Top schools' great marks
OUR schools have done it again, proving Gympie kids really are getting the best start to their adult lives right here with top-quality education.
The Queensland Government's Year 12 Outcomes 2011 report has revealed most Gympie students were offered a university placing.
Top performers once again are St Patrick's and Victory College, where 100% of students were offered a spot at university.
They were followed closely by James Nash State High School, 98% of students who applied to QTAC were offered a place at Uni.
Not only do all three schools have great success rates for university but overall position (OP) scores too.
St Patrick's had 14 students finish with an OP between 1 and 5, James Nash had the same number and Gympie State High School had 12 students with OPs in that range.
But proof Gympie students are doing well may lie in the number of OP 21-25 students.
James Nash had five, Gympie State High had one and Victory College had one, the rest of Gympie's High schools had none.
James Nash State High School principal Darren Edwards said it was no surprise the school had such a high success rate.
He said the students were set up to do well from grade 8 onwards.
"We set them up for good learning all the way through Year 12," he said.
proud of the number of kids that finished with a Queensland Certificate of Education (126)."
He said what ever path students took, whether it was towards university of vocational education the school made sure students got their QCE.
School captain Kate Groundwater said a good relationship between teachers and students with lots of one on one time helped.
St Patrick's College principal Patricia Kennedy put the school's success down to very good teachers and the whole school community being committed to achieving learning outcomes for students.
"We look at it holistically," she said.
"It is about learning, not just in the traditionally understood academic subjects but in all areas; we provide pathways for OP and VET students and help students achieve their best."
The college's Vision for Learning is to Foster Talents, Provide Challenges and Promote Wisdom.
Ms Kennedy put the school's consistently good results down to constantly "reviewing, renewing and updating".
- Gympie State High School: 134 QCE, 135 VET and 70 OP students, 91% had tertiary offer.
- Cooloola Christian College: 22 QCE, 15 VET, 12 OP students, 92% uni offer.
- James Nash State High School: 126 QCE, 86 VET, 66OP students, 98% had uni offer.
- St Patrick's College: 68 QCE, 40 VET, 51 OP, 100% had uni offer.
- Victory College: 11 QCE, 8 VET, 12 OP, 100% had uni offer.