Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace
The next generation of Queensland doctors, veterinarians, space engineers and scientists have been honoured at a ceremony in Brisbane today.
Education Minister Grace Grace congratulated the state’s brightest young minds from the class of 2019 at the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) Achievement Awards.
The 2019 graduating cohort was the final group of students to receive OPs.
From this year, a new tertiary entrance system is in place, with the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) replacing the Overall Position (OP) as the standard pathway to tertiary study.
The awards were held at the State Library of Queensland where 34 graduates received prizes in six categories.
Ms Grace presented the top award of Outstanding Academic Achiever to James Vandeleur who attended The Rockhampton Grammar School. James received a certificate, trophy, and $5000.
“James’ remarkable Year 12 results placed him ahead of more than 37,700 of his peers,” Ms Grace said.
“He achieved to the highest standards in eight school subjects, the Queensland Core Skills Test, pursued enrichment studies in music and drama, and received an ATAR of 99.95.
“James hopes to become a research scientist in the field of space exploration.
“He’ll take the next step towards that goal by studying for a Bachelor of Advanced Science at The University of Queensland.”
Ms Grace said the awards highlighted the strength of senior schooling in Queensland.
“The award winners attended 27 different State, Catholic and Independent schools from all over Queensland,” she said.
“All our students rightfully have opportunities to succeed no matter where they live or go to school.”
The QCAA chief executive officer Chris Rider praised the role of school communities.
“I commend the principals and teachers who shaped the learning cultures in which the award winners thrived,” Mr Rider said.
“This is also a proud day for families. Their support will have been instrumental to the achievements of these young people.
“All of the award winners should prosper in their further studies and make valuable contributions in careers ranging from human rights law to rocket science, engineering, cyber security, medicine and veterinary science.”
The QCE Achievement Awards are sponsored by Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and The University of Queensland.
The award criteria and prizes can be viewed at: https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/senior/certificates-qualifications/qce/qce-achievement-awards