Year 7 STEAM project

March 8, 2018 at 2:21 pm

Students in Year 7 are being challenged to produce a brief for the  redesign of the ‘Palm Garden’ outside the Grant Building. This forms part of their 2018 STEAM project. The criteria for success is for the garden to be a place of relaxation and reflection and improve the biodiversity within the area. Their designs must include a self-cleaning water feature (pond or stream). To facilitate this, the first task is to design and create a water purification method using one or more of the techniques they have investigated in Science.  Students have been busy designing, creating and testing filter prototypes to fit this brief.

Christie Dey (Year 7, 8, 9 Science and Year 11,12 Chemistry)

Year 4 STEM Air Resistance Task

November 29, 2017 at 3:07 pm

Year 4 had a lot of fun recently completing their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) assessment.  We investigated which size parachute creates the most air resistance.  We planned our investigation, cut and measured 3 different sized parachutes and worked out their perimeter and area. The girls chose the length and amount of string used on their parachutes and we put them to the test by timing how long the parachutes were in the air before hitting the ground.

Natalie Spence, Year 4 Teacher

 

Rockhampton North Rotary Club Secondary Schools Quiz

June 7, 2017 at 8:15 am

On Tuesday 16 May, Lucy Davison, Jessica Gunning and Meredith Fay competed in the annual Rockhampton North Rotary Club’s Secondary Schools Quiz. The quiz comprises of two rounds and a final that test basic knowledge on topics such as Sport, History, Geography, English, Maths, Science, Famous Australians, local knowledge and literature. After drawing the short straw and having to compete first, the girls showed great skill and knowledge in the first round, taking on some extremely difficult questions. They also performed exceptionally against Rockhampton State High School in the ‘beat the buzzer’ round. Unfortunately, the girls just missed out on the final round, but should be very proud of their efforts. Thanks must go to Mr Edwards and Ms Bedward for accompanying the girls to the event.

Troy Edwards (English/History Teacher)

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

June 7, 2017 at 8:00 am

This year sees a revised emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) tasks in the middle school.  Year 7, 8 and 9 will complete two STEM tasks over the course of the year in a range of subject areas. This will allow students to see how the links between the curriculum areas can be used together.

In Term 1, Year 9 completed their investigation on how seed types and temperature affect the respiration rates during germination. This term it’s time for Year 7 and 8 to display their creativity. Year 7 are completing a task investigating how to purify a water source for drinking purposes. Year 8 are testing how the ratios of ingredients in concrete will impact its strength and proposing a costing to concrete a domestic driveway with their mix.

Semester 2 will further allow students to develop their investigation  and design skills with a whole new set of tasks.

Christie Dey (Year 7,8,10 Science)

 

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

StartSmart Financial Literacy Visit

March 15, 2017 at 2:15 pm

Year 8 StartSmart 6Jaime from the Commonwealth Bank Foundation presented the StartSmart financial literacy program to all Year 8 and Year 10 students on Friday.

Students engaged with the presentation about goal setting, getting a job, working, fair work conditions, controlling impulse spending, and saving and budgeting.  There were opportunities for volunteers to discuss different workplace scenarios.  Students also covered common financial issues and the essentials of smart money management.

This program enriches the curriculum of Care, Mathematics and Business classes.  Through story-telling and laughter, students gained valuable insight into what financial and employment responsibilities are like in the real world.

Melanie Brooks
Mathematics Teacher

Casio Classpad Calculators

November 11, 2016 at 1:02 pm

casio-classpadFor use at Girls Grammar, purchasing a Casio Classpad second hand from any Year 12 student leaving the school would be appropriate for any students who are going to be in Year 10 or 11 in 2017.  From Year 9 next year, students will need a different graphing calculator as required by the new syllabus which is still being considered.  Those students are encouraged to wait until this has been finalised to purchase any graphing calculators.  Scientific calculators, which students should already be using, will be sufficient until further notice.

Dr John Fry
Director of Learning

Year 6 News

October 13, 2016 at 1:02 pm

win_20161007_11_04_33_proThe Year 6 students hwin_20161007_10_52_44_proad a task of creating a new board game for an education company which included practicing adding and subtracting fractions, finding equivalent fractions and renaming percentages as fractions. The games had to be challenging, fair and exciting. It also incorporated elements of chance with dice or spinners.

All groups constructed their A3 game after drawing a draft which included question cards and rules. Each group was able to play two various board games and evaluate the enjoyment level and design while playing against each other.

