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​Harry the Hawk and our 2013 Habits of Mind

Assembly was opened with singing of the National Anthem, played by the Ensemble. Arts Prefects Katelyn Barr and Taylee Luchterhand led the assembly.

Ms Monagle began the School Leader’s address with a reminder of Mr Green’s explanation of the school’s explicit teaching approach at Harristown. We use the Dimensions of Learning framework and set the stage for our learning with the Dimensions: Attitudes and Perceptions and our Habits of Mind. These help us be better learners and adapt for different situations.

Ms Monagle reviewed the other Dimensions of Learning using the hand and its actions or purposes as a memory prompt for students: Acquiring Knowledge, Extending Knowledge and Using Knowledge Meaningfully. Harry the Hawk was welcomed to the stage and, assisted by some Year 9 students, matched the signs to the icons and words that remind us of the Habits of Mind the school is focusing on this year.

Mr Martin, Acting PE Head of Department, thanked everyone who has registered their interest for the Ski Trip. He encouraged students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to listen for notices about when to collect an application form next week and details of the deposit due by the end of the term to secure a place on the trip.

“It will be pretty rad,” he said and further went on to detail the ‘radness’ of the trip: staying on the snow at Mt Hotham, night skiing and costs such as travel insurance and hot lunches included.

Ms Matheson, Head of Senior Schooling, introduced Mr Michael Humphries from Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE (SQIT). Mr Humphries spoke to students about a fantastic opportunity for students working in the retail industry. Current Year 12s are able to gain a Certificate II in Retail Services and 4 credits towards their QCE or a Certificate III and 8 credits. The course for students is discounted to only $240 and interested students need to apply through Ms Matheson.