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.

Wanai opts for adrenalin over alcohol for Schoolies!

November 21, 2018 at 11:41 am

Wanai Tapau-Bon will join sixteen other school-leavers from across Australia who will ditch the Gold Coast crowds this year. Instead, they will be celebrating the end of their schooling journey with a drug and alcohol-free week of adrenalin-inducing adventures in New Zealand.

The group will cross the Tasman on December 1 as part of yLead’s drug and alcohol free Schoolies alternative, Thrill Out. This adrenaline-fueled alternative offers activities such as jet boating, white water rafting, quad biking and luging as well as a unique glimpse into Maori culture. The Thrill Out participants will take a day out of adventure to serve the community and join the Salvation Army to collect items for their Christmas appeal.

yLead, a not-for-profit association that delivers leadership development experiences to thousands of students across Australia, first recognised the need for a Schoolies alternative in 2011. They believe that many young people want the chance to step outside their comfort zone and challenge themselves, rather than spend a week partying.

yLead is developing a range of drug and alcohol free Schoolies alternatives in order to provide school leavers with an array of experiences that will enhance their resilience, develop their cultural awareness and positively contribute to our world.

For more information on yLead Schoolies alternatives visit

Spotlight on the Arts

September 24, 2018 at 2:12 pm


Avid readers of our exciting Spotlight on The Arts may have started to notice a running theme. Our year began showcasing the creativity of our students, followed by a celebration of their courage. Now, in our penultimate Arts spotlight, we turn to a critical component in all creative endeavours – curiosity. Acclaimed poet, critic and screenwriter, Dorothy Parker summed it up beautifully when she wrote:

“The cure for boredom is curiosity.

There is no cure for curiosity”.

Indeed, curiosity has been running rampant within our Arts Department, with students and staff alike testing the limits of style and form to reimagine the world around them. From our highly-successful Art Exhibition to the Queensland Theatre ‘Scene Project’, our girls have enjoyed ample opportunities to follow their curiosity to new heights.

Stars on the Rise

Term 3 has seen some amazing results for students of the Arts. Most notably, these include:

Olivia Harwood (Year 12)

Olivia’s exceptional mixed media series, Mountain Memories has been selected for the prestigious Creative Generation Excellence Award in Visual Art. Her work, which delves into childhood memories of holidaying in the Bunya Mountains, is one of only a handful to receive the award, which is open to all Queensland secondary students.

Mountain Memories will be on display at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane in 2019. What an outstanding result!

For a sneak peek at her evocative work, we encourage you to check out our digital gallery.

Emilia Heilig (Year 7), Tia Wilson (Year 8) and Tyla Cringle (Year 9)

Following on from their successes at the state finals, Emilia, Tia and Tyla were invited to represent RGGS at the national finals of the Dance Star Competition.

The girls held their own against some stiff competition, performing alongside some of the top dancers and glee performers in the country.

Thank you, ladies, for your exemplary representation of the school, and congratulations on your outstanding efforts!

Bella Voce Ensemble

Well done to our Bella Voce Ensemble members, who were awarded Gold at the CQ University School’s Jazz Festival. The students performed wonderfully and were given the opportunity to workshop with musician James Mustafa and CQ University lecturer Nicole Thomson.

What an enormously enriching experience!

Cadence Wone De Rungs (Year 5) and Ella Neill (Year 6)

Congratulations to Cadence and Ella on their upcoming roles in the Rockhampton Musical Union’s youth production of Shrek: The Musical.

Cadence, cast as Humpty Dumpty, will be joined by chorus member Ella and pianist Christina Bond (staff) in this vibrant stage show.

Head to for tickets!

Paterson House 

This year, the Interhouse Arts Competition victory was awarded to Paterson House.

Congratulations to house prefect, Raina Collett and her team on your engaging and thoroughly entertaining performance!

AMEB Exam Participants

The following students have sat AMEB Exams for Instrumental Music over the course of Term 3:

Aleisha Cesar (Year 11) – Grade 4 Clarinet, Grade 4 Singing for Leisure

Katlyn Whyte (Year 10) – Grade 5 Flute Recital Exam

Tia Wilson (Year 8) – Grade 4 Singing for Leisure

Tiarna Ceyhan (Year 8) – Grade 3 Flute Recital Exam

Iris Collins (Year 5) – Grade 1 Viola

Best of luck with your exam results, ladies!

