International Women’s Day with QMEA

May 23, 2017 at 1:24 pm

Hastings Deering hosted a breakfast on 8 March 2017 at their premises for a number of our girls to celebrate International Women’s Day. Our students enjoyed a breakfast and site tour of Hastings Deering Business Centre and met with senior management, apprentices and a former Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) award winner. Our girls sent a video message from Hastings Deering to the WIMARQ women’s breakfast in Brisbane which was broadcast across the state. All students enjoyed the morning and we thank the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) for the opportunity to participate and make new connections.

Dr John Fry (Dean of Senior Studies)

Solo17 Inspirational Young visitor

May 22, 2017 at 1:58 pm

Olliver O’Halloran is a 17 year old student from Tasmania who is flying solo around Australia. Ollie had a stop over in Rockhampton we offered to put him up for the night. He had breakfast with our Boarders on Sunday 21 May. He spoke about his passion for flying and his desire to become the youngest person in the world to fly around Australia in 17 days. Ollie kindly left a cash donation for our Clarke Creek School fundraiser, too. The staff and students cheered Ollie on as he flew out of Rockhampton on his way to Cairns.Our school chef Mark made him a healthy take away lunch and spoilt him with a selection of his delicious slices and cakes. Ollie will carry an RGGS Sports cap on the dash of his plane and has an RGGS Sticker on his plane.

Invitation to Attend Formal Walkthrough

May 17, 2017 at 2:34 pm

The Year 12 students invite members of the Girls Grammar community to attend the Formal Walk Through in the CAB covered area from 4.00 – 5.00pm on Saturday 27 May.

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Primary Prep to 3 Cross Country

May 17, 2017 at 2:28 pm

In our last House meeting the Prep to Year 3 students had their Cross Country event. Great support was given to the younger students by their older sisters as they cheered all girls who completed the 1 km course with ease. Thanks to the House Prefects who led the cheering and special thanks to the senior students who ran with the Prep students in the ‘First and Last Race’. Winning students received their place ribbon from POLYWONGA and Mrs Hills.

Race Results

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1st– Emily Schafer

2nd Ashlyn CoxPrimary Prep_3 Cross Country_polywonga

3rd Chantelle Dellow

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1st Ella Williams

2nd Charli Donaldson

3rd Rahnee Cummer

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1st Phoebe Fenton

2nd Maya Graham-Hohn

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Year 3

1st Lydia Johnstone

2nd Paige Ung

3rd Willow Parnell

 

Scott Fuller (Sports Coordinator)

2017 CQUni Team Cooking Competition – Winners

May 17, 2017 at 2:26 pm

Girls Grammar students Natalie Bird, Kiara-Ann Crummer, Jestelle Cowley and Monique Hill competed against five other schools within the CQ Region in the recent CQUni Team Cooking Competition. Not only did they work with respect and a positive work attitude, they were able to produce three wonderfully creative dishes from the mystery box challenge.

With a huge score of 302.5, they walked away overall winners!

Congratulations to these four talented students!

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Year 12 attend P.A.R.T.Y Program

May 17, 2017 at 2:22 pm

RGGS Year 12 Students took part in the P.A.R.T.Y. (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth) at Rockhampton Hospital.

Here is the CQU  “The Drift” article on our Year 12 girls experiencing this valuable local program. The Drift

 

HASSE Space School International Study Program

May 17, 2017 at 2:15 pm

The Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia (AGSA) are once again offering students the opportunity to join the HASSE Space School International Study Program in December.

HASSE Space School is an amazing opportunity for students seeking to pursue success in a STEM career. Students will be immersed in enriched and exclusive space science activities to explore the multi-facets of STEM. Students will also learn and engage in an inspiring personal and leadership development program to truly empower them for changing times.

Junior Space School is astronaut training for youth and is an engaging, hands-on adventure. Students learn about space travel, the development of space-related technologies and are lead through several simulated missions.

Senior Space School is the MBA for Youth. With greater program depth, students have incredible access to NASA. An immersive program that hones their individual leadership, project management, resource allocation crisis management and team work skills.

Students return with big dreams and lasting confidence, inspired by the ultimate STEM experience at NASA.

Expressions of Interest are currently open for this year’s expedition. You can secure your daughter’s place or learn more about the program by visiting the Expedition website.

