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

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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

Boarding Plus Program

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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




July 22, 2016 at 11:44 am

IMG_7047The middle week of the June/July holidays meant a mass of excitement, hysteria, sweat, nervous adrenaline and freezing swims for the team and staff involved directly with the Girls Grammar QISSN team. Over one week, we played ten netball games between the CQU courts and Emmaus courts against teams from across Queensland from Cairns to the Gold Coast and as far west as Emerald.

Captained by Jacinta Thackeray and myself, we had fair success across the carnival, walking away with four hard fought wins to cement our place as seventh in our division. It was a great week with plenty of blood, sweat, tears, frozen cokes and ice baths to spare. At the end of the week Jasmin Dwyer was voted the Most Valued Player by our various QISSN (1)opposition, a huge congratulation to her. We had support from old girls, friendly tag alongs, teachers (past and present) as well as their families, current Girls Grammar Girls and last but not least our own families.

This year the QISSN team says goodbye to five senior students and a coach. Carlyn Donaldson, Jane Eyles, Jasmin Dwyer, Jacinta Thackeray and I have played our last ever QISSN carnival and Jacalean Wines is leaving the coaching staff as a valued past mother and coach of the Girls Grammar team.

On behalf of the Girls Grammar QISSN team 2016 I would like to a say massive thank you to:

  • Mr Fuller and Maddy
  • Mrs Dixon
  • Ms Mahon (as well as Caden and Nash)QISSN (5)
  • Our Old Girls that came along to watch, support and help (Winesy, Ashleigh Collete, Megan Howard, Angela Banks and Mrs Banks)
  • Mr Morrison
  • Current Girls Grammar girls that came along to support
  • Molly Harwood as our number one supporter
  • Olivia Harwood as our personal paparazzi
  • Sophie Harwood as our hospital lacky and taxi driver
  • Bev Harwood for her supportive appearances
  • Marissa Buchanan for her epic pep talks and support

QISSN (3)A special thank you to Mr Lye and Jacalean Wines for coordinating our whole week, all of your late nights, driving us everywhere, feeding us, washing our clothes, helping us with our injuries, dishing out high fives when we won and picking us up when we lost.

By Tiffany Baker

Girls Grammar Newsletter Link

July 18, 2016 at 11:47 am

Don’t forget that between Girls Grammar Newsletter emails, you can stay up to date with everything that is happening by going to the Newsletter page on our website.

Girls Grammar Newsletter


Pierre de Coubertin Award 2016

July 18, 2016 at 11:44 am

Sophie Harwood- Pierre de Coubertin AwardThis year, Sophie Harwood has been honoured at the Queensland Olympic Council award ceremony, being named as a Pierre de Coubertin Award recipient.
The award is named after the founder of the modern Olympics and take place annually. This year was the 21st year of Queensland senior secondary school students being recognised in their ability to demonstrate attributes consistent with Olympism through participation and commendable behaviour in sporting activities. Sophie received her award after being nominated. In her nomination she was asked to submit a written piece of work discussing what the Olympics has meant to her and her local community. Sophie’s written piece spoke of local sporting opportunities offered and how our local community has been able to supply Olympic champions over a number of years, including this year’s flag bearer Anna Meares.Sophie Harwood with Angie Lambert Natalie Cook Nicholas Sprenger


Sophie spent a day with other Award recipients and a number of previous recipients and Olympic champions. Some of the special guests Sophie was able to mingle with included, five time Olympic beach volleyball champion, Natalie Cook, gold medal winning hockey player Angie Lambert, swimming ace Nicholas Sprenger and previous Pierre de Coubertin Award recipient and VC recipient Dan Keighran.

