A word from our Principal

September 24, 2018 at 2:13 pm

Friday, we held the Naarah Austin Memorial Interhouse Touch Football carnival.  What a great day to finish the term.  It was wonderful to see the girls getting involved, and for many – putting themselves outside their comfort zone.  After a round robin of games, Downs and Williams met in what can only be described as a tense final.  Matching each other try for try, the game went into a drop off to decide the eventual winner – Downs.  The standard of football was excellent, the level of participation amazing.  It is so good to see the girls out playing sport, working as a team and cheering each other on.  Great work to Mrs Doherty who organised the event and to the other staff and students who assisted.

Our primary girls had a great ball games carnival!  Again, it appears to have been a contest very keenly fought – and I’m not just talking about the parents who participated! The ball games carnival again gives our girls a chance to use their ball skills and to work in their teams.  We look for participation and encouragement as well as the important skills.  At the end of the competition, Williams house won the Spirit Award and Downs House took out the carnival.

 

The other highlight of the week was Interhouse Choir.  All four teams brought their energy and enthusiasm with a side of creativity to the stage.  With songs from Dirty Dancing, Grease, Footloose and Mama Mia, it was certainly a contest that the audience could get into.  With some parts comedy, some parts drama, this event showcased the houses working as teams to get the show on stage.  It was very heartening to see the older girls working with our younger students.  In the end there must be a winner – and this year it was Patterson with their rendition of Footloose.  Despite suggestions from Downs House’s number one ticket holder, Dr Fry, there will be no Royal Commission into the outcome – you aren’t getting the trifecta this week.

It’s these events that set Girls Grammar apart. These opportunities for the girls to build those other skills that are so important for lifelong learning.  At the end of the day – it’s these events that the girls often remember long after they finish school.  It was great to see Sarah Beak at the Touch Competition and to hear her talk about the importance of the event to our Old Girls – particularly those who knew Naarah.  It’s those connections that make this a great school.

I would like to congratulate Olivia Harwood and acknowledge her outstanding achievement in art.  She is the winner of the prestigious Creative Generation Award and will have her work exhibited at GOMA in Brisbane.  This is an outstanding achievement and one made by only around 35 students from across the state.

Congratulations also to Mikaela Jackson and Kayla Sirriss who participated in the Tony Robbins, “Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Leaders” Conference recently. It’s a great opportunity for the girls to be exposed to the world of leadership.

Mrs Rogers and her Home Economics classes were recognised this week with a Rockhampton Regional Council Sustainability Award.  You may have previously heard of Mrs Rogers’ work around Boomerang Bags that the girls make in class.   What a great outcome for her and her students!

Our Equestrian Team had a great hit out at the Schools Gymkhana recently.  With a very deserved third place in the march past, the girls went on to compete in several events.  Congratulations to Leah McBride who continues to shine in this field – she won her age group and Francesca Dooley achieved a second place in hers – future Olympians perhaps.

There are so many opportunities available to the girls if they choose to have a go.  Winning isn’t always coming first, it’s also trying something new, putting yourself out there, having a go in a space you’re not comfortable.  Last weekend I threw myself into some snowboarding.  Well, I had a lesson in it.  I suspect there is one very frustrated Argentinian Instructor wondering where he went wrong.  I spent more time on the ground than sliding down it and for the first time in a while experienced all those feelings of frustration, impatience, fear of failure, real failure and the other emotions we as adults try to avoid every day.  I am always reminded, that sometimes this is what our girls must feel like – when they must strike out in a field they are not comfortable in.  That’s why it was so good to see so many non Touch Players on the field on Friday.  Maybe these holidays, you could try something new – its great for us as adults to sometimes get into the place our children are in.

Enjoy your holidays and a special Bon Voyage to Mrs Graham who is heading to Spain for a couple of months to hone her Spanish skills!   Que tengas un buen viaje!  (I hope that reads have a good journey!)

Ms Christine Hills (Principal)