What’s On – Term 3 Week 5

August 17, 2018 at 4:05 pm

RGGS Weekly Roundup – Term 3 Week 4

August 17, 2018 at 4:05 pm

It’s been a great week at Girls Grammar.  Science Week has held the girls interest with several activities held on the terrace at lunch times.  From terrariums to experiments with milk, it was great to see our girls getting involved.  Thank you to Kailee, the STEM Prefect, and to Mrs Dey and Mr Borg for their participation in the activities.  Approximately 80% of our Seniors study at least one science subject and science degrees were the most popular destination for our 2017 graduates.

From Science to Humanities, this week saw our girls Senior Debating team storm into the finals of the Rockhampton Schools Debating Competition.  With an emphatic win over St Ursula’s Yeppoon, our girls had to debate whether Life was indeed like a box of chocolates.  Taylor (Year 11), Brianna (Year 12) and Kailee (Year 12) have had an outstanding debating season and we look forward to supporting them in the final against Heights College when they will be debating the notion that Humans have free will.

In other Humanities news, Mr Edwards has been busily organising a 2019 Canberra trip.  This will give the girls the opportunity to experience our nation’s capital, and its many attractions.  It will also include a side trip to tour universities in Brisbane as well as one of the UQ residential colleges.  If you would like your daughter to be able to participate, please go to Parent Lounge for more information.  Mr Edwards is also available to answer any questions you may have.  Another opportunity exists in 2019 with the Music Tour to New Zealand.  This is an incredible opportunity for our music students to experience an international competition.  Again, you can register your interest via Parent Lounge.

 

We were proud to be able to acknowledge the achievements of our girls on this week’s assembly.  Camryn (Year 7) is the latest recipient of a Polly Wonga award in recognition of her selection  in the National Under 13 and State Under 14 Indigenous Netball teams.  The OzTag girls were also acknowledged for their recent efforts at the OzTag All Schools competition.  OzTag is a rapidly growing sport in the Rockhampton area and Girls Grammar is a lead school in this sport.  Congratulations to Abigail (Year 10) who was awarded the Player’s Player and to Nonie (Year 12) who received the Coaches Award.

 

There are so many opportunities for our girls to shine including the Girls Grammar Art Show – Reflections.  Under the incredible guidance of Mrs Hanasy-Cheers, the exhibition will open in the Kern Arcade, Rockhampton today and run until the 24 August.  This is a wonderful showcase of the incredible talent of our girls and I encourage you to get down to have a look at the work they have done.

Tonight, we will attend the Educator Education Awards in Sydney.  Girls Grammar is one of eight schools in Australia in line for Regional School of the Year.  We look forward to the opportunity to showcase our wonderful school on the national stage.

 

Until next week.

Ms Christine Hills (Principal)

RGGS 2018 Art Exhibition – Reflections

August 17, 2018 at 3:11 pm

What’s On – Week 4 Term 3

August 10, 2018 at 4:06 pm

RGGS Weekly Roundup – Week 3 Term 3

August 10, 2018 at 3:53 pm

It’s been a great start to term 3 with Girls Grammar welcoming a number of new girls to our community.  It’s great to see their excited faces on the first day and to hear their stories.  Welcome to:

  • Ava (1 Rockhampton)
  • Maddi (10 Blackwater)
  • Phoebe (7 Emerald)
  • Mackenzi (11 Rockhampton)
  • Cassandra (1 Rockhampton)
  • Ally (6 Nebo)
  • Abbey (10 Rockhampton)
  • Josie (10 Rockhampton)
  • Sessie (9 Murray Is)
  • Hannah (10 Rockhampton)
  • Madeline (8 Injune)
  • Mia (2 Gracemere)

We are looking forward to watching you grow with us.

