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Principal's Piece - Justin Harrison

2/08/2018
Principal’s Piece
— Justin Harrison
 
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. As per the information to follow, 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.

 
Attendance Monitoring
School attendance and the monitoring of absences has two main purposes:
All absences MUST be explained by parents. This communication ensures parents and school are aware of the explanation for the absence thus ensuring legal obligations and ‘duty of care’ requirements are fulfilled by both parties. It is also expected that this communication occurs within three days.
 
Actual percentage attendance is important for learning of all students in every year level. High attendance enables students to form the foundation knowledge and skills required to have success at school. Research has shown learning is consolidated and refined through ongoing repetition to make the knowledge or skill automatic and so it becomes routine and easy.
 
Consequently, to get the best results for our students, every day is a learning day at Toolooa. Your support in reinforcing the importance of attendance is greatly appreciated.
 
Student Drop Off and Pick Up
We are still experiencing congestion within the school grounds with the numbers of students that are being dropped off and picked up inside the school grounds, particularly around the administration office. Our expectation is that no students will be dropped off or picked up inside the school grounds without permission of a member of our administration team.

 
New Council Parking Technology
The Gladstone Regional Council have a new parking enforcement technology that they will be monitoring around school zones to ensure people are abiding to road rules that impact on the safety of children attending and leaving school. Please refer to the letter for more information on page 16 of this newsletter.
 
Important information About The Flu
Even healthy kids can get seriously sick from the flu and they can spread it to others.
 
Help protect your child and others this flu season:
 
•know the common signs and symptoms of influenza in infants and children
•keep sick children at home
•teach children to wash their hands and cover their coughs and sneezes.
 
For further information, visit the Queensland Government website.
 
Parent Student Subject Information Evening
I would like to extend a thank you to parents and guardians for their valued contribution to last Wednesday’s Parent Student Subject Information evening. The night was a huge success with plenty of insightful discussions between parents, students and teachers regarding subject selection and the new senior system. I would also like to thank CQU for their involvement and continued support of Toolooa High students participating in alternative forms of education. The night allowed parents to gain a valuable insight into senior subject offerings at Toolooa in 2019 and the influence year 10 semester 2 subjects have in the decision making process for 2019.
 
Parents embraced the opportunity to network with curriculum area experts in a friendly and supportive environment. We as a school look forward to SET planning which is represents the next phase of year 10 subject selection. SET planning will occur in term 4 and will see parents, students and expert teachers formally meet and discuss every year 10 student’s subject selection for year 11.
 
Again, thank you parents for your involvement in the subject selection night - if you have any further question, please contact the school.
 
Bullying—No Way
The national definition of bullying for Australian schools says:
Bullying is an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that causes physical and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power over one or more persons. Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert).
Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders.
 
Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying.
 
Behaviours That Do Not Constitute Bullying Include: 
• mutual arguments and disagreements (where there is no power imbalance)
• not liking someone or a single act of social rejection
• one-off acts of meanness or spite
• isolated incidents of aggression, intimidation or violence. 
However, these conflicts still need to be addressed and resolved.
 
Semester 1 Recognition Parade
Toolooa State High School prides itself on high achievement and we celebrate student success 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 and each term Toolooa recognises students who strived to achieve fantastic results. On Monday the 30th of July, Toolooa State High School held its semester one recognition parade to celebrate the success of our students in the academic field. Student who achieved a majority on A’s and no C’s were awarded a semester one gold award.
 
Toolooa State High School will also recognise students who have achieved 100% attendance, excellent behaviour/effort and silver awards for student who achieved a majority of B’s at our year level parades in the coming weeks. During our recognition parade, we also acknowledge students who demonstrate our core values through our purple slip draw with the winners talking home a voucher to Stockland Gladstone.
 
Congratulations to all award winners and we hope you continue the fantastic effort for term 3 2018.