Independent Schools Queensland Independent Schools Queensland

Start of Content

Class of 2020 - Year 12 through their eyes

This year’s graduating Queensland seniors are a historic group.

They were the first to start high school in Year 7 following the statewide transfer of Year 7 into secondary school in 2015.

They are also the first to complete Years 11 and 12 under the state’s new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) system, which includes the first statewide subject-based external assessments in 50 years and a new tertiary entrance system - the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

They are also the first COVID-19 graduates. They have navigated their way through a global pandemic, studying from home for part of Term 2 and adapting to altered milestone events such as formals, graduation ceremonies and end-of-school celebrations.

The Class of 2020 has taken the twists and turns of this extraordinary year in their stride, displaying resilience and tenacity.

2020 through their eyes

So, what did 2020 look like through the eyes of this special group of graduating seniors?

Independent Schools Queensland and the Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network invited Year 12s from its member schools to share their dreams for the future, their accomplishments, the challenges of 2020 and who they’d like to thank for supporting them through this memorable year.

Their stories come from the heart and reveal persistence, hope, joy, gratitude and excitement for the future.

#ValueofIndependentSchools #RealisingPotential


Latest News & Events

Vol 25, Issue 1


In this issue, Executive Director David Roberson discusses the impact of increased funding on school results. The Research Feature by Director (Education Services) Josephine Wise and Senior Advisor (Teaching & Learning) Michael Gilliver considers the adaptive qualities of influential leaders during a long-term crisis. 

Read more