A message from our Principal for Term 1

March 29, 2018 at 4:02 pm

What an amazing term we have had here at Rockhampton Girls Grammar.  It has been ten weeks filled with learning, competition, growing, celebrating and giving back.

You will have received your daughter’s first report card.  This is an interim report – with a result up to the end of assessment which occurred in week 8.  We will use this point in time data to track your daughter’s progress and we look at two components; achievement and improvement.  Each girl set goals at the beginning of the year and this first report may assist her in fine tuning them.

The girls have once again proven themselves in a range of fields.  We were very proud to receive news that we were in the top ten OP schools in Queensland for 2017.  This is very affirming for us – because we know we have the teachers, the systems and the quality of learning in place to ensure your daughter has the best chance of seeing her way to her goals.  But it’s not all about what happens in the classroom.  The benefit of a Girls Grammar education is that the staff have a very clear line of sight of your girls and her progress, her interests, her needs. This means we can value add and develop other strengths.

For many of our girls, this is the field of the Arts.  We have seen some amazing achievements this year already – with the State Honours Ensemble Program and our first Progress Concert. For some of our girls its sport. We have had many girls make representation teams this term.  Many have been a part of premierships winning teams. Some others have had the opportunity of playing in a team sport in a competition for the first time.  For others, it’s been community outreach. One of the highlights for me was the Boarder’s Give Back weekend where we saw our girls reach out to our emergency services.  Another highlight was the Sisters Committee Handball competition. It’s all of these experiences that make up a Girls Grammar education.

As we prepare for Term 2, I hope that you all enjoy a blessed Easter. I hope that the rain has been good to you and your season is set up well.  With many highlights next term including Gaia and Beef Week, Race Day and Eisteddfod, Oz Tag All Schools and Rowing Championships, it promises to be another 11 weeks packed with opportunity for our girls.

Christine Hills (Principal)



A message from our Deputy Principal

March 29, 2018 at 4:02 pm

What a way to finish off a term! I thoroughly enjoyed the Easter Bonnet Parade this morning and I must thank Mrs Carrol and her team of student leaders for the fun and enjoyable games they played! It was really wonderful seeing so many of you at both the parade and the cross country event.

On Assembly this week we celebrated some marvellous student achievements. I love seeing the girls excel in the sporting, cultural and academic fields. Please feel free to email me if your daughter has something to share with our community. Let’s celebrate wonderful achievements together!

Congratulations to our Glenmore Challenge Cup Girls – two years of victory in a row! After speaking with a teacher from Glenmore High School (who happens to be a parent of ours), I had a feeling we may have done well! I think our girls had a distinct advantage when one of the tasks required a Type 3 Writing Task!

Our prefects have been leading our school with dignity and enthusiasm. International Woman’s Day and the music progress concert was brilliantly facilitated by Shyane. Our middle school council, led by Tanya, ran a fabulous crazy hair day. Thank you to Sherri for helping promote National Day Against Bullying. What a great event the handball sisters tournament was, brilliantly put together by our Year 12 students. Finally Harmony Day, led by our Year 11 students demonstrates to me how organised and enthusiastic our future leaders are.

This term, we offered an exam block experience from Year 7-10 that aligned with the year 11-12 exam block. We are strategising for the implementation of the Senior Schooling system beginning next year for our Year 11 students (current Year 10). Our staff are in the process of  professional development training and will begin writing assessment pieces next term, led by Dr Fry. Term 2 is shaping up to be a big one!

Finally it would be remiss not to mention the RGGS ripper basketball teams. We recently shared a great break up party at Sizzler! I have enjoyed developing the girls and helping them learn the game. We now have two teams in the competition with our senior team taking home the gold! We are gathering many girls down at training every Friday afternoon and I encourage more girls to come and play!

Have a wonderful break- see you on the other side!

