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Principal's Piece - Justin Harrison

Principal’s Piece
— Justin Harrison
Year 12 QCS
Last week, a number of our Year 12 students sat the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test. I would like to commend every student for the hard work and commitment that they have applied over their journey at Toolooa. In addition, a special mention must go to all the staff who have positively influenced this cohort and set them up for success in this exam. As are our students who have sat the test, 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.
Outstanding NAPLAN Results!

As expected, Toolooa SHS has performed exceptionally well again this year across all domains tested in NAPLAN. Not only did our students produce outstanding scores, but their improvements (relative gains) were absolutely out-of-sight! For us at Toolooa, this is the most important element of the results; we expect our students to be improving every day and we can see by these results that they are certainly meeting that expectation.
The following snippet provides information regarding our students’ performance for 2018:


I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank every staff member at Toolooa SHS for everything they have done to influence this outstanding achievement and the work that they will continue to do to make sure that every student continues to grow in the future. In addition, a big congratulations must go out to our current Year 7 and 9 students who have engaged with Toolooa’s agenda, and more importantly, their own academic performance.
Individual student NAPLAN reports will be mailed home in the coming weeks. If you wish to discuss your child’s report’s; or you have any questions regarding their report, please don’t hesitate to contact the school. While it is an external test, we are more than happy to discuss your child’s progress.
Holiday Safety
As this is our last newsletter before the holidays, I would like to wish our students and staff who have all worked extremely hard this term a happy and relaxing break. We do ask that if our families are on the road this holiday period, please stay safe, have adequate rest breaks and observe the speed limits. We are very keen to have all of our students and staff back relaxed and recharged for term 4.
Keep a Watch on Our School These Holidays
With the holidays fast approaching, we need you to look out for after-hours crime in our school.
If You see anything suspicious, please don’t attempt to intervene.
Call the School Watch number — 13 17 88.
The School Watch Program is a partnership between Education Queensland, the Queensland Police Service and the State Government Protective Security Service. It aims to reduce vandalism, theft and arson in Queensland schools.
Keep the number handy — 13 17 88 — and let’s work together to help create a safer school community.
For more about the School Watch Program contact Education Queensland’s School Security Section on (07) 3237 0874.
Have a fantastic and rewarding break!