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

May 15, 2018 at 3:17 pm

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.

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)

 

Shake & Stir Incursion

June 23, 2017 at 11:08 am

Students in Years 7-12 realised just how relevant the works of The Bard are recently thanks to Shake & Stir Theatre Company and their hit show, Statespeare. On the CQ leg of their Regional Queensland tour, the performers shared with us their energy and love of Shakespeare, making pieces like Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew and Hamlet meaningful to a contemporary audience. Our Year 9-12 Drama students had the additional privilege of participating in a workshop on characterisation and performance preparation hosted by the Shake & Stir touring artists. This experience included exploration of voice and movement dynamics, symbol, shape and character creation. Thank you to Shake & Stir – along with the excellent performance advice, our Drama girls will never forget that “there’s nothing sadder than an unenthusiastic crump”.

Jessica Lamb (Primary and Secondary Drama Specialist)

Eisteddfod – Vocal & Dance Results

June 7, 2017 at 8:01 am

The Speech & Drama, Dance and Vocal sections of the Rockhampton Eisteddfod are over for another year.

Rockhampton Girls Grammar had many talented girls performing with some amazing results!

We are especially proud of our bursary and aggregate winners – the Secondary Choir (Molti Voce) winning the Colvin Family Trophy for Most Outstanding Vocal Choir and Years 4-6 Novelty Choir winning the Vince Hanelt Memorial Trophy for the Most Entertaining Novelty Choir.  Well done to our dedicated and talented Chloe Cowan for being awarded the Most Promising Girl Vocalist 12-15 years trophy and bursary, Hannah Cowan for the trophy for Most Natural Stage Presence, Giselle Atlas for Most Promising Girl Vocalist under 12 years and Mirae Ries winning three aggregate trophies at the Speech and Drama presentation night.

Congratulations to our very tired music teachers – Jessica Dawes was awarded the Robinson Family Perpetual Trophy for Most Outstanding Vocal Choir Conductor of the Eisteddfod, this being the third year in a row!

For full results, please click here

Jess Dawes & Christina Bond (Instrumental and Classroom Music Teachers)

 

 

 

Constellations Excursion

May 4, 2017 at 3:14 pm

Senior Drama and Physics students attended Queensland Theatre’s Constellations on Saturday 29th April. The contemporary theatre piece presented a beautiful and poignant exploration of multiverse theory, as shown through various iterations of a relationship between a Quantum Physicist and a Beekeeper. As well as enjoying a Q&A session with actors Jessica Tovey and Lucas Stibbard following the performance, our Drama class took advantage of an in-school workshop provided by Lucas. Thank you to Queensland Theatre and the Pilbeam Theatre for this wonderful experience.

Stay tuned for more performance opportunities throughout the year, including an excursion to Shake & Stir’s Dracula.

Jessica Lamb – Primary and Secondary Drama Specialist

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Drama and Dance excursion to Circus Oz’s Model Citizens

May 4, 2017 at 3:13 pm

Year 9-12 students of Drama and Dance had the opportunity to attend Circus Oz’s touring show, Model Citizens on Wednesday 26th April. The performance, which explored modern consumerism and diversity in society, employed death-defying acts of fire-eating, slack-lining, knife-throwing and acrobatics to present a series of narratives. Our girls were enthralled by the visual spectacle, immersive sound design and engaging performance style, with many tempted to run away and join the circus afterwards (this teacher included!). The evening ended with many of our students catching up with the performers, asking questions and taking photos.

Thank you to Circus Oz and The Pilbeam Theatre for a fantastic night!

Jessica Lamb – Primary and Secondary Drama Specialist

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RGGS Theatre Company Debut

April 5, 2017 at 3:42 pm

File_001 File_002On Monday 27 March – which just so happened to be World Theatre Day – our Drama co-curricular club, RGGS Theatre Company (RTC) debuted the first performances of our Semester 1 season. Exploring the styles of Realism and Political Theatre, participating students from years 7 – 12 performed two student-developed and directed works exploring relationships and equity.

RTC is designed to provide students with authentic theatre making experiences and is unlike the traditional school production model, as students are expected to pitch, devise, write, direct and stage their own concepts, realising work right from the page to the stage. Our girls rose ably to the task, embracing the challenge and expanding their abilities as theatre practitioners.

Congratulations to the following students:

 

Switched

Directed by Tia Cunningham-Rienecker

Assistant Directed by Josie Bradford

Concept by Chanya Clark

Starring:

Jordan Austin

Chanya Clark

Coco Doblo

Amelia Driscoll

Charlotte Graham

Indy Smith

Understudy:

Abbey Fenton

Stormy June

Directed by Olivia Harwood

Written by Caitlyn Harvey and Georgina Driscoll

Starring:

Raina Collett

Isabel Woo

Brianna Austin

Caitlyn Harvey

Stay tuned for more information about future RTC works.

Jessica Lamb
Primary and Secondary Drama Specialist

Gretel Scarlett Visit – November 2016

February 10, 2017 at 3:58 pm

Gretel returns to her roots

Gretel ScarlettKnown to many locals as Gretel Jahnke, Gretel Scarlett’s childhood in Rockhampton was where she discovered her love of performing. During her years in Rockhampton, Gretel attended Rockhampton Girls Grammar School up to Year 10, achieving some very impressive results. At the age of 15, Gretel moved with her family to Sydney to pursue her love of the Arts. She studied full time classical ballet at Alegria Dance Studios, where she completed her advanced RAD and Cecchetti examinations, as well as continuing her vocal training. After finishing school, Gretel attended WAAPA (Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts) where she graduated in 2008 with the prestigious ‘Leslie Anderson Award’ for the best overall showcase performance, the Hal Leonard Award and the 2007 Finley Award.

Now a familiar face on Australian stages, Gretel is currently starring in the leading role of Kathy Selden in Australia’s ‘Singin in the Rain’ and has starred as the lead role of Sandy, opposite Rob Mills in the Australian production of Grease. Gretel’s past credits include the role of Sal in the 2009 Australian Tour of Breast Wishes, understudying and performing the main juvenile roles of Sophie Sheridan, Ali, and Lisa in the 2009-10 10th Anniversary tour of Mamma Mia! And appearing as the Witch’s Mother in the 2010-2012 Australian and Asian productions of the award winning musical Wicked.

Gretel kindly offered to speak to students at Rockhampton Girls Grammar School in November, while in Rockhampton. At Assembly she inspired her avid listeners from Prep – Year 12 to be proud and thankful for opportunities offered to them at the School and in Rockhampton. Coming from a regional centre has many advantages and we are very lucky to have talented teachers and mentors to help us reach our goals right here!

Kim Dixon & Gretel Scarlett

Queensland Theatre Company Drama Project

November 11, 2016 at 1:03 pm

queensland-theatre-rockhampton-2016-402This semester, our Year 9/10 Drama students have had the pleasure of working in collaboration with the Queensland Theatre Company and other schools in the region as a part of The Scene Project. Our girls worked with QTC artists and staff, presenting a showing of their work in progress at the Pilbeam Theatre. This Wednesday, they will present their final, polished performance as a part of our school assembly. Congratulations to the following students for their involvement:

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Raina Collett
Caitlyn Harvey
Olivia Harwood
Tanya Kulu
Jasmine Mick
Tina-Mae Passi

Ms Jessica Lamb
Drama Specialist

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