FINANCE NEWS

October 14, 2019 at 1:18 pm

TERM FOUR FEE ACCOUNTS NOW OVERDUE

Term Four School Fee Accounts were issued on the 19 September and were due for payment on the first day of term 08/10/2019.  Please contact the Finance Department 49 300 912 if you have an outstanding balance and are not on a currently approved payment arrangement.  You are now able to view and make payment for your School Fees through Parent Lounge.

CONTINUING ENROLMENT 2020

It is that time of year where our School Executive are planning the resourcing, classroom structures and staffing levels for the 2020 School Year. 

To assist in this regard, we ask that you please notify our Enrolments Officer at your earliest convenience if your daughter will not be continuing her enrolment for 2020 with Rockhampton Girls Grammar School.    

Please be advised that if your daughter/(s) is not attending Rockhampton Girls Grammar School in 2020, written notice was required no later than 4pm Friday 11 October 2019.

Clair Applewaite

Business Manager

E.    businessmanager@rggs.qld.edu.au

P.    07 4930 0968   F. 07 4930 0935

A.    Corner Denham and Agnes Streets, Rockhampton, QLD 4700

       PO Box 776 Rockhampton, QLD 4700

W.    https://rggs.qld.edu.au

What’s On! Week 1 Term 4

October 9, 2019 at 5:57 pm

A word from our Acting Principal

September 6, 2019 at 11:06 am

06 September

Dear Parents and Guardians

RE: WHERE IS EVERYONE

It has been very enjoyable reading about our girls’ experiences this week. The camp adventures looked fantastic and cries of ‘It was great!’ as the girls stepped off the bus could be heard all over. I sincerely thank our teachers and aides who went on camp with our girls to provide this enriching experience away with their peers. Many strong bonds and foundations of friendships are built during the camp experiences and I know that is enhanced by our teachers attending. Our Year 10 students have enjoyed a week of working in the ‘real world’. I do wonder if they will have more appreciation for the school day after this experience! I have also enjoyed following their journey this week and hope that this opportunity cements them on their pathway, or, alternatively, has provided insight that perhaps it isn’t what they expected so they can reconsider.

I had the privilege of enjoying two mornings of fine company and fine food with our history making QCS students. I am extremely proud of their commitment to this tasks and their desire to do it for each other. I know they were prepared and I am very much looking forward to seeing their results rewarding them for their effort. Congratulations girls!

Next week we are launching the opportunity for our parents and students to help us prepare the funky pallet furniture for the Heritage Listed Tennis Courts. Keep an eye out for this campaign particularly if you are skilled in construction or interested in learning how to be skilled in construction. We have had many volunteers and donations to this amazing project which I sincerely thank you for and I cannot wait to see how this space will pan out for the girls. Our facilities program has freshened up the school in gardening efforts over the last few weeks, relocated lockers to create more bag space for the girls and replaced mattresses in one of our Boarding Houses as a scheduled facilities maintenance plan. Thank you to our facilities team for making our beautiful school look fresh and inviting.

Congratulations this week goes to Abby D who has successfully gained a place in the Young Scholars Program at UQ this year. It is a rigorous process to be selected and I am pleased the selection panel were able to see you for the terrific young lady that you are. Also Macey K has again won a swag of medals at the State Championships for Baton Twirling and will go on to represent QLD at the Nationals. We have some VERY talented young ladies here.

We are back into the swing of things next week at Girls Grammar. Most year levels will be starting Term 4 units so it is very important that your daughter is here and engaging over the next two weeks. We have some extremely exciting events such as Naarah’s Touch Carnival, Interhouse Choir and Parent Teacher conversations.

I hope that you enjoyed your week as much as I have! My door is always open. I encourage you to talk with me. Girls – I will see you on the playground

Regards,

Michelle Gouge          

Principal (Acting)                               

What’s on! Week 6 Term 3

August 23, 2019 at 11:54 am

A Word from our Acting Principal

August 16, 2019 at 3:58 pm

SCIENCE WEEK CELEBRATIONS

Developing problem solving and critical thinking skills are essential skills for the 21st Century learner and one subject that seamlessly facilitates the building of these skills is science. This week we celebrated Science Week at school where our STEAM prefect, Leah, hosted a myriad of activities, experiments and challenges alongside our dedicated science teaching team. Our chef managed to delight us with some culinary delights in the kitchen and alfoil created decorations including space hats. I enjoyed sharing with the girls some key milestones in space exploration and encouraged our girls to consider a career in the field of science to follow in the footsteps of many others who have done so before them. Thank you for a great celebration.

