IT is a point of emphasis at Mareeba State High School to celebrate those who succeed, and they did just that last Tuesday as they held their annual undergraduate parade.
The assembly recognised those students in the class of 2018 who received offers to undertake tertiary education this year.
The 2018 grade 12 cohort is a gifted one, so much so they garnered impressive results to the tune of 52% of OP eligible students receiving OP’s between 1-10, and 20% receiving an OP score of five or better.
Former Mareeba State High School Principal and current Mareeba Shire Councillor Angela Toppin was invited to speak at the parade, and was full of praise when describing the academic culture that exists at the school.
“I was a past principal there and I’m always delighted to be given the opportunity to speak at their undergraduate assembly,” she said.
“Ever since I’ve been involved with Mareeba State High, striving for academic excellence has always been a tradition at the school.”
Cr Toppin said she is extremely proud to see young people prospering at a small, rural school.
“For students to be having experiences similar to those that are readily available in city schools is crucial, and I think the multitude of opportunities Mareeba State High provide is why they have such success,” she said.
“I believe a student should be developed as an all-rounder, which includes experiencing cultural pursuits, community service initiatives and sporting opportunities on top of their academic commitments.
“That allows young people to be well prepared as citizens of the future.”
Cr Toppin also noted that she is pleased to see students attending universities more locally.
“The expense of undertaking tertiary education further south can be quite prohibitive, so it is great to see regional universities attracting students from the region,” she said.
“I want to take this opportunity to congratulate those undergraduates who were recognised at the assembly and I’m sure they will succeed in the future because the school has prepared the students well to participate as citizens and leaders both locally and globally.”
The number of students choosing to further their education gives credence to Mareeba State High School’s commitment to excellence.
Caption: FURTHER EDUCATION: 2018 graduates of Mareeba High returned to the school last week for the annual undergraduate parade.