RGGS School Bus Run

December 3, 2018 at 1:35 pm

Rockhampton Girls Grammar School offer bus services to/from North Rockhampton, Yeppoon and Gracemere.

For further information please go to our website or contact Reception on (07) 4930 0900.

 

Speech Night 2018

December 3, 2018 at 1:34 pm

Our 127th Speech Night was held on Friday 16 November. It was an opportunity to acknowledge our prize winners across Sport, Culture, Citizenship and Academics. For the first time in my 16 years at Girls Grammar, no prize winners were announced until the evening, leaving a heightened sense of anticipation until the last minute. The feedback received has been positive. Congratulations to Amiee Leanne who was awarded dux of the school.

We were treated to performances by Year 6 doing an excerpt from their Musical, Year 4 to 6 Choir, Molti Voce, Bella Voce and Taylor Busbridge with a contemporary dance piece.

We welcomed back 2006 Valedictorian Lacey-Jae O’Halloran as guest speaker who shared what she has learnt since graduating.

A highlight was recognising our incoming prefects and the announcement of Tehila Rasin and Lucy Brown as 2019 Head Girls was greeted with rapturous applause.

Finally, we farewelled our Seniors for the final time with both joy and sadness as Kasey Davies delivered her valedictory speech. Good luck in your future endeavours.

Dr John Fry (Dean of Senior Studies)

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Humanities is alive at RGGS!

December 3, 2018 at 1:34 pm

Term 4 is always a very busy one at RGGS and the Humanities department is no exception. Our very clever girls finished off the year with some very exciting units of work across the Social Sciences. These units of work reflect that of an ever changing and contemporary world, focussing mainly on events and institutions that impact on everyday lives. Students studied:

  • Year 7 – Civics and Citizenship – Australian Parliament and Democratic Processes
  • Year 8 – Civics and Citizenship – Australian Identity
  • Year 9 – History – World War I
  • Year 10 – Civics and Citizenship – Climate Change and the United Nations response
  • Year 11 / 12 Modern History – Imperialism
  • Year 11 / 12 Ancient History – Greek Philosophers

2018 has been a very successful year within the Humanities faculty. With leading edge teaching and learning practices, our students have acquired knowledge vital to their membership of Australian society.

We are very much looking forward to an even more successful 2019!

Mr Edwards, Mrs Whitehand, Ms Miller-Waugh and Mrs Graham

 

 

A Final Word from our Principal

December 3, 2018 at 11:05 am

Well what a year it has been, topped off on Friday in true western fashion featuring cowgirls and cowboys and special appearance by a mechanical bull.  A big congratulations to the Year 11 students who organised the school party with the help of Mr Tree.  It is one of those much looked forward to events that makes Girls Grammar great. The dining room was certainly buzzing and the line was snaking back towards Luck!  We hope that all the girls and their families had a great time.

 

Thursday night I was able to attend the graduation ceremony for the Year 6 class.  It was a wonderful celebration and recap of what was a great year for the girls.  The girls presented a year in review and I was very impressed with their language and speaking.  They further impressed us all with a great musical item, Pirates 2.  There were many animated young actresses in the group who seemed to relish the role of plundering pirate.   Great work girls and thank you to Ms Dawes and Ms Anger for their work with the girls and Mr Cheers and Mr Cook for their technical support.   The evening was a wonderful celebration of the time these girls have spent in primary school and we wish them every success into the future as they begin High School.  It will be a time of change for them all, especially as the class will almost double in size next year venturing into Year 7.

 

As we head into the holidays, I would like to farewell those of you who are relocating or moving away to new horizons.  We send our best wishes to our staff who are leaving us and warmly welcome back some of our ‘old hands’ and some new ones.  It promises to be a busy couple of professional development days this week.

I hope that you all stay safe over these holidays.  Given the damage the fires have created, let’s hope for some rain.  Broader rain generally is very much needed and I hope that you all do well in that space over the Christmas break.  Enjoy the holiday break and time with family.  We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.  The school office will close on Friday 14 December and reopen on Monday 7 January.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Ms Christine Hills (Principal)

 

 

Community Notices

December 3, 2018 at 11:00 am

Bulls ‘n’ Barrels 2018

November 30, 2018 at 2:23 pm

Early in Term 4, the RGGS Bulls and Barrels Rodeo is eagerly awaited by our students and school community. The rodeo is one of the main fundraising activities of the P&F each year. This year was another success, with over 1000 people attending the evening, raising funds for the CQ Cancer Council and the RGGS Parents & Friends Association projects.

