Cattle Club Success – Moura Coal N Country

August 30, 2016 at 9:19 am

It was a cool, wiIMG_0031ndy day at the Moura Coal ‘n’ Country Festival on Saturday 27 August. The competition was fierce and the Cattle Club Show Team competed successfully with some great results. Many thanks to the Yates and Austin families, and also to Mrs Leanna Donaldson for supervising the girls.

Our results were:

Lilac – First lead by Shakeeta, Female 17 months & under 19 months

Leroy – First lead by Georgia, Bull 15 months & under 17 months IMG_6124

Shakeeta- First in under 10 year old leading with Leroy

Paige – Fourth under 10 year old leading with Lilac

Natalie – Fourth 16 and over with Toby

Shakeeta – Fourth in judging Stud Bull under 13 years

Natalie – First in judging Stud Bulls and Third Steers 16 years and over

Lucy – First in judging Steers 13 to 15 yearsIMG_0052

Shakeeta- Junior Herdsman Award.


Opti-MINDS 2016

August 30, 2016 at 9:18 am

IMG_5853On 21 August a team of Year 7 students presented at the Rockhampton Regional Opti-MINDS event.  After six weeks of intensive and creative problem-solving to an open-ended Social Science prompt ‘Change and Adaptation’, their presentation told the story of what they believed life would look like 50 years into the future.  They worked together well and represented the school with pride.  The feedback received from the judges was positive.

Congratulations to Tyla Cringle, Lilliana Harrison, Lujaine Hussain, Sarleen Kaur, Abbie Mallyon, Sydney Peff, and Layla Rieson on a great effort.  Many thanks to Mrs McLeod for looking after the team.

Melanie Brooks
Mathematics Teacher

2016 Music and Art Gala

August 30, 2016 at 9:17 am

You are invited to the 2016 Celebration of Music and Art on Friday 9 September.

Complimentary Wine and Cheese at the Art Exhibition opening and a P&F Canteen available on the Deck. Music and Art Gala 2016

Jeans for Genes Day 2016

August 19, 2016 at 3:32 pm

IMG_7474Each year, the Children’s Medical Research Institute hosts an event on the first Friday in August called Jeans for Genes Day. This nation-wide event aims to raise awareness about cancer, epilepsy, birth defects and genetic diseases in children whilst raising funds for medical research. Rockhampton Girls Grammar has for many years supported this great cause by hosting a free dress day in which students wear their best denim outfits and provide a IMG_7460gold coin donation. This year we managed to raise over $ 300 with all proceeds going to the Children’s Medical Research Institute. To further support this cause, the Senior School Council held a fashion contest to see who could wear the most denim. Judges, Mr Avery, Ms Lamb and Mrs Bartlem, Master of Ceremonies, Brianna Austin, DJ, Mr Cheers, and all the participants made the event a huge success. Charlotte Carroll won the primary category whilst the secondary prize went to Jasmine Mick, congratulations girls. It was definitely a fabulous day!

Caitlin Bartlett (Year 11)

Science Week 2016 – Drones, Droids and Robots

August 19, 2016 at 3:29 pm

Science Week was a roaring success at Girls Grammar this year.  We made circuits that play music, constructed edge-sensing robot crabs and gasped in awe at Mr Tree’s amazing Drone demonstration.

The students were very been busy constructing edge-sensing crabs. The kits provided students with an insight into basic circuitry and robot construction. These little critters crawled all over the tabletop and did not fall off.  Clever girls!

Mr Cheers also showed students the wonders of coding and how it is used to make robots move at your command.  His Bluetooth powered vehicle can be controlled from a laptop and the students had a chance to code to make it move forward, backward and sideways.

Furthermore, we were lucky enough to have Mr Tree share his enthusiasm for drones. Students could even view what the drone was seeing through Bluetooth goggles.  The enthusiasm was encouraging!  This demonstration also highlighted that Science is for everyone and you can use it in some amazing ways.

