Boarding Bulletin – Week 5

February 27, 2018 at 11:36 am

Term 1 Week 6 Important dates

February 23, 2018 at 2:45 pm

Seven News Coverage – Bullying. No way!

February 23, 2018 at 10:31 am

4-12 Swimming Carnival

February 22, 2018 at 11:34 am

Determined and Motivated, on 13 February, Paterson, Smith, Williams and Downs arrived at the Southside Pool, prepared for what would be a hot yet enjoyable event. Dressed fittingly as Baywatch lifeguards, Paterson were pumped and ready to rule the pool. Vying for the top spot, the Mighty Williams Hawaiians were prepared to show everyone how it was done, while the sensational Smith ‘Strayans’ reminded us of the true Aussie spirit. Finally, dressed as Luigi, Downs House were raring to tear up the pool like their namesakes had done on the track.

With the atmosphere filled with endless spirit and the houses lining the pool edge to cheer on their own, it was finally time for the events to begin. Beginning 100m freestyle and followed by not only the 50m events but also relays, there was a race for everyone and many taken opportunities for everyone to be involved. From competitors completing their first events, to swimmers jumping in to escape the heat and the seniors completing their final swimming carnival events, the participation on the day remains second to none.

With fierce competition, it proved a valiant effort from Williams House claiming them the top spot. In the final tallies Downs was a close second with Paterson and Smith following. Prestigious and highly sought after, Downs House took out the Spirit Award with enthusiasm and encouragement being prominent themes.

While hot and humid, the 2018 4-12 Swimming Carnival was filled with spirit, enthusiasm and determination. Congratulations must also be passed on to our Age Champions:

Aimee Leane, Downs House Prefect.

Age Champions

10 Years – Eleanor Jacobson

11 Years – Fynn McSherry

12 Years – Georgia Priddle

13 Years – Jordan Austin

14 Years – Bethany Harth

15 Years – Frances Watson (Prosser)

16 Years – Madison Standing

Open – Lucinda Simmons

SUN Participants – Term 1 2018

February 21, 2018 at 3:11 pm

Congratulations to our CQ University SUN Course enrolments for Term 1 2018 –


Jessica Payne (Introduction to Nursing)





Rebecca Berlin (Accounting, Learning and Online Communication)





Georgia Davies (Introductory Anatomy and Physiology)




We wish them every success with this early experience of the tertiary world.

Dr John Fry (Dean of Senior Studies)

Life Education Van

February 21, 2018 at 3:09 pm

Year Two girls visited Harold and Liz in the Life Education Van and learnt all about Growing Good Friends. They discussed friendships and ways to foster good relationships with their peers. Visiting the Life Education Van is always an engaging and valuable experience for students and giving Harold a hug is a highlight!

Corinne Shaw (Year 2 Teacher)


Boarding Bulletin – Week 4

February 19, 2018 at 2:09 pm

Week 5 Term 1 Important dates

February 16, 2018 at 1:43 pm

Art talent in Year 9 & 10

February 9, 2018 at 3:15 pm

Term 1 the Year 9 and 10 students are looking at Animals in Art from both a literal and conceptual perspective focusing on the Elements and Principles of Design.

This week they have learnt a variety of new skills using Adobe Photoshop and created a Butterfly Kaleidoscope. They are all so gorgeous and will be exhibited at our annual art exhibition in August. Here is a sampler by our talented Molly Harwood.

Nora Hanasy-Cheers, Art Teacher

Ocean Blue Flutters Molly Harwood

Flying in the Sunshine Molly Harwood

Week 4 Term 1 Important dates

February 9, 2018 at 2:24 pm

Our YLead experience

February 9, 2018 at 10:45 am

On 31 January, the 2018 Senior girls spent the day with YLead supervisors to work on leadership qualities and cooperation among their peers. Throughout the day we participated in various activities such as creating a fake language, 7-1 Police, acting out 2018 ideals and taking fun alternatives to learn more about one another. Participating in each of these activities had the girls enjoying themselves while growing as a cohort, making the rest of the year ahead look like an enjoyable one for the seniors.


Year 5 Art

February 9, 2018 at 10:41 am

This week in Art the Year 5 girls got to get messy and have a go at paper mache. They’ve learned interesting facts such as in Ancient China some furniture was made out of paper mache and is still around today!

They have created gorgeous ‘Earth Bowls’ in 40 minutes. Aren’t they terrific?

Nora Hanasy-Cheers, Art Teacher.

Earth Bowls – Year 5


Student Leaders Investiture

February 9, 2018 at 10:08 am

We celebrated our 2018 student leaders at two Investiture ceremonies on Thursday 8 February.

Our guest speaker at Secondary Investiture was 2016 Head girl Sophie Harwood. Sophie was the first student to do 13 years of schooling from Prep to Year 12 at Girls Grammar. She has been in Europe for a gap year and kindly took time out before heading to Brisbane for university to tell us about her experiences and lessons learnt both in and out of school.

The newly invested Head Girls were the guest speakers for the Primary Investiture, imparting their wisdom to the younger students.

Congratulations to the seniors, Prefects, Year Level Leaders and Year 6 students who received their leadership badges to be proudly worn this year.


