A big thank you to our sponsors for 2019

October 16, 2019 at 11:52 am

Each year business around town and throughout Central Queensland generously give up their time and money to help create the Girls Grammar, Tough Enough to Wear Pink Bulls ‘n’ Barrels event.

This year we were lucky enough to have an array of sponsors jump on board and support us. Without these sponsors this wonderful event would not be possible. With that in mind we would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous donations:


A big thank you to our first and major sponsors, Parkhurst Quality Meats.
This wonderful local business is one of our major sponsors for the 2019 Bulls ‘n’ Barrels. You can find them at the Parkhurst Town Centre Monday to Friday 9am until 6pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 8am until 4pm.


This wonderful local business has donated to our raffle for this years event. Scrutiny strength and training is located on 57 Alexander St Rockhampton and is open 7 days a week. They are open Monday to Friday 5am – 8pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8am until 1pm.


We are very pleased to announce that this wonderful cattle transport company has joined our sponsors list recently to support Bulls ‘n’ Barrels 2019. For all your trucking and transport needs call Curtis Carrying on 0427981140.


Close Constructions has been a valuable sponsor for us this year and without them this event would not be possible. Close Constructions are local, domestic and commercial builders with more than 35 years experience in the industry. For all your building needs contact 49224111 or don@closeconstructionsptyltd.com.au


Thank you to CQ Endo for sponsoring our Bulls ‘n’ Barrels event for 2019. For all your endodontic needs contact cqendo@icloud.com or call 0421973546


We would like to thank this wonderful company for contributing to our annual rodeo event. Whether you’re extending your home, planning a new residential build, or are looking for brick laying experts in Yeppoon to help construct a large commercial building, Brick and Trowel Company Pty Ltd has the team for the job. Contact them on 0412106326.


Thank you to Rothery’s Coaches for backing us in 2019 for our community event, Bulls ‘n’ Barrels. Their support is valued immensely. Established in February 1977 by Barry and Ros, and continuing to be a family owned and operated company, Rothery’s Coaches has grown to become one of Queensland’s leading Public Transport companies. To get in contact with Rothery’s please call 07 4922 4320.


This wonderful local business is a valued sponsor of this year’s rodeo. A big thank you to the team at Chris Warren Homes for their wonderful sponsorship. Whether you’re looking for your first or next home, Chris Warren Homes has a design to meet your requirements. We also cater for property investors in search of an investment property. Call (07) 4921 4444 today!


We are very pleased to announce that this wonderful early learning centre has joined our sponsors list to support Bulls ‘n’ Barrels 2019. Natural Wonders Early Learning is a private childcare centre that boasts state-of-the-art facilities. It provides quality early learning services and child care facilities for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and kindergarten students. Call  4928 0080 or 4926 0562 today!


Thank you to the Capricorn Star for sponsoring our Bulls ‘n’ Barrels event for 2019. For all your fishing and charter needs contact 1800792467.


Thank you to Autobarn Rockhampton for joining our sponsors list for 2019. Without them this event wouldn’t be possible. Whatever you need for your car, truck or bike, you’ll find it at Autobarn Rockhampton. Call 4936 4920 today!


A big thank you to our valuable sponsor, City Printing Works. With four generations of printing experience within the Anderson family, City Printing Works can help with all your printing, signage, stationery and promotional product needs. Contact 4927 2533 today!


We are very pleased to announce that this wonderful business has joined our sponsors list to support Bulls ‘n’ Barrels 2019. Peff Cabinets are an experienced cabinet building team based in Kawana, North Rockhampton. To contact them ring 49225466 or email admin@peffcabinets.com.au.


Grant Goltz plumbing has been a valuable sponsor for us this year and without them this event would not be possible. For all your plumbing needs call 0407376602 today.


Georges has recently jumped on board as a sponsor for 2019, donating some valuable prizes to the event. Without their support this event would not be possible. Georges is located at 88 William St Rockhampton, to contact them call 49225152.

