Schools are among best in region
COMPARED to other schools in the Wide Bay region, Gympie is still proving that we can deliver quality education to the leaders of the future.
Both Gympie State High School and James Nash State Schools took out the gong for the most number of students to achieve an Overall Position between 1 and 5 with 15 students in the top percentile, while St Patrick’s College followed closely behind with nine of their 78 seniors achieving an OP of 1–5.
All high schools in Gympie had good rates of students being accepted into university, the number ranging from 85% to 100% for some of the smaller schools.
James Nash State High School principal Darrin Edwards said there were two OP 1 students in last year’s senior class.
“The seniors of 2010 did themselves proud. The school is very pleased,” he said.
Mr Edwards said 24% of the school’s students were ranked in the OP 1 – 5 category.
“It’s really positive for the kids.”
The other statistic he is equally proud of is 100% of last year’s Year 12 students achieved either an OP, Queensland Certificate of Education or Vocational Education and Training qualification.
“It’s that catering for all learners that we are most proud of.”
Mr Edwards also said four of his VET students last year had won national awards.
He has again set the bar for 100% of kids to this year get a QCE, OP or VET qualification.
Mr Edwards said the results data, recently released in a State Government Year 12 Outcomes report, had been shared with the school’s current leadership team.
“We continually try and find ways to help students handle the pressure of their final year.”
Last year the school’s leaders had the idea to hold voluntary advanced problem solving sessions to help with the QCS test and these will be run again, Mr Edwards said.
“When I ask the kids from last year what makes the biggest difference, it’s overwhelmingly the teachers and as a principal I appreciate the efforts of the teachers.”
He is looking forward to similar results this year but said it was a high benchmark.
“I accept it will fluctuate,” he said.
This year’s leadership team includes Student Representative Council president Kirsty Kent and school captains Shaun Ringuet, Dean Langton and Claire Powell. All the leaders said they felt very supported at James Nash.
Kirsty, who is not sure what her future holds, said it was coming up to exam time and it was stressful but the teachers at the school were helping.
Meanwhile Shaun hopes to be a secondary teacher and said his teachers had gone “the extra mile” to help him achieve his goals.
This was mirrored by Dean, who is applying to the Australian Defence Force Academy and wants to study electrical engineering.
Claire Powell is aiming for a career in the Defence Force, she hopes to join the Navy as a Maritime Warfare Officer.
“I feel supported. All the teachers work around individual students to get things done,” she said.