Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Best OP Scores Revealed; the Results Are in, One School Has Outperformed the Rest of the Region

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Best OP Scores Revealed; the Results Are in, One School Has Outperformed the Rest of the Region

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Byline: Amber Hooker amber.hooker@capnews.com.au

ROCKHAMPTON Grammar School has topped the class for overall position (OP) scores across the region.

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority recently revealed the Year 12 outcomes for all schools across the state, with 35 RGS 2016 graduates (26%) scoring between an OP 1-5.

Next in line was Emmaus College, with 21 students scoring in the top bracket.

But it was a Central West school who outshone all others in Queensland, with 63% of Longreach State High School students receiving a 1-5 score; though the odds were in their favour with only eight OP-eligible students.

Topping the state were Brisbane Grammar School (142 students, 56%), Brisbane Boys' College (63, 55%), St Joseph's College Gregory Terrace (119, 52%).

Rockhampton Grammar School headmaster Dr Phillip Moulds said within this bigger picture he believed RGS performed well, "but there's always room to get better".

"That's why at RGS we are always looking at ways to improve, we are looking to make sure we have got the best teachers who can work with our students to get the best results," he said.

Dr Moulds explained the school encourages teachers to study their masters, and RGS had leadership programs for staff as well as students.

He reinforced it was a "whole community effort" to educate students to such a high level; a successful strategy with six OP 1 students in last year's cohort.

Dr Moulds applauded all 2016 graduates' efforts, and said while OPs were an important element to landing their dream jobs, their overall positions weren't the "be all and end all".

"One of the really pleasing thing about the grades from RGS is students are coming up as well-rounded people, and the OP score is a part of that package," he said.

"But it's about their character, about engaging and providing that service to society and being prepared to go on.

"And for the group of students who do the OP, it's an important part because that's their pathway into tertiary education for the future, so its not a be all and end all, but it is a significant part of those students pathway to a future."

RGS also had the highest rate of Vocational Education and Training (VET) students (170) in the region. …

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