Mrs Christie Dey


2016 Cross Country Results

August 18, 2016 at 3:42 pm

IMG_7649Tuesday 9 August 2016 saw our Girls Grammar girls participate in the 2016 Cross Country, with fantastic results. As an extra special celebration of the current Olympic Games, staff and students re-created the Olympic rings.





Age Champions 2016

8 Years
Dhanya Balasubramaniam
9 Years
Paige Donaldson
10 Years
Charlize Mallyon
11 YearsIMG_7545
Arkadie Dwyer
12 Years
Olivia Sherry
13 Years
Tayla Wallace
14 Years
Claire Sherry
15 Years
Jemma Mallyon
16 Years
Emily Lang
Jasmin Dwyer




Overall House Winner – PATERSON HOUSE!

Spirit Award – DOWNS HOUSE!

Well done to everyone for participating and a special Congratulations to both Paterson and Downs Houses!

Cattle Club News – The Ekka!

August 18, 2016 at 2:58 pm

WeFullSizeRender (17) survived nine days of Ekka! Sallie Salisbury, Kasey Davies and Lucy Brown ably represented RGGS in handling, preparing and showing our Lowline stud cattle. With exceptional assistance from Mike and Nancy Davies, Lara and David Brown and Rob and Anita Salisbury we can say that our first Ekka has been a resounding success. We have walked away having had an excellent experience.

We also won some ribbons!! Red was our colour for the Ekka, coming home with four second places with our four bulls Jelignite, Kannon Fire, Leroy and Lawbreaker. Lilac placed fourth in her class which is also quite an achievement. We also picked up third place in the open herdsman competition. This competition is judged on the following criteria:

  1. Groomed appearance of the cattle
  2. Condition of bedding and economic use of same
  3. Condition of floors below bedding
  4. Absence of excreta
  5. General tidiness
  6. Attendance, public relations

FullSizeRender (22)The girls absolutely shone with number six – particularly the public relations. They were always on form and ready quipped with answers to the millions of questions we were asked over the week. The girls also participated in the Ekka Cow Paddock, where they wore microphones and spoke to the crowds about our Lowline cattle. All three girls gave convincing performances and have been assured a place on the program for 2017. Our trip would also not have been possible without the generosity and support of Chris Hine from McIntosh Creek Lowlines. Chris donated many of the animals that we have started our stud with and also allowed us to stay at her farm in Gympie on our way to and from The Ekka.

Ku Lacey
Agricultural Science Teacher

C2C Year 10 Event

August 18, 2016 at 2:56 pm

IMG_7806On 16 August the Year 10 cohort participated in the C2C forum; giving us the opportunity to connect with business leaders and test our communication skills. We were put into a scenario where we were given three minutes with a range of different potential employers. We discussed topics such as our subject selection for next year, future aspirations, goals and a little bit about where we are now. This wonderful opportunity provided by local businesses and the RING network allowed each student to receive individual feedback about our resuIMG_7750mes and how we presented ourselves before we were given tips and tricks regarding employment.

Overall, this was a great experience which has given us the basis to be able to complete successful job interviews and seek employment opportunities is our chosen fields in the future.

Year 10 Students

Student Achievement – Katelyn and Makayla Holznagel and Ella Curtis-Bryant

August 18, 2016 at 2:52 pm

IMG_6442Katelyn and Makayla Holznagel, and Ella Curtis-Bryant, recently attended the Brisbane Ekka and received some excellent results showing their alpacas.

In the Preliminary Intermediate Showmanship and Stockmanship class, Katelyn was awarded First and Makayla Fifth, with Katelyn also receiving Supreme Preliminary and Champion, and Makayla Reserve Champion.  In the Preliminary Junior Showmanship and Stockmanship, Ella Curtis Bryant was awarded First and also Champion.

Well done ladies!






August Report – Director of Learning

August 17, 2016 at 3:43 pm


Our Year 12 students are eagerly anticipating the culmination of all their hard work of the past year with QCS testing occurring on 30 and 31 August. Our preparation is based upon all student data obtained from full mock practices along with an analysis of the most commonly tested Common Curriculum Elements (CCEs) in the QCS test. We have small QCS preparation groups who work alternatively with numeracy and literacy specialist teachers once per week. We wish all Year 12 QCS students the best on these important two days.