Primary Council
Year 4 Lydia Johnstone
Year 5 Iris Collins, Cadence Wone De Rungs
Year 6 Mikayla Cheers, Ella Neill, Matilda Peff, Georgia Priddle
Middle School Council led by Helen E Downs Prefect  
Year 7 Bonita Solomon, Madison Usher
Year 8 Bethany Harth, Salani Hoffman
Year 9 Brooke Adams, Zara Priddle
Senior School Council led by Prue McKeague Prefect   
Year 10 Abby Dendle, Jemma Green, Emma Hafey, Taylor O’Toole
Year 11 Cherie Bell, Claire Sherry














Sherri Green Prue McKeague Prefect
Tanya Kulu Helen E Downs Prefect
Senior School Council Sherri Green
Middle School Council Tanya Kulu
Boarding Council Nadine Hay
ATSI Council Kelsey Salmond
Cultural Shyane Yates
Humanities Kasey Davies
STEAM Kailee Butcher
Downs House Amiee Leane
Paterson House Raina Collett
Smith House Brianna Austin
Williams House Olivia Harwood

Boarding Bulletin – Week 3

February 8, 2018 at 3:19 pm



Raven’s Japanese Exchange Experience

February 7, 2018 at 3:32 pm

This year is my first year at Girl’s Grammar, so I’m not well known. Over the recent holidays I won a scholarship to Japan for a month.  How I got this scholarship? I saw a poster about an exchange program to Japan. I love the Japanese culture.  I went to the website and found out that it was sponsored by Mitsui Coal Company with the help of AFS Intercultural programs. Exchanges are offered for different countries and lengths. I  applied to the one-month program by answering questions about myself and why I should be the one to have this exchange, I even had an online interview. I wasn’t sure if I would be successful but about 3 months later I was rewarded the scholarship.

On 28th November I flew to Sydney to have an orientation with the other exchange students and AFS, then flew to Japan. When I arrived in Japan I had a two-day orientation and then got to meet my host family. All the families where very different for each student. Some had younger siblings and some had older. Even though mine was the only family with older siblings, I had so much fun with them. One of my older sisters would sit with me every afternoon just to help me with my Japanese and the other would never stop making me laugh. My big brother was an Art teacher, so he would always teach me new art skills and we would always talk about the animes we like. Week days I went to language school to learn Japanese. My bonds grew with the other exchange students and they pushed me to things that were way out of my comfort zone, but I’m glad to say they all gave me confidence in everything. I had many friends during this period. On weekends it was a totally different story because my host family would take me out to experience the culture. My two favourite things were trying on a kimono and my big brother teaching me kendo. This was a really amazing experience and left me great memories.

I highly suggest to my fellow peers if you want to go on a foreign exchange, just go for it because you will never know unless you give it a go!

Arigatou gozaimasu

Raven AhChoo (Year 10)

Year 9 and 10 Art Excursion

February 7, 2018 at 3:32 pm

The year 9 and 10 Visual Art students went to the Rockhampton Zoo on Monday (week 3).

They had a series of drawing challenges to complete while observing the animals. What are the benefits of observational drawing?

• Slowing down, taking our time • Learning to really see • Noticing details • Realising improvement comes with practice • Becoming comfortable with mistakes

• Becoming confident in attempting something new.

Their drawings will form the basis for new works in the coming weeks.

Mrs Nora Hanasy-Cheers (Senior Visual Arts Teacher)


Week 3 Information

February 5, 2018 at 8:59 am

Camryn’s Netball success

February 1, 2018 at 3:59 pm

Written by Camryn McPherson

My netball journey started in January 2017. I was lucky enough to be selected to travel to Sydney for a week to play in the U12 Queensland Indigenous Team. It was the first big carnival I had been to for netball, so I was keen!

One of the highlights for me during the week was meeting so many new people and having so much fun playing with them. Together, we played thirteen games over six days. I was so worn out!

On the last day I trialled to be considered for the U12 National team. There was some tough competition, so I just did my best. The teams were being announced at the closing ceremony, that was the part everyone was most looking forward too and funny enough, my name was called. So off I was to the Gold Coast in June.

Nationals was another week-long competition. However, it was a bit different. This carnival I was placed into a team of complete strangers that also played in Sydney. We quickly adjusted to each other and ended up having the best time playing loads of games. Finally, the last day came. We made it to the semi-finals, and we won! We were in the Grand Final which was so awesome. After winning the Grand Final by one point against a Brisbane team, we took home the trophy. On that same day, I trialled again for the Australian team which was going to be held in Adelaide in December 2017. A couple days later, I found out I had made shadow, but was not needed.

In the new year, I travelled down to the Gold Coast again and played for Queensland U13. This was an eight-day competition, and for the first time, having South Australia competing as well. I met many new girls and we had a ball! Afterwards we were honestly all exhausted and not ready for trials. However, I got asked back to trial again. Then it was closing ceremony, the part everyone was again looking forward too. Not just because teams were announced, because after that we could all go home and sleep in our own beds. Like deja-vu my name was announced, along with the rest of my team. It was a nice feeling all making the U13 Australian team. The Australian carnival is in August being held in Darwin. Although, I have lots of training to do between now and then, and a couple carnivals to attend to as well. I’m so privileged to be able to play in this team and I hope I’ll be lucky enough to be selected for future Indigenous Netball teams.