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7 OP1's for RGS in 2019

14th Dec 2019

The Rockhampton Grammar School reports that 7 students received an OP 1, following results made available to students overnight by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

RGS OP1 recipients were James Vandeleur (Dux), Antonio Vega Garcia, Harrison Hooper, William Etherington, Abhinav Singh, Renee Sweeney and Paige Baker.

In addition, 100% of students attained a Queensland Certificate of Education.

“7 OP-1 results are outstanding for any school and our students’ overall performance places RGS not only at the top in Central Queensland but among the best school outcomes anywhere in the state,” said RGS Headmaster Dr Phillip Moulds.

“This is one of the School’s best OP1 percentage performances.

“Congratulations to all students. Here students excel across a variety of interests and endeavours,” added Dr Moulds, noting that RGS does not have academic prerequisites for enrolling students.

Excellent results are not limited to graduates with the highest results; across the depth and breadth of RGS, students attained their personal best:

·       30 students, or 31.58%, received an OP 1-5.

·       60 students, or 63.16%, received an OP 1-10.

·       88 students, or 92.6% students, received and OP 1-15.

·       95.5% of all Year 12 students earned a VET qualification.

All of these results exceed state averages by wide margins.

RGS OP-eligible students were among 23,000 students in Queensland who undertook the QCS test for the final time in 2019. After 27 years the State-wide OP score will be replaced in 2020 by subject-specific external exams under ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank).

“While our staff and students have been looking ahead and preparing for the new ATAR system for several years, we have ensured that this last OP cohort were well prepared and were committed to finishing their studies strongly,’’ Dr Moulds said.

Dr Moulds congratulated the Year 12 graduates on once again achieving outstanding results and wished them all the best in pursuing careers beyond school.

“Equally valued is the School’s reputation for developing well-rounded individuals who understand values such as teamwork, self-discipline and gratitude, and see their role in contributing to the communities which they are a part to benefit others, not only themselves,’’ Dr Moulds said.

RGS Director of Teaching and Learning Ms Reniece Carter said the data released today is yet another powerful example of our students’ commitment to learning.

“It also highlights the commitment of all RGS staff to each and every student,” said Ms Carter.

 “Our year-on-year results and the 92.16% of students who achieved 1 to 15 Overall Positions today clearly demonstrate the School’s commitment to the best for all students, not just the top performers,” added Dr Moulds.

There were 135 RGS Year 12 students issued with a Senior Education Profile this year. 95 were OP or OP-equivalent eligible.

“Pleasingly, the 2019 graduates were a cohesive year group, who exemplified the School’s values of respect, honesty, integrity, endeavour and community. As an educator, it was a privilege to work with them”, said Ms Carter.

Dr Moulds said although a much smaller year group, due to the fact that they were the half Prep cohort in 2007, they have finished School as fine young women and men as well as accomplished learners.

State data reveals 503 students (271 male and 232 female) received an OP1 in 2019.

“Our students’ achievements and worth are never reduced to just numbers. We’re more concerned about each child’s disposition and their interest in learning. If you have those qualities nurtured in an environment where strong academics and well-rounded development are highly valued, where a partnership exists among students, their parents and teachers, 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.

This table shows the School’s performance over recent years:

Year

Students

% of students
acquiring a QCE/QCIA

% of students acquiring VET qualification

OP Eligible Students/
Equivalent

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%

2018

169

100%

98%

137

38

58

36

5

0

27.8%

42.3%

26.3%

3.6%

0%

2019

135

100

95.5%

95

30

30

28

7

0

31.58%

31.57%

29.47%

7.37%

0%

Pictured below (left to right):
Paige Baker, Will Etherington, Harrison Hooper, Abhinav Singh, Renee Sweeney, James Vandeleur, Antonio Vega-Garcia.