Community Notices

October 12, 2018 at 9:31 am

CQ Aquajets – Free Day Out – 14 October 2018

Term 4 Book Fair

October 9, 2018 at 1:40 pm

Term 4 Book Fair is fast approaching!

Book Fair opens in the Library on Thursday 18 October and will conclude on Thursday 25 October.

Breast Cancer awareness month

October 2, 2018 at 1:41 pm

A word from our Principal

September 24, 2018 at 2:13 pm

Friday, we held the Naarah Austin Memorial Interhouse Touch Football carnival.  What a great day to finish the term.  It was wonderful to see the girls getting involved, and for many – putting themselves outside their comfort zone.  After a round robin of games, Downs and Williams met in what can only be described as a tense final.  Matching each other try for try, the game went into a drop off to decide the eventual winner – Downs.  The standard of football was excellent, the level of participation amazing.  It is so good to see the girls out playing sport, working as a team and cheering each other on.  Great work to Mrs Doherty who organised the event and to the other staff and students who assisted.

Our primary girls had a great ball games carnival!  Again, it appears to have been a contest very keenly fought – and I’m not just talking about the parents who participated! The ball games carnival again gives our girls a chance to use their ball skills and to work in their teams.  We look for participation and encouragement as well as the important skills.  At the end of the competition, Williams house won the Spirit Award and Downs House took out the carnival.

 

The other highlight of the week was Interhouse Choir.  All four teams brought their energy and enthusiasm with a side of creativity to the stage.  With songs from Dirty Dancing, Grease, Footloose and Mama Mia, it was certainly a contest that the audience could get into.  With some parts comedy, some parts drama, this event showcased the houses working as teams to get the show on stage.  It was very heartening to see the older girls working with our younger students.  In the end there must be a winner – and this year it was Patterson with their rendition of Footloose.  Despite suggestions from Downs House’s number one ticket holder, Dr Fry, there will be no Royal Commission into the outcome – you aren’t getting the trifecta this week.

It’s these events that set Girls Grammar apart. These opportunities for the girls to build those other skills that are so important for lifelong learning.  At the end of the day – it’s these events that the girls often remember long after they finish school.  It was great to see Sarah Beak at the Touch Competition and to hear her talk about the importance of the event to our Old Girls – particularly those who knew Naarah.  It’s those connections that make this a great school.

I would like to congratulate Olivia Harwood and acknowledge her outstanding achievement in art.  She is the winner of the prestigious Creative Generation Award and will have her work exhibited at GOMA in Brisbane.  This is an outstanding achievement and one made by only around 35 students from across the state.

Congratulations also to Mikaela Jackson and Kayla Sirriss who participated in the Tony Robbins, “Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Leaders” Conference recently. It’s a great opportunity for the girls to be exposed to the world of leadership.

Mrs Rogers and her Home Economics classes were recognised this week with a Rockhampton Regional Council Sustainability Award.  You may have previously heard of Mrs Rogers’ work around Boomerang Bags that the girls make in class.   What a great outcome for her and her students!

Our Equestrian Team had a great hit out at the Schools Gymkhana recently.  With a very deserved third place in the march past, the girls went on to compete in several events.  Congratulations to Leah McBride who continues to shine in this field – she won her age group and Francesca Dooley achieved a second place in hers – future Olympians perhaps.

There are so many opportunities available to the girls if they choose to have a go.  Winning isn’t always coming first, it’s also trying something new, putting yourself out there, having a go in a space you’re not comfortable.  Last weekend I threw myself into some snowboarding.  Well, I had a lesson in it.  I suspect there is one very frustrated Argentinian Instructor wondering where he went wrong.  I spent more time on the ground than sliding down it and for the first time in a while experienced all those feelings of frustration, impatience, fear of failure, real failure and the other emotions we as adults try to avoid every day.  I am always reminded, that sometimes this is what our girls must feel like – when they must strike out in a field they are not comfortable in.  That’s why it was so good to see so many non Touch Players on the field on Friday.  Maybe these holidays, you could try something new – its great for us as adults to sometimes get into the place our children are in.

Enjoy your holidays and a special Bon Voyage to Mrs Graham who is heading to Spain for a couple of months to hone her Spanish skills!   Que tengas un buen viaje!  (I hope that reads have a good journey!)

