What’s been happening in the RGGS Library?

February 15, 2019 at 1:55 pm

Wondering what book to pick up and have a read of?

Wonder no more, Librarian Linda McLeod has reviewed some of the books sitting on the shelves inside the RGGS library.

Click here to read the February Library Newsletter

COMMUNITY NOTICES

February 15, 2019 at 1:49 pm

Have a look below to see what sporting events are on offer in Central Queensland this term.

 

 

Take a look at what our student artists have been creating this year

February 15, 2019 at 1:42 pm

Want to have a look inside what has been happening in the classroom so far this year?
Mrs Hanasy-Cheers has put together some information on a few of the students art works.

Click here to read more

A Word from our Principal

February 8, 2019 at 2:24 pm

What’s on! Term 1 Week 3 2019

February 8, 2019 at 1:43 pm

Community Notices

February 5, 2019 at 3:00 pm

CAPRICORN WRITERS FESTIVAL 
The inaugural Capricorn Coast Writers Festival aims to foster the importance of books and reading by engaging nationally and internationally recognised authors, while providing opportunities for local literary talent to speak, grow, learn and shine.
The festival program is set to inspire writers and readers alike with author panels and talks, workshops and book signings at locations central to the
Yeppoon town centre.
The first ever Capricorn Coast Writers Festival will take place from Friday 31 May to Sunday 2 June 2019.
If you would like more information on the festival, sponsorship or volunteering opportunities contact us through: Facebookcapricorncoastwritersfestival or by email info@capricorncoastwritersfestival.com

CQ HEALTH 2019 SPORTS AND HEALTH EXPO 

The CQ Health 2019 Sports and Health Expo will be back at the Rockhampton  Showgrounds on Sunday 24 February.As always there will be competitions, workshops, demonstrations, interactive sites and this year we are offering junior sporting clinics and the pitstop health check program developed by CQ Health.

There are so many ways to get involved:

ROCKHAMPTON JUNIOR GOLF SIGN ON AND OPEN DAY 

FLIPPA BALL 

SELF DEFENSE LESSONS AT RGGS

Whitetiger (Bac Fu Do) Kung Fu emphasises traditional values, while giving the student a common-sense approach to self-defence for modern times.The guiding philosophy of our training is to teach students that avoidance is better than confrontation. This is achieved by teaching the students to have confidence in their own abilities, also assessing situations before committing to them. We have been training RGGS Students in self-defence since 1999.

The Bac Fu Do Kung Fu syllabus features striking, kicking, ground fighting, grappling, weapons and tactical skills not often found in a single Martial arts style.

All White Tiger Kung-Fu Instructors are Nationally qualified, accredited Teachers of Martial Arts, members of the Australian Kung-Fu (Wu Shu) Federation.

Training takes place at the school on Monday and Thursday nights from 6.30pm to 830pm for more information www.bacfudo.org  call Ann or Brett on 4921 3987 or 0457600002

1st Lesson is Free so you can try it out

All you need to start is comfortable clothing; shorts, a t-shirt, runners and a water bottle.

 

Gondwana National Choir a “wonderful” experience for Isla

February 5, 2019 at 2:59 pm

Congratulations Isla Houston on your selection and participation in the 2019 Gondwana National Choir at the University of New South Wales in January. This program brings together talented young singers, composers and conductors, between the ages of 10 and 25, from all over Australia, who undergo a challenging audition process, for an intensive and unforgettable two-week program in Sydney.

The six Gondwana Choirs are led by Australia’s leading choral conductors and composers. The National Choral School culminates in the Festival of Summer Voices – four consecutive days of exceptional public performances with some choirs continuing overseas throughout the year to places such as the UK, Germany, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Isla was selected to be a part of Gondwana Voices, Australia’s national children’s choir for treble singers aged 10-17. They regularly perform with the country’s leading ensembles and have built a reputation for performances of outstanding musicianship. Gondwana Voices is conducted by Gondwana Choirs Founder and Artistic Director Lyn Williams OAM and Mark O’Leary. Over the Choral School Isla learnt around twelve pieces of music and performed seven of them over the two concerts with the choir (many in different languages).

A range of special electives of musical interest were also on offer at National Choral School for choristers to participate in the two-week program. Isla chose the Community elective which was a group of around thirty treble singers aged about 14-17 from three different choirs. They learnt five songs over three rehearsals and then performed them on three occasions: the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse for cancer patients, the Starlight Room at the Sydney Children’s Hospital and the Montefiore Nursing Home. This was a rewarding and unforgettable experience for her. Isla said “it was an amazing to share the healing power of music and bring some joy. Also having the chance to mingle with the audiences and share experiences was wonderful.”

 

 

What’s on this week at RGGS

February 5, 2019 at 2:56 pm

Please click the link below to find out what is on at the Rockhampton Girls Grammar School this week

Week 2 Term 1 2019 (002) 

Speech Night 2018

December 3, 2018 at 1:34 pm

Our 127th Speech Night was held on Friday 16 November. It was an opportunity to acknowledge our prize winners across Sport, Culture, Citizenship and Academics. For the first time in my 16 years at Girls Grammar, no prize winners were announced until the evening, leaving a heightened sense of anticipation until the last minute. The feedback received has been positive. Congratulations to Amiee Leanne who was awarded dux of the school.

We were treated to performances by Year 6 doing an excerpt from their Musical, Year 4 to 6 Choir, Molti Voce, Bella Voce and Taylor Busbridge with a contemporary dance piece.

We welcomed back 2006 Valedictorian Lacey-Jae O’Halloran as guest speaker who shared what she has learnt since graduating.

A highlight was recognising our incoming prefects and the announcement of Tehila Rasin and Lucy Brown as 2019 Head Girls was greeted with rapturous applause.

Finally, we farewelled our Seniors for the final time with both joy and sadness as Kasey Davies delivered her valedictory speech. Good luck in your future endeavours.

Dr John Fry (Dean of Senior Studies)

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

What’s on….Week 7 Term 4

November 16, 2018 at 4:48 pm

Boarding Bulletin – Week 4 Term 4

November 5, 2018 at 3:53 pm

It is hard to believe we are at Week 5 and in less than two weeks our Year 12’s will be graduating.

Exams will commence for our Year 12 students this Wednesday. I know throughout last weekend, in the boarding house, there was a sense of quiet in Kollar House and it was reassuring to see the girls studying and getting organised. I wish our Year 12 boarders the very best for exam block.

This Saturday night we will be celebrating as a boarding community, our annual Boarders Farewell Dinner. It is always an exciting event and much anticipated, as it is often a mixture of laughter and tears. Our Year 10 boarders will host the event and I thank them in advance for their commitment and especially their fundraising efforts for 2018.

We have several events coming up, including Girls Rock, Graduation, Speech Night and our new boarders Orientation weekend. It will be a busy time for us all. If you are intending to take your daughter(s) out on leave during these events, please use the online boarding electronic leave system (https://boarding.rggs.qld.edu.au), regarding approval. This assists in the organisation of buses, meals and staffing.

I look forward to the coming weeks and fare-welling our Year 12 boarders. It has been a pleasure to work with them over the last couple of years and, as I have said previously, it is not the length of time that defines the experience, I believe it is the quality of the girls in our care that makes boarding a daily joy.

Ms Bernadette Hyde-Mewburn (Director Boarding and Student Welfare)

Week 4 Term 4 2018 Important dates

October 26, 2018 at 3:40 pm

Family Fun Day

October 25, 2018 at 10:59 am

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!