Primary girls take on Glenmore Challenge Cup

March 15, 2019 at 12:26 pm

On Wednesday a small group of RGGS students from year 4 to 6 travelled to Glenmore High to compete in the annual Glenmore Challenge Cup, which is a multi-subject challenge for Primary Students.

 

The girls did well, in the ‘Making Headlines’ group consisting of Porsha Lowein, Fynn McSherry and Cadence Wone De Rungs. These girls won the English section and were chosen to present their piece for the entire group at the end of the day.

Lights, cupcakes and crazy colours for Funky Hair Day

March 15, 2019 at 12:21 pm

The girls at RGGS went all out today as they created their funkiest hair do’s all in the name of cancer.

In order to wear “funky hair” the girls had to bring along a gold coin donation which went towards the Leukaemia Foundation.

 

The Leukaemia Foundation helps raise money for the 35 Australians diagnosed with blood cancer daily.

The girls were very creative with hair being transformed into cupcakes, bird nests, soft drink bottles, fairy lights and more.

 

Musicians take on SHEP program

March 11, 2019 at 11:56 am

Over the weekend, Lily Geary, Aleisha Cesar, Caitlin Bignell, Katlyn Whyte, Tyla Cringle and Tia Wilson took part in the annual Rockhampton SHEP music program.

The weekend consisted of intense music rehearsals and a concert on Sunday to show off their incredible work.

To see what students from all over the region can achieve in a weekend is a testament to their hard work and dedication to their musical practice.

Well done girls.

What’s On! Week 7 Term 1 2019

March 8, 2019 at 3:33 pm

I AM WOMAN – A word from our Acting Principal

March 8, 2019 at 3:32 pm

There truly is no better place to celebrate International Women’s Day than at a single sex, all female school. Having attended an all-girls school myself, I have never forgotten the comradery and connection I felt as I wandered the school verandas, participated in sporting teams and debated against the boy’s school down the road! We have had a wonderful week of celebration which started with an excellent presentation and inspiring clip from Humanities Prefect, Dakota C. She then introduced us to Goldstar Commodities (Grain and Cotton Brokers), Jean Cottam, who discussed with the girls her experiences in the Agricultural industry and how she has paved her way as a leader in her field.

On Thursday, members of the executive team, our head girls, Zonta finalist Taylor B, Dakota and our Year 11 leaders attended the Zonta International Women’s Day breakfast. It was a treat to listen to guest speaker Professor Kerry Reid-Searl who introduced us to her unique prosthetic program to assist with training health professionals. Her invention has gone worldwide, and she is an inspiring example of a local lady who has turned her passion and idea into the success it is today. It was wonderful to see old girl, Michelle Landry at the event. The girls have participated in writing International Women’s Day messages which have been both humorous and heartfelt. Happy International Women’s Day!

It was also my absolute pleasure this week to welcome our new primary families at an afternoon tea. I put our new families to task and sought feedback about how we are going. The kind and thoughtful messages to our teachers have been shared with them. Thank you for being a part of our community and sharing with us your experiences. The very next day there was a roar of the school war cry, led by our prefects in the dining hall at first break. It was filled to the brim with our new secondary girls, each of them having the opportunity to introduce. We really have a diverse group of girls here at RGGS. I had a goose bump moment as my ears were ringing with the sound of the war cry. Thank you, girls, for embracing our community.

We have several high achievers this week and we celebrate their accomplishments with them! Congratulations Jaime-Lee on your selection in the Rockhampton Districts Basketball team. We all know how much I love basketball! This week we awarded Keeley and Payten S for their selection in the Australian Trans Challenge Barrel Racing team, with both girls performing exceptionally well in the three events which required them to ride on an unfamiliar horse. Keely gained two firsts and a third and Payten was awarded two thirds and a fourth. Absolutely wonderful accomplishment. Miss Hyde-Mewburn had the pleasure of awarding Raven the QATSIF scholarship award. It is a privilege to have her as a member of our school community.

I hope that you enjoyed your week as much as I have! My door is always open. I encourage you to talk with me. Girls – I will see you on the playground.

Mrs Michelle Gouge (Acting Principal)

Boarding Bulletin

March 8, 2019 at 3:31 pm

It has been an exciting few weeks here at Girls Grammar. A range of events gave the girls many opportunities to be engaged across academic and co- curricular  – their achievements are remarkable.

