Spotlight on the Arts

July 2, 2018 at 10:39 am

By now, it should come as no surprise that Girls Grammar Girls are clever, confident and connected. In last term’s Arts Report, we celebrated their creativity, showcasing the amazing work they have produced across Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Art. With Term 2 being one of the busiest on the Arts Department’s calendar, it seems timely that we celebrate the courage of our talented students. Artist Henri Matisse’s iconic words really do ring true: “Creativity takes courage”. The courage required to innovate, to perform, and to share a little piece of the self with an audience cannot be understated. Luckily for us, our girls have courage in spades.

 

Stars on the Rise

Term 2 has seen Girls Grammar students achieve fantastic successes in a range of artistic pursuits, and the work of our young artists has enjoyed great visibility in our local community and beyond. Events including Gaia Festival and Beef Week, alongside competitions such as the Rockhampton Eisteddfod and Dance Star Competition have allowed our girls to test their courage, producing some outstanding results.

Girls Grammar students achieved great success in the Dance Star competition, with Dance Company making it through to the State Finals on the Gold Coast, and soloists Emilia Heilig, Tia Wilson and Tyla Cringle qualifying for Nationals. Students in years 7 – 10 Dance also shared their creative choreography with our schooling community in the Semester 1 Dance showcase.

Eisteddfod participants have been equally successful this term, with the school ensembles achieving the following results:

Year 4 – 6 Choir

–         1st Place: Primary Choir

–         1st Place: Novelty Choir

Prep – 3 Choir

–         3rd Place: Novelty Choir

Poco Voce

–         3rd Place: Primary Folk

 

Molti Voce

–         3rd Place: Secondary Choir

Bella Voce

–         2nd Place: Folk

–         2nd Place: Glee

–         2nd Place: Small Vocal Group

Musical Theatre Group

–         1st Place: Musical Theatre Section

 

Individual eisteddfod participants achieved similarly outstanding results, including:


Aleisha Cesar

–          1st Place: Modern Solo (14 Years & Under 18 Years)

–          1st Place: Woodwind Solo (14 Years & Under 16 Years)

–          1st Place: Australian Composer Solo (14 Years & Under 16 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Vocal Duet (14 Years & Under 16 Years)

Arsha Kennedy

–          1st Place: Piano Solo (Under 7 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Australian Composer Solo (Under 8 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Piano Sonatinas (Under 8 Years)

Brianna Baker

–          3rd Place: Solo Poetry (10 Years & Under 12 Years)

–          Very Highly Commended: Duo/Trio Poem Girls/Boys (10 Years & Under 12 Years)

Cadence Wone De Rungs

–          1st Place and Joy Philippi Perpetual Trophy recipient: Girls Vocal Solo (9 Years)

–          1st Place and Musical Union Youth Choir Trophy recipient: Musical Theatre Vocal Solo Under (10 Years)

–          Pauline Colvin Trophy recipient: For female singer under 18 years showing natural stage presence, feeling and personality

Calee Krarup

–          1st Place: Dance (10 Years)

Chloe Cowan

–          1st Place: Tap Group (13 Years and Over)

–          1st Place: Ballet Duo/Trio (13 Years and Over)

–          1st Place: Girls Vocal Solo (14 Years)

–          3rd Place: Speed Tap Solo (13 Years & Under 15 Years)

–          3rd Place: Tap Solo (13 Years and Under 15 Years)

–          Very Highly Commended: Senior Jazz Group (13 Years & Over)

–          Very Highly Commended: National Solo (13 Years & Under 15 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Contemporary Group (13 Years and Over)

–          Highly Commended: Waltz Tap (13 Years & Under 15 Years)

Emilia Heilig

–          1st Place: Modern Jazz Solo (11 Years)

–          1st Place: Modern Jazz Championship (Under 13 Years)

–          2nd Place: Demi Character or Character Ballet Solo (11 Years & Under 13 Years)

–          2nd Place: Contemporary/Free Movement/Modern Expressive Solo (11 Years)

–          Highly Commended: National Dance Solo (Excluding Scottish and Irish) (11 Years & Under 13 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Tap Solo (Waltz Excluded) (11 Years & Under 13 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Classical Ballet Solo (No Pointe) (11 Years & Under 13 Years)

Georgia Jackson

–          3rd Place: Jazz Group (10 Years and Under 13 Years)

