December 18, 2018
While students across Queensland nervously logged on to the Internet on Saturday to find out their OP scores, two Kingaroy State High School students were quietly confident they would be doing okay.
Kathleen Gogerly and Lize Potgieter weren’t disappointed … earning OP2s which will set them on the right path to explore their career choices at university.
Kathleen finished Year 12 with three A+ results (Legal Studies, Maths B and Arts) and three As (Maths C, English and Earth Science).
Lize earned two A+s (Music and Health Education), one A- (Chemistry) and three As (English, Maths B and Biology).
Both girls joined Kingaroy State High School to finish their senior education after completing their junior years at St John’s Lutheran School in Kingaroy.
Kathleen told southburnett.com.au she had set on sights on studying primary school teaching at the University of Southern Queensland.
She had toyed with the idea of doing law, until a school excursion to the Law Courts in Brisbane made her question if she really wanted to be involved in legal work as a career.
“But I have had some really great teachers at school,” she said.
“I want to inspire future generations in the same way they have inspired me.”
Lize is hoping to study dentistry.
“I have always wanted to do something in the medical field, but medicine takes so long before you are fully qualified,” she said.
“I like the idea of helping people so they are able to live a healthy life.”
Lize is also hoping that dentistry will allow her to stay living in a rural area.
“I would like to open a practice eventually,” she said.
More than 21,000 students across Queensland received an OP (Overall Position ranking) at the weekend, between 1 and 15.
Confused about how the OP system works? Education Queensland has prepared this guide (809kb PDF) for 2018 students (and their parents!)
Education Minister Grace Grace also had a word of advice for students who may not have gained the result they expected or wanted … there are other ways of getting into university and training courses that students can explore.