Bulls ‘n’ Barrels

October 16, 2019 at 10:08 am

It’s nearly that time of the year again where the girls saddle up their horses and get ready to give it their all at the Bull ‘n’ Barrels Rodeo.

This year the annual event will be held on Saturday October 19. Gates open at 5pm with events kicking of at 6pm sharp at the Great Western Hotel.

Admission is as follows:

  • $50 for a family pass (Two adults and two children)
  • $20 for adults
  • $10 for high school students and seniors
  • $5 for primary school students
  • Under 6 is free

For any inquiries please call Noeleen on 0490158443.


October 14, 2019 at 1:18 pm


Term Four School Fee Accounts were issued on the 19 September and were due for payment on the first day of term 08/10/2019.  Please contact the Finance Department 49 300 912 if you have an outstanding balance and are not on a currently approved payment arrangement.  You are now able to view and make payment for your School Fees through Parent Lounge.


It is that time of year where our School Executive are planning the resourcing, classroom structures and staffing levels for the 2020 School Year. 

To assist in this regard, we ask that you please notify our Enrolments Officer at your earliest convenience if your daughter will not be continuing her enrolment for 2020 with Rockhampton Girls Grammar School.    

Please be advised that if your daughter/(s) is not attending Rockhampton Girls Grammar School in 2020, written notice was required no later than 4pm Friday 11 October 2019.

Clair Applewaite

Business Manager

E.    businessmanager@rggs.qld.edu.au

P.    07 4930 0968   F. 07 4930 0935

A.    Corner Denham and Agnes Streets, Rockhampton, QLD 4700

       PO Box 776 Rockhampton, QLD 4700

W.    https://rggs.qld.edu.au

Week 2 Term 4 What’s on!

October 11, 2019 at 3:32 pm

What’s On! Week 1 Term 4

October 9, 2019 at 5:57 pm

Interhouse Performing Arts Competition 2019

September 20, 2019 at 2:16 pm

Interhouse Performing Arts Competition 2019

After four weeks of intensive singing, dancing and acting rehearsals, students from Year 4 to Year 12 participated in the annual Interhouse Performing Arts Competition on Thursday 19th of September. This year’s theme was Women Empowerment with songs about women supporting women made famous by some exceptionally powerful ladies including:

Man! I Feel Like a Woman – Shania Twain (Downs House)

Roar – Katy Perry (Paterson House)

Born This Way – Lady Gaga (Smith House)

Respect – Aretha Franklin (Williams House)

All four houses definitely brought their energy, passion and a side of creativity to the stage with close competition between each team. Filled with enthusiastic trumpet and saxophone playing, fiery baton twirling, extraordinary tap dancing and exploding confetti canons, the judges had some tough decisions to make.

Congratulations to Smith House for taking out first place for this competition!

2nd Place: Downs House

3rd Place: Paterson House

4th Place: Williams House

Well done to all the houses for their efforts, commitment and teamwork throughout this term to make this competition possible. Each performance was outstanding!

What’s on! Week 9 Term 3

September 13, 2019 at 2:50 pm

A word from our Principal (Acting)

September 13, 2019 at 2:37 pm

13 September

Dear Parents and Guardians


The next two weeks are exciting weeks for the students and staff here at Rockhampton Girls Grammar. The What’s On accompanies this letter each week which has the times and dates for the week ahead. I do hope we see you at the Interhouse Choir or Naarah’s Touch Carnival. You would be most welcome to come along. I hope you have also taken the opportunity to engage in the Parent Learning conversations on our last day of term. The relationship between the teacher and home is an important one. We finish our term early to capture our families who do not live locally so I do hope you are able to make it in on the day. Alternatively, our teachers and staff are exceptional communicators so please feel free to contact your daughter/s teachers by another method if you are not available on the day.

