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Principal's Piece - Justin Harrison

12/10/2017
Principal’s Piece —
Justin Harrison
 
Welcome back from the break!
 
It gives me great pleasure to be acting Principal for Term 4 with Mr Garry Goltz continuing in the role of acting Assistant Regional Director. 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 2018.
 
Term 4 Focus
As we have seen throughout the year, our critical focus areas for Toolooa State High School will continue to be Reading, Writing and Student Attendance. Currently our attendance is significantly better than at this time last year and we look forward to continuing this trend throughout this last term. Similarly the hard work of our students and teachers targeting Reading and Writing is seeing strong gains also. Term 4 is looking good at Toolooa State High School.
 
A Day Made Better Teacher Nominations
A Day Made Better awards recognise exceptional primary and secondary school teachers across the country. Parents, students, fellow staff members, or anyone who has ever known an exceptional teacher show their appreciation by giving them the recognition they deserve by nominating them for their efforts.
 
Exceptional teachers do more than just teach – they inspire, nurture and encourage students to build knowledge, confidence and life-skills.
 
Toolooa have many inspiring and exceptional teachers however, this year Amanda Patzwald & Ali Denman-Mills have received nominations for this award. Congratulations Amanda & Ali.
 
Term 3 Results
Academically, our students continue to perform strongly. Having reviewed term 3 report cards, over 87% of all grades for term 3 have been in the A to C range; with effort and behaviour reaching 96% and 98.5% 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!
 
National Youth Science Forum (NYSC) - Henry Kean & Nicholas Versic
On Tuesday night I had the pleasure of attending the National Youth Science Forum dinner at the Grand Hotel. What an outstanding evening! The local Rotary Clubs are the driving force for this program with 5 students across the Gladstone area chosen to attend the event early next year, with Henry & Nicholas from Toolooa State High School selected. Henry & Nicholas will join 400 students from across the country in Canberra for this once in a lifetime experience. We congratulate both students on their selection and know that they will acquit themselves strongly in this program.
 
Arts Showcase
Keep Friday October 20 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 an art exhibition at 5:45pm, with guests being seated at 6:30pm for the other elements of the event. We have over 200 students being represented for this event. Tickets are on sale for $2 and they can be purchased at the school office.
 
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.