- 2017 Academic Results -
Invitation from the Principal Every day I have the pleasure of working with hundreds of young people; each is unique, and all are incredible people. Their energy, enthusiasm, critical and creative minds, care and compassion and sense of fun gives me great hope for the future wellbeing of humanity and our earth. I invite you to read about our 2017 Seniors Ella, Majella, Jasmine, Helen and Giverny. Each of these young ladies, and indeed their former IGGS classmates, have the potential to do something truly spectacular. Maybe they will invent a life-saving vaccine, become a leader on the international stage, a famous musician or renowned sportswoman. Their long-term futures are uncertain at this time, but what is certain is that their hard-working, supportive families gave them every opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to successfully and happily navigate the next part of their lives beyond the School gates. Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School including Ipswich Junior Grammar School continues to be one of Queensland’s top-performing schools. The School has been credited, for two consecutive years (2015, 2016), with achieving the greatest three-year academic gains of any independent school
in Queensland* (Year 9 to Year 12). Our 2017 results were among the best in the School’s history and garnered further recognition, with 37% of our OP-eligible students attaining OP 1-5 and 76% awarded OP 1-10. This success is reflective of our commitment to quality teaching and personalised learning – an approach which sees us track and encourage continual positive academic progress in each individual girl alongside other important elements of a holistic education. Our students’ wonderful academic results, NAPLAN, OP and tertiary outcomes are a result of dedicated, aspirational students working with an expert teaching staff who have high standards for their students and are continually updating their professional knowledge and skills. Please take a moment to peruse the snapshot of important academic statistics on the opposite page.
So, if you are seeking a wonderful community of students, parents, friends, staff and Old Girls and a high-performing school for your daughter, then I encourage you to come and visit us. We would welcome the opportunity to show you around our School. But, most importantly, we would welcome an opportunity to meet your daughter and introduce our unique culture and community that could enable her to realise her personal best. I hope to see you soon.
Dr Peter Britton Principal & CEO
It all sounds like hard work. It is, but at Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School, the support, friendship
“Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School including Ipswich Junior Grammar School continues to be one of Queensland’s top-performing schools.”
*Andrew Laming MP, Chair Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training. Longitudinal analysis of Queensland Secondary Schools, comparing cohort data from Year 9 (NAPLAN bands 8 – 10) to Year 12 (OP 1-10), ICSEA-adjusted.
and fun we have together balance the hard work so that confident, well-educated young women walk out of the School gates at the end of their Senior year.
Academic Achievements Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School’s academic results and tertiary outcomes are consistently among the best in Queensland. A high percentage of students are OP-eligible year-to-year, reflecting our focus on academic achievement. Six IGGS 2017 Seniors received OP1s. Our OP* Median was 7, meaning half our OP-eligible students received an OP 7 or better.
Overall Position (OP)
86% of our students were OP-eligible, indicating their strong desire to pursue tertiary studies.
All QLD 2017
1 - 10
1 - 15
An additional 16 students successfully completed one or more vocational qualifications, completing either Certificates I, II or III. of 2017 OP-eligible students received QTAC offers and 99% received first-round offers! 95% were offered their first or second preference – 82% first preference, 13% second. IGGS was credited with achieving the greatest three-year academic gains of any independent school in Queensland from Year 9 to Year 12 for two consecutive years. *OP is a number from 1 to 25, where 1 is the highest.