Since the start of the term, we have had much opportunity to celebrate including one of the largest celebrations of the year, NAIDOC assembly.  It was, as it always seems to be, a colourful and joyous celebration of culture.  I would like to acknowledge Kelsey, our ATSI prefect and her committee for the work they did putting this together.  It was great to see the St Brendan’s dancers and the choir from St Ursula’s celebrate with us.  Most moving for me was probably Jessica Paynes’ tribute to her grandmother.  Jess is a third generation RGGS student and her grandmother was the first indigenous student enrolled here.  Jess told the incredible story of the barriers she faced to be able to attend our school, ‘Because of her, we can’.  Thank you to Mrs Graham and Ms Haddock for their support and mentoring of the girls.

Sports Day is always a highlight of the year and the girls were very excited to hear the results of the secondary sports on Assembly this week.  Congratulations to our winning house Williams and to Downs for winning the coveted House Spirit Award.  Congratulations to our Age Champions:

12 Years Charlize Mallyon Emilia Heilig Bonita Solomon
13 Years Arkadie Dwyer Claudia Heffer Ashley Mott Schafer
14 Years Zara Priddle Amelia Driscoll Grier McRae
15 Years Tayla Wallace Abigail Hills Jayme McKellar
16 Years Raven Achoo Alana Agostini Lucy Brown
17 Years Kayla Sirriss Jemma Mallyon Vashnee Thorburn Williams

Congratulations to some other big winners – Abigail Hills  – winner of the RGGS Gift Fastest Girl, The Boarders, who won the Tug of War, and the Teachers were victorious in the Teacher vs Student race.

Primary Athletic results will be announced at next Primary Assembly and published in upcoming newsletters.

Academic Colours were presented on Assembly as well this week.  Congratulations to the 21 girls who were awarded Half Colours and the 26 who were awarded Full Colours.  Congratulations also to the 9 girls who were awarded Academic Merits and to the student who was awarded Academic Excellence.  It’s great to see the spread of awards.

My message to all the girls was of persistence – it’s important to recognise these achievements but I also acknowledge there were probably some disappointed girls in the room – not only with Colours but sports results.  I challenged them to think about how they could make that extra effort – run the extra race, complete the triple jump even if it’s not your favourite event, study that bit longer, see a teacher one more time for advice on an assignment.  Improvement is possible!

Congratulations also to the Writers of the Week for each year level and to Aria Watts – the Writer of the Week.

Year 5 – Aria Watts
Year 6 – Douceur Sakwa
Year 7 – Emilia Heilig (With special mention to Jessica O’Sullivan)
Year 8 – Claire Knight
Year 9 – Heather Maitland
Year 10 – Josie Jackson and Logan Cox
Year 11 – Faustina Samiak

As I write this, many of our girls are getting ready for the Oratory Competition. As the term unfolds, the girls will have many opportunities in front of them – as you can see from what’s on next week.  I encourage them to get involved wherever possible and to take up these opportunities.  Participating in a wide variety of activities can help extend and grow their talents and skills.

Ms Christine Hills (Principal)

St Brendan’s College Rodeo

August 9, 2018 at 1:23 pm

RGGS Book Week Celebrations 2018

August 9, 2018 at 11:47 am

Monday 20 August – Cake on the terrace to celebrate Book week 2018 – ‘Find your Treasure’ is the theme this year.

Monday 20 August – Commencement of Interhouse reading challenge – May the best house win!!!!

Tuesday 21 August – Find a word puzzles in the Library

Wednesday 22 August – Treasure hunt – to be completed and handed in to Library by Friday 24 August

Thursday 23 August – More word puzzles in the Library

Friday 24 August – Come dressed as you favourite book character – Theme is ‘Find your Treasure’ for P-12

Friday 24 August – conclusion of Interhouse reading challenge.

Week 2 Term 3 Important dates

July 27, 2018 at 3:34 pm

Week 1 Term 3 Important dates

July 23, 2018 at 9:37 am

Family Fun Day!