–           Contemporary Group (10 Years and Under 13 Years)

Hannah Cowan

–          Runner Up: 12 Years & Under 14 Years Aggregate

–          2nd Place: Verse Speaking (Girls/Boys 12 Years)

–          2nd Place: Australian Verse (Girls/Boys 12 Years)

–          Very Highly Commended: Intermediate Jazz Group (10 Years and Under 13 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Light Verse (Girls/Boys 12 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Contemporary Group (10 Years and Under 13 Years)

Isla Houston

–          Highly Commended: Vocal Duet (Under 16 Years)

Kendra Bryan

–          2nd Place: Instrumental Solo (16 Years & Under 18 Years)

Tia Wilson

–          Joy Philippi Annual Trophy: for the most promising girl vocalist (12 Years & Under 18 Years)

–          2nd Place: Australian Composer (12 Years & Under 14 Years)

–          2nd Place: Folk Solo (12 Years & Under 14 Years)

–          3rd Place: Girls Solo (13 Years)

 

 

 

Making Connections

Our girls have been making some exciting industry contacts, participating in workshops with both the Queensland Ballet and Queensland Theatre at the end of Term 2. This was accompanied by the opportunity for students to view QT’s performance of ‘The Longest Minute’ at the Pilbeam Theatre. Despite landing right before the mid-semester break, a small, dedicated contingent of students seized the opportunity to end the term with a final boost of artistic goodness. This high-energy show about one girl’s dream to become a professional footballer could not have been more timely, sending us off into the holidays in great style.

The Arts Department wishes our students a safe and happy mid-semester break. We look forward to seeing you again for an action-packed second semester!

Click here to see some of the great work to be produced in the Arts Department in Term 2!

Shrek the Musical – Auditions

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The Arts – Term 1 Report

March 29, 2018 at 3:24 pm

It’s been a busy and exciting term for the RGGS Arts Department. In our continued commitment to encouraging creative expression across Prep – Year 12, we’ve been finding new ways for our girls to get messy, get loud, get moving and get making, as they experiment with forms, styles and conventions across Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Art. Our creative inspiration for the term comes from the incomparable Maya Angelou: “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have”.
Highlights include:

Teacher Passion Term 1 Teaching Highlights
Laryssa ‘Triple Threat’ Anger Dance, Drama, Music –          Building strength and attitude in Year 7 & 8 Hip Hop
–          Choreography with the graceful Year 9/10 Ballet students
–          Watching polished, script-based performances with Year 5/6
–          Playing with BOOMWHACKERS in Year 8 music!
‘The Accomplice Accompanist’ Christina Bond Music –          Spreading the love of piano and music gamification
–          Watching dedicated students achieve success in co-curricular ensembles
Jessica ‘Maestra’ Dawes Music –          Seeing Year 2 develop confidence through our strings program
–          Witnessing RGGS’ future concert performers (the Year 3/4 band) in action!
‘The Ode So Joyful’
Nicole Graham
Music –          Making the recorder cool again with Year 5/6!
–          Watching Year 9/10 demonstrate their knowledge of the Elements of Music in Listening evaluations
Nora ‘Ooh Look, A Cow Skull!’ Hanasy-Cheers Visual Arts –          Getting ‘Earthy’ with Year 5 collages, totems, paintings and papier mache
–          Seed pod lino printing with Year 7
–          Observational drawing at the Rockhampton Zoo with Year 9/10
–          Seeing folio work develop as Year 11 study ‘The Natural Environment’ and Year 12 explore ‘Memories and Reflections’
‘Professor of Silly Walks’ Jessica Lamb Drama –          Reading amazing scripts from Year 8 students
–          Exploring the power of theatre with Year 9/10 in ‘The World at War’
–          Challenging Year 12 to test their limits through One-Person Performances
Jessica ‘Shredder’ Paton Music –          Seeing instrumental music students continue to excel!
–          Sharing the love for all things strings!