Subject Selection Evenings

Our Year 10 into Year 11 curriculum evening was held on 11 August. Students and parents had the opportunity to learn about the Senior School system for Year 11 and 12 as well as meet with subject teachers and representatives from CQUniversity and MRAEL. Students now have until Monday 22 August to return their subject preferences form to Student Services. Our current Year 8 students and their families will have the opportunity to attend a Year 8 into Year 9 curriculum evening on 25 August. Once again, the purpose of this evening is to provide general curriculum information but in particular to allow the opportunity for students and families to question subject teachers about elective subjects. Current Year 9 students and families who may be thinking about changing electives for 2017, are also welcome to attend.

Student-Parent-Teacher Learning Conversations IMG_0153

Student-Parent-Teacher Learning Conversations will be held on the last day of Term 3, Friday 16 September. These formal conversations are an opportunity to review the past term and cement ideas about student academic strengths and just as importantly, to identify areas for further development. It is a wonderful opportunity to strengthen the three-way partnership between the student, teacher and parents. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss interim reports. Fully detailed semester reports will be sent home at the conclusion of Term 4.

Dr John Fry
Director of Learning

Art News

August 17, 2016 at 9:00 am

IMG_2152The only way to learn how to draw better is to do it. A lot. There is no magic formula, just practice. Unfortunately, we are so busy, we do not allow IMG_2184ourselves to take the time to develop these skills. As part of their Animals in Art unit, the Year 9 and 10 Visual Art students went to the zoo for an observational drawing activity. They had two hours to sit and observe the animals and sketch them.

Drawing an animal that is constantly moving is a challenge and the drawings are more spontaneous, have movement and lightness about them that you do not get when you draw an image from a photograph.  It was hard and there were constant sighs of frustration, but a lesson was being learned. It is not so much about what is on the paper, the end result, but learning to see what is actually in front of you. It is about training the eye and the hand to learn to work together, and not allowing the logical brain to take over, simplify an image and assume what things should look like.

Nora Hanasy
Art Teacher

Student Achievement – Giselle Atlas

August 17, 2016 at 8:56 am

GA RMU Choir2New to Rockhampton, and Year 5 at Girls Grammar this term, Giselle has already joined the Rockhampton Musical Union Youth Choir.  The Choir performed on Sunday 31 July 2016 at the Emergency Services Day at the Rockhampton Heritage Village.

Congratulations on a fabulous performance Giselle!

OzTag Clinics

August 17, 2016 at 8:53 am

OzTag1This week during Physical Activity lessons the Primary girls have been involved in OzTag clinics under the guidance of Megan Howard, a past student and OzTag Regional Development Officer. TheOzTag2 girls have ripped off many tags and scored plenty of tries, all with huge smiles on their faces. Megan stated ‘The girls played with great skill and exemplified our motto “Get tagged you’ll love it”‘.

Forms are available for Primary students who would like to sign up for OzTag, and more information can be found on the Rockhampton OzTag website.

Rockhampton OzTag

Scott Fuller
Sports Master







2016 NAIDOC Assembly

August 17, 2016 at 8:51 am

NAIDOC week is during the school holidays so Girls Grammar celebrate as a School in Week 3. Our ATSI Committee lead by the Prefect Jasmine Holroyd from Pormpurraw excelled this year with Uncle Jeremy (Jeremy Marou) as our guest speaker and performance artist.  Our girls collaborated with St Brendans and RGS students to perform traditional dances.  This Assembly brings together our school community and reminds us in a very emotional way just how proud our girls from aboriginal and islander communities are about their heritage and their homes.


