Screenagers – A community event

March 15, 2019 at 12:49 pm

Rockhampton Girls Grammar School invites members from the local community to come along to McKeague Hall on Thursday April 4 at 6pm for the screening of Screenagers.
Screenagers is an award winning film that probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games and academics. The film offers solutions on how we can help our kids navigate in the digital world.
The documentary will be followed by a question and answer panel with local community members who have experience in dealing with the issues that can arise with the use of technology.

Snacks and drinks will be on sale throughout the night.

To purchase tickets CLICK HERE


Musicians take on SHEP program

March 11, 2019 at 11:56 am

Over the weekend, Lily Geary, Aleisha Cesar, Caitlin Bignell, Katlyn Whyte, Tyla Cringle and Tia Wilson took part in the annual Rockhampton SHEP music program.

The weekend consisted of intense music rehearsals and a concert on Sunday to show off their incredible work.

To see what students from all over the region can achieve in a weekend is a testament to their hard work and dedication to their musical practice.

Well done girls.

Term Overview – Humanities

September 24, 2018 at 2:10 pm

This term, in the Humanities faculty, has been one full of achievement and progress. Girls across all year levels have been well immersed in a wide variety of learning strategies to further engage in their exciting units of History and Geography. Students have been excitedly engaged in the following units of work, which have allowed them to investigate the past and explore how geography plays an important role in understanding the modern world:

  • Year 7 HSS – History: Ancient China

  • Year 8 HSS – History: Japan Under the Shogun

  • Year 9 HSS – History: World War I

  • Year 10 HSS – Geography: Geographies of Human Wellbeing

  • Year 11 and 12 Modern History – Arab-Israeli Conflict

  • Year 11 and 12 Ancient History – Pharaonic Power in Ancient Egypt

Girls have shown great interest and intrigue in these topics and it has been great to see such a high interest in the studies of the past and present. Within these units of work, the Humanities teaching team have also implemented strategies designed by the Collins Institute. Following a very successful implementation in Semester One of well-researched strategies, students in all grades have been practicing these in their classrooms and achievement of knowledge retention linking to results is evident. This strategy is very well suited to the Humanities classroom and can be used to summarise key documents of information and will be used for lengthy research tasks, without students being intimidated by dreaded plagiarism.

Students have had a good term in Humanities and the teaching team are very excited for another productive and successful Term Four.

Mr Edwards, Mrs Whitehand and Mrs Graham

Young Filmmakers Competition

August 23, 2018 at 10:42 am

Are you a CQ high school student who enjoys filming in your spare time? Or perhaps thinking of a career in Movies or Media?
Then have a go at the Young Filmmakers Challenge, proudly supported by Rotary and CQ Health. We’re looking for videos no longer than three (3) minutes that explore the theme ‘Tobacco: stop smoking/never start smoking’. There’s great prizes on offer, including $500 for the best entry! Visit the link for more info and start filming!

Olivia Harwood – Creative Generations 2018

August 10, 2018 at 10:57 am

Creative Generations is a super prestigious art exhibition where only the best local artists are selected to go to Regionals. From Regionals, select pieces will be exhibited in the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane and go on a travelling exhibition around Australia.

I am pleased to announce that Olivia Harwood’s work has been chosen to go to Emerald to the Regional Exhibition. She worked very hard and is very well deserved.

Olivia has created a series of etchings which she carved then printed many times, worked into some with watercolour, cut some up and stitched some together to create a layered effect. The single image does not have the Perspex etched plate on top so you can see how much work and detail is under each one.

Below is a poster should you be out that way and able to attend.

Mrs Nora Hanasy-Cheers (Senior Visual Arts Teacher)


2018 Next Step – Early School Leavers survey

July 31, 2018 at 1:21 pm

The Queensland Government is conducting its annual statewide survey of Year 10, 11 and 12 students who in 2017 left school without obtaining Year 12 certification. The Early School Leavers survey is a short, confidential survey that collects information about what young people are doing the year after leaving school.

Between August and September, students who left school early in 2017 can expect to receive an invitation to complete a web-based survey or a telephone call from the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office to complete the survey. Please encourage them to take part.

