Home Economics and Hospitality – Term 1 Report

March 29, 2018 at 2:49 pm

Harmony Day Celebrations

March 29, 2018 at 2:46 pm

On Wednesday 21 March 2018 the Year 11 cohort organised and celebrated Harmony Day with the School. This year’s theme was ‘Everyone Belongs’ and that message was conveyed throughout the mornings cultural activities. Explored continents were Oceania, North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia where each girl participated in interactive activities to raise cultural awareness and diversity. Some of these activities included soccer in South America, traditional female New Zealand dancing in Oceania, Superbowl and Day of the Dead face painting in North America, pin the tail on the donkey and creating jewellery in Africa, Lantern making in Asia and the making of toga’s in Europe. For the first time in RGGS Harmony Day history the Year 11 girls organised a whole school #HARMONYDAY photo to be taken on the oval from the top level of Jackson House. Everyone got involved and enjoyed being part of this experience.
Many thanks go out to the Year 11 cohort and Mr Tree for organising this wonderful occasion as well as the groundsmen and everyone else involved in making this day a reality. You can see more photos on the website gallery https://gallery.rggs.qld.edu.au/ .

Claire Sherry and Cherie Bell (Year 11 Leaders)


Glenmore Challenge Cup Success

March 29, 2018 at 2:18 pm

A small group of students from Year 4 – 6 travelled to Glenmore High school to compete in the annual Glenmore Challenge Cup. This year saw students participate in a full day of Dance, History, English and STEM tasks. Taylah Brown, Mikayla Cheers and Jorja Hoare made up the first STEM team with Paige Ung, Clare Hills and Georgia Brennan the second team. The students had to make a game using the Scratch program which was played and reviewed by their peers. RGGS won the History, thanks to Lydia Johnstone, Paige Donaldson and Matilda Peff who were compared to Year 11 students regarding their ability to critically reflect, compare and contrast ‘poo’ samples. We were also victorious in the English Competition thanks to the incredible writing skills of Bethany Dey, Cadence Won De Rungs and Georgia Priddle. The students were acknowledged for their persuasive letter to the editor on behalf of Papa Smurf with a pollution issue from ‘The Lorax’. Dance students, Lara Bryson, Breanna Baker and Tilly Hungerford were surprised and elated when they received first place for their routine involving teacher and student choreography. No nerves were displayed when they performed this routine in front of all participants, teachers and parents to end the day. With three sections won by RGGS and two spirit tokens, we waited excitedly for the results. RGGS walked away with the overall trophy for the second year in a row. Congratulations girls!

Ms Jacqui Goltz (Year 3/4 Teacher)



Humanities Term Report

March 29, 2018 at 2:12 pm

The Humanities faculty has been full of achievement and progress this term. Girls across all Year levels have been well immersed in a wide variety of learning strategies to further engage in their exciting units of History and Geography. Students have been excitedly engaged in the following units of work, which have allowed them to investigate the past and explore how geography plays an important role in understanding the modern world:

  • Year 7 HSS – Investigating the ancient past: Ancient Rome
  • Year 8 HSS – Geography: Changing Nations
  • Year 9 HSS – History: The movement of people
  • Year 10 HSS – History: World War II
  • Year 11 and 12 Modern History – Competing Ideologies and the Russian Revolution
  • Year 11 and 12 Ancient History – Archaeology and the Trojan War

Girls have shown great interest and intrigue in these topics and it has been great to see such a high interest in the studies of the past and present. Within these units of work, the Humanities teaching team have also implemented strategies designed by the Collins Institute. Following a visit and practical classroom sessions from the Collins Institute at the beginning of the term, the team realised the opportunities presented by the 10% Summary. Students in all Year levels have been practicing this strategy in their classrooms and achievement of knowledge retention, linking to results is evident. This strategy is very well suited to the Humanities classroom and can be used to summarise key documents of information and will be used for lengthy research tasks without students being intimidated by dreaded plagiarism.

Students have had a good Term 1 in Humanities and the teaching team are very excited for a productive and successful Term 2.

Mr Edwards, Mrs Whitehand and Mrs Graham


Sneak Peek – Ninja Kid: From Nerd to Ninja

March 29, 2018 at 2:09 pm

From time to time, we get a sneak peek at new books by some outstanding authors.  In February, I was given a sneak peek into the world of Nelson, the most unlikely hero.

Nelson is a NERD! Unfit, uncool and totally Awkward!!

But Nelson wakes on his tenth birthday to discover he has Ninja powers and he must save the world.  How’s he going to save the world when he can’t even get his undies on the right way?!

Read about Ninja Kid here

Looking forward to seeing all the budding inventors & ninjas visiting the Library to flick through the pages of the newest book by Anh Do.

