P&F news

June 28, 2019 at 11:35 am

Parents & Friends Assoc.

The Parents and Friends have had a successful term. This has included fund  raising  $542 from the Mother’s Day Luncheon Raffle, $1270 at the GAIA bake stall. The shop welcomed Chris Rattenbury to work with Karen Wallace. The P&F supported the RGGS NZ Music Tour with tickets to 2019 Bulls and Barrels, The RGGS Rugby team buying  a new team kit ($1700) and is  supporting the RGGS QISSN Netball team with $2500 to attend the 2019 competition in Bundaberg over the July break. Unfortunately, the Colour run was put on hold as it clashed with too many events.


The 2019 RGGS P&F Bulls and Barrels Rodeo is locked in for October 19 at the Great Western Arena. Sponsorship packages are available, now. Contact Noeleen Yates at  0490 158443 or laceystrailers@bigpond.com

The P&F Shop will be closed over the July school holidays and reopen Monday, July 22, 1pm to 4pm.  The next P&F meeting is scheduled for August 1, 6pm in Paterson House Boardroom.


Robin Fay

P&F Secretary

A word from our Acting Principal

June 28, 2019 at 11:30 am

28 June 2019

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians


The end of a term always prompts me to think about the achievements we have made over the last ten weeks. Term 2 has a reputation for the busiest term on the academic calendar year, starting with a very important event – NAPLAN. Our girls were prepared, and they participated. It is hard to think that it was potentially the last year we will see a paper-based NAPLAN test.

Our primary girls were treated to Healthy Harold before our whole school turned out in force to pay our respects to the ANZACS. The cattle club were in action and taking out titles at each event. Our netball teams competed with nearly all teams progressing to the semi-finals. We celebrated with our mothers at our annual Mother’s Day Luncheon. Our girls were shining stars at the Eisteddfod, many individual and group achievements celebrated almost every day of the event. The girls travelled down to the Sunshine Coast to compete as a dance group and sports aerobics team. We had several girls compete at the next level in district cross country and 10-12 years girls performing outstandingly in athletics. Our Year 12’s showed their compassionate side in raising funds and awareness for Relay for Life and our rowing team performed on the river. We showcased our amazing school and students at the annual GAIA festival. Our middle school had the biggest sleepover PJ party ever; whilst our youngest sisters headed out to Under 8’s day! We achieved at the Rockhampton show, in the ring, on our horses, in the fruit and vegie displays and on the catwalk. We welcomed Elevate to assist our senior girls in developing effective study skills. The highlight of the term though would have to be our Year 12 formal where I spent the evening trying to recognise our school girls’ transforming into young ladies. Whilst I am exhausted in just remembering these accomplishments, I know that Term 3 promises to also deliver a jam-packed term.

In term 3 we welcome some new sisters to our community. Malu started with us just last week in Year 7 and her younger sister, Ruivani in Year 6. We welcomed this week Kirby (Year 6) and Ella (Year 8) and Eloise (Year 3) will be joining us next term. We are privileged to have you choose our school.

We also welcome several new staff members in Semester 2. To accommodate our growing student numbers and our focus on the girls I am pleased to announce the appointment of Veronica Miller-Waugh (Wellbeing and Transition Officer), Sharon Martin (School Wellbeing Counsellor), Stacey McCarthy (Head of Boarding), Rachel Hinton (Accounts Payable), Vanessa Hemson (Prep teacher) and Mary Joan Dorante and Gail Buchanan (Boarding Supervisors).



Stacey McCarthy joins us from Victoria where she was Head of Girl’s Boarding at Assumption College, Kilmore. Her passions include travel and sport (particularly netball). She enjoys developing a good rapport with her students and families and we look forward to meeting her, alongside her boarding team on Monday 22 July 3.00pm at a welcome afternoon tea and boarder parents meeting on the deck of McKeague.



Veronica Miller-Waugh is no stranger to Rockhampton Girls Grammar. She will continue to transition and care for the girls through supportive, proactive relationships and focussed support materials and processes. Her role will ensure the line of communication between home and school is open and accessible. She will lead our pastoral care program and implement strategies to promote cohesion and connections between students, parents, staff and the wider community.



