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Principal's Piece - Justin Harrison

Principal’s Piece
 — Justin Harrison

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped make 2018 another successful year at Toolooa. Firstly, to all my teaching and non-teaching staff, thank you for the effort and commitment that you all put in to ensure every student has the best opportunity to succeed. To the school’s hardworking P&C who have generously given their time and effort to organise functions and raise funds for additional resources and provide valuable insight into the operations of the school, I thank you. To our parent community; your support and encouragement are greatly valued to us and have helped make this year an outstanding one for all. It truly makes a big difference in a child’s education when there is a positive connection between school and home. Last but not least, our students. They have on the most part, been a pleasure to teach. Their passion, commitment and desire to succeed has been highlighted in the outstanding academic, cultural and sporting achievements that have been achieved over the course of this year. Like me, they should be extremely proud.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish our students, parents, staff and the wider community a safe and relaxing holiday to end a very busy year. Please be safe on the roads when travelling over the festive season and into the New Year.
School Resumes
In order to start the 2019 school year off as smoothly as possible, we will once again be conducting a staggered start for year levels, with years 7, 8 and 11 starting on Tuesday the 29th of January and years 9, 10 & 12 will join them as a whole school in attendance on Wednesday the 30th of January, 2019.
Year 7s for 2019
What an impressive group of students! The opportunity for our incoming year 7 students to experience two days at Toolooa SHS on Monday and Tuesday of this week has been a tremendous success. Getting to know the layout of the school, who some of the teachers are, an understanding of how our days run, as well as getting to sample the food from our fantastic tuckshop has been very valuable. We are very excited about this new cohort and bringing their own strengths to our school coming in. Our year 7 coordinator; Mr Craig O’Connor, along with our Junior Secondary Head of Department Ashton Shonhan who have done a great job supporting this transition process at Toolooa State High School.
Our year 10 & 11’s report cards will be in the mail by the end of this week and years 7,8 & 9 will be in the mail by the end of next week. Please spend time sitting down with your child to unpack their report, celebrate their successes and set realistic goals for 2019.
Leaving Staff
The quality of a school cannot exceed the quality of its teachers. This is a simple and obvious statement which has significant meaning at this time of year. The student outcomes achieved at Toolooa SHS this year are reflective of the quality of our teaching and non-teaching staff, some of which are moving on. We would like to thank them for their dedication and commitment to improving the outcomes of students. Good Luck in your future endeavours, Teachers Brett McCook, Todd Pooley, Hayley Green, Claire Joseph, Kate Reukers & Stephanie Stedman & Teacher Aide’s Katie Morgan, Josh Noovao, Eli Noovao & Sue White.
Uniform Shop Times
21st - 24th of January 2019,   8.00-12.00 and 2.00-6.00pm
25th January 2019,   8.00-12.00pm only
I will also be open the first week back from  8.00am-11.00am daily
Alternatively, orders can be emailed directly to the uniform shop at:
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 & See You All In 2019!