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From The Junior Secondary Co-Ordinator

From The Junior Secondary
With Jess Batey
New Teachers Join the Junior Secondary Team
With the outstanding number of new enrolments in year seven this year, Toolooa is very excited to welcome in so many new teachers joining our Junior Secondary team! While we are welcoming teachers into departments across the school, we are also delighted to have five new year seven teachers joining us from primary schools across the region. The new year seven teachers, Mrs Gormley, Miss Bird, Mr Hughes, Mr Sauer and Mrs McWhirter, all have vast experience teaching students in this age group. They join our two wonderful existing year seven teachers, Mrs O’Connor and Ms Bos, to create a strong, experienced and enthusiastic team. The junior secondary students of Toolooa are lucky to have this amazing team of teachers to lead them into the future. We are looking forward to seeing some tremendous results under their guidance.
Literacy & Numeracy Improvement Strategies
As part of our strategic direction for improving literacy and numeracy standards within our school, 2015 will see the commencement of several new initiatives in our Junior Secondary years of 7, 8 and 9. The most obvious of these initiatives is the implementation of a literacy and numeracy testing schedule across the five core areas of reading, writing, grammar & punctuation, spelling and numeracy. Every student from years 7 to 9 will be tested in these areas each term to assess their progress in the five domains. The results from these tests will inform our new focussed literacy and numeracy classes in an attempt to deliver targeted teaching to the areas that students need most. Alongside this new testing schedule, additional teachers have been appointed to work with students in a one-on-one situation and provide them with specific feedback and strategies to improve their writing skills. This initiative aims to improve students’ literacy and numeracy skills so that they are better prepared for success in all aspects of their schooling.
Helping Your Child Succeed in the Junior Secondary Years
Although the first few days, and indeed weeks, of high school can be very daunting, I sincerely hope that your child has settled in well and is starting to find their feet. As a parent wishing to assist your child with their schooling, one of the best tools at your disposal is the Student Success Journal (previously known as the student diary). Within this document, you’ll find all the school policies and procedures, along with helpful tips for student wellbeing, but you will also find all your student’s homework and assessment due dates. I encourage you to ask to see your child’s Success Journal at least a couple of times a week to check on their homework or any upcoming dates in their school life.
Date Claimer: ‘Meet the Parents Night’ Thursday 26th February from 4.30pm in the shelter. Check your child’s Success Journal for full details.
Jess Batey
Junior Secondary Co-ordinator