Do you have an achievement you’d like to share in our next Spotlight on the Arts? Email

Making Connections

In an ongoing commitment to connecting our students with industry and audiences, RGGS has offered a number of curricular and co-curricular arts experiences throughout Term 3. These include participation in workshops with Queensland Theatre performer Lauren Jackson, musician James Mustafa and CQ University lecturer Nicole Thomson, as well as attendance at Opera Queensland’s ‘Ruddigore: The Witch’s Curse’, Bell Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ and the P-6 performance: A Slice of Vaudeville’.

Our Visual Artists enjoyed the authentic opportunity to exhibit and even sell their works at the 2018 Art Exhibition in Kern Arcade. The term also saw the culmination of our 2018 Progress Concert Series, with Instrumental Music students showcasing their growth as musicians over the course of the year. Finally, the successful Optiminds event brought with it the chance for Flute Choir and Dance Company to perform, alongside student dance ensemble: Zara Priddle, Jarrah Thomas and Lily Geary, and soloists Heather Maitland and Jayme McKellar.

Looking Forward

Get excited for our annual performing arts highlight: Girls Rock, which will be taking place on Wednesday 14 November. Auditions are scheduled to take place early in Term 4, so interested students are reminded to get their acts ready!

Unleash the Power Within – Mikaela Jackson

September 24, 2018 at 2:10 pm

On Wednesday, 12 September 2018, I travelled to Sydney to attend the Tony Robbins Unleash the Power Within (UPW) seminar. I was accompanied by other students that are on CYLP (Cape York Leaders Program) scholarships. Kayla and I were the two representatives chosen to represent our CYLP group.

On arrival, we all introduced ourselves and eventually made our way to the motel.

Thursday, Day one of the seminar was held at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. Here we met students from all over Australia and New Zealand, who were also selected to represent their groups in the Tony Robbins Youth Leadership Program called “Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Leaders”.

Every day was a buzz and each session consisted of inspirational and motivational talks from Tony Robbins. He inspired me in so many ways and he opened my mind to multiple options that will help me in my future studies and future careers.

Every morning we would be awakened at 5:30am and he used that as our kick start to the big, long day ahead. Each day, we attempted a multitude of events that would conclude around 12 midnight, even to 1:00 am. During the long and full on days Tony will keep us hyped up so that we didn’t falter and feel the need to fall asleep. He would awake our senses by calling out “LET’S CELEBRATE!” then fun music began to play as everyone in the crowds started dancing in their aisles.

On the first night, we were told that we were going to walk on fire. There were 50 rows of hot coals lined up outside of the central arena. All participants at The UPW seminar were invited to become a fire walker. This challenge made those who attempted The Fire Walk to build personal confidences and to prove to oneself that if you try hard enough, you can literally achieve anything. At first, I was quite scared about doing The Fire Walk. In my head were words from Tony’s motivational talks and these words inspired me to challenge myself, face my fears and give The Fire Walk a go. I did walk over the coals as if there was not heat beneath my feet. It didn’t hurt as I thought it might and I was amazed and proud that I took the challenge. It felt as if nothing was beneath my feet. I could hear a saying that Tony likes to challenge attendees with which is “If you can walk on fire, you can do anything”.

Over the four days I had learnt so many new things about myself and so many new strategies to move through life with. I was like a new person and that new person is me. I also met lots of new people and that was a fabulous and fun experience. Out of all the people I met , I felt I made a solid new friend. I now have a friendship circle that includes participants from all over the world. As one of Tony’s ways to meet someone new, he would ask everyone to go and give and receive hugs and do high fives with ten people you have never met before. This was a great way to expand my friendship circle and boost my personal confidences.

There were challenges and surprises and lots of hard work each day but one of the BEST and MOST amazing surprises that Tony organised, was the chance to see Jessica Mauboy perform in the Arena.

