Primary girls take on Glenmore Challenge Cup

March 15, 2019 at 12:26 pm

On Wednesday a small group of RGGS students from year 4 to 6 travelled to Glenmore High to compete in the annual Glenmore Challenge Cup, which is a multi-subject challenge for Primary Students.


The girls did well, in the ‘Making Headlines’ group consisting of Porsha Lowein, Fynn McSherry and Cadence Wone De Rungs. These girls won the English section and were chosen to present their piece for the entire group at the end of the day.

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)



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)

SUN Participants – Term 1 2018

February 21, 2018 at 3:11 pm

Congratulations to our CQ University SUN Course enrolments for Term 1 2018 –


Jessica Payne (Introduction to Nursing)





Rebecca Berlin (Accounting, Learning and Online Communication)





Georgia Davies (Introductory Anatomy and Physiology)




We wish them every success with this early experience of the tertiary world.

Dr John Fry (Dean of Senior Studies)

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


Year 7 Zoo Excursion

November 29, 2017 at 3:05 pm

The Year 7 cohort recently travelled to the Rockhampton Botanical gardens to further our knowledge on the classification of living organisms. We observed various species and examined characteristics that animals had in common which would determine the different groups they would be classified as. Whilst educational, the excursion was also very enjoyable as we were given the opportunity to see a diverse range of wildlife, from gorillas and chimps to kangaroos and crocodiles. This excursion was helpful in contributing vital information towards our studies of classification and was an entertaining afternoon out of the classroom for everyone.

Jordan Austin  (Year 7 Student)


Year 11 Biology Excursion

November 9, 2017 at 9:06 am

In week 4, the Biology class embarked on an excursion along Moores Creek with the aim of collecting biotic and abiotic data to assess the health of this ecosystem. Students sampled insects from the vegetation and aquatic environments to determine the level of biodiversity at each of three locations. They also collected data on pH, turbidity, salinity and temperature to make comparisons between the different locales as the creek winds its way through the urban environment.  The analysis and interpretation of this data formed the basis of an assessment task for this unit.

Dr Nikki Hislop (Teacher – Biology, 9 Science, Junior Business, Year 12 Care Mentor)


Cattle Club – Mt Larcom Show

August 17, 2017 at 1:57 pm

Mt Larcom Show results

Champion Junior Cow – Gigi Lilac
Reserve Champion Junior Cow – McIntosh Creek Mystery Girl

Reserve Champion Junior Bull – McIntosh Creek Mondaroo
Reserve Champion Heifer Calf – Desire Red Malia

Junior Paraders:
Under 10 - 2nd Shakeeta Yates 
12-14 years - 2nd Alyssa Nichols 
15+ years - 2nd Shyane Yates and 4th Katelyn Holznagel

Mrs Ku Lacey (Agricultural Science Teacher)

Cattle Club – Mackay Show

August 17, 2017 at 1:42 pm

Mackay Show results

Junior Judging:
15 years - 1st Lucy Brown 
13-14 years - 1st Indy Smith, 2nd Abigail Hills, 3rd Heidi Davison and 4th Olivia Sherry

Junior Parading:
15 years - 1st Erin Goodwin and 3rd Lucy Brown
14 years - 3rd Heidi Davison and 4th Indy Smith 4th 

Trade judging:
16 years - 4th Tayla Cann 
13-14 years - 1st Olivia Sherry and 3rd Heidi Davison 
Congratulations on a successful show!

Mrs Ku Lacey (Agricultural Science Teacher)

Student Achievement – Kayla Sirriss

June 23, 2017 at 11:09 am

Kayla has been selected to attend the 2017 InspireU Health Science camp at The University of Queensland in the first week of school holidays.

The week promises to be an exciting one with many activities planned both on-campus and around Brisbane.  The aim of the camp is to give an insight into the large and exciting field of health science and life on-campus at one of the best universities in Australia.

What a great achievement considering the large number of applications received this year!  Congratulations Kayla, enjoy the experience!

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)


Year 12 attend P.A.R.T.Y Program

May 17, 2017 at 2:22 pm

RGGS Year 12 Students took part in the P.A.R.T.Y. (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth) at Rockhampton Hospital.

Here is the CQU  “The Drift” article on our Year 12 girls experiencing this valuable local program. The Drift


HASSE Space School International Study Program

May 17, 2017 at 2:15 pm

The Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia (AGSA) are once again offering students the opportunity to join the HASSE Space School International Study Program in December.

HASSE Space School is an amazing opportunity for students seeking to pursue success in a STEM career. Students will be immersed in enriched and exclusive space science activities to explore the multi-facets of STEM. Students will also learn and engage in an inspiring personal and leadership development program to truly empower them for changing times.

Junior Space School is astronaut training for youth and is an engaging, hands-on adventure. Students learn about space travel, the development of space-related technologies and are lead through several simulated missions.

Senior Space School is the MBA for Youth. With greater program depth, students have incredible access to NASA. An immersive program that hones their individual leadership, project management, resource allocation crisis management and team work skills.

Students return with big dreams and lasting confidence, inspired by the ultimate STEM experience at NASA.

Expressions of Interest are currently open for this year’s expedition. You can secure your daughter’s place or learn more about the program by visiting the Expedition website.

