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Principal's Piece - With Justin Harrison

21/07/2016
Principal’s Piece.—
Justin Harrison
 
Welcome Back
Welcome back to our student body and the Toolooa community for the start of term three. For the first three weeks of this term, I will be acting Principal while Mr Goltz is relieving in the Assistant Regional Director position. During this time, the strategic agenda of our school does not change with a clear focus on an improvement in reading, writing, pedagogy and attendance. In addition, our core values; respect, achievement and responsibility are instrumental in lifting the standards of our students. We support and in turn, expect our students to display behaviours that align with these core values.
 
Student Results
With student report cards sent home recently, we encourage our parents and guardians to discuss their child’s progress, celebrate their successes and set goals for those subjects where improvements are required. Obviously the achievement grade is important, however, please pay particular attention to the effort, behaviour and the number of days absent from school. These three elements are critical for our students to achieve their full potential and achieve their very best. If any parents/carers have concerns regarding their child’s academic progress, please contact your child’s teacher immediately.
 
2016 School Opinion Survey
Parents/Caregivers, school staff and a random sample of students are encouraged to have their say in this year’s School Opinion Survey by providing their opinions about what this school does well and how this school can improve. Each of the online surveys are currently open and will remain so until Friday, 29 July 2016.
 
Access details for the Parent/Caregiver Survey have been sent home with students.
 
If you haven’t received any survey access details by the end of this week, please contact our Administration Staff on 49714 333.
 
Road Safety
As our parents will be aware, the traffic conditions at the front of Toolooa High have changed with the introduction of a 40km/hr School Zone as well as additional ‘drop and go’ spaces on the service road in front of the school. These changes are designed to improve the safety of our students.
 
With the changes to the service road at the front of the school, we have greatly increased the parking opportunities for student drop offs and pick ups. We are still concerned however with the numbers of students being dropped off and picked up inside the school grounds. As per the school signage our expectation is that no students will be dropped off or picked up inside the school grounds without permission of a member of our administration team. We also have speed bumps installed on our entry road to further enhance our students safety.
 
Attendance
With a strong start to the year, it has been very disappointing to see our percentage attendance drop considerably to 89.7% for semester one. More specifically, we only have two cohorts above the school’s 91% target, these being Year 12 and Year 7 who are sitting at 92.4 and 92.1% respectfully. We encourage our parents/carers to push the mantra that everyday counts.
 
Year 10 – 11 Subject Selection
Prior to the school holidays, all Year 10 students chose their Year 11 subjects that they wish to study in 2017. To maximise student’s success in senior and thus transition to further education, training or employment seamlessly, it is critical that our students are on appropriate pathway in their senior years. Consequently, all Heads of Departments and the senior well-being team are running filters to check student’s subject selections and senior pathways. As a result of those filters, parents and students will be asked to attend a meeting in the next month to discuss their child’s pathway and address any concerns that all parties have.
 
Athletics Carnival
Another fantastic event on our sporting calendar! Congratulations to all students who attended and participated. A special mention must go to Elliot who won the event. I would also like to recognise the work of Mr Miller and his team for organising this successful event.
 
Uniform Reminder
It is fantastic to see that the vast majority of our student body are wearing the school uniform with pride. Jeans, jeggings and tights are not part of our uniform and are not accepted at Toolooa State High School. Plain black tracksuits pants, or full length black dress pants/slacks/trousers are acceptable options. Tracksuit pants and school jackets are available from the front office.
 
Queensland Under 12 Invitational Rugby League Side
Congratulations to Bailey Smith for recently being selected in the Under 12 Queensland invitational rugby league side. This is an outstanding achievement. Good luck in the upcoming national championships in Canberra.