News from Director of Boarding & Student Welfare

September 24, 2018 at 2:12 pm

We have reached the end of third term which is always busy but a rewarding experience for our students. A range of activities including our NAIDOC Assembly, Inter House Performing Arts Competition, Camp Week, Work Experience, Book Week, R U OK Day and the Naarah Austin Memorial Touch Carnival. These were all successful events and gave the students a rich experience of the RGGS Community.

A highlight of Term 3 was certainly Camp Week, where students participated in an outdoor adventure experience across years 5 – 9 and Year 11. Many students commented to me how they were challenged, especially the girls who attended the Year 9 camp at Noosa, where bike riding and canoeing took effort and determination amongst the patches of rain. Congratulations to the students who participated in camp week and to our committed staff who supported the students.

Our boarders spent the last week packing for the trip home and are very excited to spend the next two weeks with their family. The boarding school will re-open from 2.00pm Sunday October 7 and staff will be available in each dorm. A reminder of the Boarders long weekend, 20 – 22 October.

In week 8 the boarders enjoyed the Pyjama Party organised by Nadine Hay and the Year 12 girls. It was a great occasion and I thank the girls for their effort in making it so successful. My thanks to our Chef Leena for her work in preparing finger food for the event.

I would like to remind parents of the online boarding electronic leave system introduced in 2017. The link required is https://boarding.rggs.qld.edu.au/ . You will require your parent lounge log in and password. We have introduced a new section of leave called “unsupervised outings”. These are for times when the students request to go out in small groups for birthday celebrations etc. The details are to be entered into the leave system for approval, but please be aware these outings are not supervised by boarding staff. If you have any trouble in logging in, or completing the leave, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Term 4 will be exciting and for our Year 12 students, it will be a time to put in their absolute best academically and to also celebrate their time at RGGS. It has been a pleasure to work with our Year 12 boarders over the last couple of years. The length of time does not define the experience, I believe it is the quality of the girls in our care that makes boarding a daily joy.

It has been a fantastic year so far. I hope our students are having a safe and happy holiday and I look forward to reconnecting in Term 4.

Bernadette Hyde-Mewburn (Director of Boarding & Student Welfare)