‘Gaia’ is the Greek Earth Mother Goddess. She lends her name to the Rockhampton Girls Grammar Gaia Festival which honours and celebrates the wonderful creativity and significant contributions that women have made to the Rockhampton community.

This great family activity unfolds each year in May at the Girls Grammar School on the Range.

Twilight Gaia Festival Friday 20 May 2016 3-8pm


Some Festival highlights for all the family:

  • Over 50 market stalls displaying handcrafted treasures, clothing, exquisite jewellery, millinery creations, artwork, organic skin care products, candles and perfumes
  • Tantalising foods including Gaia Café, Sausage Sizzle, Snow Cones and Mark’s Chef cooked meals
  • Zorb balls in the Pool, slide, rides and Photo Booth
  • Paterson Museum Heritage Exhibition
  • A multidraw raffle in support of RFDS  drawn each hour
  • Entertainment including dance, cheerleading, rock bands and choir performances
  • Fashion Parade by Boho Chick
  • Younger visitors receive a FREE ‘Activity Quest’ which invites them to complete Science, Maths, Art and Physical Activity challenges, interact with some farm animals (petting zoo) and play some side show alley games.
  • SCHOOL TOURS are conducted hourly, bring a family you know whose daughter could benefit from the Girls Grammar Advantage!





Collins Writing Program Conference

Rockhampton Girls Grammar School was proud to introduce to Australia, Rebecca DeSmith, presenter of the internationally renowned ‘Collins Writing Program’  from Boston Massachusetts on Tuesday 17 February. Over 80 delegates from Queensland and New South Wales joined Girls Grammar to participate in a full day workshop that explored ways to improve students writing.

Writing data in Australia has worsened  in the last two NAPLAN tests.  This program, sourced from a leadership course at Harvard University, provides strategies to ensure that writing that occurs in classroom is meaningful and develops the skills of students.  Schools which have used the Collins strategies have seen dramatic and sustained improvement in their writing data – going against the national trend.

Girls Grammar is proud to work in conjunction with educators from across the private, catholic and public education systems to bring real change to student learning.

Win News Report link please click.




Rowing at Girls Grammar

Rowing is Growing at Girls Grammar.

During the Christmas Holidays two very keen Girls Grammar rowers prepared for the Queensland and Australian Championship Regattas. This involved a lot of practice in Rockhampton and very little time at home in Alpha. January 23 and 24 was the Queensland Regatta at Lake Wyalong near Beaudesert. Grace and Emma Kennedy competed in five Under 19 and 21 events. The results were very good in high quality fields. Combining with other rowers from Emmaus and Glenmore, the Girls achieved 2nd in U19 fours, 3rd
in U21 Quad, 4th in U19 Pairs 5th in U19 Quads. The next event the Kennedy Sisters are preparing for is the Australian Championships in Sydney on the Olympic rowing course, March 14 -21.

Click for link to rowing clip.



Welcome back

New Principal Mrs Christine Hills welcomed Girls Grammar families back to the School for the 2016 academic year at a family BBQ on Monday 25 January. Our unique close knit School community is very happy to expand each year to include our new families and what better way to meet and greet than a good old Aussie BBQ with staff, parents and students. BBQ (25)BBQ (14)BBQ (16) BBQ (30) BBQ (49) Boarders welcome (4)

Graduates last day of school

Head girls with redesigned school uniforms

Our Year 12 students featured on Seven Local News on their last day of School. Our traditions are special, see this video link on the Seven Facebook page to catch a glimpse of them.




New Director of Boarding for 2016

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Introducing Bernadette Hyde-Mewburn who will be taking over the Director of Boarding reins in 2016. Bernadette has given us a little insight into her background. We hope you will welcome her into our family with the usual Girls Grammar warmth.
Born and raised on the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, I was educated at Mt St Patrick College Murwillumbah and completed my senior schooling as a Boarder at St Mary’s College Lismore.
I have worked and studied across Australia including, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane. I have also had the opportunity to work with Indigenous Communities in the remote areas of South Australia. Most of my career has been as a Public Servant working in the Department of Communities, Department of Family & Community Services, and Department of Corrections. I have also worked in the Not for Profit Sector in Queensland, including General Manager Rosies Youth Mission and School Ministries Coordinator with the St Vincent De Paul Society.
After marrying my husband Mark in 2000 we made a decision to “give something back and make a difference” and decided working in Boarding Schools was going to be part of our future together.
In 2006 Mark and I were appointed Head of Residence Years 7 & 8 at Marist College Ashgrove where we were privileged to care for boys of Western Queensland and the Pacific and to be part of the Marist College Community.
In 2010 Mark and I moved to North Queensland, where I was appointed Assistant to the Principal – Residential at St Patrick’s College Townsville, where I completed a five year term. Mark was appointed School Counsellor, Ignatius Park College.
As we have no children of our own it has been a great privilege to care for someone else’s children but at the same time understanding the extraordinary responsibility that comes with that privilege.
I am very excited to be appointed Director of Boarding 2016 at Rockhampton Girls Grammar School. The vision of the School “Women Can Achieve Anything” is a great foundation to work from. In my recent tour of Girls Grammar, I was most impressed with the facilities but I also experienced a culture amongst students where they were very proud of their school and embraced every opportunity for success.
I look forward to meeting the students and families of the Boarding Community of Rockhampton Girls Grammar School and welcoming you in 2016.