James Lye –  Director of Student Wellbeing

Year 3 & 4 – Red Cross Pillowcase Project

July 18, 2016 at 11:43 am

Pillow Project 4IMG_5875On Tuesday 12 July, Year 3 and 4 had some visitors from the Australian Red Cross.  Their names were Laine and Stephanie.  They taught us about the Pillowcase Project and how to be prepared for emergencies and disasters.  In small groups, we chose items which would be useful in an emergency kit.  These items included: food, water, medication, mobile phone and radio.  We also learned how to prepare and calm our mind for an emergency – this was called colourful breathing.  Lastly we decorated our pillowcases with fabric markers.  Some students drew their ‘happy place’ and others drew items which would remind them of what to pack.

Written by Jorja Hoare, Fynn McSherry and Grace Chiverall

Paterson House Refurbishment

July 18, 2016 at 11:42 am

Grand old Paterson House’s roof is currently receiving some tender loving care. A huge and costly step in the preservation of our iconic Heritage Listed building. Mr Fay has indicated that even with our recent heavy rain it will be complete by early to mid August.

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Equestrian News

July 18, 2016 at 11:40 am

Emily Lang MaryboroughInterschool Showjumping State Championship

In the second week of the holidays I travelled down to Toowoomba to represent Girls Grammar at the Interschool Showjumping State Championships on my horse Chandelier.  Freezing yet excited, I competed over two days in the 90cm and 1m classes. There were 50 competitors from all over the state in these classes making it a tough competition. I was fortunate enough to place overall Reserve Champion in the 90cm class. Because of my performance, I was offered a spot on the Queensland Showjumping team that will compete at the Interschool National Championships in Sydney at the end of September. Excited to finally leave the freezing cold weather I then travelled to Maryborough to meet the rest of the team Brooke & Tayla Wallace, Leah McBride, Millie Driscoll, Georgia Davies and Tyla Cringle to compete in the Pony Club Dressage, Combined Training and Horse Trials State Championships.

Written By Emily Lang – Year 11


Pony Club Dressage, Combined Training and Horse Trials State Championship

Day 1 & 2 was the Dressage phase. Leah McBride, making her debut, finished up with an amazing 2nd overall for her competitive preliminary group.PCAQ Gatton 1

Day 3 saw us competing in Combined Training – this consisted of one Dressage test and a Showjumping Round. In the 12 and Under 60cm Amelia Driscoll finished 4th, 70cm Tayla Cringle 2nd, Preliminary 1m class Georgia Davies 5th & Emily Lang 6th and I came home with a 6th overall in my novice 80cm.

Leah McBrideDay 4 & 5 was Eventing – rainclouds were rolling in and by 10am the heavens open; within five minutes horse, rider and everything in-between was soaked to the core. When the rain finally let up, we were left with boggy slippery grounds but the great news was we were all sitting high in the rankings after the Dressage phase! Finally Day 5 arrived – the cross country and showjumping! Fortunately the grounds had dried a little overnight. As riders entered the fenced box and were counted down to go, we wished each other a safe ride and off we galloped. We all crossed the finish line safely. We then jumped our showjump round before the final presentation.

Brooke MaryboroughGathering on horseback in the centre ring for the last time, with great results – Tayla Wallace 5th overall in the 12 and under group and Emily Lang coming home with an amazing 2nd for the large Introductory group. Georgia Davies finished 5th and I finished with a 14th in the Preliminary eventing group.

After an exhausting week the RGGS equestrian girls travelled home, most of us very happy with our results, knowing we gave it our all! Next weekend Emily Lang, Georgia Davies, Matilda and Sarah Donaldson will be travelling to Burpengary for the Interschool State Eventing Championships where we will be proudly wearing our RGGS white and gold.

Brooke Wallace – Year 12

Student Achievement – Kaitlyn Lucas

July 18, 2016 at 11:36 am



Kaitlyn Lucas is now 1CQ following the competition held in Biloela on Saturday 25 June!  Kaitlyn also achieved 3QC at Queensland Country held in Sarina on Saturday 2 July and was selected to represent the Queensland Country Team at the State Championships in September this year. To top it off, Kaitlin finished second in the Bundaberg Cane Toad Classic last weekend.

