Scots PGC sweeps up with OP scores
AMONG the thousands of senior students around the state logging in to the QCCA website in the wee hours of Saturday morning to obtain their OP scores, were some outstanding local and boarding students for SCOTS PGC College.
We caught up with them this week to hear about their outcomes.
Top honours, unsurprisingly, went to the College Dux, Sarah Atkinson, who achieved a coveted OP1.
Sarah modestly commented that she only needed an OP 9 to study a Bachelor of Science but this opens up her prospects to perhaps follow a career in Biomedicine and Indonesian, "and possibly co-producing a reality TV show" with friend Kate Sprott, she joked.
Laura Moody received an OP 2, which means a Bachelor of Pharmacy at UQ is in clear sight, while still fulfilling her creativity and passion for fashion with a Diploma in Fashion Styling and Business on the side.
While Bianca Walker is stoked with her OP 3 and being the first of the Walker clan to pursue a university degree, she has decided to take a gap year and make some hard earned cash in the family business Go Off Concreting.
Bianca will then head to UQ Gatton and study to become a Vet.
Receiving an OP 12 is exactly the number local girl, Kate Sprott was looking for to study a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Chinese at UQ in Brisbane, with the outlook to teach English overseas.
Unlike some of her fellow graduates, Kate didn't wait up to the stroke of midnight to check the scores, instead had a gentle reminder from her grandmother to login and check the results!
Olivia Rickert, who earlier this year received an Order of Australia award, gained an OP 4 with the hope of studying Social Science or Behavioural Science at USQ next year. After getting up at midnight to check the scores, she said her parents were very pleased with the results.
Following the College motto of 'Always Aiming Higher', Summer Wickham beat her anticipated score by 4 points, receiving an OP 8. Summer is excited about a move north to the University of the Sunshine Coast to study Primary Education.
A heartfelt thanks was offered by the girls to all of their teachers at SCOTS PGC College for helping them to reach their fullest potential, and still enjoy their senior years at school.
College Director of Learning, Mr Nigel Grant, said that while not surprising, it was still pleasing to see the students' efforts rewarded.
"Six of our top students received grades of Very High Achievements in all six of the senior subjects they studied. You can't do better than that,"he said.
In all, forty per cent of the OP-eligible cohort at SCOTS PGC College received OP's in the range of 1-9.
"The great thing about a single-digit OP" said Mr Grant, "is that the student is almost guaranteed entry into all but the most selective university courses."