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Principal's Piece - Justin Harrison

Principal’s Piece
— Justin Harrison
New QCE System
As many of you would be aware, in 2019 Queensland embarks on a new approach to senior schooling with revisions to the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and the introduction of a new Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance (SATE) system. One of the many changes the new SATE System brings is that Queensland will now align with many other states with an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) being assigned to students wishing to access direct entry to further education through university.
With this new system in mind, our Senior School will continue to provide relevant and engaging learning pathways. This will include a wide range of Queensland Curriculum Assessment Authority (QCAA) General and Applied subject offerings as well as Vocational Education & Training (VET) packages catering for all students, whilst maintaining a strong focus on academic achievement leading to either tertiary entrance (ATAR) or successful transition towards a vocational apprenticeships/traineeship or employment.
The pathway and subsequent subject choices link closely with the students’ individualised Senior Education and Training Plan and serve to provide a definite learning direction post Year 12.
Both the revisions to the QCE and the move to an ATAR (which replaces the OP) is a significant change to the senior phase of learning and brings with it a range of new requirements, rules and guidelines. Our school is well positioned in unpacking, preparing and planning for the changes and requirements of this new system as well as continuing to focus on the current QCE System and QCAA processes and policies.
I would like to thank my Senior Schooling team led by Mr Mark Thomas for the work that has gone on behind the scenes to prepare Toolooa for this exciting change. Additionally, to all those parents who have attended information evenings, thankyou. For those who are still unsure about the transition to the new system , please talk to your child and seek advice from the school.
Term 3 Assessment
With assessment nearly upon everyone, it is critical that all students are talking to their teachers about areas that they need to address to improve their results. I encourage all parents to ask their child what they need to focus on to improve their overall grade and whether they are on track. If they say “nothing” or conversely “everything”, please direct them to their teacher as neither will be the advice our teachers are providing. Finally, I encourage all parents to lay eyes on their child’s assessment calendar, check whether they are on track, support their planning and more importantly, ask to look at their assignment and take a vested interest in their work.
Vietnam Veterans Day
It was a great honour to attend Vietnam Veterans Day last Saturday, with one of our very own Vietnam Veteran Mr Trevor Davis, along with School Captains Salvador & Merin.
It was an important occasion where we reflected and commemorated those who have served and those who are currently serving for our country.