Jarad Spence and Lillian Donald celebrate being given OP 1 results in 2018. Gympie region schools have punched way above their weight to make this the best performing regional centre in Queensland when it comes to OP results.
Jarad Spence and Lillian Donald celebrate being given OP 1 results in 2018. Gympie region schools have punched way above their weight to make this the best performing regional centre in Queensland when it comes to OP results. Scott Kovacevic

OP results 2019: Gympie schools the best in regional Qld

GYMPIE region schools have punched way above their weight to make this the best performing regional centre in Queensland when it comes to OP results.

The region outperformed most of Queensland in graduate results last year, ranking as the fifth most successful local government area in the state for OP marks, behind Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Toowoomba.

Most Improved OP schools revealed

A Gympie Times analysis of results for each local government area shows overall 20.32 per cent of the region's eligible graduates received a top ranking between 1-5 last year.

The Victory College library, which was opened in 2010. Gympie region schools have punched way above their weight to make this the best performing regional centre in Queensland when it comes to OP results.
The Victory College library, which was opened in 2010. Gympie region schools have punched way above their weight to make this the best performing regional centre in Queensland when it comes to OP results. Contributed

The region's ranking fell slightly when it came to public school results, with just 17 per cent of the 113 OP eligible state school students securing the top marks - significantly behind Brisbane at 24.42 per cent and the total public school average of 18 per cent.

READ MORE: Iron Man inspired a career in artificial intelligence for Gympie student

The public school rank differs to the region's private school results which rated as sixth in a statewide scale (24.32 per cent) but was in keeping with the general trend of non-public versus public school results.

Social researcher and demographer Mark McCrindle said the results for the Gympie region was a very good one as schools here outperformed larger regional centres like Toowoomba, Cairns and Rockhampton.

James Nash High School Year 11 ATAR students Dillyn Blackburn, Ava Barry, Joseph Greer and Eli Hall (with principal Jackson Dodd) are enthusiastic about the next step in their academic journey. Gympie region schools have punched way above their weight to make this the best performing regional centre in Queensland when it comes to OP results.
James Nash High School Year 11 ATAR students Dillyn Blackburn, Ava Barry, Joseph Greer and Eli Hall (with principal Jackson Dodd) are enthusiastic about the next step in their academic journey. Gympie region schools have punched way above their weight to make this the best performing regional centre in Queensland when it comes to OP results. Josh Preston

"It's very impressive,” he said.

"While private schools had a higher proportion in the top ranking the difference in Gympie was not that great. Gympie is holding its own across the state ahead of other larger centres in Queensland. It's an excellent result. It shows the good state of education in this region. More importantly, it's punching way above its weight.”

CLICK HERE: Queensland's best schools, region by region

Mark Breckenridge, Queensland Secondary Principals Association president, said he would not comment on specific schools or the Gold Coast's results, but said OPs were a very narrow measure of success.

"Statistically speaking far more graduates leave school without an OP than those that do," Mr Breckenridge said.

Gympie State High School principal Anthony Lanskey, teacher Sally Bekker, Agriculture Minister Mark Furner and Gympie Mayor Mick Curran during a tour of the school farm in Cootharaba Rd. Gympie region schools have punched way above their weight to make this the best performing regional centre in Queensland when it comes to OP results.
Gympie State High School principal Anthony Lanskey, teacher Sally Bekker, Agriculture Minister Mark Furner and Gympie Mayor Mick Curran during a tour of the school farm in Cootharaba Rd. Gympie region schools have punched way above their weight to make this the best performing regional centre in Queensland when it comes to OP results. Troy Jegers

"There are lots of pathways provided for students in school and what they are looking to do in Year 12, whether that be a trade qualification or entry into TAFE, it is about the school preparing them for that.''

Mr Breckenridge said state and private school principals were positive about the success of their schools.

"OPs are just one aspect. The minute you walk out the school gate they become irrelevant. They are an entry into university after school but even then there are other pathways to tertiary education.

Gympie State High School's senior leaders (from left) Lewiis Crump, Emily Noon, Jack Marshall and Amelia McDermott. Gympie region schools have punched way above their weight to make this the best performing regional centre in Queensland when it comes to OP results.
Gympie State High School's senior leaders (from left) Lewiis Crump, Emily Noon, Jack Marshall and Amelia McDermott. Gympie region schools have punched way above their weight to make this the best performing regional centre in Queensland when it comes to OP results. Anna-Riitta Ovaska

"If you look across the state, OP 1-5 students are in every region. It is up to the student, not where they live," he said.

PERCENTAGE OF ELIGIBLE GRADUATES THAT RECEIVED AN OVERALL POSITION RANKING BETWEEN 1-5 IN EACH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA.

REGIONAL OP RANKINGS

1 Brisbane: 28.6%

2 Sunshine Coast: 22.5%

3 Gold Coast: 21.7%

4 Toowoomba: 20.7%

5 Gympie: 20.32%

PRIVATE REGIONAL RANKINGS

1 Brisbane: 31.7%

2 Redland: 25.6 %

3 Sunshine Coast: 25.4%

4 Cairns: 25.1 %

5 Gold Coast: 25 %

6 Gympie: 24.32%

PUBLIC REGIONAL RANKINGS

1 Brisbane: 24%

2 Gladstone: 20 %

3 South Burnett: 19.2 %

4 Sunshine Coast: 19 %

5 Noosa: 18.3 %

7 GympieL 17.0%

11 Gold Coast: 16.5%

*Data Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority 2018.

Local Government areas with less than 100 OP eligible students not included.

Gympie Times


Deadline looms for building fire safety reports

premium_icon Deadline looms for building fire safety reports

A deadline looms for Queensland apartment building owners

Premier opens door to mandatory fluoride

premium_icon Premier opens door to mandatory fluoride

Regional councils could be forced to add fluoride to water

Gympie survives weekend of winter sport in 34C - did you?

premium_icon Gympie survives weekend of winter sport in 34C - did you?

We are acting like it's autumn, but summer won't rack off