Michelle Gouge


Director of Boarding and Student Welfare

March 29, 2018 at 4:02 pm

Boarding Term 1 Overview

What an excellent start to the 2018 school year and all I can say is it has been nothing less than extraordinary! Comprising of ten weeks, it seems just yesterday we were coming together as the RGGS Community at our welcome BBQ on the Terrace. As I reflect upon all that we have accomplished in the boarding house, you will agree we have squeezed in a great deal, including co – curricular, club sports, cultural events, weekend activities, exam preparation, assignments and much more.

At the commencement of term one, we welcomed 20 new boarding students to the boarding community. It is always a difficult time for our new boarders as they struggle with home sickness, a new environment, new classes and teachers. I am very proud of our new boarders and congratulate them on how well they have settled in.

Our boarding activities program during term one was a great success with the girls engaged in a range of activities. As I explained in my first Boarding Bulletin for the year, I have a focus in 2018 to engage the boarders in a variety of age appropriate weekend activities, get them out and about and away from their screens and online world, I believe this has been achieved during term one with high participation in most activities. Some highlights for the term included the Slip & Slide on the oval, the “Giving Back” weekend where the girls cooked over 150 brownies and delivered them to our emergency services workers, the Glitz and Glamour Mocktails for years 11 and 12, the car maintenance course, the year level dinners and the Queens Baton Relay event, just to name a few.

It has been a busy but rewarding term for our boarders and I would like to congratulate each girl for a wonderful start to the year. I can honestly say our girls are happy and settled and I thank the boarding staff for their exceptional care during the term.

Wishing you all a happy and safe holiday and I look forward to welcoming the girls back for term two on the 16 April, as the boarders return day with classes commencing on Tuesday 17 April.

Student Welfare Information 

There has been much written in the media lately about supporting young people regarding cyber safety and the online world. Here at Girls Grammar we have been proactive and have developed a partnership with our local Police. Sn Sgt Kellie Hansen, Officer in charge of Rockhampton Police Station, joined our Care Mentors at a breakfast and discussed the possibilities of cyber safety talks for parents/ students from our local Police.

Week 5 we welcomed Detective Sgt Angus Kerr who spoke with our Year 7 – 10 students regarding online safety. Although we have much to do in this area of protecting and educating our girls regarding online safety, I believe we have made it a priority for 2018 and we will continue to work with our Technology staff and other local experts in getting up to date information.

Bernadette Hyde-Mewburn

National Anti-Bullying Day and Crazy Hair Day

March 29, 2018 at 4:01 pm

On 16 March Rockhampton Girls Grammar along with other Australian schools stood united donning orange to celebrate the eighth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA). Our junior boarding students had fun creating a fantastic banner ‘RGGS says no to Bullying!’ to support their strong message.

This was also the day for crazy and funky hair, when donations were contributed to the QMEA Schools Shave for a Cure Challenge. These funds, added to those already pledged on the School’s fundraising page, surpassed our goal. Thank you all for your support!


Lions Youth of the Year Quest Success

March 29, 2018 at 3:56 pm

A huge congratulations to the ladies who competed in the prestigious Lions Youth of the Year Quest: Jasmine Mick, Kailee Butcher and Brianna Austin. They were interviewed by a panel of judges and had to present a prepared speech and two impromptu speeches.

Kailee Butcher won the Club Final and the Public Speaking Award. She then went on to win the Regional Final and competed at the District Final in Gympie.

International Women’s Day Celebrations #IWD #pressforprogress 

March 29, 2018 at 3:44 pm

Girls Grammar celebrated IWD in many ways in 2018:

We had an IWD Assembly on Wednesday 7 March as we continue to Press for Progress to achieve gender equality. Well known journalist for the Morning Bulletin and Rockhampton Girls Grammar Dux of 2011, Michelle Gately spoke of the importance of the supportive sisterhood sustained at Girls Grammar. 









Our Prefects attended a Zonta IWD Breakfast on 8 March, along with Michelle Landry and many other influential women fighting for gender equality.

The Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy, of which RGGS is a member, held a breakfast on 8 March that was hosted at the Hastings Deering premises. During this time students took part in a live feed of the Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) Resources Awards for Women (RAW) event from Brisbane. Students were thoroughly entertained by the keynote speaker, Antarctic Expedition leader Rachael Robertson, as she relayed her experiences as a woman in a leadership role in very testing circumstances. Senior management, apprentices and former award winners were also on hand to chat with the girls.   #IWD #pressforprogress

Flashing lights for our School Zone

March 29, 2018 at 3:31 pm

During the Easter break flashing light school zone signs will be installed on Agnes Street.
Girls Grammar was nominated to receive these new signs as part of a Queensland Government commitment to improve school road safety.
You will notice that the new signs look similar to standard school zone signs with the addition of a red flashing ring around the speed limit as well as two flashing yellow lights at the top of the sign. The installation of flashing light school zone signs is proven to improve visibility of school zones, serving as an active reminder for motorists to slow down.
So next time you’re dropping off or picking up your daughter, keep an eye out for the new signs and make sure you stick to the signed speed limit.


Staff Farewells – Rex Boggs and Ron Fredricksen

March 29, 2018 at 3:29 pm

It is sadly time to farewell Mr Rex Boggs. Rex joined us mid way through last year and originally was here to do a few weeks relief. He soon became a much loved part of the school. His work with our girls in Maths and the extra hours of tutoring have made a great impact on our girls’ confidence and their results. Mr Boggs is a strong advocate of growth mindset, particularly in the area of maths. Not only is he a mathematician of great note, he also doubles as an incredible photographer and many of you may have been the recipient of a photo he has taken of your daughter. We wish him well as he settles into retirement and starts his great caravanning adventure. We hope to see him back from time to time and there will always be a spare chair in the staffroom for him if he so wishes.

Ron is departing this Easter after five years with the Facilities and Grounds team at Girls Grammar. Ron has been one of the behind the scenes workers who: has McKeague Hall ready in its many guises each week, the pool clean for swimming, the School buildings and playgrounds tidy and ready for another days learning each morning. He has done this without fuss each day and the few times when health has prevented his work, it is really noticed.
Ron is moving to a different industry and we wish him all the best in the future.



Business – Term 1 Report

March 29, 2018 at 3:27 pm

Year 11 and 12 students in BCT engaged in the unit ‘Managing People’. This unit provided insight in to how to create a productive work environment. Topics covered included; the four functions of management, conflict resolution, motivational theory, change management theory and various leadership styles. Assessment consisted of an examination where they were tasked with applying various theories and concepts to resolve hypothetical business issues. In 9 and 10 Business Studies, students participated in an information management unit where they developed professional business documentation including; resumes, cover letters, business letters, budgets, and profit and loss summaries. This unit provided students with fundamental skills required to analyse a business’s financial position.

Mr Luke Tree (Business Teacher)

Maslow’s Heirarchy of Needs


The Arts – Term 1 Report

March 29, 2018 at 3:24 pm

It’s been a busy and exciting term for the RGGS Arts Department. In our continued commitment to encouraging creative expression across Prep – Year 12, we’ve been finding new ways for our girls to get messy, get loud, get moving and get making, as they experiment with forms, styles and conventions across Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Art. Our creative inspiration for the term comes from the incomparable Maya Angelou: “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have”.
Highlights include:

Teacher Passion Term 1 Teaching Highlights
Laryssa ‘Triple Threat’ Anger Dance, Drama, Music –          Building strength and attitude in Year 7 & 8 Hip Hop
–          Choreography with the graceful Year 9/10 Ballet students
–          Watching polished, script-based performances with Year 5/6
–          Playing with BOOMWHACKERS in Year 8 music!
‘The Accomplice Accompanist’ Christina Bond Music –          Spreading the love of piano and music gamification
–          Watching dedicated students achieve success in co-curricular ensembles
Jessica ‘Maestra’ Dawes Music –          Seeing Year 2 develop confidence through our strings program
–          Witnessing RGGS’ future concert performers (the Year 3/4 band) in action!
‘The Ode So Joyful’
Nicole Graham
Music –          Making the recorder cool again with Year 5/6!
–          Watching Year 9/10 demonstrate their knowledge of the Elements of Music in Listening evaluations
Nora ‘Ooh Look, A Cow Skull!’ Hanasy-Cheers Visual Arts –          Getting ‘Earthy’ with Year 5 collages, totems, paintings and papier mache
–          Seed pod lino printing with Year 7
–          Observational drawing at the Rockhampton Zoo with Year 9/10
–          Seeing folio work develop as Year 11 study ‘The Natural Environment’ and Year 12 explore ‘Memories and Reflections’
‘Professor of Silly Walks’ Jessica Lamb Drama –          Reading amazing scripts from Year 8 students
–          Exploring the power of theatre with Year 9/10 in ‘The World at War’
–          Challenging Year 12 to test their limits through One-Person Performances
Jessica ‘Shredder’ Paton Music –          Seeing instrumental music students continue to excel!
–          Sharing the love for all things strings!


Exercising Creativity through Cocurricular
Across both Visual and Performing Arts, RGGS students enjoy a vibrant and diverse array of creative opportunities. The school offers a range of performance ensembles throughout the week (including Poco Voce, Musical Theatre Group, Recorder Ensemble, Bella Voce, Multi Voce, Flute Ensemble, String Ensemble, Prep-3 Choir, 4-6 Choir, Concert Band, Glee, Dance Company and Dancercise), as well as Studio 151 Art Club and GGPC Drama (commencing in Term 2).
Our music ensembles have spent much of Term 1 preparing for the upcoming Rockhampton Eisteddfod (held in May), using the start of the year to learn and consolidate repertoire that will form the basis of their performance and competition work for 2018. Dance Company have been eagerly preparing for the 2018 Dance Star Competition, drawing thematic inspiration from ‘post-apocalyptic robots’, circus and musical theatre. As well as preparing for competition, our dancers and Bella Voce ensemble look forward to performing at this year’s Beef Week festivities.
Students across Dance, Drama and Visual Art were also given the opportunity to attend Bangarra Dance Theatre’s recent performance of ‘Our Land People Stories’ at the Pilbeam Theatre. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the show, whilst the teachers took detailed notes of set, costumes, choreography and technical specs for future inspiration.
Term 1 finished with the Music Progress Concert. This termly concert allows students to hone their performance skills in an encouraging, informal environment. For some students this was their first time performing in front of an audience. Congratulations to all the students who performed on the evening. We look forward to seeing your progression on your chosen instrument throughout 2018.

Student Successes
Our emerging artists have been doing some amazing work. Below are just some of the cool, quirky and creative things they have achieved in Term 1!
Photo Album link and   Script of Morte

Creativity Across the Curriculum
As well as encouraging individual creative expression and critical thinking, The Arts play an instrumental role in allowing students to understand the world around them. This is particularly evident in the study of language and culture.
Students in Prep – Year 2 have been exploring the Spanish language through The Arts, creating filmic flip books to recall key vocabulary, whilst Year 7 and 8 students have created visual folios to accompany an interactive, online adventure in Spain.

Legal Studies – Term 1 Report

March 29, 2018 at 2:59 pm

In Legal Studies, Year 12 students engaged in an independent inquiry task whereby they chose an aspect of Australian law that requires reform. Some of the topic areas included; Australian firearms legislation, euthanasia law and whistle blower laws in detention centres. Year 11 engaged in a unit on the Australian legal system. Investigating the fundamental principles of Australian legal system, students studied; sources of law, the Separation of Powers, levels of government and the processes involved in making/changing laws in Australia.

Mr Luke Tree (Legal Studies Teacher)

Technology – Term 1 Report

March 29, 2018 at 2:57 pm

Technology students engaged in a series of tasks involving the designing and programming of websites and animation. Implementing the use of the programming languages HTML and CSS, Year 8 students developed an introductory page about a topic of their choice. Similarly, Years 9 and 10 students began a more complex approach to web design by implementing the use of PhotoShop to develop a professional layout for an online store. Years 11 and 12 participated in a unit focused on designing professional web banners for local businesses in Adobe Animate.