The last day saw us playing a multitude of mixed groupings in a series of multiple activities that improved our team building skills and reinforced key strategies. The UPW presenters taught us each day.

That last day was so emotional! All participants and presenters had to say their last goodbyes to each other and then we all left Sydney to go our separate ways.

I believe this was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had in my life! I learned so much from Tony and his business partner Joseph McClendon.

I would like to say that I am keen to stay motivated and am looking forward to being able to attend another UPW Seminar in the near future.

Mikaela Jackson (Year 10)

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)


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!

A word from our Principal

July 2, 2018 at 8:37 am

The first half of the year draws to a close and with it a chance to reflect on a great six months at Girls Grammar.

A big highlight for me has been the chance to get back into the classroom.  It reminds me that core to what we do is teaching and learning.  I have the chance to go on this journey with a truly wonderful group of young women who are engaging, intelligent and who also have the capacity to surprise me with their wit and humour.  I see how they apply themselves to their work. I see their determination to succeed and I know these are qualities not just limited to my class.  These are the characteristics of so many of our girls who are taking advantage of the considerable opportunities they have at Girls Grammar.

Our Year 12 students have led the way.  From the start of the year when they took their first tentative steps into leadership to their formal where they emerged as beautiful young women – the Year 12 class has been getting about the job well.  They have raised money, coordinated Mocktails and semi formals.  They have Relayed for Life, collected for the Salvos, helps the primary girls at Cross Country.  They have prepared for QISSN, played Touch Football judged cattle.  They have sung in choirs, performed in dance and debated with fire.

As we enter the second part of the year, we encourage our girls to keep their eye on the main game – setting yourself up for the best start at a future.  In the next 16 weeks of school, I encourage you to spend the extra time at your desk, complete the extra exercises, commit to your studies.  In the next months, we have important work to do – Core Skills, final exams.

We are looking forward to what promises to be a great semester and we will also welcome 9 new students from a range of backgrounds and places.  It is great to see the enthusiasm each of these girls has shown for starting their Girls Grammar journey.

They will become a part of a community – one that celebrated in style at our recent Race Day.  It was my privilege to tour the school on the Sunday with the 20 year reunion group – (and a couple of 10 years).  I am always struck by the sense of camaraderie these women have after so many years.

It was a wonderful opportunity for me to attend the ICPA conference in Winton recently.  Not only did I get the chance to go back through Emerald – my first posting as a graduate teacher, I got to catch up with a few familiar faces from Alpha, Clermont and the Dawson Valley.  The ICPA is a great advocate for education of rural and remote children and it’s important we support them in their work.

11 weeks certainly proved to be a big term. I want to wish our QISSN team all the best for the upcoming competition in Townsville and thanks Ms Kate Lang for her work with the team.   We start Semester 2 with our delayed Sports Carnivals.  Ms Doherty will accompany the All Schools OzTag team to Brisbane at the end of week 1.  We will also prepare for Rockhampton District Trials in Athletics.  A busy start which will lead up to the announcement of the Australian Educator Awards in August, we we are one of eight finalists in the Regional School of the Year.

I hope that you have a restful break and time with your children and families.  If there is rain – I hope it is beneficial to you and that the frosts don’t hit too hard.  We look forward to seeing you all in Semester 2.

Annual Rotary quiz

May 23, 2018 at 12:26 pm

Our senior team of Jayme McKellar, Chloe Cowan and Aleisha Cesar participated in the Rotary Quiz. Although our girls were in Year 10 and went up against students in Year 12 from other schools in the region, they answered questions well and with much confidence. Our clever, confident and connected RGGS senior team made it through to the semi-finals and only narrowly missed out on a grand final position. A huge congratulations must go to these three girls for their tremendous efforts.

Our junior team of Jordan Austin, Mia Pienaar and Mirae Ries also participated and, for their first ever participation at the Rotary Quiz, gave it a great attempt.


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.

