School Calendar

June 30, 2016 at 2:09 pm

Please find below a link to our School Calendar.  This calendar lists all events in the school community and can be found on our main website. Links to further information on certain events are also available through the events.

Rockhampton Girls Grammar School Calendar

To access the calendar specific to students which contains information regarding assessment tasks and due dates, please log in to Parent Lounge, which can be found under ‘Our Links‘ on our main website.


QISSN Update

June 30, 2016 at 12:59 pm

QISSN1QISSN is well and truly under way this week with some great results for our Girls Grammar team.

The last two days of competition have been intense. OuQISSN3r QISSN team has played hard and finished fourth in their pool. Their last game on Tuesday was a really tight game, with the added pressure of the game being live-streamed. They came from behind to win 18 to 17 against Xavier College. This means they played in two qualifying finals before their Grand Final. Our first Qualifying Final was on Thursday at 8.45am at CQ University, Court 2 against a very determined Marist College.  The second Qualifying Final was held at 1.15pm at Emmaus College, with Grand Finals played on Friday 1 July 2016.

If you missed the live stream game on Tuesday  you can go to the following link:

QISSN Live Stream Game

Thank you all for your ongoing support!

Jacalean Wines and James Lye QISSN2

125 Celebration Memorabilia

June 30, 2016 at 12:55 pm

Memorabilia for Sale – all proceeds from merchandise go towards the restoration of Paterson House.

  • RGGS P&F Cookbook – A Taste of Time $10
  • The Wider View, First Edition $25
  • Hearts Bright with Hope $20
  • 125th umbrellas $40
  • 125th wine glasses and tumblers $10 each

These items can be posted – call Theresa on 07 49300900 to place an order.

Taste of Time

Glasses Hearts Bright With Hope The Wider View Umbrella

Lost Property

June 30, 2016 at 12:53 pm

We have a large number of items of unnamed lost property at Reception at the moment.  Everything from hats and jumpers, to black school shoes, joggers and even a pram/stroller that was left at our Open Day and Gaia Festival.

If you or your daughter are missing any items please visit Reception and we can help to identify if something belongs to you.

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to ensure that all uniform items are clearly named.  If items are named we can easily return them to their owners.


Upcoming Regional Events

June 30, 2016 at 12:52 pm

Please find below links to a number of upcoming events in regional areas:

Girls Grammar Rolleston Gathering

7 July 12 noon Rolleston Coffee Cart in the Park

Girls Grammar AgGrow Gathering

8 July 5.30pm Mayfair Ridge Tavern


June 30, 2016 at 12:51 pm

On Friday 17 June 2016, the Primary School held their annual RSPCA Day.  Students came dressed as their favourite animal and through their donations raised a whopping $292 for the RSPCA.RSPCA

Yeppoon Show Results

June 30, 2016 at 12:50 pm

The Girls Grammar Cattle Club attended the Yeppoon Show on 11 and 12 June.  The results are as follows:


Kajaani – First in Heifer 12-24 months and Champion Heifer.

Secret – Second in heifer 12-24 months and reserve champion heifer.

Janarli and Lawbreaker – First in Cow 24 months plus.

Leroy – Second in Bull under 18 months

Brahmans – Viva Brahmans

Bradman – third in Bull under 12 months

Belle – third in heifer under 12 months


Kasey Davies – 4th and Hannah Knight – 5th in Junior Judging Under 15 years.

Kelsey Kleier – 4th in Junior Judging 15 Years and over

Kasey Davies – 4th in Junior Parading 13-Under 15 years.



Photo of Kajaani being led by Georgia Sherry winning Champion Heifer.

Written by Ku Lacey – Agricultural Science Teacher

New Newsletter Format

June 21, 2016 at 10:59 am

Dear Girls Grammar family

Welcome to our new electronic newsletter. We hope you enjoy the new responsive (mobile friendly) format.
Please feel free to forward onto family and friends. There is the option to subscribe, parents are not required to subscribe.

