Invitation: Term 4 Music Progress Concert

October 18, 2016 at 9:12 am

rggs_music-progress-concert-term-4Our Term 4 Music Progress Concert will be held on Monday 31 October 2016 from 6.30pm – 8.00pm.  This is a great chance to see our Instrumental Music students showcase their skills.

Christina Bond
Instrumental Music Coordinator

Bulls ‘n’ Barrels 2016

October 18, 2016 at 7:58 am

Ebnb-poster-2016xcitement is building for RGGS Parents & Friends Bulls ‘n’ Barrels Rodeo at the Great Western Arena on Saturday 29 October 2016. As well as bull riding and barrel racing, this year there are a couple of special events – Peewee Barrels for the really young riders, and a special buckle for the fastest time by a Girls Grammar student in the barrel race. Nominate now for events by phoning 0429 849 813.

The rodeo action will start at 6.00pm, with gates opening at 5.00pm. Pre-purchase your event passes from the  Girls Grammar P&F Shop now. Plus, by popular demand – there is the PINK TRAILER Raffle and this time it is full of hay  thanks to Laceys Trailers and the Salisbury family. Raffle Tickets have been sent to every family. Please return the tickets to Reception by Friday 21 October 2016 whether they are sold or not.

The RGGS P&F are raising money for CQ Breast Cancer Research and the refurbishment of the school swimming pool dressing rooms. If you can help on the night, please contact Noeleen Yates on 0407 734 091.

Are you tough enough to wear pink?

Robin Fay – P&F Secretary.

Student & Staff Achievement – Raina Collett and Mrs Brooks

October 18, 2016 at 7:55 am

lf2Over the school holidays, Raina Collett and Mrs Brooks were filming for a local feature movie.  We have movie stars amongst us!

The movie is titled Lost and Found.  It is a feature film that follows nine people through one week in their lives. New relationships are formed, current relationships tested and some do not get started.

Raina plays Tegan, the girlfriend of Kirk.  Kirk, the son of Jake, is doing everything he can to maintain a formidable father-son relationship within the broken marriage of his parents.  Look for Raina as Tegan interacts with Kirk and Jake, trying to make the most of her relationship with Kirk when he is allowed.

Mrs Brooks plays a character named Melanie who gets verbally abused by a Vietnam veteran in a wheel chair named Jake.  Watch to see how frightened Mrs Brooks can become, well beyond that of her trying to watch Disney movies. lf

Working with local actors and crew, this film is set to showcase the talent and location of Rockhampton on the big screen.  We look forward to the red carpet premiere around May 2017.

Lost and Found on Facebook

Lost and Found on IMDB

Director of Primary Update

October 18, 2016 at 7:53 am

img_9643What a spectacular event, the Middle School Musical was on Friday evening. Congratulations to the staff, students and families involved in pulling it all together. I thoroughly enjoyed the performance and I even think my 14 year old son found some enjoyment in there too! The day prior we hosted two primary schools to a matinee final dress rehearsal. It was terrific seeing so many young people in our school hall. They too thoroughly enjoyed the show!

Our primary social is not too far on the horizon. The ‘Primary Prom’ will be held in McKeague Hall on Friday 21 October 21. I know Jasmin and her team of Primary Student Councillors have been busy planning an enjoyable evening. I do hope that your daughter is able to attend. The teachers have been sending out regular communication to our families about the many exciting events to be held over the last few weeks of school. Please keep a close eye on your emails.

Monday of Wrggs_feb2016_0248eek 3 saw the Primary staff involved in a professional development day. It is a great opportunity where we can all learn together and keep informed about best practice in education. We  worked on curriculum planning and assessment and functional grammar.

This term we will see all of our primary classes participating in swimming. Please take note of your swimming day so that your daughter is prepared and ready to go for her lesson. With such a short term upon us I would hate for her to miss out.

There is a lot of planning that goes into Term 4 in preparation for the following school year. Please keep a special eye out for end of year requirements and information. As always, you are more than welcome to contact me any time should you have any queries or concerns.

Michelle Gouge
Director of Primary

Student Achievement – Olivia O’Donnell

October 18, 2016 at 7:51 am

Congratulations to Olivia O’Donnell who is undertaking a school based traineeship at City Beach and excelling.  Well done Olivia!


