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)

A message from our Deputy Principal

September 24, 2018 at 2:13 pm

Term 3 has been action packed and a well-deserved break is on its way! With the rescheduled athletics carnival happening in the first week it was all hands on deck from the get go. I just love the atmosphere our leaders create and thank them for their commitment to ensuring the day was fun filled and action packed for the girls. Thank you to Mr Fuller and the Sports department and every staff member who was there to lend a hand for the day. Not to be outdone, the primary carnival was an outstanding display of sportsmanship and teamwork. I enjoyed watching the girls run down the lanes and giving each other a congratulatory handshake or hug at the end. Well done girls! I am most looking forward to assisting Mr Fuller in your ribbon presentations in Week 9.

I was particularly excited about the Oratory competition this term as I have been working in a Care classroom myself. Congratulations to all of the participants in Oratory – the speeches I heard were touching, informative even humorous. I am well aware of why teacher’s ‘duck and roll’ when they see you in the shopping centre. Thanks for that one Arkadie!

Congratulations to Nora and her team of artists as we celebrated our art work in a wonderful public display. I was proudly standing with Nora opening this show with our budding artists and their families there. I am in awe of the work they produce and know it is from the excellent work that our Arts and Home Economics departments do.

I was very excited to attend the Book Week parade this year and happily skipped alongside my ‘Matilda’ on the day. Thank you Leanna for a wonderful morning of celebrating books and costumes. This is one of my most favourite events of the year!

This term we held Opti-MINDS at our school for the first time. RGGS has proudly been a part of Opti-MINDS for 27 years – the longest standing Rockhampton school in this district. We had a wonderful day and many volunteers to make this day a success. I must admit I may have been getting a little worried about the audience’s thoughts as I was continually announcing Rockhampton Girls Grammar as the winners! I promise I was NOT on the judging panel but to win four out of ten Spirit Awards (with 58 teams competing), two Honours awards and 2 regional winners in Language and Literacy was pretty exciting! Thank you to everyone for the amazing contribution. We head off to Brisbane to compete in the State Competition in Week 1 Term 4.

Camp week, QCS week and Year 10 work experience week was a wonderful display of what we do here at this amazing school. I personally enjoyed heading down to Noosa with our Year 8 and 9 students who challenged themselves each and every day. I really enjoyed spending time with the girls – as did the other teachers. Thank you to our staff who contributed to this week.

RUOK? Day was a resounding success and we were very lucky to have a guest speaker from Evolve Therapeutic Services to talk with the girls about how to look after our mental health. Thank you to Sherri and her team of wonderful helpers for the day.

The last week of school brings us a lot of fun and exciting activities. At the time of writing I am looking forward to watching the work of our house leaders and their senior teams in the Inter-House Choir competition. I am also looking forward to the Performing Arts Showcase, Naarah’s Touch Carnival and the Primary Ball Games! Sounds like a heap of fun!

Enjoy the break! See you on the playground!

Mrs Gouge

Unleash the Power Within – Mikaela Jackson

September 24, 2018 at 2:10 pm

On Wednesday, 12 September 2018, I travelled to Sydney to attend the Tony Robbins Unleash the Power Within (UPW) seminar. I was accompanied by other students that are on CYLP (Cape York Leaders Program) scholarships. Kayla and I were the two representatives chosen to represent our CYLP group.

On arrival, we all introduced ourselves and eventually made our way to the motel.

Thursday, Day one of the seminar was held at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. Here we met students from all over Australia and New Zealand, who were also selected to represent their groups in the Tony Robbins Youth Leadership Program called “Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Leaders”.

Every day was a buzz and each session consisted of inspirational and motivational talks from Tony Robbins. He inspired me in so many ways and he opened my mind to multiple options that will help me in my future studies and future careers.

Every morning we would be awakened at 5:30am and he used that as our kick start to the big, long day ahead. Each day, we attempted a multitude of events that would conclude around 12 midnight, even to 1:00 am. During the long and full on days Tony will keep us hyped up so that we didn’t falter and feel the need to fall asleep. He would awake our senses by calling out “LET’S CELEBRATE!” then fun music began to play as everyone in the crowds started dancing in their aisles.

On the first night, we were told that we were going to walk on fire. There were 50 rows of hot coals lined up outside of the central arena. All participants at The UPW seminar were invited to become a fire walker. This challenge made those who attempted The Fire Walk to build personal confidences and to prove to oneself that if you try hard enough, you can literally achieve anything. At first, I was quite scared about doing The Fire Walk. In my head were words from Tony’s motivational talks and these words inspired me to challenge myself, face my fears and give The Fire Walk a go. I did walk over the coals as if there was not heat beneath my feet. It didn’t hurt as I thought it might and I was amazed and proud that I took the challenge. It felt as if nothing was beneath my feet. I could hear a saying that Tony likes to challenge attendees with which is “If you can walk on fire, you can do anything”.

