Southern Downs students excelled in the 2012 year 12 outcomes report.
Southern Downs students excelled in the 2012 year 12 outcomes report. Erin Smith

Schools bask in the success of students

IN THE end, it all comes down to the numbers.

Year 12s across the region hit the books hard last year in an effort to achieve good results.

The 2012 year 12 outcomes report released today has shown Southern Downs schools had strong outcomes.

The School of Total Education came out on top of the rest in the region's schools with 100% of students being successful with QTAC offerings.

Principal of SOTE Shane Power said he was pleased with the results.

"I think it's vindication that we are very much on the right track," Mr Power said.

"It really shows what a good education can achieve.

"I don't think people realise how great a holistic approach to teaching can be."

>>See a PDF of the results for the region

Clifton State High School also did well in the report.

Principal Joy Craig said they focus their attention on students achieving in every field.

"We encourage our students to do the best they can in academic, vocational, agricultural, sporting and cultural fields," she said.

"There is much to celebrate with regards to our year 12 outcomes. It is gratifying for us to see the majority of our students successfully pursuing their goals."

Head of Department of senior school at Clifton Margaret Miller said she is proud of the students.

"In 2012 we set out on a journey to improve student outcomes," she said.

"We had every one of our students leave with a certificate, an OP or a QCE. It's such a thrilling result."

Mrs Miller said they we achieved these results because of the desire to succeed demonstrated by students.

Warwick High School principal Cheryl Bullion said she was proud of the different pathways available for students.

"At Warwick High we are proud of our ability to provide a pathway for all students," she said.

"Whether it is a vocational certificate, a school-based apprenticeship, a pathway to work or entry to tertiary education. These results indicate that we have been very successful in achieving these goals."

Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek congratulated the Southern Downs class of 2012.

A total of 15 per cent of OP-eligible students who attended state schools in the Southern Downs were awarded an OP of 1-5, 27% attained an OP 6-10 and 73% received an OP 1-15 or an International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Mr Langbroek said results reported for all schools include the number of year 12 students who received an OP in the band ranges of 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20 and 21-25 as well as the number of students who received a VET qualification at Certificate I, Certificate II and Certificate III or higher level.

"Students, parents, schools and their communities should be delighted with these results," he said.

"The Newman government is exceptionally proud of the 2012 graduates and I congratulate them on their achievements."

For the full report, visit the QSA's website at http://www.qsa.qld.edu.au.



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