CQUni Open Day

July 30, 2019 at 11:32 am

The 2019 CQUni Rockhampton Open Day will be held on Sunday, 18 August.

This event is a great opportunity for any students, their family or friends that are interested in further study.

The event will allow participants to:
– Explore the facilities
– Participate in a range of interactive information sessions covering both course and study information
– Meet teaching staff and current students
– Get career advice
– Scout out the best study options.

The open day will be help at CQUni North Rockhampton Campus, Bruce Highway, from 9am until 1pm on Sunday August 18.

Apprenticeships up for grabs for 2020

July 30, 2019 at 11:12 am

Ergon Network and Energex, as part of the Energy Queensland Group are currently advertising for their 2020 Apprenticeships. These positions are great opportunities for young people to start their career in a dynamic and ever-changing industry. They have an award winning apprentice program which opens doors not just within Ergon Energy & Energex, but earns them a recognised trade qualification that can take them all over the world.

Year 12 students can visit the Ergon Energy Network website https://www.ergon.com.au/about-us/careers/apprenticeships for Regional Queensland and Energex for South East Queensland https://www.energex.com.au/about-us/contact-us/careers/apprenticeships if you are interested in their current opportunities.

Applications close 11pm, 5th August 2019.

Specific apprentice opportunities for 2020 include:

•             Apprentice Electrician

•             Communications Technician

•             Distribution Linesperson

•             Transmission Linesperson

•             Mechanical Fitter

Abigail on her A game during Rugby Carnival

July 30, 2019 at 10:59 am

Congratulations to Abigail Hills on her participation in the Classics Wallabies Invitational Rugby Carnival on Saturday 20 July. She played four games and scored several tries throughout the carnival. Abigail is pictured with former Wallaroo’s player Naomi Roberts.
The Classic Wallabies and Wallaroos are an alumni of former Australian Rugby Players. They exist to give back to the game of rugby union and to support the ongoing growth and development at the grassroots level.

School based traineeship on offer

July 30, 2019 at 10:56 am

Regal’s Dental Yeppoon and Emu Park are seeking a Year 10 or 11 school based trainee to complete their Certificate III in Dental Assisting on a Monday and Tuesday each week. Interested students please contact Dr Fry.

Nominate now for Rockhampton Oztag’s Junior Season

July 30, 2019 at 10:51 am

Boys and girls ages five to 15 are invited to play in the upcoming season of Junior Oztag.

The season kicks off on September 8 at McLeod Park, every Monday afternoon.

The cost is $85 per player with a minimum of 11 players per team. There are no game fees and you can register as an individual or a team.

Email rockhampton@oztag.com or call on 0427391780 to nominate.

WEX program offers government insight for students

July 30, 2019 at 10:35 am

Applications are now open for the Work Exposure in Government (WEX) Program for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students in Year 10, 11 or 12 thinking about a career in the Australian Public Service (APS) – https://www.niaa.gov.au/indigenous-affairs/education/work-exposure-government-wex

WEX 2019 runs from Sunday 20 October to Friday 25 October 2019.

Up to 70 students will be selected from all states and territories and from a variety of geographical locations, ranging from very remote to urban.

Accommodation, transportation and meals are provided at no cost. WEX students are supported by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mentors, in addition to teachers and support staff.  Applications are also open for teachers and support staff.

Over the week WEX students will get to:

  • meet government Ministers and parliamentarians
  • visit the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Australian Federal Police headquarters
  • visit national institutions such as Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial and the Museum of Australian Democracy
  • meet Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are enjoying successful and satisfying careers in the APS.

By the end of WEX, students will have a better understanding of what a career in the APS could look like.

Applications for WEX 2019 are open until Friday 23 August 2019.

Saddle up for the St Brendan’s College Rodeo

July 30, 2019 at 10:16 am

Each year St Brendan’s College hosts an annual rodeo at the College. This year the event will be held on Friday 30th August and Saturday 31st August.

The event includes Bulls, Bronc, Barrels, Roping, Trans-Tasman event and an interschool event which includes students from all over Queensland and New Zealand.

What’s on! Week 2 Term 3

July 26, 2019 at 3:31 pm

A word from our Acting Principal

July 26, 2019 at 2:05 pm

26 July 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians


What a delightful event the Boarders Afternoon Tea was on Monday. It was a great opportunity for many of you to reconnect but also engage with our new head of boarding and boarding staff. Kylie, our chef, exceeded expectations on the catering and the girls looked excited and happy to be back.

