2018 Next Step – Early School Leavers survey

July 31, 2018 at 1:21 pm

The Queensland Government is conducting its annual statewide survey of Year 10, 11 and 12 students who in 2017 left school without obtaining Year 12 certification. The Early School Leavers survey is a short, confidential survey that collects information about what young people are doing the year after leaving school.

Between August and September, students who left school early in 2017 can expect to receive an invitation to complete a web-based survey or a telephone call from the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office to complete the survey. Please encourage them to take part.

For more information, visit www.qld.gov.au/nextstep/ or telephone toll free on 1800 068 587.


Week 2 Term 3 Important dates

July 27, 2018 at 3:34 pm

Week 1 Term 3 Important dates

July 23, 2018 at 9:37 am

Family Fun Day!

July 12, 2018 at 9:17 am

Spotlight on the Arts

July 2, 2018 at 10:39 am

By now, it should come as no surprise that Girls Grammar Girls are clever, confident and connected. In last term’s Arts Report, we celebrated their creativity, showcasing the amazing work they have produced across Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Art. With Term 2 being one of the busiest on the Arts Department’s calendar, it seems timely that we celebrate the courage of our talented students. Artist Henri Matisse’s iconic words really do ring true: “Creativity takes courage”. The courage required to innovate, to perform, and to share a little piece of the self with an audience cannot be understated. Luckily for us, our girls have courage in spades.


Stars on the Rise

Term 2 has seen Girls Grammar students achieve fantastic successes in a range of artistic pursuits, and the work of our young artists has enjoyed great visibility in our local community and beyond. Events including Gaia Festival and Beef Week, alongside competitions such as the Rockhampton Eisteddfod and Dance Star Competition have allowed our girls to test their courage, producing some outstanding results.

Girls Grammar students achieved great success in the Dance Star competition, with Dance Company making it through to the State Finals on the Gold Coast, and soloists Emilia Heilig, Tia Wilson and Tyla Cringle qualifying for Nationals. Students in years 7 – 10 Dance also shared their creative choreography with our schooling community in the Semester 1 Dance showcase.

Eisteddfod participants have been equally successful this term, with the school ensembles achieving the following results:

Year 4 – 6 Choir

–         1st Place: Primary Choir

–         1st Place: Novelty Choir

Prep – 3 Choir

–         3rd Place: Novelty Choir

Poco Voce

–         3rd Place: Primary Folk


Molti Voce

–         3rd Place: Secondary Choir

Bella Voce

–         2nd Place: Folk

–         2nd Place: Glee

–         2nd Place: Small Vocal Group

Musical Theatre Group

–         1st Place: Musical Theatre Section


Individual eisteddfod participants achieved similarly outstanding results, including:

Aleisha Cesar

–          1st Place: Modern Solo (14 Years & Under 18 Years)

–          1st Place: Woodwind Solo (14 Years & Under 16 Years)

–          1st Place: Australian Composer Solo (14 Years & Under 16 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Vocal Duet (14 Years & Under 16 Years)

Arsha Kennedy

–          1st Place: Piano Solo (Under 7 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Australian Composer Solo (Under 8 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Piano Sonatinas (Under 8 Years)

Brianna Baker

–          3rd Place: Solo Poetry (10 Years & Under 12 Years)

–          Very Highly Commended: Duo/Trio Poem Girls/Boys (10 Years & Under 12 Years)

Cadence Wone De Rungs

–          1st Place and Joy Philippi Perpetual Trophy recipient: Girls Vocal Solo (9 Years)

–          1st Place and Musical Union Youth Choir Trophy recipient: Musical Theatre Vocal Solo Under (10 Years)

–          Pauline Colvin Trophy recipient: For female singer under 18 years showing natural stage presence, feeling and personality

Calee Krarup

–          1st Place: Dance (10 Years)

Chloe Cowan

–          1st Place: Tap Group (13 Years and Over)

–          1st Place: Ballet Duo/Trio (13 Years and Over)

–          1st Place: Girls Vocal Solo (14 Years)

–          3rd Place: Speed Tap Solo (13 Years & Under 15 Years)

–          3rd Place: Tap Solo (13 Years and Under 15 Years)

