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Principal's Piece - Justin Harrison

Principal’s Piece
— Justin Harrison
Toolooa SHS Would Like To Congratulate Jasmine Elliott Who Received the Dux Award for 2017
Every year at the annual awards night, Toolooa High recognises between 3 and 5 students from the year 12 cohort who have excelled academically. It is from this group of students that the school dux is announced the following year once OP results have been released.
Traditionally, this is presented on our first recognition parade of the following year however, with the Shelter renovations occurring it was delayed until now. The Toolooa State High School Dux of 2017 was Jasmine Elliott.
Jasmine’s achievements are as many as they are varied. During year 12, Jasmine was School Captain, Interact President and the recipient of subject awards for English Extension, Maths B, Maths C, Physics, Chemistry and Japanese. Jasmine was also awarded a prestigious QCAA award for outstanding academic achievement, an OP 1 and an Australian Tertiary Entrance Rank of 99.95 – the highest result possible.
It is important to recognise Jasmine’s stellar academic achievements within the context of her achievements outside of school. Not only has Jasmine proven herself an excellent scholar, she was also 2017 Gladstone Young Citizen of the Year, Youth Opposition Leader of the Queensland Youth Parliament, recipient of the Helen Hanbury Leadership Award and is an accomplished musician.
After untold hours of dedication, Jasmine has realised her dream of studying a five year medical degree at Monash University with a view to eventually practice medicine in rural areas. Continuing to build on her passion for civic duty, Jasmine is also the first year representative for Monash rural and Indigenous health club, principal trumpet in the Monash Medical orchestra and secretary of Turner hall society. A massive congratulations to you Jasmine; and all the very best for your future endeavours, we look forward to seeing many more wonderful achievements in the future.

Parent Teacher Interviews
It is such an inspiring sight watching our parents and our teachers working together to support our students. Yet again this year, the quality of the conversations and discussions about our students was impressive. Our teachers know their students well and provided clear feedback to parents, with parents providing additional ideas and information specific to their child. We thank each and every parent who attended for their commitment to their child’s education and our teaching staff for their preparedness and professionalism on the evening.
During next week, our year 7 and year 9 students will be taking part in national testing for literacy and numeracy. There continues to be debate on the purpose and importance of this national testing program however as a school we are committed to supporting our students to improve their literacy and numeracy ability, with this testing process an important part of our program. We will use the results to influence our school programs along with our teaching practices, to enable us to target the key areas that our students need additional support. Please see Jess Batey’s article From The Deputy on page 3 for more Naplan Information.