Annual Rotary quiz

May 23, 2018 at 12:26 pm

Last night our senior team of Jayme McKellar, Chloe Cowan and Aleisha Cesar participated in the annual Rotary Quiz. Although our girls were in grade 10 and went up against students in grade 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.

On Monday night, 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.

Debating

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

Prep                       

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

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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)

 

Student Achievement – Wandoan Show

May 4, 2017 at 3:25 pm

Katrina and Tayla Cann along with Kasey Davies competed in Stock horse events at the recent Wandoan Show.

Tayla was in tTayla Champion Local Rider 2017he pony ring for the last year as she is now 16yrs. She received Champion Local rider and Reserve Led Hunter Champion. She also had a young (3 1/2 yr) mare competing at her first show that went very well.  Congratulations!

Katrina, Tayla & Kasey

Rotary Exchange Update – Sophie Harwood

May 4, 2017 at 3:23 pm

It is very exciting to hear the adventures of 2016 Head Girl, Sophie Harwood during her Rotary Exchange trip to Vienna.

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For the past two weeks I was attending a language course, organised by the two districts 1910 and 1920. All the inbounds in Austria come to this camp to improve their German skills, as well as attend orientation courses learning about the culture. On the camp there are 24 students, with 15 Australians as the majority, with a couple other students from New Zealand, Argentina, Columbia and Peru. We have all really enjoyed the company of familiar experiences and have made many friends on this camp. My language skills still have a long way to go but I feel that this camp has given me the first steps I needed, so in the long run I can become fluent. I have learnt how to introduce myself in German, as well as simple sentences, and a small amount of Grammar. We were also given textbooks to work our way through once we left the camp to continue improving our German. Each afternoon at 3 we were dismissed and could walk down to the lake, and explore the town we are in, Almunster. The Aussies took pride in carrying our flag around the small town, trying out our German on whoever would listen and help us improve. Another highlight was getting the chance to spend a day in Salzburg, we got to explore Mozart’s heritage, were he was born and also where he created many of his legendary pieces. In the afternoon we got the chance to explore more of the sites in Salzburg, including many of the cathedrals and the iconic landscapes and scenery. It was an intense week of study, but very worthwhile. I am now going back to school for three weeks, before joining back up with the group for ski camp. I am looking forward to seeing everyone again when this comes around.

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Student Achievement – Georgina Driscoll

May 4, 2017 at 2:56 pm

Year 12 Student, Georgina Driscoll recently worked as a Composer with the Yeppoon Little Theatre on their production of the Importance of Being Ernest.

What an achievement at such a young age!

Congratulations Georgina! We look forward to your next composition.

Yeppoon Little Theatre

Student Achievement – Giselle Atlas

May 4, 2017 at 2:51 pm

Giselle Atlas – A Star on the Rise

It takes courage and confidence to be a successful actor, and even the most experienced performers report butterflies before treading the boards. Girls Grammar’s own Giselle Atlas stole the show last monthGiselle Atlas Rockhampton Little Theatre at the Rockhampton Little Theatre’s series of short plays, Short Attention Span. Being much younger than her fellow performers, this year 6 student held her own with excellent characterisation and stage presence beyond her years. Giselle featured in two plays, embodying the bookish younger sister in the ensemble cast of Holidazed and starring in the thrilling two-hander, Three’s Lucky. After such impressive performances, it’s clear that this young performer is definitely one to watch. Well done Giselle!

