Week 2 Term 4 Important dates

October 12, 2018 at 9:32 am

Community Notices

October 12, 2018 at 9:31 am

CQ Aquajets – Free Day Out – 14 October 2018

Breast Cancer awareness month

October 2, 2018 at 1:41 pm

Boarding Bulletin – Term 3 Week 8

September 14, 2018 at 3:23 pm

Where has the term gone? Next Friday we will conclude Term 3 with the annual Naarah’s Touch Competition. The day will finish at 12:45 pm followed by Learning Conversations for Year 7 -12 from 1:30 – 6:00pm. This is a great opportunity for you to speak with teachers about your daughter’s academic progress. If you have not already booked an interview, you are still able to do so online through Parent Lounge.

It has been a very busy few weeks in boarding with camp week, Year 10 work experience and QCS. The girls returned from various camp venues, very positive and they enjoyed the experience. Our Year 10 girls, although very tired by Friday, were also positive about their experience and the work opportunities they had in the region.

We also welcomed Leena Russo, our new Chef! The boarders have been most impressed with Leena’s menus and food presentation. Leena is currently working with a group of boarders to design a four -week rotational menu. I am also in the process of conducting a food survey across the school where the girls will be able to make suggestions regarding new food items and healthy options. The results of the survey will be forwarded to Leena and the Spotless Team (Alliance) to assist in finalising the menus and meeting student/staff dietary needs.

This weekend the girls will be busy packing and cleaning their rooms in preparation for the end of term. We will have over 150 billets using our boarding facilities during the first week of the holidays. The girls will need to ensure they have all their belongings locked away or placed in the storage rooms. Our billets arrive 12 noon Friday.

At the end of this term we will farewell one of our Boarding Supervisors, Ms Trudie Petrie. Ms Petrie has been fantastic in driving our boarders to local venues and she played a major part in Sunday Golf and Softball on the oval. I wish Ms Petrie all the very best in the future.

 

We welcome to boarding, Miss Claudia Donaldson from Alpha, who will be assisting in the Junior Dorm at weekends. Miss Donaldson completed her schooling as a boarder at Stuartholme School in Brisbane and is currently completing a Bachelor of Nursing at CQU. Having experienced boarding life herself, Claudia will be fantastic support to our girls. Welcome Claudia!

 

The girls will finish the weekend activities for the term with a sports day on the oval and a “Dinner in Pyjamas” at McKeague hall on Sunday evening.

Weekend Activities – 14, 15, 16 September

Have a great weekend and I look forward to catching up if you are in Rockhampton next week.

Mrs Bernadette Hyde-Mewburn (Director of Boarding and Student Welfare)

 

A word from our Principal

September 7, 2018 at 4:14 pm

A Word from our Principal

August 31, 2018 at 10:30 am

The week began early this week with a full day of Optiminds on Sunday.  What an amazing day it was.  Girls Grammar led the way not only hosting the event but participating very successfully.  My congratulations go to all the girls who competed. I’d also like to recognise the efforts of the many parents who supported and assisted on the day – with our teams and our hosting duties.  Congratulations to our winners, Highly Commanded team and the Spirit Award winners.  We look forward to seeing the progress of our year 10/11 team and our year 5 team as they travel to Brisbane to participate in the state finals.  Thank you to Mrs Gouge who led a team of staff to ensure the day was a successful one for Girls Grammar.

 

This week was exam block.  These exams are arguably some of the most important the year 12’s will do.  I have been impressed with the girls’ dedication to their studies and I suspect there has been much midnight oil burnt this week.  Thank you to Dr Fry for co-ordinating the exam block and ensuring our girls are in line with QCAA requirements for the end of the year.

 

The year 8 girls had an opportunity to participate in the QMEA Energy for the Future Challenge in Blackwater this week.  This is an opportunity available only to QMEA schools and provides the girls with the chance to work with members of industry in resource related fields.  Well done to all of the girls who took up this opportunity.

 

I was pleased to be able to attend the great debate between RGGS and Heights Senior teams on Wednesday night.  The topic that “Free will is an illusion” was a challenging one and I was impressed with the level of complexity in the girls’ arguments – from religion to chaos theory and every stop in between.  Our debaters have done us proud this year – Brianna, Taylor and Kailee.  It’s been inspirational to see them grow.

 

Our NAPLAN data was released this week and initial view of it once again affirms the quality of teaching and learning at Girls Grammar.  Once again, we lead the way in writing but the big improver this year has been numeracy.  I will include a more detailed breakdown of the results in the coming week.

