Christine Hills – Girls Grammar bound

Christine Hills – Girls Grammar Bound
It is with much excitement and energy that Christine Hills takes up the role of Principal at Rockhampton Girls Grammar School in 2016.

With six years’ experience as a primary Principal in Moura and Rockhampton, Christine Hills has focussed on ensuring school improvement results in real change for student outcomes. After receiving the Public Education Foundation Scholarship in 2014, Christine completed a leadership course at Harvard, Cambridge, where she became aware of the work of Professor John Collins on developing student knowledge and skills with writing across the curriculum. She has used learnings from Harvard to enhance the highly successful programs she has developed in primary schools in Central Queensland.

Her leadership role at Gladstone SHS in 2015 has enabled her to take these programs into the secondary sector. Christine’s work with school leadership teams and school improvement was acknowledged by the Australian Council of Educational Leadership (Qld) with an Honorary Fellowship in 2014 and by the National Excellence in Teaching Awards Program with a national award for leadership in 2013. She has twice presented at The Australian Council of Educational Research National EPPC conference.

Christine comes from a cattle property outside of Moura where her husband Brian runs a Brahman cattle operation and spends his spare time as an Assistant Shot Firer for Anglo Dawson mine. Their four children aged between fourteen and seven supply an adequate amount of free mustering when they are home for holidays.

Ross Johnson, Chair of the RGGS Board of Trustees looks forward to working with Christine to build upon past achievements and embrace future prospects. “She has a wealth of experience in education and will be a great leader for our wonderful school.”



Equestrian Excellence

Wow! Our Equestrian team are State Champions! Our small team of four won the 2015 QLD Interschool State Eventing Championships in Warwick on a cold weekend in July. Well done to Abigail and Matilda Donaldson, Sarah Doyle and Emily Lang who together beat the big Brisbane schools! There will now be much more practice and preparation in readiness for the September National Finals in Sydney for Abigail, Sarah and Emily. Thanks so much Mrs Lang and other parents for their time and support. Best of luck!  ‪#‎GirlsGrammarTalent‬
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Jazz Festival Opportunity Seized

What a great weekend at the CQ University Jazz Festival with the Chamber Singers.

The girls participated in a Jam Session and Vocal Workshop with Dan Barnett on Saturday learning new skills of scatting and ‘on the spot’ harmonising.

On Sunday they performed their 15min program and 45min clinic, receiving a Gold Award and Most Outstanding Vocal Ensemble at the Showcase & Awards concert that night.

The girls performed beautifully and were wonderful ambassadors for our school. They have been invited to present a 40 minute program at the Village Arts Festival on Saturday 22 August and workshop with Dan Barnett again which is a fantastic opportunity and honour for the girls.


Eisteddfod Successes

WOW, what great results for the 2015 Rockhampton Eisteddfod. Details and results are all due to Jess Dawes and Christina Bond, our dedicated and sleep deprived musical dynamic duo.

    • Our Prep-3 Choir won their section! They sang beautifully and looked amazing.
    • Mini Glee won their section in Folk Group against seven other competitors! They sang so beautifully and represented the school with pride. The adjudicator wrote a lot of ‘excellent’ on the report and commented on their ‘great potential’. So proud of the girls!
    • 4-6 Choir – First place! They sang beautifully and the adjudicator was extremely impressed.
    • Secondary Choir – First place!
    • Small Vocal Group – First place!
    • Secondary Folk Group –  Second place!
    • Folk Group U18 – Second place!
    • Glee Group  – First place and the Christina Bond Trophy!
    • Aggregate Announcements:
        • The Senior Choir won the Colvin Family Trophy for ‘Most Outstanding Vocal Choir of The Eisteddfod’ (we won this trophy from 1997-2004 and then in 2007 and haven’t been awarded this since then)
        • The Primary Choirs won the Agnes & George Keegan Memorial Trophy for ‘Highest aggregate for Small School Choirs’
        • Our very own choir conductor Jess Dawes was awarded the Robinson Family Trophy ‘Most Outstanding Vocal Choir conductor of the Eisteddfod !!

These are amazing achievements for the School and we are becoming the School to watch with our choral endeavours. Members of the community and the adjudicator have commented on the high standard and musicality of our performances.

These results are a reflection of the many hours of rehearsals in preparation for this event. The girls have shown dedication and commitment and represented the school with pride each and every time they stepped into the auditorium and onto the stage.

We could not be prouder of their achievements!


Girls Grammar Formal Red Carpet

The Year 12 Formal was an amazing celebration of our senior girls becoming women. The Walk Through at 4pm on Saturday was held in the CAB Undercover area and it was followed by dinner and dancing at The Heritage Village.

The Morning Bulletin took up the excitement and the girls can be seen on their news feed More can be seen on our Facebook Page


International Women’s Day Accolades


The Zonta Club of Rockhampton’s annual International Women’s Day Breakfast was held on Thursday 5 March this year. A table of Rockhampton Girls Grammar staff, the two head girls and their mothers attended.

Abbey Godwin-Smith from Mt Panorama Rolleston, the Girls Grammar Helen E Downs and Senior School Council Prefect won the Young Woman in Public Affairs Award sponsored by Zonta for all that she has done for others and the community in her young life. This award is recognition of Abbey’s leadership, community service, international awareness and advocacy for the improvement of the status of women locally and worldwide.

In her acceptance speech, she thanked many people, but especially her Principal Melinda Scash. Abbey considers Ms Scash a great influence in shaping her into the person she is today. Abbey is inspired by her commitment and passion, not only for the School, but for all women.

Abbey is pictured along with the award and her mother Gail Godwin-Smith (Central Highlands Regional Councillor) after the presentation.