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Principal's Piece - Justin Harrison

14/09/2017
Principal’s Piece — Justin Harrison
 
 Term 4 Start - School Resumes on Tuesday October 3
 
Term Review
What a busy but productive term. We again have students achieving great things at Toolooa State High School.
 
Academically we have seen: 
  • our year 7, 8 and 9 students demonstrate outstanding improvement in our focus areas of Reading and Writing
  • our year 12 QCS students handled this important testing time confidently
  • strong subject results across the school
  • our Year 7 and 9 students performing well above the Nation in a number of NAPLAN disciplines
 
Our school attendance is almost 1% higher this year compared to the same time last year.
 
In relation to sport we have seen students achieving at a regional and state level for both school sport and community sporting endeavours. 
 
Additionally, our teaching staff have again demonstrated their excellence through supporting our students to excel. 
 
We have seen strong parent support in a number of areas: 
 
  • significant reduction of students being dropped off in the school grounds
  • stronger numbers of students in our expected uniform each day
  • parents/carers working closely with staff to help their child reach their full potential
  • It has been a busy but productive term and we are committed to continuing to improve on what is considered one of the best schools in the region.  
 
Reporting
Student reports will be posted home over the holidays or in the first two weeks when school resumes. We encourage our parents and carers to discuss the report with their child. Attendance, Effort and Behaviour are critical to student success and we ask that these form the basis of the discussion. We recognise that Academic Results are important however the three factors above have enormous influence on each student’s final result. If we can get the first three right, generally students achieve their personal best. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions regarding their report. 
 
Holiday Safety
Our students and staff have worked extremely hard this term and we hope everyone has a relaxing break. We do ask that if our families are on the road this holiday period they stay safe, have adequate rest breaks and observe the speed limits. We are very keen to have all of our students and staff back relaxed and recharged for term 4. 
 
Enrolments For 2018 Are Now Open!
Parents/caregivers are welcome to collect enrolment packs from the front office or visit our website.
 
The following information is required on enrolment: 
 
  • Photocopy of student's birth certificate (we will photocopy original if required)
  • Proof of Address (Lease Agreement, Utility Bill etc.)
  • Student enrolment form
  • Enrolment agreement
  • Media Release consent form
  • ICT and Internet acceptable use agreement form
  • Category B Excursion form
  • Chaplaincy program consent form 
 
Enrolment Management - Catchment Area
Our school has an Enrolment Management Plan. This means you cannot automatically enrol if you don't live within a "map" surrounding our school. See the "Enrolment Management" page by linking the following link. Catchment Area Map 
 
Keep a Watch on Our School These Holidays
With the holidays fast approaching, we need you to look out for after-hours crime in our school. 
 
If You see anything suspicious, please don’t attempt to intervene.
Call the School Watch number — 13 17 88. 
 
The School Watch Program is a partnership between Education Queensland, the Queensland Police Service and the State Government Protective Security Service. It aims to reduce vandalism, theft and arson in Queensland schools. 
 
Keep the number handy — 13 17 88 — and let’s work together to help create a safer school community. 
 
For more about the School Watch Program contact Education Queensland’s School Security Section on (07) 3237 0874. 
 
Have a fantastic and rewarding break!