Student Achievement: Kailee Butcher

October 17, 2016 at 4:12 pm

img_9444During Science Week in August, Kailee Butcher registered to participate in the Australian Science Teachers Association/Education Perfect Science Championships.  This online competition saw students from across the globe compete to answer the most correct questions in all Science fields, including Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences.

Kailee worked hard during the week answering 3609 questions correctly – a total of 10 hours competing.  For this she was awarded a Gold award, which saw her place in the top 2% of 50000 competitors world-wide, and a spot prize of a $50 iTunes voucher. Kailee’s efforts also afforded Rockhampton Girls Grammar the award for the Top School by Average out of more than 1000 schools, with an average of 3583 points per student.

Congratulations Kailee, another clever Girls Grammar student!

Year One and Two – The Very Cranky Bear

October 17, 2016 at 4:10 pm

Yimg_6773aear 1 and 2 girls performed ‘The Very Cranky Bear’ by Nick Bland on Primary Assemimg_6768bly. During Term 3 in ‘Read to Learn’ lessons, the girls read and thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Very Cranky Bear’ and decided they would like to make masks and perform it. They all did a wonderful job of memorising their parts and telling the story of four little friends that in the Jingle Jangle Jungle on a wet and windy day, meet a very cranky bear and try and cheer him up.

Corinne Shaw
Year  1-2 Teacher

Rowing Update

October 17, 2016 at 4:09 pm

image1The Queensland Schools Rowing Championships were held over the September school holidays. Bundaberg Rowing hosted the schools from all over Queensland and New Zealand for the Championships. Claire Sherry represented RGGS in girls U15 Single Sculls, Double Sculls and Quad Sculls. Very large fields contested each division including the U15 Girls racing – the  Single Scull had 125 entries! Claire rowed very strongly in the heats to progress to the quarter finals.  Claire also combined with Girls from Emmaus Collage and Whitsunday Anglican College to compete in the Double Sculls and Quad Sculls.

The crews did not make finals but said it was great to be out on the water with so many other boats. Another highlight was meeting and talking to Rio Olympian – rowingshedMaddie Edmunds. Maddie encouraged the girls to keep rowing, as the schools regatta was where she had started her rowing career.

Rowing resumes in Term 4, and the exciting news is the new RGGS Rowing Shed is nearing completion. This will accommodate our fleet much better and allow for more girls to try rowing in 2017.

Rob Fay
Rowing Coordinator

Staff Update: Annie O’Brien – School Counsellor

October 17, 2016 at 4:08 pm

annie-obrienHi!  I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, and let you know I am here to support your girls as their School Counsellor.  My name is Annie O’Brien. I am a past school boarder, and it’s so lovely to be back!

I work across three different fields – Counselling, Life Coaching and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), meeting each child’s individual needs.  Currently, I am working in my Counselling capacity on Mondays from 9.00am-3.30pm, and my door is always open.  If you feel your daughter could use a little help with anything at all, please contact me on 0409 644 048, or email

Annie O’Brien
School Counsellor

Prep News

October 17, 2016 at 4:06 pm

img_6759The Prep students are learning all about shapes. This week we have made Shape Monsters.

The girls have been enjoying writing letters to their new friend Fancy Nancy.

We have also been working hard in our focused reading groups.

Sheldon Olive
Prep Teacher

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Director of Learning Update

October 17, 2016 at 4:06 pm

img_8265Welcome to Term 4 which will prove to be a busy time for academics across all year levels. This is of course particularly true for our Year 12 students who are nearing the end of their school careers and entering the next phase of their life. I actively encourage each and every student to continue working to their full potential through to the end of the academic year. For Year 12, this can have a significant impact upon final results including OP and QCE. For other year levels, this will have an effect upon the awarding of Semester 2 Academic Colours. I look forward to catching up with many of you at upcoming events including Speech Night and Graduations.