Leanna Donaldson (Library Resource Centre)

Community Notices

March 29, 2018 at 2:05 pm

Week 10 Term 1 Important dates

March 23, 2018 at 9:43 am

Our boarders welcome PNG Uni students back to RGGS

March 13, 2018 at 8:24 am

Year 7 and 8 boarders had breakfast with our PNG University students this morning to say welcome back to RGGS.

Boarding Week 7 Wrap up

March 12, 2018 at 4:23 pm

Year 7 STEAM project

March 8, 2018 at 2:21 pm

Students in Year 7 are being challenged to produce a brief for the  redesign of the ‘Palm Garden’ outside the Grant Building. This forms part of their 2018 STEAM project. The criteria for success is for the garden to be a place of relaxation and reflection and improve the biodiversity within the area. Their designs must include a self-cleaning water feature (pond or stream). To facilitate this, the first task is to design and create a water purification method using one or more of the techniques they have investigated in Science.  Students have been busy designing, creating and testing filter prototypes to fit this brief.

Christie Dey (Year 7, 8, 9 Science and Year 11,12 Chemistry)

QMEA Schools Shave for a Cure Challenge 2018

March 6, 2018 at 2:21 pm

This year, as part of our participation in the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA)  the Middle School Council has accepted the QMEA Schools Shave for a Cure Challenge 2018. See attached Flyer.

We have registered the School for the challenge and will contribute our donations from Funky Hair Day Friday 16 March 2018. If you would like to pledge further support please donate at the School’s fundraising page:


Today another 35 Australians will be told they have a blood cancer. The money raised will give them all the support they need to beat their blood cancer. It will fund vital research so more people survive blood cancers like lymphoma, leukaemia and myeloma.


Week 6 Boarding Wrap-up

March 5, 2018 at 2:08 pm

Community Notice

March 2, 2018 at 11:32 am

Community Notices

March 2, 2018 at 8:45 am

Bangarra Dance Theatre

March 2, 2018 at 8:44 am

On Wednesday 28th February, a dedicated group of Dance, Drama and Visual Arts students attended Bangarra Dance Theatre’s performance of ‘Our Land People Stories’. The piece, presented in three self-encapsulated acts, provided a compelling and aesthetically-charged insight into experiences of Indigeneity, Culture and Country. Thank you to the Pilbeam Theatre and the spectacular Bangarra Dancers for a very moving evening at the Theatre!

Interested students should keep their eyes peeled for the next Pilbeam opportunity in term 2 – ‘The Longest Minute’ by DeBase Productions.

Jessica Lamb (Secondary Drama Teacher)


Lions Youth of the Year

March 2, 2018 at 8:44 am

Strengthening our relationship with Lions as an international organisation with clubs in every Australian state and PNG continues.

2018 Lions Youth of the Year award participants Kailee Butcher, Jasmine Mick and Brianna Austin competed over the weekend and the Lions, Lionesses and judges loved them.

Kailee was declared the overall winner and will compete in the Regional Final in two weeks. She also won the Public Speaking Award (as in 2017).

Well done and good luck Kailee!

Mrs Lee Bartlem (10 English, Senior English & English Extension)


Boarding Bulletin – Week 5

February 27, 2018 at 11:36 am

Term 1 Week 6 Important dates

February 23, 2018 at 2:45 pm

Seven News Coverage – Bullying. No way!

February 23, 2018 at 10:31 am

4-12 Swimming Carnival

February 22, 2018 at 11:34 am

Determined and Motivated, on 13 February, Paterson, Smith, Williams and Downs arrived at the Southside Pool, prepared for what would be a hot yet enjoyable event. Dressed fittingly as Baywatch lifeguards, Paterson were pumped and ready to rule the pool. Vying for the top spot, the Mighty Williams Hawaiians were prepared to show everyone how it was done, while the sensational Smith ‘Strayans’ reminded us of the true Aussie spirit. Finally, dressed as Luigi, Downs House were raring to tear up the pool like their namesakes had done on the track.

With the atmosphere filled with endless spirit and the houses lining the pool edge to cheer on their own, it was finally time for the events to begin. Beginning 100m freestyle and followed by not only the 50m events but also relays, there was a race for everyone and many taken opportunities for everyone to be involved. From competitors completing their first events, to swimmers jumping in to escape the heat and the seniors completing their final swimming carnival events, the participation on the day remains second to none.

With fierce competition, it proved a valiant effort from Williams House claiming them the top spot. In the final tallies Downs was a close second with Paterson and Smith following. Prestigious and highly sought after, Downs House took out the Spirit Award with enthusiasm and encouragement being prominent themes.

While hot and humid, the 2018 4-12 Swimming Carnival was filled with spirit, enthusiasm and determination. Congratulations must also be passed on to our Age Champions:

Aimee Leane, Downs House Prefect.