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)

Raven’s Japanese Exchange Experience

February 7, 2018 at 3:32 pm

This year is my first year at Girl’s Grammar, so I’m not well known. Over the recent holidays I won a scholarship to Japan for a month.  How I got this scholarship? I saw a poster about an exchange program to Japan. I love the Japanese culture.  I went to the website and found out that it was sponsored by Mitsui Coal Company with the help of AFS Intercultural programs. Exchanges are offered for different countries and lengths. I  applied to the one-month program by answering questions about myself and why I should be the one to have this exchange, I even had an online interview. I wasn’t sure if I would be successful but about 3 months later I was rewarded the scholarship.

On 28th November I flew to Sydney to have an orientation with the other exchange students and AFS, then flew to Japan. When I arrived in Japan I had a two-day orientation and then got to meet my host family. All the families where very different for each student. Some had younger siblings and some had older. Even though mine was the only family with older siblings, I had so much fun with them. One of my older sisters would sit with me every afternoon just to help me with my Japanese and the other would never stop making me laugh. My big brother was an Art teacher, so he would always teach me new art skills and we would always talk about the animes we like. Week days I went to language school to learn Japanese. My bonds grew with the other exchange students and they pushed me to things that were way out of my comfort zone, but I’m glad to say they all gave me confidence in everything. I had many friends during this period. On weekends it was a totally different story because my host family would take me out to experience the culture. My two favourite things were trying on a kimono and my big brother teaching me kendo. This was a really amazing experience and left me great memories.

I highly suggest to my fellow peers if you want to go on a foreign exchange, just go for it because you will never know unless you give it a go!

Arigatou gozaimasu

Raven AhChoo (Year 10)

Equestrian News

September 26, 2017 at 10:27 am

A HUGE congratulations to Emily Lang and Amelia Driscoll. Emily won silver at the 2017 Pony Club National finals in the first week of the September holidays. That makes her the Australian Reserve Champion!  Amelia finished 8th in the sub-junior Showjumping.

In the second week Karlee Barlow and Tayla Wallace join Emily to compete in the Interschool Nationals. Good luck in Toowoomba girls!

Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art

August 17, 2017 at 3:15 pm

Bonnie-May Allen and Jasmine Mick have been chosen to represent Rockhampton Girls Grammar School at the Creative Generations Excellence Awards in Visual Art for the Central Queensland Region. If one of them gets chosen as the winner, their work will be then exhibited at GoMA and will be part of a travelling exhibition around Australia.

Exhibition dates: Tuesday 8 August – Saturday 19 August at Walter Reid Building

Award ceremony: Saturday 19 August 2pm at Walter Reid Building, all welcome

Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art

The Awards recognise and promote excellence in senior visual art education throughout Queensland state and non-state schools.

Since 1990, the program has helped raise community awareness of the degree of sophistication in concepts, diversity of technical competence, and the high standard of visual art education in Queensland secondary schools.

Being a finalist or winning this award plays a large role in the professional careers of many students who have gone on into areas but not limited to:

Visual Communication, Digital Media, Photography, Design, Arts Management, Art Therapy, Education, Arts, Fashion and Textiles, Film and TV, Media and Communication, Display and Events, Industrial Design: Product, Vehicle, Furniture, Ergonomics… Built Environment: Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Environmental Design, Urban Design, Architectural History, Planning (Urban or Regional)… Interior: Design, Architecture or Decoration…Graphic Design, Illustration… IT: Software Development, Web Development, Web Design, Computer Graphics, Animation, Creative Tech, Virtual Worlds Programming, Media, Graphics, Advertising

Mrs Nora Hanasy-Cheers (Senior Visual Arts Teacher)

Morning Bulletin Young Writer of the Month – Darcie Lang

August 17, 2017 at 3:04 pm

Congratulations Darcie on winning the Morning Bulletin’s Young Writer of the Month Award for July.

Her mystery short thriller “Abandonment” will captivate you and hold you in suspense.

Bella Voce wins Gold at CQU Jazz Festival

August 17, 2017 at 2:55 pm
Bella Voce was awarded Gold at the CQU Jazz Festival!

The girls worked really hard and were rewarded for their efforts.