Over the four days I had learnt so many new things about myself and so many new strategies to move through life with. I was like a new person and that new person is me. I also met lots of new people and that was a fabulous and fun experience. Out of all the people I met , I felt I made a solid new friend. I now have a friendship circle that includes participants from all over the world. As one of Tony’s ways to meet someone new, he would ask everyone to go and give and receive hugs and do high fives with ten people you have never met before. This was a great way to expand my friendship circle and boost my personal confidences.

There were challenges and surprises and lots of hard work each day but one of the BEST and MOST amazing surprises that Tony organised, was the chance to see Jessica Mauboy perform in the Arena.

The last day saw us playing a multitude of mixed groupings in a series of multiple activities that improved our team building skills and reinforced key strategies. The UPW presenters taught us each day.

That last day was so emotional! All participants and presenters had to say their last goodbyes to each other and then we all left Sydney to go our separate ways.

I believe this was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had in my life! I learned so much from Tony and his business partner Joseph McClendon.

I would like to say that I am keen to stay motivated and am looking forward to being able to attend another UPW Seminar in the near future.

Mikaela Jackson (Year 10)

Sustainability Champions

September 24, 2018 at 2:10 pm

Our boomerang bag project from Term 1 continues to be a winner! Being selected by Rockhampton Regional Council as ‘Sustainability Champions’, our photo will feature in August of the Sustainability in Action! 2019 Calendar. Keep an eye out for it!

Mrs Stacey Rogers (Home Economics, Hospitality)

Community Notices

September 24, 2018 at 2:09 pm

 

What’s On – Week 9 Term 3

September 14, 2018 at 3:46 pm

Community Notices

September 14, 2018 at 3:38 pm

RGGS Art Competition

September 14, 2018 at 1:13 pm

What’s On – Week 8 Term 3

September 11, 2018 at 9:25 am

Bulls ‘n’ Barrels – Tough Enough to Wear Pink

September 10, 2018 at 2:01 pm

Community Notices

September 7, 2018 at 4:15 pm

What’s On – Week 7 Term 3

August 31, 2018 at 4:04 pm

A Word from our Principal

August 31, 2018 at 10:30 am

The week began early this week with a full day of Optiminds on Sunday.  What an amazing day it was.  Girls Grammar led the way not only hosting the event but participating very successfully.  My congratulations go to all the girls who competed. I’d also like to recognise the efforts of the many parents who supported and assisted on the day – with our teams and our hosting duties.  Congratulations to our winners, Highly Commanded team and the Spirit Award winners.  We look forward to seeing the progress of our year 10/11 team and our year 5 team as they travel to Brisbane to participate in the state finals.  Thank you to Mrs Gouge who led a team of staff to ensure the day was a successful one for Girls Grammar.

 

This week was exam block.  These exams are arguably some of the most important the year 12’s will do.  I have been impressed with the girls’ dedication to their studies and I suspect there has been much midnight oil burnt this week.  Thank you to Dr Fry for co-ordinating the exam block and ensuring our girls are in line with QCAA requirements for the end of the year.

 

The year 8 girls had an opportunity to participate in the QMEA Energy for the Future Challenge in Blackwater this week.  This is an opportunity available only to QMEA schools and provides the girls with the chance to work with members of industry in resource related fields.  Well done to all of the girls who took up this opportunity.

 

I was pleased to be able to attend the great debate between RGGS and Heights Senior teams on Wednesday night.  The topic that “Free will is an illusion” was a challenging one and I was impressed with the level of complexity in the girls’ arguments – from religion to chaos theory and every stop in between.  Our debaters have done us proud this year – Brianna, Taylor and Kailee.  It’s been inspirational to see them grow.

 

Our NAPLAN data was released this week and initial view of it once again affirms the quality of teaching and learning at Girls Grammar.  Once again, we lead the way in writing but the big improver this year has been numeracy.  I will include a more detailed breakdown of the results in the coming week.

 

Next week is camp week – and it’s a highlight of the year for many.  With girls heading to all parts of the state, it promises to be a great week of leadership, adventure and friendship.  It’s amazing how clearly I remember the camps I went to when I was at school. I hope the girls all enjoy themselves.  Our year 10 students will go to work experience during the week as well.  This is a great opportunity for them to dip their toes into the world of work!  Our year 11’s will participate in leadership activities in preparation to prefectship next year.  The year 12’s will sit the Queensland Core Skills Test under the supervision of Dr Fry.  Good luck girls – you are ready for it!

 

There are a number of activities for the boarders this weekend which should be a great break from the rigours of study!  Friday Night basketball, Saturday shopping, the St Brendan’s Rodeo and a trip to the new Kershaw gardens on Sunday should provide every girl at least one opportunity to get out and about this weekend.   Thank you to the Boarding Staff for their commitment to the girls.  Mrs Hyde Mewburn is on bereavement leave for the next few days with the passing of her father on Thursday.  We extend our deepest condolences to her and her family.  Mrs Rattenbury and Mrs Ung are points of contact in her absence.

 

Until next week

 

2018 Semester 2 Parent Webinar Program

August 31, 2018 at 8:55 am

What’s On – Term 3 Week 6

August 24, 2018 at 2:46 pm

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