Shrek the Musical – Auditions

May 15, 2018 at 3:17 pm

XVenture Family Challenge TV series – looking for great families

May 14, 2018 at 3:37 pm

Your family could have the experience of lifetime and win $25,000 whilst representing your school and community! Team and Leadership experts, XVenture, are looking for great Australian families to participate in the family experience of a lifetime. XVenture Family Challenge presented by ecostore is the positive new TV series featuring families* (2 adults and 2 adolescents 11-16) learning, growing and developing together whilst competing in a series of fun, unique and exciting challenges. 8 Australian and 8 New Zealand families will be selected to spend 4-10 days in the stunning Bay of Islands competing for the title of XVenture Family Challenge Champions and the $25,000 cash prize! To find out more, go to www.xventurefamilychallenge.com

*”Family Team” – four people who are related (including aunts/ uncles, half- sibblings, foster families, etc.)

RGGS Relay for Life ‘Pamper your mum’ Mother’s Day Raffle

April 24, 2018 at 3:51 pm

As part of fundraising for Cancer Council’s Relay for Life, Year 12 are holding a Mother’s Day raffle.

Details:

  • $1 per ticket
  • A range of prizes to be won (listed below)
  • Tickets are available to buy from Thursday onwards – in Reception and every lunchtime in the dining hall
  • Drawn Friday May 11

Prizes:

  • Nutrimetics Pack
  • Collette Hayman Purse
  • Doterra Oils pack
  • Six wine glasses
  • Lavender Bath Treat Set
  • 2 x Boxes of Celebrations chocolates
  • Photo collage frame
  • 2 x Glass candle lanterns
  • Picnic rug

Get your tickets and support a great cause!

Mr Troy Edwards  (English / History Teacher)

Community Notice – Archer Park Rail Museum

April 16, 2018 at 11:54 am

Week 1 Term 2 Important Dates

April 16, 2018 at 10:43 am

A message from our Principal for Term 1

March 29, 2018 at 4:02 pm

What an amazing term we have had here at Rockhampton Girls Grammar.  It has been ten weeks filled with learning, competition, growing, celebrating and giving back.

You will have received your daughter’s first report card.  This is an interim report – with a result up to the end of assessment which occurred in week 8.  We will use this point in time data to track your daughter’s progress and we look at two components; achievement and improvement.  Each girl set goals at the beginning of the year and this first report may assist her in fine tuning them.

The girls have once again proven themselves in a range of fields.  We were very proud to receive news that we were in the top ten OP schools in Queensland for 2017.  This is very affirming for us – because we know we have the teachers, the systems and the quality of learning in place to ensure your daughter has the best chance of seeing her way to her goals.  But it’s not all about what happens in the classroom.  The benefit of a Girls Grammar education is that the staff have a very clear line of sight of your girls and her progress, her interests, her needs. This means we can value add and develop other strengths.

For many of our girls, this is the field of the Arts.  We have seen some amazing achievements this year already – with the State Honours Ensemble Program and our first Progress Concert. For some of our girls its sport. We have had many girls make representation teams this term.  Many have been a part of premierships winning teams. Some others have had the opportunity of playing in a team sport in a competition for the first time.  For others, it’s been community outreach. One of the highlights for me was the Boarder’s Give Back weekend where we saw our girls reach out to our emergency services.  Another highlight was the Sisters Committee Handball competition. It’s all of these experiences that make up a Girls Grammar education.

As we prepare for Term 2, I hope that you all enjoy a blessed Easter. I hope that the rain has been good to you and your season is set up well.  With many highlights next term including Gaia and Beef Week, Race Day and Eisteddfod, Oz Tag All Schools and Rowing Championships, it promises to be another 11 weeks packed with opportunity for our girls.

Christine Hills (Principal)

 

 

A message from our Deputy Principal

March 29, 2018 at 4:02 pm

What a way to finish off a term! I thoroughly enjoyed the Easter Bonnet Parade this morning and I must thank Mrs Carrol and her team of student leaders for the fun and enjoyable games they played! It was really wonderful seeing so many of you at both the parade and the cross country event.

