A Word from our Acting Principal

August 16, 2019 at 3:58 pm


Developing problem solving and critical thinking skills are essential skills for the 21st Century learner and one subject that seamlessly facilitates the building of these skills is science. This week we celebrated Science Week at school where our STEAM prefect, Leah, hosted a myriad of activities, experiments and challenges alongside our dedicated science teaching team. Our chef managed to delight us with some culinary delights in the kitchen and alfoil created decorations including space hats. I enjoyed sharing with the girls some key milestones in space exploration and encouraged our girls to consider a career in the field of science to follow in the footsteps of many others who have done so before them. Thank you for a great celebration.

This week we have accepted several sponsors and volunteers for our Bulls N Barrels event coming up in October. We still need you! If you are considering sponsoring this event, please give our P and F a call or pop into the office and we can assist. This event is a highlight on the school calendar and we hope that you can be involved.

Similarly, we are still taking donations and support for the renovations of our Heritage listed tennis courts. Thank you for your continual support of these events and needs in our school. Our community is strengthened by the support of its members and we appreciate you all.   

Next week I am very much looking forward to introducing our Head of Boarding to our Western Corridor families, Old Girls and prospective students. I do hope that if you are within a suitable distance to come along and share a meal together. Your connection to us is very important to me.

We will be sharing with you our newly branded ‘What’s On’ for the week. Special thanks to Mr Cheers who has contributed greatly to getting this into a format that is simple, yet elegant. I hope you enjoy reading about what is coming up for the week. We are always so busy here at school!

Sending well wishes to our small but determined group of athletes heading up to Mackay next week to compete in the Athletics trials for Capricornia selection. I hope that you enjoyed your week as much as I have! My door is always open. I encourage you to talk with me. Girls – I will see you on the playground.

Michelle Gouge                                     

Principal (Acting)                   

What’s On! Week 5 Term 3

August 16, 2019 at 3:58 pm

Holiday camp on offer throughout September

August 16, 2019 at 3:42 pm

BLAST CAMP 2019 will be held in the first week of the spring school holidays from Monday 23rd September to Friday 27th September) at the PCYC Capricorn Coast Leadership Development Centre at Cooee Bay in Yeppoon. Our camp includes all cabin accommodation, activities, food and transport, and is specifically catered for boys and girls in Years 5 to 8.  The camp incorporates spiritual aspects around the Christian faith that is suitable for their growing age and development.  Our camp leaders generously volunteer their time to help run the program together as a team.  All our directors and leaders are required to undergo training in child protection and safety, and must also be in possession of an approved blue card or be willing to apply for one before they can take part. 

Students who are 16 years or older are also invited to join Blast Camp as junior leaders.  As they are under 18, junior leaders are not required to have a blue card, but we would love to encourage them to volunteer their time.  Their contribution to help assist in our camp program under the supervision of our camp directors and leaders (18+) will most certainly be appreciated.  

Oceania Cup

August 16, 2019 at 3:16 pm

A word from our Acting Principal

August 9, 2019 at 3:45 pm

9 August 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians


I was fortunate enough to have front row seating for the wonderful celebration and display this week for NAIDOC. I was so proud of the way our ATSI students danced, delivered passionate speeches and inspired their audience. We were also joined by both Indigenous and Torres Strait Elders and experienced a very special smoking ceremony. I stood shoulder to shoulder with the girls and staff and could feel the atmosphere through every part of my body. Thank you to ATSI prefect, Tina-Mae, and ATSI committee teacher, Mr Morris for your coordination of this amazing event. Also, a special thank you to Ms Conway-Dodd who was integral to the planning, training and organisation of the event and MJ Dorante for assisting with the dance training. We have some amazing people here!

On Monday evening, our International students were treated to a Civic reception from the Mayor. It was fun teaching the girls how to do the ‘Heal and Toe’ and participate in a variety of famous Australian songs and dance. Rockhampton is focusing on engagement of International Students and I was proud to attend with our girls from all over the world.

On Wednesday night, Rockhampton Girls Grammar featured on every news channel and radio station in Rockhampton. We were selected by the Royal Australian Airforce road crew to engage in their Flight Simulator Experience. What a wonderful opportunity to engage our girls in something so challenging yet thrilling. Thank you, Dr Fry, for coordinating this day for the girls.

QMEA has also sponsored two very special events for our Year 8 girls this week. We had QMEA ambassadors working with them on Wednesday at school and then all our Year 8 girls headed off with Ms Bath to TCC for an alternative energy investigation. From all accounts the girls thoroughly enjoyed their science immersion experiences.

