Tomorrow (Friday, 17 November) marks the final day of school for more than 53,000 Year 12 students.
Independent Schools Queensland Executive Director David Robertson wished the graduating class of 2017 well in their future endeavours, particularly the 11,000 Year 12s from independent schools.
Mr Robertson also thanked the principals, teachers, school staff and families who supported the Year 12s in reaching this major life milestone.
“Many students will finish school with a very clear idea about their next steps. This could be undertaking further study, training or working. However, other students may take a gap year to work and travel before deciding on their next move,” he said.
“We know the employment marketplace and skillsets favoured by employers are evolving. Data shows the gig economy and job mobility are on the rise in Australia with today’s young people expected to experience five careers and 17 job changes during their working lives.
“The good news is successive surveys of Queensland Year 12 graduates confirm the majority of school leavers are either in education, training or employment (86 percent) six months after finishing school, according to the results of the latest Next Step survey.
“Studying for a Bachelor Degree remains the most popular destination, accounting for 39.3% of Year 12 graduates who finished school in 2016, followed by full or part-time employment (27.3%) and vocational education and training (19.4%).”
Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network Executive Officer Sue Kloeden extended her congratulations to the graduating seniors on their achievements.
“Students should be proud of the effort they’ve put in, not just in this final year, but over their entire schooling lives,” Ms Kloeden said.
“It’s also important that we recognise the support crews – families, carers and school staff – who’ve been with these students every step of the way encouraging them to strive to do their best.”
Eligible Year 12s can now access their individual Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test grades, A to E, from their learning accounts, according to the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.
All students will be able to access their final senior results, including Overall Position (OP) scores, online from 16 December.