–          Very Highly Commended: Senior Jazz Group (13 Years & Over)

–          Very Highly Commended: National Solo (13 Years & Under 15 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Contemporary Group (13 Years and Over)

–          Highly Commended: Waltz Tap (13 Years & Under 15 Years)

Emilia Heilig

–          1st Place: Modern Jazz Solo (11 Years)

–          1st Place: Modern Jazz Championship (Under 13 Years)

–          2nd Place: Demi Character or Character Ballet Solo (11 Years & Under 13 Years)

–          2nd Place: Contemporary/Free Movement/Modern Expressive Solo (11 Years)

–          Highly Commended: National Dance Solo (Excluding Scottish and Irish) (11 Years & Under 13 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Tap Solo (Waltz Excluded) (11 Years & Under 13 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Classical Ballet Solo (No Pointe) (11 Years & Under 13 Years)

Georgia Jackson

–          3rd Place: Jazz Group (10 Years and Under 13 Years)

–           Contemporary Group (10 Years and Under 13 Years)

Hannah Cowan

–          Runner Up: 12 Years & Under 14 Years Aggregate

–          2nd Place: Verse Speaking (Girls/Boys 12 Years)

–          2nd Place: Australian Verse (Girls/Boys 12 Years)

–          Very Highly Commended: Intermediate Jazz Group (10 Years and Under 13 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Light Verse (Girls/Boys 12 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Contemporary Group (10 Years and Under 13 Years)

Isla Houston

–          Highly Commended: Vocal Duet (Under 16 Years)

Kendra Bryan

–          2nd Place: Instrumental Solo (16 Years & Under 18 Years)

Tia Wilson

–          Joy Philippi Annual Trophy: for the most promising girl vocalist (12 Years & Under 18 Years)

–          2nd Place: Australian Composer (12 Years & Under 14 Years)

–          2nd Place: Folk Solo (12 Years & Under 14 Years)

–          3rd Place: Girls Solo (13 Years)




Making Connections

Our girls have been making some exciting industry contacts, participating in workshops with both the Queensland Ballet and Queensland Theatre at the end of Term 2. This was accompanied by the opportunity for students to view QT’s performance of ‘The Longest Minute’ at the Pilbeam Theatre. Despite landing right before the mid-semester break, a small, dedicated contingent of students seized the opportunity to end the term with a final boost of artistic goodness. This high-energy show about one girl’s dream to become a professional footballer could not have been more timely, sending us off into the holidays in great style.

The Arts Department wishes our students a safe and happy mid-semester break. We look forward to seeing you again for an action-packed second semester!

Click here to see some of the great work to be produced in the Arts Department in Term 2!

A word from our Principal

July 2, 2018 at 8:37 am

The first half of the year draws to a close and with it a chance to reflect on a great six months at Girls Grammar.

A big highlight for me has been the chance to get back into the classroom.  It reminds me that core to what we do is teaching and learning.  I have the chance to go on this journey with a truly wonderful group of young women who are engaging, intelligent and who also have the capacity to surprise me with their wit and humour.  I see how they apply themselves to their work. I see their determination to succeed and I know these are qualities not just limited to my class.  These are the characteristics of so many of our girls who are taking advantage of the considerable opportunities they have at Girls Grammar.

Our Year 12 students have led the way.  From the start of the year when they took their first tentative steps into leadership to their formal where they emerged as beautiful young women – the Year 12 class has been getting about the job well.  They have raised money, coordinated Mocktails and semi formals.  They have Relayed for Life, collected for the Salvos, helps the primary girls at Cross Country.  They have prepared for QISSN, played Touch Football judged cattle.  They have sung in choirs, performed in dance and debated with fire.

As we enter the second part of the year, we encourage our girls to keep their eye on the main game – setting yourself up for the best start at a future.  In the next 16 weeks of school, I encourage you to spend the extra time at your desk, complete the extra exercises, commit to your studies.  In the next months, we have important work to do – Core Skills, final exams.

We are looking forward to what promises to be a great semester and we will also welcome 9 new students from a range of backgrounds and places.  It is great to see the enthusiasm each of these girls has shown for starting their Girls Grammar journey.

