Academic Results

In 2022, Whitsunday Anglican School has continued to lead the way as Queensland’s top-performing school*.

Recent analysis ranks Whitsunday as the top school in Queensland based upon the percentage of students who have attained an ATAR score of 99+*.

This was also the highest percentage representation in the history of OPs and ATARs for the School.

ATAR highlights include:

  • QLD’s top school in the 99.00+ ATAR range*
  • 26% of eligible students achieved a 99+ ATAR
  • 48% of eligible students achieved a 95+ ATAR
  • 60% of eligible students achieved a 90+ ATAR
  • 81% of eligible students achieved an 80+ ATAR
  • One student scored 99.95 – the first Whitsunday Anglican School student to do so under the recently introduced ATAR system and one of only 33 in the State.
  • One student scored 99.90
  • 12 graduates accepted into medicine

Whitsunday Anglican School Principal, Mr Andrew Wheaton, said this year’s high ATARs reflected a cohort of students with determination, creativity and passion.

“We are incredibly proud of our 2022 graduates, who have worked extremely hard to achieve these results,” Mr Wheaton said.

“At Whitsunday Anglican School, our commitment to academic improvement allows us to support our young men and women to consistently realise their goals and aspirations – be that University, or a Trade or VET pathway.

“My congratulations must also go to the exceptional teachers who have supported the students on their journey, setting strong foundations over many years to achieve these outstanding results.

Click the link to view the Channel 7 news story on our ATAR results

Channel 7 Mackay News Coverage ATAR Results 

*Results are based on 2022 ATAR data


2022 NAPLAN Results

Whitsunday Anglican School was one of the most improved schools in the State for NAPLAN improvements and our Year 9 students were ranked fourth in the State (based on 2018-2022 data). This calibre of results are driven by our exceptional educators, a commitment to academic growth for every student, and evidence-based research and practice.

Mr Wheaton, Principal said the School invested in dedicated teachers who were experts in their disciplinary field; and have worked hard to develop partnerships with leading educational institutions to inform decision-making.

Critical to this success is a strong culture of learning in the classroom.

“We have partnered with The University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education to research innovative learning environments that can impact the way our teachers teach. We’re also conscious that strong academic outcomes are balanced with a focus on the student’s Emotional Intelligence, and proudly partner with Swinburne University to implement an evidence-based Emotional Intelligence (EI) program for our students.

“We view NAPLAN holistically and do not see it as a sole indicator of performance by any means.

“However, it is a healthy barometer of the exceptional work being done in the classroom to progress students’ literacy and numeracy at Whitsunday Anglican School.”

In 2021, Whitsunday Anglican School has continued to lead the way as one of Queensland’s top-performing schools.

Recent analysis ranks Whitsunday in the top three schools in Queensland based upon the percentage of students who have attained an ATAR score of 99+ (third only to Brisbane Grammar School and Brisbane Girls Grammar School in this domain).

This was also the highest percentage representation in the history of OPs and ATARs for the School.

ATAR highlights include:

  • 14% of students achieved a 99+ ATAR (placing Whitsunday in the top three schools in QLD in this category)
  • 28% of students achieved a 95+ ATAR
  • 45% of students achieved a 90+
  • 92% total ATAR eligibility (compared to 48% in Queensland studying an ATAR)
  • 100% of students attained a QCE
  • 10 students accepted into Medicine

Whitsunday Anglican School Principal, Mr Andrew Wheaton, said this year’s high ATARs reflected a cohort of students with determination, creativity and passion.

“We are incredibly proud of our 2021 graduates, who have worked extremely hard to achieve these results,” Mr Wheaton said.

“To know that 14% of our Year 12 students received the news today of an ATAR of 99 or above, is just extraordinary.

“Once again, the Year 12s of Whitsunday Anglican School are well placed to pursue the pathway and future of their choosing. Be it university, or a VET pathway, we wish them well on their journey beyond school.”

Mr Wheaton acknowledged the dedication of teachers and staff, whose commitment helped support students to be the best they could be.

“Without a doubt, our teachers have helped ensure our graduates are on pathways to bright futures.”



Outstanding results for 2020 – Transition to new Senior Assessment and Tertiary Education System

The new Queensland Certificate of Education system now sees students working towards an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) rather than an OP (Overall Position).

The School’s first Year 12 cohort graduated under the new ATAR system in 2020, with exceptional results.

