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Assembly News for 26th July 2017

Assembly : Wednesday, 26th July 2017
Assembly was opened by Deputy Principal, Mrs Jayne Kennedy.
Sporting Equipment: Students were requested to use soccer balls on the oval and not in the undercover area.
Uniform Policy: Clarification was given on our uniform policy at HSSC. Items of clothing including hats, ear-rings and hoodies were discussed fully. Students were informed that they are now being requested by teachers on playground duty to hand their incorrect hats in and then they will be offered a HSSC hat to wear instead of the incorrect hat. No hoodies are allowed even if worn underneath a HSSC jacket or jumper.
Students were requested to wear either the full formal uniform in its entirety or the full sports uniform in its entirety. A mix and match of both uniforms is not allowed.
If any further clarification is required students are requested to see either of the Deputy Principals.
Head of Department – Victoria Menkins
Work Experience: This is the last opportunity for Year 10 students to gain extra skills and responsibilities by having a taste of different careers on offer through work experience. There have been 72 placements this year with six of our students gaining an apprenticeship from these placements. Year 9 students were encouraged to give some thought to what career pathway they would like to pursue next year. Mrs Menkins congratulated all the Year 10 students that have already completed their work place experiences this year then introduced one of these students to summarise her unique placement.
Georgia Katopodis spoke about her experience in a secure research laboratory where they breed genetically modified moths to help the cotton industry. The laboratory is involved in world-wide research and Georgia explained how this experience has helped her decide on her long term career goals.
Cows Create Careers: We are fortunate enough to have two calves named Mr Fumble and Perry arriving this week. The Year 9 Ag students will be caring for the two new arrivals and students were requested to be mindful that the calves are very young and are at high risk of developing disease if they are fed incorrectly so please treat the calves with respect.
HPE Teacher – Mr Rowan Wingrave
INZ Athletics Carnival for 13-19 Year Olds: We will be hosting this event at HSSC on 4 August so there will be no costs involved. Students who placed 1st or 2nd at our school carnival have automatically qualified for this carnival. If any student was placed 3rd in a track event and it was a close result, please see Mr Wingrave in C Block staffroom. This carnival is a qualifying carnival to progress through to DD level which will be held on Thursday 31st August (track events) and Friday, 1st September (field events) in Warwick. Any questions please see Mr Wingrave.
Head of Department – Mrs Ekta Sharma
Values Certificates: Mrs Barker assisted Mrs Sharma who awarded Values Certificates to Jennifer Flanagan, Ezzanda Casey, Elly Irwin, Aiden Willis, Talullah Wright, Zac Stritch-Hoddle, Caleb Murphy and Sophie Volp for demonstrating ‘Responsibility’ by participating in the Maths Enrichment program at USQ.
Mrs Menkins also awarded a Values Certificate for ‘Responsibility’ to Caleb Harris for showing initiative when lining up for the school bus by waiting to the end.
Deputy Principal – Dan Norris
Information Evening: Reminder that this is happening tonight.  This session will outline the overall nature of what to expect in senior. Current Year 10 students are asked to attend the 5:30-6:15pm session and current Year 9 students are asked to attend the 6:15-7:00pm session. 
The subject selection evening will be happening on 29th August with subject displays and information in the Resource Centre and separate information sessions during the evening.  Students were requested to start planning and to take control of their future. 
Principal – Mrs Sharon Barker
Stage 3 Construction: A brief overview of the next construction stage was given and Mrs Barker apologised to students for limiting the space available at lunch times whilst construction is occurring.
Litter: Mrs Barker was disappointed at the lack of responsibility being shown by some students regarding the amount of rubbish left lying around our college.  Our facilities are the best in the region and if students expect to be treated as young adults then they need to start acting as young adults by picking up after themselves.
Photographs from today’s assembly will appear in next week’s newsletter.
Assembly was closed by Mrs Barker.