Congratulations to Tia Wilson, Mirae Ries, Tiarna Ceyhan, Charlotte Graham, Chloe Cowan, Lily Geary, Teagan Harker, Isla Houston, Molly Harwood, Aleisha Cesar, Georgina Driscoll and 
Courtney Smith.

If you missed out on these award winning performances visit our Facebook page .

Ms Christina Bond (Instrumental Music Coordinator)



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)

Equestrian Team Success

June 29, 2017 at 11:40 am

Results from the Interschool State Championships in Toowoomba:

RGGS Reserve Champion School, only two points behind Stuartholme.

Matilda Donaldson 5th and Taylor Wallace 1st  in the 90 cm  Secondary Showjumping with 64 in group.
Taylor Wallace 5th and Karlee Barlow 1st 100 cm group  with 47 competitors.
Emily Lang 6th overall in the 110 cm group with 35 competitors.
Sarah Donaldson completed each round well in the 70 cm but did not place.
Tayla and Karlee have been selected in the QLD Team to compete at the Nationals in September in Toowoomba.

Tammy Lang, Equestrian Manager

A message from the Principal

June 23, 2017 at 11:30 am

As we come to the end of Semester 1, the girls were asked to reflect on their learning in their Type Three writing this morning.  When I think back over the semester, I am struck by the amount of learning and opportunity the girls have had this year.  From our very youngest students in Prep who are starting the journey of learning with sight words, writing and basic numeracy to the Year 12 girls who have been working earnestly to prepare for a future pathway, the core of the day is about learning.  We have been very fortunate to enhance that learning this year with a visit from Dr John Collins from the USA who spent three days working with members of staff to fine tune their craft.  This opportunity gave us a capacity to reach into the latest research in what is effective in schools and the benefits will flow on from here.

One of the things that Dr Collins spoke about the notion of ‘productive struggle’.  The notion of this might appear more apparent in physical pursuits – like at the gym.  We know that to build muscle and endurance, we have to experience a little discomfort.  Sometimes we may even be told to repeat something to failure.  Dr Marcell Bullmaster-Day, states that ‘significant, durable academic learning is difficult’.   Effective learning can be built out of ‘effortful practice that goes beyond passive reading, listening or watching.’  Persistence is one of the key features of ‘productive struggle’ and I’d argue of coping with living and this is a reality that is fast approaching for our senior students.

The development of skills that contribute to overall well-being is also a crucial part of school life.  The cocurricular and pastoral care  parts of the School calendar contribute to these skills being developed.   I was able to attend the Music Progress Concert last night.  This is a great example of our girls stepping outside of their comfort zones and participating in performance.  The challenges of that will assist the girls in perhaps being willing to put themselves forward later in life, with confidence.  We see skills being developed in sports – win, loss, unfairness, a bad referee call (I have heard a lot about ‘that’ try in the Manly v Newcastle game), these are all parts of the game that can help develop persistence if we allow them to.

I would like, on that note, to wish our QISSN team the best as they travel to Brisbane to participate in the Independent Schools Netball Competition and to thank Ms Kate Lang and Ms Natalie Spence for travelling with them as coach and manager.  This is a significant investment of their time with our girls. I look forward to seeing the girls play.  The music department is going on the road over the break, showcasing our musical programs to schools in the west.  Thank you to Ms Jessica Dawes and Ms Nora Hanasy-Cheers who will be on the road with them.  Our Equestrian girls have competition in the Inter School State Championships and I also wish them the best – especially as they travel to cooler climates to compete.  Claire (Year 10) will participate in the Central Queensland rowing Competition in Bundaberg.  It seems that not even the holidays can dampen the girls’ learning.

I would like to also thank the parents and members of our community who helped out with Race Day.  This is a massive social event on the Rockhampton calendar and it was another successful day.  I would like to acknowledge Mrs Vicki Jackson and her committee for the amazing job that they have done.  I would also like to acknowledge the small but hard working group of parents who gave their time particularly in preparation and behind the scenes on the day.  When we put out the call, we said that it would only be a couple of hours – and with a bank of helpers that is true.  I know that some of you stayed well, well beyond two hours and I want to thank you for your dedication and commitment to this significant fundraiser.  Thank you.

