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Extended Form
Last Wednesday all students at Toolooa participated in a variety of activities as part of extended form. Year levels were grouped together to encourage student mentoring and the forming of connections between different year levels. The focus was on having fun, problem solving and working together as a team.
Students participated in activities that required them to do just this. Talk with your child /children about the activities that they were involved in. The photos don't really do the morning justice. Students were involved in activities that required them to walk through minefields blindfolded, move from one point to another, as a team and only using a few small mats. There were trivia games, activities with pool noodles, not to mention a large tripod that required a huge amount of coordination and cooperation from whole groups to move it.
The feedback from the morning has been very positive. Students are very keen to participate in more of these sessions.
Congratulations to all of our Year Coordinators for their planning and preparation and also to the staff who joined in, had fun and helped the morning run smoothly. Staff are looking forward to being able to offer more sessions of this type during form. Student feedback has been fairly unanimous, their question is "When can we do this again?"

2018 Vice-Chancellor’s STEM Camp
Monday 24 September – Friday 28 September 2018
In its sixth year, the QUT Vice-Chancellor’s STEM Camp continues to be a unique fully-funded opportunity for Queensland’s bright young minds to experience real-world STEM research at QUT - regardless of their school or location. The camp offers application-based places to 80 local Brisbane students and 80 regional and coastal students.
The QUT Vice-Chancellor’s STEM Camp is a fun and challenging experience for high achieving Year 11 students to accelerate their understanding and exposure to research and innovation in STEM.
The annual STEM Camp takes place over five days in the September school holidays, and this year saw 160 of the state’s brightest converge in Brisbane at the Gardens Point campus to work with leading QUT scientists in one of ten real-world research projects.
Each project was a week-long challenge undertaken in our state of the art Science and Engineering Centre where campers applied their creativity and investigative skills to cutting-edge research areas like gamification, drone technology, robotic vision, sport biomechanics, epidemics and outbreaks, and hospitals of the future.
Outside of their projects, students also participated in networking and career mentoring sessions, a STEM Camp Talent Show and the QUT Real World Futures event: STEM Entrepreneurship Challenge. Throughout these events, students heard from industry executives and QUT scientists about their stories and advancements STEM, showcasing this year’s camp theme of STEM Storytelling.
The 2018 camp was visited by several STEM VIPs including BOP Industries founder Scott Millar, World of Drones founder Dr Catherine Ball, Dr Chris Jeffery founder of Field Orthopaedics, former Rhode Scholar James Tilbury and General Manager – Operations for Boeing Defence Australia Chris Smith. The camp also saw visits from many industry representatives including Boeing Defence Australia, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Virgin Australia, Technology One, Arup, Flight Centre, Energy Queensland, Tanda, Bechtel, Department of Human Services and Strategic Energy.
The camp week concluded with a formal breakfast with Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Sheil AO and special guest QUT alumnus Deputy Head of Australia’s new Space Agency, Mr Anthony Murfett. The students’ final challenge was team presentation where they addressed their research aims and findings from their week, as well as addressing what world problems they are now inspired to solve.
STEM Camp continues to be a unique fully-funded opportunity for students, regardless of their school or location, offering 80 places for local Brisbane students and 80 places for regional and coastal students, covering travel, accommodation, meals and materials.
Confirming QUT’s ongoing commitment to STEM, the fully-funded camp proudly provided Queensland students insight into the importance of STEM research and the confidence to be the leaders and shapers of the future.

Arts Showcase
Last Friday night Toolooa held the annual Arts Showcase at the Entertainment Centre. This was an outstanding night that showcased the best student work from throughout the year. The night started with an art exhibition with artworks from students in grade 7 through to 12. We then saw 200 students perform in the areas of instrumental music, dance, drama and music across grade 7 to 12. This was a fabulous night of entertainment and all students involved should be extremely proud of their performance. We would like to thank all the hard work of the teachers of the arts department that were instrumental to making the Showcase such a successful night. Thank you to Ms Davey, Miss Ede, Mr Clark, Mrs Slape, Miss Ruge, Miss Roobottom and Miss Merton-Johnson.
Congratulations to all the students and teachers for such an amazing night of entertainment!