Today, International Women’s Day, was celebrated across the world. The theme #Balance for Better, looked at extraordinary women of our time and their achievements. It was a call to action for driving gender balance across the globe. Our International Women’s Day assembly was ably led by Dakota Cunzolo. Our guest speaker Jean Cottam, a past student, spoke passionately about her experience working in a male dominant industry, the agricultural industry. Jean shared with the girls her passion for the industry and her success. She encouraged the girls to believe in themselves and never give up.

The weeks are certainly moving at an extraordinary pace and the end of term will be upon us very soon. I am very proud of our boarders and their commitment during the past weeks. Please look at travel arrangements for your daughter and have these entered into the boarding leave electronic system, no later than Friday, March 29. This will allow Mrs Su Ung to coordinate travel plans and have the girls to trains/ buses and flights, where necessary.

You would have noticed our “Boarder Weekend Activities” are now on our social media pages each Tuesday. This gives you an indication of what is on and will allow you to discuss these with your daughter and plan. I am encouraging the girls to be involved in at least one to two activities each weekend. Activities are certainly not compulsory and we do look for no or low -cost activities around the Capricorn region. Erin Goodwin, our  Boarding Prefect, meets with me each week to look at our calendar of events and planning.

Our study after school has become a major focus with extraordinary support from our boarding staff and tutors. The girls are working extremely well and are planning regarding assessments and exams. If you have any concerns regarding your daughter’s study, please do not hesitate to contact me. Support for the girls is in place and I have encouraged each girl to take advantage of the out of hours subject specific tutoring timetable.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns regarding your daughter and her boarding experience.

Mrs Bernadette Hyde-Mewburn (Director of Boarding & Student Welfare)

2019 Next Step survey

March 8, 2019 at 2:41 pm

The Queensland Government is conducting its annual statewide survey of all students who completed Year 12 in 2018. The Next Step survey is a brief, confidential survey that gains a comprehensive picture of the employment, study and life choices made by Queensland school completers in the year after they finish Year 12.

Between March and June, all our students who completed Year 12 last year can expect to receive instructions to complete a web-based survey or a telephone call from the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office. Please encourage them to take part. If their contact details have changed, please assist the interviewer with their updated details or forward the survey to their new address so they can participate.

Thank you for your support of the Next Step survey in 2019.

Further information on Next Step is available online at www.qld.gov.au/nextstep or on toll free telephone 1800 068 587.

International Women’s Day

March 8, 2019 at 2:39 pm

It has been a day of celebrating clever, confident and connected women at RGGS. From Prep right through to Year 12, the students and teachers have talked about why it is great to be a woman.

Seniors, Dakota and Taylor, also organised for students to write down on a piece of paper what it means to be a woman. Today these are proudly hanging in reception. Take a look to see what some of our students said:

Year 3 spoke about how awesome it is that the girls are able to attend RGGS, a school dedicated to the education for girls. They also discussed about how women were treated in the past and how far the world has come. The girls were shocked to hear that years ago women were not seen as important, could not work in certain jobs, could not go to school/university, could not vote or even make decisions about their lives and family. They spoke about today being a day to remember the strong women in the past that have done incredible things to make life better for women in the future.

Girls take on Rugby 7s Comp in Rockhampton

March 8, 2019 at 2:33 pm

The Interschool Rugby 7s Competition started last night and our girls played their first two round games.
The girls played very well against more experienced opponents, narrowly going down in both games. There were 12 players in the team who made their Rugby 7s debut and they did themselves proud.
Pictured is the RGGS Open Girls Rugby 7s team (Abigail Hills absent from photo).

Mrs Greta Doherty                                                       (Health and Physical Education Teacher)

 

Foster Care Allowance changes for High School students

March 8, 2019 at 2:31 pm

With the changes to prep entry ages in 2007, an increased number of young people now finish year 12 after they turn 18. In response, the policy and procedure for the Foster Carer Allowance and Interstate Foster Payments (No: 365-12) has been amended to reflect that Foster Carers, Long-Term Guardians and Permanent Guardians who have a young person in their care who is turning 18 and still enrolled in school will continue to receive the Foster Care Allowance.

There’s also a further change, from mid-2020, which will be very important to carers and children: eligibility to receive the fortnightly caring allowance will increase to provide support to young people up to 19 years of age.

These changes will mean that children and young people will have certainty that if they reach adulthood while still at school, they will be supported to complete their schooling.

Yours sincerely

Brittany Lauga MP

Member for Keppel, Assistant Minister for Education

RGGS welcomes a new strings teacher

March 8, 2019 at 2:28 pm

This year we are pleased to welcome a new strings teacher, Miss Alyssa Black, to the RGGS music teaching team.

