Equestrian Team Success

June 29, 2017 at 11:40 am

Results from the Interschool State Championships in Toowoomba:

RGGS Reserve Champion School, only two points behind Stuartholme.

Matilda Donaldson 5th and Taylor Wallace 1st  in the 90 cm  Secondary Showjumping with 64 in group.
Taylor Wallace 5th and Karlee Barlow 1st 100 cm group  with 47 competitors.
Emily Lang 6th overall in the 110 cm group with 35 competitors.
Sarah Donaldson completed each round well in the 70 cm but did not place.
Tayla and Karlee have been selected in the QLD Team to compete at the Nationals in September in Toowoomba.

Tammy Lang, Equestrian Manager

A message from the Principal

June 23, 2017 at 11:30 am

As we come to the end of Semester 1, the girls were asked to reflect on their learning in their Type Three writing this morning.  When I think back over the semester, I am struck by the amount of learning and opportunity the girls have had this year.  From our very youngest students in Prep who are starting the journey of learning with sight words, writing and basic numeracy to the Year 12 girls who have been working earnestly to prepare for a future pathway, the core of the day is about learning.  We have been very fortunate to enhance that learning this year with a visit from Dr John Collins from the USA who spent three days working with members of staff to fine tune their craft.  This opportunity gave us a capacity to reach into the latest research in what is effective in schools and the benefits will flow on from here.

One of the things that Dr Collins spoke about the notion of ‘productive struggle’.  The notion of this might appear more apparent in physical pursuits – like at the gym.  We know that to build muscle and endurance, we have to experience a little discomfort.  Sometimes we may even be told to repeat something to failure.  Dr Marcell Bullmaster-Day, states that ‘significant, durable academic learning is difficult’.   Effective learning can be built out of ‘effortful practice that goes beyond passive reading, listening or watching.’  Persistence is one of the key features of ‘productive struggle’ and I’d argue of coping with living and this is a reality that is fast approaching for our senior students.

The development of skills that contribute to overall well-being is also a crucial part of school life.  The cocurricular and pastoral care  parts of the School calendar contribute to these skills being developed.   I was able to attend the Music Progress Concert last night.  This is a great example of our girls stepping outside of their comfort zones and participating in performance.  The challenges of that will assist the girls in perhaps being willing to put themselves forward later in life, with confidence.  We see skills being developed in sports – win, loss, unfairness, a bad referee call (I have heard a lot about ‘that’ try in the Manly v Newcastle game), these are all parts of the game that can help develop persistence if we allow them to.

I would like, on that note, to wish our QISSN team the best as they travel to Brisbane to participate in the Independent Schools Netball Competition and to thank Ms Kate Lang and Ms Natalie Spence for travelling with them as coach and manager.  This is a significant investment of their time with our girls. I look forward to seeing the girls play.  The music department is going on the road over the break, showcasing our musical programs to schools in the west.  Thank you to Ms Jessica Dawes and Ms Nora Hanasy-Cheers who will be on the road with them.  Our Equestrian girls have competition in the Inter School State Championships and I also wish them the best – especially as they travel to cooler climates to compete.  Claire (Year 10) will participate in the Central Queensland rowing Competition in Bundaberg.  It seems that not even the holidays can dampen the girls’ learning.

I would like to also thank the parents and members of our community who helped out with Race Day.  This is a massive social event on the Rockhampton calendar and it was another successful day.  I would like to acknowledge Mrs Vicki Jackson and her committee for the amazing job that they have done.  I would also like to acknowledge the small but hard working group of parents who gave their time particularly in preparation and behind the scenes on the day.  When we put out the call, we said that it would only be a couple of hours – and with a bank of helpers that is true.  I know that some of you stayed well, well beyond two hours and I want to thank you for your dedication and commitment to this significant fundraiser.  Thank you.

In Term 3, we welcome Mr Rex Boggs, who will work a half timetable in Mathematics for us in Term 3.  Mr Boggs is almost legendary in the world of Mathematics teaching from his days at Rockhampton Grammar School.  We welcome him here to provide extra expertise to our team and specialist support for not only our senior girls but some of our junior classes.

I’d like to remind our parents that Academic and Community colours will be awarded at the start of Semester 2.  The girls were sent a survey earlier which seeks to ensure that we have the full information on what they have achieved.  Cultural and Sport colours are presented annually as per the handbook. I look forward to celebrating the efforts of our girls.

