A message from the Principal

September 27, 2017 at 1:49 pm

Term 4 is always a time of great anticipation at Girls Grammar.  For our Year 12 girls it is a time of preparing for the world beyond our school.  There will be a mixture of emotions for our girls: excitement, celebration but also an amount of trepidation.  What we are confident of, however, is that our Seniors have the skills and the qualities they will need as they move into the next chapter of their lives.  Like the generations of girls who have gone before them, the class of 2017 will move out into a range of communities where they will make their marks.  We look forward to guiding our Seniors through their last exams and the last of their celebrations with us.

Term 4 will see Girls Grammar commemorate Pink Week – a week when we focus on raising awareness of Breast Cancer and the impacts it has on those who suffer from it and those around them. We hope you will join us in our efforts. Our Head Girls will lead the week with an event designed to put our pink on display.  We hope to involve the other High Schools in Rockhampton in “Go Pink for Cancer Awareness” campaign.  More details will follow so keep an eye out for that.   A highlight of the week is our annual Bulls n Barrels which will be held on Saturday 21 October.  Join us for a great night of entertainment and action.

I am pleased to welcome Ms Jessica Lamb back to Girls Grammar this term.  Ms Lamb will work with Ms McVeigh in Drama and the Arts.  I have also asked Ms Lamb to assist our Seniors with their end of year events – so she will be very active in Pink Week.  It’s great to have a teacher with such energy and passion for her work come home to Girls Grammar.

As we move through Term 4, it is important for the girls to remain focused on the core business – learning.  Research clearly shows the link between attendance and achievement.  Although it is a busy term, it’s  important that they make every day count.  Our Senior girls particularly must stay focused on their assessment and meeting the requirements of the QCAA with regards to exams and assignments.  One of the benefits of being at Girls Grammar is the small class sizes.  This gives our girls access to teachers and feedback at a level incomparable in other schools.  I encourage all our girls to take advantage of this support.

I am looking forward to the events and activities that make our school the amazing community it is this term.  We have a distinctive culture at Girls Grammar.  Join us in celebrating what it is to be a Girls Grammar girl.

Mrs Christine Hills (Principal)

P&F Bulls ‘n’ Barrels

September 26, 2017 at 11:54 am

Save the date for this family fun event to support Breast Cancer research and care through the Cancer Council and the School.

Please contact Noeleen Yates if you are able to help the small P&F Committee out with this huge event.

Email – laceystrailers@bigpond.com

The P&F would like to thank you for selling and buying the raffle tickets to support this wonderful fund raiser.

 

Thank you also to these sponsors, please support them.

 

2017 Textbook Hire Return Dates

September 26, 2017 at 10:34 am

Year 12

All textbooks used during the academic school year are to be returned to the RGGS Library throughout the last week of the Year 12 year.

*Returns Due Date: Thursday 9 November 2017

 

Years 7- 11

All textbooks borrowed at the beginning of the academic school year must be returned to the library at the conclusion of the year for condition checks e.g. repairs, cleaning. [YR 11] The same textbooks will be re-borrowed to students for the next academic school year.

*Returns Due Date: Thursday 16 November 2017

 

Equestrian News

September 26, 2017 at 10:27 am

A HUGE congratulations to Emily Lang and Amelia Driscoll. Emily won silver at the 2017 Pony Club National finals in the first week of the September holidays. That makes her the Australian Reserve Champion!  Amelia finished 8th in the sub-junior Showjumping.

In the second week Karlee Barlow and Tayla Wallace join Emily to compete in the Interschool Nationals. Good luck in Toowoomba girls!

QLD Ballet Workshop

September 26, 2017 at 10:21 am

On Wednesday 23 August, the QLD Ballet ED Squad came to Rockhampton Girls Grammar School to deliver two workshops to our students. Secondary Dance students and Dance Company participated in a Ghost Dances repertoire workshop, melding indigenous dance movement from South America with contemporary ballet. The Prep and Year 1 students were also very lucky to be involved in a workshop with Martha. The students creatively explored the enchanting story of Little Red Riding Hood, engaging with the elements of dance to ignite imagination, musicality and curiosity. It is always a wonderful experience when QLD Ballet come to our school to share their knowledge and expertise. The students both young and old, found it to be a very rewarding experience. We look forward to their next visit.

Mrs Louise McSherry (Dance and Music Teacher)

A word from our Deputy Principal

September 26, 2017 at 10:17 am

What an amazing last couple of weeks I had at Girls Grammar last term! The term started off with a bang with many of our students competing in Rockhampton Districts Athletics. Many did well and I am proud of the true sportsmanship shown by the girls at these events.

The NAIDOC Assembly was a highlight with surrounding schools and community visitors engaging in the spectacular event! Well done to all of the students and teachers involved in such a tremendous show! Our Dance Star / Schoolaerobics team competed fiercely at the Nationals and were very impressive all the way through the competition. Congratulations girls and teachers on an outstanding achievement.

More of our students participated in ICAS and competed in Maths and Optiminds competitions which adds to the variety of events our school has on offer.

