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Assembly News Dated 15th November 2017

Assembly : Wednesday, 15th November 2017
Assembly was opened by Deputy Principal : Mrs Jayne Kennedy
Awards Night Practice: There will be a practice for Awards Night during Period 1 tomorrow in the PAC.  Mrs Kennedy needs to know at this practice who is or isn’t attending the Awards Night ceremony at the Empire Theatre.
Construction Site: Students were reminded to remain outside the fences of the new construction areas. If handballs go into this area students can request workmen to collect the balls for them but are not to enter the site themselves.
Lunchtime Sport: Today the Year 10 students will be running an AFL and soccer competition during the lunch breaks.  A basketball competition is being held tomorrow at second lunch and an European handball competition is being held on Friday at second break. Any students who are interested in participating are welcome to come along and join in the fun.
Student Representative Council (SRC): A free dress day has been organised for this Friday to help raise funds and awareness for local charities.  It will be a gold coin donation to participate and the usual dress policy rules apply in relation to wearing covered footwear and sun-safe clothing.  Gold coin donations will be collected during Form on Friday and money raised will be donated to Alopecia Areata and the Queensland Cancer Funds.
Mr Pukallus read an article that appeared in last week’s newsletter written by Angelina Ireland. Angelina has Alopecia Areata which is an auto immune disease that effects approximately 2% of the population. This week is Alopecia Areata Awareness Week (13-19th November) and Angelina felt it was appropriate to share a little of her story with the school community to help raise awareness of her condition.
Values Certificates: Responsibility Certificates were awarded by Mr Gregg Dean to Seth McMahon, Daniel (No media permission given for surname), Travis Morice and Sam Bullen for Caring for this Place and Leading the ‘House Bin Challenge’.  Mrs Schoemaker awarded Liam Causer and Cooper Stafford Responsibility Certificates for showing great resilience and responsibility by remaining calm when they discovered a snake in E block.  Both boys followed a sensible pathway of decision making. Well done to all these boys for being excellent role models.
ICAS Certificates: ICAS Certificates for English, Maths, Science and Digital Technologies were awarded to all participants today. Congratulations to all these students for achieving such excellent results.
Cows Create Careers: Two of our Year 9 Ag Science students, Lleyton Coleman and Lachlan Murphy had the pleasure of presenting Ms Barker with a Bee Box (hive) on behalf of the Cows Create Careers program which is run by Dairy Australia. The bee box is a thank you gift for participating in the Cows Create Careers program this year and ties in with this year’s theme of ‘Dairy Farming in the Land of Milk and Honey’. 
STEP Program: Our STEP Sports Program students are asking for donations of all sorts of pre-loved athletic clothing, shoes, water bottles and sporting equipment. Griffith University and the Griffith Sports College are hosting para-athletics camps with athletes from the Oceania region in preparation for next years’ Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Our STEP students will be visiting these venues on 7th December and intend delivering the donated items at this time to help support under-privileged athletes.  If any families are interested in helping out, donated items need to be washed, cleaned and in good condition then placed in a large black plastic bag with the name of the family who has donated the items either written or stapled to the bag.   All bags can be delivered to the HSSC front office over the next three weeks.
School Uniform: Today Ms Barker has asked three students to model three different samples of formal hats.  Each of the hats is slightly different and students were asked to offer feedback to Ms Barker after inspecting them via their Form teachers. These hats will not replace the bucket hats and are being considered as an option to be worn with the formal uniform. Ties are also being considered as an addition to the formal uniform.  
A reminder was given that no wrist bracelets are to be worn at school and that no chewing gum should be brought to school.
Stage 3B Buildings: Ms Barker explained that R Block has now been completed and is identical to E Block.  The exciting news is that we now have Stage 3B commencing which will include a two storey building with classrooms located upstairs and a Sports Hall.   These buildings are expected to be completed by August 2018. Fencing has already been placed around the areas affected and the same school rules apply regarding no entry into these building sites.
A reminder was given to ensure all rubbish is placed in bins at lunchtime otherwise it is very unsightly to see rubbish blowing up against the fence line of these construction sites.
VET Option for 2018: Mrs Victoria Menkins requested certain students remain behind after assembly to receive information regarding a new option for VET next year.
Photographs from today’s assembly will appear in next week’s newsletter.
Assembly was closed by Mrs Victoria Menkins.