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Principal's Piece - Justin Harrison

Principal’s Piece —
Justin Harrison
School Closure
Unfortunately, due to a serious water mains issue, the decision was made to close the school yesterday. The decision was made based in the interest of safety given the unknown scope and nature of works required to rectify the problem. I would like to thank the Toolooa community for their understanding regarding the closure. As you are aware, Toolooa SHS has reopened today with adequate temporary facilities in place. Please contact the school if you require any further information.
Arts Showcase
A special mention to all staff and students involved in the Arts Showcase on Friday night at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre. It truly was a fantastic night that showcased the many talents of our students. They were simply inspirational. I would like to pay particular attention to Ms Meghan Gwynne (acting HOD of the Arts) and her team of teachers who did an outstanding job supporting and getting the students ready over the past few months. The school could not be prouder of how the evening went. To all involved; well done.
Toolooa SHS Annual Awards Night
Toolooa SHS Annual Awards Night is on tonight at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre. The award ceremony will start at 7.00pm and tickets can be purchased from the school office. The night is a very special event on Toolooa’s calendar whereby we celebrate outstanding academic success of our students. Please support our students by attending the evening and recognising outstanding performances within the academic field.
Road Safety
The safety of our students is our paramount concern and it’s quite concerning when we get reports from our community about students that are riding their scooters, bikes or skateboards in unsafe ways on their way to and from school. We would appreciate the support of our parents to discuss this with their children. We have reports of student going straight through intersections and roundabouts as well as crossing roads without looking or stopping for oncoming traffic. The last thing that I want myself or my staff to have to do is ring a parent regarding a serious traffic incident due to this unsafe behaviour or monitor a student with serious injuries from a collision with a vehicle.
Even though our attendance this year is higher than previous years, I encourage our parent body to maintain this focus and have their children at school every possible day.
Attendance Matters - Everyday Counts!
World Teachers Day – Friday the 27th of October
Every day, Queensland teachers are making a difference educating and inspiring young people across our state. World Teachers' Day is an opportunity to acknowledge our teachers and say thanks for the significant contributions they make in our classrooms and communities. At Toolooa, I am very lucky to have a fantastic and united teaching team all striving for one thing: to get the best outcomes for every student. I consider myself extremely privileged to work with such a dedicated team.
SHEP Queensland
On the 28th of September to the 1st of October, SHEP Queensland was held at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, South Bank Campus. Toolooa State High School student’s Nethmini Alahakoon, Caitlin Bignell, Nathaniel Jacob and Bradley Read were very fortunate to be nominated by Carol Slape to have the privilege to attend this four day event. Throughout this event the students gained the expert tuition from many fine young national and international musicians and conductors.