News from our Principal

February 16, 2017 at 11:14 am

It has been an action packed start to the 2017 year at Rockhampton Girls Grammar School.  I would like to welcome back all of our students and also 43 new students to the school.  Our girls come from far and wide – from Yeppoon to Gladstone to Alpha, Woorabinda, Clarke Creek, Dysart, Moura, Taroom, Duaringa, PNG to name but some.   It is part of what makes this school great – a chance for our daughters to meet and learn alongside other girls from all over Queensland.  It is surely a far broader experience than I have encountered in day student only schools.   We look forward to watching you grow while you are with us.

Last year saw the school improvement focus concentrate on writing, boarding and enrolments and we achieved some significant successes in these area.   Our attention will continue in these areas and Type Three Tuesday has begun again, with a new word of the week component.

This year, our focus turns to bringing the following into the spotlight:TahliaKellyOP1

  • Reading
  • Pastoral Care
  • STEM

There have been some significant shifts in these areas.

RGGS is proud to announce that Agricultural Science will be offered in every year level from Prep to Year 12.  This makes us rather unique and illustrates how central we believe agriculture is to a vibrant Australia.

The teaching staff are working with Mrs Gouge on preparing STEM tasks which will be taught to the girls.  Keep an eye out for the projects they are working on.

The Sister Program has been given more emphasis with every girls assigned a sister and a regular time in the care program cycle for the girls to meet up with their sisters and participate in activities.

The Clubs Program has begun as well – this allows the girls to work in groups to explore some of those other areas of capability, intelligence and interest – from the arts to yoga, it’s a chance for the girls to stretch some of the other intelligences that contribute to whole child welfare.

Read to Learn continues to roll out in the Primary and Middle school.  Teachers are recognising and developing their skills in this highly effective program which ensures explicit teValentine's Dayaching of reading as a core skill.

The Year 12 cohort is working on Core Skills Test preparation with the focus in the first few weeks being the writing task.  We look forward to seeing our girls emulate the results of last year.

One of the highlights of the start of the year at RGGS is the Academic Colours ceremony.  My congratulations to all girls who received recognition for outstanding academic effort in Semester 2 2016.  We were also very pleased to present the Shaw Honour to Tahlia Kelly for her OP1 in recognition of academic excellence.

The Investiture Ceremonies were another highlight and I would like to congratulate Emily and Caitlin for the leadership of this group of Year 12 students.  I would also like to recognise the work of our Prefects.  They are already making their mark and I saw the dining hall awash with love hearts and Valentine’s sentiments on Tuesday.  Thank you to the Year 12 students who worked on this and Layla Wilson, the Boarding Council Prefect.   Our Year Level Leaders, voted by their peers also deserve recognition in their leadership roles and I congratulate them.IMG_8641

Our House Prefects had their first event for the year with the swimming carnival on Tuesday.  My second carnival, I was again struck by the level of engagement and willingness to get involved.  It’s great to see our girls out there having a go still.  Too often in co-ed contexts, I saw girls shy away from participating in swimming activities.  It’s a lifelong skill and contributes to a healthy mind and body.  Thank you to the staff for their work in getting the carnival ready and together for the girls.  It was a great day – marred only slightly by a late storm that cancelled the teacher/student race.  We will have to get to that later in the year.

We have introduced a new way at looking at responsible use of mobile phones this year to address a wide range of concerns about social media and other interactions.  I am well aware that this is an issue not restricted to our school and many parents are concerned about the ever increasing reliance on technology.  The use of mobile phones will be restricted at RGGS.  For Primary and Middle School students, they are not to be used on site.  Boarders will hand their phones in before they leave the Boarding houses to come to school.  Senior, Year 10-12, may carry their phones with them but they are not to be used in class. Phones are not to be taken to study or to the dining hall. I thank parents for their significant support in this.

2017 promises to be a year of many opportunities for your daughter at Rockhampton Girls Grammar School.

Christine Hills
Principal

Flexible boarding options with our Boarding Plus Program

February 16, 2017 at 11:11 am

Please contact us if you are interested in our flexible boarding options.

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Girls Grammar Newsletter

February 16, 2017 at 10:25 am

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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 as this is updated as events occur.