On Assembly this week we celebrated some marvellous student achievements. I love seeing the girls excel in the sporting, cultural and academic fields. Please feel free to email me if your daughter has something to share with our community. Let’s celebrate wonderful achievements together!

Congratulations to our Glenmore Challenge Cup Girls – two years of victory in a row! After speaking with a teacher from Glenmore High School (who happens to be a parent of ours), I had a feeling we may have done well! I think our girls had a distinct advantage when one of the tasks required a Type 3 Writing Task!

Our prefects have been leading our school with dignity and enthusiasm. International Woman’s Day and the music progress concert was brilliantly facilitated by Shyane. Our middle school council, led by Tanya, ran a fabulous crazy hair day. Thank you to Sherri for helping promote National Day Against Bullying. What a great event the handball sisters tournament was, brilliantly put together by our Year 12 students. Finally Harmony Day, led by our Year 11 students demonstrates to me how organised and enthusiastic our future leaders are.

This term, we offered an exam block experience from Year 7-10 that aligned with the year 11-12 exam block. We are strategising for the implementation of the Senior Schooling system beginning next year for our Year 11 students (current Year 10). Our staff are in the process of  professional development training and will begin writing assessment pieces next term, led by Dr Fry. Term 2 is shaping up to be a big one!

Finally it would be remiss not to mention the RGGS ripper basketball teams. We recently shared a great break up party at Sizzler! I have enjoyed developing the girls and helping them learn the game. We now have two teams in the competition with our senior team taking home the gold! We are gathering many girls down at training every Friday afternoon and I encourage more girls to come and play!

Have a wonderful break- see you on the other side!

Michelle Gouge

 

Director of Boarding and Student Welfare

March 29, 2018 at 4:02 pm

Boarding Term 1 Overview

What an excellent start to the 2018 school year and all I can say is it has been nothing less than extraordinary! Comprising of ten weeks, it seems just yesterday we were coming together as the RGGS Community at our welcome BBQ on the Terrace. As I reflect upon all that we have accomplished in the boarding house, you will agree we have squeezed in a great deal, including co – curricular, club sports, cultural events, weekend activities, exam preparation, assignments and much more.

At the commencement of term one, we welcomed 20 new boarding students to the boarding community. It is always a difficult time for our new boarders as they struggle with home sickness, a new environment, new classes and teachers. I am very proud of our new boarders and congratulate them on how well they have settled in.

Our boarding activities program during term one was a great success with the girls engaged in a range of activities. As I explained in my first Boarding Bulletin for the year, I have a focus in 2018 to engage the boarders in a variety of age appropriate weekend activities, get them out and about and away from their screens and online world, I believe this has been achieved during term one with high participation in most activities. Some highlights for the term included the Slip & Slide on the oval, the “Giving Back” weekend where the girls cooked over 150 brownies and delivered them to our emergency services workers, the Glitz and Glamour Mocktails for years 11 and 12, the car maintenance course, the year level dinners and the Queens Baton Relay event, just to name a few.

It has been a busy but rewarding term for our boarders and I would like to congratulate each girl for a wonderful start to the year. I can honestly say our girls are happy and settled and I thank the boarding staff for their exceptional care during the term.

Wishing you all a happy and safe holiday and I look forward to welcoming the girls back for term two on the 16 April, as the boarders return day with classes commencing on Tuesday 17 April.

Student Welfare Information 

There has been much written in the media lately about supporting young people regarding cyber safety and the online world. Here at Girls Grammar we have been proactive and have developed a partnership with our local Police. Sn Sgt Kellie Hansen, Officer in charge of Rockhampton Police Station, joined our Care Mentors at a breakfast and discussed the possibilities of cyber safety talks for parents/ students from our local Police.

Week 5 we welcomed Detective Sgt Angus Kerr who spoke with our Year 7 – 10 students regarding online safety. Although we have much to do in this area of protecting and educating our girls regarding online safety, I believe we have made it a priority for 2018 and we will continue to work with our Technology staff and other local experts in getting up to date information.

