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Principal's Piece - Justin Harrison

​Principal’s Piece — Justin Harrison
Welcome Back to Term 3, Semester 2
I hope everyone enjoyed their well-deserved break. It has been great to see our students keen and happy to start the semester.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Toolooa community for all the well wishes after my appointment as Principal of this great school late last term. As a long standing teacher of Toolooa SHS, I was very proud to be appointed as Principal of a school that I thoroughly enjoy working at and look forward to the many successful years ahead.
Toolooa’s strategic priorities for the remainder of the year have not changed.
They are:
  • A quality assured curriculum, assessment and reporting plan
  • Consolidation of Toolooa’s writing and reading agenda
  • Wellbeing, attendance and engagement
  • Quality teaching practice
  • Readiness for the new Queensland Certificate of Education starting in 2019 for our current Year 10 cohort 
Year 10 into 11 Subject Selection Evening
On Wednesday the 25 July, Toolooa will be holding its annual Year 10 into 11 Subject Selection Evening in the shelter starting at 6pm. I cannot stress how important it is for all parents and Year 10 students to attend as vital information regarding subject offerings, lines that subjects will be on and the expectations of our students when it comes to selections will be addressed. More importantly, the night will provide all students and parents with an opportunity to ask the Heads of Department any questions regarding the subjects they oversee. Official invites have been sent home. I am looking forward to seeing all of our students and parents in attendance to such an important night. 
Official Opening of the Refurbished Shelter
On Tuesday 26 June, the Honourable Grace Grace, Minister for Education and Industrial Relations visited Toolooa SHS to officially open the refurbished shelter and conduct a site visit for the new building which will be built to accommodate the 2020 full cohort. Glenn Butcher (Member for Gladstone), Mat Burnett (Mayor of Gladstone), Connell Enterprises, Jenny Morris (P&C President) and other invited guests were also in attendance on this special day.

Report Cards
Report cards have been sent home over the holidays. For those families who have not received them, please contact the office. Unpacking the report card as a family is a very good opportunity to celebrate the successes as well as identify any areas that need improvement. As I mentioned on parade on Monday, it is very important that all students set goals for the remainder of the term and semester around academic achievement and then identify the actions that they can put in place to achieve these goals. Goal setting is an important skill as it helps one be motivated to achieve in any area they put their mind to. 
Every Day Counts—Currently, our year to date attendance percentage sits at 89.3%. This is slightly down compared to the same time last year. I would like to personally thank our parents/caregivers for their ongoing commitment to education and continually encouraging their child to attend every day. There is a very clear link between attendance and achievement. If you are having any difficulty in getting your child to school, please contact the year level coordinator to discuss possible strategies.