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From The Deputy With Jess Batey

7/03/2019

From The Deputy

 
With Jess Batey
 
 
 
Exciting Student Announcements 
 
If you ‘like’ our school Facebook page, you would have seen that we’ve made a number of very exciting announcements about our students lately. 
 
Our Junior Secondary Leadership Team has swung straight into action, participating in Clean Up Australia Day, and helping-out with the Meet the Parents Evening. In addition, they are also working with Mrs Shonhan and some key teachers to develop action groups in the near future. 
 
We have had a range of students accepted into highly-sought after STEM events. Tobi Arandale – year 7 – is the only student from outside of Brisbane who has been accepted into STEM Horizons. Khushi Patel – year 10 – has been accepted into Girls’ STEM Camp in Brisbane, which she will attend this week. We have also had 9 students across year 7 and 8 who have been accepted into an Indigenous STEM Camp being held later this term at Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre. 
 
Not only do we have students engaging in these excellent, camps, but our very own STEM Squad is doing amazing things within our school. It makes me so proud to be part of a school community with so much on offer. I am grateful for the staff members who put in their own time to ensure our kids have the absolute best opportunities possible. 
 
Congratulations to all involved! 
 
Meet the Parents Evening
I would like to sincerely thank the families and staff who attended our annual Meet the Parents Evening last week. It was a fabulous opportunity to strengthen connections between the school and families. I know that it can be difficult to make time in our busy schedules for these types of events, but I have received feedback to say that it was very worthwhile for all parties. 
 
I encourage you to stay connected with the school, whether it is via email, phone or in person. We welcome communication from home and hope to continue working together to provide your child with the best possible educational outcomes. 
 
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
This year, we have a record number of year 7 students participating in BYOD, in addition to students in older grades who have also opted-in. We are systematically rolling-out training to staff across this year, looking to eventually transition to full BYOD in the coming years. In addition to the teacher training, our BYOD students are currently engaging in training to ensure they’re using their devices to full capacity. 
 
In term two, we will be holding a parent info session for families of students starting year 7 with us in 2020. This will be advertised via our newsletter, Facebook page, and through the support of our local primary schools. 
 
Please note that our long-term plan is to transition to students bringing one consistent device across the school – an Apple iPad. It is worth noting that the 2019 cohort of year 7s are in the transition year, so we do still have some students with Android devices. Students who already attend our school and bring an Android device will not be required to purchase a new device to be in line with the Apple direction. 
 
If you would like some information regarding BYOD at TSHS, please pop in and see the office staff for an information pack. Alternatively, please email jbate112@eq.edu.au and I will reply with the information and BYOD Charter.
 
Jess Batey
A/Deputy Principal