OP Result: 1 Bachelor of Biomedical Science, University of Queensland 2017 Head Girl Ella Pearson flourished during her time at IGGS, not only thriving in her role as a leader within the school community, but also excelling academically and developing a passion for science. “I am innately curious and love the sense of accomplishment I feel after solving a question that I have been struggling at for hours,” Ella said. “Having passionate teachers definitely helped as well. My teachers encouraged me to be engaged and ask questions, and they were always willing to go out of their way to help.” Ella’s talent in the burgeoning area of E-STEAM (Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) education led to a number of opportunities including a Queensland University of Technology High School Research Internship. Ella’s internship was undertaken at Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in the Centre for Children’s Health Research (CCHR) where she worked with a number of medical experts in the Children’s Burns and Trauma Research Laboratory. Ella was also recognised for her contribution to science at the 2017 Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education, where she received the Outstanding Senior STEM Student Award. Ella said her passion for science deepened when she was selected to attend the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF), a 12-day residential program held in Canberra. The NYSF aims to nurture the talent of the best and brightest science students from around Australia. “During the program we were shown the amazing opportunities that exist in the areas of STEM and I knew science was something I wanted to pursue after I left school,” Ella said. Achieving Head Girl and shared Dux of the School were the highlights of Ella’s final year. “Having the honour of being Head Girl was an incredible experience,” Ella said. “When younger girls told me they looked up to me, or that I inspired them, it meant a lot. To know that I have positively influenced them, even if only in some small way, is very rewarding.”
Ella said before she started at IGGS she thought Dux would be out of her reach. “I didn’t think I was intelligent enough for such an achievement,” she said. “I was always determined to do my best, so I put in lots of effort and every year I worked harder to try and improve my results. I learnt that with hard work and effort, I could achieve anything.” Ella attributes her success to hard work, perseverance and good balance. “I love learning and being challenged, so I think that helped me to keep a positive mindset and stay motivated,” she said. Having accepted a place at the University of Queensland in a Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Ella would like to pursue a career in medicine. “My dream is to be a paediatric psychiatrist,” Ella said. “During my career, I hope to work with children who have lived in areas where there has been conflict or natural disasters.”
“I was always determined to do my best, so I put in lots of effort and every year I worked harder to try and improve my results. I learnt that with hard work and effort, I could achieve anything.”
OP Result: 1 Bachelor of Engineering (Hons)/Bachelor of Mathematics, University of Queensland Hard work and perseverance were the contributing factors behind shared Dux of School 2017 Majella Cassidy’s OP success. “There were also elements of sacrifice and belief,” Majella said. “You have to sacrifice things in your life for study but it is up to you to decide what your priorities are.” A gifted athlete, Majella opted to do her senior school studies over three years so she could balance her academic load with her training. “I studied four subjects each year instead of six,” she explained. “It extended my secondary school time but I wanted to maintain good grades as well as train and achieve in my sport, so that was my decision, my sacrifice.” Support from her teachers helped keep Majella engaged and interested. “They were so passionate about their area of expertise it was hard not to get excited about learning,” Majella said. “My teachers would go out of their way to help me with challenging content whilst maintaining I stay independent and self-motivated.” She also learned how to prioritise her wellbeing thanks to regular pastoral care classes.
“I knew balance was important and made
included maintaining daily exercise, good
my health a priority,” Majella said. “Through
sleep, healthy eating and regular meditation
my Life Skills classes I learned how to listen
to my body and that good quality sleep and regular exercise really does build a good foundation for a healthy mind.”
Majella said it was in the final throws of her senior year that she was able to reflect upon and understand just how far she had come
IGGS is deeply committed to the positive
as a young woman and how much she had
health and wellbeing of our girls and
achieved during her time at IGGS.
created the Life Skills program to help students manage their own mental health and wellbeing. Each week, the girls attend regular Life Skills classes where they learn about themselves, maintaining a positive mindset and care for others. Majella said the program’s stress management techniques were particularly helpful throughout her final year exams. “I’ve always been a bit prone to stress and my Life Skills classes have helped me understand how to deal with those feelings most effectively,” she said. “For me,
“I realised that you no doubt have to sacrifice things in your life to achieve success,” she said. “You must believe in your abilities. I know its cliché, but if you don’t think you can, you won’t.” Majella will undertake a dual degree in Engineering and Maths, having been offered a place at the University of Queensland. “My dream career would be something that allows me to use maths to help others, and progress the world towards a more sustainable future,” Majella said.
coping with stress throughout my exams
“I knew balance was important and made my health a priority … through my Life Skills classes I learned how to listen to my body and that good quality sleep and regular exercise really does build a good foundation for a healthy mind.” 5
Jasmine Stephens OP Result: 1 Bachelor of Arts, Melbourne University At the IGGS 2017 Speech Night, IGGS Boarding Captain Jasmine Stephens was awarded the Senior Service Award, the Prize for Modern History and English, the Leadership and Teamwork Award and the Second in Year 12 Prize. She attributes diligence and a genuine desire to work at the best of her ability to her success.