The RUOK day was a fabulous celebration this week organised by our prefects. Thank you, girls, for your organisation and the commitment to ensuring the message is clear and needed. The photographs available on our Facebook page really portrayed the enjoyment from our girls.

Thank you also to Abigail for her thoughtful suggestion around ‘Wear Your Jersey to School Day’ in memory of two very special people in our community and in support of organ donation. We managed to raise a sizeable contribution to the cause and appreciate the efforts the girls went to for the event. My apologies if the communication to you was not timely enough, however we were working around no disruptions during assessment and QCS week. Overall, the school was a sea of jerseys and the girls enjoyed the opportunity for dress up.

We have some amazing events coming up that may interest you. Firstly, our Heritage Listed Tennis Court facilities upgrade. If you are interested in constructing or learning how to construct some funky pallet furniture, please inform us via our survey link we recently sent out to you. Secondly Bulls ‘N’ Barrels will be here before you know. The P and F have been busily preparing this fabulous event for our girls and we thank them greatly. Finally, our school musical is nearing time for presentation. Please have a look at our VIP packaging options available on the night. I thank you in advance for supporting this great school. 

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)                               

Check out our Media Hub

September 13, 2019 at 9:33 am

Want to keep updated with what our girls are doing in school? Click here to check out our Media Hub. It’s here where you can find videos and stories on everything Girls Grammar!


September 13, 2019 at 9:26 am

On Wednesday Rockhampton Girls Grammar celebrated R U OK Day. Year 12 student and Cultural Prefect, Isla Houston lead the organisation of the day which included many activities intended to bring students together. To watch what took place on the day click here.

Community Notices

September 13, 2019 at 9:13 am


Beak’s Tennis Holiday Program and Term 4 coaching spaces available, call 0419026963 or message us on Facebook for more information.



Scholarship Programs on offer for school leavers

September 13, 2019 at 8:48 am

In a game changer for Queensland school leavers, USQ will offer new automatic scholarships for students with OPs from 1-8.

  • USQ will offer new automatic scholarships for students with OPs from 1-8.
  • School leavers who achieve an OP of 1-2 will automatically receive a scholarship package valued up to $29,000, including an optional study abroad package and leadership development.
  • Students with an OP 6 or above will be awarded a scholarship package valued up to $20,000.
  • And students with an OP8 or above will be awarded up to $6,000.

Source: https://www.usq.edu.au/news/2019/08/boost-for-school-leavers

Pink Ribbon High Tea

September 6, 2019 at 3:53 pm

Program for Girls! School Holidays

September 6, 2019 at 12:58 pm

Whats on! Week 8 Term 3

September 6, 2019 at 11:22 am

A word from our Acting Principal

September 6, 2019 at 11:06 am

06 September

Dear Parents and Guardians


It has been very enjoyable reading about our girls’ experiences this week. The camp adventures looked fantastic and cries of ‘It was great!’ as the girls stepped off the bus could be heard all over. I sincerely thank our teachers and aides who went on camp with our girls to provide this enriching experience away with their peers. Many strong bonds and foundations of friendships are built during the camp experiences and I know that is enhanced by our teachers attending. Our Year 10 students have enjoyed a week of working in the ‘real world’. I do wonder if they will have more appreciation for the school day after this experience! I have also enjoyed following their journey this week and hope that this opportunity cements them on their pathway, or, alternatively, has provided insight that perhaps it isn’t what they expected so they can reconsider.

I had the privilege of enjoying two mornings of fine company and fine food with our history making QCS students. I am extremely proud of their commitment to this tasks and their desire to do it for each other. I know they were prepared and I am very much looking forward to seeing their results rewarding them for their effort. Congratulations girls!