This week we have accepted several sponsors and volunteers for our Bulls N Barrels event coming up in October. We still need you! If you are considering sponsoring this event, please give our P and F a call or pop into the office and we can assist. This event is a highlight on the school calendar and we hope that you can be involved.

Similarly, we are still taking donations and support for the renovations of our Heritage listed tennis courts. Thank you for your continual support of these events and needs in our school. Our community is strengthened by the support of its members and we appreciate you all.   

Next week I am very much looking forward to introducing our Head of Boarding to our Western Corridor families, Old Girls and prospective students. I do hope that if you are within a suitable distance to come along and share a meal together. Your connection to us is very important to me.

We will be sharing with you our newly branded ‘What’s On’ for the week. Special thanks to Mr Cheers who has contributed greatly to getting this into a format that is simple, yet elegant. I hope you enjoy reading about what is coming up for the week. We are always so busy here at school!

Sending well wishes to our small but determined group of athletes heading up to Mackay next week to compete in the Athletics trials for Capricornia selection. I hope that you enjoyed your week as much as I have! My door is always open. I encourage you to talk with me. Girls – I will see you on the playground.

Michelle Gouge                                     

Principal (Acting)                   

What’s On! Week 5 Term 3

August 16, 2019 at 3:58 pm

What’s On! Week 1 Term 3 2019

July 22, 2019 at 3:38 pm

A Word from our Acting Principal – Return to School

July 16, 2019 at 3:34 pm

I trust that over the last three weeks you have had a chance to spend some valuable family times with your daughter/s. There have been many stories of shared success for several of our girls over the break. Congratulations to our New Zealand Tour students and staff who successfully took home a medal of each colour. I enjoyed following your journey through our social media page and the What’s App. Your adventure looked very exciting.

Our QISSN team represented our school proudly in Bundaberg, finishing with a nail-biter and Jarrah T being named in the Rising Stars Team and Abigail H being awarded Most Valuable Player. We also celebrate with Abigail H and Abby D who were both members of the team that took out the QLD Junior State Cup in Touch Football.

I would like to take time to remind you that upon return all students are to be neatly groomed and in a complete, fitting uniform which meets school expectations. The girls are reminded that the dress and formal skirt must fall at or below the midpoint of the knee, dresses which currently sit above the knee will need to be adjusted before returning to school.   

Students often allow their hair to grow during the holiday period or they may colour it.  Before returning to school, hair must be its natural colour.  Our girls must ensure their hair is neatly tied back, out of their eyes and that students are wearing correct hair accessories. Girls are also reminded that only one visible set of earrings may be worn in the lower lobe. Nails are to be clipped and be polish free. Students are not permitted to wear makeup or visible jewellery.

Panama hats are to be worn to and from school for all students in Year 6-12.  All students are required to carry their belongings in the RGGS bag, this includes PE and sports clothing which are to be changed into during the appropriate time for PE. A locker is provided to house belongings for all Year 7-12 students. School sports shoes are to be predominately white.

A small number of students return to school in need of a haircut or wearing variations to the uniform.  Teachers and Care Mentors will remind these students of the school’s expectations. Uniform inspection will occur daily during Care Class each morning at 8.20am. We are continuing to enact a restorative approach to uniform infringements through our Care Program, as being correctly dressed for school is important to us as a community. Your Care mentor will be in contact with you should your daughter have 3 infringements of the uniform policy.

We would appreciate your support in reminding your child of the school’s grooming and uniform expectations before they return to school, as this will assist them to prepare for the coming Semester and help to ensure they start in a positive manner.