Mrs Christine Hills, Principal


A word from our Deputy Principal

June 23, 2017 at 11:11 am

We have made the final week of the Semester. Hopefully the girls will have the opportunity to recuperate and rejuvenate over the next three weeks during the winter break. Term 2 is always an interesting term. Some of the highlights for me were:-

The rescheduled Easter Bonnet Parade – wow a lot of effort goes into those bonnets and the opportunity for the girls to present themselves down the runway with them is so fun!

Foundation Day – One of my most cherished events at this school. There is nothing like seeing a row of black school shoes and gold coins around Patterson House!

NAPLAN – Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 were prepared as ever to give it their best!

Cross country and Athletics Carnival – The effort our senior leaders go to with their costumes is outstanding and school team spirit shines on these days!

Arts Council Performances – We had a number this term and the opportunity for our girls to be culturally engaged is wonderful for them!

Relay for Life – Close to my heart, always proud to see our girls participating in this amazing community event!

Romp in The Park – Where our littlies get to celebrate being little!

RGGS Race Day – A spectacular array of school spirit from teachers, parents, students and the committee.

There are many events that keep a school engaging and exciting and the learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom give our girls the opportunity to develop as a whole. I encourage all of the girls to participate in the life of the school. Have a go at singing in the choir, playing in the interschool sport team or volunteering for community events. Take a chance on being in the debating team, contributing to the short story contest and running that extra 100m in the cross country. Life is full of different experiences and there is no safer place to have a go at them than at school.

Enjoy your mid-year break with your daughters. I look forward to seeing them refreshed and ready to go in Term 3.

Mrs Michelle Gouge (Deputy Principal)

Message from Director of Boarding and Student Welfare

June 23, 2017 at 11:10 am

It is hard to believe that Term 2 is at an end and the well–deserved holidays for students and staff commence at the end of this week. It has certainly been a long ten weeks and I am aware students are tired and ready for the break.

Although we had a number of public holidays earlier this term, there have been many successful events, activities and co–curricular opportunities during the term. Upon reflection I am amazed at what has been accomplished.

I would like to especially thank the girls for their participation in the ANZAC ceremonies, Red Shield Doorknock Appeal, Bake for Clarke Creek fundraiser, Relay for Life and RSPCA Day. All of these events connected students to the local Community and gave them a sense of pride and spirit as a Girls Grammar Girl.

Student Welfare –

I would like to refer parents to a resource called Internet Safe Education. You are invited to read regular articles on the ever changing digital environment from this website. Updates from the Internet Safe Education website, inform parents and care givers about topical internet safety issues and provide practical tips for ensuring safety for children of all ages. Go to www.InternetSafeEducation.com.au

Their latest blog – Apps for Concern outlines some of the 5 most popular apps you should be aware of and these include; Secret Calculator, Yellow (Tinder for Teens) Musical.ly, Meetime and Twitch. These are explained in detail when you log on to the website and go to the Internet Safe Blog section. If you have any concerns regarding internet safety or cyber bullying, please do not hesitate to contact me or your daughter’s Care Mentor.

Boarding –

Students are eagerly packing for the trip home and are very excited to spend three weeks with their family. Our boarding community have participated in many events during the term and in particular a special thank you to Layla Wilson for her work with other year 12 students in organising the Bake for Clarke Creek. This was a boarding school initiative and the girls baked cakes and organised a cake sale for the Clarke Creek State School, which was damaged after the floods post TC Debbie.

During the holidays I will be sending an email to all boarding parents as the process for leave has changed. It will now be processed online through the RGGS Boarding School System, commencing Term 3. The new system connects families to the boarding houses to make requesting and granting of leave efficient, effective and secure. I will provide instructions on the process and I will be available to speak with parents and caregivers regarding any difficulties during the implementation phase. I am hoping the new system will make things easier for you when requesting leave for your daughter.

Once again, it has been a fantastic term and I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday. I look forward to reconnecting in term 3.

Mrs Bernadette Hyde-Mewburn (Director of Boarding and Student Welfare)

Student Achievement – Kayla Sirriss

June 23, 2017 at 11:09 am

Kayla has been selected to attend the 2017 InspireU Health Science camp at The University of Queensland in the first week of school holidays.

The week promises to be an exciting one with many activities planned both on-campus and around Brisbane.  The aim of the camp is to give an insight into the large and exciting field of health science and life on-campus at one of the best universities in Australia.

What a great achievement considering the large number of applications received this year!  Congratulations Kayla, enjoy the experience!

Eisteddfod – Instrumental Results

June 23, 2017 at 11:09 am

Eisteddfod is finally over!

Final results for instrumental:

RGGS woodwind ensemble Very Highly Commended (that is 4th out of 17 competitors)

RGGS Recorder ensemble didn’t place, but some very lovely comments.