 

Exercising Creativity through Cocurricular
Across both Visual and Performing Arts, RGGS students enjoy a vibrant and diverse array of creative opportunities. The school offers a range of performance ensembles throughout the week (including Poco Voce, Musical Theatre Group, Recorder Ensemble, Bella Voce, Multi Voce, Flute Ensemble, String Ensemble, Prep-3 Choir, 4-6 Choir, Concert Band, Glee, Dance Company and Dancercise), as well as Studio 151 Art Club and GGPC Drama (commencing in Term 2).
Our music ensembles have spent much of Term 1 preparing for the upcoming Rockhampton Eisteddfod (held in May), using the start of the year to learn and consolidate repertoire that will form the basis of their performance and competition work for 2018. Dance Company have been eagerly preparing for the 2018 Dance Star Competition, drawing thematic inspiration from ‘post-apocalyptic robots’, circus and musical theatre. As well as preparing for competition, our dancers and Bella Voce ensemble look forward to performing at this year’s Beef Week festivities.
Students across Dance, Drama and Visual Art were also given the opportunity to attend Bangarra Dance Theatre’s recent performance of ‘Our Land People Stories’ at the Pilbeam Theatre. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the show, whilst the teachers took detailed notes of set, costumes, choreography and technical specs for future inspiration.
Term 1 finished with the Music Progress Concert. This termly concert allows students to hone their performance skills in an encouraging, informal environment. For some students this was their first time performing in front of an audience. Congratulations to all the students who performed on the evening. We look forward to seeing your progression on your chosen instrument throughout 2018.

Student Successes
Our emerging artists have been doing some amazing work. Below are just some of the cool, quirky and creative things they have achieved in Term 1!
Photo Album link and   Script of Morte

Creativity Across the Curriculum
As well as encouraging individual creative expression and critical thinking, The Arts play an instrumental role in allowing students to understand the world around them. This is particularly evident in the study of language and culture.
Students in Prep – Year 2 have been exploring the Spanish language through The Arts, creating filmic flip books to recall key vocabulary, whilst Year 7 and 8 students have created visual folios to accompany an interactive, online adventure in Spain.

Glenmore Challenge Cup Success

March 29, 2018 at 2:18 pm

A small group of students from Year 4 – 6 travelled to Glenmore High school to compete in the annual Glenmore Challenge Cup. This year saw students participate in a full day of Dance, History, English and STEM tasks. Taylah Brown, Mikayla Cheers and Jorja Hoare made up the first STEM team with Paige Ung, Clare Hills and Georgia Brennan the second team. The students had to make a game using the Scratch program which was played and reviewed by their peers. RGGS won the History, thanks to Lydia Johnstone, Paige Donaldson and Matilda Peff who were compared to Year 11 students regarding their ability to critically reflect, compare and contrast ‘poo’ samples. We were also victorious in the English Competition thanks to the incredible writing skills of Bethany Dey, Cadence Won De Rungs and Georgia Priddle. The students were acknowledged for their persuasive letter to the editor on behalf of Papa Smurf with a pollution issue from ‘The Lorax’. Dance students, Lara Bryson, Breanna Baker and Tilly Hungerford were surprised and elated when they received first place for their routine involving teacher and student choreography. No nerves were displayed when they performed this routine in front of all participants, teachers and parents to end the day. With three sections won by RGGS and two spirit tokens, we waited excitedly for the results. RGGS walked away with the overall trophy for the second year in a row. Congratulations girls!

Ms Jacqui Goltz (Year 3/4 Teacher)

 

 

Bangarra Dance Theatre

March 2, 2018 at 8:44 am

On Wednesday 28th February, a dedicated group of Dance, Drama and Visual Arts students attended Bangarra Dance Theatre’s performance of ‘Our Land People Stories’. The piece, presented in three self-encapsulated acts, provided a compelling and aesthetically-charged insight into experiences of Indigeneity, Culture and Country. Thank you to the Pilbeam Theatre and the spectacular Bangarra Dancers for a very moving evening at the Theatre!

Interested students should keep their eyes peeled for the next Pilbeam opportunity in term 2 – ‘The Longest Minute’ by DeBase Productions.

Jessica Lamb (Secondary Drama Teacher)

 

QLD Ballet Workshop

September 26, 2017 at 10:21 am

On Wednesday 23 August, the QLD Ballet ED Squad came to Rockhampton Girls Grammar School to deliver two workshops to our students. Secondary Dance students and Dance Company participated in a Ghost Dances repertoire workshop, melding indigenous dance movement from South America with contemporary ballet. The Prep and Year 1 students were also very lucky to be involved in a workshop with Martha. The students creatively explored the enchanting story of Little Red Riding Hood, engaging with the elements of dance to ignite imagination, musicality and curiosity. It is always a wonderful experience when QLD Ballet come to our school to share their knowledge and expertise. The students both young and old, found it to be a very rewarding experience. We look forward to their next visit.