Sullivan’s Netball Carnival

June 21, 2016 at 10:12 am

Sullivans Carnival 2Lacing up netball shoes, filling water bottles and stretching like never before, excitedly awaiting the weekend ahead. Sullivan’s Netball Carnival would be our time to try things a little bit differently and put our teamwork and netball skills to the test. Girls Grammar entered three teams; Galaxy, Eclipse and Comets. We worked hard all weekend, improving with each game.

There were wins and losses but our spirit continued to shine through with laughs, smiles and sneaky little pranks all weekend. As the weekend came to a close, Galaxy tied second in their Junior A1 division and unfortunately no other Girls Grammar team reached the top three. Nursing interesting tan lines, sore muscles we didn’t know we had and tired eyes we parted ways, sporting the Girls Grammar spirit all the way.
Thank You to the parents who supported the teams during the weekend, as well as the coaches and managers of all three teams. Their help was incredible.

Written by Tiffany Baker – Year 12

Sullivans Carnival

Sullivans Carnival 3


Hospitality Excursion

June 21, 2016 at 10:10 am

HospitalityHospitality Excursion

The Hospitality Students participated in a Breakfast at the Edge Hotel on Thursday 2 June.  This progressed to a hotel familiarisation of the Empire Hotel.  Thanks to Zac Garven the Marketing and Business Development of these hotels for taking our students for a tour of the property and explaining the operational side of this business.  This excursion allowed the students to obtain an in-depth study of the hotel and its facilities.

Written by Stacey Rogers – Home Economics/Hospitality Teacher


Music Progress Concert – Term 2

June 21, 2016 at 10:04 am

IMG_4847Music Progress Concert – Term 2

We were so proud of our students and it was lovely to receive comments on how much they had progressed from the Term 1 concert.

Everyone performed well including our first time performers. There were no tears or stage fright so overall it was a very successful concert.
Thank you to Mhairi Maitland for compering and Georgina Driscoll and Tia Wilson who were our trusty backstage crew for the evening.  A huge thank you to Ryan for taping the evening and organising the sound and for Nadia for taking photos on the night.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Written by Jessica and Christina – Music Department



Science News

June 21, 2016 at 9:59 am

Science rocks, we really dig it!

CavesThis term the Year 8 students  have been studying geology in science, covering topics such as metamorphic rocks, sedimentary rocks, igneous rocks and the effect of weathering and erosion. On Friday 3
June our science teachers Ms Dey and Mrs Whitehand took us on an excursion 30 minutes north of Rockhampton to the Capricorn Caves. The purpose of this excursion was to give us a first-hand visual experience within our local area of the subjects we had been studying in class.

When we arrived at the, we separated into our two classes and met the tour guides. While Katherine, one of the tour guides, escorted a class through the dry rainforest; Jay, the other guide, took the others into the caves. During the dry rainforest tour we saw the structural features of the rainforest, how the flora and fauna have adapted to their environment over time and back at the kiosk we looked at bones under a magnifying glass. Katherine also let us touch a dead bird eating spider and pat a blue tongue lizard.

The second tour was very exciting, our guide Jay led us through cave passages where we saw a swarm of tiny bent winged bats flying above us. Because our unit had been based around rocks we were taught about stalactites and stalagmites. One of the highlights of the trip though was the cathedral cave, we were allowed to sit in the pews and watch the light show and listen to the amazing acoustics while ‘Hello’ by Adele was played through one tiny speaker.

Our captivating and fun adventure at the caves has furthered the understanding that we have on how rocks form over time and reinforced what we have learnt in class.  May the quartz be with you!

A Day Made Better – Teacher Recognition

June 21, 2016 at 9:56 am

A Day Made Better rewards and recognises exceptional primary and secondary school teachers across the country. We invite parents, students, fellow staff members, or anyone who has ever known an exceptional teacher to show their appreciation by giving them the recognition they deserve.

Exceptional teachers do more than just teach – they inspire, nurture and encourage students to build knowledge, confidence and life-skills. This year, ten exceptional teachers will be rewarded for their inspirational work with a surprise event including prizes valued at $5,000 and an Apple iPad for their classroom. So if you know of a primary or secondary school teacher that should be celebrated, show your support and nominate now.

