End of Year Message from the Principal

November 29, 2017 at 4:02 pm

It’s hard to believe that the year is over, but what a year it was.  We celebrated our girls’ achievement on Speech Night and yet again, I was struck by the confident young women who stood before us as graduates.  I would like to congratulate the class of 2017.  You are Clever, Confident and Connected.

I watched our girls sing the school song many times in their last weeks and every time, tears were present.  It is this sense of connection and belonging that is a special part of what we do at Girls Grammar.  I heard the seniors use the word sisters many times in the last weeks and they certainly have developed a sense of family.  What we know is that wherever they may go in their future years, there will always be a Girls Grammar girl somewhere there to support them.

I would like to particularly congratulate our Dux of 2017, Caitlin Bartlett.  Caitlin is an amazing student, driven, hard working and humble.  It has been a delight to see her grow.  I would also like to congratulate our Second in year Felicity Weier.  Felicity has a bright future ahead of her too.  She is independent, strong and bright.  Two very different girls, a day scholar and a boarder, but both destined to do great things.

Congratulations to all of our other prize winners across the school.  So many girls achieving in a range of pursuits.  So many girls active in a broad range of activities.  It is wonderful to see the girls take up the many opportunities they have.  That’s the beauty of a smaller school – every girl has every opportunity to participate and to be selected.

I hope that you all enjoy your time over the holidays with your children at home.  For those of you who do not see your daughters every day, I know how precious that time is.  I wish you all a healthy and happy Christmas.  I also ask, as a mother, please be careful when you are out celebrating and adventuring.  Life is precious.

As we look forward to 2018, I would like to thank the following staff for their contribution to Girls Grammar over the past years.  To Jade Ladewig, we wish you the best on the birth of your first child.  I am sure all of us remember how special that moment is.  To Louise McSherry, our best wishes on your impending arrival as well.  Every child is a gift and a blessing.  Meghan McVeigh is returning to her home town of Toowoomba having finished her final year of study.  Thank you for the work you did with our girls.  David Hanna has been a wonderful inclusion to our staff in Semester Two and we wish him well as he returns to his family in Maryborough.  Dr Nikki Hislop has accepted a position at RGS.  I wish her well and want to acknowledge the loss we feel as a school.  She has been a great teacher, colleague and advocate for other staff.






We are very much looking forward to 2018.  We have a great group of girls ready to lead the schools.  We have committed and enthusiastic teachers and most of all we have our best asset – our girls.

If you have the chance to spread the word about our school over the holidays, we invite you to do so.  If you know of someone who would love to send their daughter here, encourage them to speak with us about pathways and opportunities.  Let’s get the word out there.

Have  a blessed Christmas and may the season be a good one.

Mrs Christine Hills (Principal)

A Final Word from our Deputy Principal

November 29, 2017 at 3:32 pm

Over the last week our staff engaged in professional development opportunities to ensure our practices are relevant and catering to the 21st Century learner. From assessment processes in preparation for the new Senior Syllabus to understanding growth mindset and how we can build it for our girls, our staff are committed to learning and improving. I cannot thank the teaching staff enough for the things that they do every day for our girls.

This last term has been a combined effort of all of our departments to celebrate what a wonderful year 2017 was. The two graduation ceremonies were a wonderful display of the seniors in both our secondary and primary school and their achievements were on display to our community of students, staff and parents. I always enjoy watching the transition years and the development the girls have as a consequence of transitional processes adopted at school. Thank you to Spotless services for your organisation around setting up our venues and catering for our guests.

Congratulations to all of our students and staff who participated in girls rock. What a wonderful display of dance, song, drama and instruments. I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the back stage crew and working with the dedicated team of teachers who prepare and organise our acts. I am also in awe of the staff who rehearsed and performed such a wonderful act on the night.

The lead up to Speech Night was met with trepidation yet excitement for academic placements and leadership position outcomes. Congratulations to all of the girls who received colours in the academic, community, cultural, sporting, cattle club and Individual categories. Well done to Caitlin Bartlett achieving Dux of the school and welcome Sherri Green and Tanya Kulu to our leadership team for 2018. I have had the opportunity to work with our 2018 Prefects alongside Ms Hyde-Mewburn in the last week of school sorting through the calendar of events and I can assure you next year is looking fantastic! Thank you to our administrative team who were busily preparing the awards and run sheets to ensure this night was a success.

Finally our end of year party, thanks to the Year 11 students and their care teachers, was a resounding success and a fun filled day for the girls. Never in my career have I seen such a wonderful way to celebrate the year. For those of you departing, please remember the special touches like the End of Year party fondly. For all of our returning families, I wish you a wonderful summer break and look forward to sharing the welcome family BBQ with you in late January.