“I would like to introduce myself as the new Strings Instrumental Music Teacher at Rockhampton Girls Grammar School.  Growing up in the Yeppoon area, my musical education began at the age of seven years old.  In addition to many other exams, I completed my Associate of Music Australia (AMusA) Diploma for piano in 2017, and AMusA Diploma for violin in 2018,” Miss Black said.

She said having the opportunity to learn both piano and violin influenced her life in a positive way.

It also taught her the qualities of dedication and diligence which she believed to be important life skills.

“I enjoy teaching music and have taught many students privately over the last few years, putting students through examination and Eisteddfod performances.  I am eager to build the Instrumental Strings Program at the RGGS to a level of excellence,” Miss Black said.

“I look forward to working with the strings program and string ensemble and passing on an appreciation for the fine art of a stringed instrument.”

What’s On! Week 6 Term 1 2019

March 1, 2019 at 3:25 pm

WHAT ARE WE LIKE? – A word from our Acting Principal

March 1, 2019 at 3:24 pm

This week on assembly I shared with the girls what I say about them when the enrolments team go on Tour. As you may be aware, the team travelled out to Biloela, Theodore, Moura and Emerald last weekend. I am often asked about our girls and what they are like. It is difficult to bottle up and package what it is about our girls here. How do you explain to prospects what they are like, what the school is like? The girls are kind and funny and quirky. They are sporty, clever and caring. They are culturally diverse. They sing and play and garden. Some come from the country, some in town, some from another country! They are emotional. They thank me for teaching them as I walk out the door.  They make mistakes and learn from them. They are encouraged to speak up, not just get things ‘fixed’ for them. They are building skills to work together in a community. They are passionate and quiet and friendly. They are lifelong learners. No, they are not robots. They are not perfect and void of personality. Sometimes we disagree, sometimes we are mean to one another, but what safer place than Girls Grammar is there to learn how to negotiate these social skills of life? This culture that is surrounding us here is special. The mutual respect the girls and staff have for one another is what sets us apart from the rest. That’s what I tell them. That’s why families want to send their girls here. I wish I had of!

Our social media profile this term is hitting record numbers for our school. Miss Conway-Dodd is working on our community and alumni needs and is keeping you updated on events and happenings around our school. Please take the time to like our pages and be a part of the messages. I love reading your messages of support and the pride you share for the school.

We have several high achievers this week and we celebrate their accomplishments with them! Congratulations to Daisy H for her Rockhampton Districts Hockey selection and Abigail H and Abby D for their Touch Football Rockhampton Districts selection. Jarrah T has qualified for the Rockhampton Districts Netball team and we have three students successful at the Rockhampton Districts Volleyball trials – Tina P, Jessica C and Danielle G. Congratulations to Cheyenne T for her selection in the Rockhampton Districts Soccer team. Taylor B also performed exceptionally well at the Lions Youth of the Year Quest, taking out the Public Speaking Award and Club Winner for 2019!  Macey K has also been short listed in the Empowering Young Women’s Award for the CQ Women in Business Awards. Well done girls.

I hope that you enjoyed your week as much as I have! My door is always open. I encourage you to talk with me. Girls – I will see you on the playground.

Mrs Michelle Gouge (Acting Principal)

P&F News

March 1, 2019 at 11:59 am

The RGGS Parents & Friends Association Inc. held  the 2019 Annual General Meeting and February meeting recently.

The new executive was elected for 2019; Kylie Dwyer – President, Noeleen Yates – Treasurer, Kasey Mitchell – Vice President and Robin Fay –  Secretary.

The members and committee committed to several fundraising ventures for 2019 including, another Colour Run and the Bulls and Barrels Rodeo.  Profits to be used to help school improvement projects and representative sport teams.

The next P&F Meeting is scheduled for March 7 at 6pm , in the Boardroom.

SPORTING TEAMS RECRUITING FOR 2019

March 1, 2019 at 11:54 am

  

JOIN THE ROCKHAMPTON TIGER JRL for 2019 

Season starting 15th March 2019 Friday Nights

Teams

U14s (Born 2005, 2006, 2007)

You must have turned 12 before 15 March 2019

U17s (Born 2004, 2003, 2002)

To register please go to:

https://playnrl.com/register/

For more information please call

Simon Yarrow on 0417 648 592

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JOIN THE SOUTHERN SUBURBS HOCKEY CLUB 

-Junior Hockey Information-
Training Times: Tuesdays 4:30pm – 5:30pm (U/9 – U/15)* Training Days: Tuesday
Game Days: Saturday Mornings Season Start Date: 16th March 2019
Quikstix: Quikstix will be run on a Saturday morning. This program is open to all children aged 4 – 11. This program is recommended for brand new players.
* Training time may change once second turf is available
Email: southernsuburbshockeyclub@gmail.com

 

What’s On! Week 5 Term 1 2019

February 22, 2019 at 3:24 pm

A word from our Acting Principal

February 22, 2019 at 3:20 pm

WHICH TEAM ARE YOU CHEERING FOR?

