Win tickets to the RGGS Mother’s Day Luncheon

March 15, 2019 at 3:00 pm

The New Zealand Music Tour students are fundraising for their upcoming music tour in the June/July school holidays.
This year they have many raffles and prizes on offer. One of those being a ticket to the Rockhampton Girls Grammar School Mother’s Day Luncheon.
This morning tea is a highlight in the RGGS calendar and one not to be missed. It includes delicious food and amazing entertainment.
Raffles tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at reception.
The raffle will be drawn April 26th.
Good Luck!

Are you in need of a night out without the kids?

March 15, 2019 at 2:57 pm

Calling all parents and caregivers!
Are you in desperate need of a night out, without the kids?
We have the answer for you!
March 29 the NZ Music Tour girls will be hosting a Parent’s Night Out, Kid’s night in event.
Drop your children at the CAB music rooms at 6pm and pick up at 9pm and enjoy yourselves! Go catch a movie, or have a dinner date with your loved one. We got the kids covered! 
You children will be entertained with games, activities and movies. Snacks are also provided. 3 hours of baby sitting all for the low cost of $15 per child.
Sign up is at the front reception. Please make payment when signing up. This is available for girls and boys between the ages of 5 and 12.
Be quick as places are limited!

What’s On! Week 8 Term 1 2019

March 15, 2019 at 2:11 pm

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WHO’S IN YOUR TEAM? – A word from our Acting Principal

March 15, 2019 at 2:11 pm

As I pen this letter, I am down in Maryborough supporting my 16-year-old son in the 2019 School Boys Softball State Championships. What has struck me this tournament is how this particularly young team has bonded which has led to some unexpected results – our team is winning more games than losing. Individually, there are some great players in this team. The other teams though have some high-profile players in numbers, yet we are still very competitive against them. These boys are enjoying each other’s company. They get along. They have communicated well. They respect and listen to their coach. They share meal times together even though that was not what was organised. All these qualities make the foundations of a great team.

Our school can learn a lot from what successful teams do. It is important that we enjoy each other’s company and get along. It is important that we communicate. It is essential that we respect one another and listen. I know that sometimes qualities weaken. I know that sometimes one of the players let us down. We need to however, always remember what great teams do – that is, pick each other up and get on with the task of competing at our best in the game.

This week we have launched our screening of Screenagers. I am thrilled to be hosting this event and ask that you purchase your tickets quickly as we are limited to 300 seats. We will be advertising to the wider community. The film is an award-winning film that probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media. Our team has managed to secure an expert panel, including Clinical Psychologist, Jamie Parnell, University Lecturer, Kate Moore (who also works in the field of social work) and Police Officer Warren Williams. Due to licencing, we are unable to live stream this event and it will be a one evening only event (Thursday 4 April). I do hope that you and your daughter can join us for the evening. Our P&F are dutifully supporting us by stocking snacks and drinks for purchase on the night. Tickets are selling fast – please confirm your attendance as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

We have several high achievers this week and we celebrate their accomplishments with them! Congratulations Tina-Mae, Danielle and Jessica for their selection in the Rockhampton Volleyball team. There are a number of CAP trials happening next week, as is our examination block. Please ladies, ensure you are having a balance between your studies and your extra-curricular commitments. Good luck in your examinations and prepare well. I know how invested your teachers are in your results.

I hope that you enjoyed your week as much as I have! My door is always open. I encourage you to talk with me. Girls – I will see you on the playground.

Mrs Michelle Gouge (Acting Principal)

 

Weekend boarding activities

March 15, 2019 at 12:54 pm

This weekend there are many different activities on offer for our boarders. From sewing class to swimming and football.

This is also a reminder that Friday March 22 is the start of our ‘Give Back’ weekend. On the Friday night, Supervisors will assist our boarders to cook, decorate and wrap cakes for our Rockhampton Emergency Services Centres (Police, Fire, Ambulance & Hospitals). 
On Saturday, our boarders will deliver their gifts to each station and say a big thank you for the extraordinary work they do in our community.