Bernadette Hyde-Mewburn

National Anti-Bullying Day and Crazy Hair Day

March 29, 2018 at 4:01 pm

On 16 March Rockhampton Girls Grammar along with other Australian schools stood united donning orange to celebrate the eighth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA). Our junior boarding students had fun creating a fantastic banner ‘RGGS says no to Bullying!’ to support their strong message.

This was also the day for crazy and funky hair, when donations were contributed to the QMEA Schools Shave for a Cure Challenge. These funds, added to those already pledged on the School’s fundraising page, surpassed our goal. Thank you all for your support!

 

International Women’s Day Celebrations #IWD #pressforprogress 

March 29, 2018 at 3:44 pm

Girls Grammar celebrated IWD in many ways in 2018:

We had an IWD Assembly on Wednesday 7 March as we continue to Press for Progress to achieve gender equality. Well known journalist for the Morning Bulletin and Rockhampton Girls Grammar Dux of 2011, Michelle Gately spoke of the importance of the supportive sisterhood sustained at Girls Grammar. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Prefects attended a Zonta IWD Breakfast on 8 March, along with Michelle Landry and many other influential women fighting for gender equality.

The Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy, of which RGGS is a member, held a breakfast on 8 March that was hosted at the Hastings Deering premises. During this time students took part in a live feed of the Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) Resources Awards for Women (RAW) event from Brisbane. Students were thoroughly entertained by the keynote speaker, Antarctic Expedition leader Rachael Robertson, as she relayed her experiences as a woman in a leadership role in very testing circumstances. Senior management, apprentices and former award winners were also on hand to chat with the girls.   #IWD #pressforprogress

Flashing lights for our School Zone

March 29, 2018 at 3:31 pm

During the Easter break flashing light school zone signs will be installed on Agnes Street.
Girls Grammar was nominated to receive these new signs as part of a Queensland Government commitment to improve school road safety.
You will notice that the new signs look similar to standard school zone signs with the addition of a red flashing ring around the speed limit as well as two flashing yellow lights at the top of the sign. The installation of flashing light school zone signs is proven to improve visibility of school zones, serving as an active reminder for motorists to slow down.
So next time you’re dropping off or picking up your daughter, keep an eye out for the new signs and make sure you stick to the signed speed limit.

 

Staff Farewells – Rex Boggs and Ron Fredricksen

March 29, 2018 at 3:29 pm

It is sadly time to farewell Mr Rex Boggs. Rex joined us mid way through last year and originally was here to do a few weeks relief. He soon became a much loved part of the school. His work with our girls in Maths and the extra hours of tutoring have made a great impact on our girls’ confidence and their results. Mr Boggs is a strong advocate of growth mindset, particularly in the area of maths. Not only is he a mathematician of great note, he also doubles as an incredible photographer and many of you may have been the recipient of a photo he has taken of your daughter. We wish him well as he settles into retirement and starts his great caravanning adventure. We hope to see him back from time to time and there will always be a spare chair in the staffroom for him if he so wishes.

Ron is departing this Easter after five years with the Facilities and Grounds team at Girls Grammar. Ron has been one of the behind the scenes workers who: has McKeague Hall ready in its many guises each week, the pool clean for swimming, the School buildings and playgrounds tidy and ready for another days learning each morning. He has done this without fuss each day and the few times when health has prevented his work, it is really noticed.
Ron is moving to a different industry and we wish him all the best in the future.

 

 

The Arts – Term 1 Report

March 29, 2018 at 3:24 pm

It’s been a busy and exciting term for the RGGS Arts Department. In our continued commitment to encouraging creative expression across Prep – Year 12, we’ve been finding new ways for our girls to get messy, get loud, get moving and get making, as they experiment with forms, styles and conventions across Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Art. Our creative inspiration for the term comes from the incomparable Maya Angelou: “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have”.
Highlights include:

Teacher Passion Term 1 Teaching Highlights
Laryssa ‘Triple Threat’ Anger Dance, Drama, Music –          Building strength and attitude in Year 7 & 8 Hip Hop
–          Choreography with the graceful Year 9/10 Ballet students
–          Watching polished, script-based performances with Year 5/6
–          Playing with BOOMWHACKERS in Year 8 music!
‘The Accomplice Accompanist’ Christina Bond Music –          Spreading the love of piano and music gamification
–          Watching dedicated students achieve success in co-curricular ensembles
Jessica ‘Maestra’ Dawes Music –          Seeing Year 2 develop confidence through our strings program
–          Witnessing RGGS’ future concert performers (the Year 3/4 band) in action!
‘The Ode So Joyful’
Nicole Graham
Music –          Making the recorder cool again with Year 5/6!
–          Watching Year 9/10 demonstrate their knowledge of the Elements of Music in Listening evaluations
Nora ‘Ooh Look, A Cow Skull!’ Hanasy-Cheers Visual Arts –          Getting ‘Earthy’ with Year 5 collages, totems, paintings and papier mache
–          Seed pod lino printing with Year 7
–          Observational drawing at the Rockhampton Zoo with Year 9/10
–          Seeing folio work develop as Year 11 study ‘The Natural Environment’ and Year 12 explore ‘Memories and Reflections’
‘Professor of Silly Walks’ Jessica Lamb Drama –          Reading amazing scripts from Year 8 students
–          Exploring the power of theatre with Year 9/10 in ‘The World at War’
–          Challenging Year 12 to test their limits through One-Person Performances
Jessica ‘Shredder’ Paton Music –          Seeing instrumental music students continue to excel!
–          Sharing the love for all things strings!

 

Exercising Creativity through Cocurricular
Across both Visual and Performing Arts, RGGS students enjoy a vibrant and diverse array of creative opportunities. The school offers a range of performance ensembles throughout the week (including Poco Voce, Musical Theatre Group, Recorder Ensemble, Bella Voce, Multi Voce, Flute Ensemble, String Ensemble, Prep-3 Choir, 4-6 Choir, Concert Band, Glee, Dance Company and Dancercise), as well as Studio 151 Art Club and GGPC Drama (commencing in Term 2).
Our music ensembles have spent much of Term 1 preparing for the upcoming Rockhampton Eisteddfod (held in May), using the start of the year to learn and consolidate repertoire that will form the basis of their performance and competition work for 2018. Dance Company have been eagerly preparing for the 2018 Dance Star Competition, drawing thematic inspiration from ‘post-apocalyptic robots’, circus and musical theatre. As well as preparing for competition, our dancers and Bella Voce ensemble look forward to performing at this year’s Beef Week festivities.
Students across Dance, Drama and Visual Art were also given the opportunity to attend Bangarra Dance Theatre’s recent performance of ‘Our Land People Stories’ at the Pilbeam Theatre. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the show, whilst the teachers took detailed notes of set, costumes, choreography and technical specs for future inspiration.
Term 1 finished with the Music Progress Concert. This termly concert allows students to hone their performance skills in an encouraging, informal environment. For some students this was their first time performing in front of an audience. Congratulations to all the students who performed on the evening. We look forward to seeing your progression on your chosen instrument throughout 2018.

Student Successes
Our emerging artists have been doing some amazing work. Below are just some of the cool, quirky and creative things they have achieved in Term 1!
Photo Album link and   Script of Morte

Creativity Across the Curriculum
As well as encouraging individual creative expression and critical thinking, The Arts play an instrumental role in allowing students to understand the world around them. This is particularly evident in the study of language and culture.
Students in Prep – Year 2 have been exploring the Spanish language through The Arts, creating filmic flip books to recall key vocabulary, whilst Year 7 and 8 students have created visual folios to accompany an interactive, online adventure in Spain.

Harmony Day Celebrations

March 29, 2018 at 2:46 pm

On Wednesday 21 March 2018 the Year 11 cohort organised and celebrated Harmony Day with the School. This year’s theme was ‘Everyone Belongs’ and that message was conveyed throughout the mornings cultural activities. Explored continents were Oceania, North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia where each girl participated in interactive activities to raise cultural awareness and diversity. Some of these activities included soccer in South America, traditional female New Zealand dancing in Oceania, Superbowl and Day of the Dead face painting in North America, pin the tail on the donkey and creating jewellery in Africa, Lantern making in Asia and the making of toga’s in Europe. For the first time in RGGS Harmony Day history the Year 11 girls organised a whole school #HARMONYDAY photo to be taken on the oval from the top level of Jackson House. Everyone got involved and enjoyed being part of this experience.
Many thanks go out to the Year 11 cohort and Mr Tree for organising this wonderful occasion as well as the groundsmen and everyone else involved in making this day a reality. You can see more photos on the website gallery https://gallery.rggs.qld.edu.au/ .