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Gaia Festival and 125th Celebrations

February 16, 2017 at 8:59 am

We are seeking quality market stalls and food vendors for our Gaia Festival and Open Day, then into the 125 Party on 22 April. Please contact Tammy Lang if you would like a stall or know of a great idea to make this celebration of 125 years of Girls Grammar the best it can be.

BREAKING NEWS – We have famous and amazing  ‘old girl’ talent Gretel Scarlett, Sarah Sullivan and Camille Trail performing for us at the Progressive Dinner!! Get your tickets now as they are selling fast.

Kim Dixon – Enterprise Manager

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Student Achievement – Tylar Cunzolo

February 16, 2017 at 8:42 am

Tylar Cunzolo with NASA Logo at the Houston Space CentreDuring December of last year, I was given the opportunity to travel to Houston America with a group of girls from around Australia to participate in a space school run by NASA and HASSE (Houston Association for Space and Science Education). The reason I wanted to go on this trip was not only to learn about the technology and science used by NASA but to also discover possible career paths for myself and to be innovative about my future. While there I met some amazing people and was able to do and create remarkable things as well as use some of the technology used in space. Many aspects of this trip helped me to learn more about myself and what I want for my future.TC talking with Heather Paul

One of my greatest accomplishments during the two weeks was graduating from Houston Space Centre’s NASA University course, which was a challenging program, that simulated astronaut training and real-world NASA experiences such as robotics, cryogenics, rocketry, Mars Habitat design, and weightlessness in zero gravity environments. Throughout the program my team and I were able to overcome difficult problems and complications, such as building a cost effective and transportable prototype rover to land on Mars and collect information on tHitting the ignition to launch model rocketshe geological structure of the planet. We participated in astronaut training by using scuba diving to simulate zero gravity and complete tasks such as building an airtight chamber underwater while manoeuvring through obstacles. During the training, we also witnessed real astronaut’s training in the Neutral Buoyancy Lab, which is the biggest indoor pool in the world and is used by astronauts to prepare for EVA’s (space walks) in a zero gravity environment. By the end of the course I successfully graduated and my team and I placed second in the team competitions.

TC at the firm where 3D models were constructedThe best experiences came with the technology we used and the things we were able to create. This included planning and constructing prototypes for a Mars rover using methods and technology employed by NASA and other world leading companies. Another incredible opportunity that arose was the chance to meet and talk with a number of astronauts and engineers. Leroy Chiao, one of the astronauts we met, is now a motivational speaker and he gave us some fantastic advice on following your dreamTylar Cunzolo Graduation Certificatess. We met Franklin Chang Díaz, ex-astronaut, who is the leading engineer and CEO of the Ad Astra Rocket Company and Roland Nedelkovich, an engineer who helped design and build the International Space Station. One amazing woman we met was Heather Paul, who is a biomedical engineer; she designs the space suits, environment and conditions the astronauts live in while in space; she also studies psychological and physical effects space has on astronauts, and is the leading engineer in her field. Heather explained to us that being a woman in a field dominated by men is, although sometimes challenging, never a reason to give up and if anSpace Shipon display at NASA Museumything, makes her more determined to succeed. I was extremely inspired after talking to Heather as she emphasised that women can do anything, a saying I commonly hear as the Girls Grammar motto, which she proved with her success and achievements.

To conclude, I am extremely grateful to RGGS and especially my parents for the opportunity I was given to go on this trip. I learnt and gained so much from being able to interact and collaborate with so many like-minded people and use some of the best technology in the world. If given the chance I would love to go back and experience it again and definitely work for NASA as a future career.

Tylar Cunzolo

Year 7 Immunisation Program

February 16, 2017 at 8:40 am

Rockhampton Girls Grammar School’s Vaccination Program is providing Queensland Health’s annual School Immunisation Program. All Year 7 students are offered free vaccinations as recommended on the National Immunisation Program to protect against human papillomavirus (HPV) and diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough). It is important that you read the information booklet contained in the consent pack.

Only students with a signed and completed consent card, indicating ‘Yes to Vaccination’ will be vaccinated. If you would like your child to be vaccinated, please fill in the consent card and return it to school within one week.