Several senior students were also engaged at the Hey YOUth Summit held in Rockhampton. I managed to see them on their return where they were filled with recounts of fabulous guest speakers and opportunities to learn about prevalent issues and considerations for today’s youth.

This week we have launched two opportunities for our community to support our school. We are undertaking a makeover of our heritage listed tennis courts and promoting the P and F driven Bulls’N’Barrels event. Please consider pledging your support or volunteering your skills and time for our amazing school. Your daughter needs you!

Finally, I would like to wish our rowing students a successful campaign in Townsville this weekend.

I hope that you enjoyed your week as much as I have! My door is always open. I encourage you to talk with me. Girls – I will see you on the playground.


Michelle Gouge                                     

Principal (Acting)                               

What’s on! Week 4 Term 3

August 9, 2019 at 3:43 pm

What’s On! Week 3 Term 3

August 2, 2019 at 2:13 pm

A word from our Acting Principal

August 2, 2019 at 2:12 pm

2 August 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians


One of the exciting events is underway here at Rockhampton Girls Grammar. On assembly this week, Isla Houston (Cultural Prefect) announced this year’s theme for the Interhouse Choir – ‘Women Empowerment’. The songs are released! ‘Born This Way’ by Lady Gaga, ‘Roar’ by Katy Perry, ‘Respect’ by Aretha Franklin and ‘Man I Feel Like a Woman’ by Shania Twain. Our House Prefects have just four short sessions to choreograph and polish a very exciting choir performance. We intend to live stream again this year and of course invite you to come along on the day of the event. The girls always amaze me with their creativity and entrepreneurship each year as they dazzle their audiences!

We had a wonderful celebration this week on assembly and were spoilt with recounts of the New Zealand Tour and QISSN. We were already aware of QISSN MVP, Abigail H and Rising Star, Jarrah T, however Skyie M was awarded Task Master, Jess L, despite her injury, was awarded the Coaches Award and Abbey H, Most Improved alongside a special mention for filling in as captain.  

The House Captains had the pleasure of announcing our athletics overall and age champions, with Downs taking out the Spirit Award and Paterson taking out the prize! Congratulations! I am sure our visitors from the RFDS were thrilled to be in earshot of your roaring war cries! (Lucky we had an Old Girl in the house!)

Mid-week I was treated to Year 9/10 Theatre Displays as part of a QLD Theatre Project. I was most impressed with our girls’ character portrayal, some even adopting accents. It was delightful to see them up on the stage of the Pilbeam Theatre and I do look forward to one day seeing their name up in lights!

The P and F met last night and although a small group, they pack a punch when it comes to supporting our school. Our latest project is Bulls’N’Barrels and we are seeking your support in volunteering on the night, corporate sponsorship, raffle ticket sales and attendance. This is a major event for the school and we really do need your support to ultimately benefit our girls. Please keep an eye out for our Bulls’N’Barrels information and save the date for October 19 (Boarder’s Long Weekend). The P and F have also agreed for our Boarding Prefect, Erin G to send home the Boarding Raffle booklets to help raise money for Dorm upgrades. Thank you to the P and F for the support and work that you do.

I hope that you enjoyed your week as much as I have! My door is always open. I encourage you to talk with me. Girls – I will see you on the playground.


Michelle Gouge

Principal (Acting)

QISSN Netball award winners

August 1, 2019 at 12:11 pm

Most Improved – Abbey Harrison

This player has shown strong defence skills in and around the circle. She has listened to the feedback after every game and has implemented the skills of reaction and agility to improve not only her game but wins for the team. Her intercepts, anticipation, holding and filling in space have improved week after week and she really stood up to the mark in the last half of carnival when she had to be captain. Congratulations to most improved, Abbey Harrison

Player of the Carnival – Jarrah Thomas

The Player of the carnival this year gave 100% in every game and maintained a positive and determined attitude throughout the week. I was extremely pleased that she went for every rebound and listened to the feedback of creating space, cutting in front of her extremely tall defenders and driving to the ball. She remained focused during her games, she shot extremely well under pressure and held her player within the circle. This player was also announced in the Rising Stars Team, only 10 players are selected from the 640 participating throughout the week. This team recognises the up and coming talented players of the tournament, selected by netball coach and former Australian netballer, Vicki Wilson. Congratulations to the player of the carnival Jarrah Thomas.

Coach and Encouragement award – Jessica Leane

This player is hard-working, she has excellent agility and settles the court play. She is a strong attack and defence player that moves the ball up and down the court with ease. She creates space and provides strong communication to all players on court. Unfortunately, her time was cut short during the carnival due to a warm up injury, however, she is a valuable asset and a fundamental member of the team and must be acknowledged for her outstanding performance as a player and a captain. Therefore, I would like to present Jess with the Coaches Award this year.