Great work Kaitlyn!

Semester 1 Sporting Colours

July 18, 2016 at 11:36 am

Sporting Colours Full and HalfCongratulations to the following girls for earning Semester 1 Sporting Colours.  We have many talented girls here are Girls Grammar!

Half Colours
Bianca Phillips – Volleyball
Emily Lang – Cross Country
Jemma Mallyon – Cross Country
Emily Richardson – Hockey

Full Colours
Molly Harwood – Water Polo
Sophie Harwood – Water Polo
Grace Kennedy – Rowing
Emma Kennedy – Rowing

Semester 1 Academic Colours & Medallion Recipients

July 18, 2016 at 11:35 am

The primary focus of Girls Grammar is of course academic success for our students. We recently had the opportunity to recognise our Semester 1 academic high achievers from Year 4 to 12 during assembly. It is pleasing to see the dedication, perseverance and academic talent of our students recognised. The students below have achieved academic success across a range of subject areas and have maintained consistently high grades for the entire semester. I encourage students who may be disappointed to have missed out on academic recognition to refocus energies for Semester 2. Congratulations girls.

Dr John Fry – Director of Learning

Primary School

Year 4 AcademicYear 4
Academic Merit
Halima Bokhari
Georgie Brennan
Bethany Dey
Bridie Doyle




Year 5 Academic


Year 5

Academic Merit
Claudia Heffer
Claudia Johnstone

Academic Excellence
Emelia Heilig



Year 6 Academic


Year 6

Academic Merit
Emilyanne Bell
Coco Doblo
Mirae Ries

Academic Excellence
Aiman Bokhari
Mia Pienaar



Middle School

Year 7
Half Colours
Brodie Donaldson
Charlotte Graham
Lilliana Harrison
Olivia Sherry

Full ColoursMiddle School Half Academic Colours
Lujaine Hussain
Emma Jones
Sydney Peff
Tayla Wallace
Frances Watson

Year 8
Half Colours
Aleisha Cesar
Lily Geary
Molly Harwood
Karla Heilig
Taylor O’Toole
Isabella Wythes

Full Colours
Chloe Cowan
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Year 9
Half Colours
Darcie Lang
Tafadzwa Runganga
Claire Sherry

Full Colours
Isla Houston
Leah McBride
Mackenzie Morgan


Senior School

Year 10 

Half Colours
Brianna Austin
Olivia Harwood
Jessica Payne
Lucinda Simmons
Jema Van der Meer

Full ColoursSenior School Half Academic Colours
Kailee Butcher
Sherri Green
Nadine Hay
Amiee Leane
Jasmine Mick


Year 11

Half Colours
Josie Bradford
Meredith Fay
Mikaela Maskell
Rayne Sterritt
Qianhe Tian
Layla Wilson

Full Colours
Caitlin Bartlett
Grace McCoskerSenior School Full Academic Colours
Courtney Smith
Felicity Weier

Year 12

Half Colours
Sarah Bell
Katelyn Cesar
Sophie Gubbins
Emma Kennedy
Maddison Horton
Mhairi Maitland
Hannah Petersen
Holly Purser
Eva Theodore

Full Colours
Tiffany Baker
Renae Hay
Tahlia Kelly
Grace Kennedy
Maddison King
Janae Walsh

Semester 1 Community Connection Colours

July 18, 2016 at 11:34 am

CCom Connections Half Coloursongratulations to our Colours recipients for Semester 1 Community Connections. These girls have volunteered their time and effort to many worthy causes and events over the last six months. Well done and keep up the good work!

