Principal’s Bulletin

July 28, 2016 at 3:49 pm

Welcome back to the second half of the year at Rockhampton Girls Grammar. It promises to be another term of outstanding learning opportunities and experiences for our girls.

QISSNThe holidays provided our QISSN netballers with the opportunity to compete against a range of schools from around Queensland, in sometimes, wet and windy circumstances. Our RGGS First netball team, Galaxy, competed over the week and put their bodies on the line for their sport!  I have seen some tough matches in my time but these girls held their own. Netball is certainly not a non-contact sport it seems! We are very pleased with our top 8 finish in our division. I was able to watch a few of the matches but their last final was a nail biter, with only a point in it on the siren. I would like to acknowledge Mrs Jacalean Wines – coach of Galaxy and Mr James Lye, Manager for their commitment to the team and for staying in the hallowed halls of Paterson House with the team for the week – a huge commitment of time for both of these committed professionals. Galaxy acknowledged Mrs Wines’ commitment to netball over the years at RGGS and made a presentation to her on Assembly last week.  We thank Mrs Wines for her role in the development of this sport at our school.

I was pleased to be able to spend time in the Central Highlands over the holiday break – representing RGGS at Emerald’s AgGrow, where I ran into a number of Girls Grammar families past, present and future. It was especially great to be able to attend a beautiful lunch in the park in Rolleston – a great community which works together to provide great opportunities for the kids out there. Girls Grammar students were pleased to be able to support the Rolleston/Springsure netball team as they played in the Regional Shield Competition in Rockhampton. Galaxy and other students provided an RGGS cheer squad for one of their games. Great team spirit reflected the energy and vitality of these two towns.

Senior School Full Academic ColoursWe presented Colours to many of our girls on our first Assembly of the semester. I would like to congratulate all of the girls who have achieved this recognition of outstanding effort. A range of awards were made in cultural, academic, sport and community domains. It is a great reflection of the opportunities available to the girls. We will review the Colours criteria this term to reflect the changing nature of opportunities available to the girls and to ensure as far as possible that effort and achievement are rewarded. I look forwarded to having this discussion with the P&F and our student leadership teams.

Our primary school girls competed in the Rockhampton district athletics trials over the past two days. These trials will lead our students to selection in the Rockhampton District athletics squad for Capricornia. The girls have achieved a number of excellent results and I am proud to announce we have retained the Robert Schwarten Shield for the second year running. Thank you to Mr Fuller and Mr Cox for attending these trials with our students, and congratulations to our girls.

IMG_7356This week’s Assembly saw the annual RGGS commemoration of NAIDOC week. What an incredible presentation we experienced. I wish to acknowledge Jasmine Holroyd and her team for the outstanding work they did to bring together students from The Rockhampton Grammar School and St Brendan’s College to celebrate our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage. Many hours were put into preparing dances and presentations to showcase the talents of all of these students. Jasmine was also able to arrange for Jeremy Marou of Busby Marou to speak to the Assembly and to play for us. The NAIDOC celebration was an amazing example of what is possible when people think big and work together. It was certainly unlike any NAIDOC celebration I have attended before. Thank you to Jasmine and all of the girls for their hard work and commitment. These young ladies are truly future leaders. I would also like to thank the many members of staff who assisted including: Ms Jade Allgood, Mrs Julienne Hadok, Mrs Tammy Lang, Mrs Kim Dixon, our Grounds men and of course, our fabulous chef Mark Thompson and his team. What a great community to be a part of.

ChefMarkI would like to acknowledge the work of Mark and his team more broadly. On Monday 1 August, Mark will travel to Brisbane to attend a dinner for the announcement of the National Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence. Mark’s nomination in these awards is a testament to his work in providing an outstanding catering service to our school students and the broader community. While many were on holidays over the June break, Mark and his team were looking after 80 ‘Wrapt in Rocky’ attendees and four schools who were billeting with us for the QISSN Carnival. I congratulate Mark on his nomination and wish him the best for the Awards evening.

As we move through Term 3, our Year 12 girls enter one of the most crucial parts of their academic careers – the Queensland Core Skills Test and the QCAA verification process. It also happens to coincide with that part of the year when the end is in sight, the flu bug is going around and it can be a stressful time. It is not unusual for Year 12 students to succumb to stress and worry at this time – especially when they are also making decisions about future pathways and QTAC preferences. One of the biggest enemies at this time is fatigue. If I could wave a magic wand and ensure anything it would be that the girls remain focused on the long goal here – a future without limits. Keep on top of your study, your sleep, your diet and exercise. Don’t limit yourself by pulling up short on study; by letting the commitment lapse. There is time enough for parties and socialising coming your way. If you feel the stress and strain of the next few weeks mounting up, reach out to the many support networks that exists in the school – many of whom have been through this themselves. I wish all of our Year 12 students the best over the coming weeks.