Aurecon Bridge Building Competition

August 17, 2016 at 8:46 am

Bridge testing 2Three teams of Year 8 students tested their bridge building ingenuity, with just 300 paddle pop sticks, some PVA glue and a bit of string. Each 700 Bridge Building 1mm span bridge design was entered in the Aurecon Bridge Building Competition in Gladstone on 5 August, where each bridge was judged on its design, load-bearing capacity and efficiency (weight:load-bearing ratio). An assortment of innovative designs from across the region were represented on the day and, despite not claiming victory, our girls gained an insight into engineering as a career and took home some pointers for next year’s bridge designs.  Congratulations to Jayme McKellar, Lily Geary, Abigail Hills, Savleen Kaur, Hannah Knight, Jemma Green, Chloe Cowan, Jasmin Nowell and Clare Brown for their contribution and participation in this event.

Dr Nikki Hislop

Secondary Maths Teams Challenge

August 17, 2016 at 8:45 am

Year 9 & 10 Maths Teams Challenge
LM CBThree teams from Years 9 and 10 competed in the annual QAMT Maths Teams Challenge on Wednesday 3 August at Glenmore State High School.  Throughout the competition the girls had the opportunity to apply some of the skills they learnt in class.  As the teams mixed with different schools in the second part of the event, our students showed respectful teamwork skills as they networked with new people.  Many of the questions posed proved to be challenging for both the supervisors and the competitors.  One of our Year 10 teams placed 8th overall.  Kailee Butcher made it to the last round of the Shootout event, placing second amongst all the Year 10s there.  The enjoyment of the day was evident in the laughter and good spirit that was
displayed throughout the day.GD SG

Congratulations to Cherie Bell, Teagan Harker, Isla Houston, Darcie Lang, Leah McBride, Brianna Austin, Kailee Butcher, Georgia Davies, Kasey Davies, Sherri Green, Nadine Hay, Amiee Leane, Jasmine Mick, Jessica Payne, and Jema Van der Meer who graciously demonstrated the poise and confidence of Girls Grammar girls.


Year 7 & 8 Maths Teams Challenge

LGJM 2Four teams from Years 7 and 8 competed in the annual QAMT Maths Teams Challenge on Wednesday 3 August at Glenmore State High School.  Working individually, in pairs and as a team, they were given the opportunity to apply their problem-solving skills and test their mental maths.  The teams also had the chance to work with students from other schools for a portion of the event.  Dedication with smiles were shown as the students collaborated to solve maths questions.SK CR IW

Well done to Brodie Donaldson, Lujaine Hussain, Emma Jones, Sarleen Kaur, Heather Maitland, Sydney Peff, Georgia Sherry, Olivia Sherry, Tayla
Wallace, Frankie Watson, Aleisha Cesar, Chloe Cowan, Lily Geary, Molly Harwood, Mia Johnstone, Savleen Kaur, Jayme McKellar, Taylor O’Toole and Chloe Reis who represented the school with pride.

Melanie Brooks
Mathematics Teacher

Secondary Regional Maths Teams Challenge

August 17, 2016 at 8:42 am

Jessie ChenOn Tuesday 26 July Jessie Chen represented the Rockhampton Region at the Gladstone Maths Teams Tournament.  Working collaboratively with four students from other schools around the region, the Year 12 team took third place overall.  The students had the opportunity to apply quick mental maths and creative problem-solving strategies throughout the day.  It was a fantastic result for their debut at the tournament.

Congratulations Jessie!

Melanie Brooks, Mathematics Teacher

Upcoming Events – Book Week 2016

August 17, 2016 at 8:39 am

Monday 22 August 2016Book week image from 2015

Cupcakes at morning tea, one for everyone.

House reading challenge to kick off and run until 3pm Friday.  Come along and read some books during lunch and library lessons and may the best house win!

Friday 26 August 2016

Free dress day with the 2016 Book Week theme being ‘Australia! Story Country‘.  Below are a few hints as to the theme’s intentions, taken from The Children’s Book Council of Australia website:

Ideas for 2016 Children’s Book Week costumes are endless! Sticking with an Australian theme is easy by dressing up as Koalas, Kangaroos, Wombats, Possums and even Crocodiles!Book week costumes may even reflect the Aboriginal Dream Time stories or go back to the days of the early settlers and convicts. You can also choose from storybook themes, nursery rhyme tales and any characters from your favourite magical adventures found in children’s books. Some well-known Australian authors have created fabulous characters for you to consider dressing up as for this years kids book week costumes. These include Mem Fox’s Possum Magic, dream time stories like The Rainbow Serpent, The Magic Pudding, Blinky Bill and of course Waltzing Matilda! Book Week costumes may just be a true blue Aussie style from head to toe!

