Leaders in learning

Written by: Townsville Grammar School | July 29, 2019

With the secondary educational landscape transitioning to the ATAR system, Townsville Grammar School Principal, Mr Timothy Kelly, said the new curriculum framework will develop a different type of learner.

“The 2019 Year 11 cohort will be the first to receive an ATAR ranking and the first to experience this new assessment structure, which is markedly different to the OP-based system.”

“ATAR sees us moving from an internal assessment model to a system that involves both internal and external assessment,” Mr Kelly explained. “The new model will culminate with an external exam, based largely on Year 12 content. This means students will need to develop study skills to learn and retain long-term content, similar to the learning style required at university.

“We are fortunate in that our teachers are already experienced and trained in external assessment, as we have been delivering the International Baccalaureate Diploma for many years, a two year program that involves external exams.  We are well prepared for the ATAR system and our students are adjusting confidently to the change.”

With an enduring reputation as the educational market leader in North Queensland, Mr Kelly said the ethos of Townsville Grammar School is to provide a balanced education. “One of the hallmarks of a Grammar education is our high academic standards,” Mr Kelly said. “We are committed to ensuring we create the right learning environment from Prep through to Year 12; a balanced offering of academics, co-curricular, community engagement and school spirit in a values-based environment.”

• Ranked in top 10 schools in Queensland based on academic performance 2018*

• Specialist teachers – Leaders in Learning

• P-12 Leadership development opportunities and community outreach

• 360° Pastoral Care Programme, “Positive Education”, from P-12

• IB Diploma Programme with results above national benchmarks

• Widely renowned Music, Performing Arts and Sports Programmes

*Independent evaluation by www.bettereducation.com.au

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