Girls Grammar already have 17 teachers nominated!  If you would like to add to their votes, or nominate another teacher, please head to the link and vote.

A Day Made Better – Rockhampton Girls Grammar School

Staff already nominated include:

Christie Mahon

Hannah Mounsey

Jacqui Goltz

Jade Allgood

Jessica Lamb

Kaitlin Robbs

Kate Lang

Ku Lacey

Linda McLeod

Mark Avery

Melanie Hickson

Nikki Hislop

Paul Morris

Peter Cox

Sian Fullagar

Stacey Rogers

Su Ung

Boarding Plus Program Launch

June 21, 2016 at 9:54 am


Boarding at Girls Grammar currently offers boarding to rural, remote and international students, which is supported by exceptional care and first class facilities. 125 years of experience in the provision of residential schooling has enabled us to become truly specialist in the important role we play in the lives of our young women.

FROM TERM 3 2016





WEEKLY BOARDING Monday to Friday, where students go home for the weekend and return Sunday evening.

FLEXI BOARDING – We recognise from time to time families may require flexible boarding arrangements. These include weekends or a short block of time during the School term.

COCURRICULAR BOARDING – Offering day students involved in sporting activities with demanding hours, the option to board a couple of nights per week. For example rowing.

EXTENDED DAY SCHOOL BOARDING – Offering busy day student families a boarding option from Years 7–12, providing afternoon tea, participation in cocurricular sport or study and dinner. Students are collected by parents at 9.30pm.

Please contact Reception  07 49300900


Introducing our Boarding Plus Program

Dance Star Preliminary State Finals

June 21, 2016 at 9:52 am

Dance Star Preliminary State Finals
Our Girls Grammar Performance Company (Dance) recently competed at the Dance Star Preliminary Finals and State Finals in May and June. They did exceptionally well at both competitions. Congratulations to the group for their third place with their contemporary piece at Finals. Congratulations also to Layla Wilson and Claire De Villiers for coming second with their hip hop duo and Janae Walsh who not only qualified for Nationals as a soloist in three different sections (two first places and a second) but also gained the highest score of the entire competition for her Contemporary Solo. Janae will compete at the Nationals on the Gold Coast in August.

Written by Louise McSherry – Dance Coordinator

Rowing News by Rob Fay

June 21, 2016 at 9:46 am

Saturday May 28 2016 saw a number of our Girls Grammar students compete in a Rockhampton  Schools Sprint Rowing Regatta.Rowing 280516

A summary of the results for the first  to fourth Placings are as follows:

Race 7  Year 9 Double – Claire Sherry/Gabby Davis  2nd

Race 9  Novice Single Scull  Div 1 – Caitlyn Ryan  -1st

Race 10 Novice Single  Scull Div 2 – Luka Hill 1st , Britaney Adams 3rd

Race 19 Year 9 single Scull – Claire Sherry 4th

Race 21  Novice Quad Scull – Felicity Weier/Britaney Adams/Caitlyn Ryan/Luka Hill/ Melanie Cox (cox)  1st

Rowing2Race 21 Novice Quad Scull – Matilda Donaldson/Sarah Donaldson/Jasmine Mick/Amiee Leane/ Jemma Green (cox) 4th

Race 28 Year 8 Double Scull – Matilda Donaldson, Jemma Green 4th

Race 35 Year 9 Quad Scull – Claire Sherry/ Sarah Donaldson/ Melanie Cox with Emmaus girls  2nd

Race 38 Novice double sculls – Caitlyn Ryan/ Felicity Weier 1st

Luka Hill/Britaney Adams 2nd

 Amiee Leane/Jasmine Mick 3rd

Well Done Ladies!

Written by Robin Fay – RGGS Rowing Coordinator

P&F Shop News

June 21, 2016 at 9:36 am

New Style Tracksuit & Jackets

The sample of the new style tracksuit jacket and pants is now available for a fitting at the P&F Uniform Shop.

Can parents or students please come and see me as soon as possible if you would like to order the new style.  Delivery will be approx. 6-8 weeks from order date.

Jackets $88

Pants $60

There are limited sizes in both old and new stock so be quick to ensure that you don’t miss out!