The rodeo is run in conjunction with the Great Western Hotel Bull Riding Series. The highlights were our very own Payten Sibson winning the Girls Grammar Buckle in the Barrels Racing followed by the spills and thrills of the Tony Dunne Plumbing Open Bull Ride. Francesca Dooley (Year 2) graciously donated her third place winnings to CQ Cancer Council. What a wonderful gesture Fran!

There are many people to thank for a great night. Noeleen Yates co-ordinated the event, the many volunteers from school, parents, competitors and RGGS Staff. The event raised over $2,200 for CQ Cancer Council. It is very expensive to host a rodeo and would not be possible without generous sponsors like; Tony Dunne Plumbing, Autobarn, MB Plant Hire, Capricorn Star, Rothery’s Buses, Jenkins Pty Ltd, City Printing Works and Coaltrain. Thank you to all sponsors for your support.

Mr Rob Fay (RGGS Parents and Friend Association Inc)

 

Wanai opts for adrenalin over alcohol for Schoolies!

November 21, 2018 at 11:41 am

Wanai Tapau-Bon will join sixteen other school-leavers from across Australia who will ditch the Gold Coast crowds this year. Instead, they will be celebrating the end of their schooling journey with a drug and alcohol-free week of adrenalin-inducing adventures in New Zealand.

The group will cross the Tasman on December 1 as part of yLead’s drug and alcohol free Schoolies alternative, Thrill Out. This adrenaline-fueled alternative offers activities such as jet boating, white water rafting, quad biking and luging as well as a unique glimpse into Maori culture. The Thrill Out participants will take a day out of adventure to serve the community and join the Salvation Army to collect items for their Christmas appeal.

yLead, a not-for-profit association that delivers leadership development experiences to thousands of students across Australia, first recognised the need for a Schoolies alternative in 2011. They believe that many young people want the chance to step outside their comfort zone and challenge themselves, rather than spend a week partying.

yLead is developing a range of drug and alcohol free Schoolies alternatives in order to provide school leavers with an array of experiences that will enhance their resilience, develop their cultural awareness and positively contribute to our world.

For more information on yLead Schoolies alternatives visit http://www.ylead.com.au/travel/

What’s on….Week 7 Term 4

November 16, 2018 at 4:48 pm

Week 6 Term 4 Important dates

November 9, 2018 at 2:24 pm

Boarding Bulletin – Week 4 Term 4

November 5, 2018 at 3:53 pm

It is hard to believe we are at Week 5 and in less than two weeks our Year 12’s will be graduating.

Exams will commence for our Year 12 students this Wednesday. I know throughout last weekend, in the boarding house, there was a sense of quiet in Kollar House and it was reassuring to see the girls studying and getting organised. I wish our Year 12 boarders the very best for exam block.

This Saturday night we will be celebrating as a boarding community, our annual Boarders Farewell Dinner. It is always an exciting event and much anticipated, as it is often a mixture of laughter and tears. Our Year 10 boarders will host the event and I thank them in advance for their commitment and especially their fundraising efforts for 2018.

We have several events coming up, including Girls Rock, Graduation, Speech Night and our new boarders Orientation weekend. It will be a busy time for us all. If you are intending to take your daughter(s) out on leave during these events, please use the online boarding electronic leave system (https://boarding.rggs.qld.edu.au), regarding approval. This assists in the organisation of buses, meals and staffing.

I look forward to the coming weeks and fare-welling our Year 12 boarders. It has been a pleasure to work with them over the last couple of years and, as I have said previously, it is not the length of time that defines the experience, I believe it is the quality of the girls in our care that makes boarding a daily joy.

Ms Bernadette Hyde-Mewburn (Director Boarding and Student Welfare)

What’s On – Week 5 Term 4

November 5, 2018 at 11:24 am

A Word from our Principal

November 2, 2018 at 1:14 pm

It’s hard to believe we are at the end of week 4 already.  With only 2 weeks of school left before the end of year 12, these next weeks promise to be very busy.  I wish our Seniors the very best for their upcoming exams.  I hope that all your hard work pays off.