Dr John Fry
Director of Learning

2016 Art and Music Gala

October 17, 2016 at 4:05 pm

4-6The 2016 Girls Grammar Music Gala was a resounding success with students from Prep to Year 12 singing and playing instruments to an appreciative audience. This year’s theme was ‘Top of the Pops’ and each group took the audience on a trip through Pop Hits from the last few decades. Our talented teacher group surprised the audience with ‘Chariots of Fire’ as the finale. We would like to thank all the choirs and instrumental groups who performed on the evening and to all the students and staff who volunteered their time to help out. This event would not happen without the support of the school, students, staff and parents and we sincerely thank you.teacher

Christina Bond
Instrumental Music Coordinator


Our 2016 Excellence in Art Exhibition was a huge success. Artworks of a very high standard were displayed from Year 7-12. Local artist Sandy McLean honouredgold-excellence-award us with her presence and opened the exhibition. She also selected 3 works that won the artist choice excellence awards.

In first place was Jypsie Early with her gorgeous etching series on a purple door.

Second place was awarded to Georgia Sherry.

Third place was awarded to Natalie Tian.

It was an inspiring and enjoyable evening for all.  Well done to all the young artists here at RGGS.


Nora Hanasy-Cheers
Art Teacher

Boarding News from Jackson Dorm

October 17, 2016 at 4:01 pm

boarding-cupcakesOn Sundays the Jackson House girls have started baking with Amanda.  Amanda used to bake beautiful cakes and sweets commercially at a small cafe in Yeppoon.  On Sunday of Week 1 the girls made ‘Diva’ cupcakes.  The girls learnt the fundamentals of baking cupcakes from scratch, consumed more of the batter before baking (of course!) and had a ball decorating the cupcakes.  Next week the girls will be making a traditional South African ‘Melktert’ as the girls are doing a Japanese assignment on different cultures.  Amanda was born and raised in South Africa so I’m sure this will be a great experience for the girls.

Ms Bernadette Hyde-Mewburn
Director of Boardingboarding-cupcakes-1

Panama Hat Care

October 13, 2016 at 1:05 pm

The manufacturer of our panama hats has provided the following information regarding care of our hats.  We have noticed there are a number of hats that need cleaning, so we encourage you all the take a moment to read these instructions.

Care Instructions for Panama Hats

  • Sponge gently with cold water and use a mild soap (Lux or Sunlight – no abrasive chemical products) to remove spots.
  • Scrub soiled area with a small soft brush.
  • Rinse in cold water and shake excessive water out.
  • Place upside down on crown to dry in shaded area.
  • DO NOT store your hat in the car.
  • NB: If your hat has been wet due to rain please ensure that you dry in a well aired, shaded area prior to storing.her_future3


Year 6 News

October 13, 2016 at 1:02 pm

win_20161007_11_04_33_proThe Year 6 students hwin_20161007_10_52_44_proad a task of creating a new board game for an education company which included practicing adding and subtracting fractions, finding equivalent fractions and renaming percentages as fractions. The games had to be challenging, fair and exciting. It also incorporated elements of chance with dice or spinners.

All groups constructed their A3 game after drawing a draft which included question cards and rules. Each group was able to play two various board games and evaluate the enjoyment level and design while playing against each other.

Jacqui Goltz
Year 6 Teacher

Cows Create Careers

October 13, 2016 at 1:01 pm

On Wednesday 12 Octobercows-create-careers-photo the Year 9/10 Agriculture class participated in the Cows Create Careers Gala Day at the Rockhampton Leagues Club. The Cows Create Careers program is supported by Dairy Australia and aims to showcase the industry to students. As part of the program students look after two calves for a three week period. They have local dairy farmers and industry advocates who visit the school to provide information on the dairy industry. Students work in teams of 4-5 to complete assessment tasks. These assessment taskswinning-ccc-photo are then submitted to Dairy Australia and are judged in regions. These regions then get together for Gala Days. The gala day showcases work that has been completed by competing schools around the region. It was really a Rockhampton Girls Grammar School day yesterday, with our girls taking home the second place for individual teams, the winning school photograph as well as the overall winner of the competition. We even came home with a cheque for $500!

Our dairy industry work in not quite over yet, with a visit to Clews Dairy at Rossmoya planned for next Tuesday. The girls can’t wait to see how much Chocolate and Vanilla, the two calves we looked after in Term 3, have grown.

Ku Lacey
Agricultural Science Teacher