We are heading South

March 15, 2019 at 12:52 pm

Our Girls Grammar enrolment team are heading to the Discovery Coast this March to meet with families about our school and all that we have to offer. We will be visiting Miriam Vale and Gladstone.

We are also hoping to catch up with some of our Girls Grammar old girls while we are visiting. If you are a Girls Grammar Alumni, feel free to join us at our information sessions to help answer any questions our prospective families may have about Girls Grammar and share your experience as a previous Girls Grammar Girl.

During our visit, we are offering the chance for your daughter to sit our scholarship test to see if she is eligible to receive assistance with her schooling fees. There are limited spaces available in each area, so please ensure you register to secure a scholarship test.

To register for this event CLICK HERE. 

Screenagers – A community event

March 15, 2019 at 12:49 pm

Rockhampton Girls Grammar School invites members from the local community to come along to McKeague Hall on Thursday April 4 at 6pm for the screening of Screenagers.
Screenagers is an award winning film that probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games and academics. The film offers solutions on how we can help our kids navigate in the digital world.
The documentary will be followed by a question and answer panel with local community members who have experience in dealing with the issues that can arise with the use of technology.

Snacks and drinks will be on sale throughout the night.

To purchase tickets CLICK HERE

 

Harmony Day at RGGS

March 15, 2019 at 12:45 pm

Year 11 students worked hard to deliver a morning full of culture, inclusion and fun on Wednesday this week for Harmony Day.

Every student had the chance to be involved with the days celebrations.

The celebrations saw our girls immerse themselves in many cultures.

The girls had the chance to explore the following countries this year:
– Greece 
– Samoa
– France
– New Zealand
– Australia
– Jamaica
– Madagascar
– Egypt

There were many fun activities throughout the morning such as chariot races in Greece, face painting in Samoa, Eiffel Tower building in France, jandal and chilly bin throwing in New Zealand, fairy bread and thong decorating in Australia, good music and races in Jamaica, soccer in Madagascar and mummifying in Egypt.

The morning was finished off with a whole school photo on the oval.

Primary girls take on Glenmore Challenge Cup

March 15, 2019 at 12:26 pm

On Wednesday a small group of RGGS students from year 4 to 6 travelled to Glenmore High to compete in the annual Glenmore Challenge Cup, which is a multi-subject challenge for Primary Students.

 

The girls did well, in the ‘Making Headlines’ group consisting of Porsha Lowein, Fynn McSherry and Cadence Wone De Rungs. These girls won the English section and were chosen to present their piece for the entire group at the end of the day.

Lights, cupcakes and crazy colours for Funky Hair Day

March 15, 2019 at 12:21 pm

The girls at RGGS went all out today as they created their funkiest hair do’s all in the name of cancer.

In order to wear “funky hair” the girls had to bring along a gold coin donation which went towards the Leukaemia Foundation.

 

The Leukaemia Foundation helps raise money for the 35 Australians diagnosed with blood cancer daily.

The girls were very creative with hair being transformed into cupcakes, bird nests, soft drink bottles, fairy lights and more.

 

Musicians take on SHEP program

March 11, 2019 at 11:56 am

Over the weekend, Lily Geary, Aleisha Cesar, Caitlin Bignell, Katlyn Whyte, Tyla Cringle and Tia Wilson took part in the annual Rockhampton SHEP music program.

The weekend consisted of intense music rehearsals and a concert on Sunday to show off their incredible work.

To see what students from all over the region can achieve in a weekend is a testament to their hard work and dedication to their musical practice.

Well done girls.

What’s On! Week 7 Term 1 2019

March 8, 2019 at 3:33 pm

I AM WOMAN – A word from our Acting Principal

March 8, 2019 at 3:32 pm

There truly is no better place to celebrate International Women’s Day than at a single sex, all female school. Having attended an all-girls school myself, I have never forgotten the comradery and connection I felt as I wandered the school verandas, participated in sporting teams and debated against the boy’s school down the road! We have had a wonderful week of celebration which started with an excellent presentation and inspiring clip from Humanities Prefect, Dakota C. She then introduced us to Goldstar Commodities (Grain and Cotton Brokers), Jean Cottam, who discussed with the girls her experiences in the Agricultural industry and how she has paved her way as a leader in her field.

