School OP results provide pleasant news for students



CHANEL College Year 12 students achieved the best Overall Positions (OPs) last year, with other Gladstone high schools close behind.

Chanel College principal Stephen Cook said 86 per cent of OP eligible students at the college applied for tertiary education, with 70 per cent being offered their first preference.

He said nine per cent of Chanel College seniors from 2004 received either an apprenticeship or a traineeship. Four GSHS Year 12s received an OP 1, with over a third of students receiving an OP 10 or better.

Principal Greg Dickman said the school was awaiting destination survey results, which included the number of students who gained apprenticeships or traineeships.

Tannum Sands State High School principal Ray Johnston said over half the senior class had applied for university, with 87 per cent receiving offers.

'So far 23 Year 12 students from last year are known to have gained apprenticeships,' he said.

Toolooa State High School principal Roger Atkins said over half the year level had achieved an OP 15 or better, and all students who applied for tertiary study had been accepted. The most popular courses for Gladstone high school students included: management, health and education with the most popular provider being Central Queensland University, followed by the University of Queensland.

Mr Atkins said it was difficult to compare results gained by each school.

However, he said destination surveys would provide a more in-depth analysis of student achievements.

'Our aim is to get students into the pathways where they can go on to gain employment ? as it is around one in three students drop out of university in the first year and around a quarter of students drop out of apprenticeships,' he said.



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