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From The Deputy with Jess Batey

From The Deputy
with Jess Batey
We’ve been very busy over the past few weeks at Toolooa! We’ve had the opportunity to hold two formal parades: one for ANZAC Day and one to recognise excellence in our students’ performance.  I’m pleased to say that our staff have been blown away by the excellent behaviour our students displayed in both parades. It was wonderful to see the large number of students recognised with Gold Awards for term one. Clearly, our students are setting themselves up for a successful year. In addition to these parades, it was also fantastic to see such a great turn-out at our annual parent/teacher interview evening. I had the opportunity to walk around, chat with parents, teachers and students, and found that there were lots of very positive conversations. We are grateful, as a school, for the positive relationships that we foster with our school community.
As we approach the cooler months, it is an important time to review our uniform policy. We value our school uniform, as it sends a clear message to our community that we take pride in our school. If your child wants to wear a jacket/jumper in the cool weather, please note that their options are the Toolooa school jacket, or a plain black jacket/jumper. 
Additionally, they may wear plain black trousers or tracksuit pants.  Students are not to wear jeans, jeggings, or tights to school. If you’re unsure about uniform requirements, feel free to phone our office staff.  School jackets are available for sale through the cashier window at a cost of $43.
NAPLAN is coming up next week.  All students in years 7 and 9 will be participating in three mornings of tests, along with the rest of the nation. To support our students, our school’s P&C is kindly sponsoring a free breakfast for all participating students each morning of the tests. Students are welcome to come along to the Toolooa House deck from 8am each morning for a sausage sizzle, some fruit and a juice. I’d like to thank the P&C for their generous support, as well as the staff members who are giving-up their time to serve our students breakfast.
We prepare our students for the demands of the NAPLAN tests all the way through their schooling, by explicitly teaching them the literacy and numeracy skills that they require. We understand that the skills tested in NAPLAN are skills worth having, and they align to the Australian Curriculum. We’re looking forward to receiving the results of the tests later in the year and celebrating the successes of our students.
If your child is sick on one of the NAPLAN days, please call the school to notify us. We do have the opportunity to allow catch-up tests on the Friday for students who have missed tests for any reason. If you have any questions regarding NAPLAN, feel free to get in contact with our Junior Secondary Head of Department, Ashton Shonhan.
Jess Batey
Deputy Principal