This week we have distributed two surveys to ensure we are delivering best practice. I would like to share with you how your daughters rate our amazing teachers:

My teacher is engaging – 4.33 stars (out of 5)

My teacher is supportive – 4.36 stars

My teacher catered for my learning needs – 4.25 stars

I understood what I had to do for my assessment – 4.09 stars

I will be sharing in detail the full report at the staff, P and F (next week – all welcome) and Board meetings this month but our initial findings are strong and a good indication that our girls are feeling welcomed, supported and engaged here at RGGS. What I find most interesting is when asked what we could improve, many of the responses indicated that in fact, ‘no – I love this school!’. Thank you to all the students who were able to provide us with some excellent strategies to work on – we absolutely want to be the best we can be.

Our boarding families survey similarly was also very positive and affirming. I am very much looking forward to working with Ms McCarthy on the responses. We appreciate your kind messages of support and are encouraged about the improvements you have suggested.

Welcome to all our news students this term. You have joined the most supportive community and we hope that you love our place as much as we do! This week I have discussed with the girls what it takes to be proud of a school community. It was focussed on buying in – engaging with the people, the place the events (even if they think they are lame!) We have a significant focus on school pride including uniform pride and environment pride. I appreciate the lovely feedback on how the school grounds are looking. Our facilities team are working exceptionally hard at ensuring the grounds present beautifully. I hope you have had the opportunity to see the new planters we have installed.

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                                     

Principal (Acting)                               


What’s On! Week 1 Term 3 2019

July 22, 2019 at 3:38 pm

A Word from our Acting Principal – Return to School

July 16, 2019 at 3:34 pm

I trust that over the last three weeks you have had a chance to spend some valuable family times with your daughter/s. There have been many stories of shared success for several of our girls over the break. Congratulations to our New Zealand Tour students and staff who successfully took home a medal of each colour. I enjoyed following your journey through our social media page and the What’s App. Your adventure looked very exciting.

Our QISSN team represented our school proudly in Bundaberg, finishing with a nail-biter and Jarrah T being named in the Rising Stars Team and Abigail H being awarded Most Valuable Player. We also celebrate with Abigail H and Abby D who were both members of the team that took out the QLD Junior State Cup in Touch Football.

I would like to take time to remind you that upon return all students are to be neatly groomed and in a complete, fitting uniform which meets school expectations. The girls are reminded that the dress and formal skirt must fall at or below the midpoint of the knee, dresses which currently sit above the knee will need to be adjusted before returning to school.   

Students often allow their hair to grow during the holiday period or they may colour it.  Before returning to school, hair must be its natural colour.  Our girls must ensure their hair is neatly tied back, out of their eyes and that students are wearing correct hair accessories. Girls are also reminded that only one visible set of earrings may be worn in the lower lobe. Nails are to be clipped and be polish free. Students are not permitted to wear makeup or visible jewellery.

Panama hats are to be worn to and from school for all students in Year 6-12.  All students are required to carry their belongings in the RGGS bag, this includes PE and sports clothing which are to be changed into during the appropriate time for PE. A locker is provided to house belongings for all Year 7-12 students. School sports shoes are to be predominately white.

A small number of students return to school in need of a haircut or wearing variations to the uniform.  Teachers and Care Mentors will remind these students of the school’s expectations. Uniform inspection will occur daily during Care Class each morning at 8.20am. We are continuing to enact a restorative approach to uniform infringements through our Care Program, as being correctly dressed for school is important to us as a community. Your Care mentor will be in contact with you should your daughter have 3 infringements of the uniform policy.

We would appreciate your support in reminding your child of the school’s grooming and uniform expectations before they return to school, as this will assist them to prepare for the coming Semester and help to ensure they start in a positive manner.

We take this opportunity to farewell two staff members this Semester. Deb Stanley has pursued a leadership position in another school and leaves us prior to the return to school. We wish Deb well and thank her for the Semester she worked in as part of our Boarding Team. We have secured Tarissa Heaps who will live and work onsite in Kollar House. She is studying Youth Work and we are very much looking forward to welcoming her to the Boarding Team alongside our new Head of Boarding.  We also say farewell and good luck to Sheldon Larcombe who is about to undertake her maternity leave. She will transition with our new prep teacher for the first few days and then will be off to start her own family. An old girl, Sheldon will be dearly missed, and we thank her for several years for working with our youngest students.

I am looking forward to meeting with our boarding families this coming Monday 22 July for afternoon tea. I have built a focus survey for all boarding families to engage in and provide us with feedback. I hope you can come along.  We will then see our day girls return Tuesday 23 July.

See you on the playground

Michelle Gouge

Principal (Acting)