PATH TO SUCCESS: St John's students Sean Allen, Nikita Buitendag and Priscilla Cicero.
PATH TO SUCCESS: St John's students Sean Allen, Nikita Buitendag and Priscilla Cicero. Joshua Macree

Maranoa schools a class above the rest

THE future of the Maranoa is in safe hands, following the release of OP rankings across all Queensland high schools for 2017.

While Roma State College improved on its 2016 results, St John's Catholic School completed a remarkable turnaround in academic performance, jumping an astronomical 228 places in the space of 12 months.

The result places the school at number 72 in the state for total percentage of Year 12 students to receive an OP score between 1 and 5, with 26.9 per cent achieving this milestone.

In addition to this, 46.2 per cent of students achieved an OP score between 1 and 10 while a further 69.2 per cent landed between OP 1 and 15.

St John's academic dean Katie Nelson and principal Donaugh Shirley said there were indications before final examinations the school could expect strong performances.

"All the feedback that we got from the panel was really positive which means that our teachers were doing a really good job in their teaching and assessments and our kids were on par with the rest of the state.” Ms Nelson said.

Ms Shirley added: "The panelling makes sure that you have a consistency of teacher judgment across all areas of Queensland - that what's an A in Roma is the same as an A in Weipa.

"Our results from that were very good, so we were feeling confident even before the results came out.”

Ms Shirley said the results proved hard-working students in the country could achieve their desired scores, no matter the difficulty.

"The big message that I need people to hear is that in regional Queensland, you can certainly get a quality education and receive exceptional outcomes if you're prepared to do the work,” she said.

Roma State College also posted positive results with 11.1 per cent of students achieving a score of OP 1 to 5 which was a 0.8 per cent improvement on 2016's results.


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