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Principal's Piece - Justin Harrison

29/03/2018
Principal’s Piece
 — Justin Harrison
 
 
Thanks
For those members of the community who are unaware, Mr Garry Goltz has been appointed permanently as Principal of Gladstone State High School as of Term two. Having been at Toolooa since July 2014, Mr Goltz has lead a team of successful staff in achieving positive learning outcomes for all students. He has empowered and engaged staff in the development of curriculum and improvement in classroom practice. Mr Goltz has motivated and enthused people he leads and has supported staff and students to achieve their best. From a personal note, I would like to thank him for the hard work, dedication, leadership and commitment he has imparted here at Toolooa and the wider community to get the very best for every student. Toolooa is going to miss him and our loss will be the gain of Gladstone State High School. I will continue in the Principal role for Term two until a decision is made.
 
Term Update
Our focus areas of a quality assured, current Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting plan; Student and Staff Wellbeing; Teaching Practice and Senior Admission Tertiary Entrance Readiness have had a strong presence across our school this term. Strong practices around embedding reading and writing strategies into a quality curriculum, the review and refinement of what and how we teach, how we support both students and staff and getting well prepared for the new senior phase of education which for us will start semester two this year with our Year 10s, has made for a busy, but productive term. Whilst this is all happening, we have seen our students involved in a myriad of academic, cultural and sporting activities. These opportunities are only possible through the hard work and commitment shown by our teaching and non-teaching staff. The notion of “improvement for every child” is alive and well at Toolooa.
 
Easter Holidays
School finishes this term on Thursday 29 March and recommences on Tuesday 17 April. We wish all of our families a safe and restful holiday period. Please be careful on the roads as we want all students back next term, ready to learn.


 
Report Cards
Term 1 report cards will be posted home in the near future with senior student reports going home in the holidays and junior student reports being posted in the first week of next term. These reports will provide indicative results (A—E) for academic achievement along with behaviour and effort ratings. We encourage all parents/carers to have a discussion about these reports with their children, with particular attention paid to attendance, effort and behaviour. From our school perspective, ‘Satisfactory’ on a report for effort or behaviour does not indicate that a student is doing their best, their behaviour and effort results on their upcoming report cards MUST be in the ‘Very Good’ or ‘Excellent’ category, with strong student attendance. To achieve this, we encourage our parents to set their expectations in these areas high for their children. Page 42 of the Student Success Journal provides an opportunity for students and parents to reflect on their term 1 progress and identify areas for attention.