Michelle Gouge, Deputy Principal




End of Year Message from Director of Boarding & Student Welfare

November 29, 2017 at 3:24 pm

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the students and their families for their support during 2017. As we come to the end of another successful year at Girls Grammar, I look back in disbelief that it has gone so fast. The year has been busy but a rewarding experience for our students in so many ways.

At our Awards Night recently, I sat proudly listening to the achievement of each girl called to the stage. The achievements extend from academic to sporting and to the creative arts across P-12. Each of the student’s effort and hard work is recognised and I hope they are also very proud of their achievements in 2017.

It is hard to pick a highlight of the year, as there have been so many, but one thing in particular I would like to mention is the Year 12 cohort of 2017. They were an amazing group of young women and have led the school with exceptional leadership. I wish them well for their future in whatever pathway they choose.

Boarding News

Our boarders were full of energy and excitement during the week leading up to their departure to return home for the holidays. It has been a wonderful year with the boarders and I wish them all a happy holiday with their families.

It is always a highlight of the boarding calendar when we farewell our Year 12 boarders with the Boarder Farewell Dinner in November each year. It was an excellent event and I thank Mrs Chris Oliver and all of the Year 10 students for their extraordinary effort and commitment throughout the year in raising funds and organising the night.

During my speech at the dinner, I spoke about inner strength as women and for our year 12 graduates leaving school there will be bumps in the road, joy and sadness in their journey ahead. I explained, for it is when we face the challenges head on that we become stronger women and find our confidence in the world. I shared with the girls my own personal story in losing my husband Mark suddenly in January 2016. I told them it  was the saddest time of my life but I also said there came a point when I knew I needed to find my inner strength and face the world. I encouraged the girls to find their inner strength when facing challenges ahead.

I wish to thank the boarding staff who have worked with the girls throughout the year. I would like to acknowledge Ms Laura Mehlhose who is leaving us to relocate to Brisbane. I thank Laura for her commitment to Girls Grammar over three years and wish her well for her future plans.

Thank you once again to our boarding families and your support during 2017. I look forward to working with you all in 2018 and I hope you have a wonderful time during the holidays with your daughters.

Welfare News

Parenting Ideas– RGGS is a member of Parenting Ideas and I invite you to get online and browse practical tips in raising confident kids and resilient young people. Michael Grose is one of Australia’s leading parent educators and has published, Spoonfed Generation, Thriving and many more.


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.

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

Wishing you all a happy holiday and I look forward to 2018.

Bernadette Hyde-Mewburn, Director of Boarding & Student Welfare

Introducing 2018 Head Girls

November 29, 2017 at 3:21 pm

Congratulations to Sherri Green and Tanya Kulu – 2018 Head Girls!

Our 2018 Head Girls, are both Boarders at the school. Sherri Green is from Nebo. She excels at athletics as a member of the Capricornia Athletics team and the QISSN netball team. She has participated in Cattle Club, community service, vocal ensemble and oratory. Sherri is the embodiment of the Girls Grammar vision, she is proof that a girl from a small town can achieve the greatest things.  At Girls Grammar, Sherri has been able to shine.

Tanya Kulu is a second-generation Head Girl at Girls Grammar. Her mother Nuni was Prue McKeague Prefect in 1991. Tanya is from Papua New Guinea. Tanya’s humility, gratitude and friendliness are stand out features of her being. From the youngest students to the upper school, every girl knows who Tanya is and has been the recipient of her smile and her kind words. Tanya plays netball and was a part of the 2016 All Schools Touch team. She is a member of our performance ensemble Molti Voce. She is an active member in the school community and gives freely of her time to work on school and charity events. At Girls Grammar Tanya has been able to shine.

2017 Dux of School

November 29, 2017 at 3:18 pm

Congratulations Caitlin Bartlett – Dux of School 2017!

Lower Primary Learnings

November 29, 2017 at 3:16 pm

Prep and Year 1 girls have been investigating light and sound in Science lessons. A lot of fun was had and noise was made when the students constructed straw kazoos and balloon clarinets!


Year 1 girls have begun to investigate coding and robotics with the use of the Bee-Bot robots. Lots of fun was had programming the Bee-Bot robots to move around the classroom.

Corinne Shaw, Year 1 Teacher

News from P&F Uniform Shop

November 29, 2017 at 3:14 pm

The P & F Uniform Shop will be accepting second hand uniforms to sell during our very busy back to school sales, please ensure all items, including hats and bags, have been laundered and any shoes polished. Blazers to have dry cleaning tag attached – form attached.