Sharon Martin joins our wellbeing team having completed her Bachelor of Psychological Science. She will assist with the monitoring and support of the pastoral care of our girls and staff and identify issues facing the school community. Her role will be to assist staff and students to resolve issues and problems and provide individual, small group and whole cohort counselling, case management and proactive strategies that assist in developing wellbeing.



Vanessa Hemson joins us from Taranganba State School. She has vast experiences in literacy and numeracy coaching and has also worked in the field of special education. She enjoys netball, touch football and nippers. She has excellent skills in relationship building and is extremely excited to be joining our teaching team.



Please join with me in welcoming Mary Joan Dorante (right) and Gail Buchanan (left) to our Boarding Supervisors team. Both MJ and Gail started with us late this term and we are very pleased they form part of our team!


Welcome to Rachel Hinton who joins us from Kandeena. She is a highly experienced operator in the field of Finance and Human Resources but has also developed relational skills in her role at Centrelink as a Customer Service Advisor. We are thrilled to have Rachel on board.


With a lot of new faces in our staff, we are looking forward to showing you why we are the number one choice for education for your daughter.

A final congratulations for the term to our Cattle Club Team, who again, have won a swag of prizes and ribbons at the Mt Larcom Show. Leah McBride also performed at her best and attained Supreme Rider of the Show for horse riding.

I truly hope that you can relax and spend some family time with your daughters over the winter break. Whilst it has been a massive term I have thoroughly enjoyed engaging with the girls, watching them become clever, confident and connected. I am very much looking forward to welcoming our Boarders back on Monday July 22 and engaging with our boarding families at a welcome afternoon tea and boarder parent meeting at 3.00pm. I then look forward to seeing the rest of our school on Tuesday 23 July.

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.



Michelle Gouge

Acting Principal

What’s On! Week 10 Term 2 2019

June 25, 2019 at 10:12 am

A word from our Acting Principal

June 21, 2019 at 12:11 pm

21 June 2019

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians


I shared with the girls on assembly this week a social story about how struggling to fit in to circles can be crushing and difficult and that fitting in is one of the toughest social skills to develop, especially when we can’t find our place. When our friendship circle looks like an ‘O’ it seems very closed off to those around us. Others find it difficult to get in, people are being left out and there is an increase of people feeling lonely. This is great fun if you are on the inside but can be cruel if you are left on the outskirts looking for a way to get in. ‘O’s’ can be exclusive. They can be excluding. They can be exhausting. I have encouraged the girls to think about creating a ‘U’ where there is a little bit of space for some to enter and feel a part of our community. I know how important a tight group of friends are, and the need to keep them close by and safeguarding those relationships. However, I wish to encourage our girls to be kind, thoughtful and sympathetic. To find the introverts and say hello. To seek the lonely and to open their social circle shape to form a ‘U’. Whilst not an easy thing to do, and often out of their comfort zone, this type of behaviour builds a respectful community. That is my vision for the girls.

Last week our community built a team. Our previous chef, Mark put together an outstanding menu and many helpers were there to get the food prepared including his dedicated offsider Stacey. Thank you again to our band of helpers prior to the race day. The morning, set thick in fog, saw another merry band of helpers putting on the final touches to ensure the venue looked magnificent. It was wonderful to see new faces. We welcomed back Mrs Rogers to ensure the corporate tent was serviced professionally and swiftly. Thank you for coming back and helping our school. Again, the service from the girls and our parent volunteers madly helping in the kitchen and wash room was outstanding. Special thank you to Erin who waited on the table I was on! Mrs Graham was initiated into manager of the Party Pavilion which saw many new students having their first go at waitressing. I saw them regularly and am proud of them. I am proud of all the girls, staff and families who helped on the day. I think Mr Cheers has washed more dishes this week than he has in a life time! Thank you also to our pack up crew. The day does not end on Saturday! Our dutiful Race Day Committee Leader, Vicky Jackson, has again managed a wonderful event for our school. Her team are relentless in making sure our Race Day is the best. They succeeded!

