What’s On! Week 10 Term 2 2019

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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

What’s On – Week 5 Term 4

November 5, 2018 at 11:24 am

A Word from our Principal

November 2, 2018 at 1:14 pm

It’s hard to believe we are at the end of week 4 already.  With only 2 weeks of school left before the end of year 12, these next weeks promise to be very busy.  I wish our Seniors the very best for their upcoming exams.  I hope that all your hard work pays off.

It’s that time of the year when a lot of the traditional processes really ramp up.  In the last week, we conducted the Valedictory Competition.  I am very pleased to announce that Kasey Davies from Wandoan will be the 2018 Valedictorian.  She is a well deserving choice and I am sure you will enjoy hearing her speech.

 

We also conducted interviews for Prefectship next year.  I am extremely impressed by the candidates we have for prefect in 2019.  They come from a wide range of perspectives too – sport, music, cultural, academic, long time students, recent additions to the Girls Grammar family.  The common denominator is that they all spoke of a desire to give back to the school community; to support the other girls in our school.  I am looking forward to the announcement of Head Girls and other positions at Speech Night.

In the coming weeks we will celebrate Girls Rock, Graduation, Boarder’s Dinner, year 6 graduation, our orientation weekend and much more. It is a bittersweet time of the year for many and I know that that doesn’t just apply to the girls – there will be some parents whose journey will also come to an end.  Having said that, what the last weeks have shown us is that the pull back to this beautiful school community will always be strong.
I urge you all to get involved in another great event as we celebrate the end of Year 12.  The P&F is hosting a Colour Run at the Botanic Gardens on November 11.  These are great events, lots of fun and we think it’s a great way for the Seniors to have one last run together.  I hope to see you there.

 

Until next week.

Ms Christine Hills (Principal)

 

RGGS P&F Colour Run

October 30, 2018 at 3:43 pm

Come and join Rockhampton Girls Grammar School P&F Association for a fun colour run in the park on Sunday, 11 November 2018.

As well has having a great time, you would be supporting the school and Dolly’s Dream.

Please register online https://www.trybooking.com/YZBT before the event to ensure sufficient colour packs and runner bibs are available.

 

Music Gala 2018

October 22, 2018 at 3:07 pm

The 2018 Girls Grammar Music Gala was a resounding success with students from Prep to Year 12 singing and playing instruments to an appreciative audience. The introduction of the livestream allowed further reach to our boarding parents and community who could not attend. This year saw the introduction of 3 new ensembles; Year 2 Strings, Year 3 and 4 Concert Band and the Boomwhacker ensemble. This year’s theme was ‘Animal Kingdom’ and each group sang or played songs about different types of animals. We would like to thank all the choirs and instrumental groups who performed on the evening and to all the students and staff who volunteered their time to help. This event would not happen without the support of the school, students, staff and parents and we sincerely thank you.

Christina Bond and Jessica Dawes

Instrumental Music Coordinators

 

2018 Boarder’s Farewell Fundraiser

October 15, 2018 at 3:09 pm

Term 4 Book Fair

October 9, 2018 at 1:40 pm

Term 4 Book Fair is fast approaching!

Book Fair opens in the Library on Thursday 18 October and will conclude on Thursday 25 October.

Breast Cancer awareness month

October 2, 2018 at 1:41 pm

A word from our Principal

September 24, 2018 at 2:13 pm

Friday, we held the Naarah Austin Memorial Interhouse Touch Football carnival.  What a great day to finish the term.  It was wonderful to see the girls getting involved, and for many – putting themselves outside their comfort zone.  After a round robin of games, Downs and Williams met in what can only be described as a tense final.  Matching each other try for try, the game went into a drop off to decide the eventual winner – Downs.  The standard of football was excellent, the level of participation amazing.  It is so good to see the girls out playing sport, working as a team and cheering each other on.  Great work to Mrs Doherty who organised the event and to the other staff and students who assisted.

Our primary girls had a great ball games carnival!  Again, it appears to have been a contest very keenly fought – and I’m not just talking about the parents who participated! The ball games carnival again gives our girls a chance to use their ball skills and to work in their teams.  We look for participation and encouragement as well as the important skills.  At the end of the competition, Williams house won the Spirit Award and Downs House took out the carnival.

 

The other highlight of the week was Interhouse Choir.  All four teams brought their energy and enthusiasm with a side of creativity to the stage.  With songs from Dirty Dancing, Grease, Footloose and Mama Mia, it was certainly a contest that the audience could get into.  With some parts comedy, some parts drama, this event showcased the houses working as teams to get the show on stage.  It was very heartening to see the older girls working with our younger students.  In the end there must be a winner – and this year it was Patterson with their rendition of Footloose.  Despite suggestions from Downs House’s number one ticket holder, Dr Fry, there will be no Royal Commission into the outcome – you aren’t getting the trifecta this week.

It’s these events that set Girls Grammar apart. These opportunities for the girls to build those other skills that are so important for lifelong learning.  At the end of the day – it’s these events that the girls often remember long after they finish school.  It was great to see Sarah Beak at the Touch Competition and to hear her talk about the importance of the event to our Old Girls – particularly those who knew Naarah.  It’s those connections that make this a great school.

I would like to congratulate Olivia Harwood and acknowledge her outstanding achievement in art.  She is the winner of the prestigious Creative Generation Award and will have her work exhibited at GOMA in Brisbane.  This is an outstanding achievement and one made by only around 35 students from across the state.

Congratulations also to Mikaela Jackson and Kayla Sirriss who participated in the Tony Robbins, “Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Leaders” Conference recently. It’s a great opportunity for the girls to be exposed to the world of leadership.

Mrs Rogers and her Home Economics classes were recognised this week with a Rockhampton Regional Council Sustainability Award.  You may have previously heard of Mrs Rogers’ work around Boomerang Bags that the girls make in class.   What a great outcome for her and her students!

Our Equestrian Team had a great hit out at the Schools Gymkhana recently.  With a very deserved third place in the march past, the girls went on to compete in several events.  Congratulations to Leah McBride who continues to shine in this field – she won her age group and Francesca Dooley achieved a second place in hers – future Olympians perhaps.

There are so many opportunities available to the girls if they choose to have a go.  Winning isn’t always coming first, it’s also trying something new, putting yourself out there, having a go in a space you’re not comfortable.  Last weekend I threw myself into some snowboarding.  Well, I had a lesson in it.  I suspect there is one very frustrated Argentinian Instructor wondering where he went wrong.  I spent more time on the ground than sliding down it and for the first time in a while experienced all those feelings of frustration, impatience, fear of failure, real failure and the other emotions we as adults try to avoid every day.  I am always reminded, that sometimes this is what our girls must feel like – when they must strike out in a field they are not comfortable in.  That’s why it was so good to see so many non Touch Players on the field on Friday.  Maybe these holidays, you could try something new – its great for us as adults to sometimes get into the place our children are in.

Enjoy your holidays and a special Bon Voyage to Mrs Graham who is heading to Spain for a couple of months to hone her Spanish skills!   Que tengas un buen viaje!  (I hope that reads have a good journey!)

Ms Christine Hills (Principal)