Rowing Report

August 17, 2016 at 8:38 am

Saturday 6 August, saw RGGS competing in a Regatta in Rockhampton. The day dawned beautiful and quiet, birds singing, water calm. However, by the 8.00am start the wind was strong and the water was rough, just like the Olympic Regatta. Our  rowers were not daunted and relished the challenge.

In the first race of the uniquely mixed men’s and women’s quads. Jessica Gunning rowed her debut race for Girls Grammar. The crew came second, just behind the boys.  Welcome aboard Jessica!Rowing2

Our small but talented team followed her out on the race course. Claire Sherry and her Emmaus partner won the Year 9 double sculls and had time to wave to the crowd before the other crews arrived at the finish line.

The windy and choppy conditions, without the buoyed lanes after the heavy rain of two weeks ago, made keeping a straight line very difficult. In the single sculls, division one Jasmine Mick reaped the benefit of ten extra rows over the holiday break and won convincingly. In division two of the novice single sculls, Matilda Donaldson, rowing straighter than others, came from the middle of the field in the last 100m to win, just in front of Sarah Donaldson .

Sarah and Amiee Leane combined a little later to win the novice double sculls. Jasmine’s crew finished second in the same race.

Interestingly, when we combined everyone in our ‘All Stars Quad’ of Matilda and Sarah Donaldson, Amiee Leane, Jasmine Mick and Jemma Green, a crew from another school managed to get their bow in front of us. It seems we need more practice in the big boats.

RowingThe morning regatta finished with the wind getting stronger and the Year 8 double scull of Matilda Donaldson and Jemma Green rowing more for survival than gold. They still won the silver and displayed ten out of ten for great form and boating skills.

We will be doing a lot of practice between now and August 27 in preparation for the Rockhampton Schools Rowing Championships where we will see schools from Rockhampton, Mackay and other centres competing for the medals.

Rob Fay
Rowing Coordinator

2016 Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence

August 17, 2016 at 8:35 am

Mark ChefDuring the current year our school kitchen has served some delicious meals to boarders, day students, Girls Grammar Race Day guests and many school function attendees. The feedback has always been universally great.

As a result, Mark Thompson, our Chef, and his team were recognised as finalists in the Queensland and Northern Territory Catering awards. The awards were announced Monday 1 August 2016 at the Industry Dinner in Brisbane that Mark was able to attend.

Other finalists included: Brisbane Girls Grammar School, Stuartholme School, International House – University of Qld, Cater Care – Cook Medical, and the winner, the Contented Chef – Arcare (Seniors Resort). Judges had attended our dining room and taste tested a selection of school meals. They highly praised the fare at RGGS and it was great to be recognised as providing some of the best educational/institutional catering available in Queensland and the Northern Territory. In 2017 the aim is the reach the National Awards.

Rob Fay
Facilities Manager

Paterson House Refurbishment Update

August 17, 2016 at 8:34 am

Paterson House – 125 years young

In 1892, Girls Grammar was founded by far sighted CQ Community Leaders and opened for the education of young women. Paterson House was constructed specifically for the school. It served as the main building for classes, administration and accommodation for the next 60 years. The expanding school required many extensions during the decades. The current version of Paterson House is five times larger than the building that opened in 1892, retaining original features at the north end.

The works required to make the transition for Paterson House to serve the school for another 100 years are significant and costly. This is being accomplished in stages. The RGGS community have been very generous with their time and resources since the ideas were discussed in 2012.

Since 2012 many stages have been accomplished, including;

1) Heritage Management Plan.

2) RGGS Museum established and the documents catalogued and archived by fantastic volunteers.