For more information, visit or telephone toll free on 1800 068 587.


Year 10 Mocktail Party

July 2, 2018 at 8:23 am

Saturday 9 June saw McKeague Hall play host to the year 10 Mocktail evening. This grade 10 cohort had decided to make the night an evening of glitz and glamour. The girls’ dresses and suits of their partners did not disappoint. After socialising on the deck, the girls and their partners took to the dance floor in McKeague to dance the evening away. Hits like the ‘Macarena’, ‘Nutbush City Limits’ and ‘Cha Cha Slide’, along with some games of musical chairs made for a very entertaining and enjoyable night for all who attended. This was a great way to finish off a very busy exam block for the hardworking and studious Year 10 cohort.

Mr Edwards and Mrs Doherty (Year 10 Care Teachers)

Legal Studies Excursion

May 22, 2018 at 8:51 am

On Monday the 14 May, members of the Year 11 and 12 Legal Studies class attended the Rockhampton Magistrates Court. The day provided insight into legal proceedings and formalities, including the viewing of live cases. In the magistrate’s court, students witnessed several cases including DUIs, thefts, DVOs and drug offences.

After an extended session viewing trials, we proceeded to the Dispute Resolution Centre, where students investigated the benefits of settling civil matters without initiating legal action. From there, we engaged in a tour of the old supreme court and library facilities.

Overall it was a fantastic experience, providing real world perspective to the legal system.

Mr Luke Tree

Legal Studies Teacher



Relay for Life

May 21, 2018 at 4:26 pm

This weekend, the 19th and 20th May, 17 students from the RGGS Year 12 cohort participated in the annual Cancer Council’s Relay for Life. Relay for Life is a fun and moving overnight experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services. Relay is a chance for the Rockhampton community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money to help save more lives.

Our confident and connected participating students from Year 12 persevered through the cold conditions of the weekend, continually walking laps of the CQU oval in the name of cancer research. We raised an astonishing $3,200 and were the second highest youth team in the region for fundraising.

A huge thank you must go to all the students, parents and teachers for their tireless efforts for the event. Mr Edwards and Mrs Whitehand were on hand to supervise the girls all through the night.

Mr Troy Edwards (English/History Teacher)


May 15, 2018 at 12:13 pm

Earlier this month, our debating teams went up against Heights College. Our senior topic was that ‘Jobs should be contracted to developing nations’. Taking the affirmative side, the RGGS seniors spoke with great passion and persuasion to defeat the Heights College team in a thrilling debate. The arguments ebbed and flowed and our phenomenal debaters, Kailee Butcher, Taylor Busbridge and Brianna Austin left the audience in no doubt that jobs must be contracted to developing nations. These girls are undefeated in the competition and as per the adjudicators comments are a “force to be reckoned with.”

Our junior team were very narrowly defeated, in the thinnest of margins. A huge congratulations must go to Jordan Austin, Mia Pienaar and Madison Usher who put up a great debate. Their topic was that ‘Sport is not sport anymore’.

The next debate will be held here in the RGGS Museum on May 22 and will see our junior and senior teams take on Emmaus College. All are welcome to come and support our amazing debaters.

Mr Troy Edwards (English/History Teacher)


Lions Youth of the Year Quest Success

March 29, 2018 at 3:56 pm

A huge congratulations to the ladies who competed in the prestigious Lions Youth of the Year Quest: Jasmine Mick, Kailee Butcher and Brianna Austin. They were interviewed by a panel of judges and had to present a prepared speech and two impromptu speeches.

Kailee Butcher won the Club Final and the Public Speaking Award. She then went on to win the Regional Final and competed at the District Final in Gympie.

International Women’s Day Celebrations #IWD #pressforprogress 

March 29, 2018 at 3:44 pm

Girls Grammar celebrated IWD in many ways in 2018:

We had an IWD Assembly on Wednesday 7 March as we continue to Press for Progress to achieve gender equality. Well known journalist for the Morning Bulletin and Rockhampton Girls Grammar Dux of 2011, Michelle Gately spoke of the importance of the supportive sisterhood sustained at Girls Grammar. 









Our Prefects attended a Zonta IWD Breakfast on 8 March, along with Michelle Landry and many other influential women fighting for gender equality.

The Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy, of which RGGS is a member, held a breakfast on 8 March that was hosted at the Hastings Deering premises. During this time students took part in a live feed of the Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) Resources Awards for Women (RAW) event from Brisbane. Students were thoroughly entertained by the keynote speaker, Antarctic Expedition leader Rachael Robertson, as she relayed her experiences as a woman in a leadership role in very testing circumstances. Senior management, apprentices and former award winners were also on hand to chat with the girls.   #IWD #pressforprogress

Business – Term 1 Report

March 29, 2018 at 3:27 pm

Year 11 and 12 students in BCT engaged in the unit ‘Managing People’. This unit provided insight in to how to create a productive work environment. Topics covered included; the four functions of management, conflict resolution, motivational theory, change management theory and various leadership styles. Assessment consisted of an examination where they were tasked with applying various theories and concepts to resolve hypothetical business issues. In 9 and 10 Business Studies, students participated in an information management unit where they developed professional business documentation including; resumes, cover letters, business letters, budgets, and profit and loss summaries. This unit provided students with fundamental skills required to analyse a business’s financial position.

Mr Luke Tree (Business Teacher)

Maslow’s Heirarchy of Needs


Legal Studies – Term 1 Report

March 29, 2018 at 2:59 pm

In Legal Studies, Year 12 students engaged in an independent inquiry task whereby they chose an aspect of Australian law that requires reform. Some of the topic areas included; Australian firearms legislation, euthanasia law and whistle blower laws in detention centres. Year 11 engaged in a unit on the Australian legal system. Investigating the fundamental principles of Australian legal system, students studied; sources of law, the Separation of Powers, levels of government and the processes involved in making/changing laws in Australia.

Mr Luke Tree (Legal Studies Teacher)

Technology – Term 1 Report

March 29, 2018 at 2:57 pm

Technology students engaged in a series of tasks involving the designing and programming of websites and animation. Implementing the use of the programming languages HTML and CSS, Year 8 students developed an introductory page about a topic of their choice. Similarly, Years 9 and 10 students began a more complex approach to web design by implementing the use of PhotoShop to develop a professional layout for an online store. Years 11 and 12 participated in a unit focused on designing professional web banners for local businesses in Adobe Animate.

Mr Luke Tree


Humanities Term Report

March 29, 2018 at 2:12 pm

The Humanities faculty has been full of achievement and progress this term. Girls across all Year levels have been well immersed in a wide variety of learning strategies to further engage in their exciting units of History and Geography. Students have been excitedly engaged in the following units of work, which have allowed them to investigate the past and explore how geography plays an important role in understanding the modern world:

  • Year 7 HSS – Investigating the ancient past: Ancient Rome
  • Year 8 HSS – Geography: Changing Nations
  • Year 9 HSS – History: The movement of people
  • Year 10 HSS – History: World War II
  • Year 11 and 12 Modern History – Competing Ideologies and the Russian Revolution
  • Year 11 and 12 Ancient History – Archaeology and the Trojan War

Girls have shown great interest and intrigue in these topics and it has been great to see such a high interest in the studies of the past and present. Within these units of work, the Humanities teaching team have also implemented strategies designed by the Collins Institute. Following a visit and practical classroom sessions from the Collins Institute at the beginning of the term, the team realised the opportunities presented by the 10% Summary. Students in all Year levels have been practicing this strategy in their classrooms and achievement of knowledge retention, linking to results is evident. This strategy is very well suited to the Humanities classroom and can be used to summarise key documents of information and will be used for lengthy research tasks without students being intimidated by dreaded plagiarism.

Students have had a good Term 1 in Humanities and the teaching team are very excited for a productive and successful Term 2.

Mr Edwards, Mrs Whitehand and Mrs Graham


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)

Community Notices

March 2, 2018 at 8:45 am

Lions Youth of the Year

March 2, 2018 at 8:44 am

Strengthening our relationship with Lions as an international organisation with clubs in every Australian state and PNG continues.

2018 Lions Youth of the Year award participants Kailee Butcher, Jasmine Mick and Brianna Austin competed over the weekend and the Lions, Lionesses and judges loved them.

