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OP watchers look to medicine

14th Dec 2018

Year 12 students across Central Queensland, like Rockhampton’s Annabel Flockhart, will be awake well into the early hours of the morning Saturday, discovering their OP outcomes and sharing the news with friends.

“I’ll be up on-line like everyone else,” said The Rockhampton Grammar School Vice Captain graduate and Year 12 Biology Prize winner yesterday, hoping for an OP result that will get her into medicine either at James Cook University or at the University of Sydney.

“It’s an exciting time for students and for schools,” offered RGS Headmaster Dr Phillip Moulds.

 “Every year is different and every graduating cohort is different. You can’t predict but I anticipate excellent outcomes. RGS students have high expectations, good study habits and work really hard,” added Dr Moulds.

RGS Dux Pooja Arumugam said she would be checking the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority portal frequently. She, along with a number of RGS peers, have plans for medical school.

“Becoming a doctor has always been my dream. Dad is a surgeon and I was fascinated by the things he’d tell me,” said Pooja who, in her nine year at RGS, excelled especially at Maths and Physics.

RGS Classmate Laura Purvis (pictured), from Clermont, has plans to study a Bachelor of Dental Surgery at James Cook University in Cairns next year.

“I had a lot of work experience in different health fields at RGS and Dentistry ticks all the boxes for me,” said the award-winning RGS Boarder, who also received recognition this year for her outstanding English and School Spirit achievements.

Navindu DeSilva, awarded this year for Chemistry, Japanese, Mathematics and Service to RGS, is hopeful for an OP result that will secure a place for him at JCU.

“Tropical and Rural medicine appeals to me the most,” he said.

Last year more Rockhampton Grammar School students earned more OP1’s than any other school in Central Queensland, achieving four OP1’s in 2017 and recording overall results that were well above State averages.

In 2017, RGS also had 36 students achieve an OP 1–5 and 92% of the School’s OP graduates, 117 of the 127 eligible students, recorded OP scores in the 1–15 bracket. 

Dr Moulds encourages students and families, however, to look beyond year-end statistics.

“Our students’ achievements and worth are never reduced to just numbers. We don’t have academic pre-requisites at Grammar. We’re more concerned about each child’s disposition and their interest in learning. If you have those qualities plus an environment where strong academics and well-rounded development are highly valued, then children are going to do well,” explained Dr Moulds.

The Rockhampton Grammar School is a non-denominational Prep to Year 12 School (plus an Early Learning Centre) and is Queensland’s largest boarding School. It’s been ranked by The Australian as one of Australia’s Top 50 Country Schools in Australia. It opens a new, expanded, Kindy programme in January

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2018 OP outcomes will be released over the weekend. Below, however, is a table of RGS’s recent performance.

Year

Students

% of students
acquiring a QCE/QCIA

% of students acquiring VET qualification

OP Eligible Students

Number and Percent of Students achieving Overall Positions of

1-5

6-10

11-15

16-20

21-25

2012

156

98.1%

85.9%

118

38

36

32

10

2

32.2%

30.5%

27.1%

8.5%

1.7%

2013

169

100%

89.3%

118

37

46

22

12

1

31.4%

39.0%

18.6%

10.2%

0.8%

2014

169

100%

90.5%

115

40

38

31

6

0

34.8%

33.0%

27.0%

5.2%

0%

2015

178

99.4%

89.9%

132

42

48

34

8

0

31.8%

36.4%

25.8%

6.1%

0%

2016

177

100%

94.9%

134

35

46

45

8

0

26.1%

34.3%

33.6%

6.0%

0%

2017

167

98.8%

93.4%

127

36

52

29

10

0

28.4%

40.9%

22.9%

7.8%

0%