It’s that time of the year when a lot of the traditional processes really ramp up.  In the last week, we conducted the Valedictory Competition.  I am very pleased to announce that Kasey Davies from Wandoan will be the 2018 Valedictorian.  She is a well deserving choice and I am sure you will enjoy hearing her speech.

 

We also conducted interviews for Prefectship next year.  I am extremely impressed by the candidates we have for prefect in 2019.  They come from a wide range of perspectives too – sport, music, cultural, academic, long time students, recent additions to the Girls Grammar family.  The common denominator is that they all spoke of a desire to give back to the school community; to support the other girls in our school.  I am looking forward to the announcement of Head Girls and other positions at Speech Night.

In the coming weeks we will celebrate Girls Rock, Graduation, Boarder’s Dinner, year 6 graduation, our orientation weekend and much more. It is a bittersweet time of the year for many and I know that that doesn’t just apply to the girls – there will be some parents whose journey will also come to an end.  Having said that, what the last weeks have shown us is that the pull back to this beautiful school community will always be strong.
I urge you all to get involved in another great event as we celebrate the end of Year 12.  The P&F is hosting a Colour Run at the Botanic Gardens on November 11.  These are great events, lots of fun and we think it’s a great way for the Seniors to have one last run together.  I hope to see you there.

 

Until next week.

Ms Christine Hills (Principal)

 

RGGS P&F Colour Run

October 30, 2018 at 3:43 pm

Come and join Rockhampton Girls Grammar School P&F Association for a fun colour run in the park on Sunday, 11 November 2018.

As well has having a great time, you would be supporting the school and Dolly’s Dream.

Please register online https://www.trybooking.com/YZBT before the event to ensure sufficient colour packs and runner bibs are available.

 

Week 4 Term 4 2018 Important dates

October 26, 2018 at 3:40 pm

Family Fun Day

October 25, 2018 at 10:59 am

Music Gala 2018

October 22, 2018 at 3:07 pm

The 2018 Girls Grammar Music Gala was a resounding success with students from Prep to Year 12 singing and playing instruments to an appreciative audience. The introduction of the livestream allowed further reach to our boarding parents and community who could not attend. This year saw the introduction of 3 new ensembles; Year 2 Strings, Year 3 and 4 Concert Band and the Boomwhacker ensemble. This year’s theme was ‘Animal Kingdom’ and each group sang or played songs about different types of animals. We would like to thank all the choirs and instrumental groups who performed on the evening and to all the students and staff who volunteered their time to help. This event would not happen without the support of the school, students, staff and parents and we sincerely thank you.

Christina Bond and Jessica Dawes

Instrumental Music Coordinators

 

RGGS Hoops – Basketball Coaching Clinic – Term 4

October 17, 2018 at 2:10 pm

2018 Boarder’s Farewell Fundraiser

October 15, 2018 at 3:09 pm

Week 2 Term 4 Important dates

October 12, 2018 at 9:32 am

Community Notices

October 12, 2018 at 9:31 am

CQ Aquajets – Free Day Out – 14 October 2018

Term 4 Book Fair

October 9, 2018 at 1:40 pm

Term 4 Book Fair is fast approaching!

Book Fair opens in the Library on Thursday 18 October and will conclude on Thursday 25 October.

Breast Cancer awareness month

October 2, 2018 at 1:41 pm

A word from our Principal

September 24, 2018 at 2:13 pm

Friday, we held the Naarah Austin Memorial Interhouse Touch Football carnival.  What a great day to finish the term.  It was wonderful to see the girls getting involved, and for many – putting themselves outside their comfort zone.  After a round robin of games, Downs and Williams met in what can only be described as a tense final.  Matching each other try for try, the game went into a drop off to decide the eventual winner – Downs.  The standard of football was excellent, the level of participation amazing.  It is so good to see the girls out playing sport, working as a team and cheering each other on.  Great work to Mrs Doherty who organised the event and to the other staff and students who assisted.

Our primary girls had a great ball games carnival!  Again, it appears to have been a contest very keenly fought – and I’m not just talking about the parents who participated! The ball games carnival again gives our girls a chance to use their ball skills and to work in their teams.  We look for participation and encouragement as well as the important skills.  At the end of the competition, Williams house won the Spirit Award and Downs House took out the carnival.

