Nobel Laureate in Physics asked a tough question

November 24, 2016 at 3:13 pm

Courtney Smith recently entered (and won) a competition in which she was required to:

  1. Submit a question that she would like to ask Nobel Laureate Takaaki Kajita , which is:

The results from the Liquid Scintillator Neutrino Detector experiment suggest that there may be more than three types of neutrinos. If discovered, could a fourth neutrino type be a suitable candidate to classify as dark matter and as such unlock the mysteries of dark matter and energy, bridging gaps in our cosmological knowledge?

  1. Write a statement that shows why she should be selected, as follows:

Why I wish to attend Congress:

Before Mr Kajita’s discovery of neutrino oscillation, astroparticle physics was a field I previously only had a mild interest in. From an early age, I had planned to pursue a career in astronomy and astrophysics- choosing my senior subjects based upon this fact- however, after reading through the results and subsequent revelations this discovery has meant for the physics community, my interest in astroparticle physics has grown exponentially. As astroparticle physics is a relatively new field, there is still so much to learn about and be discovered. Most of my knowledge comes from either books or the plethora of websites out there- which is fine- but the chance to learn first-hand from someone who not only works in particle physics but has won a Nobel Prize for their work would be a phenomenal opportunity, particularly as I live in Central Queensland and chances like this are few and far between. I also believe it would be a great opportunity to cultivate interest in STEM career options for younger students and peers of mine at the Rockhampton Girls Grammar School as women still only make up 30% of the STEM workforce.

By winning this competition she gets to attend the Physics Congress in Brisbane, meet Takaaki Kajita and ask her question. Needless to say she is very excited, as is her Physics teacher Christie Mahon, who recommended her for this process.  I hope Mr Kajita does his homework before he meets our Courtney!



Tiffany Baker Tops the State

November 24, 2016 at 8:19 am

Girls Grammar Girl Tops the State in Agricultural Science

It’s a long way from Darwin to Dingo to Rockhampton Girls Grammar School but that’s the journey Tiffany Baker has been on.

It has seen her graduate as the top ranked Agricultural Science student in Queensland.

With a final paper on the role of nutrition in promoting beef production, Tiffany consolidated her place at the top of the graduates for 2016.

Tiffany will pursue a career in the agricultural and rural sciences. She is keen to expand her knowledge in the fields of management and reproduction. She believes that there is a bright future in agriculture.

As a boarding student who began her journey at Rockhampton Girls Grammar in Year 8, Tiffany was not only able to pursue the scientific study of agriculture but she was able to participate in the School’s on site cattle breeding and showing program.

Under the direction of the School’s agricultural teacher, Ku Lacey, the school offers a program that is an outstanding blend of theory and practice. It is this comprehensive program that has allowed Tiffany to emerge as the best in the state.

Principal of Rockhampton Girls Grammar School, Christine Hills believes that Tiffany is the future of agriculture. “The role of women in agriculture cannot be understated. As much of western Queensland attempts to emerge from years of drought, we need university educated women to return to the west to be a part of driving agriculture into the future.”

“We are proud of Tiffany’s achievements and her drive and dedication. It is no simple thing to live away from home for five years but the boarding community at RGGS is a nurturing one. If you want the best teaching, the best access to agricultural science and the best community, look no further than Rockhampton Girls Grammar School.“

Tiffany was awarded one of the two inaugural Shaw Colours at Speech Night on Friday 18 November 2016.


News from the Principal

November 11, 2016 at 1:14 pm

The end of the year is always full of mixed emotions.  At this time of year, we begin the road to farewell our seniors, some of whom have been with us for 13 years and who are very much a part of the fabric of the school. We wish them the very best for their future – whatever that may hold.  You will always be a part of the Girls Grammar family.

We also celebrate at this time with our new leadership team – our Year 11 prefects.  Final positions will be announced 2017-prefectsat Speech Night.   I wish to congratulate all girls who stood for office this year – it is no small feat to step forward into the light of leadership.  Our new team of leaders will provide a great deal of enthusiasm and inspiration for all of our girls and I look forward to watching them grow as leaders.