We take this opportunity to farewell two staff members this Semester. Deb Stanley has pursued a leadership position in another school and leaves us prior to the return to school. We wish Deb well and thank her for the Semester she worked in as part of our Boarding Team. We have secured Tarissa Heaps who will live and work onsite in Kollar House. She is studying Youth Work and we are very much looking forward to welcoming her to the Boarding Team alongside our new Head of Boarding.  We also say farewell and good luck to Sheldon Larcombe who is about to undertake her maternity leave. She will transition with our new prep teacher for the first few days and then will be off to start her own family. An old girl, Sheldon will be dearly missed, and we thank her for several years for working with our youngest students.

I am looking forward to meeting with our boarding families this coming Monday 22 July for afternoon tea. I have built a focus survey for all boarding families to engage in and provide us with feedback. I hope you can come along.  We will then see our day girls return Tuesday 23 July.

See you on the playground

Michelle Gouge

Principal (Acting)

What’s On! Week 10 Term 2 2019

June 25, 2019 at 10:12 am

What’s On! Week 9 Term 2 2019

June 17, 2019 at 10:54 am

What’s On! Week 6 Term 2 2019

May 27, 2019 at 10:05 am

Weekly What’s On! Week 1 Term 2 2019

April 23, 2019 at 11:20 am

What’s On! Week 8 Term 1 2019

March 15, 2019 at 2:11 pm

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WHO’S IN YOUR TEAM? – A word from our Acting Principal

March 15, 2019 at 2:11 pm

As I pen this letter, I am down in Maryborough supporting my 16-year-old son in the 2019 School Boys Softball State Championships. What has struck me this tournament is how this particularly young team has bonded which has led to some unexpected results – our team is winning more games than losing. Individually, there are some great players in this team. The other teams though have some high-profile players in numbers, yet we are still very competitive against them. These boys are enjoying each other’s company. They get along. They have communicated well. They respect and listen to their coach. They share meal times together even though that was not what was organised. All these qualities make the foundations of a great team.

Our school can learn a lot from what successful teams do. It is important that we enjoy each other’s company and get along. It is important that we communicate. It is essential that we respect one another and listen. I know that sometimes qualities weaken. I know that sometimes one of the players let us down. We need to however, always remember what great teams do – that is, pick each other up and get on with the task of competing at our best in the game.

This week we have launched our screening of Screenagers. I am thrilled to be hosting this event and ask that you purchase your tickets quickly as we are limited to 300 seats. We will be advertising to the wider community. The film is an award-winning film that probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media. Our team has managed to secure an expert panel, including Clinical Psychologist, Jamie Parnell, University Lecturer, Kate Moore (who also works in the field of social work) and Police Officer Warren Williams. Due to licencing, we are unable to live stream this event and it will be a one evening only event (Thursday 4 April). I do hope that you and your daughter can join us for the evening. Our P&F are dutifully supporting us by stocking snacks and drinks for purchase on the night. Tickets are selling fast – please confirm your attendance as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

We have several high achievers this week and we celebrate their accomplishments with them! Congratulations Tina-Mae, Danielle and Jessica for their selection in the Rockhampton Volleyball team. There are a number of CAP trials happening next week, as is our examination block. Please ladies, ensure you are having a balance between your studies and your extra-curricular commitments. Good luck in your examinations and prepare well. I know how invested your teachers are in your results.

I hope that you enjoyed your week as much as I have! My door is always open. I encourage you to talk with me. Girls – I will see you on the playground.

Mrs Michelle Gouge (Acting Principal)

 

We are heading South

March 15, 2019 at 12:52 pm

Our Girls Grammar enrolment team are heading to the Discovery Coast this March to meet with families about our school and all that we have to offer. We will be visiting Miriam Vale and Gladstone.

We are also hoping to catch up with some of our Girls Grammar old girls while we are visiting. If you are a Girls Grammar Alumni, feel free to join us at our information sessions to help answer any questions our prospective families may have about Girls Grammar and share your experience as a previous Girls Grammar Girl.

During our visit, we are offering the chance for your daughter to sit our scholarship test to see if she is eligible to receive assistance with her schooling fees. There are limited spaces available in each area, so please ensure you register to secure a scholarship test.

To register for this event CLICK HERE. 