I always love the anticipation and lead up to a school carnival. The girls are excited, the teachers are in training and the event program is being scrutinised. Which leads me to the question which team are you cheering for? Are you as passionate as the house leaders and cheering for every girl in your house or are you excited for your friend who has finally kicked a goal and reached the end of the pool? Perhaps your heart is with the teachers in the senior versus teacher race, where yet again our teachers were victorious! I believe that whoever you’re cheering for must appreciate the comradery and support you’re offering, and I want to encourage you to continue cheering well beyond the end of the race for each other. Congratulations to Mr Fuller and the staff for the fantastic day and a special mention to our amazing house prefects who led their team with passion and enthusiasm. Whilst I was not able to be there on the day as I was attending a Cap Sport trial (that was rescheduled and clashed with our event), I was certainly there in spirit. Good luck to all houses for the big reveal on assembly next week.

We are about to hit the half way point of the term. Many assessment tasks have been delivered and examinations have been prepared ready for exam block in Week 8. This can sometimes lead to extra pressure and an increase in worry. On the pupil free day our teachers participated in a mindfulness session that included techniques of yogalates to build strategies to reduce stress and pressure. Girls are you keeping an eye on this? There are people here you can turn to when you are feeling under pressure. We want you to let us know so that we can support you.

This week we have celebrated the outcomes of the graduating class of 2018 regarding academic gains from their Year 9 NAPLAN results taken in 2015 compared to their OP outcomes. The results indicate that we are within the Top 5% in the state for student gain. I couldn’t be prouder of our newest ‘old girls’ and the staff that supported and mentored them every day! Above all, I hope they remember the journey whilst learning at Rockhampton Girls Grammar and feel confident to embark on the next part of their chapter with the skills they have learnt at our beautiful school.  Congratulations RGGS!

This weekend our enrolments team is heading out west to meet new families and connect with our existing families. I am looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing our fantastic results and programs with our rural neighbours. I will be spreading the word about how special our place is here. If we are stopping near you, please pop in and say hello!

Congratulations to Molly for her successful selection in the Capricornia Water Polo Team, Leah for her selection in the Capricornia Softball Team and Tylah for her selection in the Rockhampton Netball Team! Well done girls.

I hope that you enjoyed your week as much as I have! My door is always open. I encourage you to talk with me. Girls – I will see you on the playground.

Mrs Michelle Gouge (Acting Principal)

A word from our Director of Boarding

February 15, 2019 at 3:59 pm

A word from our Principal

February 15, 2019 at 3:22 pm

What on!! Week 4 Term 1 2019

February 15, 2019 at 3:19 pm

What’s been happening in the RGGS Library?

February 15, 2019 at 1:55 pm

Wondering what book to pick up and have a read of?

Wonder no more, Librarian Linda McLeod has reviewed some of the books sitting on the shelves inside the RGGS library.

Click here to read the February Library Newsletter

COMMUNITY NOTICES

February 15, 2019 at 1:49 pm

Have a look below to see what sporting events are on offer in Central Queensland this term.

 

 

Take a look at what our student artists have been creating this year

February 15, 2019 at 1:42 pm

Want to have a look inside what has been happening in the classroom so far this year?
Mrs Hanasy-Cheers has put together some information on a few of the students art works.

Click here to read more

A Word from our Principal

February 8, 2019 at 2:24 pm

What’s on! Term 1 Week 3 2019

February 8, 2019 at 1:43 pm

Community Notices

February 5, 2019 at 3:00 pm

CAPRICORN WRITERS FESTIVAL 
The inaugural Capricorn Coast Writers Festival aims to foster the importance of books and reading by engaging nationally and internationally recognised authors, while providing opportunities for local literary talent to speak, grow, learn and shine.
The festival program is set to inspire writers and readers alike with author panels and talks, workshops and book signings at locations central to the
Yeppoon town centre.
The first ever Capricorn Coast Writers Festival will take place from Friday 31 May to Sunday 2 June 2019.
If you would like more information on the festival, sponsorship or volunteering opportunities contact us through: Facebookcapricorncoastwritersfestival or by email info@capricorncoastwritersfestival.com

CQ HEALTH 2019 SPORTS AND HEALTH EXPO 

The CQ Health 2019 Sports and Health Expo will be back at the Rockhampton  Showgrounds on Sunday 24 February.As always there will be competitions, workshops, demonstrations, interactive sites and this year we are offering junior sporting clinics and the pitstop health check program developed by CQ Health.