 

Next week is camp week – and it’s a highlight of the year for many.  With girls heading to all parts of the state, it promises to be a great week of leadership, adventure and friendship.  It’s amazing how clearly I remember the camps I went to when I was at school. I hope the girls all enjoy themselves.  Our year 10 students will go to work experience during the week as well.  This is a great opportunity for them to dip their toes into the world of work!  Our year 11’s will participate in leadership activities in preparation to prefectship next year.  The year 12’s will sit the Queensland Core Skills Test under the supervision of Dr Fry.  Good luck girls – you are ready for it!

 

There are a number of activities for the boarders this weekend which should be a great break from the rigours of study!  Friday Night basketball, Saturday shopping, the St Brendan’s Rodeo and a trip to the new Kershaw gardens on Sunday should provide every girl at least one opportunity to get out and about this weekend.   Thank you to the Boarding Staff for their commitment to the girls.  Mrs Hyde Mewburn is on bereavement leave for the next few days with the passing of her father on Thursday.  We extend our deepest condolences to her and her family.  Mrs Rattenbury and Mrs Ung are points of contact in her absence.

 

Until next week

 

RGGS Weekly Roundup – Term 3 Week 5

August 24, 2018 at 2:45 pm

It has been another week of celebration of our girls achievements at Girls Grammar.  I was very pleased to be able to attend the Reflections art show this week.  This exhibition of student work has been prepared by Mrs Hanasy-Cheers.  It is a wonderful display of the talents of our girls.  I was extremely impressed with the quality of the work and very much so by the work of some of our younger girls.  It’s a great example of what passionate teaching and love for a subject can produce.   Thank you to all involved.

Congratulations to all of our girls who participated in the recent Capricornia Athletics Trials in Emerald – it’s a huge commitment of time.  I would like to acknowledge all of the girls and their parents for their efforts.  Particular congratulations go to the four athletes who were selected in the Capricornia team  – two from Year 10 – Jayme and Abigail and two from Year 12 – Sherri and Jemma. Good luck to all of you for the next stage.  It goes to show that a small school environment is no barrier to excellence in sport.

We have also had some other outstanding sporting/artistic achievements  – with Macey (Year 11) in the State Baton Twirling and Bridie (Year 5) competing in the National PhysiPole Aerials this weekend.

It’s Book Week  – a celebration of all things reading. Thank you to Mrs Donaldson who has steered the helm of the celebrations from the library.  With everything form the inter-house reading challenge to scavenger hunt to the Book Week costume parade, it certainly is a highlight of the school year.  I have been spending some time looking for inspiration for a costume and have been amazed by some of the stand outs on Facebook over the course of the week.  These will surely be matched by the efforts of our girls today.  For me, can I say thank goodness for the Harry Potter series which makes an old academic gown a great costume! Photos will be uploaded to our Website Photo Gallery shortly

Last weekend, Mr Edwards, Mrs Hyde-Mewburn, Mr Borg, Mr Ross Johnson and I represented Girls Grammar at the Australian Educator Awards.  Whilst we did not come away with the final trophy – it was certainly a great honour to be in a room of some of the most outstanding schools in the nation.  It was a privilege to be able to fly the Girls Grammar flag in such company.  Congratulations to Kangaroo Island Community College who took out our category.

As we head into a Boarder’s long weekend, I hope that all the girls have a chance to recoup and prepare for the second half of the term.  The next two weeks will be amongst some of the most important in our Year 12 students’ schooling – with an exam block followed by Core Skills Testing in Week 7.  I cannot stress enough the importance of staying focused and on task.  There is time enough for rest and parties later in the year.  Right now, we need to be honed in on preparing a solid foundation for our futures.  I wish all the girls the best for their exam block.

Mrs Christine Hills (Principal)

Year 9/10 Art

August 6, 2018 at 3:24 pm

Emu Park SLSC Sign on dates

August 6, 2018 at 2:17 pm

Week 3 Term 3 Important dates

August 3, 2018 at 12:18 pm

Boarding Weekend activities

August 3, 2018 at 8:42 am

A word from our Deputy Principal Michelle Gouge

July 2, 2018 at 8:28 am

We have reached the half way point! What an exciting Semester we have had, especially being awarded Finalist Regional School of the Year in the Australian Education Awards. By now many of you have received your Academic Reports for the Semester. I encourage you to now to get some rest, enjoy some well-deserved family time and refocus for the Semester ahead. Reporting time is a great reflection on the efforts you have contributed towards your studies. It is a time to ask yourself the question, ‘did I give my best effort?’ We have been working at a whole school level on focusing on the growth mindset strategy of effort praise versus person praise. Carol Dweck’s studies have proven when we give feedback on the effort being applied to the task, rather than the outcome, improved results are seen.

