WELCOME TO 2015 FROM THE PRINCIPAL
NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE,
GRACE COLLEGE IS FOR YOU
You may prefer the buzz at our Rothwell Campus or maybe the family feel and wide open spaces at our Caboolture Campus, established in 2008, appeals more to you?
Both campuses offer the same high levels of teaching. Both campuses give you access to our highest standard sporting and performing arts programmes.
We are open anytime now…
THE MAGIC OF GRACE CELEBRATES
GRACE COLLEGE YEAR 12 RESULTS 2014
Congratulations to Grace College Year 12 students across both campuses on their hard work in their Senior studies and overall pleasing OP results for 2014. Our results are as follows:
- Grace students have exceeded the State average achievement by over 15% in the OP1-15 range taken across the whole cohort of Year 12 students;
- 99% of Grace students achieved a qualification: QCE, VET or School-Based Traineeship;
- 83 % of the 295 students in the cohort were OP-eligible, compared to the State, where less than 55% of students are OP-eligible;
- OP 1-3: 23 students (9.5% of the OP-eligible cohort, which is 7.8% of the total cohort compared with 5.8% for the State);
- OP 1-7: 67 students (28% of the OP-eligible cohort, which is 22.7% of the total cohort compared with 17.26% for the State);
- OP 1-10: 107 students (44 % of the OP-eligible cohort which is 36.27% of the total cohort compared to 27.07% for the State); and
- OP 1-15: 172 students (71% of the OP-eligible cohort which is 58.3% of the total cohort compared to 43.13% for the State).
Thank you to all teachers for your diligent work with these students. Congratulations also to the students who achieved VET qualifications in addition to, or as an alternative to their OP.
How to Measure a School’s Academic Performance?
It is difficult in the Queensland system to compare schools adequately given that there are significant differences among schools in terms of the number of students who are OP-eligible. That is, it is clearly inappropriate to compare two schools on the basis of the number of OP-eligible students who achieve OP1-15 (for example) where one school has 90% of their students eligible, and another only 50 or 60%. A fairer measure would be to compare the number of students who gained an OP range (such as OP1-15) against the TOTAL cohort, not just those who were OP-eligible.
Another more appropriate way to assess academic achievement is the percentage of students each year who go to University, according to the Queensland Government Next Step Destination Survey. At Grace each year around 55% of students go to university which is 20% above the average in the Moreton Bay Region.
Ruth Butler, Principal
SECOND HAND BOOKS AND UNIFORMS
Grace College is conscious of the need to provide an efficient process for families to be able to recycle and trade their textbooks, uniforms and other student resources.
We are delighted to inform you of the College’s new initiative to provide parents with the ability to trade second-hand items via the Sustainable School Shop. Results from other schools have been excellent; families have enjoyed a more comprehensive and convenient method of trading these items. Read more >>
175 YEARS OF LUTHERAN EDUCATION
To celebrate 175 Years of Lutheran Education in Australia, we have worked together with St Paul’s Lutheran Primary School, Caboolture; Living Faith Lutheran Primary School, Murrumba Downs; and Grace Lutheran Primary School, Clontarf to create a video highlighting just some of the extraordinary programs at the primary schools and here at Grace College.
GRACE MASTER PLAN
At Grace College, we are pleased to introduce to you the new Master Plans for both our Rothwell and Caboolture campuses and our building programme for 2014/15. These major building projects are all expected to be completed by the beginning of 2015, subject to final government funding approval. Click here for the drawings of proposed buildings.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Year 10 Students at Googa
Our Year 10 students all take a journey of discovery on a four week Outdoor Education Program, Googa. To celebrate its 25th Year of operation, we have produced a series of videos about Googa. Here is one to give you a glimpse into all the fun students are having at base camp. For more information on Googa click here >>
CABOOLTURE CAMPUS VIDEO
Sharing Community, Thriving on Grace
CHOOSING THE RIGHT SECONDARY SCHOOL
There are a number of factors to consider when choosing the right school for your child. Grace College has produced a free guide for parents with helpful tips and information. Have a look at the report written by our very own Principal, Mrs Butler, here http://choosingasecondaryschool.com.au/ The guide provides not only a great starting point for parents entering into the world of secondary education options but gives current Grace College parents the assurance that they have made the right decision for their child’s education. We think Grace College ticks all the boxes when you are looking for quality secondary education.
SCHOOL ANNUAL REPORT
The 2013 School Annual Report is now complete and is available for viewing here. This report includes information on various aspects of College life from 2013.