Christie Mahon (Chemistry, Physics and 9 Science Teacher)

 

Boomerang Bags Delivered

May 17, 2017 at 2:14 pm

50 handmade Boomerang Bags were delivered to That Wholefood Place for use by small local businesses.  These colourful bags were created by the Year 8 Home Economics class in Term 1.  They investigated the need to eliminate plastic bags in society and created re-usable bags with the support of Boomerang Bags.  These bags were delivered to Kate Hollingsworth at That Wholefood Place for use by small businesses in the Rockhampton region.  All the students did a wonderful job creating a quality product that they were proud of.

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Student Achievements – Katelyn & Makayla Holznagel & Ella Curtis-Bryant

May 17, 2017 at 2:13 pm

Katelyn, Makayla and Ella competed in the Alpaca parading representing Capricorn Camelid Club (which is the Queensland division of Alpaca youth groups) at the BundabeHolznagel_Apaca_2rg Argro TreHolznagel_Alpacand on the weekend 5 – 6 May.

Katelyn received a first for Showmanship, first in Stockmanship and overall intermediate champion for open and supreme champion in open division. Because of these results, she has now received a place to compete in nationals representing Queensland later in the year.

Makayla received a first for Showmanship and a first in Stockmanship.

Ella received first in Showmanship in her age group and fourth in Stockmanship.

They all received ribbons.

Kelly Holznagel

Exciting News from our Equestrian Team

May 15, 2017 at 1:39 pm

2017 PCQ State Equitation and Showjumping Champions at Maryborough

Karlee Barlow, Amelia Driscoll, Sarah Donaldson, Matilda Donaldson, Tyla Cringle, Brodie Donaldson, Tayla Wallace and I recently competed at the State Equitation and Showjumping championships at the Maryborough Showgrounds during the Easter School Holidays.

Overall Results – Tayla Wallace Equitation 13 and under 15 years age group placed third on her mare ‘Pop Tart’. She then went on to place fourth in the 70cm Showjumping.

Sarah Donaldson competed in the 15 and under 17 years age group for Equitation, finishing 16th in an extremely competitive group on her horse Gamest Snowey. However, Sarah was unable to finish competing in the Show jumping as Snowey became injured and had to be withdrawn.

Matilda Donaldson, Equitation in the 13 and under 15 years age group, placed sixth on her horse Gamest Macedon and placed seventh in the 80cm Show Jump.

Brodie Donaldson, Equitation, competed on her horse Force in the 13 and under 15 years age group finishing 16th and in the 70cm Showjumping group came 17th. Well done Brodie as it was her first state comp.

Tyla Cringle, Equitation, riding her grey mare Zahara, placed ninth in the 13 and under 15 years age group and also 9th in the 70cm Show jump class.

Emily Lang placed third in the 15 and under 17 years equitation on Chandelier and finished 12th in the 1mtr Showjumping class.

However, the real stars of the competition were Karlee Barlow and Amelia Driscoll.

Amelia, on her trusty Horse Tatiana, came 11th in the Equitation, and then went on to win GOLD in the 12 and under Showjumping. Millie was named in the Queensland Showjumping state team. Please put your hands together for Millie and her horse Tatty.

Karlee, riding her new horse Ana Banana, also won GOLD in Equitation in the 15 and under 17 years age group, which consisted of over 40 riders. She then went on to place sixth overall in the very competitive 1m Showjumping class. Well done Karlee. Karlee and I plus two other riders from our Zone won the Zone Equitation Team.

Because we hadn’t quite had enough of horses for one set of holidays we all then went and competed at Yeppoon in the interschool combined training and Showjumping competition which saw us all qualify for the Interschool State championships held in Toowoomba during the June/ July school holidays. Finally, two weeks ago, our RGGS eventing Super Squad traveled to Yeppoon once again for the Capricorn Equestrian Group One Day Event, also receiving state qualifiers for the Interschool Championships held in Toowoomba.