Age Champions

10 Years – Eleanor Jacobson

11 Years – Fynn McSherry

12 Years – Georgia Priddle

13 Years – Jordan Austin

14 Years – Bethany Harth

15 Years – Frances Watson (Prosser)

16 Years – Madison Standing

Open – Lucinda Simmons

SUN Participants – Term 1 2018

February 21, 2018 at 3:11 pm

Congratulations to our CQ University SUN Course enrolments for Term 1 2018 –


Jessica Payne (Introduction to Nursing)





Rebecca Berlin (Accounting, Learning and Online Communication)





Georgia Davies (Introductory Anatomy and Physiology)




We wish them every success with this early experience of the tertiary world.

Dr John Fry (Dean of Senior Studies)

Life Education Van

February 21, 2018 at 3:09 pm

Year Two girls visited Harold and Liz in the Life Education Van and learnt all about Growing Good Friends. They discussed friendships and ways to foster good relationships with their peers. Visiting the Life Education Van is always an engaging and valuable experience for students and giving Harold a hug is a highlight!

Corinne Shaw (Year 2 Teacher)


Boarding Bulletin – Week 4

February 19, 2018 at 2:09 pm

Week 5 Term 1 Important dates

February 16, 2018 at 1:43 pm

Art talent in Year 9 & 10

February 9, 2018 at 3:15 pm

Term 1 the Year 9 and 10 students are looking at Animals in Art from both a literal and conceptual perspective focusing on the Elements and Principles of Design.

This week they have learnt a variety of new skills using Adobe Photoshop and created a Butterfly Kaleidoscope. They are all so gorgeous and will be exhibited at our annual art exhibition in August. Here is a sampler by our talented Molly Harwood.

Nora Hanasy-Cheers, Art Teacher

Ocean Blue Flutters Molly Harwood

Flying in the Sunshine Molly Harwood

Week 4 Term 1 Important dates

February 9, 2018 at 2:24 pm

Our YLead experience

February 9, 2018 at 10:45 am

On 31 January, the 2018 Senior girls spent the day with YLead supervisors to work on leadership qualities and cooperation among their peers. Throughout the day we participated in various activities such as creating a fake language, 7-1 Police, acting out 2018 ideals and taking fun alternatives to learn more about one another. Participating in each of these activities had the girls enjoying themselves while growing as a cohort, making the rest of the year ahead look like an enjoyable one for the seniors.


Year 5 Art

February 9, 2018 at 10:41 am

This week in Art the Year 5 girls got to get messy and have a go at paper mache. They’ve learned interesting facts such as in Ancient China some furniture was made out of paper mache and is still around today!

They have created gorgeous ‘Earth Bowls’ in 40 minutes. Aren’t they terrific?

Nora Hanasy-Cheers, Art Teacher.

Earth Bowls – Year 5


Student Leaders Investiture

February 9, 2018 at 10:08 am

We celebrated our 2018 student leaders at two Investiture ceremonies on Thursday 8 February.

Our guest speaker at Secondary Investiture was 2016 Head girl Sophie Harwood. Sophie was the first student to do 13 years of schooling from Prep to Year 12 at Girls Grammar. She has been in Europe for a gap year and kindly took time out before heading to Brisbane for university to tell us about her experiences and lessons learnt both in and out of school.

The newly invested Head Girls were the guest speakers for the Primary Investiture, imparting their wisdom to the younger students.

Congratulations to the seniors, Prefects, Year Level Leaders and Year 6 students who received their leadership badges to be proudly worn this year.


Primary Council
Year 4 Lydia Johnstone
Year 5 Iris Collins, Cadence Wone De Rungs
Year 6 Mikayla Cheers, Ella Neill, Matilda Peff, Georgia Priddle
Middle School Council led by Helen E Downs Prefect  
Year 7 Bonita Solomon, Madison Usher
Year 8 Bethany Harth, Salani Hoffman
Year 9 Brooke Adams, Zara Priddle
Senior School Council led by Prue McKeague Prefect   
Year 10 Abby Dendle, Jemma Green, Emma Hafey, Taylor O’Toole
Year 11 Cherie Bell, Claire Sherry














Sherri Green Prue McKeague Prefect
Tanya Kulu Helen E Downs Prefect
Senior School Council Sherri Green
Middle School Council Tanya Kulu
Boarding Council Nadine Hay
ATSI Council Kelsey Salmond
Cultural Shyane Yates
Humanities Kasey Davies
STEAM Kailee Butcher
Downs House Amiee Leane
Paterson House Raina Collett
Smith House Brianna Austin
Williams House Olivia Harwood

Boarding Bulletin – Week 3

February 8, 2018 at 3:19 pm