In 2020 our Year 12 cohort achieved:

  • 24% of students attained an ATAR score of 95.00 or higher
  • An impressive 41% of students attained an ATAR score of 90.00 or higher
  • 98% of the cohort were ATAR eligible, speaking to our reputation as an academic school
  • 8% of students attained an ATAR score of 99.00 or higher

Whitsunday Anglican School Principal, Mr Andrew Wheaton, congratulated the students and their families.

“We wish to acknowledge our outstanding teaching and corporate team, who supported our students through a challenging, yet rewarding year,” he said.

“Thank you to Mrs. Natalie Sunner for her leadership of our academic program in the first year of the ATAR, our Heads of Faculty and teachers who instituted the ATAR curriculum and assessment, and our Heads of House and Tutors who supported our students pastorally.”

“A special thank you also to our Junior School teachers and the Junior School staff, as we know that this ATAR celebration for our students is the ultimate culmination of their journey, which for many of our students, started in our Junior School,” he said.

“Thank you also to our corporate team who have been instrumental, often behind the scenes, in supporting our students and teaching staff to be the best that we can be.”

2019 OP Results

Whitsunday Anglican School is incredibly proud of its students from the Class of 2019 and their fantastic OP results.

Four of our students attained an OP 1 which equates to an impressive 10% of students. The OP 1-5 percentage was 33%, indicating that 1 in 3 students attained an OP 1 to 5. This resulted in the School being named in the Sunday Mail yesterday as being amongst the schools in Queensland with the most students with an OP of 1 to 5.

“We are incredibly proud of our students. These results are testament to our outstanding teachers, strong culture of learning and the balanced educational programs that challenge our students to realise their aspirations. Our students’ efforts and commitment will now provide them with the opportunity to seek their chosen university and career pathways, where they can enter the world confidently knowing that the strong foundations of Whitsunday Anglican School have contributed to their bright futures. The students’ performance on the QCS test provides the School and our community with confidence as we prepare our future cohorts for the new external examination system of the Queensland Certificate of Education and ATAR system. We thank our parents and our School community for their support of all our students, because it is this relationship which ultimately sees our students to be the best they can be.”

Whitsunday Anglican School Principal, Mr Andrew Wheaton 

2018 OP Results

Whitsunday Anglican School’s Year 12 students have again achieved outstanding OP results with five students receiving an OP score of 1 in 2018.

Special congratulations must go to our five OP1 students: Danya Bushell, Deepak Koshy, Megan Morris, Alexandra Wilson and Fariha Mazumder.

The OP-eligible cohort size for 2018 was 58 with 19% of the cohort achieving an OP of 1 to 3 as compared to 11.6% state wide as indicated in the below graph and table.



OP 1-319.0%11.6%
OP 1-525.9%21.8%
OP 1-741.4%33.8%
OP 1-1053.4%54.0%
OP 1-1584.5%82.7%

2018 Outstanding Achievements

In 2018, Whitsunday had 82 students achieving Distinctions and High Distinctions for the annual International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) competition. Year 12 student Danya Bushell received the highest mark in Queensland for the Year 12 ICAS English exam.

Our students competed in the Australian Mathematics Competition with Soham Rana in Year 4 receiving a prize for achieving in the top 0.3% of students in Queensland.

Year 10 student Thomas Stolberg was named the winner of the 2018 Young Starter’s Competition.

Three of our Year 12 students (Ann Abraham, Imaan Ashraf and Megan Morris) were selected to participate in the National Youth Science Program (NYSF).

Three students (Paterson McKinnon, Conrad Prinsloo and Toni Howlett) received Distinctions in the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Chemistry Quiz.

Six Years 11 and 12 Chemistry students practiced honing their titration skills in Term 2 and competed in the Regional Titration Competition at CQUniversity. The two teams did well with Toni Howlett (Excellent Award – result within 0.25% error), Grace Deeley and Eloise Radloff (Excellent Award), coming in closely to the winning team of Jacob Flor (Excellent Award with the best result on the day), Lucas Boets (Excellent award) and Andrew Hamilton.

2017 OP Results

Whitsunday Anglican School was delighted to recognise our students who achieved outstanding OP scores in 2017 with the School being ranked 18th in the Courier Mail’s Top 50 Queensland Schools for 2017 OP results.

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 1-326.6%11.75%
OP 1-538.3%22.13%
OP 1-755%33.51%
OP 1-1071.6%53.05%
OP 1-1591.6%82.31%

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.

Queensland Core Skills Test Results
QCSWhitsunday Anglican SchoolState

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.


In May of 2017, 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.

Source: Daily Mercury, 5 August 2017.

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