Claire Sherry and Cherie Bell (Year 11 Leaders)

 

Sneak Peek – Ninja Kid: From Nerd to Ninja

March 29, 2018 at 2:09 pm

From time to time, we get a sneak peek at new books by some outstanding authors.  In February, I was given a sneak peek into the world of Nelson, the most unlikely hero.

Nelson is a NERD! Unfit, uncool and totally Awkward!!

But Nelson wakes on his tenth birthday to discover he has Ninja powers and he must save the world.  How’s he going to save the world when he can’t even get his undies on the right way?!

Read about Ninja Kid here

Looking forward to seeing all the budding inventors & ninjas visiting the Library to flick through the pages of the newest book by Anh Do.

Leanna Donaldson (Library Resource Centre)

Community Notices

March 29, 2018 at 2:05 pm

Week 10 Term 1 Important dates

March 23, 2018 at 9:43 am

Term 1 Week 6 Important dates

February 23, 2018 at 2:45 pm

Seven News Coverage – Bullying. No way!

February 23, 2018 at 10:31 am

Student Leaders Investiture

February 9, 2018 at 10:08 am

We celebrated our 2018 student leaders at two Investiture ceremonies on Thursday 8 February.

Our guest speaker at Secondary Investiture was 2016 Head girl Sophie Harwood. Sophie was the first student to do 13 years of schooling from Prep to Year 12 at Girls Grammar. She has been in Europe for a gap year and kindly took time out before heading to Brisbane for university to tell us about her experiences and lessons learnt both in and out of school.

The newly invested Head Girls were the guest speakers for the Primary Investiture, imparting their wisdom to the younger students.

Congratulations to the seniors, Prefects, Year Level Leaders and Year 6 students who received their leadership badges to be proudly worn this year.

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCILS 2018

Primary Council
Year 4 Lydia Johnstone
Year 5 Iris Collins, Cadence Wone De Rungs
Year 6 Mikayla Cheers, Ella Neill, Matilda Peff, Georgia Priddle
Middle School Council led by Helen E Downs Prefect  
Year 7 Bonita Solomon, Madison Usher
Year 8 Bethany Harth, Salani Hoffman
Year 9 Brooke Adams, Zara Priddle
Senior School Council led by Prue McKeague Prefect   
Year 10 Abby Dendle, Jemma Green, Emma Hafey, Taylor O’Toole
Year 11 Cherie Bell, Claire Sherry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREFECTS 2018

HEAD GIRLS  
Sherri Green Prue McKeague Prefect
Tanya Kulu Helen E Downs Prefect
 
COUNCIL PREFECTS  
Senior School Council Sherri Green
Middle School Council Tanya Kulu
Boarding Council Nadine Hay
ATSI Council Kelsey Salmond
COMMITTEE PREFECTS  
Cultural Shyane Yates
Humanities Kasey Davies
STEAM Kailee Butcher
HOUSE PREFECTS  
Downs House Amiee Leane
Paterson House Raina Collett
Smith House Brianna Austin
Williams House Olivia Harwood

Camryn’s Netball success

February 1, 2018 at 3:59 pm

Written by Camryn McPherson

My netball journey started in January 2017. I was lucky enough to be selected to travel to Sydney for a week to play in the U12 Queensland Indigenous Team. It was the first big carnival I had been to for netball, so I was keen!

One of the highlights for me during the week was meeting so many new people and having so much fun playing with them. Together, we played thirteen games over six days. I was so worn out!

On the last day I trialled to be considered for the U12 National team. There was some tough competition, so I just did my best. The teams were being announced at the closing ceremony, that was the part everyone was most looking forward too and funny enough, my name was called. So off I was to the Gold Coast in June.

