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Principal's Piece - Justin Harrison.

13/06/2013
Principal’s Piece—
Justin Harrison.
 
Semester 1 Assessment.
 
By the time you receive this newsletter, all students will be preparing for semester two assessment. From a parent’s perspective, I encourage you to have discussions with your child to see if they are prepared and on track for each piece. If you are unsure with their response, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher to get clarification. I wish every student the best in their upcoming assessment.

Year 10 Students Selecting Senior Pathways.
 
All Year 10 students are in the process of selecting subjects for Year 11. The Deputy Principal, Senior Schooling HOD, Guidance Officer and Faculty HODs are assisting students with their decision making, providing information and answering questions about subjects, assessment and pathways. An information session for parents was held on Thursday the 6th June to outline and explain the senior pathway options, the importance of making good choices and allowing parents and students the opportunity to address any issues. I would like to thank those students and parents who attended the evening. If you were unable to attend the night and you have further questions, please contact the school to make an appointment with the respective person.
 
Staff News.
 
For term 3, Alan Whitfield has been seconded by Education Queensland to be a Discipline Auditor. During this time, I will be acting Principal, Mark Thomas will be acting Deputy Principal, and Georgina Schluter will be Head of Department of the Health and Physical Education/Home Economics. I would like to congratulate Mr Thomas and Mrs Schluter in their appointments and I am looking forward to continue in the role as Principal for term 3.
 
School-Based Traineeships and Apprenticeships (SATS).
 
There are currently 18 students undertaking paid employment and training as a school-based trainee or apprentice with various businesses across the Gladstone Region. Areas of combined employment and study include Hairdressing, Childcare, Business Administration, Disability, Retail, Engineering, Hospitality and Pharmacy. These students are combining a Certificate II or III Vocational Qualification with their Year 11 and 12 studies, opening pathways to further tertiary study (including university), full-time traineeships and apprenticeships, trades and employment at the end of their school studies. For more information about SATS, including your interest to register a SAT with your business, contact Natasha Read – HOD Senior Schooling. Toolooa will be flexible in catering for the needs of the employer and student to ensure a successful outcome is reached for both parties.
 
Education Queensland Discipline Audit.
 
As a result of Alan Whitfield being a Discipline Auditor, Toolooa State High School will be having an audit on Thursday July 11th and Friday July 12th, The purpose of this audit is to share and provide feedback on the discipline processes of our school.