The holidays is a good time to clean your Panama – here is a link to cleaning instructions Panama Hat Care


P&F Shop Hours

 Monday 20 to Thursday 23 Nov 8.00am – 1.30pm
 Friday 24 Nov (Last day of Term 4) 9.00am – 12.30pm
 Monday 27 Nov – Friday 1 Dec 9.30am – 12.30pm
 Monday 8 to Friday 12 Jan 9.00am – 3.00pm
 Monday 15 to Friday 19 Jan 9.00am – 3.00pm
 Monday 22 Jan (All Boarders return) 12.00noon – 5.00pm
 Tuesday 23 Jan – Thursday 25 Jan 8.00am – 1.30pm
 Friday 26 Jan (Australia Day Holiday) CLOSED

Contact: Karen Wallace – Phone 49 300 944 – Email: RGGSShop@rggs.qld.edu.au

If you require an appointment outside the above hours please call.

Music Update

November 29, 2017 at 3:09 pm

2017 Girls Grammar Music Gala

The 2017 Music Gala was a success as students from Prep to Year 12 sang and played their instruments for an appreciative audience. This was a chance for the Girls Grammar community to celebrate the achievement of this year’s music cohort. Each ensemble took us on a journey around the world with songs from Africa all the way back to Australia. The night culminated in a performance from the teachers who performed an American rock classic. What a celebration of music!

Yamaha Keyboard Festival 2017

Congratulation to Paige Ung, Lydia Johnstone, Alexandra Olive and Mason Collins who participated in the Yamaha Keyboard Festival run through Green Brothers Music Rockhampton on Sunday 19 November. The students performed beautifully on the day, which was credited to their hard work this semester.

2017 Girls Rock

The 2017 Girls Rock video is now available to view from youtube:  Please note this is Full HD.  File size is large.

Act 1 – https://youtu.be/9qp7bvKuJYQ

Act 2 – https://youtu.be/2vKiAUxCnPo

Christina Bond, Instrumental Music Coordinator, Piano & Vocal Teacher


Year 9 and 10 Art

November 29, 2017 at 3:08 pm

‘One of the great challenges today is that we often feel untouched by the problems of others and by global issues like climate change, even when we could easily do something to help. Giving people access to data most often leaves them feeling overwhelmed and disconnected, not empowered and poised for action. This is where art can make a difference. Art does not show people what to do, yet engaging with a good work of art can connect you to your senses, body, and mind. It can make the world felt. And this felt feeling may spur thinking, engagement, and even action’ Olafur Eliasson

This term the Year 9 and 10 students were introduced to the concept that artists have a responsibility to the world not only to know and understand something with their minds but also to feel it emotionally and physically. The topic was ‘Change’ and they had to create a work that makes us feel. Learning about global issues, making choices of what is important to them created many conversations in the classroom and profoundly affected the artworks that they made.

Mrs Nora Hanasy-Cheers, Senior Visual Arts Teacher


Phoebe Heilig from the Koala Bushfire series (Digital Collage) – plight of our native animals during bushfires and backburning.





Savleen Kaur – Depression (Digital Collage)




Aleisha Cesar –

Recycle or Death is sculptural assemblage made of the equivalent of 250 plastic bottles; the amount thrown into the ocean every second, just in Australia. I believe this number is severely underestimated and it is imperative to change the behaviours of people all around the world. Oceanic pollution results in thousands of deaths of marine life causing near extinction of rare species. I created my work in the hopes to change people’s perspective of oceanic pollution and its severity. In the future, I hope people will change and we will protect aquatic mammals.



Indiana Smith – Through the Eyes of the Tiger

There are only 3300 tigers left in the wild on the entire planet. The black market trade leaves 100 critically endangered tigers dead a year. An estimated 1000 wild tigers have died in the last 10 years.Tigers have been known to survive up to 26 years in the wild, but with the habitat quickly disappearing many do not reach that age. About half of the cubs born in a year die before they reach the age of 2 because of the poaching of mums.  Only 400 Sumatran tigers are left in the wild today.


Year 4 STEM Air Resistance Task

November 29, 2017 at 3:07 pm

Year 4 had a lot of fun recently completing their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) assessment.  We investigated which size parachute creates the most air resistance.  We planned our investigation, cut and measured 3 different sized parachutes and worked out their perimeter and area. The girls chose the length and amount of string used on their parachutes and we put them to the test by timing how long the parachutes were in the air before hitting the ground.

Natalie Spence, Year 4 Teacher


Year 7 Zoo Excursion

November 29, 2017 at 3:05 pm

The Year 7 cohort recently travelled to the Rockhampton Botanical gardens to further our knowledge on the classification of living organisms. We observed various species and examined characteristics that animals had in common which would determine the different groups they would be classified as. Whilst educational, the excursion was also very enjoyable as we were given the opportunity to see a diverse range of wildlife, from gorillas and chimps to kangaroos and crocodiles. This excursion was helpful in contributing vital information towards our studies of classification and was an entertaining afternoon out of the classroom for everyone.