Mr Luke Tree


Home Economics and Hospitality – Term 1 Report

March 29, 2018 at 2:49 pm

Harmony Day Celebrations

March 29, 2018 at 2:46 pm

On Wednesday 21 March 2018 the Year 11 cohort organised and celebrated Harmony Day with the School. This year’s theme was ‘Everyone Belongs’ and that message was conveyed throughout the mornings cultural activities. Explored continents were Oceania, North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia where each girl participated in interactive activities to raise cultural awareness and diversity. Some of these activities included soccer in South America, traditional female New Zealand dancing in Oceania, Superbowl and Day of the Dead face painting in North America, pin the tail on the donkey and creating jewellery in Africa, Lantern making in Asia and the making of toga’s in Europe. For the first time in RGGS Harmony Day history the Year 11 girls organised a whole school #HARMONYDAY photo to be taken on the oval from the top level of Jackson House. Everyone got involved and enjoyed being part of this experience.
Many thanks go out to the Year 11 cohort and Mr Tree for organising this wonderful occasion as well as the groundsmen and everyone else involved in making this day a reality. You can see more photos on the website gallery https://gallery.rggs.qld.edu.au/ .

Claire Sherry and Cherie Bell (Year 11 Leaders)


Glenmore Challenge Cup Success

March 29, 2018 at 2:18 pm

A small group of students from Year 4 – 6 travelled to Glenmore High school to compete in the annual Glenmore Challenge Cup. This year saw students participate in a full day of Dance, History, English and STEM tasks. Taylah Brown, Mikayla Cheers and Jorja Hoare made up the first STEM team with Paige Ung, Clare Hills and Georgia Brennan the second team. The students had to make a game using the Scratch program which was played and reviewed by their peers. RGGS won the History, thanks to Lydia Johnstone, Paige Donaldson and Matilda Peff who were compared to Year 11 students regarding their ability to critically reflect, compare and contrast ‘poo’ samples. We were also victorious in the English Competition thanks to the incredible writing skills of Bethany Dey, Cadence Won De Rungs and Georgia Priddle. The students were acknowledged for their persuasive letter to the editor on behalf of Papa Smurf with a pollution issue from ‘The Lorax’. Dance students, Lara Bryson, Breanna Baker and Tilly Hungerford were surprised and elated when they received first place for their routine involving teacher and student choreography. No nerves were displayed when they performed this routine in front of all participants, teachers and parents to end the day. With three sections won by RGGS and two spirit tokens, we waited excitedly for the results. RGGS walked away with the overall trophy for the second year in a row. Congratulations girls!

Ms Jacqui Goltz (Year 3/4 Teacher)



Humanities Term Report

March 29, 2018 at 2:12 pm

The Humanities faculty has been full of achievement and progress this term. Girls across all Year levels have been well immersed in a wide variety of learning strategies to further engage in their exciting units of History and Geography. Students have been excitedly engaged in the following units of work, which have allowed them to investigate the past and explore how geography plays an important role in understanding the modern world:

  • Year 7 HSS – Investigating the ancient past: Ancient Rome
  • Year 8 HSS – Geography: Changing Nations
  • Year 9 HSS – History: The movement of people
  • Year 10 HSS – History: World War II
  • Year 11 and 12 Modern History – Competing Ideologies and the Russian Revolution
  • Year 11 and 12 Ancient History – Archaeology and the Trojan War

Girls have shown great interest and intrigue in these topics and it has been great to see such a high interest in the studies of the past and present. Within these units of work, the Humanities teaching team have also implemented strategies designed by the Collins Institute. Following a visit and practical classroom sessions from the Collins Institute at the beginning of the term, the team realised the opportunities presented by the 10% Summary. Students in all Year levels have been practicing this strategy in their classrooms and achievement of knowledge retention, linking to results is evident. This strategy is very well suited to the Humanities classroom and can be used to summarise key documents of information and will be used for lengthy research tasks without students being intimidated by dreaded plagiarism.