3)  Museum cabinets and Compactus has been donated by supporters and the P&F Assoc.

4) External Repainting.

5) Cyclone Marcia repairs.

6) South third of the roof refurbished and replaced where necessary.

7) The Principal’s Office floor repolished and period furnishings purchased.

8) The Boarders Dining Room refurbished with new food service equipment, lighting installed and floors repolished.

Works on refurbishing the south end of the roof is nearly complete. This will allow for further restoration  inside Paterson Hall and the Paterson House Building.

Robin Fay
Facilities Manager

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NEWSFLASH – 2016 NAPLAN Results are in!

August 8, 2016 at 3:36 pm

Only three schools in Queensland with all Year 7 students reaching or exceeding the national benchmarks in literacy and numeracy. St Mary’s Goondiwindi, Brisbane Girls Grammar School and ROCKHAMPTON GIRLS GRAMMAR SCHOOL!

Only ONE P-12 school had all of their Year 3, 5 and 7 students reach or exceed the national benchmarks in literacy and numeracy. ROCKHAMPTON GIRLS GRAMMAR SCHOOL!

Rockhampton Girls Grammar School is ranked FOURTH private school in Queensland for Year 5 writing.  We are in the top 1% of the state out of 1408 primary schools.

For Year 7 writing, we are in the top 7% of the state out of 550 secondary schools.

Every girl in Years 3, 5 and 7 reached the national benchmark.  Girls Grammar is the only school in Rockhampton to have achieved this result – success for every girl.

Outstanding results from our girls and their teachers!

Principal, Mrs Christine Hills will present at a breakfast hosted by the Harvard Club of Australia with representatives from the Department of Education to discuss the success of the writing project at RGGS.

It’s a great time to be a Girls Grammar girl!




Primary Maths Teams Challenge

August 8, 2016 at 3:14 pm

Year 6 TeamOn Thursday 4 August, both Mrs Gouge and Mrs Carroll escorted ten bright shining maths stars to the Year 5 and Year 6 QAMT Maths Teams Challenge. The girls started the day in their respective year level teams with a three minute fast paced challenge. Then the relay was underway where the teams worked in pairs and rotated amongst their team in a relay like fashion.

Finally the last ten questions was a whole team challenge. The afternoon was spent enjoying problem solving challenges in mixed groups with students from different schools.

Although we didn’t place, we worked brilliantly as a team and were quite competitive amongst the bigger schools. Congratulations to:Year 5 Team

Year 5: Georgie Dawson, Kirsty Maitland, Claudia Heffer, Claudia Johnstone and Emelia Heilig

Year 6: Emilyanne Bell, Aiman Bokhari, Emma Dawson, Merryn Lawrence and Mia Pienaar

Congratulations girls on a fantastic achievement!

Mrs Gouge
Director of Primary

Chemistry News

August 8, 2016 at 3:13 pm

Chemistry3Chemistry is No Headache!

Chemistry is an exciting aspect of life that constantly surrounds us. Throughout Term 3, the Senior Chemistry classes are exploring the concepts of industrial chemistry, which uses chemical and physical processes to transform raw materials into products that are beneficial to humanity. Recently, the classes undertook the process of synthesising Aspirin. This experiment required extreme precision and concentration, with several procedural modifications being made to successfully yield the product. Learning the theoretical components of pharmaceuticals is one thing, but actually creating one of the most commonly used anti-inflammatory analgesics certainly solidified our understanding of the topic further, while having fun!

By Mhairi Maitland

Chemistry1 Chemistry2

National Dance Star

August 8, 2016 at 3:11 pm

Janae Walsh 1Congratulations to Janae Walsh who has returned from the Dance Star National Championships as a National Champion!

Janae competed at the Gold Coast competition on August 5 and 6 and received first place in the Secondary Lyrical / Contemporary Audition, second place for Secondary Improvisation and second place for her Contemporary solo. This is an incredible achievement, competing against the best of the best from all over the country.