Speech night is a celebration of the work of the school this year.  We look forward to sharing with our community the achievements of our girls across the school.  There has been a wealth of learning and opportunities for the girls this year and each experience helps our girls grow.  Well done to our students.

As we move forward into 2017, we begin the task of timetabling classes for next year.  Dr John Fry has this task well in hand.  There will be changes to the executive structure of the school next year, which have been made in response to the school review which was done earlier in the year.

From 2017, the executive structure of the school will be realigned to clarify roles and responsibilities.  The Principal will remain as the head of the school and will be supported by a Deputy Principal, Director of Boarding and Welfare and a Business Manager. This organises the school into its three core components – with a focus on teaching and learning.  Core to teaching and learning is the welfare of the girls and the fact that nearly a third of our girls live on site.  RGGS, is proudly a Boarding School. The business of the school allows the core work to be done.   Parents and staff clearly and unanimously identified the importance of having clear lines of reporting and accountability.

The executive team will further embrace program Heads who will work in each section of the school to ensure strategic plan is enacted effectively.  This will include Heads of program in business and teaching and learning.   A full organisational chart will be available by the end of the year when all positions are filled.

As we move into 2017, it is with much sadness that we announce the departure of some of our teachers.  We wish them well in their new endeavours and trust that RGGS will always hold a fond place in their career.

Mr Mark Avery – has accepted a position at Brisbane Grammar School, aveteaching history.  He described it to me as his ‘dream job’.   Mark has played a significant role in the development of history and the classics at RGGS.  He has worked enthusiastically on value adding to the way in which our middle school students experience history and the social sciences.  He has also been a stalwart of the 125th Committee and the Paterson Hall Heritage Museum project and I know his skills in that will be sorely missed.rok

Ms Kaitlin Robbs has accepted a position at Emmaus College in Rockhampton as a drama teacher. I thank Miss Robbs for her service to the learning of the girls at RGGS and the outstanding commitment she showed to creative writing and the professional craft of the teaching of reading

Ms Kathryn Gilmore has announced her decision to resign from teaching.  gilKathryn has made an excellent contribution to RGGS as an English teacher, guiding many of our girls through the literary world.  She has also made a significant contribution as a care mentor – most recently year 12.  We wish her and her family the best as they head into the new year.

It is an exciting time at Rockhampton Girls Grammar as we head into our 125th year.   We are very much looking forward to celebrating the contribution that this great school has made to the education of women.

Christine Hills


Director of Student Wellbeing News

November 11, 2016 at 1:06 pm

Attached are two articles I highly recommend for your perusal.  The first article relates to friendships, while the second discusses digital social skills.

BFF Forever

Digital Social Skills

Mr James Lye
Director of Student Wellbeing


Accommodation Offer for Girls Grammar Families

November 11, 2016 at 1:03 pm

Empire Apartment Hotel and Edge Apartment Hotel would love to partner with the Rockhampton Girls Grammar School to accommodate students and parents traveling to Rockhampton for any events throughout the year. We are able to offer a 10% discount on any room type  – to receive this discount the booking must be made directly with our 24hr Receptions over phone or email and quote ‘RGGS’.

The Empire’s contact details are 07 4936 0000 or
The Edge’s contact details are 07 4930 1000 or

Both hotels have free parking, wifi, bottled water and are only 2.6km drive from RGGS.

Below are some details for both of our properties:

Empire Apartment Hotel – #1 on TripAdvisor and awarded GOLD at the Qld Tourism Awards for best ‘New Tourism Business’

Our fully self-contained apartments are modern, spacious, have their own balcony – and come stocked with Molton Brown of London bathroom products and T2 Tea.
Our property also has free wifi in the rooms, three onsite dining options with chargeback, a gym and tropically landscaped pool, 24hr reception, and undercover secure parking.
We are located in the heart of the CBD Riverfront Precinct, a block from the Retail Shopping Mall, Supermarkets, Art Gallery, a plethora of Cafes and Restaurants, and the Pilbeam Theatre.
A photo gallery of the rooms can be found here:
A YouTube video showcasing the Empire Apartment Hotel can be found here:
A Dropbox of images available to download:
We also have the region’s leading conference facility for up to 120 delegates:

 Edge Apartment Hotel – awarded GOLD in the Star Ratings List of Australian Accommodation

Designed to capture the panoramic river, hinterland and city views offered by the unique riverfront location, The Edge Apartment Hotel is Rockhampton’s leading 4.5 star apartment hotel.
Ideally positioned in Rockhampton’s developing main accommodation, dining and entertainment CBD Riverfront Precinct, The Edge Apartment Hotel features modern hotel rooms plus 1,2 & 3 bedroom fully self-contained apartments, bar and restaurant.
Modern, stylish and packed with the luxuries you would expect from a leading hotel, your new home away from home is The Edge Apartment Hotel.
A photo gallery of the rooms can be found on our website here:
A YouTube video showcasing the Edge Apartment Hotel can be found here:
A Dropbox of images available to download:

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Queensland Theatre Company Drama Project

November 11, 2016 at 1:03 pm

queensland-theatre-rockhampton-2016-402This semester, our Year 9/10 Drama students have had the pleasure of working in collaboration with the Queensland Theatre Company and other schools in the region as a part of The Scene Project. Our girls worked with QTC artists and staff, presenting a showing of their work in progress at the Pilbeam Theatre. This Wednesday, they will present their final, polished performance as a part of our school assembly. Congratulations to the following students for their involvement:

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Raina Collett
Caitlyn Harvey
Olivia Harwood
Tanya Kulu
Jasmine Mick
Tina-Mae Passi

Ms Jessica Lamb
Drama Specialist

Casio Classpad Calculators

November 11, 2016 at 1:02 pm

casio-classpadFor use at Girls Grammar, purchasing a Casio Classpad second hand from any Year 12 student leaving the school would be appropriate for any students who are going to be in Year 10 or 11 in 2017.  From Year 9 next year, students will need a different graphing calculator as required by the new syllabus which is still being considered.  Those students are encouraged to wait until this has been finalised to purchase any graphing calculators.  Scientific calculators, which students should already be using, will be sufficient until further notice.

Dr John Fry
Director of Learning

Strathcona Exchange 2016

November 11, 2016 at 1:01 pm

photo-25-10-16-10-56-22-amThis October, six intrepid Year 8 and 9 students (and one very excited teacher) embarked on a unique exchange to Melbourne. Partnering with the Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School, our RGGS students spent five glorious days enjoying the sights, sounds and (most importantly) tastes of Melbourne with their host families. Upon their return home, they enjoyed the opportunity to play host to their southern sisters, sharing their favourite Rockhampton sites and experiences. Thank you to the following students and their families for being such exceptional hosts:

Year 8
Aleisha Cesarphoto-26-10-16-5-59-34-am
Molly Harwood
Abigail Hills

Year 9
Lucy Brown
Isla Houston
Cleo McCosker

Students in Years 7 and 8 are encouraged to stay tuned for further information about next year’s trip.

Jessica Lamb, Year 9 Care Mentor

Share the Dignity

November 11, 2016 at 12:58 pm

share-the-dignityIn early 2015 a news article caught Rochelle Courtenay’s attention as she was shocked to learn about the unthinkable indignities many homeless women and women in domestic violence shelters faced every month. Reading it from the comfort of her own home, with newfound knowledge that hygiene could not be taken for granted during menstruation, she knew it couldn’t continue. With a goal of making women in need feel special and show them that someone cares during the Christmas season, ‘Share the Dignity’ is asking for donations of old handbags filled with products such as shampoo, toothpaste, hairbrushes and sanitary items for their annual #itsinthebag campaign.itsinthebag

To help this cause, we are asking for the donation of items such as these as well as water bottles and any handbags you no longer need or want. If have any other ideas of what may help, all of those items can be dropped into collection box at Student Services. Any small contribution that you can give will make a difference and is greatly appreciated. For more information, check out the posters located around the school or the Share the Dignity website.