Students have had a good Term 1 in Humanities and the teaching team are very excited for a productive and successful Term 2.

Mr Edwards, Mrs Whitehand and Mrs Graham


Sneak Peek – Ninja Kid: From Nerd to Ninja

March 29, 2018 at 2:09 pm

From time to time, we get a sneak peek at new books by some outstanding authors.  In February, I was given a sneak peek into the world of Nelson, the most unlikely hero.

Nelson is a NERD! Unfit, uncool and totally Awkward!!

But Nelson wakes on his tenth birthday to discover he has Ninja powers and he must save the world.  How’s he going to save the world when he can’t even get his undies on the right way?!

Read about Ninja Kid here

Looking forward to seeing all the budding inventors & ninjas visiting the Library to flick through the pages of the newest book by Anh Do.

Leanna Donaldson (Library Resource Centre)

Community Notices

March 29, 2018 at 2:05 pm

Week 10 Term 1 Important dates

March 23, 2018 at 9:43 am

Our boarders welcome PNG Uni students back to RGGS

March 13, 2018 at 8:24 am

Year 7 and 8 boarders had breakfast with our PNG University students this morning to say welcome back to RGGS.

Boarding Week 7 Wrap up

March 12, 2018 at 4:23 pm

Year 7 STEAM project

March 8, 2018 at 2:21 pm

Students in Year 7 are being challenged to produce a brief for the  redesign of the ‘Palm Garden’ outside the Grant Building. This forms part of their 2018 STEAM project. The criteria for success is for the garden to be a place of relaxation and reflection and improve the biodiversity within the area. Their designs must include a self-cleaning water feature (pond or stream). To facilitate this, the first task is to design and create a water purification method using one or more of the techniques they have investigated in Science.  Students have been busy designing, creating and testing filter prototypes to fit this brief.

Christie Dey (Year 7, 8, 9 Science and Year 11,12 Chemistry)

QMEA Schools Shave for a Cure Challenge 2018

March 6, 2018 at 2:21 pm

This year, as part of our participation in the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA)  the Middle School Council has accepted the QMEA Schools Shave for a Cure Challenge 2018. See attached Flyer.

We have registered the School for the challenge and will contribute our donations from Funky Hair Day Friday 16 March 2018. If you would like to pledge further support please donate at the School’s fundraising page:


Today another 35 Australians will be told they have a blood cancer. The money raised will give them all the support they need to beat their blood cancer. It will fund vital research so more people survive blood cancers like lymphoma, leukaemia and myeloma.


Week 6 Boarding Wrap-up

March 5, 2018 at 2:08 pm

Community Notice

March 2, 2018 at 11:32 am

Community Notices

March 2, 2018 at 8:45 am

Bangarra Dance Theatre

March 2, 2018 at 8:44 am

On Wednesday 28th February, a dedicated group of Dance, Drama and Visual Arts students attended Bangarra Dance Theatre’s performance of ‘Our Land People Stories’. The piece, presented in three self-encapsulated acts, provided a compelling and aesthetically-charged insight into experiences of Indigeneity, Culture and Country. Thank you to the Pilbeam Theatre and the spectacular Bangarra Dancers for a very moving evening at the Theatre!

Interested students should keep their eyes peeled for the next Pilbeam opportunity in term 2 – ‘The Longest Minute’ by DeBase Productions.

Jessica Lamb (Secondary Drama Teacher)


Lions Youth of the Year

March 2, 2018 at 8:44 am

Strengthening our relationship with Lions as an international organisation with clubs in every Australian state and PNG continues.

2018 Lions Youth of the Year award participants Kailee Butcher, Jasmine Mick and Brianna Austin competed over the weekend and the Lions, Lionesses and judges loved them.

Kailee was declared the overall winner and will compete in the Regional Final in two weeks. She also won the Public Speaking Award (as in 2017).

Well done and good luck Kailee!

Mrs Lee Bartlem (10 English, Senior English & English Extension)