We have an exciting update for our Air Conditioning Project. Phase One, the LED lighting project, is over 80% installed. We have 4 out of 5 lights replaced around the school and the emergency lighting replaced at the same time. Completing this project is a prelude to being able to progress with the Air Conditioning project for Kollar Boarding. In most situations the replacement lighting draws only 50% to 30% power of the lights they have replaced. The LED lights also have a five-year life span. The indication of the effect on the power consumption and peak loading should be apparent from now and in subsequent months.

Air Conditioning for Kollar Boarding has reached a stage of readiness. The formal paperwork and procedures to comply with the BGA grant is being done. Once this is finished and all monies approved, the time to install and commission will be 10 to 12 weeks. We are very much looking forward to delivering this project on time!

Last week while many of our girls were volunteering we also had a large contingency of girls playing in the Rugby 7’s Tournament. Our girls made it to the semi finals and were a terrific display of sportsmanship and skills. Thank you, Mrs Doherty, for coaching the girls. Some of our younger players were allocated to a combined team which also performed well. Congratulations to Abby D, Abigail H, Jess L, Jemma G, Jarrah T, Emma H, Lana K, Raven A and Maddi S (injured) for your selection in the representative team! Also, Dale L has won the 10-12 Year discuss event representing Rockhampton so has been selected for the Capricornia Squad. Congratulations Dale on this achievement.

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.


Michelle Gouge (Acting Principal)

Smooth sailing for Girls Grammar Rowing teams

June 20, 2019 at 3:22 pm

Last weekend (June 8) our rowing team participated in the Rockhampton Sprint and Novice Regatta. For many of our rowers, this was their first regatta experience. 
Special thanks to the families, friends and school staff who came to support our team and volunteer their time to help out at the regatta.

Year 9 Single – Meredith 2nd (Heat 2)
Novice Single – Roxanne 2nd (Heat 1) and Mira 1st (Heat 5)
Novice Double – Harriet and Olivia 2nd (Heat 2)
Congratulations to all of our rowers!

Our next regatta is the Central Queensland Championships, which will take place on June 29th and 30th in Rockhampton.


June 20, 2019 at 3:19 pm

Our Cattle Club team members did very well at the Rockhampton Ag Show this year. Check out our results below.

FIRST – Bull 21-24 months – Gigi Nefarious 
Senior Champion Bull – Gigi Nefarious
Grand Champion Bull – Gigi Nefarious

FIRST – Bull 6-12 months – Gigi Paker
Calf Champion Bull – Gigi Paker

FIRST -Female 6-12 months – Gigi Promise Calf Champion Female – Gigi Promise Second
Female 6-12 months – Gigi Perfect Pattern Calf Reserve Champion Female – Gigi Perfect Pattern

THIRD – Female 21-24 months – Gigi Nova

FIRST – Breeders Group – Gigi Lowline Stud (Rockhampton Girls Grammar School).


4th- Amie Martin
5th – Bianca Warcon
4th – Heidi Davison

5th – Erin Goodwin
4th – Amie Martin

5th – Makayla Holznagel
3rd- Amie Martin
4th – Lucy Brown

2019 Race Day a success thanks to helpers

June 20, 2019 at 3:18 pm

Thank you to all the Parents, Carers, Students, Sponsors and Families that supported Girls Grammar Race Day, last Saturday, June 15.
The success of the day could not have been possible without your support before, during and after Saturday. Funds from Race Day fund raising have previously been used to replace the ELC Playground, buy the digital sign on Agnes Street, air condition the Boarding House Common Rooms, buy sporting equipment, refurbish Reception and Build the RGGS Boat Shed. Thank you to the Race Day Committee for a fantastic day.

Fishing gear wanted for weekend activities

June 20, 2019 at 3:13 pm

We are always seeking ways to offer great weekend programs and opportunities for our Boarding Students. The girls have identified that they would be interested in learning how to fish, resulting in our boarding girls planning a weekend outing with a difference! We are reaching out to our community to ask for support with providing the correct equipment so are looking for any assistance with procuring fishing equipment – e.g. hand lines, lures, yabby pump etc.
If you have some unused fishing equipment in good order we would appreciate if you would consider donating it to the Boarding School.
Any donations can be dropped into Reception right up until last day of term, Friday 28 June.
If you are able to assist, it would be greatly appreciated.