You can read more about Share the Dignity and #itsinthebag here.

Year 10 Care Groups


Year 11 Biology Excursion

November 11, 2016 at 12:06 pm

biology-field-trip-1biology-field-trip-2As part of their studies of Ecology, the Year 11 Biology classes partook in an environmental expedition of observation and data collection over two days in Week 2 and 3.  Their goal was to gather evidence to analyse the impact of urbanisation on the Moores Creek riparian system.  Through water testing, insect collection and aquatic biodiversity sampling, the students collected data to enable the interpretation of the health this waterway at the present time.  The analysis and evaluation of this fieldwork data forms the basis of their Term 4 assessment.

Dr Nikki Hislop
Biology Teacher

Student Achievement – Jayme McKellar, Abbey Fenton and Tiarna Ceyhan

November 11, 2016 at 12:05 pm

Abbey Fenton and Tiarna Ceyhan have bebasketballen selected for the Rockhampton Basketball Representative U14 team and Jayme McKellar the U16 team. The girls were selected from other teams of the same age from all the clubs in Rockhampton to represent Rockhampton in the Central District Carnival which includes Gladstone, Hervey Bay, Rockhampton and Bundaberg. In April next year they go to the State Championships in Brisbane. Congratulations girls!

Scott Fuller – Sports Coordinator

Director of Primary News

November 11, 2016 at 12:04 pm

I sat proudly at Assembly the other day, alongside our Primary Students enthralled in and engaged by the upcoming Year 11  leaders delivering their Prefect speeches. What a wonderful opportunity for our younger students to see where they could be heading. What a wonderful opportunity for them to see what a leader at Rockhampton Girls Grammar School looks like and what a wonderful opportunity it was for them to set their own dreams and goals high. Many of the primary girls sitting in that audience aspires to one day be on that stage delivering that speech. At this school leadership is sought out and encouraged. That’s the difference.

Last week I spent the lunch hour spinning a skipping rope (or bouncing a basketball – you will often see me down there with the kids!). I smiled as I watched about 30 girls from Prep- Year 8 try and get everyone through without missing a turn. I smiled as I watched the older students hold the hands of the younger students to try and help them through. I smiled as I watched someone who kept missing the rope finally get through. That’s the difference.

Every week I spend time in the literacy block with Prep to Year 8 students. I watch a consistent pedagogy at a challenging level being delivered to our girls. I see functional grammar, feedback and challenging higher order thinking skills being delivered every day. That’s the difference.

The next couple of weeks we have some amazing opportunities and events for our girls. For those of you who are graduating – and for those of you who are relocating – enjoy every minute of these last few weeks. This place is special.

Michelle Gouge
Director of Primaryrggs_feb2016_0368

Student Achievement – Hannah Scobie

November 11, 2016 at 12:00 pm

stormy-at-zoneshannahIn her chosen sport of Polocrosse, Hannah Scobie has been selected to represent Queensland in a Mixed Intermediate Team (under 21’s) in March 2017 as well as having represented Queensland in Junior teams on several other occasions during her time at Rockhampton Girls Grammar School in both 2015 and 2016. She has also consistently played at a high level  at both Club and Zone level and plays club polocrosse for the Bauhinia Polocrosse Club.  Well done Hannah!

Photos supplied.

Staff Update: Sauni Ogomeni

November 11, 2016 at 11:56 am

Isauni_ogomenintroducing Sauni Ogomeni who has recently commenced at Girls Grammar as the International Liaison Officer concentrating on Papua New Guinea.

Sauni is originally from Kokoda, Oro Province and was one of the first high school teachers in PNG. Since moving to Queensland more than twenty years ago she has been involved in education and community development. Sauni has a passion towards quality education for young people in Papua New Guinea and believes education is the key to success.

Sauni is passionate about her new role and is looking forward to building partnerships with families and interested government and corporate groups in PNG who wish to know more about exciting initiatives in education at Rockhampton Girls Grammar School.