Nationals was another week-long competition. However, it was a bit different. This carnival I was placed into a team of complete strangers that also played in Sydney. We quickly adjusted to each other and ended up having the best time playing loads of games. Finally, the last day came. We made it to the semi-finals, and we won! We were in the Grand Final which was so awesome. After winning the Grand Final by one point against a Brisbane team, we took home the trophy. On that same day, I trialled again for the Australian team which was going to be held in Adelaide in December 2017. A couple days later, I found out I had made shadow, but was not needed.

In the new year, I travelled down to the Gold Coast again and played for Queensland U13. This was an eight-day competition, and for the first time, having South Australia competing as well. I met many new girls and we had a ball! Afterwards we were honestly all exhausted and not ready for trials. However, I got asked back to trial again. Then it was closing ceremony, the part everyone was again looking forward too. Not just because teams were announced, because after that we could all go home and sleep in our own beds. Like deja-vu my name was announced, along with the rest of my team. It was a nice feeling all making the U13 Australian team. The Australian carnival is in August being held in Darwin. Although, I have lots of training to do between now and then, and a couple carnivals to attend to as well. I’m so privileged to be able to play in this team and I hope I’ll be lucky enough to be selected for future Indigenous Netball teams.

Week 2 Information

January 25, 2018 at 3:55 pm

Hospitality starts at RGGS

January 24, 2018 at 1:26 pm

Our Hospitality students experimented with cooking different morning tea dishes in preparation for their assignment this term.

They created items such as Blonde Brownie, Jam Drops, Chocolate Slice, Melting Moment Slice….

These were boxed up at given to St Vincent de Pauls for their volunteers to enjoy for morning tea today.

Community Notices

January 23, 2018 at 1:06 pm

February Art Workshops

Karate Club (first 4 lessons for students free) 

End of Year Message from the Principal

November 29, 2017 at 4:02 pm

It’s hard to believe that the year is over, but what a year it was.  We celebrated our girls’ achievement on Speech Night and yet again, I was struck by the confident young women who stood before us as graduates.  I would like to congratulate the class of 2017.  You are Clever, Confident and Connected.

I watched our girls sing the school song many times in their last weeks and every time, tears were present.  It is this sense of connection and belonging that is a special part of what we do at Girls Grammar.  I heard the seniors use the word sisters many times in the last weeks and they certainly have developed a sense of family.  What we know is that wherever they may go in their future years, there will always be a Girls Grammar girl somewhere there to support them.

I would like to particularly congratulate our Dux of 2017, Caitlin Bartlett.  Caitlin is an amazing student, driven, hard working and humble.  It has been a delight to see her grow.  I would also like to congratulate our Second in year Felicity Weier.  Felicity has a bright future ahead of her too.  She is independent, strong and bright.  Two very different girls, a day scholar and a boarder, but both destined to do great things.

Congratulations to all of our other prize winners across the school.  So many girls achieving in a range of pursuits.  So many girls active in a broad range of activities.  It is wonderful to see the girls take up the many opportunities they have.  That’s the beauty of a smaller school – every girl has every opportunity to participate and to be selected.

I hope that you all enjoy your time over the holidays with your children at home.  For those of you who do not see your daughters every day, I know how precious that time is.  I wish you all a healthy and happy Christmas.  I also ask, as a mother, please be careful when you are out celebrating and adventuring.  Life is precious.

As we look forward to 2018, I would like to thank the following staff for their contribution to Girls Grammar over the past years.  To Jade Ladewig, we wish you the best on the birth of your first child.  I am sure all of us remember how special that moment is.  To Louise McSherry, our best wishes on your impending arrival as well.  Every child is a gift and a blessing.  Meghan McVeigh is returning to her home town of Toowoomba having finished her final year of study.  Thank you for the work you did with our girls.  David Hanna has been a wonderful inclusion to our staff in Semester Two and we wish him well as he returns to his family in Maryborough.  Dr Nikki Hislop has accepted a position at RGS.  I wish her well and want to acknowledge the loss we feel as a school.  She has been a great teacher, colleague and advocate for other staff.

