THE best result seen by Rockhampton Grammar School OP students has also turned out to be the best for the region.
The school had 19 OP1 recipients this year, out of the 33 OP1s in the Queensland Studies Authority's Rockhampton District, which stretches from Miriam Vale to Middlemount and out to Longreach and has 2200 OP eligible students.
"The achievement of the kids is very very pleasing," headmaster Dr Phillip Moulds said.
He said it was the best the school had ever had.
"They have been a very cohesive year group who have strongly lived our values of care and compassion, endeavour, respect, honesty, responsibility, integrity, democracy and community," Dr Mould told hundreds of guests and parents at the school's annual speech night.
Partnerships among parents, students and teachers, Dr Moulds insisted, were essential to an individual child's success, at any age.
"The results you see here are the culmination of years of study and development, parent involvement and teacher care."
However, Dr Mould, when talking with the Morning Bulletin yesterday, said there were other attributing factors to such success.
"An environment that encourages them to do their best all the time with lots of support and while learning is fun," he said.
"Every kid, each year, writes their own story." For Miles Goodwin, the excitement of receiving an OP1, higher than the 3 or 4 he expected, was too much to bear and he recalled his heart pumping, happily, when he received the news.
"You don't really need to get an OP1 to do engineering, but it's always good to do your best," he said.
Miles has applied to CQUniversity to study structural and civil engineering and go to Switzerland for the year of paid work experience that is part of the course.
Rhys McCormack has his sights set on overseas travel with the Army for peacekeeping missions, as a mechanical engineer.
He said the appeal of working with the defence force was the range of equipment he would get to work on.
Medicine is the predominant choice of vocation for the OP1 cohort with 10 nominating medical studies as their preference for next year. Dr Moulds said all the school's vocational education students had gained employment in areas such as agriculture, engineering, and business or planned to continue with their education.
Grammar does not have scholarships.
Grammar's results for 2011
More than a third of the 156 OP eligible 2011 cohort achieved an OP result from 1-5;
36.54% of RGS students in 2011 received OPs of 1-5. The state average was 19.01%;
19 achieved an OP1, which is 12.18% compared to the state average of 2.62%;
49.36% of RGS' Year 12 cohort received an OP of 1-7 compared with 29.53% of students statewide;
91.03% of the cohort achieved an OP 1-15 compared to 75.74% of the state
Grammar's OP1 students