There are so many ways to get involved:

ROCKHAMPTON JUNIOR GOLF SIGN ON AND OPEN DAY 

FLIPPA BALL 

SELF DEFENSE LESSONS AT RGGS

Whitetiger (Bac Fu Do) Kung Fu emphasises traditional values, while giving the student a common-sense approach to self-defence for modern times.The guiding philosophy of our training is to teach students that avoidance is better than confrontation. This is achieved by teaching the students to have confidence in their own abilities, also assessing situations before committing to them. We have been training RGGS Students in self-defence since 1999.

The Bac Fu Do Kung Fu syllabus features striking, kicking, ground fighting, grappling, weapons and tactical skills not often found in a single Martial arts style.

All White Tiger Kung-Fu Instructors are Nationally qualified, accredited Teachers of Martial Arts, members of the Australian Kung-Fu (Wu Shu) Federation.

Training takes place at the school on Monday and Thursday nights from 6.30pm to 830pm for more information www.bacfudo.org  call Ann or Brett on 4921 3987 or 0457600002

1st Lesson is Free so you can try it out

All you need to start is comfortable clothing; shorts, a t-shirt, runners and a water bottle.

 

Gondwana National Choir a “wonderful” experience for Isla

February 5, 2019 at 2:59 pm

Congratulations Isla Houston on your selection and participation in the 2019 Gondwana National Choir at the University of New South Wales in January. This program brings together talented young singers, composers and conductors, between the ages of 10 and 25, from all over Australia, who undergo a challenging audition process, for an intensive and unforgettable two-week program in Sydney.

The six Gondwana Choirs are led by Australia’s leading choral conductors and composers. The National Choral School culminates in the Festival of Summer Voices – four consecutive days of exceptional public performances with some choirs continuing overseas throughout the year to places such as the UK, Germany, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Isla was selected to be a part of Gondwana Voices, Australia’s national children’s choir for treble singers aged 10-17. They regularly perform with the country’s leading ensembles and have built a reputation for performances of outstanding musicianship. Gondwana Voices is conducted by Gondwana Choirs Founder and Artistic Director Lyn Williams OAM and Mark O’Leary. Over the Choral School Isla learnt around twelve pieces of music and performed seven of them over the two concerts with the choir (many in different languages).

A range of special electives of musical interest were also on offer at National Choral School for choristers to participate in the two-week program. Isla chose the Community elective which was a group of around thirty treble singers aged about 14-17 from three different choirs. They learnt five songs over three rehearsals and then performed them on three occasions: the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse for cancer patients, the Starlight Room at the Sydney Children’s Hospital and the Montefiore Nursing Home. This was a rewarding and unforgettable experience for her. Isla said “it was an amazing to share the healing power of music and bring some joy. Also having the chance to mingle with the audiences and share experiences was wonderful.”

 

 

What’s on this week at RGGS

February 5, 2019 at 2:56 pm

Please click the link below to find out what is on at the Rockhampton Girls Grammar School this week

Week 2 Term 1 2019 (002) 

RGGS School Bus Run

December 3, 2018 at 1:35 pm

Rockhampton Girls Grammar School offer bus services to/from North Rockhampton, Yeppoon and Gracemere.

For further information please go to our website or contact Reception on (07) 4930 0900.

 

Speech Night 2018

December 3, 2018 at 1:34 pm

Our 127th Speech Night was held on Friday 16 November. It was an opportunity to acknowledge our prize winners across Sport, Culture, Citizenship and Academics. For the first time in my 16 years at Girls Grammar, no prize winners were announced until the evening, leaving a heightened sense of anticipation until the last minute. The feedback received has been positive. Congratulations to Amiee Leanne who was awarded dux of the school.

We were treated to performances by Year 6 doing an excerpt from their Musical, Year 4 to 6 Choir, Molti Voce, Bella Voce and Taylor Busbridge with a contemporary dance piece.

We welcomed back 2006 Valedictorian Lacey-Jae O’Halloran as guest speaker who shared what she has learnt since graduating.

A highlight was recognising our incoming prefects and the announcement of Tehila Rasin and Lucy Brown as 2019 Head Girls was greeted with rapturous applause.

Finally, we farewelled our Seniors for the final time with both joy and sadness as Kasey Davies delivered her valedictory speech. Good luck in your future endeavours.

Dr John Fry (Dean of Senior Studies)