Half Colours
Jasmin Dwyer
Holly Purser
Tiffany Baker
Renae Hay
Elizabeth Webb
Melanie Cox
Sophie Gubbins
Hannah Peterson
Monique Hill
Kelsey Kleier
Claire SherryCommunity Con Full Colours
Brianna Austin

Full Colours
Tahlia Kelly
Sophie Harwood
Sallie Salisbury
Hannah Green
Mhairi Maitland
Lucy Davison

Drama News – Shake & Stir Theatre Company Performance

July 18, 2016 at 11:34 am

Shake and Stir WorkshopThis July, RGGS students had the joy of hosting Shake & Stir Theatre Company for their touring production of Oversharer. The work explored the growing role of social media and digital forums in modern life, considering the impact of bullying behaviours online. Over the past four consecutive years, Shake & Stir’s touring performances have become something of an annual tradition. This year, the school was doubly fortunate to have the company’s artistic directors themselves make the journey to Rockhampton to perform. The girls practically stampeded into the school hall, such was the excitement for this year’s performance. Following the show, our Drama students in Years 9 – 12 benefited enormously from Ross, Nelle and Nick’s wealth of experience in an intensive workshop on contemporary theatre making. We are looking forward to seeing more from them in the future!

Jessica Lamb – Drama Teacher

Staffing Updates

July 13, 2016 at 2:32 pm

Welcome to our new Accounts Officer Tiffany Treen, and welcome back to Nora Hanasy who is teaching secondary art again!

Farewell to Hannah Mounsey, our Art and Technology teacher,  who has taken on her dream job at Carinity School and Dale Munns in Accounts who has retired.

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School Calendar

June 30, 2016 at 2:09 pm

Please find below a link to our School Calendar.  This calendar lists all events in the school community and can be found on our main website. Links to further information on certain events are also available through the events.

Rockhampton Girls Grammar School Calendar

To access the calendar specific to students which contains information regarding assessment tasks and due dates, please log in to Parent Lounge, which can be found under ‘Our Links‘ on our main website.


QISSN Update

June 30, 2016 at 12:59 pm

QISSN1QISSN is well and truly under way this week with some great results for our Girls Grammar team.

The last two days of competition have been intense. OuQISSN3r QISSN team has played hard and finished fourth in their pool. Their last game on Tuesday was a really tight game, with the added pressure of the game being live-streamed. They came from behind to win 18 to 17 against Xavier College. This means they played in two qualifying finals before their Grand Final. Our first Qualifying Final was on Thursday at 8.45am at CQ University, Court 2 against a very determined Marist College.  The second Qualifying Final was held at 1.15pm at Emmaus College, with Grand Finals played on Friday 1 July 2016.

If you missed the live stream game on Tuesday  you can go to the following link:

QISSN Live Stream Game

Thank you all for your ongoing support!

Jacalean Wines and James Lye QISSN2

125 Celebration Memorabilia

June 30, 2016 at 12:55 pm

Memorabilia for Sale – all proceeds from merchandise go towards the restoration of Paterson House.

  • RGGS P&F Cookbook – A Taste of Time $10
  • The Wider View, First Edition $25
  • Hearts Bright with Hope $20
  • 125th umbrellas $40
  • 125th wine glasses and tumblers $10 each

These items can be posted – call Theresa on 07 49300900 to place an order.

Taste of Time

Glasses Hearts Bright With Hope The Wider View Umbrella

Lost Property

June 30, 2016 at 12:53 pm

We have a large number of items of unnamed lost property at Reception at the moment.  Everything from hats and jumpers, to black school shoes, joggers and even a pram/stroller that was left at our Open Day and Gaia Festival.

If you or your daughter are missing any items please visit Reception and we can help to identify if something belongs to you.

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to ensure that all uniform items are clearly named.  If items are named we can easily return them to their owners.


Upcoming Regional Events

June 30, 2016 at 12:52 pm

Please find below links to a number of upcoming events in regional areas:

Girls Grammar Rolleston Gathering

7 July 12 noon Rolleston Coffee Cart in the Park

Girls Grammar AgGrow Gathering

8 July 5.30pm Mayfair Ridge Tavern