MVP – Abi Hills

The most valuable player throughout the carnival is selected by the coaches of the opposing team of each game. This year the most valuable player demonstrated determination in all games and lifted team spirit during warm up’s and on court. Her natural athleticism allowed for numerous intercepts and control of the ball throughout centre court and in defensive positions. From the team, myself and Miss Doherty, we greatly appreciate her coming away at such short notice and stepping up to the plate, not only on court but helping out where possible.

The MVP this year is awarded to Abi Hills.

Task Master Award – Skyie McCosker

The last award is the Task Master award. What is this you may ask?
As well as playing netball, I wanted the girls to have some extra fun during the week, therefore each of the girls were given a task to complete without any of the other girls figuring out or discovering what their task was.

To give you an idea, here are some of the tasks that were given.

  1. You must pretend there is a spider in your room, you must convince your whole room that it is huge, and you must pretend that you see it at least once every day.
  2. Without anyone knowing, you must hide each players shoes in your room at least once during the trip (could be under the bed, in the bathroom, behind the door), they cannot find out that it is you hiding them! you must also give Miss Doherty a compliment every day.
  3. You must play your favourite song every morning at breakfast and sing it out loud. After the song is over, you must say each time ‘I should be on the voice’.
  4. ‘You must take a selfie with each player of the team, you must pull a different face in every photo. You must then show them the photo and say, we could be models.’

The winner of the Task Master Award went over and beyond with their task, they managed to not only make Abi Hills run 500 meters away, but also managed to put me in tears for about 5 minutes. She not only pretended to see the spider and convince others it was huge, she bought a real life, hairy, vibrating red back.

The winner of the Task Masker award is Skyie McCosker

CQUni Open Day

July 30, 2019 at 11:32 am

The 2019 CQUni Rockhampton Open Day will be held on Sunday, 18 August.

This event is a great opportunity for any students, their family or friends that are interested in further study.

The event will allow participants to:
– Explore the facilities
– Participate in a range of interactive information sessions covering both course and study information
– Meet teaching staff and current students
– Get career advice
– Scout out the best study options.

The open day will be help at CQUni North Rockhampton Campus, Bruce Highway, from 9am until 1pm on Sunday August 18.

Apprenticeships up for grabs for 2020

July 30, 2019 at 11:12 am

Ergon Network and Energex, as part of the Energy Queensland Group are currently advertising for their 2020 Apprenticeships. These positions are great opportunities for young people to start their career in a dynamic and ever-changing industry. They have an award winning apprentice program which opens doors not just within Ergon Energy & Energex, but earns them a recognised trade qualification that can take them all over the world.

Year 12 students can visit the Ergon Energy Network website https://www.ergon.com.au/about-us/careers/apprenticeships for Regional Queensland and Energex for South East Queensland https://www.energex.com.au/about-us/contact-us/careers/apprenticeships if you are interested in their current opportunities.

Applications close 11pm, 5th August 2019.

Specific apprentice opportunities for 2020 include:

•             Apprentice Electrician

•             Communications Technician

•             Distribution Linesperson

•             Transmission Linesperson

•             Mechanical Fitter

Abigail on her A game during Rugby Carnival

July 30, 2019 at 10:59 am

Congratulations to Abigail Hills on her participation in the Classics Wallabies Invitational Rugby Carnival on Saturday 20 July. She played four games and scored several tries throughout the carnival. Abigail is pictured with former Wallaroo’s player Naomi Roberts.
The Classic Wallabies and Wallaroos are an alumni of former Australian Rugby Players. They exist to give back to the game of rugby union and to support the ongoing growth and development at the grassroots level.

School based traineeship on offer

July 30, 2019 at 10:56 am

Regal’s Dental Yeppoon and Emu Park are seeking a Year 10 or 11 school based trainee to complete their Certificate III in Dental Assisting on a Monday and Tuesday each week. Interested students please contact Dr Fry.

Nominate now for Rockhampton Oztag’s Junior Season

July 30, 2019 at 10:51 am

Boys and girls ages five to 15 are invited to play in the upcoming season of Junior Oztag.

The season kicks off on September 8 at McLeod Park, every Monday afternoon.

The cost is $85 per player with a minimum of 11 players per team. There are no game fees and you can register as an individual or a team.

Email rockhampton@oztag.com or call on 0427391780 to nominate.