July 12, 2018 at 9:17 am

Spotlight on the Arts

July 2, 2018 at 10:39 am

By now, it should come as no surprise that Girls Grammar Girls are clever, confident and connected. In last term’s Arts Report, we celebrated their creativity, showcasing the amazing work they have produced across Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Art. With Term 2 being one of the busiest on the Arts Department’s calendar, it seems timely that we celebrate the courage of our talented students. Artist Henri Matisse’s iconic words really do ring true: “Creativity takes courage”. The courage required to innovate, to perform, and to share a little piece of the self with an audience cannot be understated. Luckily for us, our girls have courage in spades.

 

Stars on the Rise

Term 2 has seen Girls Grammar students achieve fantastic successes in a range of artistic pursuits, and the work of our young artists has enjoyed great visibility in our local community and beyond. Events including Gaia Festival and Beef Week, alongside competitions such as the Rockhampton Eisteddfod and Dance Star Competition have allowed our girls to test their courage, producing some outstanding results.

Girls Grammar students achieved great success in the Dance Star competition, with Dance Company making it through to the State Finals on the Gold Coast, and soloists Emilia Heilig, Tia Wilson and Tyla Cringle qualifying for Nationals. Students in years 7 – 10 Dance also shared their creative choreography with our schooling community in the Semester 1 Dance showcase.

Eisteddfod participants have been equally successful this term, with the school ensembles achieving the following results:

Year 4 – 6 Choir

–         1st Place: Primary Choir

–         1st Place: Novelty Choir

Prep – 3 Choir

–         3rd Place: Novelty Choir

Poco Voce

–         3rd Place: Primary Folk

 

Molti Voce

–         3rd Place: Secondary Choir

Bella Voce

–         2nd Place: Folk

–         2nd Place: Glee

–         2nd Place: Small Vocal Group

Musical Theatre Group

–         1st Place: Musical Theatre Section

 

Individual eisteddfod participants achieved similarly outstanding results, including:


Aleisha Cesar

–          1st Place: Modern Solo (14 Years & Under 18 Years)

–          1st Place: Woodwind Solo (14 Years & Under 16 Years)

–          1st Place: Australian Composer Solo (14 Years & Under 16 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Vocal Duet (14 Years & Under 16 Years)

Arsha Kennedy

–          1st Place: Piano Solo (Under 7 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Australian Composer Solo (Under 8 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Piano Sonatinas (Under 8 Years)

Brianna Baker

–          3rd Place: Solo Poetry (10 Years & Under 12 Years)

–          Very Highly Commended: Duo/Trio Poem Girls/Boys (10 Years & Under 12 Years)

Cadence Wone De Rungs

–          1st Place and Joy Philippi Perpetual Trophy recipient: Girls Vocal Solo (9 Years)

–          1st Place and Musical Union Youth Choir Trophy recipient: Musical Theatre Vocal Solo Under (10 Years)

–          Pauline Colvin Trophy recipient: For female singer under 18 years showing natural stage presence, feeling and personality

Calee Krarup

–          1st Place: Dance (10 Years)

Chloe Cowan

–          1st Place: Tap Group (13 Years and Over)

–          1st Place: Ballet Duo/Trio (13 Years and Over)

–          1st Place: Girls Vocal Solo (14 Years)

–          3rd Place: Speed Tap Solo (13 Years & Under 15 Years)

–          3rd Place: Tap Solo (13 Years and Under 15 Years)

–          Very Highly Commended: Senior Jazz Group (13 Years & Over)

–          Very Highly Commended: National Solo (13 Years & Under 15 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Contemporary Group (13 Years and Over)

–          Highly Commended: Waltz Tap (13 Years & Under 15 Years)

Emilia Heilig

–          1st Place: Modern Jazz Solo (11 Years)

–          1st Place: Modern Jazz Championship (Under 13 Years)

–          2nd Place: Demi Character or Character Ballet Solo (11 Years & Under 13 Years)

