathan Gunst
    • Lachlan Schilf
    • Georgia-May Syme
    • Kimberley Ward
    • Matt Bailey
Congratulations to all students.

Arts Showcase & Courtyard Culture

Arts Prefects Tesi and Jadzia reflected on the concept of Courtyard Culture. Performers were acknowledged with participation certificates.
  • Term 1 – in G block courtyard: Ali Mir Kheil and *name withheld (dance performances); Tevita Cocker, *name withheld, Nalani *name withheld, Kira Thompson (vocal performances); Campbell Patterson, Sharee Muller, *name withheld and Sam Solomon (music performances).
  • Term 2 – in hall: Rebekah Clayton (Artwork); Erin Emes (Scottish dance); Maddyson Duke, Rebecca Alami, Kelly McLean, Maddison Allwright and Sam Soloman (music performances).
The Final Courtyard Culture is Friday 6th November at 2nd Break.  It will be a Theatre sports battle between the winning Arts Day team of Caleb, Emily-Jane, Shaniah and Tesi against the Arts teachers.
New Arts Prefects, Becky and Will, helped promote the details of the Arts Showcase, which is on Tuesday 3rd November, 7pm to 9.15pm.  Entry is by $2 donation and the canteen will be available. All are invited to view the amazing dance, drama and music performances and films and artworks.

Football Academy USA trip

Girls Football Captains, Tasha & Taylor spoke about the USA tour experiences. The Senior Football Academy students travelled to the west coast of America during the September holidays to compete in 5 friendly football games and take in the sights.  
While they didn’t win a game in the USA heat, the experiences were both memorable and valuable.  The students travelled to Los Angeles, touring through Hollywood and Santa Monica and then to San Diego where they had their first homestay with American families. The students enjoyed bike riding along Venice Beach, travelling over the Golden Gate Bridge, visiting Disneyland, Universal Studios and Alcatraz. They watched baseball and gridiron games, shopped and heard endless ‘dad’ jokes.  The girls extended thanks to Mr Wilkes, Mr Burchardt, Mr Floyd and Mrs Thomas for their time in making the trip worthwhile and to Alysha Hart who captured the tour photographically.

World Challenge trip to Sri Lanka

Matt Bailey spoke about the experiences of the World Challenge teams. Divided into two groups, the students, Miss Beckman, Mr Lau and their expediditon leaders travelled to Sri Lank for a 17 day expedition. The two groups had similar itineraries, differently ordered: Acclimatisation, Trek, Project and Rest & Relaxation.
In Acclimatisation, the students spent time visiting local markets and experiencing the local culture, language, food and extreme heat. In The Trek, students spent 4 days trekking 60 km in the heat, heavy rain and steep inclines of the Knuckle Ranges. In Project the two groups visited different small schools to assist in classroom building and building a Library. They enjoyed interacting with the local people. In Rest and Relaxation, students travelled to the South Coast of Sri Lanka and the beaches of Hikaduwa. They visited an ancient fort, swam, shopped and road tuk tuks around the towns. 
“World Challenge was an incredible experience which has made us forever grateful for the amazin country we live in,” said Matt.


Ms Beckman, Will and Becky promoted Crescam, the school’s annual Year Book which includes every event and hundreds and hundreds of student's photos.  It's a great way to remember 2015, so don't miss out.  Please order your copy from the P&C shop before Monday 9th November.

You are still able to order a copy of Crescam. The date for closing orders has been extended. Make sure you order in the next two weeks.

Posted by Harristown State High School on Thursday, October 29, 2015
World Challege Team 1 Long Valley Our Adventure

World Challengers celebrated their adventures in Sri Lanka during the September holiday: visiting local markets, acclimatising to the culture, language and heat; trekking the Knuckles Mountain Ranges; building a classroom in a local village and holidaying on the beaches. Featuring "Our Adventure" by The Long Valley.

Posted by Harristown State High School on Wednesday, October 28, 2015
World Challenge Team 2 CC Music: Your Own Religion TV Girl

Team 2 World Challengers also adventured in Sri Lanka during the September holiday: they followed a similar itinerary but spent time building a library in a local village and Miss Beckman accidently wore a Sri Lankan wedding sari to the elephant orphanage. Good times. CC Music: Your Own Religion TV Girl

Posted by Harristown State High School on Saturday, October 31, 2015
Football Academy USA tour CC music Siesta by Jahzzar

Enjoy the highlights of the recent Football Academy tour to the USA, captured by Alysha. CC Music: Siesta by Jahzzar is licensed under a Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 International License.

Posted by Harristown State High School on Monday, November 2, 2015