Harmony Day at RGGS

March 15, 2019 at 12:45 pm

Year 11 students worked hard to deliver a morning full of culture, inclusion and fun on Wednesday this week for Harmony Day.

Every student had the chance to be involved with the days celebrations.

The celebrations saw our girls immerse themselves in many cultures.

The girls had the chance to explore the following countries this year:
– Greece 
– Samoa
– France
– New Zealand
– Australia
– Jamaica
– Madagascar
– Egypt

There were many fun activities throughout the morning such as chariot races in Greece, face painting in Samoa, Eiffel Tower building in France, jandal and chilly bin throwing in New Zealand, fairy bread and thong decorating in Australia, good music and races in Jamaica, soccer in Madagascar and mummifying in Egypt.

The morning was finished off with a whole school photo on the oval.

Lights, cupcakes and crazy colours for Funky Hair Day

March 15, 2019 at 12:21 pm

The girls at RGGS went all out today as they created their funkiest hair do’s all in the name of cancer.

In order to wear “funky hair” the girls had to bring along a gold coin donation which went towards the Leukaemia Foundation.

 

The Leukaemia Foundation helps raise money for the 35 Australians diagnosed with blood cancer daily.

The girls were very creative with hair being transformed into cupcakes, bird nests, soft drink bottles, fairy lights and more.

 

What’s On! Week 7 Term 1 2019

March 8, 2019 at 3:33 pm

I AM WOMAN – A word from our Acting Principal

March 8, 2019 at 3:32 pm

There truly is no better place to celebrate International Women’s Day than at a single sex, all female school. Having attended an all-girls school myself, I have never forgotten the comradery and connection I felt as I wandered the school verandas, participated in sporting teams and debated against the boy’s school down the road! We have had a wonderful week of celebration which started with an excellent presentation and inspiring clip from Humanities Prefect, Dakota C. She then introduced us to Goldstar Commodities (Grain and Cotton Brokers), Jean Cottam, who discussed with the girls her experiences in the Agricultural industry and how she has paved her way as a leader in her field.

On Thursday, members of the executive team, our head girls, Zonta finalist Taylor B, Dakota and our Year 11 leaders attended the Zonta International Women’s Day breakfast. It was a treat to listen to guest speaker Professor Kerry Reid-Searl who introduced us to her unique prosthetic program to assist with training health professionals. Her invention has gone worldwide, and she is an inspiring example of a local lady who has turned her passion and idea into the success it is today. It was wonderful to see old girl, Michelle Landry at the event. The girls have participated in writing International Women’s Day messages which have been both humorous and heartfelt. Happy International Women’s Day!

It was also my absolute pleasure this week to welcome our new primary families at an afternoon tea. I put our new families to task and sought feedback about how we are going. The kind and thoughtful messages to our teachers have been shared with them. Thank you for being a part of our community and sharing with us your experiences. The very next day there was a roar of the school war cry, led by our prefects in the dining hall at first break. It was filled to the brim with our new secondary girls, each of them having the opportunity to introduce. We really have a diverse group of girls here at RGGS. I had a goose bump moment as my ears were ringing with the sound of the war cry. Thank you, girls, for embracing our community.

We have several high achievers this week and we celebrate their accomplishments with them! Congratulations Jaime-Lee on your selection in the Rockhampton Districts Basketball team. We all know how much I love basketball! This week we awarded Keeley and Payten S for their selection in the Australian Trans Challenge Barrel Racing team, with both girls performing exceptionally well in the three events which required them to ride on an unfamiliar horse. Keely gained two firsts and a third and Payten was awarded two thirds and a fourth. Absolutely wonderful accomplishment. Miss Hyde-Mewburn had the pleasure of awarding Raven the QATSIF scholarship award. It is a privilege to have her as a member of our school community.

I hope that you enjoyed your week as much as I have! My door is always open. I encourage you to talk with me. Girls – I will see you on the playground.