Christie Mahon (Chemistry, Physics and 9 Science 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

Year 11 Biology Excursion

November 11, 2016 at 12:06 pm

biology-field-trip-1biology-field-trip-2As part of their studies of Ecology, the Year 11 Biology classes partook in an environmental expedition of observation and data collection over two days in Week 2 and 3.  Their goal was to gather evidence to analyse the impact of urbanisation on the Moores Creek riparian system.  Through water testing, insect collection and aquatic biodiversity sampling, the students collected data to enable the interpretation of the health this waterway at the present time.  The analysis and evaluation of this fieldwork data forms the basis of their Term 4 assessment.

Dr Nikki Hislop
Biology Teacher

Student Achievement: Kailee Butcher

October 17, 2016 at 4:12 pm

img_9444During Science Week in August, Kailee Butcher registered to participate in the Australian Science Teachers Association/Education Perfect Science Championships.  This online competition saw students from across the globe compete to answer the most correct questions in all Science fields, including Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences.

Kailee worked hard during the week answering 3609 questions correctly – a total of 10 hours competing.  For this she was awarded a Gold award, which saw her place in the top 2% of 50000 competitors world-wide, and a spot prize of a $50 iTunes voucher. Kailee’s efforts also afforded Rockhampton Girls Grammar the award for the Top School by Average out of more than 1000 schools, with an average of 3583 points per student.

Congratulations Kailee, another clever Girls Grammar student!

Science Week 2016 – Drones, Droids and Robots

August 19, 2016 at 3:29 pm

Science Week was a roaring success at Girls Grammar this year.  We made circuits that play music, constructed edge-sensing robot crabs and gasped in awe at Mr Tree’s amazing Drone demonstration.

The students were very been busy constructing edge-sensing crabs. The kits provided students with an insight into basic circuitry and robot construction. These little critters crawled all over the tabletop and did not fall off.  Clever girls!

Mr Cheers also showed students the wonders of coding and how it is used to make robots move at your command.  His Bluetooth powered vehicle can be controlled from a laptop and the students had a chance to code to make it move forward, backward and sideways.

Furthermore, we were lucky enough to have Mr Tree share his enthusiasm for drones. Students could even view what the drone was seeing through Bluetooth goggles.  The enthusiasm was encouraging!  This demonstration also highlighted that Science is for everyone and you can use it in some amazing ways.

Mrs Christie Dey


Aurecon Bridge Building Competition

August 17, 2016 at 8:46 am

Bridge testing 2Three teams of Year 8 students tested their bridge building ingenuity, with just 300 paddle pop sticks, some PVA glue and a bit of string. Each 700 Bridge Building 1mm span bridge design was entered in the Aurecon Bridge Building Competition in Gladstone on 5 August, where each bridge was judged on its design, load-bearing capacity and efficiency (weight:load-bearing ratio). An assortment of innovative designs from across the region were represented on the day and, despite not claiming victory, our girls gained an insight into engineering as a career and took home some pointers for next year’s bridge designs.  Congratulations to Jayme McKellar, Lily Geary, Abigail Hills, Savleen Kaur, Hannah Knight, Jemma Green, Chloe Cowan, Jasmin Nowell and Clare Brown for their contribution and participation in this event.

Dr Nikki Hislop

Chemistry News

August 8, 2016 at 3:13 pm

Chemistry3Chemistry is No Headache!

Chemistry is an exciting aspect of life that constantly surrounds us. Throughout Term 3, the Senior Chemistry classes are exploring the concepts of industrial chemistry, which uses chemical and physical processes to transform raw materials into products that are beneficial to humanity. Recently, the classes undertook the process of synthesising Aspirin. This experiment required extreme precision and concentration, with several procedural modifications being made to successfully yield the product. Learning the theoretical components of pharmaceuticals is one thing, but actually creating one of the most commonly used anti-inflammatory analgesics certainly solidified our understanding of the topic further, while having fun!

By Mhairi Maitland

Chemistry1 Chemistry2

Science News

June 21, 2016 at 9:59 am

Science rocks, we really dig it!

CavesThis term the Year 8 students  have been studying geology in science, covering topics such as metamorphic rocks, sedimentary rocks, igneous rocks and the effect of weathering and erosion. On Friday 3
June our science teachers Ms Dey and Mrs Whitehand took us on an excursion 30 minutes north of Rockhampton to the Capricorn Caves. The purpose of this excursion was to give us a first-hand visual experience within our local area of the subjects we had been studying in class.

When we arrived at the, we separated into our two classes and met the tour guides. While Katherine, one of the tour guides, escorted a class through the dry rainforest; Jay, the other guide, took the others into the caves. During the dry rainforest tour we saw the structural features of the rainforest, how the flora and fauna have adapted to their environment over time and back at the kiosk we looked at bones under a magnifying glass. Katherine also let us touch a dead bird eating spider and pat a blue tongue lizard.

The second tour was very exciting, our guide Jay led us through cave passages where we saw a swarm of tiny bent winged bats flying above us. Because our unit had been based around rocks we were taught about stalactites and stalagmites. One of the highlights of the trip though was the cathedral cave, we were allowed to sit in the pews and watch the light show and listen to the amazing acoustics while ‘Hello’ by Adele was played through one tiny speaker.

Our captivating and fun adventure at the caves has furthered the understanding that we have on how rocks form over time and reinforced what we have learnt in class.  May the quartz be with you!

CQUniversity Engineering Visit

June 9, 2016 at 3:12 am

cqOn Tuesday 31 May two lecturers in Engineering at CQUniversity spoke to the 11/12 Physics students about what it is like to study Engineering. The girls heard about the different types of engineering: mechanical, electrical, civil and mechatronic and the job opportunities available. It was interesting to learn about the types of projects an engineer would be involved in. Thank you to Mrs Brooks for organising this for us.