Our schools pass with top grades
STUDENTS such as Tim Batson and Murray Johnson of The Cathedral College have received plenty of report cards but the tables have been turned today as their school gets one of its own.
For the first time Education Queensland has released statistics showing how year 12 students from all Central Queensland schools fared last year.
On the whole our high schools have made the grade, with most OP-eligible students receiving an OP between 1 and 15 and nearly all applicants gaining university entry.
The results are revealed in full in a special report on pages 6 and 7 of today's Morning Bulletin.
Batson and Johnson are confident they will get the OP scores they need to get into university.
On paper, last year's TCC seniors didn't fare as well as their counterparts at other Rockhampton schools when it came to OP scores but both boys are certain the school will fare better this year.
"Most of the people you expect to go well are going well?.?.?.?this should be a good year,'' Murray said.
According to data released by Education Queensland, only 55% of TCC's OP eligible students graduated with a score better than 15 last year.
However, Tim and Murray, who are both interested in studying information technology at university, pointed out that the year still produced three OP 1 students.
Both boys believed it was the work students put in, not their school, that determined their results.
They said most students realised there was more to getting a good education than achieving a good OP score.
TCC deputy principal Tony Dawes welcomed the state government's decision to publish year 12 outcomes but was concerned about how parents would use the information.
"All it really does is look at percentages and unless you have the background information they can be taken out of context,'' he said.