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From The Junior Secondary Head of Department With Ashton Shonhan

30/05/2019
From The Junior Secondary Head of Department
With Ashton Shonhan
 
 
NAPLAN 2019
NAPLAN testing has finished up for another year and I would like to take this opportunity to thank our hard working teachers and students. All tests ran smoothly and we look forward to analysing the results in semester two.
 
A shout out must go to our generous P&C for supporting the daily breakfast, as well as the fantastic teachers who volunteered their time each morning.


 
Proud teacher moment! Ms Nicol made a cake for her year 9 class to mark the end of their NAPLAN tests. It was deeelicious!



 
Congratulations to all year 7 & 9 students. We are very proud of you for giving each test 100% effort.
 
Out & About in our Junior Classrooms
Last week, I came across Mrs Small’s year 7 science class conducting experiments using balloon powered rockets. Students were measuring the distance travelled using different types of string. What a fun way to consolidate both their maths and science knowledge!
 
I then stumbled across Ms Milne’s year 9 mathematics class conducting a mathematical relay. I tried to help but quickly discovered that maths is not my strongest subject!


 
TechGirls 2019
We are excited to announce that we have two teams of year 7 students entered into this year’s search for the next Tech Girl Superhero! In the signature program of the Tech Girls Movement, girls aged 7-17 years from Australia and New Zealand form a team and enter the competition. They are then matched with a female tech mentor who meets weekly with them for 12 weeks. Teams identify a problem in their local community to solve, then research and document a solution in a business plan, build a working app prototype and pitch it in a public video.
 
Last week, our Tech Girls received their complimentary VIP packs, filled with objects such as a Tech Girls drink bottle and note-pad, a handmade gemstone keychain from Jewella and a TGAS camera cover.
 
Good luck, Girls. We are excited to follow your STEM Entrepreneurship journey!


 
STEM Squad
Unfortunately, we have not been able to meet during week 4 or week 5 due to Parent Teacher Interviews and staff Twilight meetings. However, we are back Thursday, May 30th (week 6).
 
Junior Leaders in the Spotlight
Let me introduce you to our year 9 Junior Leadership captains, Ismari and Poppy. Each of them have shared a little snapshot about themselves. Some of their answers may surprise you!



Premier’s Reading Challenge
The Premier's Reading Challenge is OPEN for 2019 to all year 7-9 students at Toolooa State High.
 
The challenge is not a competition but aims to improve literacy and encourage children to read widely for pleasure and learning.
 
Last year, an outstanding 156,000 students from 850 schools took part in the challenge reading a total of 2.19 million books.
 
For Year 7 — Year 9 students to successfully complete the challenge they must read 15 books and complete a reading log during the reading period (13th May-23rd August).
 
The following activities can be counted towards the challenge:
 
    • reading independently
    • shared reading
 
The following literature forms can be counted towards the challenge:
 
    • printed books
    • e-books, virtual books and digital publications
    • graphic novels and comic books
    • audio and braille books
    • newspapers, magazines and recipe books
    • books in additional languages (other than English).
 
Children and students who complete the challenge will have their efforts recognised through the receipt of a Certificate of Achievement signed by the Premier of Queensland.
 
Collect your reading log from Mrs Shonhan in her N block office or the school library to get started!
 
For more information about the Premier’s Reading Challenge, please visit: http://education.qld.gov.au/schools/readingchallenge/