WEX program offers government insight for students

July 30, 2019 at 10:35 am

Applications are now open for the Work Exposure in Government (WEX) Program for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students in Year 10, 11 or 12 thinking about a career in the Australian Public Service (APS) – https://www.niaa.gov.au/indigenous-affairs/education/work-exposure-government-wex

WEX 2019 runs from Sunday 20 October to Friday 25 October 2019.

Up to 70 students will be selected from all states and territories and from a variety of geographical locations, ranging from very remote to urban.

Accommodation, transportation and meals are provided at no cost. WEX students are supported by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mentors, in addition to teachers and support staff.  Applications are also open for teachers and support staff.

Over the week WEX students will get to:

  • meet government Ministers and parliamentarians
  • visit the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Australian Federal Police headquarters
  • visit national institutions such as Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial and the Museum of Australian Democracy
  • meet Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are enjoying successful and satisfying careers in the APS.

By the end of WEX, students will have a better understanding of what a career in the APS could look like.

Applications for WEX 2019 are open until Friday 23 August 2019.

Saddle up for the St Brendan’s College Rodeo

July 30, 2019 at 10:16 am

Each year St Brendan’s College hosts an annual rodeo at the College. This year the event will be held on Friday 30th August and Saturday 31st August.

The event includes Bulls, Bronc, Barrels, Roping, Trans-Tasman event and an interschool event which includes students from all over Queensland and New Zealand.

What’s on! Week 2 Term 3

July 26, 2019 at 3:31 pm

A word from our Acting Principal

July 26, 2019 at 2:05 pm

26 July 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians


What a delightful event the Boarders Afternoon Tea was on Monday. It was a great opportunity for many of you to reconnect but also engage with our new head of boarding and boarding staff. Kylie, our chef, exceeded expectations on the catering and the girls looked excited and happy to be back.

This week we have distributed two surveys to ensure we are delivering best practice. I would like to share with you how your daughters rate our amazing teachers:

My teacher is engaging – 4.33 stars (out of 5)

My teacher is supportive – 4.36 stars

My teacher catered for my learning needs – 4.25 stars

I understood what I had to do for my assessment – 4.09 stars

I will be sharing in detail the full report at the staff, P and F (next week – all welcome) and Board meetings this month but our initial findings are strong and a good indication that our girls are feeling welcomed, supported and engaged here at RGGS. What I find most interesting is when asked what we could improve, many of the responses indicated that in fact, ‘no – I love this school!’. Thank you to all the students who were able to provide us with some excellent strategies to work on – we absolutely want to be the best we can be.

Our boarding families survey similarly was also very positive and affirming. I am very much looking forward to working with Ms McCarthy on the responses. We appreciate your kind messages of support and are encouraged about the improvements you have suggested.

Welcome to all our news students this term. You have joined the most supportive community and we hope that you love our place as much as we do! This week I have discussed with the girls what it takes to be proud of a school community. It was focussed on buying in – engaging with the people, the place the events (even if they think they are lame!) We have a significant focus on school pride including uniform pride and environment pride. I appreciate the lovely feedback on how the school grounds are looking. Our facilities team are working exceptionally hard at ensuring the grounds present beautifully. I hope you have had the opportunity to see the new planters we have installed.

I hope that you enjoyed your week as much as I have! My door is always open. I encourage you to talk with me. Girls – I will see you on the playground.


Michelle Gouge                                     

Principal (Acting)                               


What’s On! Week 1 Term 3 2019

July 22, 2019 at 3:38 pm

A Word from our Acting Principal – Return to School

July 16, 2019 at 3:34 pm

I trust that over the last three weeks you have had a chance to spend some valuable family times with your daughter/s. There have been many stories of shared success for several of our girls over the break. Congratulations to our New Zealand Tour students and staff who successfully took home a medal of each colour. I enjoyed following your journey through our social media page and the What’s App. Your adventure looked very exciting.

Our QISSN team represented our school proudly in Bundaberg, finishing with a nail-biter and Jarrah T being named in the Rising Stars Team and Abigail H being awarded Most Valuable Player. We also celebrate with Abigail H and Abby D who were both members of the team that took out the QLD Junior State Cup in Touch Football.

I would like to take time to remind you that upon return all students are to be neatly groomed and in a complete, fitting uniform which meets school expectations. The girls are reminded that the dress and formal skirt must fall at or below the midpoint of the knee, dresses which currently sit above the knee will need to be adjusted before returning to school.   

Students often allow their hair to grow during the holiday period or they may colour it.  Before returning to school, hair must be its natural colour.  Our girls must ensure their hair is neatly tied back, out of their eyes and that students are wearing correct hair accessories. Girls are also reminded that only one visible set of earrings may be worn in the lower lobe. Nails are to be clipped and be polish free. Students are not permitted to wear makeup or visible jewellery.