If you do not wish your child to be vaccinated, or your child has already been vaccinated with the offered vaccines, please complete the ‘No to Vaccination’ section on the consent card and return the consent card to the school within one week.

New laws require the school Principal to disclose student and parent information for eligible Year 7 students to the school immunisation provider if requested. This information will enable the school immunisation provider to determine those who have and have not consented, and directly follow-up with parents of students who have not returned a consent card. This direct follow-up ensures all parents are offered the opportunity for their child to participate in this important school health program. It may also assist you in making decisions about your child’s immunisation needs.

Parents who have indicated ‘No to Vaccination’ will not be followed up by the provider.

You should have received a consent pack which includes the consent card and information booklet. If you haven’t received the vaccination consent pack contact the school or download the consent card and information booklet from https://publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/school-based-vaccination-program . Please return the card even if you do not want your child to be vaccinated at school, as this allows us to know that you have received the information.

First round of vaccinations are scheduled to commence March 1 2017.

Linda Knowles
School Nurse

News from the Director of Boarding and Student Welfare

February 16, 2017 at 8:39 am

Your daughter is the focus of our partnership between school and home……

To the families who are new to Girls Grammar, I extend a very warm welcome. I hope your first few weeks as part of our Girls Grammar Community have been a positive experience. To our returning families, a sincere welcome back.

My focus in 2017 as Director of Boarding & Student Welfare is to ensure all girls at Rockhampton Girls Grammar have a positive experience; this means being part of a safe and caring environment, where each girl is encouraged to strive for her very best and achieve her academic goals.

Our Pastoral Care and Wellbeing Program in 2017 has been structured to ensure supports are in place for all students. Our Care classes will have a specific focus each term and in Term One the focus is Clever.  We have introduced ‘Club Wednesday’ where each girl has chosen a club they wish to take part in. These range from yoga and meditation, macramé, puzzles and games, harry potter and choir. I have also strengthened our Sister Program where each student will be allocated a big/little sister. Throughout the year we will have structured time for the sisters to come together and strengthen the relationships.

Our Boarding Program has commenced on a positive note, with all girls in the boarding house giving of their best and supporting one another. I congratulate the senior boarders who have stepped up and supported Layla Wilson, 2017 Boarding Prefect, to assist new boarding students in the transition process. The seniors have visited junior dorms, organised after hours activities and generally made the boarding house a welcoming place.

To all of our Girls Grammar families, I look forward to meeting you as we come together to celebrate 125 years of this great school. The year ahead will be a time of great celebration and I look forward to celebrating this with you.

Bernadette Hyde-Mewburn
Director of Boarding and Student Welfare

Staffing News

February 16, 2017 at 8:36 am

As we embark upon 2017, we would like to announce some changes to our Girls Grammar family.

Firstly, we would like to welcome the following new staff members:

Clair Applewaite – Business Manager, Greta Doherty – Physical Education, Troy Edwards – English and Humanities Teacher, Kerry Clarke – Reception, Anoja de Silva – Science Assistant, and Carolyn Walker – Boarding and Teacher Aide

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Sadly we also need to farewell Dr Mala Ekanayake.

After six years of steadfast service to RGGS, helping to make the girls clever and confident, our Scientific Operations Officer, Dr Mala Ekanayake, is leaving us. She is embarking on a new adventure with her family. Mala has worked closely with the Science department and also lent a hand across many other subject departments.  Her dedication and contribution to the school community will be dearly missed.

 

 

Life Education Visit

February 16, 2017 at 8:34 am

Mind your medicine! What does this mean for children and young people? As we (the Year 5 class) entered the Life Education van, with smiles plastered on our faces, we knew we would have a great time learning about how to use medicine safely.

As we settled in, we had a discussion about medicine and drugs and ways in which they can be both helpful and harmful. Something that we found interesting was that energy drinks are very harmful to our health. We also learned that many people do not always follow directions when taking medicines which is also very dangerous.

Liz, the Life Education teacher, and her side-kick Healthy Harold, are great mentors for children and young people because they deliver an important message while making the learning process fun through puppetry, educational videos and other games. These hands-on activities help us to learn because we are physically active and involved in something all of the time.