We will be welcoming a number of new students to our community next Semester which is always exciting to see students desiring to be a Girls Grammar girl. Please make our new families feel welcome and a part of this very special place.

I trust that you will have an enjoyable time over the next couple of weeks. We have a very exciting event coming to our school next term as we are hosting OptiMinds. Girls Grammar will have ten teams participating in this unique competition. Good luck girls. I am sure the effort you put into preparing, rehearsing and resource building will be well worth it on the day!

See you on the playground.

Michelle Gouge

Community Notices – Rockhampton Regional Libraries

July 2, 2018 at 8:24 am

 

School Holiday Activities – Rockhampton Regional Libraries

Create a Picture Book Competition – Rockhampton Regional Libraries and National Children’s Week

 

Music Progress Concert

June 22, 2018 at 1:09 pm

Music Progress Concert – the girls performed confidently and the night was a wonderful showcase of the progress made during Semester 1.

Thank you to the music teachers,  Ryan Cheers for sound, Shyane Yates for compering, Tia Wilson for photography and Tyla Cringle for helping backstage.

Week 5 Term 2 Important dates and 2018 Timetable information for Parents

May 11, 2018 at 2:06 pm

Week 2 Term 2 Important dates

April 20, 2018 at 2:31 pm

Our Girls top the State

April 6, 2018 at 2:07 pm

NEWS FLASH. Coco Doblo and Sydney Peff topped the State in their grades for AMEB in Performance & Drama.  Coco for Grade 3 and Sydney for Grade 4.

Coco has now topped the State for THREE consecutive years and is the only student to do this. Congratulations and well done!

Now that’s clever and confident!

QMEA Schools Shave for a Cure Challenge 2018

March 6, 2018 at 2:21 pm

This year, as part of our participation in the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA)  the Middle School Council has accepted the QMEA Schools Shave for a Cure Challenge 2018. See attached Flyer.

We have registered the School for the challenge and will contribute our donations from Funky Hair Day Friday 16 March 2018. If you would like to pledge further support please donate at the School’s fundraising page:

https://secure.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?RegistrationID=710811

Today another 35 Australians will be told they have a blood cancer. The money raised will give them all the support they need to beat their blood cancer. It will fund vital research so more people survive blood cancers like lymphoma, leukaemia and myeloma.

 

Community Notice

March 2, 2018 at 11:32 am

4-12 Swimming Carnival

February 22, 2018 at 11:34 am

Determined and Motivated, on 13 February, Paterson, Smith, Williams and Downs arrived at the Southside Pool, prepared for what would be a hot yet enjoyable event. Dressed fittingly as Baywatch lifeguards, Paterson were pumped and ready to rule the pool. Vying for the top spot, the Mighty Williams Hawaiians were prepared to show everyone how it was done, while the sensational Smith ‘Strayans’ reminded us of the true Aussie spirit. Finally, dressed as Luigi, Downs House were raring to tear up the pool like their namesakes had done on the track.

With the atmosphere filled with endless spirit and the houses lining the pool edge to cheer on their own, it was finally time for the events to begin. Beginning 100m freestyle and followed by not only the 50m events but also relays, there was a race for everyone and many taken opportunities for everyone to be involved. From competitors completing their first events, to swimmers jumping in to escape the heat and the seniors completing their final swimming carnival events, the participation on the day remains second to none.

With fierce competition, it proved a valiant effort from Williams House claiming them the top spot. In the final tallies Downs was a close second with Paterson and Smith following. Prestigious and highly sought after, Downs House took out the Spirit Award with enthusiasm and encouragement being prominent themes.

While hot and humid, the 2018 4-12 Swimming Carnival was filled with spirit, enthusiasm and determination. Congratulations must also be passed on to our Age Champions:

Aimee Leane, Downs House Prefect.

