Queensland’s historic first group of Prep students will finish their 13th year and final day of school today (Friday 15 November).
The 2019 Class of Year 12s is a smaller group than normal, according to Independent Schools Queensland Executive Director David Robertson.
“In total there are about 38,000 Year 12s this year, which is about 12,000 less than the average number in Year 12. This smaller number is the result of Queensland’s school starting age changing in 2007 when the full-time Prep year was introduced,” Mr Robertson said.
“This year’s graduates are a history-making group of young Queenslanders who have experienced a range of technological, curriculum and societal changes. They were the first group to start full-time Prep - the same year the iPhone was launched - and have grown up alongside the rise of social media platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat,” he said.
“These students are facing a different world to the one their parents entered after leaving school. Today’s graduates are likely to have 17 jobs across five careers. However, whatever path students pursue after school, completing Year 12 is a major milestone of which they should be proud.”
Mr Robertson wished the graduating class of 2019 every success for the future, particularly the 9,000 Year 12s from independent schools.
“Parents and the community can feel confident that schools are preparing students for the future with the overwhelming majority of school leavers in either university, further training or employment within six months of finishing school.”
Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network Executive Officer Sue Kloeden wished students well and thanked their parents and carers for supporting them at every step of their 13-year school journey.
“The end of school is a momentous time, not only for students but also for the adults in their lives who have been encouraging and cheering them on from the sidelines,” Ms Kloeden said.
“I hope all graduates celebrate safely, hold dear the friendships they’ve made during their time at school and draw on the knowledge and skills they’ve learned to launch confidently into the future.”
Final Year 12 results, including Overall Position (OP) scores, will be made available in student online learning accounts from 9am on Saturday 14 December.