Photo by WinkiPoP Media

Photo by WinkiPoP Media

Louise McSherry
Dance and Music Teacher

Primary News

August 8, 2016 at 3:09 pm

Having just returned from an overseas trip in order to support my daughter it was nice to be back to a familiar place that I am starting to see now as a home. The organisation that I travelled to the USA for is also an all-girl organisation, International Order of Job’s Daughters, and the dreams, beliefs and values mirror that of what we believe in here at RGGS. They too want to support and build clever, confident and connected young women. Working within an all-girl environment gives us that very opportunity to work with, and specialise in, female education without the distractions. As with Job’s Daughters, girls are our priority, and I have no doubt you too believe how special that is about us!

OLPDBefore my departure I had the wonderful opportunity to work with local kindergartens and day care centres around building skills in Oral Language development. With some of our very talented primary staff assisting on the evening and with Mark catering, the event was always going to be a success. We will continue to build relationships with our local kindergartens and care providers.

We are well and truly into the enrolment process for 2017. If you are aware of any students intending to enrol in Prep for 2017 please ask them to contact the office as soon as possible to allow for a smooth transition into Prep. I am looking forward to welcoming new families.RGGS_Feb2016_0390

All students participated in the ICAS English task in Week 4 and will participate in the ICAS Mathematics in Week 6. We have already received some great results in Science and I have no doubt we will see plenty more coming up! Congratulations to all students who participated.

I also want to wish all of our girls the best of luck in the upcoming Cross Country next week!

Michelle Gouge
Director of Primary

Proposed 2017 International Tour

August 8, 2016 at 3:08 pm

The proposed international trip to Spain and Italy will not be going ahead in 2017. While there was initially strong interest in an excursion from the students, the projected costs became prohibitive for many. Though the School will not be facilitating the cultural expedition, we encourage students to travel widely for the cultural experiences that might broaden their horizons.

Mark Avery and Nicole Graham
Latin and Spanish Teachers

Principal’s Bulletin

July 28, 2016 at 3:49 pm

Welcome back to the second half of the year at Rockhampton Girls Grammar. It promises to be another term of outstanding learning opportunities and experiences for our girls.

QISSNThe holidays provided our QISSN netballers with the opportunity to compete against a range of schools from around Queensland, in sometimes, wet and windy circumstances. Our RGGS First netball team, Galaxy, competed over the week and put their bodies on the line for their sport!  I have seen some tough matches in my time but these girls held their own. Netball is certainly not a non-contact sport it seems! We are very pleased with our top 8 finish in our division. I was able to watch a few of the matches but their last final was a nail biter, with only a point in it on the siren. I would like to acknowledge Mrs Jacalean Wines – coach of Galaxy and Mr James Lye, Manager for their commitment to the team and for staying in the hallowed halls of Paterson House with the team for the week – a huge commitment of time for both of these committed professionals. Galaxy acknowledged Mrs Wines’ commitment to netball over the years at RGGS and made a presentation to her on Assembly last week.  We thank Mrs Wines for her role in the development of this sport at our school.

I was pleased to be able to spend time in the Central Highlands over the holiday break – representing RGGS at Emerald’s AgGrow, where I ran into a number of Girls Grammar families past, present and future. It was especially great to be able to attend a beautiful lunch in the park in Rolleston – a great community which works together to provide great opportunities for the kids out there. Girls Grammar students were pleased to be able to support the Rolleston/Springsure netball team as they played in the Regional Shield Competition in Rockhampton. Galaxy and other students provided an RGGS cheer squad for one of their games. Great team spirit reflected the energy and vitality of these two towns.

Senior School Full Academic ColoursWe presented Colours to many of our girls on our first Assembly of the semester. I would like to congratulate all of the girls who have achieved this recognition of outstanding effort. A range of awards were made in cultural, academic, sport and community domains. It is a great reflection of the opportunities available to the girls. We will review the Colours criteria this term to reflect the changing nature of opportunities available to the girls and to ensure as far as possible that effort and achievement are rewarded. I look forwarded to having this discussion with the P&F and our student leadership teams.