Mrs Michelle Gouge (Acting Principal)

What’s On! Week 6 Term 1 2019

March 1, 2019 at 3:25 pm

WHAT ARE WE LIKE? – A word from our Acting Principal

March 1, 2019 at 3:24 pm

This week on assembly I shared with the girls what I say about them when the enrolments team go on Tour. As you may be aware, the team travelled out to Biloela, Theodore, Moura and Emerald last weekend. I am often asked about our girls and what they are like. It is difficult to bottle up and package what it is about our girls here. How do you explain to prospects what they are like, what the school is like? The girls are kind and funny and quirky. They are sporty, clever and caring. They are culturally diverse. They sing and play and garden. Some come from the country, some in town, some from another country! They are emotional. They thank me for teaching them as I walk out the door.  They make mistakes and learn from them. They are encouraged to speak up, not just get things ‘fixed’ for them. They are building skills to work together in a community. They are passionate and quiet and friendly. They are lifelong learners. No, they are not robots. They are not perfect and void of personality. Sometimes we disagree, sometimes we are mean to one another, but what safer place than Girls Grammar is there to learn how to negotiate these social skills of life? This culture that is surrounding us here is special. The mutual respect the girls and staff have for one another is what sets us apart from the rest. That’s what I tell them. That’s why families want to send their girls here. I wish I had of!

Our social media profile this term is hitting record numbers for our school. Miss Conway-Dodd is working on our community and alumni needs and is keeping you updated on events and happenings around our school. Please take the time to like our pages and be a part of the messages. I love reading your messages of support and the pride you share for the school.

We have several high achievers this week and we celebrate their accomplishments with them! Congratulations to Daisy H for her Rockhampton Districts Hockey selection and Abigail H and Abby D for their Touch Football Rockhampton Districts selection. Jarrah T has qualified for the Rockhampton Districts Netball team and we have three students successful at the Rockhampton Districts Volleyball trials – Tina P, Jessica C and Danielle G. Congratulations to Cheyenne T for her selection in the Rockhampton Districts Soccer team. Taylor B also performed exceptionally well at the Lions Youth of the Year Quest, taking out the Public Speaking Award and Club Winner for 2019!  Macey K has also been short listed in the Empowering Young Women’s Award for the CQ Women in Business Awards. Well done girls.

I hope that you enjoyed your week as much as I have! My door is always open. I encourage you to talk with me. Girls – I will see you on the playground.

Mrs Michelle Gouge (Acting Principal)

What’s On! Week 5 Term 1 2019

February 22, 2019 at 3:24 pm

A word from our Acting Principal

February 22, 2019 at 3:20 pm

WHICH TEAM ARE YOU CHEERING FOR?

I always love the anticipation and lead up to a school carnival. The girls are excited, the teachers are in training and the event program is being scrutinised. Which leads me to the question which team are you cheering for? Are you as passionate as the house leaders and cheering for every girl in your house or are you excited for your friend who has finally kicked a goal and reached the end of the pool? Perhaps your heart is with the teachers in the senior versus teacher race, where yet again our teachers were victorious! I believe that whoever you’re cheering for must appreciate the comradery and support you’re offering, and I want to encourage you to continue cheering well beyond the end of the race for each other. Congratulations to Mr Fuller and the staff for the fantastic day and a special mention to our amazing house prefects who led their team with passion and enthusiasm. Whilst I was not able to be there on the day as I was attending a Cap Sport trial (that was rescheduled and clashed with our event), I was certainly there in spirit. Good luck to all houses for the big reveal on assembly next week.

We are about to hit the half way point of the term. Many assessment tasks have been delivered and examinations have been prepared ready for exam block in Week 8. This can sometimes lead to extra pressure and an increase in worry. On the pupil free day our teachers participated in a mindfulness session that included techniques of yogalates to build strategies to reduce stress and pressure. Girls are you keeping an eye on this? There are people here you can turn to when you are feeling under pressure. We want you to let us know so that we can support you.

This week we have celebrated the outcomes of the graduating class of 2018 regarding academic gains from their Year 9 NAPLAN results taken in 2015 compared to their OP outcomes. The results indicate that we are within the Top 5% in the state for student gain. I couldn’t be prouder of our newest ‘old girls’ and the staff that supported and mentored them every day! Above all, I hope they remember the journey whilst learning at Rockhampton Girls Grammar and feel confident to embark on the next part of their chapter with the skills they have learnt at our beautiful school.  Congratulations RGGS!