The String Ensemble didn’t place, but played really well. This is the first time in well over 15 years that we have actually had a string ensemble in the Eisteddfod, so that in itself is an amazing achievement. The girls are a beginner group and were up against some very well established groups. Jess Paton has worked so hard with this group and has done an incredible job. Bigger and better things to come from this group!

We had some very good individual results too –

  • Chloe Cowan – 1st for the Sonata and Accompaniment Section
  • Aleisha Cesar and Chanya Clark – 1st in 14 and Under Woodwind Trio/Duo
  • Aleisha Cesar – 1st for 12 and Under 14 Woodwind Solo
  • Aleisha Cesar – 2nd Under 14  Australian Composer
  • Aleisha Cesar – Highly Commended for Under 14 Modern Solo
  • Mirae Ries – Highly Commended for 14 and Under Brass Solo

Thank you to everyone for your support and encouragement.

Jessica Dawes & Christina Bond (Instrumental and Classroom Music Teachers)

School Captains Afternoon Tea

June 23, 2017 at 11:08 am

On Friday 2 June, the first Secondary School Captains Meeting for the Rockhampton District Region was hosted by the Rockhampton Girls Grammar School and the 2017 Head Girls – Caitlin Bartlett and Emily Lang. As a collective group the Captains discussed possible community and charity projects that their schools would like to participate in. This was a wonderful opportunity for our Regional School Captains to network, get to know each other and share ideas that will benefit their schools and the wider community.

Caitlin Bartlett and Emily Lang (Head Girls)

Shake & Stir Incursion

June 23, 2017 at 11:08 am

Students in Years 7-12 realised just how relevant the works of The Bard are recently thanks to Shake & Stir Theatre Company and their hit show, Statespeare. On the CQ leg of their Regional Queensland tour, the performers shared with us their energy and love of Shakespeare, making pieces like Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew and Hamlet meaningful to a contemporary audience. Our Year 9-12 Drama students had the additional privilege of participating in a workshop on characterisation and performance preparation hosted by the Shake & Stir touring artists. This experience included exploration of voice and movement dynamics, symbol, shape and character creation. Thank you to Shake & Stir – along with the excellent performance advice, our Drama girls will never forget that “there’s nothing sadder than an unenthusiastic crump”.

Jessica Lamb (Primary and Secondary Drama Specialist)

Prep – 3 Activity Session

June 23, 2017 at 11:07 am

While the rest of the school were attending the Athletics Carnival, Prep -3 girls enjoyed a variety of activities in the middle session. Some of the activities available were having their faces painted, threading necklaces, easel painting, decorating the path with chalk drawings, playing with playdough and kinetic sand and building words with magnetic letters.

Mrs Corinne Shaw (Year One)

School Stockings Available

June 23, 2017 at 11:07 am

With the colder weather upon us, the P&F Shop has School Stockings/tights available for $5.95 per pair.

Sizes – Girls 6 to Ladies XL are in stock!  Get in quick before they’re gone!

Mrs Karen Wallace (RGGS Shop)

THANK YOU from the Race Day Committee

June 23, 2017 at 11:02 am

Thank you from the Race Day Committee

22 June 2017

Congratulations and my sincere appreciation to the many volunteers from the school community who joined with the Girls Grammar School (Rockhampton) Race Day Committee to stage the annual race day at Callaghan Park on Saturday 17 June 2017.

Whilst my Committee works very hard throughout the year to co-ordinate the race day, it would not be possible nor would it be the overwhelming success for which it is known without the hardworking volunteers.

The event’s success is attributable to a large extent to the superb food created by your school chef, Mark Thompson. Mark achieves an incredible culinary extravaganza in somewhat primitive trackside conditions. Mark catered for over 600 guests and was ably assisted by Committee member, Merin Weston, and on the day regular helpers, Mark and Felicity O’Beirne, as well as the members of the school community who helped out at the school leading up to the event and those who helped in the marquee kitchen on race day.

Stacey Rogers, the school’s hospitality teacher and her students served our guests with professionalism, poise and a friendly smile. Stacey and her students are to be congratulated.

Welcome back to Chris Gollogly who lead the hospitality service in the Party Pavilion, ably assisted by Corinne Shaw and Sheldon Olive, teachers from the school

The post-race publicity was enhanced by the professional photographs taken by, Tammy Lang. This publicity not only engenders enthusiasm for next year but also profiles your school in the community.

