Primary News

September 20, 2016 at 2:16 pm

As another term draws to a close I always like to reflect on some of the outstanding events that affect our girls here at Girls Grammar. Starting with visiting educators from local kindergartens attending an Oral Language PD, our term was off with a bang. Girls Grammar was on display that evening and with the support of the Primary staff we were able to showcase some oral language strategies suitable for students who are nearly about to embark on their schooling journey.cross-country

Our Year 3 and 4 students were treated to the ‘Pillow Case’ project – getting them prepared in the case of emergency. Our Cross Country was well attended and the girls showed courage, determination and sportsmanship! I then had the privilege of taking a combination of ten Year 5 and 6 students to participate in the QAMT Maths Team challenge. The girls represented our school exceptionally and performed admirably.

Book Week was a full week of library activities, dress ups and book games. Although not everyone could guess, I enjoyed dressing up as one of the characters from ‘Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’. Even some of the girls, who did a much better job of it than I did, came along as the same character!

yr-6-campThe Year 1 and 2 students had a great time participating in the LOTE cultural experience days at the local kindergartens. Mrs Graham and Mrs Carroll did a fantastic job developing cultural opportunities for some of our youngest community members. Again, in true Girls Grammar style the girls were outstanding.

I was fortunate enough to attend Year 6 camp. In fact, I think I challenged myself more than ever on this trip as climbing through very small caves was confronting and nerve wrecking.  However, there was no way I was going to let the girls, who at times were quite anxious, go it alone! I felt proud of both myself and the girls for the accomplishments I saw going into the adventure caving. The camp coordinators made a conscious effort to comment on the maturity and friendliness of the girls, often describing them as the best group they have ever had. I love being a part of a group that exudes this reputation.4-6

The Music and Art Gala was a night to remember for the term. The standard of cultural talent at this school – and the belief of the importance that our girls experience it- makes for some VERY talented young ladies. I personally enjoyed seeing the artistic masterpieces on display and stood as proud as punch watching our girls perform in their respective choirs.

I trust that throughout the last weeks you have had the opportunity to meet with your daughter’s teacher to discuss her academic progress. As you can see, Rockhampton Girls Grammar girls are Clever, Confident and Connected. The opportunities and experiences gained this term show just how important a balanced education is. Please enjoy the term break. I look forward to seeing you all in Term 4.

Michelle Gouge
Director of Primary

Interschool Gymkhana – Date Change

September 20, 2016 at 2:11 pm

Please be advised that the Interschool Gymkhama being hosted by the Alton Downs Pony Club Inc has been rescheduled.  The new date is Sunday 23 October 2016.

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Student Achievement – Kassie Barnes

September 20, 2016 at 2:10 pm

kbCQUniversity VET-in-Schools student and Rockhampton Girls Grammar School senior student, Kassie Barnes, has been recognised for dedication to her studies by being named the 2015 recipient of the Shelley Gregory Memorial Encouragement Award.

The Award is named after long-time CQ TAFE Rockhampton Business Teacher Shelley Gregory, who passed away following a tragic accident in 2012 and is remembered fondly by staff for her dedication and positivity.

Kassie was presented with the Award by the 2014 winner, Alicia Ferry, during a presentation at the Rockhampton City Campus on 12 September.

“I’m very honoured. It’s not something I thought I’d receive,” Kassie said.

Kassie studied a Certificate III in Business Administration through CQUniversity whilst still at school.

“I found the course really interesting and understood what I was being taught. I love the paperwork side of business.”

Deputy Dean of Vocational Education and Training, Tamara Murray, said the Encouragement Award recognised students, who like Shelley, were dedicated to business studies and had a positive effect on the workplace.

“In the classroom, Shelley would always pass on her words of encouragement. She was a wonderful teacher who was fondly remembered by all,” Tammy said.

“The Award is given to the most deserving student who has displayed a dedicated attitude and has a positive effect on those around them.”

In a letter from Shelley Gregory’s sister, Jenny McDougall, said it was clear that staff and teachers at CQUniversity saw the same qualities in Kassie.

“Hopefully this Award allows you to understand just how much you are appreciated by those around you,” she said.

“We trust that you will continue to nurture these positive qualities wherever you go, and in whatever field of work you find yourself. No doubt you will be an asset to any team, because you not only get the job done but you make a positive difference on those around you.”

