Principal's Piece - Justin Harrison

Principal’s Piece
— Justin Harrison
Toolooa State High School prides itself on high achievement and we celebrate student success in a variety of ways. Every day students are encouraged to perform to the best of their ability in accordance with our school’s expectations of Respect, Achievement and Responsibility. Each term Toolooa recognises students who strived to achieve fantastic results. On Monday the 18th of February, Toolooa State High School held our recognition parade to celebrate the academic success of our students for Semester two 2018. To all gold award winners, congratulations on another successful semester and a massive congratulations to our 2018 School Dux, Amritesh Savnak. We wish him all the very best for his future endeavours and we look forward to hearing how he goes at JCU studying medicine. Please refer to page two for photos of all award recipients from our Recognition Parade.
In my last Principal’s Piece, I listed Toolooa’s strategic focus areas for 2019. Without targets and goals, one does not have the motivation to achieve them and the necessary information to measure the success of a year. Consequently, I believe it is important that the Toolooa community are fully aware of the school’s targets for 2019 so we can all work together to achieve them. As you are fully aware, a positive relationship that exists between school, home and the student can only help every student succeed. Toolooa’s clear targets for 2019 are:
  • 100% of units identify what teachers should teach and when
  • Improvement  for our Year 7 and 9 students in reading and writing are above the national improvement rates
  • 100% of graduating Year 12 students attaining their Queensland Certificate of Education or Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement
  • Whole school attendance is at a minimum of 92%
Evidence in Classrooms – Student Learning and Engagement
As you would all be aware, Toolooa SHS is heavily focussed on improving outcomes for all students. To do this our school continually looks at ways to improve the quality of our teaching and learning practices.
In 2019 we are embarking on a new and exciting journey in which we will ask our students questions about their own learning and engagement. We are very excited by the conversations and feedback we will get from our students. Most importantly however, we will be using the information that we collect to improve our everyday practices and ensure that we are fully aligned to our school’s strategic agenda.
Starting week 5, members of our executive team will be visiting classrooms and asking students questions about assessment, reading and writing practices. The conversations will be informal and we encourage our students to be honest. During the conversations we will collect some data based on the student responses and it is this vital information that we see as valuable to our continual improvement journey.
It is fabulous to see the majority of our students looking fabulous in their full school uniform. Our uniform is designed to help build a sense of belonging to a group. Students have the choice of wearing the everyday or the formal uniform. The everyday uniform consists of the polo shirt, school shorts, with logo, black or white socks and joggers. The formal uniform comprises of the formal shirt, shorts or skirt with black or white socks and black shoes or joggers. Students are able to mix and match the formal with the everyday uniform. If your child is going to be out of uniform for any reason they need to bring a note from home to explain this. If it is for an extended time period then please contact the office to discuss this with the year level Deputy Principal. Students who are out of uniform without permission will be required to attend a uniform detention at first break.
Regular attendance at school is essential for students to achieve the best possible outcome. When students are absent it can have a significant impact on their educational outcome. If your child is absent from school, please notify the school. This can occur via leaving a message on the absence line (4971 4360), respond to the text message or send a note with your child to hand to the form teacher. If you are experiencing any difficulties in getting your child to attend school, please contact the school office, 4971 4333. At the end of week 3 our current school attendance is 94.7%. This is a fantastic start to the year. Year 7 currently has the highest attendance at 97%. Well done to our newest students for having the highest percentage. Remember, everyday counts!
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Last reviewed 12 November 2019
Last updated 12 November 2019