 

The other highlight of the week was Interhouse Choir.  All four teams brought their energy and enthusiasm with a side of creativity to the stage.  With songs from Dirty Dancing, Grease, Footloose and Mama Mia, it was certainly a contest that the audience could get into.  With some parts comedy, some parts drama, this event showcased the houses working as teams to get the show on stage.  It was very heartening to see the older girls working with our younger students.  In the end there must be a winner – and this year it was Patterson with their rendition of Footloose.  Despite suggestions from Downs House’s number one ticket holder, Dr Fry, there will be no Royal Commission into the outcome – you aren’t getting the trifecta this week.

It’s these events that set Girls Grammar apart. These opportunities for the girls to build those other skills that are so important for lifelong learning.  At the end of the day – it’s these events that the girls often remember long after they finish school.  It was great to see Sarah Beak at the Touch Competition and to hear her talk about the importance of the event to our Old Girls – particularly those who knew Naarah.  It’s those connections that make this a great school.

I would like to congratulate Olivia Harwood and acknowledge her outstanding achievement in art.  She is the winner of the prestigious Creative Generation Award and will have her work exhibited at GOMA in Brisbane.  This is an outstanding achievement and one made by only around 35 students from across the state.

Congratulations also to Mikaela Jackson and Kayla Sirriss who participated in the Tony Robbins, “Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Leaders” Conference recently. It’s a great opportunity for the girls to be exposed to the world of leadership.

Mrs Rogers and her Home Economics classes were recognised this week with a Rockhampton Regional Council Sustainability Award.  You may have previously heard of Mrs Rogers’ work around Boomerang Bags that the girls make in class.   What a great outcome for her and her students!

Our Equestrian Team had a great hit out at the Schools Gymkhana recently.  With a very deserved third place in the march past, the girls went on to compete in several events.  Congratulations to Leah McBride who continues to shine in this field – she won her age group and Francesca Dooley achieved a second place in hers – future Olympians perhaps.

There are so many opportunities available to the girls if they choose to have a go.  Winning isn’t always coming first, it’s also trying something new, putting yourself out there, having a go in a space you’re not comfortable.  Last weekend I threw myself into some snowboarding.  Well, I had a lesson in it.  I suspect there is one very frustrated Argentinian Instructor wondering where he went wrong.  I spent more time on the ground than sliding down it and for the first time in a while experienced all those feelings of frustration, impatience, fear of failure, real failure and the other emotions we as adults try to avoid every day.  I am always reminded, that sometimes this is what our girls must feel like – when they must strike out in a field they are not comfortable in.  That’s why it was so good to see so many non Touch Players on the field on Friday.  Maybe these holidays, you could try something new – its great for us as adults to sometimes get into the place our children are in.

Enjoy your holidays and a special Bon Voyage to Mrs Graham who is heading to Spain for a couple of months to hone her Spanish skills!   Que tengas un buen viaje!  (I hope that reads have a good journey!)

Ms Christine Hills (Principal)

A message from our Deputy Principal

September 24, 2018 at 2:13 pm

Term 3 has been action packed and a well-deserved break is on its way! With the rescheduled athletics carnival happening in the first week it was all hands on deck from the get go. I just love the atmosphere our leaders create and thank them for their commitment to ensuring the day was fun filled and action packed for the girls. Thank you to Mr Fuller and the Sports department and every staff member who was there to lend a hand for the day. Not to be outdone, the primary carnival was an outstanding display of sportsmanship and teamwork. I enjoyed watching the girls run down the lanes and giving each other a congratulatory handshake or hug at the end. Well done girls! I am most looking forward to assisting Mr Fuller in your ribbon presentations in Week 9.

I was particularly excited about the Oratory competition this term as I have been working in a Care classroom myself. Congratulations to all of the participants in Oratory – the speeches I heard were touching, informative even humorous. I am well aware of why teacher’s ‘duck and roll’ when they see you in the shopping centre. Thanks for that one Arkadie!

Congratulations to Nora and her team of artists as we celebrated our art work in a wonderful public display. I was proudly standing with Nora opening this show with our budding artists and their families there. I am in awe of the work they produce and know it is from the excellent work that our Arts and Home Economics departments do.

I was very excited to attend the Book Week parade this year and happily skipped alongside my ‘Matilda’ on the day. Thank you Leanna for a wonderful morning of celebrating books and costumes. This is one of my most favourite events of the year!