In Term 3, we welcome Mr Rex Boggs, who will work a half timetable in Mathematics for us in Term 3.  Mr Boggs is almost legendary in the world of Mathematics teaching from his days at Rockhampton Grammar School.  We welcome him here to provide extra expertise to our team and specialist support for not only our senior girls but some of our junior classes.

I’d like to remind our parents that Academic and Community colours will be awarded at the start of Semester 2.  The girls were sent a survey earlier which seeks to ensure that we have the full information on what they have achieved.  Cultural and Sport colours are presented annually as per the handbook. I look forward to celebrating the efforts of our girls.

Mrs Christine Hills, Principal


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!

Eisteddfod – Instrumental Results

June 23, 2017 at 11:09 am

Eisteddfod is finally over!

Final results for instrumental:

RGGS woodwind ensemble Very Highly Commended (that is 4th out of 17 competitors)

RGGS Recorder ensemble didn’t place, but some very lovely comments.

The String Ensemble didn’t place, but played really well. This is the first time in well over 15 years that we have actually had a string ensemble in the Eisteddfod, so that in itself is an amazing achievement. The girls are a beginner group and were up against some very well established groups. Jess Paton has worked so hard with this group and has done an incredible job. Bigger and better things to come from this group!

We had some very good individual results too –

  • Chloe Cowan – 1st for the Sonata and Accompaniment Section
  • Aleisha Cesar and Chanya Clark – 1st in 14 and Under Woodwind Trio/Duo
  • Aleisha Cesar – 1st for 12 and Under 14 Woodwind Solo
  • Aleisha Cesar – 2nd Under 14  Australian Composer
  • Aleisha Cesar – Highly Commended for Under 14 Modern Solo
  • Mirae Ries – Highly Commended for 14 and Under Brass Solo

Thank you to everyone for your support and encouragement.

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

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)


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)




Student Achievement – Prefect – Monique Hill

June 7, 2017 at 7:59 am

It is with great happiness that I announce we recently acknowledged Year 12 student Monique Hill with a Prefectship.  It was a moment of recognition for the way in which Monique has committed herself to the life of the School as a senior leader.

What was particularly notable was the fact that her peers were very active in advocating for her to be recognised in this way.  I wish to affirm the way in which the girls acknowledge each other and work together.  This is an outstanding community of young women, who are very connected.

Monique is an example of the power of perseverance and quiet determination.  Her commitment to school activities, the transition days in 2016, sport carnivals and the Sister Program have been well observed by others.

I wish to congratulate Monique and thank her for her commitment to the school and her fellow students.

Mrs Christine Hills (Principal)

Primary Prep to 3 Cross Country

May 17, 2017 at 2:28 pm

In our last House meeting the Prep to Year 3 students had their Cross Country event. Great support was given to the younger students by their older sisters as they cheered all girls who completed the 1 km course with ease. Thanks to the House Prefects who led the cheering and special thanks to the senior students who ran with the Prep students in the ‘First and Last Race’. Winning students received their place ribbon from POLYWONGA and Mrs Hills.

Race Results


1st– Emily Schafer

2nd Ashlyn CoxPrimary Prep_3 Cross Country_polywonga

3rd Chantelle Dellow

Year 1

1st Ella Williams

2nd Charli Donaldson

3rd Rahnee Cummer

Year 2

1st Phoebe Fenton

2nd Maya Graham-Hohn

3rd Ella Curtis-Bryant IMG_3718

Year 3

1st Lydia Johnstone

2nd Paige Ung

3rd Willow Parnell


Scott Fuller (Sports Coordinator)

2017 CQUni Team Cooking Competition – Winners

May 17, 2017 at 2:26 pm

Girls Grammar students Natalie Bird, Kiara-Ann Crummer, Jestelle Cowley and Monique Hill competed against five other schools within the CQ Region in the recent CQUni Team Cooking Competition. Not only did they work with respect and a positive work attitude, they were able to produce three wonderfully creative dishes from the mystery box challenge.

With a huge score of 302.5, they walked away overall winners!

Congratulations to these four talented students!

