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From The Junior Secondary Head of Department with Ashton Shonhan

From The Junior Secondary Head of Department
With Ashton Shonhan
Out & About in our Junior Classrooms
Mrs McDonald’s year 7 English class spent some time this week peer editing their memoirs. Students assisted one another to improve their punctuation, sentence structure and use of figurative language. Keep up the fantastic work year 7!

Out & About in our Junior Classrooms
Our Junior Secondary students have been busy this week, completing assessment and reviewing key topics from Term Two.

Year 7 Info Night & School Tour
Early next term, we will be holding our annual Year 7 Info Night & School Tour to acquaint new families with our school in preparation for 2019 enrolments. Our Junior Secondary Leaders will be there on the night to facilitate the school tours, which will complement an information session in our school shelter. Enrolment information will be available on the night. Any questions regarding this session can be directed to our Junior Secondary HoD, Ashton Shonhan on 49 714 347.

Premier’s Reading Challenge
The Premier's Reading Challenge is OPEN for 2018 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. Reading plays an important part in students’ lives during their school years and beyond.
It allows children to actively engage their imagination and opens up a world of educational opportunities.
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 (14th May-24th 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.

For further information please see Mrs Shonhan in the library.

For more information about the Premier’s Reading Challenge, please visit:
Teens Can Have Their Voice Heard and Make a Difference!
Young people aged 13-18 have the opportunity to have their say as part of an exciting new project being run by the Queensland Family and Child Commission.
The Growing up in Queensland survey gives teenagers across Queensland a voice about their experiences, opportunities and challenges.
The QFCC Wants To Discover:
  • how Queensland’s children and young people experience life in their community
  • their career aspirations and the supports and barriers which can impact them achieving their goals
  • what they think the government should focus on and how they want their communities to look now and in the future
The QFCC wants to hear from young people from across Queensland, living in different communities, from different cultures and of all abilities. This is an opportunity for young people to make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of people their age and future generations.
The online survey can be accessed from a computer, tablet or phone. All you need is an internet connection and around 20 minutes to have a say on these important issues.
There will also be a weekly prize draw of a $50 gift card.
The Growing up in Queensland survey is now open. Please encourage your teen to have a say today by visiting
To find out more about the Growing up in Queensland project please visit

Survey closes June 29th 2018.