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 2023.
Our Annual Awards Night is Next Week
An important event on our yearly calendar is our annual awards’ evening whereby we have the opportunity to celebrate outstanding academic, cultural and service achievements and say thanks to all involved. Students, parents and community members have been invited to join us at one of the two ceremonies which will be held at Toolooa next week on Thursday the 20th October. Subject awards and a number of academic bursaries will be presented to students, along with the special awards that will be announced on the night. Recognition of all award recipients will be included in our next newsletter.
Senior School Leaders for 2023
This year, Toolooa has had an excellent pool of applicants for 2023 senior leadership positions. In order to attain a position as school captain or vice-captain, all applicants were required to write and present a speech which they pre-recorded and presented to form classes, as well as have a meeting with members of the school’s administration and P&C. Following this, all students and staff voted for their preferred leaders. The announcement of the successful applicants for school leaders for 2023 will be made at our annual awards night.
Year 12 External Assessment (EA) & Tutorial Timetable
The Year 12 EA & Tutorial timetable is being distributed to all Year 12 students by the end of Week 2. The External Exam block commences on Monday 24th October through to Friday 11th November. This timetable not only identifies General Subject exam dates and session times, rooms and exam supervisors but also shows when mandatory subject tutorials are being held. Students are expected to attend school for each of their subject exams and subject tutorials. All other times when not expected to be at school are to be used for Exam study at home or in the library. This timetable will be comprehensively explained to all students including expectations regarding school processes such as signing/in/out. If you have any questions regarding the EA timetable or other Year 12 matters including the last week activities or the Senior Formal please don’t hesitate to contact the school.
New Performing Arts Building Progress
The planning behind the new Performing Arts building is coming along nicely after a few hold ups. Due to the size and scope of the project, the plan is to have the new hardcourts started over the Christmas break for an early 2023 completion and the Performing Arts building completed by the end of 2023. Exciting times!
Attendance: Reminder that every day counts. Please ensure that unless your child is unwell that their attendance is expected. If your child is unwell or not attending school for a day, please inform the office via the absence line, sending a note with your child (either before they are absent or following their return) and /or reply to the text message. We thank parents for their assistance with managing student attendance.
Reporting and Assessment Calendars
Junior reports (7-10) were emailed out in week 1. Please check your emails and take the time to review your child’s results and discuss goals for the term.
Junior Assessment Calendars are being handed out to students during week 3. Please ask to see your child’s assessment calendar and discuss the time management of tasks this term.
World Teacher’s Day
The 28th of October is World Teacher's Day. On this day we will be celebrating all the fantastic and dedicated teachers that we have at Toolooa. It is a day where we say thank you for all that our teachers do. I am sure that you will all agree that our teachers go above and beyond to support your child/ren to help them to reach their full potential.
2022 Senior Leaders
On Monday Week 2 of this term, we celebrated a very successful 2022 as a senior leadership team, and also said goodbye to our Year 12 leaders. As the Year 12s very shortly begin their external exams, they will not be attending leadership meetings for the remainder of the term.
The 2022 senior leaders achieved great things this year so far - the most significant being the wonderful Lunch on the Lawn: Celebrating Cultures. The continuing senior leaders already have big plans for 2023!
Thank you to the fantastic Year 12 senior leaders for their contribution to our school over the last few years.
The 2023 senior leader application process is currently in progress. Thanks to all of the great students who have re-applied or applied for the first time!