Panama hats are to be worn to and from school for all students in Year 6-12.  All students are required to carry their belongings in the RGGS bag, this includes PE and sports clothing which are to be changed into during the appropriate time for PE. A locker is provided to house belongings for all Year 7-12 students. School sports shoes are to be predominately white.

A small number of students return to school in need of a haircut or wearing variations to the uniform.  Teachers and Care Mentors will remind these students of the school’s expectations. Uniform inspection will occur daily during Care Class each morning at 8.20am. We are continuing to enact a restorative approach to uniform infringements through our Care Program, as being correctly dressed for school is important to us as a community. Your Care mentor will be in contact with you should your daughter have 3 infringements of the uniform policy.

We would appreciate your support in reminding your child of the school’s grooming and uniform expectations before they return to school, as this will assist them to prepare for the coming Semester and help to ensure they start in a positive manner.

We take this opportunity to farewell two staff members this Semester. Deb Stanley has pursued a leadership position in another school and leaves us prior to the return to school. We wish Deb well and thank her for the Semester she worked in as part of our Boarding Team. We have secured Tarissa Heaps who will live and work onsite in Kollar House. She is studying Youth Work and we are very much looking forward to welcoming her to the Boarding Team alongside our new Head of Boarding.  We also say farewell and good luck to Sheldon Larcombe who is about to undertake her maternity leave. She will transition with our new prep teacher for the first few days and then will be off to start her own family. An old girl, Sheldon will be dearly missed, and we thank her for several years for working with our youngest students.

I am looking forward to meeting with our boarding families this coming Monday 22 July for afternoon tea. I have built a focus survey for all boarding families to engage in and provide us with feedback. I hope you can come along.  We will then see our day girls return Tuesday 23 July.

See you on the playground

Michelle Gouge

Principal (Acting)

P&F news

June 28, 2019 at 11:35 am

Parents & Friends Assoc.

The Parents and Friends have had a successful term. This has included fund  raising  $542 from the Mother’s Day Luncheon Raffle, $1270 at the GAIA bake stall. The shop welcomed Chris Rattenbury to work with Karen Wallace. The P&F supported the RGGS NZ Music Tour with tickets to 2019 Bulls and Barrels, The RGGS Rugby team buying  a new team kit ($1700) and is  supporting the RGGS QISSN Netball team with $2500 to attend the 2019 competition in Bundaberg over the July break. Unfortunately, the Colour run was put on hold as it clashed with too many events.


The 2019 RGGS P&F Bulls and Barrels Rodeo is locked in for October 19 at the Great Western Arena. Sponsorship packages are available, now. Contact Noeleen Yates at  0490 158443 or laceystrailers@bigpond.com

The P&F Shop will be closed over the July school holidays and reopen Monday, July 22, 1pm to 4pm.  The next P&F meeting is scheduled for August 1, 6pm in Paterson House Boardroom.


Robin Fay

P&F Secretary

A word from our Acting Principal

June 28, 2019 at 11:30 am

28 June 2019

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians


The end of a term always prompts me to think about the achievements we have made over the last ten weeks. Term 2 has a reputation for the busiest term on the academic calendar year, starting with a very important event – NAPLAN. Our girls were prepared, and they participated. It is hard to think that it was potentially the last year we will see a paper-based NAPLAN test.

Our primary girls were treated to Healthy Harold before our whole school turned out in force to pay our respects to the ANZACS. The cattle club were in action and taking out titles at each event. Our netball teams competed with nearly all teams progressing to the semi-finals. We celebrated with our mothers at our annual Mother’s Day Luncheon. Our girls were shining stars at the Eisteddfod, many individual and group achievements celebrated almost every day of the event. The girls travelled down to the Sunshine Coast to compete as a dance group and sports aerobics team. We had several girls compete at the next level in district cross country and 10-12 years girls performing outstandingly in athletics. Our Year 12’s showed their compassionate side in raising funds and awareness for Relay for Life and our rowing team performed on the river. We showcased our amazing school and students at the annual GAIA festival. Our middle school had the biggest sleepover PJ party ever; whilst our youngest sisters headed out to Under 8’s day! We achieved at the Rockhampton show, in the ring, on our horses, in the fruit and vegie displays and on the catwalk. We welcomed Elevate to assist our senior girls in developing effective study skills. The highlight of the term though would have to be our Year 12 formal where I spent the evening trying to recognise our school girls’ transforming into young ladies. Whilst I am exhausted in just remembering these accomplishments, I know that Term 3 promises to also deliver a jam-packed term.