This weekend our enrolments team is heading out west to meet new families and connect with our existing families. I am looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing our fantastic results and programs with our rural neighbours. I will be spreading the word about how special our place is here. If we are stopping near you, please pop in and say hello!

Congratulations to Molly for her successful selection in the Capricornia Water Polo Team, Leah for her selection in the Capricornia Softball Team and Tylah for her selection in the Rockhampton Netball Team! Well done girls.

I hope that you enjoyed your week as much as I have! My door is always open. I encourage you to talk with me. Girls – I will see you on the playground.

Mrs Michelle Gouge (Acting Principal)

A word from our Principal

February 15, 2019 at 3:22 pm

What on!! Week 4 Term 1 2019

February 15, 2019 at 3:19 pm

RGGS School Bus Run

December 3, 2018 at 1:35 pm

Rockhampton Girls Grammar School offer bus services to/from North Rockhampton, Yeppoon and Gracemere.

For further information please go to our website or contact Reception on (07) 4930 0900.

 

A Final Word from our Principal

December 3, 2018 at 11:05 am

Well what a year it has been, topped off on Friday in true western fashion featuring cowgirls and cowboys and special appearance by a mechanical bull.  A big congratulations to the Year 11 students who organised the school party with the help of Mr Tree.  It is one of those much looked forward to events that makes Girls Grammar great. The dining room was certainly buzzing and the line was snaking back towards Luck!  We hope that all the girls and their families had a great time.

 

Thursday night I was able to attend the graduation ceremony for the Year 6 class.  It was a wonderful celebration and recap of what was a great year for the girls.  The girls presented a year in review and I was very impressed with their language and speaking.  They further impressed us all with a great musical item, Pirates 2.  There were many animated young actresses in the group who seemed to relish the role of plundering pirate.   Great work girls and thank you to Ms Dawes and Ms Anger for their work with the girls and Mr Cheers and Mr Cook for their technical support.   The evening was a wonderful celebration of the time these girls have spent in primary school and we wish them every success into the future as they begin High School.  It will be a time of change for them all, especially as the class will almost double in size next year venturing into Year 7.

 

As we head into the holidays, I would like to farewell those of you who are relocating or moving away to new horizons.  We send our best wishes to our staff who are leaving us and warmly welcome back some of our ‘old hands’ and some new ones.  It promises to be a busy couple of professional development days this week.

I hope that you all stay safe over these holidays.  Given the damage the fires have created, let’s hope for some rain.  Broader rain generally is very much needed and I hope that you all do well in that space over the Christmas break.  Enjoy the holiday break and time with family.  We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.  The school office will close on Friday 14 December and reopen on Monday 7 January.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Ms Christine Hills (Principal)

 

 

Community Notices

December 3, 2018 at 11:00 am

Bulls ‘n’ Barrels 2018

November 30, 2018 at 2:23 pm

Early in Term 4, the RGGS Bulls and Barrels Rodeo is eagerly awaited by our students and school community. The rodeo is one of the main fundraising activities of the P&F each year. This year was another success, with over 1000 people attending the evening, raising funds for the CQ Cancer Council and the RGGS Parents & Friends Association projects.

The rodeo is run in conjunction with the Great Western Hotel Bull Riding Series. The highlights were our very own Payten Sibson winning the Girls Grammar Buckle in the Barrels Racing followed by the spills and thrills of the Tony Dunne Plumbing Open Bull Ride. Francesca Dooley (Year 2) graciously donated her third place winnings to CQ Cancer Council. What a wonderful gesture Fran!

There are many people to thank for a great night. Noeleen Yates co-ordinated the event, the many volunteers from school, parents, competitors and RGGS Staff. The event raised over $2,200 for CQ Cancer Council. It is very expensive to host a rodeo and would not be possible without generous sponsors like; Tony Dunne Plumbing, Autobarn, MB Plant Hire, Capricorn Star, Rothery’s Buses, Jenkins Pty Ltd, City Printing Works and Coaltrain. Thank you to all sponsors for your support.

Mr Rob Fay (RGGS Parents and Friend Association Inc)

 

Week 6 Term 4 Important dates

November 9, 2018 at 2:24 pm