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Principal's Piece - Justin Harrison

Principal’s Piece
 — Justin Harrison
ANZAC Day Ceremony
Tuesday also was the day that we, as a school, were to recognise the significant contribution of our fighting men and women through our annual ANZAC Day ceremony.
Toolooa State High School has a tradition of strong support for ANZAC Day, both at a school and community level. Again this year we held a school service with RSL representative and guest speaker Mr Russell Tidd along with our current staff member Trevor Davis who recited the Ode and The Anzac Day Poem. We would also like to congratulate Caitlin Bignell on her bugle performance, the rendition of The Last Post and The Rouse. We would also like to commend all students on their exceptional behaviour and respect given throughout the service.

I would like to congratulate the organisers of the community Dawn Service and March and recognise the tremendous support from the Gladstone community. We would like to thank our students, staff, parents and family members who also marched ; our numbers were strong and they marched with pride. Thank you all.
Shelter Upgrade Completed
We are very pleased to announce that the upgrade to the shelter have been completed and the handover took place last week. Toolooa State High School staff, students and community are very thankful for the upgrade and as you can see by the photo’s the significant changes that have taken place.

School Leadership
Last Tuesday night, our P and C leadership team reviewed our school Responsible Behaviour Plan. Updates in the School Responsible Behaviour Plan included making it explicit that cyberbullying was not tolerated and that bullying of any kind that impacts on another student accessing school safely has significant consequences (including via technology) can be considered as evidence in investigations that affects a student participating in learning at school. Please familiarise yourself with the updated policy which is available on our school website.
Super Student-Mason Scantlebury
What a star Mason was over the holidays. The year 8 student bravely shaved his hair off in honour of his Nan after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Mason had been fundraising over the last couple of months for the cancer council with a goal of $500. He recently doubled his goal by reaching just over $1000.
Well Done, Mason!

P and C Information 2018
Jenny Morris has written an article of all the P and C updates that have occurred recently, thanks very much Jenny.
P and C President’s Prattle
Hi. My name is Jenny Morris and I am very proud to have been re-elected as the President of the amazing Toolooa State High School Parents and Citizens Association for 2018. I have a strong connection with Toolooa State High School and the P and C as a parent of our son who finished Year 12 in 2016 and now our daughter who has is in Year 8. I am excited to be able to be working with the executive team and members of the P and C to work together with the school to continue to have Toolooa be the amazing school it is. I thank those who have accepted positions and announce that the executive team for 2018 are: 
President Jenny Morris
Vice President To be confirmed
Minute Secretary Mel Gourley
Correspondence Secretary Kim van der Breggen
P and C Qld Rep Anna Cannon 
I would like to extend my sincere thanks to outgoing Secretary Ann Rose and outgoing Treasurer Leigh McLeod for their commitment to the Toolooa State High School community via their unwavering support and work. We are seeking someone to fill our Treasurer role. The Treasurer reviews and presents the financial information for the P and C as prepared by the Operations Manager that the P and C employ. If you or someone you know are interested in taking this role on, please contact me. I believe we are a fun team to be a part of.
Many people shake their heads that as a busy person, I volunteer time to be a part of the P and C.
“Why haven’t you learned to say no?” they ask. This is why: 
  • I am passionate about my kid’s education and know that school’s operate best when they are supported by the parents and caregivers to help with planning and decision making;
  • I can’t complain about things that are happening in the school that I disagree with if I don’t become involved with the group that gives me a voice to put my opinion forward;
  • It is great to meet other parents and get to know each other;
The next thing people often ask is “When are meetings and how long do they go for?” 
  • Meetings are once a month on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (not held in school holidays);
  • Meetings are held in the Senior Schooling room in the Maths block up the stairs next to the tuckshop;
  • They start at 6pm and as President I am committed to them finishing by 7.30pm if possible but 8pm at the latest;
Then they say “What happens at meetings and what will I have to do?” 
  • Lots of laughing and chatting happens;
  • The meeting is run to an agenda and minutes are kept;
  • Reports from various people including the Principal, the Treasurer, the Tuckshop and Uniform shop and the School Chaplain;
  • Items discussed are all related to things about our kid’s school and the direction they take. These include areas such as student leadership, uniform, tuckshop, school support issues, report cards, academic direction, funding and financial issues, school activities and providing opinions and contributions on various policies and procedures as needed;
Our next meeting will be on 9th May, we would welcome you to attend!
‘Till next time, Jen