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Principal's Piece - Justin Harrison

​Principal’s Piece
— Justin Harrison
Evidence in Classrooms – Student Learning and Engagement – Week 5 Classroom Visits
Last week members of Toolooa SHS executive team visited multiple classrooms and spoke to many students about their own learning and engagement. It was a wonderful experience and students were open and honest. The focus during these conversations was student assessment readiness and understanding.
Overall it was amazing to see how well-informed and prepared our students are for their upcoming assessment. Students could clearly articulate assessment types, due dates, key skills being assessed and generally had a deep understanding of what was expected of them. As discussed in a previous newsletter, Toolooa SHS executive will be embarking on this process multiple times across the year in 2019 to ensure that we have student -centred evidence and data to guide decision making in relation to our school's continuous improvement journey.
We thank our students for the chance to have these conversations with them about their learning and must commend their teachers for the amazing job they are doing to ensure our students are in the best possible position to achieve success.
Core Values
At Toolooa State High School, we frequently speak to our students about the school’s three core values: Respect, Achievement and Responsibility. These values underpin our school’s expectations which are aligned to our Responsible Behaviour Plan. I encourage all parents/carers to familiarise yourselves with a detailed description of the three core values (see page 4 of the Student Success Journal) and the school’s Responsible Behaviour Plan ( see page 14 of the Student Success Journal) so we can continue to work together on what is acceptable at Toolooa SHS.
Meet the Parents Night
Our annual Year 7 ‘Meet the Parents’ night was held on February 28th and once again was a well-attended and positive opportunity for parents and teachers of our newest enrolments to meet and mingle. As usual Mr Muller, cooked-up a storm of sausages on bread while the parents first sat through a brief presentation about Year 7 at Toolooa SHS. Later, in their ‘form class’ groups, they rotated through some information stalls provided by support staff and teachers on a range of topics such as: BYOD, Diverse Learning, P&C, School nurse and the roles of Youth workers and Guidance Officers at our school. Once stomachs were full, the groups made their way up to our Year 7 block to meet and greet with our Year 7 teachers where names were put to faces and brief chats ensued about how our year 7 cohort had settled into their new school. The night wrapped up at 6:00pm.
A special thanks must go to Mr Craig O’Connor (Year 7 Coordinator), Mrs Ashton Shonhan and Mrs Jess Batey for their organisation of the evening and to all of the parents, students and of course additional Toolooa staff for their attendance and engagement during the event. In addition, I would also like to personally thank the group of Year 7 leaders for their wonderful efforts in helping serve at the BBQ and soft drink table.
It is nights like these and their positive atmosphere that support our belief that Toolooa SHS is a very good school. Please see photos of the Meet the Parents Night on page 2 of this newsletter.
Indigenous Parent Barbecue
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Toolooa’s Indigenous team, Michelle Eggmolesse, Brad Eggmolesse and Ambrose Coolwell for organising this important event which was held last week. In addition, I would like to thank all staff who supported the afternoon proceedings and to those families who attended and connected with our school community, we really appreciate it.