They will become a part of a community – one that celebrated in style at our recent Race Day.  It was my privilege to tour the school on the Sunday with the 20 year reunion group – (and a couple of 10 years).  I am always struck by the sense of camaraderie these women have after so many years.

It was a wonderful opportunity for me to attend the ICPA conference in Winton recently.  Not only did I get the chance to go back through Emerald – my first posting as a graduate teacher, I got to catch up with a few familiar faces from Alpha, Clermont and the Dawson Valley.  The ICPA is a great advocate for education of rural and remote children and it’s important we support them in their work.

11 weeks certainly proved to be a big term. I want to wish our QISSN team all the best for the upcoming competition in Townsville and thanks Ms Kate Lang for her work with the team.   We start Semester 2 with our delayed Sports Carnivals.  Ms Doherty will accompany the All Schools OzTag team to Brisbane at the end of week 1.  We will also prepare for Rockhampton District Trials in Athletics.  A busy start which will lead up to the announcement of the Australian Educator Awards in August, we we are one of eight finalists in the Regional School of the Year.

I hope that you have a restful break and time with your children and families.  If there is rain – I hope it is beneficial to you and that the frosts don’t hit too hard.  We look forward to seeing you all in Semester 2.

Director of Boarding & Student Welfare

July 2, 2018 at 8:34 am

As we come to the end of another successful term at Girls Grammar, I want to congratulate the students for their extraordinary effort. It has been a busy but a rewarding experience for our students in so many ways. We began Week 1 with the Anzac ceremonies, and throughout the term we were busy with Gaia Festival, Beef Week, NAPLAN, Relay for Life, Year 12 Formal, Year 10 Mocktails, Race Day and much more.

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 great term with the boarders and I wish them all a happy holiday with their families.

It is always a highlight of Term 2 when the Year 12 formal takes centre stage in the CAB, with the walk through prior to the event. It was lovely to see all the boarders congratulating the girls and wishing them well for their formal.

I wish to thank the boarding staff who have worked with the girls throughout the term, particularly around planning events and days out at the weekends. There was certainly some beautiful weather and the girls made the most of it at the beach, competing in Softball Sunday, Golf, Yeppoon Lagoon and many other activities.

Thank you once again to our boarding families and your support during the term. I look forward to working with you all next term 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, “The Spoonfed Generation”, “Thriving” and many more. This website has some excellent information, so I encourage you to look at the variety of topics available.


Referral Agencies in Rockhampton –  We continue to work with a number of referral agencies in Rockhampton, including Child Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) based at the Rockhampton Hospital, Headspace and Wahroonga. 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 on 0407196205.


A word from our Deputy Principal Michelle Gouge

July 2, 2018 at 8:28 am

We have reached the half way point! What an exciting Semester we have had, especially being awarded Finalist Regional School of the Year in the Australian Education Awards. By now many of you have received your Academic Reports for the Semester. I encourage you to now to get some rest, enjoy some well-deserved family time and refocus for the Semester ahead. Reporting time is a great reflection on the efforts you have contributed towards your studies. It is a time to ask yourself the question, ‘did I give my best effort?’ We have been working at a whole school level on focusing on the growth mindset strategy of effort praise versus person praise. Carol Dweck’s studies have proven when we give feedback on the effort being applied to the task, rather than the outcome, improved results are seen.

We will be welcoming a number of new students to our community next Semester which is always exciting to see students desiring to be a Girls Grammar girl. Please make our new families feel welcome and a part of this very special place.

I trust that you will have an enjoyable time over the next couple of weeks. We have a very exciting event coming to our school next term as we are hosting OptiMinds. Girls Grammar will have ten teams participating in this unique competition. Good luck girls. I am sure the effort you put into preparing, rehearsing and resource building will be well worth it on the day!

See you on the playground.

Michelle Gouge

Prep – Year 2 girls High Jump

July 2, 2018 at 8:25 am

Prep – Year 2 girls competed in High Jump on Tuesday, last week of Term 2. The girls had great fun seeing how high they could jump.

