MAKING THE GRADE: Lockyer District High School graduates Gabrielle Bendell and Matthew Olive received OP2 scores for their efforts in the 2014 school year.
MAKING THE GRADE: Lockyer District High School graduates Gabrielle Bendell and Matthew Olive received OP2 scores for their efforts in the 2014 school year.

Futures for Lockyer Valley students falling into place

AFTER 12 years of dedication and hard work, it all boiled down to one score for students across the region.

It was a score that had many Year 12 students sitting on edge last week, eagerly waiting to get the green light to take the first steps along their chosen career paths.

The overall position (OP) scores between 1 and 25 were released on Saturday, December 20, with local students hitting the mark academically.

Five Lockyer District High School students joined the top 21% of students in Queensland by receiving an OP between two and six.

Matthew Olive and Gabrielle Bendell received an OP2 while Emma Poole, Bodean Shea and Jason Weatherby all received an OP3.

It's a special achievement for the students, who have put in the hard yards to make their dream careers a realisation.

Matthew Olive, who is hoping to study biomedical science at Griffith at the Gold Coast, said it had been a great year.

"It was pretty busy but it was good too," he said.

"I was aiming to get under a five and then to get a two, that was just a bonus.

"I'm hoping to do something with medicine, I haven't really decided whether I want to do the science side of it or be a surgeon."

Gabrielle Bendell, who is aiming to study a bachelor of advanced science honours at UQ St Lucia, put her success down to organisation.

"It was busy but as long as you were organised it wasn't that bad," Ms Bendell said.

Both students offered words of advice for the incoming cohort of Year 12 students.

"Aim high and don't give up," Ms Bendell said.

"Keep working hard but make sure you're having fun at the same time and enjoy it," Mr Olive said.

It was a great year for the Lockyer District High School with more than 98% of students attaining a Queensland Certificate of Education or Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement - up from 92.5% in 2013; more than 18% of OP eligible LDHS students achieved an OP 1-5, up from 9% in 2013; and 90% of OP eligible LDHS students achieved an OP 1-15, up from 74% in 2013.


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