Rockhampton Girls Grammar School Director of Student Wellbeing, James Lye, said the school was very proud of the fact Kassie has received this Award for her efforts.

“And to be awarded after a very well-loved and dedicated teacher is very heartening,” Mr Lye said.

Kassie said she plans on studying a Bachelor of Business at CQUniversity when she completes high school.

Article courtesy of CQUniversity

Oratory and Short Story Competition Winners

September 20, 2016 at 2:08 pm

Congratulations to all the brave ladies who participated in the annual RGGS Oratory Competition.yr-11-oratory

Year 11 – 1st Josie Bradford; 2nd Courtney Smith; 3rd Caitlin Bartlett; Highly Commended Monique Hill, Lucy Davison, Emily Lang; Honourable Mention Meredith Fay, Alexandra Stritzel-Woolcock, Melanie Conrad, Jestelle Cowley; Participation Madison Rothery, Kelsey Kleier, Lauren Pacey, Layla Wilson, Jessica Gunning, Britaney Adams, Grace McCosker, Claire De Villiers, Alyssa Pickels, Felicity Weier, Lacey Smith, Georgina Driscoll, Isabel Woo.

Year 10 – 1st Brianna Austin; 2nd Raina Collett; 3rd Amiee Leane; Highly Commended Olivia Harwood; Participation Kailee Butcher, Tanya Kulu, Lucinda Simmons, Jasmine Mick.

Year 9 – 1st Claire Sherry; 2nd Darcie Lang; Highly Commended Lucy Brown, Leah McBride.

Year 8 – 1st Jemma Green; 2nd Abigail Hills; Highly Commended Heidi Davison; Participation Hannah Knight, Emily Wallace, Mia Johnstone, Lana Kleier.

Year 7 – 1st Lujaine Hussain; 2nd Jessica Leane; 3rd Emma Jones; Highly Commended Sydney Peff; Participation Frances Watson, Abbie Mallyon, Grier McRae, Olivia Sherry, Zara Priddle, Tyla Cringle, Lilliana Harrison.

elm-anthology-winnersCongratulations also go to all the students who participated in the inaugural RGGS Short Story Competition. Your stories will become part of an Anthology that all competitors will receive next term – one for lower primary and another for middle school and senior. This competition will become an annual event for Girls Grammar.

The following ladies contributed to the Anthologies: Zoe Brakels, Skyla Abbott, Rahnee Cumner, Grace Petersen, Charli Donaldson, Nazmin Hussain, Laine Kelly, Katie Stackpoole, Charlotte White, Farai Muzhingi, Roxie Leyden, Arsha Kennedy, Poppi Jones, Suneisha Lawson, Harleen Bhullar, Chanel Evans, Evelyn Hallett, Rayah Robin, Alice Chippendale, Phoebe Fenton, Ayesha Bokhari, Scarlett Gorman-Marsh, Umna Umer, Maya Graham-Hohn, Paige Ung, Willow Parnell, Hollie Wogand, Lydia Johnstone, Michaela Hamer, Courtney Smith, Hannah Petersen, Brooke Wallace, Kailee Butcher, Maddison Horton, Jasmine Mick, Tayla Wallace, Charlotte Graham, Abbie Mallyon, Frances Watson, Emma Jones, Sophie Thompson, Charlotte Carroll.

We thoroughly enjoyed reading your stories. Well done everyone.

Lee Bartlem
English Teacher

Year 9 Camp

September 20, 2016 at 2:05 pm

image2This term the Year 9 students packed their bags and traveled down to Noosa North Shore Retreat, where we spent the week doing many personally challenging activities that pushed our strength to the max. Day 1 had us up early ready to conquer the 8 hour bus trip with Ms Lamb and Ms Dawes, who made each individual’s ears bleed as they played their opera and musical theatre jams. We all arrived worn out but excited for the week. Day 2 gave our arms a ripper workout as we set off early and canoed our way over to Boreen Point carrying ourselves and our heavy, fully water proofed bags. image3What we expected to be a two hour canoe turned into a seven hour endurance test, reaffirming our love of dry land. We finished the day setting up our own tents. Whilst some took mere minutes, others took hours before tumbling into our uncomfortable but welcome sleeping bag beds. Day 3 saw us rising early before packing up camp and setting off for a 30 kilometre mountain bike ride. Claire took a big lead, encouraging us from the top of the hill. We finished the day with abseiling where many girls left their comfort zones and slowly made their way down the 50 metre rock face. Our final day of activities started with stand up paddle boarding over stingray infested waters. The camp ended with a beach carnival that brought everyone closer and finished the week on a great note. Thank you to our teachers and the wonderful camp staff who supported us, and especially to our families, for making this all possible.