As we move into preparation for 2017, we will be reviewing our electronic media policy, including use of mobile phones and their place in our school. It is true that mobile phones and the associated social media give the girls an amazing reach into a broader world of information and interaction.  Unfortunately, it can also be relentless and it often does not encourage thoughtfulness and consideration.  I remind the girls of the reach of social media, email and SMS.  Standards of behaviour and language that we would not accept face to face, seem easier for some to engage in electronically. The standards at RGGS are clear and our girls must remember that their use of these media is a reflection of the School, but more importantly, of themselves.

Christine Hills

Boarding Plus Program

July 22, 2016 at 1:27 pm

Boarding Plus Program

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Reading Hour – Tuesday 16 August 2016

July 22, 2016 at 11:55 am

The Reading Hour is one of the most celebrated annual readingReading hour 2016 initiatives in Australia, and supports individuals, families and communities to discover and rediscover the joy of reading.

The Reading Hour reminds parents, caregivers and families that reading together doesn’t have to be a massive undertaking in their increasingly busy lives, but rather encourages the ‘anytime, anywhere’ mantra, building a foundation in society whereby reading is a gift, given freely.

I encourage all parents and caregivers to take some time in their busy schedule to read during 6-7 PM with their loved ones on 16 August.

You can find more information at the following site:

Reading Hour

Love 2 Read Australia

Leanna Donaldson
Library and Resource Coordinator




July 22, 2016 at 11:44 am

IMG_7047The middle week of the June/July holidays meant a mass of excitement, hysteria, sweat, nervous adrenaline and freezing swims for the team and staff involved directly with the Girls Grammar QISSN team. Over one week, we played ten netball games between the CQU courts and Emmaus courts against teams from across Queensland from Cairns to the Gold Coast and as far west as Emerald.

Captained by Jacinta Thackeray and myself, we had fair success across the carnival, walking away with four hard fought wins to cement our place as seventh in our division. It was a great week with plenty of blood, sweat, tears, frozen cokes and ice baths to spare. At the end of the week Jasmin Dwyer was voted the Most Valued Player by our various QISSN (1)opposition, a huge congratulation to her. We had support from old girls, friendly tag alongs, teachers (past and present) as well as their families, current Girls Grammar Girls and last but not least our own families.

This year the QISSN team says goodbye to five senior students and a coach. Carlyn Donaldson, Jane Eyles, Jasmin Dwyer, Jacinta Thackeray and I have played our last ever QISSN carnival and Jacalean Wines is leaving the coaching staff as a valued past mother and coach of the Girls Grammar team.

On behalf of the Girls Grammar QISSN team 2016 I would like to a say massive thank you to:

  • Mr Fuller and Maddy
  • Mrs Dixon
  • Ms Mahon (as well as Caden and Nash)QISSN (5)
  • Our Old Girls that came along to watch, support and help (Winesy, Ashleigh Collete, Megan Howard, Angela Banks and Mrs Banks)
  • Mr Morrison
  • Current Girls Grammar girls that came along to support
  • Molly Harwood as our number one supporter
  • Olivia Harwood as our personal paparazzi
  • Sophie Harwood as our hospital lacky and taxi driver
  • Bev Harwood for her supportive appearances
  • Marissa Buchanan for her epic pep talks and support

QISSN (3)A special thank you to Mr Lye and Jacalean Wines for coordinating our whole week, all of your late nights, driving us everywhere, feeding us, washing our clothes, helping us with our injuries, dishing out high fives when we won and picking us up when we lost.

By Tiffany Baker

Girls Grammar Newsletter Link

July 18, 2016 at 11:47 am

Don’t forget that between Girls Grammar Newsletter emails, you can stay up to date with everything that is happening by going to the Newsletter page on our website.

Girls Grammar Newsletter


Pierre de Coubertin Award 2016

July 18, 2016 at 11:44 am

Sophie Harwood- Pierre de Coubertin AwardThis year, Sophie Harwood has been honoured at the Queensland Olympic Council award ceremony, being named as a Pierre de Coubertin Award recipient.
The award is named after the founder of the modern Olympics and take place annually. This year was the 21st year of Queensland senior secondary school students being recognised in their ability to demonstrate attributes consistent with Olympism through participation and commendable behaviour in sporting activities. Sophie received her award after being nominated. In her nomination she was asked to submit a written piece of work discussing what the Olympics has meant to her and her local community. Sophie’s written piece spoke of local sporting opportunities offered and how our local community has been able to supply Olympic champions over a number of years, including this year’s flag bearer Anna Meares.Sophie Harwood with Angie Lambert Natalie Cook Nicholas Sprenger


Sophie spent a day with other Award recipients and a number of previous recipients and Olympic champions. Some of the special guests Sophie was able to mingle with included, five time Olympic beach volleyball champion, Natalie Cook, gold medal winning hockey player Angie Lambert, swimming ace Nicholas Sprenger and previous Pierre de Coubertin Award recipient and VC recipient Dan Keighran.