Kailee was declared the overall winner and will compete in the Regional Final in two weeks. She also won the Public Speaking Award (as in 2017).

Well done and good luck Kailee!

Mrs Lee Bartlem (10 English, Senior English & English Extension)


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)

Art talent in Year 9 & 10

February 9, 2018 at 3:15 pm

Term 1 the Year 9 and 10 students are looking at Animals in Art from both a literal and conceptual perspective focusing on the Elements and Principles of Design.

This week they have learnt a variety of new skills using Adobe Photoshop and created a Butterfly Kaleidoscope. They are all so gorgeous and will be exhibited at our annual art exhibition in August. Here is a sampler by our talented Molly Harwood.

Nora Hanasy-Cheers, Art Teacher

Ocean Blue Flutters Molly Harwood

Flying in the Sunshine Molly Harwood

Our YLead experience

February 9, 2018 at 10:45 am

On 31 January, the 2018 Senior girls spent the day with YLead supervisors to work on leadership qualities and cooperation among their peers. Throughout the day we participated in various activities such as creating a fake language, 7-1 Police, acting out 2018 ideals and taking fun alternatives to learn more about one another. Participating in each of these activities had the girls enjoying themselves while growing as a cohort, making the rest of the year ahead look like an enjoyable one for the seniors.


Student Leaders Investiture

February 9, 2018 at 10:08 am

We celebrated our 2018 student leaders at two Investiture ceremonies on Thursday 8 February.

Our guest speaker at Secondary Investiture was 2016 Head girl Sophie Harwood. Sophie was the first student to do 13 years of schooling from Prep to Year 12 at Girls Grammar. She has been in Europe for a gap year and kindly took time out before heading to Brisbane for university to tell us about her experiences and lessons learnt both in and out of school.

The newly invested Head Girls were the guest speakers for the Primary Investiture, imparting their wisdom to the younger students.

Congratulations to the seniors, Prefects, Year Level Leaders and Year 6 students who received their leadership badges to be proudly worn this year.


Primary Council
Year 4 Lydia Johnstone
Year 5 Iris Collins, Cadence Wone De Rungs
Year 6 Mikayla Cheers, Ella Neill, Matilda Peff, Georgia Priddle
Middle School Council led by Helen E Downs Prefect  
Year 7 Bonita Solomon, Madison Usher
Year 8 Bethany Harth, Salani Hoffman
Year 9 Brooke Adams, Zara Priddle
Senior School Council led by Prue McKeague Prefect   
Year 10 Abby Dendle, Jemma Green, Emma Hafey, Taylor O’Toole
Year 11 Cherie Bell, Claire Sherry














Sherri Green Prue McKeague Prefect
Tanya Kulu Helen E Downs Prefect
Senior School Council Sherri Green
Middle School Council Tanya Kulu
Boarding Council Nadine Hay
ATSI Council Kelsey Salmond
Cultural Shyane Yates
Humanities Kasey Davies
STEAM Kailee Butcher
Downs House Amiee Leane
Paterson House Raina Collett
Smith House Brianna Austin
Williams House Olivia Harwood

Year 9 and 10 Art Excursion

February 7, 2018 at 3:32 pm

The year 9 and 10 Visual Art students went to the Rockhampton Zoo on Monday (week 3).

They had a series of drawing challenges to complete while observing the animals. What are the benefits of observational drawing?

• Slowing down, taking our time • Learning to really see • Noticing details • Realising improvement comes with practice • Becoming comfortable with mistakes

• Becoming confident in attempting something new.

Their drawings will form the basis for new works in the coming weeks.

Mrs Nora Hanasy-Cheers (Senior Visual Arts Teacher)


Collins Writing Program – 10% Summary Technique – Parent Session

January 23, 2018 at 3:42 pm

Our Principal, Christine Hills is running a parent session next Wednesday, 31 January.

Please consider bringing your daughter to this important session so that you can share a common language.

If you have a son, he is most welcome to attend with you.

News from P&F Uniform Shop

November 29, 2017 at 3:14 pm

The P & F Uniform Shop will be accepting second hand uniforms to sell during our very busy back to school sales, please ensure all items, including hats and bags, have been laundered and any shoes polished. Blazers to have dry cleaning tag attached – form attached.