By far, two of the most memorable events for me in Term 3 has been supporting the Cattle Club girls and attending the Year 9 camp. It has been a wonderful opportunity for me to meet and get to know girls throughout the secondary school. I have enjoyed their company and learnt so much about them and their skills!

Book week parade has also been a highlight for me – and a great opportunity for me to get my Willy Wonker on! What an amazing array of colourful and exciting costumes!

I hope you have taken time over the September break to spend with your family and rest and recoup. I am looking forward to an action packed (and no doubt very quick!) Term 4.

Cheers

Mrs Michelle Gouge (Deputy Principal)

Chance Takers Are Accident Makers

September 18, 2017 at 8:32 am

This term, the Year 11 and 12 Business class studied an event management unit that consisted of planning, organising and executing an event. Our Year 11 BCT cohort united to create an engaging and educational, two-part event for the entire school community. The event theme: Chance Takers are Accident Makers was developed as our event, focused on being safe within the community.
Tuesday the 22 August saw the commencement of our middle school and senior students event. ‘Think Before You Drink’ was aimed to create awareness of alcohol misuse and abuse through the simulation of Fatal Vision goggles. Vision impairment goggles simulate physical and cognitive impairments, including slowed reaction time, reduced peripheral vision and loss of balance. Students and teachers were educated on the potential dangers and effects of alcohol impairment as participants realised how even simple everyday tasks – under the influence of alcohol could provide potentially dangerous consequences. With a small fee of $2, students completed a series of activities such as walking along a straight line, catching and throwing games and 10 pin bowling, all whilst wearing the goggles. These activities created an engaging, hands on demonstration for all ages, building awareness and prevention of alcohol misuse.
To engage the Primary students, a separate activity was held on Wednesday the 23 August. The focus for our second event was ‘Be Aware and Take Care’. Younger students learnt of the dangers of roadways and safety when out on the street. Our team of Year 11 BCT students demonstrated and conducted interactive games, colouring in competitions and the favoured Red Light Green Light game.
All proceeds from our events are being donated to our chosen charity – the Jason Rich Foundation, to help continue their campaign of educating students in defensive driving. Our event saw a profit of $212.45 to be donated.
A special mention to Lynda McLuskie who has been our link between the foundation and the school. Linda spoke on Assembly to help promote our event and create awareness among students. She spoke of the Jason Rich Foundation and what they do for the community and youths.
Finally, I would like to extend our appreciation and thanks to Brian from LLP Driver Training. Brian kindly lent us the Fatal Vision goggles and equipment needed for our event. Without his generosity and support, our event could not go ahead.
Nadine Hay
Year 11 Business Representative

Message from Director of Boarding & Student Welfare

September 14, 2017 at 3:32 pm

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the students and their families for their support during Term 3. It is always a busy term but a rewarding experience for our students in so many ways. A range of activities including our NAIDOC Assembly, Inter House Performing Arts Competition, Cattle Club at the Ekka and Moura Coal and Country Festival, Camp Week, Work Experience, QCS, Y Lead Leadership days, Book Week, R U Okay Day and the Naarah Austin Memorial Touch Carnival. These were all successful events and gave the students a rich experience of the RGGS Community.

A highlight of Term 3 was certainly Camp Week, where students participated in an outdoor adventure experience across years 5 – 9. Many students commented to me how they were challenged, especially the girls who attended the Year 9 camp at Noosa, where bike riding and canoeing took effort and determination. Congratulations to all of the girls who participated in camp week.

Student Welfare

Cyber Safety – 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

Referral Agencies in Rockhampton –  Recently I have been speaking with a number of referral agencies in Rockhampton, including Child Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) based at the Rockhampton Hospital, Headspace and Wahroonga. All of these agencies have a variety of services including counselling, assessments and group therapy sessions. If you require any information on services available, please contact me.

Boarding

Students are eagerly packing for the trip home and are very excited to spend the next two weeks with their family. The boarding school will re-open from 2.00pm Monday 2 September and staff will be available in each dorm.

In week 7 the boarders enjoyed the High Tea/ luncheon organised by Layla Wilson and the Year 12 girls. It was a lovely occasion and I thank the girls for their effort in making it so successful.

I would like to remind parents of the online boarding electronic leave system introduced at the commencement of term. The link required is https://boarding.rggs.qld.edu.au/ . You will require your parent lounge login and password. All boarding leave will be required to be submitted by parents and approved by the Director of Boarding. If you have any trouble in logging in, or completing the leave, please do not hesitate to contact me.

It has been fantastic year so far, I hope our students are having a safe and happy holiday and I look forward to reconnecting in Term 4.

Bernadette Hyde-Mewburn

Director of Boarding & Student Welfare

Community Notices

September 6, 2017 at 3:13 pm

 

Beak’s Tennis Holiday Programs and Term 4 coaching spaces available, call 0419026963 or message us on Facebook for more information

 

 

 

Rockhampton Little Theatre – The Happy Prince Auditions – click here