Age Champions

10 Years – Eleanor Jacobson

11 Years – Fynn McSherry

12 Years – Georgia Priddle

13 Years – Jordan Austin

14 Years – Bethany Harth

15 Years – Frances Watson (Prosser)

16 Years – Madison Standing

Open – Lucinda Simmons

Week 5 Term 1 Important dates

February 16, 2018 at 1:43 pm

Week 4 Term 1 Important dates

February 9, 2018 at 2:24 pm

Week 3 Information

February 5, 2018 at 8:59 am

A message from the Principal

September 27, 2017 at 1:49 pm

Term 4 is always a time of great anticipation at Girls Grammar.  For our Year 12 girls it is a time of preparing for the world beyond our school.  There will be a mixture of emotions for our girls: excitement, celebration but also an amount of trepidation.  What we are confident of, however, is that our Seniors have the skills and the qualities they will need as they move into the next chapter of their lives.  Like the generations of girls who have gone before them, the class of 2017 will move out into a range of communities where they will make their marks.  We look forward to guiding our Seniors through their last exams and the last of their celebrations with us.

Term 4 will see Girls Grammar commemorate Pink Week – a week when we focus on raising awareness of Breast Cancer and the impacts it has on those who suffer from it and those around them. We hope you will join us in our efforts. Our Head Girls will lead the week with an event designed to put our pink on display.  We hope to involve the other High Schools in Rockhampton in “Go Pink for Cancer Awareness” campaign.  More details will follow so keep an eye out for that.   A highlight of the week is our annual Bulls n Barrels which will be held on Saturday 21 October.  Join us for a great night of entertainment and action.

I am pleased to welcome Ms Jessica Lamb back to Girls Grammar this term.  Ms Lamb will work with Ms McVeigh in Drama and the Arts.  I have also asked Ms Lamb to assist our Seniors with their end of year events – so she will be very active in Pink Week.  It’s great to have a teacher with such energy and passion for her work come home to Girls Grammar.

As we move through Term 4, it is important for the girls to remain focused on the core business – learning.  Research clearly shows the link between attendance and achievement.  Although it is a busy term, it’s  important that they make every day count.  Our Senior girls particularly must stay focused on their assessment and meeting the requirements of the QCAA with regards to exams and assignments.  One of the benefits of being at Girls Grammar is the small class sizes.  This gives our girls access to teachers and feedback at a level incomparable in other schools.  I encourage all our girls to take advantage of this support.

I am looking forward to the events and activities that make our school the amazing community it is this term.  We have a distinctive culture at Girls Grammar.  Join us in celebrating what it is to be a Girls Grammar girl.

Mrs Christine Hills (Principal)

School Stockings Available

June 23, 2017 at 11:07 am

With the colder weather upon us, the P&F Shop has School Stockings/tights available for $5.95 per pair.

Sizes – Girls 6 to Ladies XL are in stock!  Get in quick before they’re gone!

Mrs Karen Wallace (RGGS Shop)

Staffing News

May 4, 2017 at 4:10 pm

We extend a warm welcome to new editions to the administration team:  Michelle Birse – Reception, Katrina Lapthorn – Accountant and Joshua Matthews – HR/Payroll.josh katrina

However, it is with sadness we farewell the following staff – Theresa Egerton, Kelila Ives and Noeleen Leis.  We thank them for their contribution to Rockhampton Girls Grammar and wish them all the best with their future endeavours.

Michelle Birse

Gaia Festival and 125th Celebrations

February 16, 2017 at 8:59 am

We are seeking quality market stalls and food vendors for our Gaia Festival and Open Day, then into the 125 Party on 22 April. Please contact Tammy Lang if you would like a stall or know of a great idea to make this celebration of 125 years of Girls Grammar the best it can be.

BREAKING NEWS – We have famous and amazing  ‘old girl’ talent Gretel Scarlett, Sarah Sullivan and Camille Trail performing for us at the Progressive Dinner!! Get your tickets now as they are selling fast.

Kim Dixon – Enterprise Manager

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News from the Principal

November 11, 2016 at 1:14 pm

The end of the year is always full of mixed emotions.  At this time of year, we begin the road to farewell our seniors, some of whom have been with us for 13 years and who are very much a part of the fabric of the school. We wish them the very best for their future – whatever that may hold.  You will always be a part of the Girls Grammar family.

We also celebrate at this time with our new leadership team – our Year 11 prefects.  Final positions will be announced 2017-prefectsat Speech Night.   I wish to congratulate all girls who stood for office this year – it is no small feat to step forward into the light of leadership.  Our new team of leaders will provide a great deal of enthusiasm and inspiration for all of our girls and I look forward to watching them grow as leaders.

