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Principal's Piece - Justin Harrison

16/05/2019
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 13th of May, Toolooa State High School held our recognition parade to celebrate the academic success of our students for Term One of 2019. To all gold award winners, congratulations on a very successful term and an excellent start to 2019.
 
Please see next fortnights edition with names of all recipients of the gold awards for Term 1.


 
Wellbeing Team
Staff and student wellbeing is an essential factor in creating a positive school environment. Toolooa’s wellbeing support is centred around a framework that allows for individual student needs to be met. At different times, students will need varying levels of support, assistance and guidance. Our wellbeing team consist of many people who all work together to assist our students to experience success.
 
Meet the wellbeing team:
 
Year Level Co-Ordinators


 
Support Staff:


 
Keep a watch on our Facebook page and in future newsletters for more information regarding our wonderful staff’s individual role.
 
Evidence in Classrooms – Term 2 Cycle
As discussed earlier in the year, we are embarking on a new and exciting journey this year 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.
 
As per term 1, over the course of week 5, members of our executive team will be visiting classrooms and asking students questions about term 1 academic performance, upcoming assessment and general thoughts about their experiences at Toolooa SHS. 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. Additionally this term we will go back into classrooms during week 9 and will focus on speaking to our students about feedback in our classrooms.
 
The executive team found the experience in term 1 very engaging and rewarding. We look forward to spending time in classrooms and speaking to students about their learning across term 2.
 
Bushtucker Garden
TSHS Flexi students have teamed up with Aurizon to create a bushtucker garden. Part of the Flexi program is to learn about indigenous culture, including traditional food. The aim of the project is to grow indigenous plants to be incorporated into the students weekly cooking.
 
The produce will also be utilized in other parts of the school including Home Economics and Naidoc Week.
 
Aurizon were very keen to build a connection with TSHS and the bushtucker garden seemed a great opportunity. Not only have Aurizon kindly donated $2000 towards garden beds, soil and gardening equipment, but staff members have enthusiastically given up their time to come along and help assemble the garden beds and plant the first seedlings.
 
It has been a great opportunity for flexi students to build relationships with the workers, engaging in a real life work environment, following appropriate risk management procedures whilst wearing the compulsory PPE. Students were involved in all aspects of the procedure, including equipment lists and calculating amounts of soil and gravel.
 
The TSHS community would like to thank Aurizon for their support and look forward to reaping the rewards from our bushtucker garden.