On Thursday, members of the executive team, our head girls, Zonta finalist Taylor B, Dakota and our Year 11 leaders attended the Zonta International Women’s Day breakfast. It was a treat to listen to guest speaker Professor Kerry Reid-Searl who introduced us to her unique prosthetic program to assist with training health professionals. Her invention has gone worldwide, and she is an inspiring example of a local lady who has turned her passion and idea into the success it is today. It was wonderful to see old girl, Michelle Landry at the event. The girls have participated in writing International Women’s Day messages which have been both humorous and heartfelt. Happy International Women’s Day!

It was also my absolute pleasure this week to welcome our new primary families at an afternoon tea. I put our new families to task and sought feedback about how we are going. The kind and thoughtful messages to our teachers have been shared with them. Thank you for being a part of our community and sharing with us your experiences. The very next day there was a roar of the school war cry, led by our prefects in the dining hall at first break. It was filled to the brim with our new secondary girls, each of them having the opportunity to introduce. We really have a diverse group of girls here at RGGS. I had a goose bump moment as my ears were ringing with the sound of the war cry. Thank you, girls, for embracing our community.

We have several high achievers this week and we celebrate their accomplishments with them! Congratulations Jaime-Lee on your selection in the Rockhampton Districts Basketball team. We all know how much I love basketball! This week we awarded Keeley and Payten S for their selection in the Australian Trans Challenge Barrel Racing team, with both girls performing exceptionally well in the three events which required them to ride on an unfamiliar horse. Keely gained two firsts and a third and Payten was awarded two thirds and a fourth. Absolutely wonderful accomplishment. Miss Hyde-Mewburn had the pleasure of awarding Raven the QATSIF scholarship award. It is a privilege to have her as a member of our school community.

I hope that you enjoyed your week as much as I have! My door is always open. I encourage you to talk with me. Girls – I will see you on the playground.

Mrs Michelle Gouge (Acting Principal)

Boarding Bulletin

March 8, 2019 at 3:31 pm

It has been an exciting few weeks here at Girls Grammar. A range of events gave the girls many opportunities to be engaged across academic and co- curricular  – their achievements are remarkable.

Today, International Women’s Day, was celebrated across the world. The theme #Balance for Better, looked at extraordinary women of our time and their achievements. It was a call to action for driving gender balance across the globe. Our International Women’s Day assembly was ably led by Dakota Cunzolo. Our guest speaker Jean Cottam, a past student, spoke passionately about her experience working in a male dominant industry, the agricultural industry. Jean shared with the girls her passion for the industry and her success. She encouraged the girls to believe in themselves and never give up.

The weeks are certainly moving at an extraordinary pace and the end of term will be upon us very soon. I am very proud of our boarders and their commitment during the past weeks. Please look at travel arrangements for your daughter and have these entered into the boarding leave electronic system, no later than Friday, March 29. This will allow Mrs Su Ung to coordinate travel plans and have the girls to trains/ buses and flights, where necessary.

You would have noticed our “Boarder Weekend Activities” are now on our social media pages each Tuesday. This gives you an indication of what is on and will allow you to discuss these with your daughter and plan. I am encouraging the girls to be involved in at least one to two activities each weekend. Activities are certainly not compulsory and we do look for no or low -cost activities around the Capricorn region. Erin Goodwin, our  Boarding Prefect, meets with me each week to look at our calendar of events and planning.

Our study after school has become a major focus with extraordinary support from our boarding staff and tutors. The girls are working extremely well and are planning regarding assessments and exams. If you have any concerns regarding your daughter’s study, please do not hesitate to contact me. Support for the girls is in place and I have encouraged each girl to take advantage of the out of hours subject specific tutoring timetable.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns regarding your daughter and her boarding experience.

