Academic Results

2017 OP Results

As we look forward to a new year of teaching and learning across our School in 2018, we are delighted to recognise our students who achieved outstanding OP scores in 2017.

Special congratulations must go to our six OP1 students: Saad Ashraf, Ruturaj Vaidya, Nicholas McLaughlan, Kate Lockyer, Max Gill and Ryan Olsen.

These top six students’ best five subjects were from a range of disciplines, including English, Maths B, Maths C, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Modern History, French, Economics, English Extension, Music and Information Processing Technology (IPT). This holistic balance is a credit to the range of expertise that is offered by the staff at Whitsunday Anglican School.

The OP eligible cohort size for 2017 was 60 and these figures indicate that 10% of the cohort achieved an OP 1.  This is 3.6 times the percentage of students achieving this result State-wide (2.77%).

OP Results Graphs 2017

On the 2017 Queensland Core Skills Test, 35.0% of students were awarded an A and 28.3% a B grade. These results are compared to the State in the table below.

QCS Test

WAS Transitions to ATAR System

As you are most likely aware, the new senior assessment and tertiary entrance system and the transition to ATAR has begun. Whitsunday Anglican School, as one of the leading independent schools in Queensland, is at the forefront of this transition and we are committed to maintaining our outstanding academic success into this new and exciting future.

Year 10 students in 2018 will choose senior subjects in Term 4 and start the journey towards their ATAR. This early entry will significantly contribute towards their final ATAR success. The Head of Curriculum and the Head of Senior School, in conjunction with the Heads of Faculty, will have a series of presentations, throughout the year, about this transition.

Students graduating in 2018 and 2019 will still sit the QCS test and graduate with a QCE and an OP if all criteria is met. Whitsunday Anglican School is committed to supporting these students as they have always done, through their subject studies and cohort preparation for the QCS Test.

Chris Rider, the CEO of the QCAA (Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority), categorises the benefits of the changes for students and their parents in terms of:

  • greater comparability of results between school
  • reduced summative assessment load
  • better evidence to determine fair subject results
  • transparent and easy to understand method for the calculation of subject results
  • reinvigorated curriculum
  • focus on twenty-first century skills

Currently, all students work towards a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and most students attain an OP (Overall Position). There are Authority subjects (contribute to an OP), Authority Registered subjects (attain QCE credit but do not contribute to an OP) and Vocational qualifications. To attain an OP students are required to complete 20 semester credits of Authority subjects. To be OP eligible, students are also required to sit the QCS examination in Term 3 of Year 12. This exam is used to scale students’ school subject results. It is these scaled scores which are the basis of their OPs. Presently, vocational qualifications at a Certificate III level or higher attain a separate tertiary entrance rank and do not contribute towards an OP.

In the new Queensland system, there will General subjects, Applied subjects and Vocational qualifications. An ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) will replace the OP. There will be two methods of calculating an ATAR. A student may choose to study 5 general subjects to attain an ATAR or to study 4 general subjects plus an applied subject or a vocational qualification. Students must also pass an English subject. Currently while a pass in English is a requirement for admission to most post-secondary courses it is not a requirement for an OP.

There will no longer be a State-wide exam, such as the QCS test, which is used to scale internal school results. Each subject result will be expressed in terms of a percentage, calculated by adding the four pieces of assessment completed in that subject in Year 12. The external piece will not be used to scale the internal pieces. In all subjects except for Maths and Sciences, the external assessment will be 25% of the final grade, contributing the same as each of the three internal pieces. In Maths and Science subjects, the external exam will be 50% of the final subject grade. The scaling that will exist in the new system will be inter-subject scaling. That means that some subjects will be worth more than other subjects in terms of ATAR calculation. This scaling will not be available until the end of 2020.

The rules for selecting subjects will remain the same. A student should choose the subjects they enjoy, keeping in mind their demonstrated capacity and career options. Often students do not know what career path they wish to explore at the time they are choosing senior subjects. In this case, it is important for students to keep their options open and be aware of pre-requisites for tertiary study.

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Whitsunday Anglican School is a non-selective school. We continue to be proud of our reputation for academic excellence with results across all year levels that are above state and national averages.

2017 Outstanding Achievements

Ruturaj Vaidya and Ryan Olsen have been acknowledged as two of 14 students across Queensland to receive the 2017 Peter Doherty Award for Excellence in STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Science).