Kong and both were experiences I certainly would not have had if I’d stayed at home in Warwick,” she said.
Warwick, or Ipswich, has always been a meaningful part of my life that gives me a great sense of fulfilment.”
Jasmine’s strongest subjects were Indonesian and Modern History, which she puts down to her love of learning about language, history, and culture.
Jasmine said her time at IGGS has been incredibly rewarding.
“I have been incredibly fortunate to have had so many opportunities to excel during my time at IGGS,” Jasmine said.
“I believe that if you really enjoy learning about something, it makes putting in the hard work so much easier. Learning Indonesian through distance education for the past three years has been a challenging yet rewarding experience.”
Jasmine came to IGGS as a boarder in 2015 and lived in the on-site boarding facility Cribb House. “It was a huge change, considering I had never lived in a boarding house before IGGS,” Jasmine said. “However, I found Cribb House to be a very inclusive environment. I was exposed to so many cultures, and living with a group of likeminded girls that are able to talk to you whenever you need has certainly given me valuable friendships.” Living in close quarters with girls from all over the world has provided Jasmine a greater understanding of various cultures, including Indigenous, Polynesian, and Chinese cultures. “Through friendships made while boarding I had the opportunity to visit Taiwan and Hong 6
While at IGGS, Jasmine studied Indonesian through the Cairns School of Distance Education. IGGS facilitated her learning, scheduled time to speak with her tutor for aural development and supervised her exams. “IGGS also gave me ample opportunity to continue with my passion for community service,” she said. “Helping other people and being an active member of whatever community I am in, whether that be school,
“It has taught me the skills to be an open-minded and active citizen in a rapidly evolving global community,” she said. “Through the subjects I have taken and the experiences I have had, IGGS has broadened my socio-cultural and political understanding of the world in which we live, giving me the confidence and diligence I need to be an active global citizen.” Jasmine will study a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne and hopes to work overseas in either foreign relations or museum curatorship. “Curatorship or historical research would be amazing,” she said. “International relations and a continued involvement in community service are also areas that I see myself participating in, in the future.”
“IGGS has broadened my socio-cultural and political understanding of the world in which we live, giving me the confidence and diligence I need to be an active global citizen.”
A tradition of academic excellence 2017 Academic Results
In our School’s 125th year, the 2017 Seniors delivered the School’s highest Queensland Core Skills Test outcomes since the OP system commenced in 1992 with 72% of students attaining either an A or a B grade on the QCS Test (compared to 48% in the state). Our median OP was 7, meaning half of our OP-eligible students attained an OP 7 or better. Eighty-six percent of our students were OP-eligible, indicating their strong desire to enrol in tertiary studies. The School is very proud of the students because each girl gave her very best effort in her academic program, thus contributing to the successful academic outcomes. Special mention is afforded the six students who achieved an OP 1 — an OP issued to only 2.8% of students in Queensland. Indeed, 37% of our OP-eligible students achieved an OP 1 – 5, 76% achieved an OP 10 or better and 96% achieved an OP 1 – 15. An additional 16 students successfully completed one or more vocational qualifications, completing either Certificates I, II or III.
Scholars List OP1: Majella Cassidy, Ella Pearson, Jasmine Stephens, Michiru Encinas, Silka Lo and Meg Notley OP2: Nicki Anthony
NAPLAN Ipswich Girls’ and Junior Grammar School’s NAPLAN results are consistently among the best in the region, and well above state and national averages. NAPLAN results are reported using five national achievement scales, one of each of the NAPLAN assessment domains of Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation. In 2017, Ipswich Girls’ and Junior Grammar results in all five test domains in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 were well above the state and national average scores. The Numeracy results were outstanding across all four year levels with 100% of each year level at or above the National Minimum Standard. The School recognises the importance of students acquiring high levels of literacy and numeracy because these skills are essential to leading happy and successful lives.
