Shining lights in Class of 2020

Published 11:30am 5 January 2021

Shining lights in Class of 2020
Words by Nick Crockford

Schools in the Moreton Bay Region have revealed some details of their first ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks) students’ achievements.

ATAR replaced the OP (Overall Position) system in 2020. Rankings, which range from 0.00 to 99.95, were released just before Christmas.

Among the local successes were the duxes of Grace Lutheran College. Jessica Chapman, at the Rothwell campus, achieved 99.6 while Aiden Berry, at Caboolture, had 99.25 – both equivalent to an OP 1.

Shining lights in Class of 2020
North Lakes College year 12 student Sophie Khatib

Really happy

The Lakes College at North Lakes had five per cent of its Year 12s achieve an ATAR of 95 or above (equivalent of OP 1-3), placing them in the top five per cent in Queensland.

They included Sophie Khatib who achieved 96.7. “I was really happy and relieved when I saw the ranking,” says the 18-year-old.“I hope to get an offer and go to UQ and study corporate finance and economics.”

College figures

The Lakes College posted on Facebook that 17 per cent of its Year 12 cohort achieved an ATAR of 90 or above (OP 1-5) putting them in the top 10 per cent in Queensland and 43 per cent achieved an ATAR of 75 or above (OP 1-10).

Popular subjects among those achieving 90 or above included Mathematical Methods, Legal Studies, Ancient History, Physics, Chinese, Chemistry and Art. 

Grace Lutheran College Rothwell had 11 per cent of its Year 12 cohort ranked 95 or above, 29 per cent at 90 and above and 61 per cent at 80 and above.

Top three

At the college’s Caboolture campus eight per cent were ranked 85 and above, 31 per cent achieved 90 and above and 50 per cent were ranked 80 and above.

Morayfield State High School congratulated its students and highlighted the top three achievers – Chelsea James, Hayley Eklic and Courtney Thomas.

They were among 49,600 pioneering students who were Queensland’s first full cohort of Prep students, first Year 7s to attend high schools and now first graduates with ATAR rankings.

“Of the total cohort, 26,042 students received an ATAR with 30 placed in the highest band of 99.95," says Education Minister Grace Grace. 

Queensland 2020

49,651 students graduated

44,295 students (89%) achieved a Queensland Certificate of Education

26,042 students received an ATAR.

30 students received an ATAR of 99.95

694 students received an ATAR between 99.95 and 98.90 (equivalent of an OP 1)

5343 students received an ATAR between 99.95 and 91.50 (equivalent of OP 1-5 range)

19,524 students received an ATAR between 99.95 and 65.50 (equivalent of OP 1-15 range)

983 students will receive a Certificate of Academic Commendation for ‘A’ grades in at least six General subjects

31,548 students achieved a VET Certificate I, II, III or IV qualification

1193 students studied a university subject while still at school

992 students with learning impairments were awarded a Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement.

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