Speech night is a celebration of the work of the school this year.  We look forward to sharing with our community the achievements of our girls across the school.  There has been a wealth of learning and opportunities for the girls this year and each experience helps our girls grow.  Well done to our students.

As we move forward into 2017, we begin the task of timetabling classes for next year.  Dr John Fry has this task well in hand.  There will be changes to the executive structure of the school next year, which have been made in response to the school review which was done earlier in the year.

From 2017, the executive structure of the school will be realigned to clarify roles and responsibilities.  The Principal will remain as the head of the school and will be supported by a Deputy Principal, Director of Boarding and Welfare and a Business Manager. This organises the school into its three core components – with a focus on teaching and learning.  Core to teaching and learning is the welfare of the girls and the fact that nearly a third of our girls live on site.  RGGS, is proudly a Boarding School. The business of the school allows the core work to be done.   Parents and staff clearly and unanimously identified the importance of having clear lines of reporting and accountability.

The executive team will further embrace program Heads who will work in each section of the school to ensure strategic plan is enacted effectively.  This will include Heads of program in business and teaching and learning.   A full organisational chart will be available by the end of the year when all positions are filled.

As we move into 2017, it is with much sadness that we announce the departure of some of our teachers.  We wish them well in their new endeavours and trust that RGGS will always hold a fond place in their career.

Mr Mark Avery – has accepted a position at Brisbane Grammar School, aveteaching history.  He described it to me as his ‘dream job’.   Mark has played a significant role in the development of history and the classics at RGGS.  He has worked enthusiastically on value adding to the way in which our middle school students experience history and the social sciences.  He has also been a stalwart of the 125th Committee and the Paterson Hall Heritage Museum project and I know his skills in that will be sorely missed.rok

Ms Kaitlin Robbs has accepted a position at Emmaus College in Rockhampton as a drama teacher. I thank Miss Robbs for her service to the learning of the girls at RGGS and the outstanding commitment she showed to creative writing and the professional craft of the teaching of reading

Ms Kathryn Gilmore has announced her decision to resign from teaching.  gilKathryn has made an excellent contribution to RGGS as an English teacher, guiding many of our girls through the literary world.  She has also made a significant contribution as a care mentor – most recently year 12.  We wish her and her family the best as they head into the new year.

It is an exciting time at Rockhampton Girls Grammar as we head into our 125th year.   We are very much looking forward to celebrating the contribution that this great school has made to the education of women.

Christine Hills
Principal

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Year 9 Camp

September 20, 2016 at 2:05 pm

image2This term the Year 9 students packed their bags and traveled down to Noosa North Shore Retreat, where we spent the week doing many personally challenging activities that pushed our strength to the max. Day 1 had us up early ready to conquer the 8 hour bus trip with Ms Lamb and Ms Dawes, who made each individual’s ears bleed as they played their opera and musical theatre jams. We all arrived worn out but excited for the week. Day 2 gave our arms a ripper workout as we set off early and canoed our way over to Boreen Point carrying ourselves and our heavy, fully water proofed bags. image3What we expected to be a two hour canoe turned into a seven hour endurance test, reaffirming our love of dry land. We finished the day setting up our own tents. Whilst some took mere minutes, others took hours before tumbling into our uncomfortable but welcome sleeping bag beds. Day 3 saw us rising early before packing up camp and setting off for a 30 kilometre mountain bike ride. Claire took a big lead, encouraging us from the top of the hill. We finished the day with abseiling where many girls left their comfort zones and slowly made their way down the 50 metre rock face. Our final day of activities started with stand up paddle boarding over stingray infested waters. The camp ended with a beach carnival that brought everyone closer and finished the week on a great note. Thank you to our teachers and the wonderful camp staff who supported us, and especially to our families, for making this all possible.

By Claire Sherry, Cleo McCosker and Briony Tranter

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Hospitality Excursion

June 21, 2016 at 10:10 am

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The Hospitality Students participated in a Breakfast at the Edge Hotel on Thursday 2 June.  This progressed to a hotel familiarisation of the Empire Hotel.  Thanks to Zac Garven the Marketing and Business Development of these hotels for taking our students for a tour of the property and explaining the operational side of this business.  This excursion allowed the students to obtain an in-depth study of the hotel and its facilities.

Written by Stacey Rogers – Home Economics/Hospitality Teacher