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

Student Achievement – Kelsey Kleier

May 4, 2017 at 2:45 pm

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During February, I was lucky enough to travel to New Zealand with eight other team members consisting of bull riders, steer riders, ropers and barrel racers and competed for Australia in the Trans-Tasman challenge as a barrel racer. My fellow barrel racers and I arrived at Outram, our first rodeo, and met our horse that we borrowed and rode for our first challenge. We had a practise run in the second division and then competed in the challenge where I picked up a fourth. Points are awarded to teams with the fastest times in the barrel racing and roping and for the boys who rode the 8 seconds in bull riding and steer riding.  Australia and New Zealand tied equal at the first rodeo with 90 points each.  We then had a week until our next rodeo so we visited farms where we practised on some of the horses for the challenge and the boys got the opportunity to practise on some bulls. We then travel to Matarua where we borrowed new horses for the challenge however I was unable to ride this horse in the second division and had to borrow another horse.  On this new horse I won the barrel race.  Aussies won the second challenge 140-130 with me placing fifth. After the second challenge, all the horses were placed in a hat and drew out of a hat where we pulled out the horses we were going to ride in the last challenge, a new horse for everyone again. The next day we travelled to Kelsey Kleier RodeoSouthland rodeo where I placed fifth however New Zealand won this challenge. Overall it was a draw between the teams at the end of the challenges. It was a great experience that I will never forget as I learnt a lot and formed great friendships with the New Zealand team mates and families.

Kelsey Kleier
Year 12

Student Achievement – Tylar Cunzolo

February 16, 2017 at 8:42 am

Tylar Cunzolo with NASA Logo at the Houston Space CentreDuring December of last year, I was given the opportunity to travel to Houston America with a group of girls from around Australia to participate in a space school run by NASA and HASSE (Houston Association for Space and Science Education). The reason I wanted to go on this trip was not only to learn about the technology and science used by NASA but to also discover possible career paths for myself and to be innovative about my future. While there I met some amazing people and was able to do and create remarkable things as well as use some of the technology used in space. Many aspects of this trip helped me to learn more about myself and what I want for my future.TC talking with Heather Paul

One of my greatest accomplishments during the two weeks was graduating from Houston Space Centre’s NASA University course, which was a challenging program, that simulated astronaut training and real-world NASA experiences such as robotics, cryogenics, rocketry, Mars Habitat design, and weightlessness in zero gravity environments. Throughout the program my team and I were able to overcome difficult problems and complications, such as building a cost effective and transportable prototype rover to land on Mars and collect information on tHitting the ignition to launch model rocketshe geological structure of the planet. We participated in astronaut training by using scuba diving to simulate zero gravity and complete tasks such as building an airtight chamber underwater while manoeuvring through obstacles. During the training, we also witnessed real astronaut’s training in the Neutral Buoyancy Lab, which is the biggest indoor pool in the world and is used by astronauts to prepare for EVA’s (space walks) in a zero gravity environment. By the end of the course I successfully graduated and my team and I placed second in the team competitions.

TC at the firm where 3D models were constructedThe best experiences came with the technology we used and the things we were able to create. This included planning and constructing prototypes for a Mars rover using methods and technology employed by NASA and other world leading companies. Another incredible opportunity that arose was the chance to meet and talk with a number of astronauts and engineers. Leroy Chiao, one of the astronauts we met, is now a motivational speaker and he gave us some fantastic advice on following your dreamTylar Cunzolo Graduation Certificatess. We met Franklin Chang Díaz, ex-astronaut, who is the leading engineer and CEO of the Ad Astra Rocket Company and Roland Nedelkovich, an engineer who helped design and build the International Space Station. One amazing woman we met was Heather Paul, who is a biomedical engineer; she designs the space suits, environment and conditions the astronauts live in while in space; she also studies psychological and physical effects space has on astronauts, and is the leading engineer in her field. Heather explained to us that being a woman in a field dominated by men is, although sometimes challenging, never a reason to give up and if anSpace Shipon display at NASA Museumything, makes her more determined to succeed. I was extremely inspired after talking to Heather as she emphasised that women can do anything, a saying I commonly hear as the Girls Grammar motto, which she proved with her success and achievements.

To conclude, I am extremely grateful to RGGS and especially my parents for the opportunity I was given to go on this trip. I learnt and gained so much from being able to interact and collaborate with so many like-minded people and use some of the best technology in the world. If given the chance I would love to go back and experience it again and definitely work for NASA as a future career.

Tylar Cunzolo