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

2019 Next Step survey

March 8, 2019 at 2:41 pm

The Queensland Government is conducting its annual statewide survey of all students who completed Year 12 in 2018. The Next Step survey is a brief, confidential survey that gains a comprehensive picture of the employment, study and life choices made by Queensland school completers in the year after they finish Year 12.

Between March and June, all our students who completed Year 12 last year can expect to receive instructions to complete a web-based survey or a telephone call from the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office. Please encourage them to take part. If their contact details have changed, please assist the interviewer with their updated details or forward the survey to their new address so they can participate.

Thank you for your support of the Next Step survey in 2019.

Further information on Next Step is available online at www.qld.gov.au/nextstep or on toll free telephone 1800 068 587.

International Women’s Day

March 8, 2019 at 2:39 pm

It has been a day of celebrating clever, confident and connected women at RGGS. From Prep right through to Year 12, the students and teachers have talked about why it is great to be a woman.

Seniors, Dakota and Taylor, also organised for students to write down on a piece of paper what it means to be a woman. Today these are proudly hanging in reception. Take a look to see what some of our students said:

Year 3 spoke about how awesome it is that the girls are able to attend RGGS, a school dedicated to the education for girls. They also discussed about how women were treated in the past and how far the world has come. The girls were shocked to hear that years ago women were not seen as important, could not work in certain jobs, could not go to school/university, could not vote or even make decisions about their lives and family. They spoke about today being a day to remember the strong women in the past that have done incredible things to make life better for women in the future.

Girls take on Rugby 7s Comp in Rockhampton

March 8, 2019 at 2:33 pm

The Interschool Rugby 7s Competition started last night and our girls played their first two round games.
The girls played very well against more experienced opponents, narrowly going down in both games. There were 12 players in the team who made their Rugby 7s debut and they did themselves proud.
Pictured is the RGGS Open Girls Rugby 7s team (Abigail Hills absent from photo).

Mrs Greta Doherty                                                       (Health and Physical Education Teacher)

 

Foster Care Allowance changes for High School students

March 8, 2019 at 2:31 pm

With the changes to prep entry ages in 2007, an increased number of young people now finish year 12 after they turn 18. In response, the policy and procedure for the Foster Carer Allowance and Interstate Foster Payments (No: 365-12) has been amended to reflect that Foster Carers, Long-Term Guardians and Permanent Guardians who have a young person in their care who is turning 18 and still enrolled in school will continue to receive the Foster Care Allowance.

There’s also a further change, from mid-2020, which will be very important to carers and children: eligibility to receive the fortnightly caring allowance will increase to provide support to young people up to 19 years of age.

These changes will mean that children and young people will have certainty that if they reach adulthood while still at school, they will be supported to complete their schooling.

Yours sincerely

Brittany Lauga MP

Member for Keppel, Assistant Minister for Education

RGGS welcomes a new strings teacher

March 8, 2019 at 2:28 pm

This year we are pleased to welcome a new strings teacher, Miss Alyssa Black, to the RGGS music teaching team.

“I would like to introduce myself as the new Strings Instrumental Music Teacher at Rockhampton Girls Grammar School.  Growing up in the Yeppoon area, my musical education began at the age of seven years old.  In addition to many other exams, I completed my Associate of Music Australia (AMusA) Diploma for piano in 2017, and AMusA Diploma for violin in 2018,” Miss Black said.

She said having the opportunity to learn both piano and violin influenced her life in a positive way.

It also taught her the qualities of dedication and diligence which she believed to be important life skills.

“I enjoy teaching music and have taught many students privately over the last few years, putting students through examination and Eisteddfod performances.  I am eager to build the Instrumental Strings Program at the RGGS to a level of excellence,” Miss Black said.

“I look forward to working with the strings program and string ensemble and passing on an appreciation for the fine art of a stringed instrument.”

