Stanthorpe students welcome OP results
STUDENTS around the state have been coming to terms with their last ever, and most significant, high school grades: their OP score.
Yasmin Gleeson from Stanthorpe State High School and Daniel Sims from St Joseph's School were among those who were happy with their results.
While the reality of having finished school has perhaps not quite hit yet, Yasmin said her OP 3 was a welcome end to a year of hard work.
"I got very high marks for all of my subjects as well," she said.
Yasmin said after a "stressful" year, which included many early starts. She plans to work, save money and travel before making a concrete decision on her future.
She has applied to study law at the University of Queensland.
Daniel said he already secured a place in Agricultural Engineering at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba.
He received a place based on a Principal Recommendation and scholarship.
"I got an OP 7 and I was happy with that," he said.
Yasmin recently celebrated Schoolies on the Gold Coast, whereas Daniel took a plunge and explored New Zealand on an adrenaline-packed Schoolies-alternative trip.
St Joseph's principal, Dr Michael McCarthy, welcomed his school's results.
"St Joseph's School community takes this opportunity to congratulate all OP eligible students on their results," he said.
"This year sees all students achieve an OP between 1-15, likely placing the school among the best performing in the State.
"Teachers should be credited for their work with students in supporting them to achieve the results they deserve.
"These result show that a small school can offer students not only a wide variety of subjects and educational experiences, but also support students in achieving their best and opening pathways for post-school success."
Stanthorpe State High School principal Peter Grant also congratulated the outgoing students.
"Stanthorpe SHS 2016 graduates have continued the long held tradition of outstanding achievements," Mr Grant said.
"The broad range of program offerings and opportunities available at Stanthorpe SHS along with its strong culture of high achievement in a framework of high expectations has seen 100% of Stanthorpe SHS Year 12s attaining their Queensland Certificate of Education for the second year running.
"The significance of this achievement should not be underestimated. The QCE is only attained by students who accumulate a minimum of 20 credits through achievement of a set quality and quantity of work in their senior course of study and meet set standards of literacy and numeracy. The Queensland wide level of QCE attainment was 93% this year."
He said the 2016 Stanthorpe SHS Overall Position (OP) results were "extremely strong", with 55% of students achieving an OP in the 1-10 range - 3% above the Queensland outcome. 86% achieved an OP in the Queensland key indicator range of 1-15 - 5% above the Queensland outcome.
"As Principal of Stanthorpe SHS I congratulate every student on their personal achievement," he said.
"I am very proud of the outcomes all of the young people have achieved as I am sure their parents, carers and families are.
"These young people leave Stanthorpe SHS knowing they have the character and capacity to successfully transition to their own 'main game' in their next phase in life. I am confident they have the skills to invent their own futures and be successful in their choice of careers, further studies and employment."