It is important for school-age students to learn about health and how to make safe choices. Attending Life Education could save a child’s life because they learn valuable life lessons about how to manage medicines. Liz and Harold are doing a great job travelling around our region teaching and sharing their messages of health and safety; they must continue this work for years to come.

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On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Year 6 class were lucky enough to experience the Life Ed Van for the last time. Whilst in the van, we learnt what smoking and alcohol does to our bodies and about making clever choices. We played many games and had lots of fun, especially when seeing Harold the giraffe!Healthy Harold (2)

As we stepped into the van, we were overjoyed and filled with excitement. We sat down in the van, wondering what we were going to learn about. As the Life Ed lady, Liz, introduced herself, she also talked about what we were going to be learning about that day. After that, we got to everyone’s favourite part, seeing Harold! It was very entertaining watching Liz talk to Harold and telling him what we were going to be doing.

We all turned to face a massive screen that showed a diagram of how just one cigarette can affect not only our lungs but our whole body too. We were also taught about the detrimental effects that alcohol has on the human body. Many of the facts and information that Liz told us were very shocking and confronting.

Next, we formed small groups of four people. Liz gave us the instruction to cross our arms over and join hands with the person opposite us. It was difficult to untangle our arms safely but once everyone had completed the task, Liz explained that this is the process that the lives goes through to clean out the smoke from a cigarette or any alcohol that is still in your body.

Lastly, we all gave Harold a hug, took some snazzy snaps and left the van. What we learnt that day we will always remember in the future. We are all very grateful to have been to the Life Education Van for the very last time.

By Macy Doyle
Year 6

Boomerang Bags

February 16, 2017 at 8:33 am

Boomerang BagsRockhampton Girls Grammar School has formed a relationship with Boomerang Bags to reduce the use of plastic bags.  The Year 8 students are making these bags using material to create a sustainable alternative to plastic bags.  We are currently the only school in the area involved with Boomerang Bags, by participating in a national movement that celebrates a local grassroots initiative, community building and sustainability.  That Wholefood Place will be the recipient of these bags to offer to customers while purchasing items.  These bags are used as ‘a platform to start conversation to empower communities‘ Tania Potts Co-founder of Boomerang Bags.

Stacey Rogers
Home Economics Teacher

Library Lovers Day

February 16, 2017 at 8:31 am

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Rockhampton Girls Grammar School Library invites all staff, students, parents and friends to come and write on our hearts to let us know what you love about the Library, in recognition of Library Lovers Day 14/02/2017.  Our hearts are on display from Wednesday 15/2/2017 until Tuesday 21/02/2017.

Leanna Donaldson
Library Coordinator

2017 Investiture

February 16, 2017 at 8:17 am

ThIMG_1818e investiture ceremonies of our leaders, both Primary and Secondary was held on Thursday 9 February. With a celebration of leadership and women our Year 12 students were invested as the seniors of Rockhampton Girls Grammar School  for the forthcoming year. Emily Lang was announced as the Prue McKeague Prefect and Caitlin Bartlett was announced as the Helen E Downs Prefect. Student leaders from Year 7-11 and PrefeIMG_1687cts were presented with their leadership badges. The audience were privileged to enjoy a performance from the Bella Voce performance group.

 

The primary investiture ceremony was a wonderful celebration of our junior students and an opportunity to see the induction of Year 6 as leaders of our Primary School.

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Student leaders from Year 4-6 were also presented with their leadership badges and Poco Voce enthralled us with their performance. Congratulations to all of the students involved for the Investiture Ceremonies.