–          2nd Place: Contemporary/Free Movement/Modern Expressive Solo (11 Years)

–          Highly Commended: National Dance Solo (Excluding Scottish and Irish) (11 Years & Under 13 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Tap Solo (Waltz Excluded) (11 Years & Under 13 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Classical Ballet Solo (No Pointe) (11 Years & Under 13 Years)

Georgia Jackson

–          3rd Place: Jazz Group (10 Years and Under 13 Years)

–           Contemporary Group (10 Years and Under 13 Years)

Hannah Cowan

–          Runner Up: 12 Years & Under 14 Years Aggregate

–          2nd Place: Verse Speaking (Girls/Boys 12 Years)

–          2nd Place: Australian Verse (Girls/Boys 12 Years)

–          Very Highly Commended: Intermediate Jazz Group (10 Years and Under 13 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Light Verse (Girls/Boys 12 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Contemporary Group (10 Years and Under 13 Years)

Isla Houston

–          Highly Commended: Vocal Duet (Under 16 Years)

Kendra Bryan

–          2nd Place: Instrumental Solo (16 Years & Under 18 Years)

Tia Wilson

–          Joy Philippi Annual Trophy: for the most promising girl vocalist (12 Years & Under 18 Years)

–          2nd Place: Australian Composer (12 Years & Under 14 Years)

–          2nd Place: Folk Solo (12 Years & Under 14 Years)

–          3rd Place: Girls Solo (13 Years)

 

 

 

Making Connections

Our girls have been making some exciting industry contacts, participating in workshops with both the Queensland Ballet and Queensland Theatre at the end of Term 2. This was accompanied by the opportunity for students to view QT’s performance of ‘The Longest Minute’ at the Pilbeam Theatre. Despite landing right before the mid-semester break, a small, dedicated contingent of students seized the opportunity to end the term with a final boost of artistic goodness. This high-energy show about one girl’s dream to become a professional footballer could not have been more timely, sending us off into the holidays in great style.

The Arts Department wishes our students a safe and happy mid-semester break. We look forward to seeing you again for an action-packed second semester!

Click here to see some of the great work to be produced in the Arts Department in Term 2!

A word from our Principal

July 2, 2018 at 8:37 am

The first half of the year draws to a close and with it a chance to reflect on a great six months at Girls Grammar.

A big highlight for me has been the chance to get back into the classroom.  It reminds me that core to what we do is teaching and learning.  I have the chance to go on this journey with a truly wonderful group of young women who are engaging, intelligent and who also have the capacity to surprise me with their wit and humour.  I see how they apply themselves to their work. I see their determination to succeed and I know these are qualities not just limited to my class.  These are the characteristics of so many of our girls who are taking advantage of the considerable opportunities they have at Girls Grammar.

Our Year 12 students have led the way.  From the start of the year when they took their first tentative steps into leadership to their formal where they emerged as beautiful young women – the Year 12 class has been getting about the job well.  They have raised money, coordinated Mocktails and semi formals.  They have Relayed for Life, collected for the Salvos, helps the primary girls at Cross Country.  They have prepared for QISSN, played Touch Football judged cattle.  They have sung in choirs, performed in dance and debated with fire.

As we enter the second part of the year, we encourage our girls to keep their eye on the main game – setting yourself up for the best start at a future.  In the next 16 weeks of school, I encourage you to spend the extra time at your desk, complete the extra exercises, commit to your studies.  In the next months, we have important work to do – Core Skills, final exams.

We are looking forward to what promises to be a great semester and we will also welcome 9 new students from a range of backgrounds and places.  It is great to see the enthusiasm each of these girls has shown for starting their Girls Grammar journey.

They will become a part of a community – one that celebrated in style at our recent Race Day.  It was my privilege to tour the school on the Sunday with the 20 year reunion group – (and a couple of 10 years).  I am always struck by the sense of camaraderie these women have after so many years.