Lachlan Iturbe, Miriam Elliott Haynes, Lulu Piperone, Nicholas Carroll and Sam Sekac were the runners up in the Years 9 and 10 National Virtual Debating Championships with 96 teams from 47 schools competing in 140 debates.

Max Gill, Sarah Muguira and Akansha Sinha received Distinctions in the University of Queensland Student Economics Competition.

Benjamin Binney, Emma Carroll, Hugh Hanrahan, Pranav Sivanujan, Oliver Piperone and Paige Stolberg were the 2017 Regional Optiminds Winners of the Science Engineering category. They represented the region at the State Finals.

International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) are independent skills-based tests held annually.  Students who achieved in the top 10% of the country received Distinctions in their competitions, and those who achieved in the top 1% of the country received High Distinctions. In ICAS Maths, 20 students received Distinctions, in ICAS Science, 27 students received Distinctions, and in ICAS English, 27 students received Distinctions. Kate Lockyer (Year 12), Dayna Bushell (Year 11), Nicole Grobler (Year 10) and Arhamah Haider (Year 3) received High Distinctions in English and Soham Rana (Year 3) received a High Distinction in Maths.

The School Board Prize for Dux of Whitsunday Anglican School was awarded to Saad Ashraf.

NAPLAN 2017

In May this year, our Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students sat for the compulsory National Assessment Program on Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) for all Australian students. Our excellent results are testimony to the exemplary teaching practices and the well-constructed curriculum we offer at Whitsunday Anglican School. Our students out-performed their National and State counterparts consistently in all aspects of the tests.

While NAPLAN is only one piece of assessment that gives a snapshot of your child on a particular day, the data provided through this testing tool is valuable in assisting the school to further refine our curriculum and be responsive to students’ collective and individual needs.

Congratulations to our teachers and students for these strong literacy and numeracy results as we continue to focus on these foundation skills and provide a well-rounded education at Whitsunday Anglican School.

NAPLAN

Source: Daily Mercury, 5 August 2017.

Download the 2017 NAPLAN Results Summary

2016 OP Results

Congratulations to our 2016 Year 12 cohort on their excellent academic results.

Special congratulations must go to our three students who received an OP1 –  Dana Stolp, Julia Boets and Meghan Dansie.

Across the state, 2.77% of students received an OP1. At Whitsunday Anglican School, the percentage of OP1s was 5.2%, among one of the highest percentages in the state.

17.2% of students received an OP1-3, compared to the state results of 11.4%, with three students receiving an OP2 and four students receiving an OP3.

Students have received their university offers and we are thrilled to learn that of all our students, who applied to university, 100% have received an offer.

Students have chosen their universities and courses diversely, ranging from Medicine, Nursing, Education, Law, Business and Science at James Cook University, QUT and UQ, to Arts at the University of Melbourne, Dentistry at Latrobe University and Visual Arts at the University of Wollongong.

Whitsunday Anglican School is committed to providing an excellent education for all students, providing the opportunity for each student to personalize their own learning pathways.

2016 Outstanding Achievements

Dux and School Captain, Hamza Ashraf –  awarded the TJ Ryan Memorial Medal –  10 awardees in Queensland – the most prestigious academic award in the state.

Year 12 Service Captain, Dana Stolp –  awarded The Peter Doherty Award for Excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) – Outstanding Senior STEM Student Award –  13 awardees in Queensland.

Year 12 School Captain, Meghan Dansie –  2017 United Nations Youth Australia Young Diplomats Tour –  16 student diplomats in Australia.

Year 11 –  Jake Magro and Ryan Olsen – National finalists in the Information Technology – iAwards – 2 of 6 student finalists

Year 11 students, Aidan Bobby, Jessica Bowen and Saad Ashraf – 4th in the National Chemistry Titration Competition

Year 11 – Thomas Anderson, Jonas Drijver, Jake Magro, Nicholas McLaughlan, Tadiwa Mlambo, Ruturaj Vaidya, Steven Williams – 2nd at Optiminds State and National Finals

Year 8 – Pranav Praveen, Lulu Piperone, Hugh Arthur, Thomas Stolberg, Laura Tibbles – 2nd at Optiminds State Finals

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