Percentage of Students at or above the National Minimum Standard Year Level
Grammar & Punctuation
International All Rounder
OP Result: 8 Early Entry to study a Bachelor of Music (Honours), University of Queensland For Helen Au, music played an important
including competition wins and public
“My two strongest subjects were Music
role during her time at IGGS and she was
performances in order to foster confidence
and Economics and I got Very High
able to explore, develop and share her
and learn from other musicians. She was
Achievements in these subjects,” she said.
passion through the many co-curricular
a key member of IGGS Concerto Strings
“I learned a lot from my teachers and they
opportunities available to her.
Ensemble and Soloists.
“I started learning the piano when I was six
An international student and IGGS boarder,
and the violin when I was 10,” Helen said.
Helen undertook private tuition at the School
“Music means so much to me and definitely
and practiced piano and violin in her spare
helps me a lot in my life.”
time after classes. Her music, she said, helped keep her calm during stressful times.
Helen plans to further her study in Music
were all very supportive and kind-hearted.” Before her final exams, Helen received an offer from UQ’s School of Music to audition for early entry. “I had my audition and interview and a few weeks later I received an email that said I would be recommended
and has been offered an early entry place at
“I knew Year 12 was going to be a tough
The University of Queensland’s (UQ) School
year due to exams and assessments,” Helen
of Music to study a Bachelor of Music
said. “However, even though I felt stress,
I tried to keep calm and persevere and I
“I am happy as I know my diligence and
found music was a nice break from the
hard work paid off,” Helen said. Helen
said she would like to pursue a career in
“I believe the UQ School of Music can help me to pursue a professional career in my
for a place at the University of Queensland in 2018.”
music therapy as she is passionate about
music as it offers intensive and advanced
Reflecting on her time at IGGS, Helen
musical training and will develop my ability
believes the School motto – Diligence
using music as a medium to help people,
to the highest standard in performing and
Overcomes All – helped her overcome her
especially those suffering from mental health
challenges and reach her goals.
technical skills,” she said. While at IGGS, Helen was provided with many opportunities and experiences and accrued many musical achievements, 8
“Helen plans to further her study in Music and has been offered an early entry place at The University of Queensland’s (UQ) School of Music to study a Bachelor of Music (Honours).”
Non-OP Pathway keeps Giverny on the ball Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Queensland University of Technology The need for flexibility during her senior school years prompted rising national football talent Giverny Kenman to take a non-OP pathway and walk out of IGGS with a guaranteed rank. “It was a difficult decision, but the advantages and layout of the ranking option were more suited to my needs,” Giverny said. By completing my Business Diploma in Year 11, Giverny was guaranteed a rank after passing and completing all the units and studied four OP subjects instead of five or six. “This left me with study lessons timetabled into my weeks,” Giverny said. “Having a heavy training and playing schedule for School, club and representative sport, study lessons allowed me time to catch up on homework and get a head start on my assignments.” At the end of Year 12, Giverny finished on a High Achievement for all her subjects while pushing through injuries to be a part of nearly every Queensland Girls Secondary Schools Sport Association (QGSSSA) sport and represent Queensland four times, in three different age groups, the most recent
being in the Pacific School Games in Adelaide. “My sporting opportunities have definitely been a highlight,” Giverny said. “I have met so many different people and travelled to different places, all while playing the sport I loved.” Giverny said she has come a long way at school and struggled to find balance when she started. “I had always tried my best at school, but my marks just never seemed to improve. I began believing that a ‘C’ was as good as it was going to get” Giverny said. “In Year 10, I started to get in the swing of things and realised I needed to make some sacrifices in order to still do all the things that were important to me.” Giverny attributes the support from the School and her teachers plus a lot of hard work to the steady improvement of her
marks. By the end of Year 12, Giverny’s name had appeared on the Dean’s Recognition Roll five times for improving her GPA. “A stand out of my time at IGGS would be how supportive and willing all of the teachers were to help me get to where I wanted to be,” Giverny said. “They were very understanding about my workload and gave me personalised study plans to guide me.” Now secondary school is complete, Giverny intends to go as far as she can in her football journey. “It would be amazing to one day put on that green and gold jersey,” Giverny said. “I’d also like to study a degree in Education, and become a PE and Health teacher to inspire others to reach their goals just as my teachers did for me.”
