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Principal's Piece - Justin Harrison


Principal’s Piece

— Justin Harrison

New Building
As you can see in the photos on page 2, the construction of our new building which is purposely built to accommodate our full 2020 cohort is well underway and is currently ahead of schedule. If everything goes to plan, students will be able to access this wonderful 21st century facility that will house year 7-12 students in the areas of the Arts and Technology, along with a massive undercover area for students to use at breaks. Both staff and students cannot wait to have access.

Litter In The School
Unfortunately, litter in the school grounds has increased in recent times. Even though we have had positive comments regarding the school’s grounds from members of the community who have recently visited, we still need to improve in this area and maintain these high expectations that we always set for ourselves. It is important that our grounds reflect the quality of student outcomes. Can I ask all parents/carers to support us and have that discussion with their child reinforcing the importance of having a clean home, school and workplace?

Japan Trip
2019 marks our tenth visit to Saiki city, 21 years in the program. This year our trip has been changed due to the Rugby World Cup being held during September. 11 students and 2 staff will be embarking on a 10 day exchange to Japan. The 2019 group will be leaving Gladstone on the 29th of June returning on the 11th  of July. Prior to meeting their host families, the group will be visiting and touring the Hiroshima area. Here they will get the opportunity to visit the Peace Memorial Park, Museum and Dome. Hiroshima is a city that is a major part of history and students will be exposed to the reality of the devastation of war and nuclear weapons.
Students will also be able to experience the beautiful sights that Hiroshima also has to offer; Miya jima, etc. After 5 days exploring this area, they will head south to Saiki where they will be hosted with students from Jonan (Toolooa’s sister school). Students will attend Jonan high and spend evenings and the weekend with their host family, being emerged into the lives of a Japanese family. Saiki exchange program is a fantastic program that Toolooa SHS and Gladstone have, and we look forward to the stories the students and teachers have on their return.
A final parent evening will be held on Tuesday the 18th of June, week 9 at 5:15pm in the Resource Centre to hand out Council shirts, guides, final details and helpful language booklets.

2020 Year 11 Subject Selections
The 2020 Year 11 Subject Selection process began recently in Year 10 EFL with students learning about the Queensland Certificate of Education, ATARs and pathways.
Thankyou to those families who attended the information evening last Thursday. It was a fantastic turnout. A special mention must go to Mr Thomas, Miss Jounquay & Mrs Hetherington for their organisation of this event.
Our second parent/guardian information evening is tonight at 6pm in the shelter - this evening is all about individual subjects. Subject Heads of Department, Guidance Officers, Heads of Senior Schooling and the Senior Schooling Deputy Principal will all be able to speak with about Year 11 subject choices and pathways. Representatives from EQIP, CQU and the Gladstone Technical College will also be present for parents/guardians and students to talk with.
Final 2020 Year 11 subject choices will be made later this term.