In term 3 we welcome some new sisters to our community. Malu started with us just last week in Year 7 and her younger sister, Ruivani in Year 6. We welcomed this week Kirby (Year 6) and Ella (Year 8) and Eloise (Year 3) will be joining us next term. We are privileged to have you choose our school.

We also welcome several new staff members in Semester 2. To accommodate our growing student numbers and our focus on the girls I am pleased to announce the appointment of Veronica Miller-Waugh (Wellbeing and Transition Officer), Sharon Martin (School Wellbeing Counsellor), Stacey McCarthy (Head of Boarding), Rachel Hinton (Accounts Payable), Vanessa Hemson (Prep teacher) and Mary Joan Dorante and Gail Buchanan (Boarding Supervisors).



Stacey McCarthy joins us from Victoria where she was Head of Girl’s Boarding at Assumption College, Kilmore. Her passions include travel and sport (particularly netball). She enjoys developing a good rapport with her students and families and we look forward to meeting her, alongside her boarding team on Monday 22 July 3.00pm at a welcome afternoon tea and boarder parents meeting on the deck of McKeague.



Veronica Miller-Waugh is no stranger to Rockhampton Girls Grammar. She will continue to transition and care for the girls through supportive, proactive relationships and focussed support materials and processes. Her role will ensure the line of communication between home and school is open and accessible. She will lead our pastoral care program and implement strategies to promote cohesion and connections between students, parents, staff and the wider community.



Sharon Martin joins our wellbeing team having completed her Bachelor of Psychological Science. She will assist with the monitoring and support of the pastoral care of our girls and staff and identify issues facing the school community. Her role will be to assist staff and students to resolve issues and problems and provide individual, small group and whole cohort counselling, case management and proactive strategies that assist in developing wellbeing.



Vanessa Hemson joins us from Taranganba State School. She has vast experiences in literacy and numeracy coaching and has also worked in the field of special education. She enjoys netball, touch football and nippers. She has excellent skills in relationship building and is extremely excited to be joining our teaching team.



Please join with me in welcoming Mary Joan Dorante (right) and Gail Buchanan (left) to our Boarding Supervisors team. Both MJ and Gail started with us late this term and we are very pleased they form part of our team!


Welcome to Rachel Hinton who joins us from Kandeena. She is a highly experienced operator in the field of Finance and Human Resources but has also developed relational skills in her role at Centrelink as a Customer Service Advisor. We are thrilled to have Rachel on board.


With a lot of new faces in our staff, we are looking forward to showing you why we are the number one choice for education for your daughter.

A final congratulations for the term to our Cattle Club Team, who again, have won a swag of prizes and ribbons at the Mt Larcom Show. Leah McBride also performed at her best and attained Supreme Rider of the Show for horse riding.

I truly hope that you can relax and spend some family time with your daughters over the winter break. Whilst it has been a massive term I have thoroughly enjoyed engaging with the girls, watching them become clever, confident and connected. I am very much looking forward to welcoming our Boarders back on Monday July 22 and engaging with our boarding families at a welcome afternoon tea and boarder parent meeting at 3.00pm. I then look forward to seeing the rest of our school on Tuesday 23 July.

I hope that you enjoyed your week as much as I have! My door is always open. I encourage you to talk with me. Girls – I will see you on the playground.



Michelle Gouge

Acting Principal

What’s On! Week 10 Term 2 2019

June 25, 2019 at 10:12 am

A word from our Acting Principal

June 21, 2019 at 12:11 pm

21 June 2019

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians


I shared with the girls on assembly this week a social story about how struggling to fit in to circles can be crushing and difficult and that fitting in is one of the toughest social skills to develop, especially when we can’t find our place. When our friendship circle looks like an ‘O’ it seems very closed off to those around us. Others find it difficult to get in, people are being left out and there is an increase of people feeling lonely. This is great fun if you are on the inside but can be cruel if you are left on the outskirts looking for a way to get in. ‘O’s’ can be exclusive. They can be excluding. They can be exhausting. I have encouraged the girls to think about creating a ‘U’ where there is a little bit of space for some to enter and feel a part of our community. I know how important a tight group of friends are, and the need to keep them close by and safeguarding those relationships. However, I wish to encourage our girls to be kind, thoughtful and sympathetic. To find the introverts and say hello. To seek the lonely and to open their social circle shape to form a ‘U’. Whilst not an easy thing to do, and often out of their comfort zone, this type of behaviour builds a respectful community. That is my vision for the girls.