Mrs Louise McSherry (Dance and Music Teacher)

Dance Star / School Aerobics National Championships

August 17, 2017 at 3:25 pm

It has been a long road for Dance Company and the Sport Aerobics team but it has all paid off. These talented girls began their competitive journey in May at the Dance Star and School Aerobics State Preliminary Finals, qualifying for the next competition, the State Finals in June. With such fantastic results and all receiving 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in their respective sections, they were lucky enough to be selected to represent not only their school but Queensland at the Dance Star & School Aerobics National Championships on the Gold Coast on 4 – 6 August. With the majority of both Dance Company and the Sport Aerobics team being new this year, this is a wonderful achievement in itself and although they returned without medals, all routines were ranked in the top 10 of their sections. They did themselves and their school exceptionally proud and the enthusiasm and determination to succeed was evident! A special mention to Heather Maitland who ranked 5th out of 12 in the secondary soloist down tempo junior section, a highly competitive section!

Congratulations to everyone! It has been yet another successful year for Dance & Sport Aerobics

Mrs Louise McSherry (Dance and Music Teacher)

Dance / Sport Aerobics

June 7, 2017 at 8:14 am

Dance Company and the Sport Aerobics teams had great success at the Dance Star / School Aerobics QLD Preliminary Finals on the weekend of 27 / 28 May.  They traveled down to the Sunshine Coast to compete and did themselves and the school proud with all teams qualifying for State Finals, Heather Maitland qualifying for her Contemporary solo and Lyrical audition, and Kirsty Maitland qualifying in the Primary Improvisation section. The students have just two weeks to apply the judges feedback to their routines before they fight it out for Medals and the chance to represent their school at the National Championships in August.

Louise McSherry (Dance and Music Teacher)

 

Glenmore Challenge Cup

May 4, 2017 at 2:49 pm

Glenmore Challenge CupAs the RGGS Glenmore Challenge Cup team walked towards the Mike Maher Centre, they couldn’t stop a smile creeping across their faces. Our girls were sent to meet their teachers and off to their challenges they went! All the students learnt some more things about their subject (Literacy, Mathematics, History, Science and Dance) and then we were introduced to our challenges and what we had to do.

At morning tea, we ate a selection of scrumptious sandwiches, delicious brownies, coconut slice and cookies!

After morning tea, the history girls had to dissect fake poo to find out and make observations on which civilisation it came from. The science girls had to make a rover that would further explore a planet/moon in our solar system. English girls made a poem about food and a persuasive text on the ‘Lorax’. The Mathematics team had to solve a series of problems such as tangrams, equations and word problems. Our dancers learnt new skills and had to choreograph a dance routine which would be judged.

At lunch, there was a sausage sizzle and some time to play. After a final session completing the challenges, it was time for the results. Which school would take out the spirit award and which would be overall winners?

We were initially told which schools won each section. The Science team came 1st, History and Dance 3rd and the English team took out equal second. There was suspense in the crowd. Who would win? Then it was announced, Rockhampton Girls Grammar School had won! All our amazing work led to the overall winners which we were all proud of!

 

Bethany Dey
Year 5

National Dance Star

August 8, 2016 at 3:11 pm

Janae Walsh 1Congratulations to Janae Walsh who has returned from the Dance Star National Championships as a National Champion!

Janae competed at the Gold Coast competition on August 5 and 6 and received first place in the Secondary Lyrical / Contemporary Audition, second place for Secondary Improvisation and second place for her Contemporary solo. This is an incredible achievement, competing against the best of the best from all over the country.

Photo by WinkiPoP Media

Photo by WinkiPoP Media

Louise McSherry
Dance and Music Teacher

Drama News – Shake & Stir Theatre Company Performance

July 18, 2016 at 11:34 am

Shake and Stir WorkshopThis July, RGGS students had the joy of hosting Shake & Stir Theatre Company for their touring production of Oversharer. The work explored the growing role of social media and digital forums in modern life, considering the impact of bullying behaviours online. Over the past four consecutive years, Shake & Stir’s touring performances have become something of an annual tradition. This year, the school was doubly fortunate to have the company’s artistic directors themselves make the journey to Rockhampton to perform. The girls practically stampeded into the school hall, such was the excitement for this year’s performance. Following the show, our Drama students in Years 9 – 12 benefited enormously from Ross, Nelle and Nick’s wealth of experience in an intensive workshop on contemporary theatre making. We are looking forward to seeing more from them in the future!