Karlee and Ana won the pre novice 1.05m group and placed third In the Intro 80cm class on Barlow Park Petite Obsession. Emily Lang first 1.10m One Star on My Spirit Obsession and first in the Preliminary 95cm on Chandelier also taking out the highest placing junior for the event. Sarah Donaldson second 60cm on Gamest Snowey. Tyla Cringle did well in the intro 80cm on Zahra. Brodie Donaldson second in the intro 80cm on her horse Force. Tayla Wallace fourth in the preliminary 95cm on Barlow Park Too Easy. Milly Donaldson and Georgia Davies rode their horses extremely well.

Karlee & MillieAmelia and I received letters of offer to represent Queensland at the National Championships to be held in Toowoomba from 18-22 September 2017. Millie for Showjumping and myself for Eventing.

From Emily Lang (Yr 12)

 

Staffing News

May 4, 2017 at 4:10 pm

We extend a warm welcome to new editions to the administration team:  Michelle Birse – Reception, Katrina Lapthorn – Accountant and Joshua Matthews – HR/Payroll.josh katrina

However, it is with sadness we farewell the following staff – Theresa Egerton, Kelila Ives and Noeleen Leis.  We thank them for their contribution to Rockhampton Girls Grammar and wish them all the best with their future endeavours.

Michelle Birse

Student Achievement – Wandoan Show

May 4, 2017 at 3:25 pm

Katrina and Tayla Cann along with Kasey Davies competed in Stock horse events at the recent Wandoan Show.

Tayla was in tTayla Champion Local Rider 2017he pony ring for the last year as she is now 16yrs. She received Champion Local rider and Reserve Led Hunter Champion. She also had a young (3 1/2 yr) mare competing at her first show that went very well.  Congratulations!

Katrina, Tayla & Kasey

Rotary Exchange Update – Sophie Harwood

May 4, 2017 at 3:23 pm

It is very exciting to hear the adventures of 2016 Head Girl, Sophie Harwood during her Rotary Exchange trip to Vienna.

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For the past two weeks I was attending a language course, organised by the two districts 1910 and 1920. All the inbounds in Austria come to this camp to improve their German skills, as well as attend orientation courses learning about the culture. On the camp there are 24 students, with 15 Australians as the majority, with a couple other students from New Zealand, Argentina, Columbia and Peru. We have all really enjoyed the company of familiar experiences and have made many friends on this camp. My language skills still have a long way to go but I feel that this camp has given me the first steps I needed, so in the long run I can become fluent. I have learnt how to introduce myself in German, as well as simple sentences, and a small amount of Grammar. We were also given textbooks to work our way through once we left the camp to continue improving our German. Each afternoon at 3 we were dismissed and could walk down to the lake, and explore the town we are in, Almunster. The Aussies took pride in carrying our flag around the small town, trying out our German on whoever would listen and help us improve. Another highlight was getting the chance to spend a day in Salzburg, we got to explore Mozart’s heritage, were he was born and also where he created many of his legendary pieces. In the afternoon we got the chance to explore more of the sites in Salzburg, including many of the cathedrals and the iconic landscapes and scenery. It was an intense week of study, but very worthwhile. I am now going back to school for three weeks, before joining back up with the group for ski camp. I am looking forward to seeing everyone again when this comes around.

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ANZAC Artwork

May 4, 2017 at 3:20 pm

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WOW!  I am so impressed with the phenomenal ANZAC posters every student brought in.  They were all extremely informative and were full of hard work.  All of the girls presented their posters with excitement, pride and enthusiasm.  It is so wonderful to see their growing confidence when presenting to the class.

Natalie Spence – Yr 4 Classroom Teacher

 

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News from the Director of Boarding and Student Welfare

May 4, 2017 at 3:19 pm

As we came to the end of a very successful and busy term one, the rains fell and TC Debbie certainly had our attention. What a turbulent end to the term as our boarders left early to beat rising rivers and flooding in the northern and western parts of Queensland. Then the waiting in anticipation as the Fitzroy River peaked and local flooding occurred. It all seems a distant memory as we returned well rested after the Easter break.

Term Two began with the girls focusing on their committees and being organised for the Gaia Festival and the 125th Celebrations. It was a privilege to be part of such a successful event and to hear stories from past students, particularly from boarders (1949) who returned to Paterson House as guests for the weekend. 125 years of history and educating girls in Central Queensland, RGGS stands amongst the best and it is very exciting to be part of this great school.