 

Michelle Gouge
Deputy Principal

125th Celebrations – Progressive Dinner

February 13, 2017 at 9:54 am

Book your ticket or table now, before it is too late. Famous  ‘old girls’ Gretel Scarlett, Sarah Sullivan and Camille Trail will be performing during the main course! 07 49300900 05 PROGRESSIVE DINNER RGGS 125

Deputy Principal News

February 13, 2017 at 9:49 am

It has been a terrific start to the year at RGGS. I would like to welcome you all back for another fantastic year ahead and a special welcome to our new families. You will grow to love, as I have, this wonderful school community. This year I have transitioned into a new role as Deputy Principal. This will add to the work that I have been doing in the Primary School. I have enjoyed working with the secondary teachers and their enthusiasm for our students. We have a number of initiatives:

Read To Learn

This will continue from Prep – Year 8 in 2017. I have spent some time in the Year 7 classrooms this week demonstrating this to our Year 7 teachers. Both Mrs Whitehand and Mr Edwards have embraced this brilliant pedagogy so a seamless transition is now evident in this space. Some of our Year 7 and 8 students have also been provided the opportunity to further study English and consolidate English concepts with an extra English lesson. You would have been informed with an email if this applies to you.

Science

The teachers in primary and secondary have been busily planning amazing science units for 2017. We have been working together to create exciting and engaging STEM units from Prep – Year 9. STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. You will notice our primary students back in the yard with a chook pen and garden. Watch this amazing space!

Care/Sisters and Committees

Mrs Hyde-Mewburn and I have been busily working with the team to create an overall care program that is engaging and relevant. Each week our students will participate in Care, Collins Writing, Wednesday Clubs and Thursday Committees. We are introducing a revamped Sisters Program. Exciting things are happening at RGGS.

Maths

We have introduced Back-To-Front maths in the primary school. This pedagogy looks at the place of misconception and teaches the students from that place. I am looking forward to hearing from the primary teachers regarding the success of this program. As such, Head Start Maths will not be offered until further notice.

Parent Lounge

You will be seeing all Tours and Excursions come through Parent Lounge. This is a new process for many but an efficient way to record-keep our students movements. Please ensure you are familiar with your Parent Lounge password and contact Student Services if you require assistance. All tours and excursions requiring permission will go through Parent Lounge.

Please, if I can be of any assistance, I would appreciate you giving me a call or email. I am really looking forward to this year!

Michelle Gouge
Deputy Principal

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Y-Lead Conference

February 13, 2017 at 9:47 am

YLead1The Year 12 students recently participated in the Y-Lead Leadership learning experience designed to empower young people to be their best and make a difference. During the day-long conference, our students were challenged to build their confidence, learn about leadership and realise that they have a unique opportunity to leave behind an inspiring legacy when they complete school at the end of the year.  In uniting to motivate and encourage each other during these sessions, our young leaders saw that working together gives them opportunities to unlock their amazing potential.  We look forward to watching their strengths develop over the coming year.

Dr Nikki Hislop
Year 12 Care Mentor

Term 1 Bookfair

February 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm

The Scholastic Boo2017 Bookfair 13.03.17 Bookaneer_Book_Fairkaneer Book Fair is coming to Girls Grammar!

A boat-load of books will wash ashore on Monday 13 March 2017 and everyone is invited to join our crew!

There will be fun activities & awesome contests.

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Get hooked on reading at the Bookaneer Book Fair!

Leanna Donaldson
Library Coordinator

 

Community Notices

February 10, 2017 at 3:59 pm

Please find below various Community Notices

Speech and Drama Lessons with Peta Hornamen-Wren
Held at Rockhampton Girls Grammar School 
$30 for 30 minutes
Please call 0419 735 892 to book or for more information.

Students Clarinet for Sale
Very Good Condition – $300 ONO
Please call 4922 3128
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Student News – Sophie Harwood

February 10, 2017 at 3:58 pm

Sophie Departing2016 Head Girl, Sophie Harwood has touched down in Vienna!

Sophie has deferred her Uni and College offers to go on a Rotary Youth Exchange to Vienna, Austria for one year. She will return mid January 2018.

We wish Sophie all the very best for this new adventure and can’t wait to hear about it.  Here is Sophie’s first diary entry:

So on January 20 some tearful goodbyes were exchanged as we hugged our family’s for the final time and the Rotarians pushed us onto the plane. Eleven excited Queenslanders bound for different destinations throughout Europe, we spent the plane ride feeling excited, yet visibly nervous as we chatted away to surrounding passengers and flight crew who were very taken by our bright green blazers. Once we reached Sydney it all became real as the flight crew said over the speakers, “And good luck to our international exchange students heading off today”.

