Bright times ahead for Browns Plains High

This article is published courtesy of Logan City Council and previously appeared in Our Logan magazine.

(From left) Browns Plains State High School student captain Cooper Doyle, Year 11 student Yao-Hsien Huang, academic vice-captain Liam Duncan, English Head of Department Leticia Dwyer, Mathematics Head of Department Tomasz Dolecki and school captain Paris Pilling

Six years at high school can sometimes seem like eternity. But staff and students at Browns Plains State High School have used their time wisely and have raised the school’s academic results to new heights in that period.

Last year was special for the growing school with various milestones achieved in NAPLAN performances and interschool competitions.

And students are excelling under accelerated learning programs.

Student Yao-Hsien Huang has skipped Year 10 and is now in Year 11 after achieving consistently high results in subjects including mathematics.

Yao-Hsien, along with fellow Year 9 students Brianna Harris and Zhona Ban, achieved perfect scores across NAPLAN’s numeracy, writing and spelling categories last year.

Overall, 99.8 per cent of the Year 9 cohort achieved numeracy scores above the national minimum standard.

The school also triumphed in the local Yugumbir Math Challenge—achieving first and second place. They also had two Year 9 teams win the Engineering and Technology and Science categories in a Griffith University STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Maths) competition.

School principal Blair Hanna said the senior class of 2020 had started its high school journey at a transformative time.

“There’s been a great deal of strategies developed, implemented and reviewed over time which has resulted in our school now being able to celebrate the growth in our students, in many parts above the Queensland state norm,” he says.

School Mathematics Head of Department Tomasz Dolecki says renewed efforts in vocabulary, weekly learning focusses and attitudes to learning had led to improvements across the board.

“Five years ago, we had a very small number of students in a high level of mathematics, nowadays we have probably one of the highest I have seen,” he says.

The school is also being led this year by a motivated student leadership team, including school captains Paris Pilling and Cooper Doyle.

The captains said their focus for the year ahead was to motivate and encourage the school’s younger students to greater participation in sport and arts, as well as academics.

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