This term we held Opti-MINDS at our school for the first time. RGGS has proudly been a part of Opti-MINDS for 27 years – the longest standing Rockhampton school in this district. We had a wonderful day and many volunteers to make this day a success. I must admit I may have been getting a little worried about the audience’s thoughts as I was continually announcing Rockhampton Girls Grammar as the winners! I promise I was NOT on the judging panel but to win four out of ten Spirit Awards (with 58 teams competing), two Honours awards and 2 regional winners in Language and Literacy was pretty exciting! Thank you to everyone for the amazing contribution. We head off to Brisbane to compete in the State Competition in Week 1 Term 4.

Camp week, QCS week and Year 10 work experience week was a wonderful display of what we do here at this amazing school. I personally enjoyed heading down to Noosa with our Year 8 and 9 students who challenged themselves each and every day. I really enjoyed spending time with the girls – as did the other teachers. Thank you to our staff who contributed to this week.

RUOK? Day was a resounding success and we were very lucky to have a guest speaker from Evolve Therapeutic Services to talk with the girls about how to look after our mental health. Thank you to Sherri and her team of wonderful helpers for the day.

The last week of school brings us a lot of fun and exciting activities. At the time of writing I am looking forward to watching the work of our house leaders and their senior teams in the Inter-House Choir competition. I am also looking forward to the Performing Arts Showcase, Naarah’s Touch Carnival and the Primary Ball Games! Sounds like a heap of fun!

Enjoy the break! See you on the playground!

Mrs Gouge

News from Director of Boarding & Student Welfare

September 24, 2018 at 2:12 pm

We have reached the end of third term which is always busy but a rewarding experience for our students. A range of activities including our NAIDOC Assembly, Inter House Performing Arts Competition, Camp Week, Work Experience, Book Week, R U OK Day and the Naarah Austin Memorial Touch Carnival. These were all successful events and gave the students a rich experience of the RGGS Community.

A highlight of Term 3 was certainly Camp Week, where students participated in an outdoor adventure experience across years 5 – 9 and Year 11. Many students commented to me how they were challenged, especially the girls who attended the Year 9 camp at Noosa, where bike riding and canoeing took effort and determination amongst the patches of rain. Congratulations to the students who participated in camp week and to our committed staff who supported the students.

Our boarders spent the last week packing for the trip home and are very excited to spend the next two weeks with their family. The boarding school will re-open from 2.00pm Sunday October 7 and staff will be available in each dorm. A reminder of the Boarders long weekend, 20 – 22 October.

In week 8 the boarders enjoyed the Pyjama Party organised by Nadine Hay and the Year 12 girls. It was a great occasion and I thank the girls for their effort in making it so successful. My thanks to our Chef Leena for her work in preparing finger food for the event.

I would like to remind parents of the online boarding electronic leave system introduced in 2017. The link required is https://boarding.rggs.qld.edu.au/ . You will require your parent lounge log in and password. We have introduced a new section of leave called “unsupervised outings”. These are for times when the students request to go out in small groups for birthday celebrations etc. The details are to be entered into the leave system for approval, but please be aware these outings are not supervised by boarding staff. If you have any trouble in logging in, or completing the leave, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Term 4 will be exciting and for our Year 12 students, it will be a time to put in their absolute best academically and to also celebrate their time at RGGS. It has been a pleasure to work with our Year 12 boarders over the last couple of years. The length of time does not define the experience, I believe it is the quality of the girls in our care that makes boarding a daily joy.

It has been a fantastic year so far. I hope our students are having a safe and happy holiday and I look forward to reconnecting in Term 4.

Bernadette Hyde-Mewburn (Director of Boarding & Student Welfare)

Spotlight on the Arts

September 24, 2018 at 2:12 pm

 

Avid readers of our exciting Spotlight on The Arts may have started to notice a running theme. Our year began showcasing the creativity of our students, followed by a celebration of their courage. Now, in our penultimate Arts spotlight, we turn to a critical component in all creative endeavours – curiosity. Acclaimed poet, critic and screenwriter, Dorothy Parker summed it up beautifully when she wrote:

“The cure for boredom is curiosity.

There is no cure for curiosity”.

Indeed, curiosity has been running rampant within our Arts Department, with students and staff alike testing the limits of style and form to reimagine the world around them. From our highly-successful Art Exhibition to the Queensland Theatre ‘Scene Project’, our girls have enjoyed ample opportunities to follow their curiosity to new heights.