Jacqui Goltz
Year 6 Teacher

QAMT Year 7/8 Quiz

August 30, 2016 at 9:27 am

Girls Grammar 1On Wednesday 17 August Lujaine Hussain, Molly Harwood, and Jayme McKellar competed in the Queensland Association of Mathematics Teachers Year 7/8 Quiz.  The quiz consisted of five rounds, testing their mathematics in estimation, mental calculations, short response, written extended problem solving, and history & general knowledge.  They worked well as a team and individually, with and without a calculator throughout the five rounds.  Congratulations to the girls on this outstanding effort and fun night.

The event was held in McKeague Hall at Girls Grammar.  Sophie Harwood, Tahlia Kelly, Maddison King, Brianna Austin, Amiee Leane, Kasey Davies, Girls Grammar 5and Jasmine Mick helped usher our guests throughout the evening.  McKeague Hall shone, the tea, coffee, juice and supper were refreshing.  The ease at which everyone was able to feel comfortable on the McKeague Hall deck was apparent and made the night ran smoothly.  The volunteers represented the School in their formal uniform with pride.  Many thanks to these girls for helping out and Chef Mark, Mr Cheers, Mr Cook, Mr Fay and the grounds staff for making it possible.

Melanie Brooks
Mathematics Teacher

Secondary Maths Teams Challenge

August 17, 2016 at 8:45 am

Year 9 & 10 Maths Teams Challenge
LM CBThree teams from Years 9 and 10 competed in the annual QAMT Maths Teams Challenge on Wednesday 3 August at Glenmore State High School.  Throughout the competition the girls had the opportunity to apply some of the skills they learnt in class.  As the teams mixed with different schools in the second part of the event, our students showed respectful teamwork skills as they networked with new people.  Many of the questions posed proved to be challenging for both the supervisors and the competitors.  One of our Year 10 teams placed 8th overall.  Kailee Butcher made it to the last round of the Shootout event, placing second amongst all the Year 10s there.  The enjoyment of the day was evident in the laughter and good spirit that was
displayed throughout the day.GD SG

Congratulations to Cherie Bell, Teagan Harker, Isla Houston, Darcie Lang, Leah McBride, Brianna Austin, Kailee Butcher, Georgia Davies, Kasey Davies, Sherri Green, Nadine Hay, Amiee Leane, Jasmine Mick, Jessica Payne, and Jema Van der Meer who graciously demonstrated the poise and confidence of Girls Grammar girls.

 

Year 7 & 8 Maths Teams Challenge

LGJM 2Four teams from Years 7 and 8 competed in the annual QAMT Maths Teams Challenge on Wednesday 3 August at Glenmore State High School.  Working individually, in pairs and as a team, they were given the opportunity to apply their problem-solving skills and test their mental maths.  The teams also had the chance to work with students from other schools for a portion of the event.  Dedication with smiles were shown as the students collaborated to solve maths questions.SK CR IW

Well done to Brodie Donaldson, Lujaine Hussain, Emma Jones, Sarleen Kaur, Heather Maitland, Sydney Peff, Georgia Sherry, Olivia Sherry, Tayla
Wallace, Frankie Watson, Aleisha Cesar, Chloe Cowan, Lily Geary, Molly Harwood, Mia Johnstone, Savleen Kaur, Jayme McKellar, Taylor O’Toole and Chloe Reis who represented the school with pride.

Melanie Brooks
Mathematics Teacher

Secondary Regional Maths Teams Challenge

August 17, 2016 at 8:42 am

Jessie ChenOn Tuesday 26 July Jessie Chen represented the Rockhampton Region at the Gladstone Maths Teams Tournament.  Working collaboratively with four students from other schools around the region, the Year 12 team took third place overall.  The students had the opportunity to apply quick mental maths and creative problem-solving strategies throughout the day.  It was a fantastic result for their debut at the tournament.

Congratulations Jessie!

Melanie Brooks, Mathematics Teacher

Mathematics

June 9, 2016 at 3:07 am

Yr 10 FM BunningsThe Year 10 Foundation Maths class went on an excursion, it was fun yet educational. The trip to Bunnings and Super Amart was used for our assignment which is ‘Renovating a room on a $5000 budget’. At Super Amart we chose furniture and took its length and width measurements to use on our scale drawings, at Bunnings we chose paint colours and floorings. As we chose the paint and flooring we had to find out how many litres one tin would cover one wall and the prices of the paint and carpet or wood, as well as the measurements. We rounded of the excursion with an icecream on the way back to school.

By Philomean Saunders