RE­VEALED: Too­goolawah ranked in best 10 OP schools

Gatton Star - - FRONT PAGE - Ebony Graveur [email protected]­ton­

THE brightest sparks have helped rank Too­goolawah State High School among the state’s top 10 OP schools.

The small sec­ondary school stands shoul­der to shoul­der with some of Bris­bane’s elite col­leges, prov­ing its stu­dents and ed­u­ca­tion are just as good – and it only took 10 stu­dents to get there.

Olivia Green re­ceived the high­est score, an OP 2, and will study law next year.

WITH just 10 Op-el­i­gi­ble stu­dents, Too­goolawah State High School de­fied the odds, rank­ing ninth out of 513 schools in Queens­land.

Five high-achiev­ing Year 12 stu­dents have helped put the school into the spot­light, scor­ing OPS ranked 1–5.

Among dif­fer­ing study tips and tricks, the stu­dents agreed on a par­tic­u­lar point, cit­ing the sup­port the school pro­vided as one of the pri­mary rea­sons for their achieve­ments.

School cap­tain Ariah Edwards said she chose the sub­jects she loved, even though they weren’t heav­ily weighted for OP re­sults.

Where her class­mates chose science and maths sub­jects, Ariah chose to fo­cus on the hu­man­i­ties, still manag­ing to score an OP3.

“It re­ally goes to show it’s what you put into it, not the sub­jects you do,” she said.

“It kind of scared me at first be­cause they weren’t weighted as heav­ily as the sciences. But my school was so sup­port­ive.

“Mr Jar­dine (prin­ci­pal) went through ev­ery­thing with me and ba­si­cally said you can still get a re­ally good re­sult with the sub­jects you’re do­ing.”

Scor­ing an OP2, Olivia Green achieved the high­est rank in the co­hort.

De­spite hav­ing worked closely with her teach­ers to achieve a re­sult that would help her get into law at UQ, Olivia had to dou­ble check it was real when she re­ceived her score.

“When I first saw the re­sult I didn’t think it was my ac­tual re­sult,” she said.

“It was pretty sur­real but it was very awe­some.”

Un­like her class­mates who are div­ing head-first into ter­tiary stud­ies, Olivia is tak­ing a year off to save money and travel.

“Be­cause I wanted to get such a high re­sult, I didn’t have the time to get a job and start sav­ing for any­thing,” she said.

Prin­ci­pal Ross Jar­dine said he was proud of the stu­dents’ achieve­ments.

“When stu­dents work in part­ner­ship with their school and par­ents they can achieve great things,” he said.

“In that co­hort there were lots of other kids who went on to do great and won­der­ful things. We’re proud of the whole group.”

School dux Bre­anna Cum­ner scored an OP3 and Jimuelle Figueroa and Arita Puriso scored OP5S.


STAR STU­DENT: Too­goolawah SHS stu­dent Olivia Green re­ceived an OP 2.


STEL­LAR SCORE: Olivia Green scored an OP 2 last year at Too­goolawah State High School and is ex­cited to take a year off from study­ing to save money and travel.

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