 

 

 

 

 

We are very much looking forward to 2018.  We have a great group of girls ready to lead the schools.  We have committed and enthusiastic teachers and most of all we have our best asset – our girls.

If you have the chance to spread the word about our school over the holidays, we invite you to do so.  If you know of someone who would love to send their daughter here, encourage them to speak with us about pathways and opportunities.  Let’s get the word out there.

Have  a blessed Christmas and may the season be a good one.

Mrs Christine Hills (Principal)

A Final Word from our Deputy Principal

November 29, 2017 at 3:32 pm

Over the last week our staff engaged in professional development opportunities to ensure our practices are relevant and catering to the 21st Century learner. From assessment processes in preparation for the new Senior Syllabus to understanding growth mindset and how we can build it for our girls, our staff are committed to learning and improving. I cannot thank the teaching staff enough for the things that they do every day for our girls.

This last term has been a combined effort of all of our departments to celebrate what a wonderful year 2017 was. The two graduation ceremonies were a wonderful display of the seniors in both our secondary and primary school and their achievements were on display to our community of students, staff and parents. I always enjoy watching the transition years and the development the girls have as a consequence of transitional processes adopted at school. Thank you to Spotless services for your organisation around setting up our venues and catering for our guests.

Congratulations to all of our students and staff who participated in girls rock. What a wonderful display of dance, song, drama and instruments. I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the back stage crew and working with the dedicated team of teachers who prepare and organise our acts. I am also in awe of the staff who rehearsed and performed such a wonderful act on the night.

The lead up to Speech Night was met with trepidation yet excitement for academic placements and leadership position outcomes. Congratulations to all of the girls who received colours in the academic, community, cultural, sporting, cattle club and Individual categories. Well done to Caitlin Bartlett achieving Dux of the school and welcome Sherri Green and Tanya Kulu to our leadership team for 2018. I have had the opportunity to work with our 2018 Prefects alongside Ms Hyde-Mewburn in the last week of school sorting through the calendar of events and I can assure you next year is looking fantastic! Thank you to our administrative team who were busily preparing the awards and run sheets to ensure this night was a success.

Finally our end of year party, thanks to the Year 11 students and their care teachers, was a resounding success and a fun filled day for the girls. Never in my career have I seen such a wonderful way to celebrate the year. For those of you departing, please remember the special touches like the End of Year party fondly. For all of our returning families, I wish you a wonderful summer break and look forward to sharing the welcome family BBQ with you in late January.

Michelle Gouge, Deputy Principal

 

 

 

End of Year Message from Director of Boarding & Student Welfare

November 29, 2017 at 3:24 pm

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the students and their families for their support during 2017. As we come to the end of another successful year at Girls Grammar, I look back in disbelief that it has gone so fast. The year has been busy but a rewarding experience for our students in so many ways.

At our Awards Night recently, I sat proudly listening to the achievement of each girl called to the stage. The achievements extend from academic to sporting and to the creative arts across P-12. Each of the student’s effort and hard work is recognised and I hope they are also very proud of their achievements in 2017.

It is hard to pick a highlight of the year, as there have been so many, but one thing in particular I would like to mention is the Year 12 cohort of 2017. They were an amazing group of young women and have led the school with exceptional leadership. I wish them well for their future in whatever pathway they choose.

Boarding News

Our boarders were full of energy and excitement during the week leading up to their departure to return home for the holidays. It has been a wonderful year with the boarders and I wish them all a happy holiday with their families.

It is always a highlight of the boarding calendar when we farewell our Year 12 boarders with the Boarder Farewell Dinner in November each year. It was an excellent event and I thank Mrs Chris Oliver and all of the Year 10 students for their extraordinary effort and commitment throughout the year in raising funds and organising the night.

During my speech at the dinner, I spoke about inner strength as women and for our year 12 graduates leaving school there will be bumps in the road, joy and sadness in their journey ahead. I explained, for it is when we face the challenges head on that we become stronger women and find our confidence in the world. I shared with the girls my own personal story in losing my husband Mark suddenly in January 2016. I told them it  was the saddest time of my life but I also said there came a point when I knew I needed to find my inner strength and face the world. I encouraged the girls to find their inner strength when facing challenges ahead.

