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Principal's Piece - Justin Harrison

Principal’s Piece
 — Justin Harrison
Welcome back from a well deserved break!
Term 4 is upon us and the year has certainly gone by quickly. I am looking forward to finishing the year off strong; celebrating all of Toolooa’s achievements, seeing off our graduating cohort and planning for another successful year in 2019.
Term 3 Results
Academically, our students continue to perform strongly. Having reviewed term 3 report cards, over 84% of all grades for term 3 have been in the A to C range; with effort and behaviour reaching 93.6% and 97.4% respectively. These are excellent results and it is pleasing to see the commitment of our students to achieve their best. I would also like to thank all teachers for their commitment to every child’s education, without them our students would not be fulfilling their full potential. Great work!
Term 4 – Stay Focused and Well Organised
Term 4 is an exciting time for high schools. For our year 12 students it is the end of a long educational journey. For the rest of our students, term 4 presents a wonderful opportunity to consolidate their performances across the year and build a platform for success moving into 2019. As we have seen throughout the year, our critical focus areas for Toolooa State High School will continue to be  to have a quality assured curriculum, effective pedagogy and student attendance. Currently, there have been tremendous gains in these areas as per our NAPLAN, achievement and attendance results. Term 4 is looking good at Toolooa State High School.
The final term of the school year is also very busy. Our school will host a number of important events as the year comes to an end. Next week we have our ARTS showcase and as the term rolls on events such as Awards Night, Sports Awards, Graduation Breakfast and Senior Formal will be celebrated. These events are wonderful occasions, however, we must all remind ourselves of our core business; students learning every day.
Year 12 Student Heading Toward The Finish Line
Our year 12 students are an impressive group of young people! With only a matter of weeks to go, we are continuing to see a very strong work ethic to get their absolute best results for their final pieces of assessment. For some students this extra effort may make a significant difference for their initial pathways from school. We encourage our year 12 parents to work with their students to ensure this current focus remains until the term is completed.
All Term 3 reports are now completed. Year 11 and 12 reports should have been received over the holiday period. Year 7 -10 reports will be posted to families this week. Please take the time to review the reports and talk with your child about their results. As part of this conversation discuss with your child what their goals are for this term and how they plan on achieving them.
If you have any questions with regards to the reports, please contact the school office.
For our students, staying focused and being well organised is the key to success during this busy time. Students can assist themselves in achieving success by;
    • using their success journals to record homework, assessment dates, reminders and current academic results
    • communicating openly with their teachers about strategies to improve and/or maintain their results
    • setting clear targets for improvement and success in each subject they study
Arts Showcase
Keep Friday October 19 free on your calendar! The Gladstone Entertainment Centre will again host our Arts Showcase with our students’ artistic, musical, vocal and dance talents on show. The evening will kick off with doors opening from 5:30pm, with guests being seated at 6:30pm for the event. We have over 200 students being represented for this event. Tickets are on sale for $3 and they can be purchased at the school office.
Best wishes for the busy term ahead. I particularly look forward to catching up and sharing some of the upcoming events and celebrations with our school community in the coming weeks.