Stars on the Rise

Term 3 has seen some amazing results for students of the Arts. Most notably, these include:

Olivia Harwood (Year 12)

Olivia’s exceptional mixed media series, Mountain Memories has been selected for the prestigious Creative Generation Excellence Award in Visual Art. Her work, which delves into childhood memories of holidaying in the Bunya Mountains, is one of only a handful to receive the award, which is open to all Queensland secondary students.

Mountain Memories will be on display at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane in 2019. What an outstanding result!

For a sneak peek at her evocative work, we encourage you to check out our digital gallery.

Emilia Heilig (Year 7), Tia Wilson (Year 8) and Tyla Cringle (Year 9)

Following on from their successes at the state finals, Emilia, Tia and Tyla were invited to represent RGGS at the national finals of the Dance Star Competition.

The girls held their own against some stiff competition, performing alongside some of the top dancers and glee performers in the country.

Thank you, ladies, for your exemplary representation of the school, and congratulations on your outstanding efforts!

Bella Voce Ensemble

Well done to our Bella Voce Ensemble members, who were awarded Gold at the CQ University School’s Jazz Festival. The students performed wonderfully and were given the opportunity to workshop with musician James Mustafa and CQ University lecturer Nicole Thomson.

What an enormously enriching experience!

Cadence Wone De Rungs (Year 5) and Ella Neill (Year 6)

Congratulations to Cadence and Ella on their upcoming roles in the Rockhampton Musical Union’s youth production of Shrek: The Musical.

Cadence, cast as Humpty Dumpty, will be joined by chorus member Ella and pianist Christina Bond (staff) in this vibrant stage show.

Head to www.seeitlive.com.au for tickets!

Paterson House 

This year, the Interhouse Arts Competition victory was awarded to Paterson House.

Congratulations to house prefect, Raina Collett and her team on your engaging and thoroughly entertaining performance!

AMEB Exam Participants

The following students have sat AMEB Exams for Instrumental Music over the course of Term 3:

Aleisha Cesar (Year 11) – Grade 4 Clarinet, Grade 4 Singing for Leisure

Katlyn Whyte (Year 10) – Grade 5 Flute Recital Exam

Tia Wilson (Year 8) – Grade 4 Singing for Leisure

Tiarna Ceyhan (Year 8) – Grade 3 Flute Recital Exam

Iris Collins (Year 5) – Grade 1 Viola

Best of luck with your exam results, ladies!

Do you have an achievement you’d like to share in our next Spotlight on the Arts? Email JessicaLamb@rggs.qld.edu.au.

Making Connections

In an ongoing commitment to connecting our students with industry and audiences, RGGS has offered a number of curricular and co-curricular arts experiences throughout Term 3. These include participation in workshops with Queensland Theatre performer Lauren Jackson, musician James Mustafa and CQ University lecturer Nicole Thomson, as well as attendance at Opera Queensland’s ‘Ruddigore: The Witch’s Curse’, Bell Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ and the P-6 performance: A Slice of Vaudeville’.

Our Visual Artists enjoyed the authentic opportunity to exhibit and even sell their works at the 2018 Art Exhibition in Kern Arcade. The term also saw the culmination of our 2018 Progress Concert Series, with Instrumental Music students showcasing their growth as musicians over the course of the year. Finally, the successful Optiminds event brought with it the chance for Flute Choir and Dance Company to perform, alongside student dance ensemble: Zara Priddle, Jarrah Thomas and Lily Geary, and soloists Heather Maitland and Jayme McKellar.

Looking Forward

Get excited for our annual performing arts highlight: Girls Rock, which will be taking place on Wednesday 14 November. Auditions are scheduled to take place early in Term 4, so interested students are reminded to get their acts ready!

