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Welcome back and welcome to new students

3/02/2014

Students looked bright and beautiful in their uniforms and ready to learn for the first day of their 2014 school year. Thanks to our Interyear Leaders who helped Year 8 students settle in.

Year Coordinators and Student Managers covered the essentials for students in Year Assemblies and House Meetings - expectations of students, student responsibilities and guidelines to help students at school. Student planners, which cover this information, were handed out to all students. These assemblies set the scene for learning for our students.

School Captains Emity Bayntun and Lachlan Porter welcomed the Year 8s to Harristown State High School.

Emity began with a poem,

"Year Eight is the start of a new beginning, although daunting it may be.

But the worried thoughts you may be thinking, I assure you will cease to be.

Making friends and getting lost, are examples of common concerns.

But these fears will soon be forgot, when you realise they were nerves.

High school is a crazy ride, there's so much thrown your way.

I advise you to take it all in your stride, it's meant for you to embrace.

High school is what you make it, don't let it pass you by,

The opportunity's there, so take it, before you say goodbye."

Lachlan expanded on the theme of opportunity, "You will have the opportunity to involve yourself in our school by participating in Harristown High's sporting carnivals, annual Arts production, Debating teams, Creative Generation, Relay for Life, Chess Club, Arts Day and countless other events that await us in 2014. I'm sure that I'm not the first, nor will I be the last to tell you to get involved with your school."

"In five short years, it will be all of you who are preparing for your senior year. Be sure you don't let opportunities pass you by when you can make amazing memories by involving yourself actively in Harristown's culture. Remember, high school is what you make it so let today be the start of an amazing five years."