By Claire Sherry, Cleo McCosker and Briony Tranter

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Staying Safe Online

September 20, 2016 at 2:01 pm

Hocybersafetylidays are great time to catch up with family and friends. With a large proportion of our children’s social interactions occurring online it is also a great time to have an open dialogue about staying safe online. Staying safe online is more than just cyberbullying; online-grooming and internet addictions are becoming real issues in today’s society. I strongly encourage you to discuss current internet/social media use with your daughter/s. It may be time to reevaluate how much online time is available, the majority of social media interaction occurs not on computers or tablets but on mobile phones. Most telecommunication companies have parental controls that will allow you to monitor, filter and limit the amount of data and text messages that are being sent.

Examples of these are these Telstra and Vodafone apps:

Telstra Mobile Protect

Vodafone Guardian App

Please find below links for parents and carers to access. I highly recommend you have a look through these sites as they are a valuable resource that may help you open an eSafety dialogue with your daughters.

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iParent – by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner

Ryan Cheers
Director of Innovation and Learning Technologies

Year 3 and 4 News – Super Stupendous Sleepover

September 20, 2016 at 2:01 pm

On Friday 2 September, the Year 3 and 4 students had a sleepover at School. In the lead up, we were feeling daunted and overwhelmed, however, it didn’t take us long to realise that this was going to be one of the best experiences of our schooling lives to date.

Stumbling through the school gates wearing free dress and lugging our belongings, our epic adventure was about to commence. After lunch, we skipped to the CAB to be greeted by Mr Fuller and Mr Avery who had some exhilarating activities prepared for us.

Following our scrumptious afternoon tea, we set up camp in MMPH. For many of us, we debuted tackling a fitted sheet! (Little did we know, rolling up sleeping bags was going to be a much larger challenge…)yr-3-4-sleepover

Energetic and enthusiastic, we creatively placed our colourful hands on a blank canvas to create a memorable masterpiece to display under our classrooms. After collecting our toiletries and pyjamas, it was time to experience the boarder’s life. With dinner and showers over and done with, we were on our way back to our comfortable beds to relax, wind down and watch a movie together.

Before we knew it, it was 6am Saturday morning and we were packing up our belongings, attempting to roll our sleeping bags and heading up to the Dining Hall for breakfast. With full tummies and happy memories of our sleepover, our time had come to an end.

‘The sleepover was definitely the highlight of the year, I loved it because dinner was yummy and I had a big sleep in.’ – Paige, Year 3

‘The sleepover was my favourite part of the year because we were all having fun.’ – Ella, Year 4

‘My favourite part of the sleepover was eating scrumptious food and having fun with my friends. I learnt that nothing would go wrong with my friends supporting me.’ – Matilda, Year 3

‘The sleepover was a great highlight of Year 4 and I built my confidence as well as having a great time. I can’t wait until the Year 5 camp.’ – Charlotte, Year 4

‘The sleepover was a great experience even though some of us were out of our comfort zone, we still had lots of fun.’ – Aria, Year 3

Parent Lounge

September 5, 2016 at 3:39 pm

Our LinksPlease remember that Parent Lounge is a vital source of communication between Rockhampton Girls Grammar School and you, the parents and carers.  The link to Parent Lounge can be found  under ‘Our Links’ on the homepage of our website.

Through Parent Lounge you are able to access a variety of information pertaining to your daughter and her education.  You are also able to update your contact details, view your daughter’s medical records, view the calendar and access your daughter’s report cards.  If at any time you need to make changes and you are unable to on Parent Lounge, please contact Reception@rggs.qld.edu.au.  It is imperative that we have the most current details for your daughter at all times, so we ask that you please check yours and your daughter’s details at your earliest convenience.

Should you require your Username, or to have your Password reset, please contact Theresa in Reception on 07 49300900 or Di in Student Services on 07 49300905.

Contacting Rockhampton Girls Grammar School

September 5, 2016 at 3:38 pm

We have recently had a number of people attempting to contact Rockhampton Girls Grammar School on incorrect phone numbers.  Please note that the only numbers to use when contacting us are those found on the Contacts page of our website.