It was a wonderful opportunity for me to attend the ICPA conference in Winton recently.  Not only did I get the chance to go back through Emerald – my first posting as a graduate teacher, I got to catch up with a few familiar faces from Alpha, Clermont and the Dawson Valley.  The ICPA is a great advocate for education of rural and remote children and it’s important we support them in their work.

11 weeks certainly proved to be a big term. I want to wish our QISSN team all the best for the upcoming competition in Townsville and thanks Ms Kate Lang for her work with the team.   We start Semester 2 with our delayed Sports Carnivals.  Ms Doherty will accompany the All Schools OzTag team to Brisbane at the end of week 1.  We will also prepare for Rockhampton District Trials in Athletics.  A busy start which will lead up to the announcement of the Australian Educator Awards in August, we we are one of eight finalists in the Regional School of the Year.

I hope that you have a restful break and time with your children and families.  If there is rain – I hope it is beneficial to you and that the frosts don’t hit too hard.  We look forward to seeing you all in Semester 2.

Director of Boarding & Student Welfare

July 2, 2018 at 8:34 am

As we come to the end of another successful term at Girls Grammar, I want to congratulate the students for their extraordinary effort. It has been a busy but a rewarding experience for our students in so many ways. We began Week 1 with the Anzac ceremonies, and throughout the term we were busy with Gaia Festival, Beef Week, NAPLAN, Relay for Life, Year 12 Formal, Year 10 Mocktails, Race Day and much more.

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 great term with the boarders and I wish them all a happy holiday with their families.

It is always a highlight of Term 2 when the Year 12 formal takes centre stage in the CAB, with the walk through prior to the event. It was lovely to see all the boarders congratulating the girls and wishing them well for their formal.

I wish to thank the boarding staff who have worked with the girls throughout the term, particularly around planning events and days out at the weekends. There was certainly some beautiful weather and the girls made the most of it at the beach, competing in Softball Sunday, Golf, Yeppoon Lagoon and many other activities.

Thank you once again to our boarding families and your support during the term. I look forward to working with you all next term 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, “The Spoonfed Generation”, “Thriving” and many more. This website has some excellent information, so I encourage you to look at the variety of topics available.

https://www.parentingideas.com.au

Referral Agencies in Rockhampton –  We continue to work with a number of referral agencies in Rockhampton, including Child Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) based at the Rockhampton Hospital, Headspace and Wahroonga. 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 on 0407196205.

 

Primary Council RSPCA Day

July 2, 2018 at 8:22 am

On Friday 29 June the Primary Student Council held their RSPCA celebrations. This year the student council decided to sell popcorn and poppers to fundraise money to donate to the RSPCA animal shelters. After a quick fashion parade and a surprise visit from the Poly Wonga it was time to settle in with our treats to watch The Nut Job 2. What a big hit the morning turned out to be! With the support from students in Prep to Year 6, the Primary council raised a grand total of $155.00.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debating post

July 2, 2018 at 8:14 am

Undefeated and steam-rolling the competition, our senior debating team is yet to lose in the Rockhampton and District Debating Competition. Last night our girls – Kailee Butcher, Taylor Busbridge and Brianna Austin went up against St Brendan’s in our Paterson Museum to debate ‘Money is the root of all evil’. We, as the negative team, had some very compelling arguments and rebuttals to dismiss the competition. The adjudicators were very impressed with how articulate and well-presented the RGGS girls were in both manner and matter of the debate and stated how our girls are still ‘a force to be reckoned with’. July 31 will be the next round against RGS at their campus.

A big thank you needs to go to Linda Busbridge for making an amazing cheese and cold meat platter for the evening.

Week 11 Term 2 Important dates

June 22, 2018 at 2:28 pm

Week 9 Term 2 Important dates

June 8, 2018 at 11:19 am

Community Notices

May 25, 2018 at 12:34 pm

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

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.