Big goals for Toolooa high school students
IT MIGHT be only week three of the school year but Toolooa State High School principal Garry Goltz has already got the ball rolling with a list of goals for 2015.
The most ambitious of them? He wants every student to walk out with a Queensland Certificate of Education in Year 12 - up from 98.4% last year.
"We need supportive teachers to do that," he said.
"Success, teachers that care and friends at school are our three big things this year."
A recognition parade this week saw 16 sport captains, four school captains, eight 100%-attendee students and 12 indigenous scholarship awardees acknowledged.
Mr Goltz said the leaders were integral to the school's success.
"We have some very strong leaders in 2015. We also have 140 Year 12 students," he said.
Mr Goltz said the Year 7 student introduction and support of students were two areas the school would focus on.
"Our big opportunity this year is the full cohorts of Year 7s. We have 120 more students than 2014," he said.
"We were a lot more planned than other schools because we had a trial year with Year 7s last year. We made sure the systems were right."
Mr Goltz said it was important the senior students weren't the only ones leading the way, with sports captains in Years 7-12.
"Leadership doesn't start in Year 12. It starts in Year 7," he said.
"Kids can opt in or out of leadership by trying it early. We want our kids to have a say at our school. They need a voice."
Toolooa State High has 1006 students enrolled in 2015.
Dux returns to inspire younger generation
BRADLEY Fuller was the dux of Toolooa State High in 2014 and returned this week for the recognition parade.
Deputy principal Bryan Townsend said Brad was a good role model for younger students.
"Brad received an OP3. He was school captain, student of the year and won multiple academic awards for excellence in maths and science," he said.
Brad has been accepted into a Bachelor of Engineering at UQ in Brisbane.