Next week we are launching the opportunity for our parents and students to help us prepare the funky pallet furniture for the Heritage Listed Tennis Courts. Keep an eye out for this campaign particularly if you are skilled in construction or interested in learning how to be skilled in construction. We have had many volunteers and donations to this amazing project which I sincerely thank you for and I cannot wait to see how this space will pan out for the girls. Our facilities program has freshened up the school in gardening efforts over the last few weeks, relocated lockers to create more bag space for the girls and replaced mattresses in one of our Boarding Houses as a scheduled facilities maintenance plan. Thank you to our facilities team for making our beautiful school look fresh and inviting.

Congratulations this week goes to Abby D who has successfully gained a place in the Young Scholars Program at UQ this year. It is a rigorous process to be selected and I am pleased the selection panel were able to see you for the terrific young lady that you are. Also Macey K has again won a swag of medals at the State Championships for Baton Twirling and will go on to represent QLD at the Nationals. We have some VERY talented young ladies here.

We are back into the swing of things next week at Girls Grammar. Most year levels will be starting Term 4 units so it is very important that your daughter is here and engaging over the next two weeks. We have some extremely exciting events such as Naarah’s Touch Carnival, Interhouse Choir and Parent Teacher conversations.

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)                               

Girls Grammar takes Rhapsody Rotorua Music Festival by storm

September 2, 2019 at 8:41 am

On 30 June, thirty Rockhampton Girls Grammar Girls embarked on a journey across the ditch to New Zealand to compete in the Rotorua Music Festival. This festival is held every year and sees more than 400 Australian students, and 400 New Zealand student travel to the small city of Rotorua to compete for a Gold, Silver or Bronze placing in their chosen genre. Music clinics and workshops from world renowned musicians were offered as part of the music festival. This allowed students from different schools and countries to meet as well as to work together to create musical masterpieces.

Months of rehearsals took place for the Bella Voce, Molti Voce, Small Wind Band and the Flute Choir to be ready to compete for this Music Festival. Nerves were running high on adjudication day, however the students performed beautifully. So much so that Rockhampton Girls Grammar was awarded a gold place for Bella Voce, a silver for Small Wind Band and Molti Voce and bronze for the Flute Choir.

The tour was not only and educational one; it was jam packed with fun and adventure. The students visited Waitomo Caves where they got to see small glow worms and Hobbiton, a film set for Lord of The Rings. We all got hopelessly lost in the world’s longest hedge maze and rolled down a hill in a giant plastic ball. We visited a geothermal park where the Earth’s crust is a mere 2.5km thick… The girls are now well versed in all the different breeds of sheep thanks to the AgroDome Sheep Show! Ava Kean showed us how to milk a cow, Tillie Hungerford got a toy sheep as a prize, and Sophie Pelizzari got to feed baby goats. Students were treated to a traditional dinner, the hungi, at Tamaki Maori Village. The village showcased the Maori culture and traditions of the past and present.

A highlight of the tour was watching some of the girls face their fears at the Velocity Valley adventure park. Many students worked up the courage to try the Swoop… a giant swing with a 40 metre drop! Screams could be heard from across the park. Other activities included the Free Fall Extreme (being lifted by the world’s largest outdoor fan) and the Agrojet – 0 to 100kmph in 4.2 seconds in a jet boat.

The tour finished luge down the Skyline Restaurant mountain and a beautiful dinner, followed by presentations. It is safe to say the girls made memories and new friends that will last a life time! Congratulations to each and every student on a successful tour.

What’s on! Week 7 Term 3

August 30, 2019 at 4:11 pm

A word from our Acting Principal

August 30, 2019 at 3:52 pm

30 August 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians


Next week is an important week for our senior students. It is also a historical event being the last ever QCS testing to be administered in QLD Education. Dr Fry and the senior teachers have been supporting, guiding and engaging our girls over the last two years in preparation for this day. I wish our seniors a successful couple of days next Tuesday and Wednesday and thank all of those involved in getting our girls ready. I am confident you will be able to be at your best!