Year 4/5 students experience the Gold Rush

June 20, 2019 at 2:41 pm

On Wednesday this week the year 4/5 students presented their Gold Rush oral presentations to friends, family and teachers. Their work was accompanied by some magnificent dioramas which depicted their chosen Gold Rush town that they had researched throughout the term.
Thank-you to everyone who came along to support the students. We hope you enjoyed the afternoon!

Eisteddfod Results 2019

June 19, 2019 at 11:09 am

Congratulations to all of our soloists and ensembles for the amazing results from the Rockhampton Eisteddfod. These performances were a culmination of many months of hard work and whether students received a placing or not, performing on stage was an amazing achievement in itself.

The Rockhampton Eisteddfod is run by a dedicated group of volunteers and we thank them for making this opportunity available for our young people.

Delia Whittaker
1st Prose 10<12 Years
Cadence Wone De Rungs
1st Light Verse 10 Years
1st Verse Speaking 10 Years
Joseph Mooney Memorial Aggregate for highest marks in Light Verse <18 Years
H&G Cowlrick Trophy for encouragement for performer 10 <12 Years
1st Musical Comedy/Music Theatre 10<12 Years
1st Girls Vocal Solo 10 Years
1st Australian Composer 10<12 Years
Hannah Cowan
1st Australian Poem <13 Years
Sydney Peff
1st Verse Speaking <14 Years
2nd Impromptu Reading 14<16 Years
1st Drama 14<16 Years
Tillie Hungerford
1st Classical Ballet Solo (no pointe) 9<11 Years
1st Modern Jazz Solo 9<11 Years
1st Contemporary/Free Movement/Modern Expressive Solo 9<11 Years
1st National Dance Solo 9<11 Years
2nd Modern Jazz Duo/Trio 10<13 Years
1st Tap Duo/Trio Under 13 Years
2nd Waltz Tap Solo 9<11 Years
2nd Demi Character or Character Solo 9<11 Years
1st Classical Ballet or Demi-Character Duo/Trio 10<13 Years
Emilia Heilig
3rd Contemporary/Free Movement/Modern Expressive Solo 11<13 years
1st Tap Solo 11 <13 Years
Chloe Cowan
2nd Speed Tap Solo 15 years and over
1st Classical Ballet or Demi Character Duo/Trio 13 Years and Over
Heather Maitland
2nd Demi-Character or Character Solo 13<15 Years
1st Classical Pointe Solo-Open
1st Classical Ballet or Demi Character Duo/Trio 13 Years and Over
2nd National Dance Solo 13<15 years
Aleisha Cesar
2nd Original Composition Under 18 years
1st Modern Music Solo 14<18 Years
1st Woodwind Solo 14<16 Years
2nd Concerto Under 18 Years
3rd Australian Composer 14<18 Years
1st Vocal Duet 14<18 Years
Isla Houston
1st Vocal Duet 14<18 Years
Tia Wilson
3rd Musical Comedy/Music Theatre Solo 15 Years
Arsha Kennedy
2nd Boys/Girls Vocal Solo 7 years
1st Australian Piano Solo Under 8 Years
Rory Saunders
Musical Comedy/Music Theatre Solo 12<14 Years
RGGS Wind Band
1st Woodwind/Brass/Percussion Ensemble Secondary Students
RGGS Year 4-6 Vocal Choir
3rd Primary School Vocal Choir
2nd Primary School Freestyle Novelty Choir Years 4-6
RGGS Prep-Year 3 Choir
2nd Primary School Freestyle Novelty Choir Prep-3
Molti Voce
2nd Secondary School Choir
Bella Voce
1st Small Vocal Group <18 Years
-1st Folk Group Secondary Students
-3rd Folk Group Secondary Students
-2nd Glee Group Secondary Students

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What’s On! Week 8 Term 2 2019

June 10, 2019 at 9:27 am

This weeks letter from our Acting Principal

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