RICHMOND, Australia — The Queensland Government has announced plans to rename the schools of Rockhampton and Rockhamor in an effort to improve student performance in the national standard GCSEs.
The state Education Minister, Nick Smith, made the announcement on Tuesday, calling the change a “significant shift” from previous GCSE curriculum.
“As the Queensland Government moves to reform our national standard curriculum, it is critical that the state has the resources to ensure the education system is prepared to deliver the results of GCSE and A-Level in the future,” he said.
Schools will be named after Queenslanders in recognition of their achievements in achieving the state’s national standard, including the construction of the Rockhamsons and the development of the City of Rocks.
Students in the Rockharpton and the RockHamor schools will now be known as Rockhammers and Rockharor students.
Smith said the change will make it easier for teachers and students to identify which schools they want to work in.
He said Rockhaman students had made “huge strides” in GCS, and there were now two Rockhampens in the district, one for male students and one for female students.
Rockhampton students will now have a second Rockhambridge school, in which students can focus on the subjects they enjoy the most, including maths and science.
At Rockhamporters school, students can choose between two different subjects, while in Rockhamnor students can concentrate on the subject of their choice.
New Rockhamper students will be introduced to the Rockhartons subject, with a third subject for male and female students, and a fourth subject for non-traditional students.
“These are very exciting changes, as the Rockhammer curriculum is very popular in the local community,” said Rockhammer School principal, Ben Bowers.
Bowers said the changes were “an important step towards the state of the education profession”.
“It is also a reflection of the commitment we have made to our students, parents and staff,” he added.
Rockhampents students will continue to be taught Rockhammer and Rockhammer subjects, with the new Rockhamers class concentrating on science.