James Lye –  Director of Student Wellbeing

Year 3 & 4 – Red Cross Pillowcase Project

July 18, 2016 at 11:43 am

Pillow Project 4IMG_5875On Tuesday 12 July, Year 3 and 4 had some visitors from the Australian Red Cross.  Their names were Laine and Stephanie.  They taught us about the Pillowcase Project and how to be prepared for emergencies and disasters.  In small groups, we chose items which would be useful in an emergency kit.  These items included: food, water, medication, mobile phone and radio.  We also learned how to prepare and calm our mind for an emergency – this was called colourful breathing.  Lastly we decorated our pillowcases with fabric markers.  Some students drew their ‘happy place’ and others drew items which would remind them of what to pack.

Written by Jorja Hoare, Fynn McSherry and Grace Chiverall

Paterson House Refurbishment

July 18, 2016 at 11:42 am

Grand old Paterson House’s roof is currently receiving some tender loving care. A huge and costly step in the preservation of our iconic Heritage Listed building. Mr Fay has indicated that even with our recent heavy rain it will be complete by early to mid August.

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Equestrian News

July 18, 2016 at 11:40 am

Emily Lang MaryboroughInterschool Showjumping State Championship

In the second week of the holidays I travelled down to Toowoomba to represent Girls Grammar at the Interschool Showjumping State Championships on my horse Chandelier.  Freezing yet excited, I competed over two days in the 90cm and 1m classes. There were 50 competitors from all over the state in these classes making it a tough competition. I was fortunate enough to place overall Reserve Champion in the 90cm class. Because of my performance, I was offered a spot on the Queensland Showjumping team that will compete at the Interschool National Championships in Sydney at the end of September. Excited to finally leave the freezing cold weather I then travelled to Maryborough to meet the rest of the team Brooke & Tayla Wallace, Leah McBride, Millie Driscoll, Georgia Davies and Tyla Cringle to compete in the Pony Club Dressage, Combined Training and Horse Trials State Championships.

Written By Emily Lang – Year 11


Pony Club Dressage, Combined Training and Horse Trials State Championship

Day 1 & 2 was the Dressage phase. Leah McBride, making her debut, finished up with an amazing 2nd overall for her competitive preliminary group.PCAQ Gatton 1

Day 3 saw us competing in Combined Training – this consisted of one Dressage test and a Showjumping Round. In the 12 and Under 60cm Amelia Driscoll finished 4th, 70cm Tayla Cringle 2nd, Preliminary 1m class Georgia Davies 5th & Emily Lang 6th and I came home with a 6th overall in my novice 80cm.

Leah McBrideDay 4 & 5 was Eventing – rainclouds were rolling in and by 10am the heavens open; within five minutes horse, rider and everything in-between was soaked to the core. When the rain finally let up, we were left with boggy slippery grounds but the great news was we were all sitting high in the rankings after the Dressage phase! Finally Day 5 arrived – the cross country and showjumping! Fortunately the grounds had dried a little overnight. As riders entered the fenced box and were counted down to go, we wished each other a safe ride and off we galloped. We all crossed the finish line safely. We then jumped our showjump round before the final presentation.

Brooke MaryboroughGathering on horseback in the centre ring for the last time, with great results – Tayla Wallace 5th overall in the 12 and under group and Emily Lang coming home with an amazing 2nd for the large Introductory group. Georgia Davies finished 5th and I finished with a 14th in the Preliminary eventing group.

After an exhausting week the RGGS equestrian girls travelled home, most of us very happy with our results, knowing we gave it our all! Next weekend Emily Lang, Georgia Davies, Matilda and Sarah Donaldson will be travelling to Burpengary for the Interschool State Eventing Championships where we will be proudly wearing our RGGS white and gold.

Brooke Wallace – Year 12

Student Achievement – Kaitlyn Lucas

July 18, 2016 at 11:36 am



Kaitlyn Lucas is now 1CQ following the competition held in Biloela on Saturday 25 June!  Kaitlyn also achieved 3QC at Queensland Country held in Sarina on Saturday 2 July and was selected to represent the Queensland Country Team at the State Championships in September this year. To top it off, Kaitlin finished second in the Bundaberg Cane Toad Classic last weekend.

Great work Kaitlyn!

Semester 1 Sporting Colours

July 18, 2016 at 11:36 am

Sporting Colours Full and HalfCongratulations to the following girls for earning Semester 1 Sporting Colours.  We have many talented girls here are Girls Grammar!