The rest of our school is engaging in a variety of activities from year level camps, leadership camps and work experience. This is a great opportunity for our girls to develop friendships and independence over the duration of the week. I have thoroughly enjoyed attending camps over the years and always ensure the students I take feel supported and safe. The teachers and camp staff have some amazing activities for the girls to participate in and I wish them well and safe travels. I do wish our Year 10 students well as they pursue a week of work experience in their desired interests. I fondly remember my work experience as a Year 10 student at our local primary school where I got my first take on teaching. Here I am over 20 years later!

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This morning was a wonderful display of community at our Early Learning Centre, Prep V’s Fathers in footy. I am certain it was a blow out – with our girls taking the title. I enjoyed catching up with many of you this morning and loved seeing you all on our playground playing the biggest game of footy ever! Happy Father’s Day to our wonderful dads. I also had the pleasure of watching our champion netball teams today! What little legends playing in the heat and doing their best. Congratulations to all the teams who have made the finals. I am sure Mr Fuller will have some results to share with us on Assembly.

On Sunday we host the regional Optiminds Finals and we are hopeful that our two teams shine towards victory. I know the girls have independently put in a lot of hard work and I am looking forward to watching them this Sunday. Thank you to the many volunteers who have put this day together with me and are coming along to support us on the day. Our P and F team and our Cultural Prefect are also running some food stalls. Please come on down to support our volunteers.

This week I have accepted the resignation of Maree Cannavan who has decided to return home to Toowoomba. Thank you, Ms Cannavan, for your service in our Home Economics Department. We wish you well as you continue to pursue your goals. I have also accepted the resignation of Ku Lacey who after 9 years at Girls Grammar is following her husband down to the Darling Downs region. Your dedication to our school and the flourishing Cattle Club has been outstanding and we wish you well on your journey. Their gain is our loss but we thank you sincerely for your years of service!

Congratulations to the Oz Tag team who have successfully progressed to the finals tonight. Good luck girls and play hard. 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 6 Term 3

August 23, 2019 at 11:54 am

A word from our Acting Principal

August 23, 2019 at 11:34 am

23 August 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians


This week on assembly I spoke with the girls about preparation and study skills. Next week we enter our Term 3 examination block. I am confident the girls are prepared, but often some reminders about the most effective way to prepare is sensible. Many of our girls will experience some level of stress next week throughout the assessment period. There is a space for a healthy level of stress – it creates adrenalin. The trick is to balance it effectively, while maintaining healthy eating and rest periods that are sensible. If you feel that your daughter has reached an unhealthy level of stress, please contact us at school. We have an amazing welfare team here who can support your daughter and provide strategies. You do not have to go through this alone.

Today we are heading out to Banana to meet with some of our boarding families in the Western Corridor. I am very pleased to be able to introduce our new Head of Boarding to our families. We intend to incorporate several trips out west and further north in our 2020 calendar year around end or beginning of school holiday periods or Boarder’s Long Weekends and AgGrow. I will be able to communicate this to you early next year to assist with your planning. I do hope that you get the opportunity to meet with Ms McCarthy over the next term.

Please take the time over the next couple of week to assist your daughter in Year 4,5,6,7,8,9 and 11 to prepare for camp. Each camp has a separate camp equipment and packing list and it is vital the girls have the tools they need in order to be successful. We are very excited about Camp Week! It is one of the most anticipated weeks of the year and I absolutely love the friendships and comradery built over this shared week together. Thank you to our teachers who have agreed to go on camp. We appreciate you very much.

Our PNG team is well into preparation for the big trip in September. We will be welcoming our PNG sister school in November. I am looking forward to sharing with you our experience through our social media channels.

I have received final approval from our Air-Conditioning tender process late yesterday afternoon. This is the final stage before we can start to install! Over the school break the successful company will be in our Kollar House getting the infrastructure built. We are very much on track for a Term 4 delivery which is very exciting for the girls!

Congratulations to the Touch Football Team this week for team of the week! 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)                               

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