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Principal's Piece - Garry Goltz

6/08/2015
Principal’s Piece.—Garry Goltz
 
Port Curtis Athletics
Almost half of our students that attended the recent Port Curtis Athletics Carnival have been selected to compete at the Capricornia trials in upcoming weeks. This is a fantastic result! We wish them the best of luck and we know that they will do themselves proud. 
 
Equipment expectations  
Does your child have the equipment required every day at school?  
 
    • An individual book for each subject – with their name and subject on the front.
    • A ruler
    • Red, blue and black pen
    • Pencil and eraser
    • Calculator
 
Interschool Maths Competition success
Congratulations to our year 7/8 boys for their ‘sudden death’ victory in this week’s interschool competition! They handled the nerves and took the title in extra time. Great work lads!!
 
Writing Focus
Whilst popular, texting may not be the best method to improve our students writing skills! As is our general process at Toolooa State High School, we have a very clear focus on continual improvement and we have identified that the “on demand” writing skills of our students has some potential for growth. Not surprisingly, the more a student reads the better they are in general at writing. This can be attributed to an increase in their vocabulary, an understanding of the appropriate use of punctuation and grammar as well improved access to spelling. In our classrooms we will be focusing on sentence structure, spelling and paragraph structure. We encourage our parents to make these same areas priorities when they read their student’s work. 
 
Senior Student Interviews
Discussions about academic results, attendance, effort, behaviour and future career directions are essential for us to ensure that our students are reaching their personal “academic excellence”. We make no apologies for our clear expectation that our students reach their potential. Each term our year 11 and 12 students are reviewed in the above areas with interviews with key staff organised as required. We will provide ongoing advice and guidance but ultimately it is the responsibility of our students themselves to reach and maintain the standards that are set. All students that graduate Toolooa State High School are expected to achieve their QCE along with achieving the OP or selection rank required or completing the courses required for them to successfully transition to further study, training or work. 
 
Uniform Reminder
# A reminder that as of 2016 the only shorts or skirts that can be worn to school MUST be bought from the school uniform shop and have the Toolooa State High School logo on them.