Immanuel graduates are ready to take on the world and after 2020, that’s saying something. With COVID-19 and remote learning interrupting their schooling, the Class of 2020 is comprised of resilient young adults who have achieved across a wide range of areas and who are ready to begin the next stage of their lives.

“2020 is the first year in Queensland of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) and we can be proud of how our young people have performed. Not only did they become accustomed to a new, state-wide form of senior secondary assessment, but they had COVID to deal with as well as weeks of remote learning,” said Principal Colin Minke.

“No one could have foreseen the complex and uncertain year that was. Fortunately, keeping our community connected was key, as was the importance of wellbeing to our student’s academic progress. We witnessed amazing personal growth throughout the remote learning period and the Year 12s were strong role models for our younger students,” said Mr Minke.

“The Class of 2020 will pursue a variety of interests ranging from studies in architecture, law, biomedical science, mathematics, computer science, nursing, education, commerce, the social sciences and vocational pathways. One of the most pleasing results is that 100% of students achieved their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), and 97% of ATAR eligible students achieved their first or second university preference.

"College Dux Luke Bindon (99.9) will study a combined degree in computer science and mathematics at The University of Queensland. College Captain Adrienne Halpin, who achieved an ATAR of 98.05, will undertake an accelerated biomedical science degree at USC with dreams of one day pursuing medicine and becoming a doctor.

“In the Arts, both Josh Linnett and Hunter Smith were accepted into Griffith University’s Queensland Conservatorium; Josh for their jazz program and Hunter for acting. Our Music Extension class all received 100% for their composition task – each one very different – which is truly exceptional. In Visual Art, Artist Matthew Hattrick was accepted into RMIT’s Fine Arts program which is ranked number one for Art and Design in the Asia Pacific (2018 QS Rankings),” said Mr Minke.

“2020 was a challenge to say the least, but Immanuel has been my second home since I started kindy here 13 years ago,” said College Captain Adrienne Halpin.