St Patrick's College students get top results: Cody Harold, Laura Millar, Paige Graham, Georgia Cross, Pam Betts, Patrick Last.
St Patrick's College students get top results: Cody Harold, Laura Millar, Paige Graham, Georgia Cross, Pam Betts, Patrick Last. Renee Pilcher

St Patrick's students take the cake

ST PATRICK'S College has proven its academic superiority, with its Year 12 results last year besting many of Queensland's most expensive private schools.

Analysis of OP results shows Independent schools have consistently produced the highest OP1-15 student percentages in Queensland in the past five years, and St Patrick's College is in the top 5% of those performers, despite costing tens of thousands of dollars a year less than schools achieving the same, or lower, results.

Cooloola Christian College wasn't far behind, with 92% of its eligible students receiving an OP score between 1 and 15 last year.

In comparison, Brisbane Grammar School scored 94.2%, Brisbane Boys College 92.4%, Mathew Flinders Anglican College on the Sunshine Coast 91.8% and Rockhampton Grammar School 87.8%.

According to the Queensland School Guides website - where this data is posted - Gympie State High School and James Nash State High School had 74% of their eligible students score 1-15, and Victory College had 42% of its eligible students in that bracket.

St Patrick's College principal Patricia Kennedy said yesterday she was delighted at the results and attributed the students' academic performance to the culture of the school.

"We have created a culture here where excellence is accepted," she said.

"It's cool to be good at school and it's encouraged to find your talents. We try to build a resilience in our student community - you don't always get things right and you don't always win, but you learn from those things that you don't get right."

Assistant principal curriculum Dr Lyn Nothdurft said the results were not a new phenomenon at St Patrick's, and that most people did not realise how well the school did year-in, year-out.

She said the support and structured preparation the students were given in Years 11 and 12 helped when it came time to sit QCS.

Year 12 students throughout Queensland will sit QCS on September 4-5.

 

OP1-15 2011

  • Brisbane Grammar - 94.2%
  • St Patrick's College - 94%
  • Brisbane Girls Grammar - 92.4%
  • Cooloola Christian College - 92%
  • Somerville House - 90.4%
  • Gregory Terrace - 88.8%
  • St Margaret's Anglican Girl School - 88.6%
  • Gympie High - 74%
  • James Nash - 74%
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