I wish to thank the boarding staff who have worked with the girls throughout the year. I would like to acknowledge Ms Laura Mehlhose who is leaving us to relocate to Brisbane. I thank Laura for her commitment to Girls Grammar over three years and wish her well for her future plans.

Thank you once again to our boarding families and your support during 2017. I look forward to working with you all in 2018 and I hope you have a wonderful time during the holidays with your daughters.

Welfare News

Parenting Ideas– RGGS is a member of Parenting Ideas and I invite you to get online and browse practical tips in raising confident kids and resilient young people. Michael Grose is one of Australia’s leading parent educators and has published, Spoonfed Generation, Thriving and many more.

https://www.parentingideas.com.au

Referral Agencies in Rockhampton –  Recently I have been speaking with a number of referral agencies in Rockhampton, including Child Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) based at the Rockhampton Hospital, Headspace and Wahroonga. All of these agencies have a variety of services including counselling, assessments and group therapy sessions. If you require any information on services available, please contact me.

Cyber Safety I would like to refer parents to a resource called Internet Safe Education. You are invited to read regular articles on the ever changing digital environment from this website. Updates from the Internet Safe Education website, inform parents and care givers about topical internet safety issues and provide practical tips for ensuring safety for children of all ages. Go to www.InternetSafeEducation.com.au

Wishing you all a happy holiday and I look forward to 2018.

Bernadette Hyde-Mewburn, Director of Boarding & Student Welfare

Introducing 2018 Head Girls

November 29, 2017 at 3:21 pm

Congratulations to Sherri Green and Tanya Kulu – 2018 Head Girls!

Our 2018 Head Girls, are both Boarders at the school. Sherri Green is from Nebo. She excels at athletics as a member of the Capricornia Athletics team and the QISSN netball team. She has participated in Cattle Club, community service, vocal ensemble and oratory. Sherri is the embodiment of the Girls Grammar vision, she is proof that a girl from a small town can achieve the greatest things.  At Girls Grammar, Sherri has been able to shine.

Tanya Kulu is a second-generation Head Girl at Girls Grammar. Her mother Nuni was Prue McKeague Prefect in 1991. Tanya is from Papua New Guinea. Tanya’s humility, gratitude and friendliness are stand out features of her being. From the youngest students to the upper school, every girl knows who Tanya is and has been the recipient of her smile and her kind words. Tanya plays netball and was a part of the 2016 All Schools Touch team. She is a member of our performance ensemble Molti Voce. She is an active member in the school community and gives freely of her time to work on school and charity events. At Girls Grammar Tanya has been able to shine.

2017 Dux of School

November 29, 2017 at 3:18 pm

Congratulations Caitlin Bartlett – Dux of School 2017!

News from P&F Uniform Shop

November 29, 2017 at 3:14 pm

The P & F Uniform Shop will be accepting second hand uniforms to sell during our very busy back to school sales, please ensure all items, including hats and bags, have been laundered and any shoes polished. Blazers to have dry cleaning tag attached – form attached.

The holidays is a good time to clean your Panama – here is a link to cleaning instructions Panama Hat Care

 

P&F Shop Hours

2017
 Monday 20 to Thursday 23 Nov 8.00am – 1.30pm
 Friday 24 Nov (Last day of Term 4) 9.00am – 12.30pm
 Monday 27 Nov – Friday 1 Dec 9.30am – 12.30pm
2018  
 Monday 8 to Friday 12 Jan 9.00am – 3.00pm
 Monday 15 to Friday 19 Jan 9.00am – 3.00pm
 Monday 22 Jan (All Boarders return) 12.00noon – 5.00pm
 Tuesday 23 Jan – Thursday 25 Jan 8.00am – 1.30pm
 Friday 26 Jan (Australia Day Holiday) CLOSED

Contact: Karen Wallace – Phone 49 300 944 – Email: RGGSShop@rggs.qld.edu.au

If you require an appointment outside the above hours please call.