Uniform Hints & Tips

The upcoming school holidays are a great time to ensure your uniforms are in excellent condition.  In addition to checking hem lengths, some ideas to help with this are as follows:

White Sports Shirts – we have found that soaking these in a product like Napisan for three days, before washing, does the trick.

Black School Shoes – the holidays are a great chance to polish the school shoes and treat with a leather protector to ensure longevity.


Secondhand Uniform Sale

We are having a sale of second hand items in the shop that have been here for 18 months or more.

Everything is priced at $10 and under.

Jason Rich Foundation Fun Run

June 21, 2016 at 9:27 am

Jason RichOn Sunday 15 May, a team of Year 11 students participated in Yeppoon’s Jason Rich Foundation Fun Run. Demonstrating true Girls Grammar community spirit, our girls completed the event to raise funds for youth defensive driving. It was a spectacular morning and we look forward to attending again next year.

Primary Athletics Carnival

June 10, 2016 at 2:47 pm

aths1On Monday 23 May the Primary girls participated in the annual athletics carnival.  It was a beautiful day with the track fast and the smiles on the faces of all in attendance. Events included mini hurdles, javelin, discus, long jump, high jump, shot put, hammer throw and the traditional sprints and relay events. All students did their very best with 17 girls being selected to represent Girls Grammar at the Rockhampton and Districts Athletics Carnival. With every carnival there has to be a winner and this year the winning overall House was Paterson.  The spirit award went Smith House. The Year 6, Parent, Teacher relay was won by the Parents, although I think they had some Olympic athletes in final training for Rio in their team.
Thanks to the teachers, Mr Cheers and the Grounds Staff for your assistance and support making the day a wonderful experience for the girls and I know all involved are looking forward to next year’s carnival.

Results Primary Athletics Carnivalaths2

2016 Primary Athletics Age Champions

(Medallions were presented at the Primary Assembly on June 8)

5 Years                         Laine Kelly
6 Years                         Maya Graham-Hohn
7 Years                         Evelyn Hallett & Phoebe Fenton
8 Years                         Dakota Richards
9 Years                         Mikayla Cheers
10 Years                       Emilia Heilig
11 Years                       Arkadie Dwyer
12 Years                       Mirae Ries

Winning House            Paterson House
Spirit Award                  Smith House

Students selected to attend Rockhampton and Districts Primary Athletics Trials are:
Emilia Heilig, Savanna Mick, Georgia Brennan, Samantha Hilker, Evah Hattingh, Brenna Baker, Divya Balasubramaniam, Summer Whitehand, Arkadie Dwyer, Georgia-May Chadwick, Claudia Heffer, Tatenda Runganga, Macy Doyle, Mirae Ries, Abbey Fenton, Amelia Driscoll, Charlize Mallyon.

Written by Mr Fuller

Instrumental Music Payments

June 9, 2016 at 2:44 pm

IMG_4997As we are reaching the conclusion of Term 2 please remember to sign up and pay for Semester 2 if you wish your daughter to continue lessons.

If you signed up and paid for a year at the commencement of Term 1 your daughter will continue her enrolment in the Instrumental Program. For those who signed up and paid for Semester 1 only, please remember to sign the Instrumental sign-up sheet and return to the school with payment to enrol your daughter for Semester 2 lessons.

Instrumental/vocal lessons will be commencing Monday 11 July, Week 1 Term 3. As this is a short semester, late payments may result in your daughter forfeiting one or some of her fifteen lessons for the semester.

