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Awaiting OP outcomes

13th Dec 2018

Year 12 students like Navindu De Silva will be up past midnight Friday night, scanning the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority website for their OP results. The Rockhampton Grammar School graduate and former Frenchville State School student will pursue medicine and is hopeful a good Overall Position (OP) will secure him a place at James Cook University, his preferred university.

“JCU has rural and tropical medicine and I want to be part of that,” said the RGS runner-up dux, whose interest in healthcare goes back to childhood.

The son of an electrical engineer father and an educator mother, Navindu traces his desire to be a doctor to his grandmother and the treatment she received at home in Sri Lanka for a serious infection.

“It was quite risky but her illness highlighted to me the need for quality medical care in regional locations.”

Born in Singapore, Navindu and his family (including brother and RGS student, Sansuka) moved to Brisbane where they stayed for a few years before settling in Rockhampton.

“I’ve learned a great deal about ‘community’ at RGS,” said the self-described Queenslander, violinist and football (soccer) player.

“Navindu is a great example for students to follow. Having come from another school, he and his brother found opportunities here, like no other, to get involved and excel in areas they enjoy,” explained Headmaster Dr Phillip Moulds.

Navindu – who was awarded the School’s Service and Spirit Prize -- is among 169 Year 12’s leaving RGS this year. Approximately 200 new students will arrive at RGS next month.

Among them will be more than 50 Year 7 students new to RGS and enrolled from other schools.

“The girls and boys come from Rockhampton, the Coast and across all of Central Queensland because they want to do their best in the best environment,” said Dr Moulds, proudly noting that some students across Year 7 to 12 benefit from RGS academic scholarships as well as bursaries.

Large cohorts will also start in Year 10 and 11.

“We’ve essentially have had to add another class to accommodate incoming students. It’s interesting to see how many teenagers, focused on achieving the highest of academic outcomes, have transferred from other schools specifically for OP and ATAR preparation and the courses we offer,” explained Dr Moulds.

Over 330 students in both years will commence next month.

There are new syllabuses and different content being introduced across the curriculum, with RGS offering as many as 17 electives in Year 10 alone. RGS teachers have worked over two years on the new ATAR system (to be introduced from 2020), contributing to state-wide curriculum design and developing deep knowledge of the changing assessment scheme.

“RGS students will be amongst the best prepared for this critical time,” added Dr Moulds.

“Every school has its strength and some students will achieve very high scores. It’s important, however, to look at the spread of scores within a school to determine if the students, on the whole, are achieving solid results. When overall OP results are strong, then you know students of all abilities are making the most of the opportunities available to them,” Dr Moulds said.

Rockhampton Grammar School students, historically, record the highest overall achievements in Central Queensland.

Editor’s note: 2018 OP outcomes will be released over the weekend. Below, however, is a table of RGS’s recent performance. Follow The Morning Bulletin on-line and in print for the latest.

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%

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