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Assembly News for 1st March 2017

Assembly : Wednesday, 1st March 2017
Assembly was opened by Deputy Principal, Mrs Jayne Kennedy.
Form Class Captains: Mrs Kennedy thanked the students who had nominated for Form Class Captains.  The voting is now complete with both Deputy Principals and Mrs Barker having scrutinised the finalist list. Successful candidates were notified by email yesterday and formal letters will be sent home today.  Official presentation of 58 Form Captain badges will occur next Wednesday during an extended assembly.
Stymie Ambassadors: Mrs Hughes will be holding a meeting today at second break in D01 for students who are interested in becoming Stymie Ambassadors.  Any students who have some passionate approaches to help prevent bullying and can represent our school values are most welcome to attend.
Head of Department - Mrs Jo Beil
Debating: Round 1 for our debating teams is occurring tonight. Mrs Beil thanked our Year 7/8/9 students for all their hard work preparing speeches for tonight.  Mrs Beil wished the teams all the best and encouraged students to enjoy themselves and speak confidently.
Principal – Mrs Sharon Barker
Debating: Mrs Barker also wished our debating teams the best of luck and mentioned that they had some very interesting topics to debate.
Staffing: Mr Norris is unwell and will be away for the next week. Mr Pukallus will be acting as Deputy Principal with Mr Dean acting as Head of Department.  Mr Andrew Kidd will be filling in as Class Teacher for Mr Dean.
A Positive Topic - Visitation by Senior Constable Brameld:  Snr Const. Brameld visited Mrs Woolford’s Year 9 class yesterday and spoke about how to become a police officer. It was a very lovely session to attend and Mrs Barker was very impressed with the interesting questions that were asked by students.
A Negative Topic - Before and After School Behaviours: Mrs Barker was disappointed that she has had to raise this topic on assembly but with nearly 700 students at the college it is unfortunate that some students are not doing the right thing when on their way to school, or in the afternoons after school.
Before school - Students are not to be at the shops unless they are with their parents.  They are requested to come straight to school and come inside the school gates. Students are not allowed to hang around the car parks and at MacDonalds.  Food purchased at MacDonalds is not to be brought into the school grounds. 
After school – Students have three options.  Option 1 is if they are walking or riding home – when the bell rings at 3pm, please leave the school grounds and head home straight away.  Option 2 is if students are being picked up by car or bus – please wait at the front of the school where students are supervised by an adult until 3:20pm.  Option 3 is for students catching the late bus – students can stay at the front of the school until 3:20pm. Once the supervising adult leaves, all remaining bus students are to go to the Library.  A Teacher Aide is on duty in the library to supervise these students until the late bus arrives. No students are to be playing games/music/handball/sport in the undercover area or any other area around the school.  These rules are simple and put in place to ensure the safety of all students.
HPE Head of Department – Mr Jamie Pukallus
Interschool Sport: Students should be familiar with the routine now for Interschool Sport and are reminded to be prepared and move quickly to the respective areas so the playing times at venues are not reduced. 
Our Futsal and Cricket groups have been showing some great sportsmanship and we are very proud of the respect they are showing by displaying the ‘Highfields Way’ when competing against other schools.
Laura Geitz Netball: Thank you to our netballers for achieving great things last weekend at this Carnival.
Friday Night Basketball: Thank you to our basketballers for their ongoing efforts in this weekly competition.
INZ and DD Trials: There are lots of trials still occurring at the moment, so students are requested to listen to the daily notices as it is their responsibility to obtain the relevant paperwork and have it returned on time.
Tomorrow morning will be a Freeman House assembly.
Assembly was closed by Mr Pukallus.