Last week our community built a team. Our previous chef, Mark put together an outstanding menu and many helpers were there to get the food prepared including his dedicated offsider Stacey. Thank you again to our band of helpers prior to the race day. The morning, set thick in fog, saw another merry band of helpers putting on the final touches to ensure the venue looked magnificent. It was wonderful to see new faces. We welcomed back Mrs Rogers to ensure the corporate tent was serviced professionally and swiftly. Thank you for coming back and helping our school. Again, the service from the girls and our parent volunteers madly helping in the kitchen and wash room was outstanding. Special thank you to Erin who waited on the table I was on! Mrs Graham was initiated into manager of the Party Pavilion which saw many new students having their first go at waitressing. I saw them regularly and am proud of them. I am proud of all the girls, staff and families who helped on the day. I think Mr Cheers has washed more dishes this week than he has in a life time! Thank you also to our pack up crew. The day does not end on Saturday! Our dutiful Race Day Committee Leader, Vicky Jackson, has again managed a wonderful event for our school. Her team are relentless in making sure our Race Day is the best. They succeeded!

We have an exciting update for our Air Conditioning Project. Phase One, the LED lighting project, is over 80% installed. We have 4 out of 5 lights replaced around the school and the emergency lighting replaced at the same time. Completing this project is a prelude to being able to progress with the Air Conditioning project for Kollar Boarding. In most situations the replacement lighting draws only 50% to 30% power of the lights they have replaced. The LED lights also have a five-year life span. The indication of the effect on the power consumption and peak loading should be apparent from now and in subsequent months.

Air Conditioning for Kollar Boarding has reached a stage of readiness. The formal paperwork and procedures to comply with the BGA grant is being done. Once this is finished and all monies approved, the time to install and commission will be 10 to 12 weeks. We are very much looking forward to delivering this project on time!

Last week while many of our girls were volunteering we also had a large contingency of girls playing in the Rugby 7’s Tournament. Our girls made it to the semi finals and were a terrific display of sportsmanship and skills. Thank you, Mrs Doherty, for coaching the girls. Some of our younger players were allocated to a combined team which also performed well. Congratulations to Abby D, Abigail H, Jess L, Jemma G, Jarrah T, Emma H, Lana K, Raven A and Maddi S (injured) for your selection in the representative team! Also, Dale L has won the 10-12 Year discuss event representing Rockhampton so has been selected for the Capricornia Squad. Congratulations Dale on this achievement.

I hope that you enjoyed your week as much as I have! My door is always open. I encourage you to talk with me. Girls – I will see you on the playground.


Michelle Gouge (Acting Principal)

Smooth sailing for Girls Grammar Rowing teams

June 20, 2019 at 3:22 pm

Last weekend (June 8) our rowing team participated in the Rockhampton Sprint and Novice Regatta. For many of our rowers, this was their first regatta experience. 
Special thanks to the families, friends and school staff who came to support our team and volunteer their time to help out at the regatta.

Year 9 Single – Meredith 2nd (Heat 2)
Novice Single – Roxanne 2nd (Heat 1) and Mira 1st (Heat 5)
Novice Double – Harriet and Olivia 2nd (Heat 2)
Congratulations to all of our rowers!

Our next regatta is the Central Queensland Championships, which will take place on June 29th and 30th in Rockhampton.


June 20, 2019 at 3:19 pm

Our Cattle Club team members did very well at the Rockhampton Ag Show this year. Check out our results below.

FIRST – Bull 21-24 months – Gigi Nefarious 
Senior Champion Bull – Gigi Nefarious
Grand Champion Bull – Gigi Nefarious

FIRST – Bull 6-12 months – Gigi Paker
Calf Champion Bull – Gigi Paker

FIRST -Female 6-12 months – Gigi Promise Calf Champion Female – Gigi Promise Second
Female 6-12 months – Gigi Perfect Pattern Calf Reserve Champion Female – Gigi Perfect Pattern

THIRD – Female 21-24 months – Gigi Nova

FIRST – Breeders Group – Gigi Lowline Stud (Rockhampton Girls Grammar School).


4th- Amie Martin
5th – Bianca Warcon
4th – Heidi Davison

5th – Erin Goodwin
4th – Amie Martin

5th – Makayla Holznagel
3rd- Amie Martin
4th – Lucy Brown

2019 Race Day a success thanks to helpers

June 20, 2019 at 3:18 pm

Thank you to all the Parents, Carers, Students, Sponsors and Families that supported Girls Grammar Race Day, last Saturday, June 15.
The success of the day could not have been possible without your support before, during and after Saturday. Funds from Race Day fund raising have previously been used to replace the ELC Playground, buy the digital sign on Agnes Street, air condition the Boarding House Common Rooms, buy sporting equipment, refurbish Reception and Build the RGGS Boat Shed. Thank you to the Race Day Committee for a fantastic day.