In Sydney wSophiee made our way through customs, then went on a frantic hunt for food before our long flight. Then we headed for our gate. Once we arrived our group of 11 turned to 36 with a sea of green blazers greeting us. The excitement and positive energy was felt by all even after the oncoming flight was delayed by an hour. Once on the plane, every checked we still had our passports and tickets and we were ready to go.

Saying that that flight from Sydney to London was long is an understatement, we were travelling for about 20 hours just on that flight, and it seemed as if it was never going to end. We had a stop off in Dubai on the way by it didn’t give any relief as we were straight back into the plane. Although it was dreadfully long, we all got to know each other so well during that flight, and we were very sad to see each other go in London. We were privileged to see the sunrise whilst touching down, and it was a sight that will not soon be forgotten.

With more sad goodbyes we split up into our different flights and headed off to find the gate. Our 36 came down to 11 again (although a different 11 to before) and we found the gate headed for Vienna.

We were so stoked to arrive in Vienna to finally reach the end of my journey, others had another flight or a long drive in front of them, bSophie in Viennaut I was so very lucky to have arrived. We couldn’t contain our excitement as we stepped off the plane, then we abruptly stopped as we were greeted by -11. We got inside the airport, took a ‘finally arrived’ snap then proceeded through customs and bag pickup, not hiding our excitement as we leaped through airport sending happy snaps to our family and friends. Before we knew it we were stepping out to the group of people gathered at the exit, and one by one we each saw our name. I scanned the crowd looking for a small sign with my name on it. But then I saw ‘Welcome Sophie Harwood’ with maps and a picture of my face on a big poster. We said our hellos and I was stoked to meet the beautiful people who had offered their help for me over the coming year. Sophie 2Both my host family’s, my counsellor, and the President of my host club was waiting there for me, I was so overwhelmed and happy that I had arrived the rest of the day was a bit of a blur. I went back to my first host families house and everyone came over to have coffee and some Austrian treats. After this I went upstairs to see my room and have a well needed shower. Quickly after this I fell asleep, so exhausted from my travels. I had to be woken for dinner then proceeded to finally get to bed after more than 30 hours of travelling.

In my first week in Austria, my family took me to the summer palace in Vienna called Schonbrunn, with the view of Vienna being absolutely stunning. Then I saw district 1, the original start of Vienna, and got to see the old churches and beautiful architecture. I learned how to use the transport, with the underground trains and trams making it very easy to get from point a to point b. I also got to see a concert of young but very talented performers performing classical tunes that rang out through the church we were in. Also I got to visit a small exhibit of Georgia O’Keefe and her artwork which was put together by a friend of my host mum, which was absolutely stunning. Sophie Snow

The second week I got to start school, bright and early each day I woke up, had breakfast with the family then took a tram and two trains to get to school. All of the students were so welcoming and helpful and very happy to show me around and help me out when I needed it. They took me out for pizza at one of their favourite lunch spots and then showed me the best shopping spots throughout the middle of town, I couldn’t have asked for a better bunch of students to be with. The subjects are a bit different, as they just do everything, from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, to German, English and French, as well as others like Psychology, Sport and History. I have also noticed that when the teacher is sick, or not at school, there is no such thing as a substitute teacher, there is just no class, which seems so out of the norm for me, but I am slowly getting used to it.

Sophie 3Finally the food has been absolutely amazing, from savoury to sweet everything has so much flavour and taste it’s hard not to like something. My favourite food so far has been the Austrian Wafer biscuits called Manner, they come in vanilla, lemon, coconut or neapolitan and are very addictive.

Now I am headed to the language camp in Almunster, to help learn German and meet the other new exchange students throughout Austria. So this was only the start of my adventure and I know there are plenty more experiences to come.