The holidays is a good time to clean your Panama – here is a link to cleaning instructions Panama Hat Care


P&F Shop Hours

 Monday 20 to Thursday 23 Nov 8.00am – 1.30pm
 Friday 24 Nov (Last day of Term 4) 9.00am – 12.30pm
 Monday 27 Nov – Friday 1 Dec 9.30am – 12.30pm
 Monday 8 to Friday 12 Jan 9.00am – 3.00pm
 Monday 15 to Friday 19 Jan 9.00am – 3.00pm
 Monday 22 Jan (All Boarders return) 12.00noon – 5.00pm
 Tuesday 23 Jan – Thursday 25 Jan 8.00am – 1.30pm
 Friday 26 Jan (Australia Day Holiday) CLOSED

Contact: Karen Wallace – Phone 49 300 944 – Email:

If you require an appointment outside the above hours please call.

Year 9 and 10 Art

November 29, 2017 at 3:08 pm

‘One of the great challenges today is that we often feel untouched by the problems of others and by global issues like climate change, even when we could easily do something to help. Giving people access to data most often leaves them feeling overwhelmed and disconnected, not empowered and poised for action. This is where art can make a difference. Art does not show people what to do, yet engaging with a good work of art can connect you to your senses, body, and mind. It can make the world felt. And this felt feeling may spur thinking, engagement, and even action’ Olafur Eliasson

This term the Year 9 and 10 students were introduced to the concept that artists have a responsibility to the world not only to know and understand something with their minds but also to feel it emotionally and physically. The topic was ‘Change’ and they had to create a work that makes us feel. Learning about global issues, making choices of what is important to them created many conversations in the classroom and profoundly affected the artworks that they made.

Mrs Nora Hanasy-Cheers, Senior Visual Arts Teacher


Phoebe Heilig from the Koala Bushfire series (Digital Collage) – plight of our native animals during bushfires and backburning.





Savleen Kaur – Depression (Digital Collage)




Aleisha Cesar –

Recycle or Death is sculptural assemblage made of the equivalent of 250 plastic bottles; the amount thrown into the ocean every second, just in Australia. I believe this number is severely underestimated and it is imperative to change the behaviours of people all around the world. Oceanic pollution results in thousands of deaths of marine life causing near extinction of rare species. I created my work in the hopes to change people’s perspective of oceanic pollution and its severity. In the future, I hope people will change and we will protect aquatic mammals.



Indiana Smith – Through the Eyes of the Tiger

There are only 3300 tigers left in the wild on the entire planet. The black market trade leaves 100 critically endangered tigers dead a year. An estimated 1000 wild tigers have died in the last 10 years.Tigers have been known to survive up to 26 years in the wild, but with the habitat quickly disappearing many do not reach that age. About half of the cubs born in a year die before they reach the age of 2 because of the poaching of mums.  Only 400 Sumatran tigers are left in the wild today.


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 10 Activity Day

November 29, 2017 at 3:04 pm

Excitement, elation and enthusiasm were the words to describe the Year 10 cohort on their final Wednesday of the year. A day out at Coolwaters consisted of sliding down water slides and enjoying a nice swim followed by a delicious lunch. Mrs Whitehand was even convinced to give the slide a go! Once the day at Coolwaters was finished all the girls took joy in preparing for a lovely night out at Ribs and Rumps, everyone enjoyed dressing up and celebrating an amazing year. Thank you to Mrs Whitehand and Mrs Carroll who supervised us at Coolwaters as well as Mrs Whitehand, Mr Edwards, Mrs Hyde, Mrs Gouge and Mrs Hadok for having dinner with us. It was a truly wonderful night that we will enjoy remembering.

Claire Sherry

Home Economics – Term 4

November 15, 2017 at 9:15 am

Home Economics has been a hive of activity this term with creative designs and yummy treats:

  1. Year 7 Aprons
  2. Year 8 Boxer shorts
  3. Year 9/10 Upcycling a pair of denim jeans
  4. All 134 students making Brownie in a Jar for end of term!

Mrs Stacey Rogers (Hospitality and Home Economics)