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Leadership Induction

20/02/2017
Guest Speaker Jacob Bigby, Class of 2013
​Guest Speaker Jacob Bigby, Class of 2013

​Welcome to the 2017 Harristown SHS Investiture of our School Gold, Silver and Junior Secondary Leaders.

National Anthem: The Ensemble

Welcome to Country: Zach Miles 

Mr Forknall welcomed the Harristown High Community and invited guests:

  • Mr Ken Green: Principal Harristown SHS
  • Special Guest: Jacob Bigby, Class of 2013
  • Deputy Principals: Mrs Leanne Monagle and Mr Dale Potter, Ms Helen Parker is an apology
  • Year 12 Co-ordinator: Mrs Angela Clarry
  • Year 9 Co-ordinator: Mrs Paula Beare
  • Our Gold, Silver and Junior Secondary Leaders
  • Parents and Family of those leaders
  • Staff and students

Principal’s Address - Leadership

Mr Green used, to illustrate his address, the iconic object a KFC bucket - an item that is recognised immediately and often produces an emotional response. For 26 years it has been known as 'KFC' rather than its original name 'Kentucky

Fried Chicken'. Is KFC an example of a successful organisation or an example of a failed enterprise? Mr Green went on to explain the origins of the business and the experience of its founder, Colonel Harland Sanders, who began selling at a roadside website when he  was told 'no' by the many businesses he approached to sell his uniquely flavoured chicken. He didn't give up and he led his family and staff to change this using his own image in the marketing. He had tremendous self-belief, determination and resilience. KFC can also stand for Keep Firm and Courageous. Mr Green congratulated and wished the 2017 leaders all the best in their leadership endeavours.

Special Guest: Jacob Bigby

Jacob attended Harristown State High School for 5 years from 2009, graduating in 2013. In 2013 he was named School Vice Captain. During his time at Harristown Jacob was a graduate of the Accelerated Academic Academy, he was the recipient of Gold Academic Awards, and in Year 12 was awarded a Gold Commendation for Extra-Curricular activities and Service to the School, as well as the subject prize for Mathematics C.  Jacob’s main passion is for Football (Soccer) with him competing in numerous competitions whilst at school, representing Darling Downs and participating in the Hawks Football Academy USA Tour.  This year Jacob will be playing for the SWQ Thunder in his 4th season in the Senior Mens Squad, chalking up 42 senior appearances, with a total of 73 games for SWQ Thunder across all age groups.

Jacob Bigby reflected on the three and a half years since he last walked across the stage and shared the learnings that he took from school. He spoke of his plan to study overseas with football which began as a day dream and then evolved into many hours of preparation to gather money and achieve a scholarship through video applications and skyping colleges.

Twelve months after school had finished he had achieved and a scholarship was offered. He had been taught to have an open mind, push himself out of his comfort zone and that nerves and excitement can fuel great things.

He spoke though of his challenges: 'you only truly find yourself in moments of hardship'. He encouraged students to jump at the opportunities and own them, embrace challenges and commit 100% but to not stop having fun and laugh when you get the chance. It is guaranteed that you will have difficult situations to overcome and you will need to knuckle down and work. He encouraged the 2017 leaders to be accountable for their actions and enjoy the responsibility.

Jacob spoke of his personal challenges after being offered the scholarship. He was injured and faced surgery two weeks before flying. He had paid for flights and was in the process of selecting his classes but learnt that he would lose the eligibility as he couldn't play for 12 months. He made the difficult decision to not start. He then lost a friend in a tragic car accident. He spoke of feeling crushed and how enduring the pain was a hard time. 

He then spoke of his next decisions where he used his savings for a deposit on a house and took on a new role in sales - switching his labourer's shovel for a phone and taking a pay cut to do something he found more enjoyable. He encouraged students to seize the opportunities and have fun. "Life is what happens to you when you're off making plans." Appreciate what you have and if you don't like where you are, change it.

Badge Presentations

Jacob and Year 12 coordinator Mrs Angela Clarry presented the badges as follows:

Gold Leaders

  • The school captains:  Tess Barry and Emery Kavuala
  • Vice-captains: Madeleine Cybulski and Caleb O’Reilly 
  • Arts Prefects:  Claire Russo and Musa Rezaie
  • Sports Prefects: Mikaela Ribot de Bresac and Jordan Howard
  • Year Level Prefects: Perri Adkins, Chloe Koch, Kurtis Griffey and Denzel Kaliyev

Silver Leaders

  • Balkuin House Captains: Lilli Borwick and Daniel Apsey;  Vice captains: Erin Conn and Kiel Brennan 
  • Barang House Captains: Hayley Gray and Lochlan Kaliyev;  Vice captains: Clarissa Janes and Adrian Forknall
  • Bonda House Captains: Chloe Newman and Karter Manthey; Vice captains: Kayla Reinke and Adam Ryan
  • Dherwain House Captains: Amy Wright and Saad Shabbir; Vice captains: Sherryn Winning and Jeremy Smith

The Leaders took their pledge of office.

In becoming a Student Leader of Harristown State High School I solemnly promise:

  • That I will set an example of attendance, attitude, behaviour and personal presentation consistent with the high expectations of my school.
  • That I will carry out my duties at all times in an honest and diligent manner, and to the best of my ability.
  • That I will contribute to the positive culture of this school through service to others.
  • That I will, at all times, demonstrate our school values of participation, relationships, integrity, diligence and enthusiasm.

Junior Secondary Leaders

Jacob and Year 9 Coordinator, Mrs Paula Beare, presented the badges to the Junior Secondary leaders.

  • Girls: Shaelie Bee, Milrus Caguimbal, Elise Cuskelly and Jessica Paech
  • Boys: Isaac Budde, Mason Hughes, Jim-Martin Rodriguez and Zackary Tozer (Please congratulate)

The Junior Secondary Leaders took their pledge of office.

In becoming a Junior Secondary Leader of Harristown State High School I solemnly promise:

  • That I will set an example of attendance, attitude, behaviour and personal presentation consistent with the high expectations of my school.
  • That I will carry out my duties at all times, in an honest and diligent manner and to the best of my ability.
  • That I will contribute to the positive culture of this school through service to others.
  • That I will, at all times, demonstrate our school values of participation, relationships, integrity, diligence and enthusiasm.

School Leaders Focus for 2017

School Captains, Tess and Emery spoke about leadership surpassing age, wealth and the influence you have on others. They spoke of the school vision - engage, achieve, excel - that articulates progress towards excellence for every student. They encouraged students to take opportunities and as leaders strive to provide opportunities for all students to engage, achieve and excel.

Emery then spoke about how leadership is not all about us but the whole team and the importance of acts of kindness. Being kind is the easiest and most natural thing; easy as a smile or helping others in class. It might be little to you but something big to others. They look forward to working with the whole team: "Thank you and be kind to one another."

School Vice-Captains, Madeleine and Caleb delivered a polished vote of thanks.