Term Overview – Humanities

September 24, 2018 at 2:10 pm

This term, in the Humanities faculty, has been one full of achievement and progress. Girls across all year levels have been well immersed in a wide variety of learning strategies to further engage in their exciting units of History and Geography. Students have been excitedly engaged in the following units of work, which have allowed them to investigate the past and explore how geography plays an important role in understanding the modern world:

  • Year 7 HSS – History: Ancient China

  • Year 8 HSS – History: Japan Under the Shogun

  • Year 9 HSS – History: World War I

  • Year 10 HSS – Geography: Geographies of Human Wellbeing

  • Year 11 and 12 Modern History – Arab-Israeli Conflict

  • Year 11 and 12 Ancient History – Pharaonic Power in Ancient Egypt

Girls have shown great interest and intrigue in these topics and it has been great to see such a high interest in the studies of the past and present. Within these units of work, the Humanities teaching team have also implemented strategies designed by the Collins Institute. Following a very successful implementation in Semester One of well-researched strategies, students in all grades have been practicing these in their classrooms and achievement of knowledge retention linking to results is evident. This strategy is very well suited to the Humanities classroom and can be used to summarise key documents of information and will be used for lengthy research tasks, without students being intimidated by dreaded plagiarism.

Students have had a good term in Humanities and the teaching team are very excited for another productive and successful Term Four.

Mr Edwards, Mrs Whitehand and Mrs Graham

Unleash the Power Within – Mikaela Jackson

September 24, 2018 at 2:10 pm

On Wednesday, 12 September 2018, I travelled to Sydney to attend the Tony Robbins Unleash the Power Within (UPW) seminar. I was accompanied by other students that are on CYLP (Cape York Leaders Program) scholarships. Kayla and I were the two representatives chosen to represent our CYLP group.

On arrival, we all introduced ourselves and eventually made our way to the motel.

Thursday, Day one of the seminar was held at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. Here we met students from all over Australia and New Zealand, who were also selected to represent their groups in the Tony Robbins Youth Leadership Program called “Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Leaders”.

Every day was a buzz and each session consisted of inspirational and motivational talks from Tony Robbins. He inspired me in so many ways and he opened my mind to multiple options that will help me in my future studies and future careers.

Every morning we would be awakened at 5:30am and he used that as our kick start to the big, long day ahead. Each day, we attempted a multitude of events that would conclude around 12 midnight, even to 1:00 am. During the long and full on days Tony will keep us hyped up so that we didn’t falter and feel the need to fall asleep. He would awake our senses by calling out “LET’S CELEBRATE!” then fun music began to play as everyone in the crowds started dancing in their aisles.

On the first night, we were told that we were going to walk on fire. There were 50 rows of hot coals lined up outside of the central arena. All participants at The UPW seminar were invited to become a fire walker. This challenge made those who attempted The Fire Walk to build personal confidences and to prove to oneself that if you try hard enough, you can literally achieve anything. At first, I was quite scared about doing The Fire Walk. In my head were words from Tony’s motivational talks and these words inspired me to challenge myself, face my fears and give The Fire Walk a go. I did walk over the coals as if there was not heat beneath my feet. It didn’t hurt as I thought it might and I was amazed and proud that I took the challenge. It felt as if nothing was beneath my feet. I could hear a saying that Tony likes to challenge attendees with which is “If you can walk on fire, you can do anything”.

Over the four days I had learnt so many new things about myself and so many new strategies to move through life with. I was like a new person and that new person is me. I also met lots of new people and that was a fabulous and fun experience. Out of all the people I met , I felt I made a solid new friend. I now have a friendship circle that includes participants from all over the world. As one of Tony’s ways to meet someone new, he would ask everyone to go and give and receive hugs and do high fives with ten people you have never met before. This was a great way to expand my friendship circle and boost my personal confidences.

There were challenges and surprises and lots of hard work each day but one of the BEST and MOST amazing surprises that Tony organised, was the chance to see Jessica Mauboy perform in the Arena.

The last day saw us playing a multitude of mixed groupings in a series of multiple activities that improved our team building skills and reinforced key strategies. The UPW presenters taught us each day.

That last day was so emotional! All participants and presenters had to say their last goodbyes to each other and then we all left Sydney to go our separate ways.

I believe this was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had in my life! I learned so much from Tony and his business partner Joseph McClendon.

I would like to say that I am keen to stay motivated and am looking forward to being able to attend another UPW Seminar in the near future.

Mikaela Jackson (Year 10)

Sustainability Champions

September 24, 2018 at 2:10 pm

Our boomerang bag project from Term 1 continues to be a winner! Being selected by Rockhampton Regional Council as ‘Sustainability Champions’, our photo will feature in August of the Sustainability in Action! 2019 Calendar. Keep an eye out for it!

Mrs Stacey Rogers (Home Economics, Hospitality)

RGGS 2018 Music Gala

September 24, 2018 at 2:09 pm