What’s On! Week 6 Term 1 2019

March 1, 2019 at 3:25 pm

WHAT ARE WE LIKE? – A word from our Acting Principal

March 1, 2019 at 3:24 pm

This week on assembly I shared with the girls what I say about them when the enrolments team go on Tour. As you may be aware, the team travelled out to Biloela, Theodore, Moura and Emerald last weekend. I am often asked about our girls and what they are like. It is difficult to bottle up and package what it is about our girls here. How do you explain to prospects what they are like, what the school is like? The girls are kind and funny and quirky. They are sporty, clever and caring. They are culturally diverse. They sing and play and garden. Some come from the country, some in town, some from another country! They are emotional. They thank me for teaching them as I walk out the door.  They make mistakes and learn from them. They are encouraged to speak up, not just get things ‘fixed’ for them. They are building skills to work together in a community. They are passionate and quiet and friendly. They are lifelong learners. No, they are not robots. They are not perfect and void of personality. Sometimes we disagree, sometimes we are mean to one another, but what safer place than Girls Grammar is there to learn how to negotiate these social skills of life? This culture that is surrounding us here is special. The mutual respect the girls and staff have for one another is what sets us apart from the rest. That’s what I tell them. That’s why families want to send their girls here. I wish I had of!

Our social media profile this term is hitting record numbers for our school. Miss Conway-Dodd is working on our community and alumni needs and is keeping you updated on events and happenings around our school. Please take the time to like our pages and be a part of the messages. I love reading your messages of support and the pride you share for the school.

We have several high achievers this week and we celebrate their accomplishments with them! Congratulations to Daisy H for her Rockhampton Districts Hockey selection and Abigail H and Abby D for their Touch Football Rockhampton Districts selection. Jarrah T has qualified for the Rockhampton Districts Netball team and we have three students successful at the Rockhampton Districts Volleyball trials – Tina P, Jessica C and Danielle G. Congratulations to Cheyenne T for her selection in the Rockhampton Districts Soccer team. Taylor B also performed exceptionally well at the Lions Youth of the Year Quest, taking out the Public Speaking Award and Club Winner for 2019!  Macey K has also been short listed in the Empowering Young Women’s Award for the CQ Women in Business Awards. Well done girls.

I hope that you enjoyed your week as much as I have! My door is always open. I encourage you to talk with me. Girls – I will see you on the playground.

Mrs Michelle Gouge (Acting Principal)

P&F News

March 1, 2019 at 11:59 am

The RGGS Parents & Friends Association Inc. held  the 2019 Annual General Meeting and February meeting recently.

The new executive was elected for 2019; Kylie Dwyer – President, Noeleen Yates – Treasurer, Kasey Mitchell – Vice President and Robin Fay –  Secretary.

The members and committee committed to several fundraising ventures for 2019 including, another Colour Run and the Bulls and Barrels Rodeo.  Profits to be used to help school improvement projects and representative sport teams.

The next P&F Meeting is scheduled for March 7 at 6pm , in the Boardroom.

SPORTING TEAMS RECRUITING FOR 2019

March 1, 2019 at 11:54 am

  

JOIN THE ROCKHAMPTON TIGER JRL for 2019 

Season starting 15th March 2019 Friday Nights

Teams

U14s (Born 2005, 2006, 2007)

You must have turned 12 before 15 March 2019

U17s (Born 2004, 2003, 2002)

To register please go to:

https://playnrl.com/register/

For more information please call

Simon Yarrow on 0417 648 592

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JOIN THE SOUTHERN SUBURBS HOCKEY CLUB 

-Junior Hockey Information-
Training Times: Tuesdays 4:30pm – 5:30pm (U/9 – U/15)* Training Days: Tuesday
Game Days: Saturday Mornings Season Start Date: 16th March 2019
Quikstix: Quikstix will be run on a Saturday morning. This program is open to all children aged 4 – 11. This program is recommended for brand new players.
* Training time may change once second turf is available
Email: southernsuburbshockeyclub@gmail.com