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Assembly News for 26 April

Assembly : Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Assembly was opened by Deputy Principal, Mr Dan Norris
Hats:  Mr Norris reminded students that the school bucket hats are now available.  Please remember to wear your hat.
Use of the Oval: Mr Norris reminded students about the correct use of the Oval at break times.  He said it is not a social venue, but only for children who are actively engaged playing sports.  People are not to sit on the Oval in groups and then jump up and pretend to be playing something when a teacher walks past.  Touch Football has been banned since last term due to inappropriate and rough play, but Mr Norris is going to review that decision next week and he will let us know what he decides.
Destruction of School Property: Mr Norris was disappointed to have to mention that the lovely bench area which was recently constructed over the old flower beds in the undercover area has had some of the render peeled off the wall and a hole has resulted. He reminded the students that one of our rules is: “Take Care Of This Place” and if anyone sees someone damaging school property they can report it on STYMIE or to the teacher on duty.
Parent Teacher Interviews: A reminder that the Parent / Teacher Interviews are this afternoon and Mr Norris suggested that the children try and attend these interviews with their parents.  He reminded them that as they get older they need to be more involved in their education, and by attending these interviews they can hear what their teachers and parents have to say, and this is also their opportunity if they want to ask questions or have something to contribute.
Year 7 Camp – Emu Gully:  Mr Norris said a big “thank you”, to all the staff who went on Camp with Year 7.  He reminded the students of all the extra work that these members of staff would have had to put in prior to Camp so that they had lessons prepared for the classes they left behind.  He said that the behaviour on Camp was generally outstanding and that  Year 7 had showed great levels of resilience.  Emu Gully staff had asked our staff not to do any chores for the children as cooking and cleaning-up for themselves was all part of the experience.
Naplan Testing:   Year 7 and 9 start Naplan Testing on 09 May 2017.  Mr Norris said that Queensland Schools had decided not to participate in Naplan online and instead we will continue using the paper version.  Practice testing over the next few weeks will be more about the processes involved.  Students were reminded that they will need certain equipment for these exams but they should already have the necessary items as these formed part of the book list.  More about that will be sent home in a letter.
Resource Centre: Closed in second break today – partly due the Cross-Country and partly for setting up for the Parent Teacher Interviews.
ANZAC March: Mr Norris thanked the 50 or more students who participated in the Highfields Anzac Ceremony by marching in the Parade.  He said these students did a great job representing the College.
HPE Head of Department – Mr Jamie Pukallus
Mr Pukallus said that the Cross-Country / Fun Run would go ahead unless conditions were very bad.  He asked students to meet at the undercover area at 1.30pm and to sit in their form classes so the teachers could mark the role.  The race starts at the top fence on the Oval and the older students would start running first.  When students have completed their run they are to take their wristband (given to them prior to the start of the race) and put it in the box for their House.  Each wristband returned earns that house 1 participation point.  Everyone is encouraged to be involved even if they just walk the course.
Mr Pukallus asked new students that if they have previously gone forward to Inner Downs or Darling Downs and are 12 years or younger, would they please let Mr James know.  If they are 13-19 years please see Mr Wingrave.  Under 14/15 year boys please also see Mr Wingrave if you wish to play Rugby Union as he is preparing nominations.
HPE – Mr Marty James
Mr James told the students more about the Cross-Country Route and how far each age group would be running:
12-14 years         =              3 km
15 years               =             4 km
16 year girls        =             4 km
16 year boys       =             6 km
The run takes place down Polizin Road, towards Kalimna Park and then back into our grounds.  Older age groups do a lap (or two) of the Oval to complete their run.
Deputy Principal – Mr Dan Norris
Mr Norris said that any Year 7 or 8 students who are doing Media or Japanese and have found their time-tabled group has changed (eg. From 7E to 7I), please come and see him or Mrs Kennedy either before 10.30am today or in the 1st part of 2nd break today.
Mr Norris also reminded everyone that Mrs Woolford is now on 5 weeks leave and that Mrs Schoemaker is acting in her place.
Assembly was closed by Mr Norris.