Jordan Austin  (Year 7 Student)


Community Notices

November 29, 2017 at 3:05 pm


Looking for something to entertain the kids over the holidays? Why not try the Beak’s Tennis Holiday Programs! For more information call 0419 026 963 or message Beak’s Tennis on Facebook.

Year 10 Activity Day

November 29, 2017 at 3:04 pm

Excitement, elation and enthusiasm were the words to describe the Year 10 cohort on their final Wednesday of the year. A day out at Coolwaters consisted of sliding down water slides and enjoying a nice swim followed by a delicious lunch. Mrs Whitehand was even convinced to give the slide a go! Once the day at Coolwaters was finished all the girls took joy in preparing for a lovely night out at Ribs and Rumps, everyone enjoyed dressing up and celebrating an amazing year. Thank you to Mrs Whitehand and Mrs Carroll who supervised us at Coolwaters as well as Mrs Whitehand, Mr Edwards, Mrs Hyde, Mrs Gouge and Mrs Hadok for having dinner with us. It was a truly wonderful night that we will enjoy remembering.

Claire Sherry

2018 Term Dates

November 15, 2017 at 3:50 pm


November 15, 2017 at 9:23 am


Home Economics – Term 4

November 15, 2017 at 9:15 am

Home Economics has been a hive of activity this term with creative designs and yummy treats:

  1. Year 7 Aprons
  2. Year 8 Boxer shorts
  3. Year 9/10 Upcycling a pair of denim jeans
  4. All 134 students making Brownie in a Jar for end of term!

Mrs Stacey Rogers (Hospitality and Home Economics)


Futsal Win

November 9, 2017 at 9:13 am

With a close game in the Futsal grand final, the RGGS Junior team defeated Emmaus 3-2. The competition made an excellent come back in the second half, putting up an avid fight. In the end, RGGS was able to hold out the lead to secure the win. A special mention to player of the match, Cheyenne Tesoriero for scoring all three goals for RGGS and our outstanding goal keeper, Katlyn Whyte.

Luke Tree, Coach

9/10 Technology

November 9, 2017 at 9:10 am

This semester, the 9/10 Design and Technology students have been engaged in an electronics programming unit using Arduino modules. Drawing on knowledge and skills from Term 3, participants were tasked with developing a problem and solution to be solved with electrical engineering. Such projects included; automated irrigation, pressure plate lighting, motion sensor burglar alarms, electronic keypad controlled locks, parking sensors, and many more. Mr Cheers and I are extremely proud of the efforts from all students this semester, they have worked hard to apply STEM processes for real world application.

Luke Tree

9/10 Design and Technology Teacher

Year 11 Biology Excursion

November 9, 2017 at 9:06 am

In week 4, the Biology class embarked on an excursion along Moores Creek with the aim of collecting biotic and abiotic data to assess the health of this ecosystem. Students sampled insects from the vegetation and aquatic environments to determine the level of biodiversity at each of three locations. They also collected data on pH, turbidity, salinity and temperature to make comparisons between the different locales as the creek winds its way through the urban environment.  The analysis and interpretation of this data formed the basis of an assessment task for this unit.

Dr Nikki Hislop (Teacher – Biology, 9 Science, Junior Business, Year 12 Care Mentor)


Community Notices

November 9, 2017 at 9:06 am

Drugwatch – Children’s Health Guide: Newborn to Preteen

Employment and Career News

November 9, 2017 at 9:05 am

MedEntry Australia – Medical Interview Training Sessions

Attention medicine hopefuls! MedEntry will be conducting an intensive Medical Interview Training workshop in all major cities in Australia and New Zealand from November to January. The sessions are conducted by Doctors for Doctors-to-be and are specific to the university/course for which you are applying. Due to popularity of this unique program, classes have already started to fill up. Places are strictly limited. Details at: http://www.medentry.edu.au/

2017 Textbook Hire Return Times

November 9, 2017 at 9:05 am





2017 Textbook Hire Return Times: RGGS Library

Wednesday 1 – Thursday 2 November                                                  8.00am to 4.00pm

Friday 3 November                                                                                     8.00am to 3.00pm

Monday 6 November – Thursday 9 November                                     8.00am to 4.00pm

Friday 10 November                                                                                    8.00am to 3.00pm



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.

It is your responsibility to have these ready for the first classes of the school year when returning from holidays.

*Returns Due Date: Friday 10 November 2017


Conditions of Return

  • Textbooks not returned by the due date will incur full replacement costs. No refunds apply. *
  • Required Return Date deadlines are to be met as replacement texts need to be purchased. *
  • Lost textbooks will incur full replacement costs. *
  • Damaged textbooks will incur full replacement costs. *
  • If books become damaged, it is advisable to bring the item to the attention of library staff for immediate repairs or replacement.
  • Students are to remove all sticky notes on return of the textbooks.