On April 25 it was an honour to be with our year 12 students at the Anzac Dawn Service at the Botanical Gardens, to pay tribute to our ANZACS. It was an early start for the seniors but as always the girls represented the school with great pride as they stood in formal uniform with the traditional yellow beret and lit candle.

Term two is always a busy term with many events listed on the calendar. The Mother’s Day Luncheon, Year 12 Formal and the Girls Grammar Race Day, to name a few. It is always lovely to catch up with the Girls Grammar Community at these events.

I am also aware during term two students become anxious, whether it be NAPLAN, assessments, meeting co -curricular commitments, settling back into boarding, homesickness or for our seniors, thinking about the future. It can be an anxious time for some students but I want to assure you, as parents, that Rockhampton Girls Grammar has an excellent Care Program with dedicated Care Mentors for each year level and our newly formed Welfare Team for 2017, who meet weekly. If you have any concerns regarding your daughter and her wellbeing, please do not hesitate to contact me on 49300942.

I lookBPlus 1 forward to the opportunity of meeting you at the many events planned during term 2.

 

Bernadette Hyde-Mewburn

 

 

RACQ Visit

May 4, 2017 at 3:15 pm

On 27 April we were visited by RACQ and learned about road safety when riding our bikes and scooters and also about being a considerate passenger to help the adult who is driving concentrate.  It was a very interactive and engaging workshop.

Natalie Spence

Yr 4 Classroom Teacher

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Constellations Excursion

May 4, 2017 at 3:14 pm

Senior Drama and Physics students attended Queensland Theatre’s Constellations on Saturday 29th April. The contemporary theatre piece presented a beautiful and poignant exploration of multiverse theory, as shown through various iterations of a relationship between a Quantum Physicist and a Beekeeper. As well as enjoying a Q&A session with actors Jessica Tovey and Lucas Stibbard following the performance, our Drama class took advantage of an in-school workshop provided by Lucas. Thank you to Queensland Theatre and the Pilbeam Theatre for this wonderful experience.

Stay tuned for more performance opportunities throughout the year, including an excursion to Shake & Stir’s Dracula.

Jessica Lamb – Primary and Secondary Drama Specialist

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Drama and Dance excursion to Circus Oz’s Model Citizens

May 4, 2017 at 3:13 pm

Year 9-12 students of Drama and Dance had the opportunity to attend Circus Oz’s touring show, Model Citizens on Wednesday 26th April. The performance, which explored modern consumerism and diversity in society, employed death-defying acts of fire-eating, slack-lining, knife-throwing and acrobatics to present a series of narratives. Our girls were enthralled by the visual spectacle, immersive sound design and engaging performance style, with many tempted to run away and join the circus afterwards (this teacher included!). The evening ended with many of our students catching up with the performers, asking questions and taking photos.

Thank you to Circus Oz and The Pilbeam Theatre for a fantastic night!

Jessica Lamb – Primary and Secondary Drama Specialist

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Community Notices

May 4, 2017 at 3:12 pm

Young Archie Art Competition 2017

Park Avenue Brothers Hockey

GLADSTONE EISTEDDFOD ASSOCIATION INC. – Syllabus and forms for 2017 Eisteddfod are now on Facebook.

Beak’s Tennis –   New coaching term starts soon with free trial lesson and holiday programs available. For more information call 0419026963 or message Beak’s Tennis on Facebook.

Tennis Rockhampton – positions available for junior and senior coaching 6 days a week. We cater for all ages and standards from beginners to advanced with group, squad and private lessons available.  For this term, we are offering a free racquet, t-shirt and water bottle for all new junior (4-12) players that sign up.  There is also a free school pick-up available. If you would like any more information on any programs we offer or would like to book a spot please phone Glenn on 0407 693 900 or Paul on 0431 229 146.

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Principal’s Address

May 4, 2017 at 3:11 pm

Welcome back to term 2 – what an incredibly busy start we have had.  Thank you to everyone who was involved in the amazing weekend that was the Gaia festival and 125th Anniversary celebrations.  The school was on display – from the opening of the Paterson Hall Museum to classroom activities to some incredible stalls.  It was great to see so many families here enjoying and sharing what it means to be a Girls Grammar Girl.