Our primary school girls competed in the Rockhampton district athletics trials over the past two days. These trials will lead our students to selection in the Rockhampton District athletics squad for Capricornia. The girls have achieved a number of excellent results and I am proud to announce we have retained the Robert Schwarten Shield for the second year running. Thank you to Mr Fuller and Mr Cox for attending these trials with our students, and congratulations to our girls.

IMG_7356This week’s Assembly saw the annual RGGS commemoration of NAIDOC week. What an incredible presentation we experienced. I wish to acknowledge Jasmine Holroyd and her team for the outstanding work they did to bring together students from The Rockhampton Grammar School and St Brendan’s College to celebrate our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage. Many hours were put into preparing dances and presentations to showcase the talents of all of these students. Jasmine was also able to arrange for Jeremy Marou of Busby Marou to speak to the Assembly and to play for us. The NAIDOC celebration was an amazing example of what is possible when people think big and work together. It was certainly unlike any NAIDOC celebration I have attended before. Thank you to Jasmine and all of the girls for their hard work and commitment. These young ladies are truly future leaders. I would also like to thank the many members of staff who assisted including: Ms Jade Allgood, Mrs Julienne Hadok, Mrs Tammy Lang, Mrs Kim Dixon, our Grounds men and of course, our fabulous chef Mark Thompson and his team. What a great community to be a part of.

ChefMarkI would like to acknowledge the work of Mark and his team more broadly. On Monday 1 August, Mark will travel to Brisbane to attend a dinner for the announcement of the National Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence. Mark’s nomination in these awards is a testament to his work in providing an outstanding catering service to our school students and the broader community. While many were on holidays over the June break, Mark and his team were looking after 80 ‘Wrapt in Rocky’ attendees and four schools who were billeting with us for the QISSN Carnival. I congratulate Mark on his nomination and wish him the best for the Awards evening.

As we move through Term 3, our Year 12 girls enter one of the most crucial parts of their academic careers – the Queensland Core Skills Test and the QCAA verification process. It also happens to coincide with that part of the year when the end is in sight, the flu bug is going around and it can be a stressful time. It is not unusual for Year 12 students to succumb to stress and worry at this time – especially when they are also making decisions about future pathways and QTAC preferences. One of the biggest enemies at this time is fatigue. If I could wave a magic wand and ensure anything it would be that the girls remain focused on the long goal here – a future without limits. Keep on top of your study, your sleep, your diet and exercise. Don’t limit yourself by pulling up short on study; by letting the commitment lapse. There is time enough for parties and socialising coming your way. If you feel the stress and strain of the next few weeks mounting up, reach out to the many support networks that exists in the school – many of whom have been through this themselves. I wish all of our Year 12 students the best over the coming weeks.


As we move into preparation for 2017, we will be reviewing our electronic media policy, including use of mobile phones and their place in our school. It is true that mobile phones and the associated social media give the girls an amazing reach into a broader world of information and interaction.  Unfortunately, it can also be relentless and it often does not encourage thoughtfulness and consideration.  I remind the girls of the reach of social media, email and SMS.  Standards of behaviour and language that we would not accept face to face, seem easier for some to engage in electronically. The standards at RGGS are clear and our girls must remember that their use of these media is a reflection of the School, but more importantly, of themselves.

Christine Hills

Boarding Plus Program

July 22, 2016 at 1:27 pm

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Reading Hour – Tuesday 16 August 2016

July 22, 2016 at 11:55 am

The Reading Hour is one of the most celebrated annual readingReading hour 2016 initiatives in Australia, and supports individuals, families and communities to discover and rediscover the joy of reading.

The Reading Hour reminds parents, caregivers and families that reading together doesn’t have to be a massive undertaking in their increasingly busy lives, but rather encourages the ‘anytime, anywhere’ mantra, building a foundation in society whereby reading is a gift, given freely.

I encourage all parents and caregivers to take some time in their busy schedule to read during 6-7 PM with their loved ones on 16 August.

You can find more information at the following site:

Reading Hour

Love 2 Read Australia

Leanna Donaldson
Library and Resource Coordinator