“Having a heavy training and playing schedule for School, club and representative sport, study lessons allowed me time to catch up on homework and get a head start on my assignments.” 9
Aligning opportunity with aspiration Careers Advisor Natalie Twine has always felt fortunate to hold one of the most positive roles at Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School. Helping students identify and explore their hopes, dreams and aspirations and then helping them realise them is immensely rewarding, Natalie said. “Students come to my office with different levels of ‘career maturity’,” Natalie said. “My aim is to assist them in becoming competent, self-managers in the careers realm, so they can harness information effectively and plan an efficient transition from Year 12 to the world beyond school.” The process of career development, like learning itself, is lifelong. For some students that initial career planning unfolds in a straightforward and relatively uncomplicated manner. Other students face challenges. Those challenges may be academic, economic, cultural, familial or social-emotional. They may be multifaceted. When aspiration and opportunity misalign some serious problem-solving needs to be employed, Natalie said. ”In the area of tertiary entrance, it helps to have a sound understanding of tertiary 10
entrance processes and the many pathways students can follow to pursue their goals,” she said. “Students gain from understanding that tertiary entrance is both beautifully simple and wonderfully complex. Today’s online application processes are surprisingly simple, but there are ways of enhancing the likelihood of being made a desirable offer and ways of enhancing the eventual outcome through engagement with special entry schemes, scholarships and preparatory programs.” Supporting students in the business of enhancing their tertiary study applications, to ensure the best possible outcome for them, is a key part of Natalie’s role. This not only involves working with students but also involves liaising with tertiary entrance bodies and university admissions staff. “I’m proud of our school’s tertiary placement outcomes,” she said. “Our hardworking, aspirational students have an excellent track
record when it comes to making the leap from secondary schooling to tertiary study.” Over the last two years, 100 per cent of IGGS students making tertiary study applications have received an offer. The majority of them have secured their first or second university preference. In 2017, 91 per cent of the cohort made an application through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre. Two students were awarded prestigious university scholarships. “When you track our students over the course of their Senior Learning phase and see how hard they work, diligently and determinedly pursuing their goals, it gladdens the heart to know that so many of them are welcomed into the nation’s top institutions to study in a wide variety of fields,” Natalie said. “There is great satisfaction in witnessing the eventual alignment of opportunity with aspiration.”
“I’m proud of our school’s tertiary placement outcomes. Our hardworking, aspirational students have an excellent track record when it comes to making the leap from secondary to tertiary study.”
Individual dreams realised... 100% of students who applied through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) received a tertiary offer; 99% received their offer in the first round. 95% of applicants were offered their first or second preference; 82% first preference, 13% second. 91% of our 2017 Seniors applied for tertiary studies.
University Destinations of our 2017 School Leavers:
2017 Tertiary Offers by Field of Study:
University of Queensland
Queensland University of Technology
Trinity College, Dublin
University of Sydney
University of Melbourne
18% Management /
University of Sunshine Coast
Australian Maritime College
University of Southern Queensland
Australian Catholic University
James Cook University
22% Society and Culture
14% Science / Maths
(e.g. Law, Economics, Psychology, Sport & Recreation)
(e.g.Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Pre-Med, Nauropathy, Speech Pathology)
(e.g. Hospitality Management, Banking & Finance)
Creative Arts (e.g. Music, Graphic Design, Communication and Media Studies)
(e.g. Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, GeoScience)
(e.g. Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary)
<5% Engineering (e.g.Chemical, Automotive, Civil, Aerospace, Biomedical, Surveying)
<5% Architecture and (e.g. Urban & Regional Planning, Interior Design)
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