Should you wish to email a specific teacher, their details can also be found on the Staff page of our website.

If ever in doubt, please call 07 49300900 as this is our main number and your call can be directed from here.

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Prep to Year Two Father’s Day Afternoon

September 5, 2016 at 3:36 pm

IMG_5088Prep to Year Two students, along with their fathers and grandfathers, enjoyed engaging with the natural world around them in the same way as their ancestors at our Father’s Day afternoon. The afternoon was run by Malachi from Rocky Instincts, who shared his knowledge and skills in trap building, fire making and spear throwing. A great afternoon was shared by all.

Sheldon Olive and Corinne Shaw
Prep & Year 1/2 Teacher

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Rockhampton Schools Championship Regatta

September 5, 2016 at 3:33 pm

IMG_3052Saturday 27 August was the local Rockhampton Schools Championship Regatta. This involved eight schools and more than 200 school rowers from Rockhampton and Mackay.

Our small and talented Rowing Team had some great and close races. Most memorable for many will be the visitors to the regatta. The medals and place ribbons were presented by local Olympic Silver Medalist, Sasha Belonogoff. Later in the afternoon, RGGS Old Girl and  Australian Representative Rower,  Sarah Guilfoyle, dropped in to meet the current Girls Grammar rowers.

Thank you to all the parents who supported the rowers, Ms Hadok keeping us on time and sane, Emma Kennedy for Regatta Administration and  Melanie Cox for keeping the quad safe on the water.IMG_2998

The team results were as follows:

Boys Year 10 – 12 Double Scull – Third Jessica Gunning – yes, the boys race. Not only did Jessica volunteer to fill a spot, she performed a really great row.

Girls Year 9 Double Scull – Fourth for Claire Sherry who was second for 900m only to have a malfunction on the finish line.

Girls Novice Single Scull Division One – First Jasmine Mick, Third Sarah Donaldson

Girls Novice Single Scull Division Two – First Amiee Leane, Third Matilda Donaldson

Girls Year 8 Quad Scull –  Third Jemma Green & Matilda Donaldson

Girls Year 10 – 12 Double Sculls – Second Jasmine Mick & Jessica Gunning, Third Claire Sherry & Gabby DavisIMG_2972

Girls Year 9 Division Two Single Scull – Fourth Claire Sherry

Girls Novice Quad Scull – Second Matilda Donaldson, Sarah Donaldson, Amiee Leane, Jasmine Mick, Melanie Cox (coxswain)

Girls Year 8 Double Scull – Fourth Matilda Donaldson & Jemma Green (very close, less than 1 second separated the girls from third place!)

Girls  Novice Double Scull – Second Amiee Leane & Sarah Donaldson.

Mr Robin Fay, Rowing Coordinator

QAMT Year 7/8 Quiz

August 30, 2016 at 9:27 am

Girls Grammar 1On Wednesday 17 August Lujaine Hussain, Molly Harwood, and Jayme McKellar competed in the Queensland Association of Mathematics Teachers Year 7/8 Quiz.  The quiz consisted of five rounds, testing their mathematics in estimation, mental calculations, short response, written extended problem solving, and history & general knowledge.  They worked well as a team and individually, with and without a calculator throughout the five rounds.  Congratulations to the girls on this outstanding effort and fun night.

The event was held in McKeague Hall at Girls Grammar.  Sophie Harwood, Tahlia Kelly, Maddison King, Brianna Austin, Amiee Leane, Kasey Davies, Girls Grammar 5and Jasmine Mick helped usher our guests throughout the evening.  McKeague Hall shone, the tea, coffee, juice and supper were refreshing.  The ease at which everyone was able to feel comfortable on the McKeague Hall deck was apparent and made the night ran smoothly.  The volunteers represented the School in their formal uniform with pride.  Many thanks to these girls for helping out and Chef Mark, Mr Cheers, Mr Cook, Mr Fay and the grounds staff for making it possible.

Melanie Brooks
Mathematics Teacher

2016 Middle School Musical – A Kid’s Life

August 30, 2016 at 9:23 am

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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

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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

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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.

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Age Champions 2016

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

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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.

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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.

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August Report – Director of Learning

August 17, 2016 at 3:43 pm

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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.

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Scott Fuller
Sports Master

 

 

 

 

 

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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