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From The Junior Secondary Head of Department With Ashton Shonhan


From The Junior Secondary Head of Department


With Ashton Shonhan  

Orientation Days
We are very excited about the Year 6 into Year 7 Orientation Days being held on Monday and Tuesday of week 9 this term! The orientation days provide students with an opportunity to meet some teachers and learn about high school culture. They will have a guided tour around the school with our Junior Secondary leaders, participate in some learning activities, play some games and provide some work samples for 2019 teachers. These days are mutually beneficial for both students and teachers alike.
Students will receive a timetable for the Orientation Days when they arrive on the Monday. Each class will be supported and escorted by two Junior Secondary Leaders from year 7 to year 9. It is very normal for students to be feeling nervous leading up to Orientation, but rest assured, they will be well looked-after.
If you have any questions leading up to the Orientation Days, please feel free to contact our Year 7 Co-ordinator, Craig O’Connor (49 714 335), or our Junior Secondary Head of Department, Ashton Shonhan (49 714 347).

2019 Girls STEM Camp 
The study and practice of science, technology, engineering and mathematics is collectively known as STEM. The STEM Girl Power Camp is an initiative of Advancing education: AN action plan for education in Queensland. The camp aims to encourage girls to participate in STEM by engaging 2019 year 10 girls in a range of exciting STEM experiences. The girls are also invited to be a STEM ambassador at their school and to inspire other students. 
The fourth annual STEM Girl Power Camp will be held in Brisbane from 19th — 23rd of March 2019. The camp will bring together 2019 Year 10 girls from across Queensland who show high achievement in STEM related subjects at school and an active interest in their school community. 
Mrs Shonhan and Mrs Patzwald recently nominated four current year 9 girls to submit an application (Jessie Holmes, Isabel Nolke, Khushi Patel and Drishti). From these four applications, Toolooa State High School could submit only ONE to the judging panel in Brisbane. Late last week, we had the pleasure of submitting Khushi Patel’s application as the one TSHS representative. We are now eagerly awaiting the panel’s decision to see if Khushi has been successful at gaining a sought after spot at the 2019 STEM Girl Power Camp. Good luck Khushi and well done to all four candidates.

(Left to right: Jessie Holmes, Isabel Nolke and Khushi Patel. Absent: Drishti)