Sophie Harwood

Gretel Scarlett Visit – November 2016

February 10, 2017 at 3:58 pm

Gretel returns to her roots

Gretel ScarlettKnown to many locals as Gretel Jahnke, Gretel Scarlett’s childhood in Rockhampton was where she discovered her love of performing. During her years in Rockhampton, Gretel attended Rockhampton Girls Grammar School up to Year 10, achieving some very impressive results. At the age of 15, Gretel moved with her family to Sydney to pursue her love of the Arts. She studied full time classical ballet at Alegria Dance Studios, where she completed her advanced RAD and Cecchetti examinations, as well as continuing her vocal training. After finishing school, Gretel attended WAAPA (Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts) where she graduated in 2008 with the prestigious ‘Leslie Anderson Award’ for the best overall showcase performance, the Hal Leonard Award and the 2007 Finley Award.

Now a familiar face on Australian stages, Gretel is currently starring in the leading role of Kathy Selden in Australia’s ‘Singin in the Rain’ and has starred as the lead role of Sandy, opposite Rob Mills in the Australian production of Grease. Gretel’s past credits include the role of Sal in the 2009 Australian Tour of Breast Wishes, understudying and performing the main juvenile roles of Sophie Sheridan, Ali, and Lisa in the 2009-10 10th Anniversary tour of Mamma Mia! And appearing as the Witch’s Mother in the 2010-2012 Australian and Asian productions of the award winning musical Wicked.

Gretel kindly offered to speak to students at Rockhampton Girls Grammar School in November, while in Rockhampton. At Assembly she inspired her avid listeners from Prep – Year 12 to be proud and thankful for opportunities offered to them at the School and in Rockhampton. Coming from a regional centre has many advantages and we are very lucky to have talented teachers and mentors to help us reach our goals right here!

Kim Dixon & Gretel Scarlett

Central Queensland Military Museum Excursion – November 2016

February 10, 2017 at 3:57 pm

On Tuesday 15 November, 21 YCQ Military Museum CQ Military Museum 1ear 9 students and Mrs Whitehand had the opportunity to tour the Central Queensland Military Museum. That term in Year 9 HSS World War 1 was studied, so the tour was an excellent opportunity to develop the understanding of the topic for each student. Everyone was fortunate enough to look at life in the trenches, uniforms, maps and plans; as well as information on the famous light horse throughout World War 1. World War 2 was also a topic the students and Mrs Whitehand were fortunate to learn about and get a head start for Year 10 HSS this year. The tour gave every student more depth  to their understanding of World War 1 and more knowledge was gained.

Claire Sherry

Robotics Professional Development Workshop

February 10, 2017 at 3:54 pm

Robotics Workshop 1 Robotics Workshop 2Rockhampton Girls Grammar’s partnership with the QMEA (Queensland Minerals and Energy Association) provided the opportunity for the Technology Department to engage in robotics programming. The workshop’s focus was the application of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative for education. Participants engaged in structured programming through sequencing, selection and iteration. Looking forward, 2017 is an exciting year for Girls Grammar. Our newly developed technology program will provide a hands on approach to engineering and programming.

Luke Tree
Design and Technology Teacher

Staff Achievement – Stacey Rogers

February 10, 2017 at 3:53 pm

Stacey RogersCongratulations to our Home Economics and Hospitality teacher, Stacey Rogers, for earning a partial scholarship to continue her study through the National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative and Home Economics Institute of Australia.

National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative (NESLI) partnered with Home Economics Institute of Australia (HEIA)  to offer a full scholarship and five partial scholarships for the Advanced Leadership Program at the 2017 HEIA National Conference.  Stacey applied for and was successful in being awarded a partial scholarship in Melbourne at this conference.  This partial scholarship (valued at $3,500) is an integrate development platform focusing on the interpersonal and behavioral dynamics associated with female school leaders.  During this six month program Stacey will engage in a deep exportation of her own strengths, weaknesses and opportunities as they relate to building and maintaining highly effective school teams.  This program employs an integrated learning methodology based around self-analysis, peer knowledge sharing, experiential experiences, practical workplace application and reflection.  Stacey is looking forward to the program commencing in May and feels privileged to be provided with this opportunity.

Thanks must go to HEIA and NESLI for offering opportunities for women in education!

Congratulations Stacey!

Art News

February 10, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Please find attached some work from our very talented Art students, along with information regarding our first Art Competition for 2017 – there is even a category for Outstanding Parent Entry!

Nora Hanasy-Cheers
Art Teacher
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