GSHS Principal Murray Wegner with next year’s graduates.
GSHS Principal Murray Wegner with next year’s graduates. Craig Warhurst

Schools compare report results

WITH the release of the Queensland Studies Authority Year 12 outcomes report for 2009, Wide Bay schools are comparing results and finding out where their weaknesses are.

St Patrick's College principal Tricia Kennedy said she was very proud of her students' results, with the numbers of students receiving an Overall Position (OP) in the range of 1 – 15 higher than any other high school catering for Year 12s in the Gympie region.

And so did Gympie State High School (GSHS) principal Murray Wegner.

But Mr Wegner said the results showed the school needed to work on the number of students not attaining an OP or vocational qualifications.

“Our challenge is to reduce (those) numbers,” he said.

There were 23 students at GSHS who didn't complete vocational qualifications or study for an OP last year, along with one at Victory College and three at St Patrick's College. But it was pleasing for Mr Wegner to see that no students were in the OP 21 – 25 range.

Ms Kennedy said St Patrick's aimed to do well academically and provide pathways for all students.

“Those not tertiary-bound also did really well in SATs and certificates,” she said.

Ms Kennedy said at St Patrick's College there was non-discriminatory enrolment where not only the academically gifted were allowed to join the school community.

She said the ethos of the school was to provide a good well-rounded education in the Catholic tradition.

“Here it's cool to get good marks,” she said.

St Patrick's College Year 12 captain Tyla Makin said her parents chose the school when the family moved to Gympie because of the school's great reputation.

“We get such high results and it gives me confidence that I have the opportunity to get the same,” she said.

GSHS had 96 per cent of its students receive a university offer, second only to Victory College with 100 per cent. Mr Wegner said he was happy with the school's results across the board.

He said 74 per cent of OP-eligible students attained an OP of between 1 – 15 and that was the second best effort the school had recorded. Even though the school hadn't beaten last year's record of 80 per cent, the number of school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SAT) had continued to grow with 35 students completing them in 2009, the highest number out of the five high schools in the region.

“(SAT numbers are) going up all the time through the support of the local business community,” Mr Wegner said.

Gympie Times


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