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Principal's Piece - Justin Harrison

Principal’s Piece
— Justin Harrison
Year 12 QCS
On Tuesday the 3rd of September and Wednesday the 4th of September, a number of our Year 12 students will be sitting the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test. I would like to wish them all the very best and commend every student for their hard work and commitment in the preparation leading up to the QCS test. They have applied themselves magnificently and honourably over their journey at Toolooa.
In addition, I would like to thank all staff who have positively influenced this cohort over their time here at Toolooa and set them up for success in this exam. I am looking forward to receiving the results later in the year - results that will closely reflect the desire the students and staff have at Toolooa.
Timetable Changes
This is a reminder to the Toolooa community that the information session outlining the significant timetable change which will commence in 2020 is being held on Wednesday 4th of September from 5.30pm – 6.30pm in Toolooa’s Shelter. For those parents/carers who cannot attend the evening, further information outlining the change will be sent home the week following the info night.
School Opinion Survey
As of Monday, 109 parents/carers have completed the school opinion survey, thank you. For those parents/carers who have not, I encourage you to complete the survey by Friday 23rd of August. As you are all aware, the information provided by parents/carers, students and school staff helps the school identify what we do well, and how we can improve.
NAIDOC Celebrations
Last Friday, I had the pleasure of welcoming guests to Toolooa to share and partake in our NAIDOC event. The afternoon was shared with Elders, Community members, Local Councillors, Industry Partners and students from Rainbow Valley Early Learning and Kin Kora State School.
It was a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Fun was had by all and it was wonderful to witness the interaction between our students and the little ones from Rainbow Valley as they rotated through activities provided by AIME, Headspace and Roseberry Qld. Year 6 students from Kin Kora really enjoyed the afternoon, particularly the game of touch footy and creating friendships which will assist with their transition to Toolooa next year.
I was especially pleased and proud to see former students returning to the school and passing on their knowledge in the preparation of the Kup Mari which provided lunch for over 350 guests. More information on the NAIDOC Celebrations will be in next fortnights newsletter on the 5th of September, 2019.
Finally, I would like to thank Toolooa’s Indigenous Support Team (Ambrose Coolwell, Michelle Eggmolesse and Brad Eggmolesse) who were instrumental in the organisation and running of such a wonderful day. I would also like to thank all students and staff who also helped out on the day.
Congratulations Hayden
One of our sporting stars, Hayden Pease, has been selected to play in the Australian schoolboys’ hockey team. This is a fantastic achievement and opportunity to represent your country. Congratulations Hayden on your commitment, dedication and desire to achieve such a fantastic result. More information and photos regarding his achievement are in our Good News Story on page 2.
Vietnam Veterans Day
It was a great honour to attend Vietnam Veteran’s Day last Sunday the 18th of August, with one of our very own Vietnam Veterans Mr Trevor Davis, along with school leaders.
It was an important occasion where we reflected and commemorated those who have served and those who are currently serving for our country.