Jessica Lamb – Drama Teacher

Primary Individual Eisteddfod Results

June 9, 2016 at 2:37 pm

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Australian Composer Solo-HC

Ella Doyle
Girls Solo 2nd

Tia Wilson
Girls solo-HC
Folk Solo-First Place

Merryn Lawrence
Own Choice Violin (10 & <12) – First Place

Mirae RiesCR
Instrumental
Brass Solo HC
Dance
Cabaret-HC
Speech&Drama
Australian Poem-2nd
Prose-3rd
Duologue in Costume-3rd
Character Recital-HC
Verse Speaking-HC
Prepared Mime-HC
Woodwind solo-2nd
The Peta Horneman-Wren, Nola Smith, Alex Peacock and Laura Hamlyn Award for 2016 Runner-up Aggregate Winner for Light verse, Verse, Prose, Character Recital and Prepared Mime
LG  Duthie Trophy for highest score in Light Verse 10 – 12 years
The Forum Club Memorial Trophy for 1st in Prepared Speech
LG Duthie Cup for Highest score in Light Verse 10-12yr

Secondary School Eisteddfod Results

June 9, 2016 at 2:25 pm

mus4RGGS concert band were awarded third placing in the small ensemble section of the instrumental section and the Primary recorder ensemble were awarded second placing. The Girls Grammar Senior Choir were awarded second placing in the Secondary School choir section. The Chamber Singers were awarded First Placing in the Small Vocal Ensemble section winning the Nita Whyte trophy and also won first placing in the folk group section and were awarded ‘Bernie Scanlon Trophy’. Glee was awarded second placing in their section. Congratulations also to Jessica Dawes for being awarded ‘Robinson Family Trophy’ for Most Outstanding Vocal Choir Conductor for the second year in a row. These are outstanding achievements and we are very proud of the girls for all the effort put in during the lead up to these performances.

Primary School Eisteddfod Results

June 9, 2016 at 2:23 pm

mus1Our Primary ensembles performed beautifully this year and were rewarded for their efforts. The Prep-3 Choir were awarded Second placing in the Primary School Freestyle Novelty Choir. The Year 4-6 Choir Won Primary School Vocal Choir section and were awarded ‘Thomas P. Wahlin Memorial Bursary’ of $250 and the ‘Marj Nugent Memorial Trophy’ and Mini Glee won the Folk Group Primary Students and were awarded the ‘Peregrine Video Trophy’.
Our 4-6 Choir went in the Novelty Choir section as well this year and were awarded second placing for their efforts. The 4-6 Choir was also awarded the Highest Marks for a Primary choir of the eisteddfod. These are outstanding results for the Primary groups.

Written by Christina and Jessica – Music Department

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Primary News

June 9, 2016 at 3:05 am

IMG_5760 (2)I am always amazing at the vast array of opportunities our girls get to experience at Girls Grammar. This term has been no exception. I would like to congratulate the student council representatives and our Primary Prefect, Jasmin Dwyer, on the organisation and assistance for the Gaia Festival. Each council member also had the opportunity to invite a friend which was also a fantastic help. Our teachers not only spent their day working in classrooms but also managed stalls for the evening which shows excellent commitment and passion to Girls Grammar.

I also have had the privilege of watching some of the primary choirs performing at the Eisteddfod and I couldn’t be prouder of not only the results, but the conduct of our staff and students. Well done girls – your rehearsals paid off with some amazing results.

From cultural events to sporting our girls are given every opportunity to participate and enjoy their schooling. Mr Fuller ran an amazing athletics carnival and I enjoyed watching the girls race, throw and jump! Well done – I am looking forward to the winning house announcement from Mr Fuller!

We have a variety of visitors in the school – the Commbanking Institute to talk finance fun with our girls and a fabulous Arts Council ‘Thoughts Have Feelings Too.’

Congratulations also must go to our girls in the primary school who have been participating in the ICAS non mandatory assessments. I am looking forward to the results!

Have a terrific break over the winter holidays!

Michelle Gouge
Director of Primary