Congratulations to each and every member of the school staff, parents and friends who volunteered for jobs to help alleviate the Committee’s workload and reduce the cost of the event.  However, if this prestigious event is to continue, more volunteers are needed. I urge students, parents and teachers to get behind our efforts for the benefit of your school.


Thank you to Veronica Goddard for coordinating the race day raffle and school staff for distributing tickets. My sincere gratitude to school families and staff who also bought or sold tickets.  I urge the school community to ensure that Thomo’s Betta Home Living is your preferred supplier for all electrical goods as he generously sponsors the raffle prize and provides television screens for the marquees each year.

Old Girls Association

As always, members of the Old Girls Association undertook various tasks including selling raffle tickets and staffing the entrance.

We are particularly grateful to Kim Dixon who is always ready to help with additional administrative tasks.

Past student, Pam Gibb, once again spent two days at the track arranging beautiful floral centrepieces for the corporate marquee and preparing presentation bouquets for Fashions on the Field.

Fashions on the Field

The Committee welcomed Samantha Heathwood, Channel Nine news presenter, as the Judge for Fashions on the Field. Samantha was the epitome of elegance as she mingled with guests making her selection for the various fashion prizes. She commented that she was “honoured to be part of this beautiful event”.

The Committee is indebted to Coopers for supporting the day by a generous donation as well as $2,000.00 worth of prizes for Fashions on the Field. Congratulations to the Committee’s publicity officer and Fashions on the Field organiser, Wendy Mulry, who as usual provided a very professional compering of the event.

Fitzroy Nurseries

A special thank you to the Dargell family at Fitzroy Nurseries who provided shrubbery and other beautiful plants to decorate marquees and the party area. The greenery provided an attractive back drop to the masses of petunias carefully grown and tended by past student, Wendy Harris.

2017 saw the return of the magnificent bougainvillea entry for which Girls Grammar Race Day has become synonymous. The Committee was most grateful to Glenys Orford who, despite having resigned from the Committee, returned to create her special bougainvillea arch.

The Committee appreciates the time and effort which goes into providing the floral display which truly makes Girls Grammar Race Day stand apart from other events at Callaghan Park.

Chevron Laundry donated table linen which saves the Committee hundreds of dollars in hire as well as a lot of washing and ironing if the linen was sourced elsewhere by the Committee. The continued generosity of Chevron Laundry is most appreciated.

Race Day Committee

I am indebted to my Committee members, Wendy Mulry, Ken Murphy, John Bryant, Veronica Goddard, Jenny Luck, Merin Weston and Rob Fahey as well as my personal assistant at South Geldard, Nicole Svensen, who does so much of the behind the scenes paperwork for the event and serves as the Committee’s nominated Secretary.

Corporate Sponsors

The race committee is indebted to the corporate sponsors who remain loyal to the event and I would like to publicly recognise their ongoing support and urge the school community to support those sponsors who support your school.

·         Bramer Pty Ltd

·         BGM Grazing

·         Bollino Civil & Mining

·         Capricornia Educational Resources

·         Capricorn Survey Group

·         Coopers

·         AJ Dunne Plumbing

·         Huntly’s Heavy Equipment

·         Jarrah Agricultural Group

·         Jaffra

·         Kennas

·         The Landscaper

·         Lawrie & Taylor

·         Mactango Pty Ltd

·         Michel’s Patisserie

·         Morgans

·         NAB

·         Programmed Property Services

·         Rocky’s Own

·         Savage Barker Backhouse

·         Smoothy Contractors

·         South Geldard

·         Southside Holiday Village

·         The Professionals Livingston Molloy R E

·         Trend Interiors Tile & Carpet Court

·         The Waterline Restaurant / Banana Station

·         Wendy Mulry

·         Woollam Constructions

·         WWGT Pty Ltd


With thanks

Vicki Jackson

Chairperson, Girls Grammar School (Rockhampton) Race Day Committee Inc

Community Notices

June 22, 2017 at 10:40 am










Beak’s Tennis Holiday Program available both weeks of the holidays, prices from $10 per hour.  Call 49361021 or message Beak’s Tennis on Facebook for more information.



Yr 10 Meningococcal Disease Vaccination

June 7, 2017 at 8:18 am

The School will be delivering Queensland Health’s Year 10 Meningococcal ACWY vaccination in Term 3 of this year. Consent forms went home earlier this year, however, if you have not received or have misplaced your consent form, please contact the School for a replacement. If you would like your Year 10 daughter to have this vaccination at school, please return the consent form as soon as possible. For information regarding this vaccination, click meningococcal-vaccination-information.