Fishing gear wanted for weekend activities

June 20, 2019 at 3:13 pm

We are always seeking ways to offer great weekend programs and opportunities for our Boarding Students. The girls have identified that they would be interested in learning how to fish, resulting in our boarding girls planning a weekend outing with a difference! We are reaching out to our community to ask for support with providing the correct equipment so are looking for any assistance with procuring fishing equipment – e.g. hand lines, lures, yabby pump etc.
If you have some unused fishing equipment in good order we would appreciate if you would consider donating it to the Boarding School.
Any donations can be dropped into Reception right up until last day of term, Friday 28 June.
If you are able to assist, it would be greatly appreciated.

Year 4/5 students experience the Gold Rush

June 20, 2019 at 2:41 pm

On Wednesday this week the year 4/5 students presented their Gold Rush oral presentations to friends, family and teachers. Their work was accompanied by some magnificent dioramas which depicted their chosen Gold Rush town that they had researched throughout the term.
Thank-you to everyone who came along to support the students. We hope you enjoyed the afternoon!

Eisteddfod Results 2019

June 19, 2019 at 11:09 am

Congratulations to all of our soloists and ensembles for the amazing results from the Rockhampton Eisteddfod. These performances were a culmination of many months of hard work and whether students received a placing or not, performing on stage was an amazing achievement in itself.

The Rockhampton Eisteddfod is run by a dedicated group of volunteers and we thank them for making this opportunity available for our young people.

Delia Whittaker
1st Prose 10<12 Years
Cadence Wone De Rungs
1st Light Verse 10 Years
1st Verse Speaking 10 Years
Joseph Mooney Memorial Aggregate for highest marks in Light Verse <18 Years
H&G Cowlrick Trophy for encouragement for performer 10 <12 Years
1st Musical Comedy/Music Theatre 10<12 Years
1st Girls Vocal Solo 10 Years
1st Australian Composer 10<12 Years
Hannah Cowan
1st Australian Poem <13 Years
Sydney Peff
1st Verse Speaking <14 Years
2nd Impromptu Reading 14<16 Years
1st Drama 14<16 Years
Tillie Hungerford
1st Classical Ballet Solo (no pointe) 9<11 Years
1st Modern Jazz Solo 9<11 Years
1st Contemporary/Free Movement/Modern Expressive Solo 9<11 Years
1st National Dance Solo 9<11 Years
2nd Modern Jazz Duo/Trio 10<13 Years
1st Tap Duo/Trio Under 13 Years
2nd Waltz Tap Solo 9<11 Years
2nd Demi Character or Character Solo 9<11 Years
1st Classical Ballet or Demi-Character Duo/Trio 10<13 Years
Emilia Heilig
3rd Contemporary/Free Movement/Modern Expressive Solo 11<13 years
1st Tap Solo 11 <13 Years
Chloe Cowan
2nd Speed Tap Solo 15 years and over
1st Classical Ballet or Demi Character Duo/Trio 13 Years and Over
Heather Maitland
2nd Demi-Character or Character Solo 13<15 Years
1st Classical Pointe Solo-Open
1st Classical Ballet or Demi Character Duo/Trio 13 Years and Over
2nd National Dance Solo 13<15 years
Aleisha Cesar
2nd Original Composition Under 18 years
1st Modern Music Solo 14<18 Years
1st Woodwind Solo 14<16 Years
2nd Concerto Under 18 Years
3rd Australian Composer 14<18 Years
1st Vocal Duet 14<18 Years
Isla Houston
1st Vocal Duet 14<18 Years
Tia Wilson
3rd Musical Comedy/Music Theatre Solo 15 Years
Arsha Kennedy
2nd Boys/Girls Vocal Solo 7 years
1st Australian Piano Solo Under 8 Years
Rory Saunders
Musical Comedy/Music Theatre Solo 12<14 Years
RGGS Wind Band
1st Woodwind/Brass/Percussion Ensemble Secondary Students
RGGS Year 4-6 Vocal Choir
3rd Primary School Vocal Choir
2nd Primary School Freestyle Novelty Choir Years 4-6
RGGS Prep-Year 3 Choir
2nd Primary School Freestyle Novelty Choir Prep-3
Molti Voce
2nd Secondary School Choir
Bella Voce
1st Small Vocal Group <18 Years
-1st Folk Group Secondary Students
-3rd Folk Group Secondary Students
-2nd Glee Group Secondary Students