I was so pleased to be able to catch up with some amazing past students over the course of the weekend.  From the Head Girl’s morning tea to the progressive dinner, the stories were flowing and the connections re-igniting.   The connection that past students have to this school is incredible.  I am sure many stories were shared, memories relived and hearty laughter had.  It is a great school to be a member of.

We started the 125 celebrations on Foundation Day where each of the girls was presented with a commemorative badge.  These badges were presented to students who were enrolled at the school on that day.  They are a limited edition and we hope your daughter keeps them as another reminder of her ongoing link to this school.

The girls continued with their connection to the Rockhampton community with their attendance at the ANZAC Day March.  It is always a source of great pride to see our girls marching and commemorating the ANZACS.  Our Head Girls, Caitlin and Emily gave the opening address at the Rats of Tobruk Commemorative Service that day as well.

The girls will be busy in the connection space in the next weeks with their participation in the Jason Rich Fun Run and Relay for Life.  It is good to see the girls engaging in these community events which not only acknowledge the lives of others but allow them to be a part of a community working together to make a difference.

Learning does not only take place in the classroom.  Our girls have had a number of opportunities to learn outside the classroom with a trip to Circus Oz last week and to the Constellations performance on Saturday.  Other girls paraded and judged at the Caves show on Saturday – our first show for the season.  Congratulations to all of you who made the top ten in what were very big classes.  Girls will compete in the 2017 School Cooking Competition at CQU this week – and work with Masterchef runner up Matt Sinclair.  The next fortnight sees the CQ Business Challenge, Salvos Breakfast, the CQ Careers Expo, the year 11/12 Maths Challenge and the Callide Valley Show as well as the P-3 Cross Country and Mother’s Day Luncheon.  That’s the beauty of the school – so many opportunities.   I hope your daughter is able to participate in some of these events.  It’s some of these experiences that may teach her the most important lessons – working together, contributing and having fun.  I hope the girls enjoy the coming weeks.

 

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A word from our Deputy Principal

May 4, 2017 at 3:03 pm

Standing proudly with the Rockhampton Girls Grammar students in the Rockhampton ANZAC day march is one of the highlights of the year for me. I love how the girls represent our school so proudly and always show the community how wonderful our school is. Thank you girls and staff and families who walked alongside us on Tuesday – ANZAC Day.

GAIA festival was again an outstanding event for our school where again we put on a display to show our community how fabulous we are. I thoroughly enjoyed speaking to many of you and thank you for the words of support you gave me and the school in general.

The extreme weather event at the end of last term meant an exciting start to the term with the Easter Bonnet parade and cross country in the first few days. The Easter bunny gave us some rocking moves this year and was a real treat for our girls. The hats were again outstanding and I thank the community for the contribution, time and effort that goes into making the bonnets. Our Primary Prefect Josie did a wonderful job of organizing some great activities. Congratulations also to all of our girls who competed in the cross country.

It would be remiss of me not to mention at the end of last term our Junior Division Basketball team was successful in taking out the grand final in basketball! I couldn’t be prouder of the girls for their commitment to training and the team. Congratulations on the win. We now have a team competing in the local competition to sharpen our skills for next year! Go RGGS!

There are many events in Term 2 including NAPLAN. NAPLAN information has been sent home. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about NAPLAN.

 

Michelle Gouge

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Student Achievement – Georgina Driscoll

May 4, 2017 at 2:56 pm

Year 12 Student, Georgina Driscoll recently worked as a Composer with the Yeppoon Little Theatre on their production of the Importance of Being Ernest.

What an achievement at such a young age!

Congratulations Georgina! We look forward to your next composition.

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Legal Studies Excursion

May 4, 2017 at 2:52 pm

OLegal Studies1n Thursday 23 March, members of the year 11 and 12 Legal Studies class attended the Rockhampton Magistrates Court. The day provided insight into legal proceedings and formalities, including the viewing of live cases. In the Magistrate’s Court, students viewed several summary and indictable cases including DUIs, thefts, DVOs and drug offences.

After an extended session viewing trials, we proceeded to the Dispute Resolution Centre where students investigated the benefits of settling civil matters without initiating legal action. From there, we engaged in a tour of the Old Supreme Court and LibraryLegal Studies2 facilities.

Returning to Courtroom One, we viewed cases conducted via video link to various correctional facilities throughout Australia.