Linda Knowles (School Nurse)


Rockhampton North Rotary Club Secondary Schools Quiz

June 7, 2017 at 8:15 am

On Tuesday 16 May, Lucy Davison, Jessica Gunning and Meredith Fay competed in the annual Rockhampton North Rotary Club’s Secondary Schools Quiz. The quiz comprises of two rounds and a final that test basic knowledge on topics such as Sport, History, Geography, English, Maths, Science, Famous Australians, local knowledge and literature. After drawing the short straw and having to compete first, the girls showed great skill and knowledge in the first round, taking on some extremely difficult questions. They also performed exceptionally against Rockhampton State High School in the ‘beat the buzzer’ round. Unfortunately, the girls just missed out on the final round, but should be very proud of their efforts. Thanks must go to Mr Edwards and Ms Bedward for accompanying the girls to the event.

Troy Edwards (English/History Teacher)







Dance / Sport Aerobics

June 7, 2017 at 8:14 am

Dance Company and the Sport Aerobics teams had great success at the Dance Star / School Aerobics QLD Preliminary Finals on the weekend of 27 / 28 May.  They traveled down to the Sunshine Coast to compete and did themselves and the school proud with all teams qualifying for State Finals, Heather Maitland qualifying for her Contemporary solo and Lyrical audition, and Kirsty Maitland qualifying in the Primary Improvisation section. The students have just two weeks to apply the judges feedback to their routines before they fight it out for Medals and the chance to represent their school at the National Championships in August.

Louise McSherry (Dance and Music Teacher)


Community Notices

June 7, 2017 at 8:13 am

Nominate a Teacher Today!

June 7, 2017 at 8:12 am

A fabulous opportunity to recognise the dedication and commitment of our teachers at Rockhampton Girls Grammar is here!

If you have been inspired by a teacher, or have had your day made better because of a teacher, please click on the link below and nominate!


Our teachers deserve this!  Click and nominate today!

Eisteddfod – Vocal & Dance Results

June 7, 2017 at 8:01 am

The Speech & Drama, Dance and Vocal sections of the Rockhampton Eisteddfod are over for another year.

Rockhampton Girls Grammar had many talented girls performing with some amazing results!

We are especially proud of our bursary and aggregate winners – the Secondary Choir (Molti Voce) winning the Colvin Family Trophy for Most Outstanding Vocal Choir and Years 4-6 Novelty Choir winning the Vince Hanelt Memorial Trophy for the Most Entertaining Novelty Choir.  Well done to our dedicated and talented Chloe Cowan for being awarded the Most Promising Girl Vocalist 12-15 years trophy and bursary, Hannah Cowan for the trophy for Most Natural Stage Presence, Giselle Atlas for Most Promising Girl Vocalist under 12 years and Mirae Ries winning three aggregate trophies at the Speech and Drama presentation night.

Congratulations to our very tired music teachers – Jessica Dawes was awarded the Robinson Family Perpetual Trophy for Most Outstanding Vocal Choir Conductor of the Eisteddfod, this being the third year in a row!

For full results, please click here

Jess Dawes & Christina Bond (Instrumental and Classroom Music Teachers)




STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

June 7, 2017 at 8:00 am

This year sees a revised emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) tasks in the middle school.  Year 7, 8 and 9 will complete two STEM tasks over the course of the year in a range of subject areas. This will allow students to see how the links between the curriculum areas can be used together.

In Term 1, Year 9 completed their investigation on how seed types and temperature affect the respiration rates during germination. This term it’s time for Year 7 and 8 to display their creativity. Year 7 are completing a task investigating how to purify a water source for drinking purposes. Year 8 are testing how the ratios of ingredients in concrete will impact its strength and proposing a costing to concrete a domestic driveway with their mix.

Semester 2 will further allow students to develop their investigation  and design skills with a whole new set of tasks.

Christie Dey (Year 7,8,10 Science)


Student Achievement – Prefect – Monique Hill

June 7, 2017 at 7:59 am

It is with great happiness that I announce we recently acknowledged Year 12 student Monique Hill with a Prefectship.  It was a moment of recognition for the way in which Monique has committed herself to the life of the School as a senior leader.

What was particularly notable was the fact that her peers were very active in advocating for her to be recognised in this way.  I wish to affirm the way in which the girls acknowledge each other and work together.  This is an outstanding community of young women, who are very connected.

Monique is an example of the power of perseverance and quiet determination.  Her commitment to school activities, the transition days in 2016, sport carnivals and the Sister Program have been well observed by others.

I wish to congratulate Monique and thank her for her commitment to the school and her fellow students.

Mrs Christine Hills (Principal)