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Student Achievements – Katelyn & Makayla Holznagel & Ella Curtis-Bryant

May 17, 2017 at 2:13 pm

Katelyn, Makayla and Ella competed in the Alpaca parading representing Capricorn Camelid Club (which is the Queensland division of Alpaca youth groups) at the BundabeHolznagel_Apaca_2rg Argro TreHolznagel_Alpacand on the weekend 5 – 6 May.

Katelyn received a first for Showmanship, first in Stockmanship and overall intermediate champion for open and supreme champion in open division. Because of these results, she has now received a place to compete in nationals representing Queensland later in the year.

Makayla received a first for Showmanship and a first in Stockmanship.

Ella received first in Showmanship in her age group and fourth in Stockmanship.

They all received ribbons.

Kelly Holznagel

Exciting News from our Equestrian Team

May 15, 2017 at 1:39 pm

2017 PCQ State Equitation and Showjumping Champions at Maryborough

Karlee Barlow, Amelia Driscoll, Sarah Donaldson, Matilda Donaldson, Tyla Cringle, Brodie Donaldson, Tayla Wallace and I recently competed at the State Equitation and Showjumping championships at the Maryborough Showgrounds during the Easter School Holidays.

Overall Results – Tayla Wallace Equitation 13 and under 15 years age group placed third on her mare ‘Pop Tart’. She then went on to place fourth in the 70cm Showjumping.

Sarah Donaldson competed in the 15 and under 17 years age group for Equitation, finishing 16th in an extremely competitive group on her horse Gamest Snowey. However, Sarah was unable to finish competing in the Show jumping as Snowey became injured and had to be withdrawn.

Matilda Donaldson, Equitation in the 13 and under 15 years age group, placed sixth on her horse Gamest Macedon and placed seventh in the 80cm Show Jump.

Brodie Donaldson, Equitation, competed on her horse Force in the 13 and under 15 years age group finishing 16th and in the 70cm Showjumping group came 17th. Well done Brodie as it was her first state comp.

Tyla Cringle, Equitation, riding her grey mare Zahara, placed ninth in the 13 and under 15 years age group and also 9th in the 70cm Show jump class.

Emily Lang placed third in the 15 and under 17 years equitation on Chandelier and finished 12th in the 1mtr Showjumping class.

However, the real stars of the competition were Karlee Barlow and Amelia Driscoll.

Amelia, on her trusty Horse Tatiana, came 11th in the Equitation, and then went on to win GOLD in the 12 and under Showjumping. Millie was named in the Queensland Showjumping state team. Please put your hands together for Millie and her horse Tatty.

Karlee, riding her new horse Ana Banana, also won GOLD in Equitation in the 15 and under 17 years age group, which consisted of over 40 riders. She then went on to place sixth overall in the very competitive 1m Showjumping class. Well done Karlee. Karlee and I plus two other riders from our Zone won the Zone Equitation Team.

Because we hadn’t quite had enough of horses for one set of holidays we all then went and competed at Yeppoon in the interschool combined training and Showjumping competition which saw us all qualify for the Interschool State championships held in Toowoomba during the June/ July school holidays. Finally, two weeks ago, our RGGS eventing Super Squad traveled to Yeppoon once again for the Capricorn Equestrian Group One Day Event, also receiving state qualifiers for the Interschool Championships held in Toowoomba.

Karlee and Ana won the pre novice 1.05m group and placed third In the Intro 80cm class on Barlow Park Petite Obsession. Emily Lang first 1.10m One Star on My Spirit Obsession and first in the Preliminary 95cm on Chandelier also taking out the highest placing junior for the event. Sarah Donaldson second 60cm on Gamest Snowey. Tyla Cringle did well in the intro 80cm on Zahra. Brodie Donaldson second in the intro 80cm on her horse Force. Tayla Wallace fourth in the preliminary 95cm on Barlow Park Too Easy. Milly Donaldson and Georgia Davies rode their horses extremely well.

Karlee & MillieAmelia and I received letters of offer to represent Queensland at the National Championships to be held in Toowoomba from 18-22 September 2017. Millie for Showjumping and myself for Eventing.

From Emily Lang (Yr 12)