Half Colours
Bianca Phillips – Volleyball
Emily Lang – Cross Country
Jemma Mallyon – Cross Country
Emily Richardson – Hockey

Full Colours
Molly Harwood – Water Polo
Sophie Harwood – Water Polo
Grace Kennedy – Rowing
Emma Kennedy – Rowing

Semester 1 Academic Colours & Medallion Recipients

July 18, 2016 at 11:35 am

The primary focus of Girls Grammar is of course academic success for our students. We recently had the opportunity to recognise our Semester 1 academic high achievers from Year 4 to 12 during assembly. It is pleasing to see the dedication, perseverance and academic talent of our students recognised. The students below have achieved academic success across a range of subject areas and have maintained consistently high grades for the entire semester. I encourage students who may be disappointed to have missed out on academic recognition to refocus energies for Semester 2. Congratulations girls.

Dr John Fry – Director of Learning

Primary School

Year 4 AcademicYear 4
Academic Merit
Halima Bokhari
Georgie Brennan
Bethany Dey
Bridie Doyle




Year 5 Academic


Year 5

Academic Merit
Claudia Heffer
Claudia Johnstone

Academic Excellence
Emelia Heilig



Year 6 Academic


Year 6

Academic Merit
Emilyanne Bell
Coco Doblo
Mirae Ries

Academic Excellence
Aiman Bokhari
Mia Pienaar



Middle School

Year 7
Half Colours
Brodie Donaldson
Charlotte Graham
Lilliana Harrison
Olivia Sherry

Full ColoursMiddle School Half Academic Colours
Lujaine Hussain
Emma Jones
Sydney Peff
Tayla Wallace
Frances Watson

Year 8
Half Colours
Aleisha Cesar
Lily Geary
Molly Harwood
Karla Heilig
Taylor O’Toole
Isabella Wythes

Full Colours
Chloe Cowan
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Year 9
Half Colours
Darcie Lang
Tafadzwa Runganga
Claire Sherry

Full Colours
Isla Houston
Leah McBride
Mackenzie Morgan


Senior School

Year 10 

Half Colours
Brianna Austin
Olivia Harwood
Jessica Payne
Lucinda Simmons
Jema Van der Meer

Full ColoursSenior School Half Academic Colours
Kailee Butcher
Sherri Green
Nadine Hay
Amiee Leane
Jasmine Mick


Year 11

Half Colours
Josie Bradford
Meredith Fay
Mikaela Maskell
Rayne Sterritt
Qianhe Tian
Layla Wilson

Full Colours
Caitlin Bartlett
Grace McCoskerSenior School Full Academic Colours
Courtney Smith
Felicity Weier

Year 12

Half Colours
Sarah Bell
Katelyn Cesar
Sophie Gubbins
Emma Kennedy
Maddison Horton
Mhairi Maitland
Hannah Petersen
Holly Purser
Eva Theodore

Full Colours
Tiffany Baker
Renae Hay
Tahlia Kelly
Grace Kennedy
Maddison King
Janae Walsh

Semester 1 Community Connection Colours

July 18, 2016 at 11:34 am

CCom Connections Half Coloursongratulations to our Colours recipients for Semester 1 Community Connections. These girls have volunteered their time and effort to many worthy causes and events over the last six months. Well done and keep up the good work!

Half Colours
Jasmin Dwyer
Holly Purser
Tiffany Baker
Renae Hay
Elizabeth Webb
Melanie Cox
Sophie Gubbins
Hannah Peterson
Monique Hill
Kelsey Kleier
Claire SherryCommunity Con Full Colours
Brianna Austin

Full Colours
Tahlia Kelly
Sophie Harwood
Sallie Salisbury
Hannah Green
Mhairi Maitland
Lucy Davison

Drama News – Shake & Stir Theatre Company Performance

July 18, 2016 at 11:34 am

Shake and Stir WorkshopThis July, RGGS students had the joy of hosting Shake & Stir Theatre Company for their touring production of Oversharer. The work explored the growing role of social media and digital forums in modern life, considering the impact of bullying behaviours online. Over the past four consecutive years, Shake & Stir’s touring performances have become something of an annual tradition. This year, the school was doubly fortunate to have the company’s artistic directors themselves make the journey to Rockhampton to perform. The girls practically stampeded into the school hall, such was the excitement for this year’s performance. Following the show, our Drama students in Years 9 – 12 benefited enormously from Ross, Nelle and Nick’s wealth of experience in an intensive workshop on contemporary theatre making. We are looking forward to seeing more from them in the future!

Jessica Lamb – Drama Teacher

Staffing Updates

July 13, 2016 at 2:32 pm

Welcome to our new Accounts Officer Tiffany Treen, and welcome back to Nora Hanasy who is teaching secondary art again!

Farewell to Hannah Mounsey, our Art and Technology teacher,  who has taken on her dream job at Carinity School and Dale Munns in Accounts who has retired.

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