Christina and Jessica – Music Department

Secondary Individual Eisteddfod Results

June 9, 2016 at 2:43 pm

MRChloe Ries

Contemporary – VHC
Jazz Solo – VHC
Waltz Tap – VHC
Tap – HC
Cabaret duo (w/ Mirae) – HC
Jazz Group – 3rd
Contemporary Group – 3rd
Verse Speaking – HC
Australian poem – 3rd
Prose – 2nd
Duologue – 3rd
Molly Harwood & Aleisha Cesar
Vocal Duet-HC

Grace Griffiths & Isla Houston
Vocal Duet – 1st

Aleisha Cesar
Girls Vocal Solo 12 Years – 2nd

Aleisha Cesar, Chanya Clark & Chloe Ries
Woodwind Trio – 3rd

Chloe Cowan
Instrumental Sonata accompaniment- 1st
Cabaret solo- HC
Waltz Tap – HC
Tap solo- 3rd
Demi Character- Very Highly Commended
Ballet solo – 3rd
Song and dance solo- 3rd
Tap duo- Very Highly Commended
Song and dance trio- 3rd
Intermediate Contemporary group- 2nd
Intermediate Ballet Group- 1st
Intermediate Song & Dance Group- 2nd
Senior National Group- 3rd
Senior tap group- 3rd
Senior jazz group- 3rd
Senior Song & Dance Group- 2nd

Musical Theatre group- 1st
Australian solo- 3rd
Musical Theatre trio- 2nd
Duet- 2nd

Primary Individual Eisteddfod Results

June 9, 2016 at 2:37 pm

mus5Michaela Hamer
Australian Composer Solo-HC

Ella Doyle
Girls Solo 2nd

Tia Wilson
Girls solo-HC
Folk Solo-First Place

Merryn Lawrence
Own Choice Violin (10 & <12) – First Place

Mirae RiesCR
Brass Solo HC
Australian Poem-2nd
Duologue in Costume-3rd
Character Recital-HC
Verse Speaking-HC
Prepared Mime-HC
Woodwind solo-2nd
The Peta Horneman-Wren, Nola Smith, Alex Peacock and Laura Hamlyn Award for 2016 Runner-up Aggregate Winner for Light verse, Verse, Prose, Character Recital and Prepared Mime
LG  Duthie Trophy for highest score in Light Verse 10 – 12 years
The Forum Club Memorial Trophy for 1st in Prepared Speech
LG Duthie Cup for Highest score in Light Verse 10-12yr

Secondary School Eisteddfod Results

June 9, 2016 at 2:25 pm

mus4RGGS concert band were awarded third placing in the small ensemble section of the instrumental section and the Primary recorder ensemble were awarded second placing. The Girls Grammar Senior Choir were awarded second placing in the Secondary School choir section. The Chamber Singers were awarded First Placing in the Small Vocal Ensemble section winning the Nita Whyte trophy and also won first placing in the folk group section and were awarded ‘Bernie Scanlon Trophy’. Glee was awarded second placing in their section. Congratulations also to Jessica Dawes for being awarded ‘Robinson Family Trophy’ for Most Outstanding Vocal Choir Conductor for the second year in a row. These are outstanding achievements and we are very proud of the girls for all the effort put in during the lead up to these performances.

Primary School Eisteddfod Results

June 9, 2016 at 2:23 pm

mus1Our Primary ensembles performed beautifully this year and were rewarded for their efforts. The Prep-3 Choir were awarded Second placing in the Primary School Freestyle Novelty Choir. The Year 4-6 Choir Won Primary School Vocal Choir section and were awarded ‘Thomas P. Wahlin Memorial Bursary’ of $250 and the ‘Marj Nugent Memorial Trophy’ and Mini Glee won the Folk Group Primary Students and were awarded the ‘Peregrine Video Trophy’.
Our 4-6 Choir went in the Novelty Choir section as well this year and were awarded second placing for their efforts. The 4-6 Choir was also awarded the Highest Marks for a Primary choir of the eisteddfod. These are outstanding results for the Primary groups.

Written by Christina and Jessica – Music Department



Rostrum Voice of Youth

June 9, 2016 at 2:20 pm

Rostrum (2)Rostrum Voice of Youth is an annual national speaking competition designed to encourage young people to share their thoughts and experiences of the world. On May 7, I competed in this prestigious competition. I elected to discuss ‘Moving the Goalposts’ of society, to accommodate for disabilities such as hearing loss, and spoke a lot about my experiences with my six year old brother. I can say for sure that, by the end of my speech, there were a few less dry eyes in the room. I had to speak for 6 minutes, which is a very long time when in front of an audience and team of adjudicators. The girl who won managed to memorise her entire speech, an impressive feat. Overall, it was an amazing experience, and I highly recommend that anyone who has the opportunity to do it, takes it.