Community Notices – Rockhampton Regional Libraries

July 2, 2018 at 8:24 am


School Holiday Activities – Rockhampton Regional Libraries

Create a Picture Book Competition – Rockhampton Regional Libraries and National Children’s Week


Year 10 Mocktail Party

July 2, 2018 at 8:23 am

Saturday 9 June saw McKeague Hall play host to the year 10 Mocktail evening. This grade 10 cohort had decided to make the night an evening of glitz and glamour. The girls’ dresses and suits of their partners did not disappoint. After socialising on the deck, the girls and their partners took to the dance floor in McKeague to dance the evening away. Hits like the ‘Macarena’, ‘Nutbush City Limits’ and ‘Cha Cha Slide’, along with some games of musical chairs made for a very entertaining and enjoyable night for all who attended. This was a great way to finish off a very busy exam block for the hardworking and studious Year 10 cohort.

Mr Edwards and Mrs Doherty (Year 10 Care Teachers)

Primary Council RSPCA Day

July 2, 2018 at 8:22 am

On Friday 29 June the Primary Student Council held their RSPCA celebrations. This year the student council decided to sell popcorn and poppers to fundraise money to donate to the RSPCA animal shelters. After a quick fashion parade and a surprise visit from the Poly Wonga it was time to settle in with our treats to watch The Nut Job 2. What a big hit the morning turned out to be! With the support from students in Prep to Year 6, the Primary council raised a grand total of $155.00.










Primary Council Teddy Bears picnic

July 2, 2018 at 8:19 am

On Friday 8 June the Primary Student Council held their annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic and what a fun filled morning this was. With the help of Miss Hoare in Mrs Carroll’s absence the Primary council ran a spectacular morning filled with ‘Beary’ adventures. Fun and laughter was heard throughout the CAB area whilst the girls made their way around the various activities such as Going on a Bear Hunt, pin the bow on a Bear and many more. They even made some ‘Beary’ good disguises for their teddies. The Primary council cannot wait to see all the teddies again next year.

Year 9/10 Sewing

July 2, 2018 at 8:17 am

Some of the beautiful work the Year 9 / 10 Home Economics students have created this term.  The assessment task was to create a pillow case for the Ronald McDonald House for patients along with another matching functional item this could include another pillow, bag, stuffed owl, zip bag or toiletry bag . We will be sending Ronald McDonald House in Brisbane 34 pillow cases at the end of the term- these will be given to patients as they leave Ronald McDonald House as a positive memory for their stay.

Community Notice – Beak’s Tennis

July 2, 2018 at 8:16 am

Beak’s Tennis Term 3 coaching spaces available, call 0419026963 or message us on Facebook for more information

Andrew Jones – Beak’s Tennis

Debating post

July 2, 2018 at 8:14 am

Undefeated and steam-rolling the competition, our senior debating team is yet to lose in the Rockhampton and District Debating Competition. Last night our girls – Kailee Butcher, Taylor Busbridge and Brianna Austin went up against St Brendan’s in our Paterson Museum to debate ‘Money is the root of all evil’. We, as the negative team, had some very compelling arguments and rebuttals to dismiss the competition. The adjudicators were very impressed with how articulate and well-presented the RGGS girls were in both manner and matter of the debate and stated how our girls are still ‘a force to be reckoned with’. July 31 will be the next round against RGS at their campus.

A big thank you needs to go to Linda Busbridge for making an amazing cheese and cold meat platter for the evening.


July 2, 2018 at 8:13 am

This term in the Humanities faculty has been one full of achievement and progress. 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 – Geography: Place and Liveability – a local area study
  • Year 8 HSS – History: Medieval Europe and the Black Death
  • Year 9 HSS – History: Making a Nation
  • Year 10 HSS – History: Rights and Freedoms
  • Year 11 and 12 Modern History – Australian Nationalism
  • Year 11 and 12 Ancient History – Greek and Egyptian Funerary Practices

Girls have shown great interest and intrigue in these topics and it has been great 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 very successful implementation in term 1 of well-researched strategies, students in all grades have been practicing these 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 in Humanities and the teaching team are very excited for another productive and successful term in term 3.

Mr Edwards, Mrs Whitehand and Mrs Graham