Overall if was a fantastic experience, providing real world perspective to the legal system.

 

Luke Tree
Legal Studies Teacher

Student Achievement – Giselle Atlas

May 4, 2017 at 2:51 pm

Giselle Atlas – A Star on the Rise

It takes courage and confidence to be a successful actor, and even the most experienced performers report butterflies before treading the boards. Girls Grammar’s own Giselle Atlas stole the show last monthGiselle Atlas Rockhampton Little Theatre at the Rockhampton Little Theatre’s series of short plays, Short Attention Span. Being much younger than her fellow performers, this year 6 student held her own with excellent characterisation and stage presence beyond her years. Giselle featured in two plays, embodying the bookish younger sister in the ensemble cast of Holidazed and starring in the thrilling two-hander, Three’s Lucky. After such impressive performances, it’s clear that this young performer is definitely one to watch. Well done Giselle!

Glenmore Challenge Cup

May 4, 2017 at 2:49 pm

Glenmore Challenge CupAs the RGGS Glenmore Challenge Cup team walked towards the Mike Maher Centre, they couldn’t stop a smile creeping across their faces. Our girls were sent to meet their teachers and off to their challenges they went! All the students learnt some more things about their subject (Literacy, Mathematics, History, Science and Dance) and then we were introduced to our challenges and what we had to do.

At morning tea, we ate a selection of scrumptious sandwiches, delicious brownies, coconut slice and cookies!

After morning tea, the history girls had to dissect fake poo to find out and make observations on which civilisation it came from. The science girls had to make a rover that would further explore a planet/moon in our solar system. English girls made a poem about food and a persuasive text on the ‘Lorax’. The Mathematics team had to solve a series of problems such as tangrams, equations and word problems. Our dancers learnt new skills and had to choreograph a dance routine which would be judged.

At lunch, there was a sausage sizzle and some time to play. After a final session completing the challenges, it was time for the results. Which school would take out the spirit award and which would be overall winners?

We were initially told which schools won each section. The Science team came 1st, History and Dance 3rd and the English team took out equal second. There was suspense in the crowd. Who would win? Then it was announced, Rockhampton Girls Grammar School had won! All our amazing work led to the overall winners which we were all proud of!

 

Bethany Dey
Year 5

Girls Grammar Bus Service

May 4, 2017 at 2:47 pm

BusGirls Grammar operate bus services to Yeppoon, North Rockhampton and Gracemere.  If you would like to book a seat on any of these services for your daughter/s, or would like further information, please view the following forms, or contact Reception on 07 49300900 or reception@rggs.qld.edu.au.

2017 Yeppoon Bus Run Seat Registration Form

2017 North Rton Bus Run Seat Registration Form

2017 Gracemere Bus Run Seat Registration Form

 

Student Achievement – Kelsey Kleier

May 4, 2017 at 2:45 pm

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During February, I was lucky enough to travel to New Zealand with eight other team members consisting of bull riders, steer riders, ropers and barrel racers and competed for Australia in the Trans-Tasman challenge as a barrel racer. My fellow barrel racers and I arrived at Outram, our first rodeo, and met our horse that we borrowed and rode for our first challenge. We had a practise run in the second division and then competed in the challenge where I picked up a fourth. Points are awarded to teams with the fastest times in the barrel racing and roping and for the boys who rode the 8 seconds in bull riding and steer riding.  Australia and New Zealand tied equal at the first rodeo with 90 points each.  We then had a week until our next rodeo so we visited farms where we practised on some of the horses for the challenge and the boys got the opportunity to practise on some bulls. We then travel to Matarua where we borrowed new horses for the challenge however I was unable to ride this horse in the second division and had to borrow another horse.  On this new horse I won the barrel race.  Aussies won the second challenge 140-130 with me placing fifth. After the second challenge, all the horses were placed in a hat and drew out of a hat where we pulled out the horses we were going to ride in the last challenge, a new horse for everyone again. The next day we travelled to Kelsey Kleier RodeoSouthland rodeo where I placed fifth however New Zealand won this challenge. Overall it was a draw between the teams at the end of the challenges. It was a great experience that I will never forget as I learnt a lot and formed great friendships with the New Zealand team mates and families.

Kelsey Kleier
Year 12