Kailee Butcher

CQUniversity Engineering Visit

June 9, 2016 at 3:12 am

cqOn Tuesday 31 May two lecturers in Engineering at CQUniversity spoke to the 11/12 Physics students about what it is like to study Engineering. The girls heard about the different types of engineering: mechanical, electrical, civil and mechatronic and the job opportunities available. It was interesting to learn about the types of projects an engineer would be involved in. Thank you to Mrs Brooks for organising this for us.


June 9, 2016 at 3:07 am

Yr 10 FM BunningsThe Year 10 Foundation Maths class went on an excursion, it was fun yet educational. The trip to Bunnings and Super Amart was used for our assignment which is ‘Renovating a room on a $5000 budget’. At Super Amart we chose furniture and took its length and width measurements to use on our scale drawings, at Bunnings we chose paint colours and floorings. As we chose the paint and flooring we had to find out how many litres one tin would cover one wall and the prices of the paint and carpet or wood, as well as the measurements. We rounded of the excursion with an icecream on the way back to school.

By Philomean Saunders

Year 6

June 9, 2016 at 3:05 am

Year 6 Balloons
To help change the way we speak to each other in our school, our Year 6 class took part in an activity in which we blew up some balloons in a variety of sizes. We then hung these balloons up on the ceiling in our classroom as a reminder that our words can hurt other people’s feelings by ‘bursting their bubble’.

While it was fun to decorate our classroom with colourful balloons, this activity was in fact a way to remind us all to be respectful towards others. It was special to have a balloon above us. It was colourful, amazing and magnificent. It added so much colour to our classroom the class and we personally loved it.

Ashley Schafer and Abbey Fenton

Primary News

June 9, 2016 at 3:05 am

IMG_5760 (2)I am always amazing at the vast array of opportunities our girls get to experience at Girls Grammar. This term has been no exception. I would like to congratulate the student council representatives and our Primary Prefect, Jasmin Dwyer, on the organisation and assistance for the Gaia Festival. Each council member also had the opportunity to invite a friend which was also a fantastic help. Our teachers not only spent their day working in classrooms but also managed stalls for the evening which shows excellent commitment and passion to Girls Grammar.

I also have had the privilege of watching some of the primary choirs performing at the Eisteddfod and I couldn’t be prouder of not only the results, but the conduct of our staff and students. Well done girls – your rehearsals paid off with some amazing results.

From cultural events to sporting our girls are given every opportunity to participate and enjoy their schooling. Mr Fuller ran an amazing athletics carnival and I enjoyed watching the girls race, throw and jump! Well done – I am looking forward to the winning house announcement from Mr Fuller!

We have a variety of visitors in the school – the Commbanking Institute to talk finance fun with our girls and a fabulous Arts Council ‘Thoughts Have Feelings Too.’

Congratulations also must go to our girls in the primary school who have been participating in the ICAS non mandatory assessments. I am looking forward to the results!

Have a terrific break over the winter holidays!

Michelle Gouge
Director of Primary

Board of Trustees Announcement

June 9, 2016 at 3:04 am

IMG_3055Rockhampton Girls Grammar School is governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of seven members appointed by the Governor in Council: three elected by subscribers or donors to the School, and four nominated by the Minister for Education and Training, in consultation with the Board.

We are very pleased to announce that Ms Jennifer Luck, Mr Kenneth Murphy, Ms Hilarie Dunn, Mr Noel Livingston, Mr John Bryant, Mr Ross Johnson and Mrs Gail Godwin-Smith have been appointed as members to the Board of Trustees of Rockhampton Girls Grammar School.

The School gratefully acknowledges the significant commitment and contribution of the outgoing Board members who did not seek reappointment, Mrs Vicki Bastin-Byrne, Dr Bobby Harreveld and Mr Mark Wilson, and welcomes the new Board members. No doubt the strong governance stewardship of the School will continue during the coming four-year term, building on the significant work of the past as we enter in the 125th year of Rockhampton Girls Grammar School.