Ms Christine Hills (Principal)

A message from our Deputy Principal

September 24, 2018 at 2:13 pm

Term 3 has been action packed and a well-deserved break is on its way! With the rescheduled athletics carnival happening in the first week it was all hands on deck from the get go. I just love the atmosphere our leaders create and thank them for their commitment to ensuring the day was fun filled and action packed for the girls. Thank you to Mr Fuller and the Sports department and every staff member who was there to lend a hand for the day. Not to be outdone, the primary carnival was an outstanding display of sportsmanship and teamwork. I enjoyed watching the girls run down the lanes and giving each other a congratulatory handshake or hug at the end. Well done girls! I am most looking forward to assisting Mr Fuller in your ribbon presentations in Week 9.

I was particularly excited about the Oratory competition this term as I have been working in a Care classroom myself. Congratulations to all of the participants in Oratory – the speeches I heard were touching, informative even humorous. I am well aware of why teacher’s ‘duck and roll’ when they see you in the shopping centre. Thanks for that one Arkadie!

Congratulations to Nora and her team of artists as we celebrated our art work in a wonderful public display. I was proudly standing with Nora opening this show with our budding artists and their families there. I am in awe of the work they produce and know it is from the excellent work that our Arts and Home Economics departments do.

I was very excited to attend the Book Week parade this year and happily skipped alongside my ‘Matilda’ on the day. Thank you Leanna for a wonderful morning of celebrating books and costumes. This is one of my most favourite events of the year!

This term we held Opti-MINDS at our school for the first time. RGGS has proudly been a part of Opti-MINDS for 27 years – the longest standing Rockhampton school in this district. We had a wonderful day and many volunteers to make this day a success. I must admit I may have been getting a little worried about the audience’s thoughts as I was continually announcing Rockhampton Girls Grammar as the winners! I promise I was NOT on the judging panel but to win four out of ten Spirit Awards (with 58 teams competing), two Honours awards and 2 regional winners in Language and Literacy was pretty exciting! Thank you to everyone for the amazing contribution. We head off to Brisbane to compete in the State Competition in Week 1 Term 4.

Camp week, QCS week and Year 10 work experience week was a wonderful display of what we do here at this amazing school. I personally enjoyed heading down to Noosa with our Year 8 and 9 students who challenged themselves each and every day. I really enjoyed spending time with the girls – as did the other teachers. Thank you to our staff who contributed to this week.

RUOK? Day was a resounding success and we were very lucky to have a guest speaker from Evolve Therapeutic Services to talk with the girls about how to look after our mental health. Thank you to Sherri and her team of wonderful helpers for the day.

The last week of school brings us a lot of fun and exciting activities. At the time of writing I am looking forward to watching the work of our house leaders and their senior teams in the Inter-House Choir competition. I am also looking forward to the Performing Arts Showcase, Naarah’s Touch Carnival and the Primary Ball Games! Sounds like a heap of fun!

Enjoy the break! See you on the playground!

Mrs Gouge

News from Director of Boarding & Student Welfare

September 24, 2018 at 2:12 pm

We have reached the end of third term which is always busy but a rewarding experience for our students. A range of activities including our NAIDOC Assembly, Inter House Performing Arts Competition, Camp Week, Work Experience, Book Week, R U OK Day and the Naarah Austin Memorial Touch Carnival. These were all successful events and gave the students a rich experience of the RGGS Community.

A highlight of Term 3 was certainly Camp Week, where students participated in an outdoor adventure experience across years 5 – 9 and Year 11. Many students commented to me how they were challenged, especially the girls who attended the Year 9 camp at Noosa, where bike riding and canoeing took effort and determination amongst the patches of rain. Congratulations to the students who participated in camp week and to our committed staff who supported the students.

Our boarders spent the last week packing for the trip home and are very excited to spend the next two weeks with their family. The boarding school will re-open from 2.00pm Sunday October 7 and staff will be available in each dorm. A reminder of the Boarders long weekend, 20 – 22 October.

In week 8 the boarders enjoyed the Pyjama Party organised by Nadine Hay and the Year 12 girls. It was a great occasion and I thank the girls for their effort in making it so successful. My thanks to our Chef Leena for her work in preparing finger food for the event.

I would like to remind parents of the online boarding electronic leave system introduced in 2017. The link required is https://boarding.rggs.qld.edu.au/ . You will require your parent lounge log in and password. We have introduced a new section of leave called “unsupervised outings”. These are for times when the students request to go out in small groups for birthday celebrations etc. The details are to be entered into the leave system for approval, but please be aware these outings are not supervised by boarding staff. If you have any trouble in logging in, or completing the leave, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Term 4 will be exciting and for our Year 12 students, it will be a time to put in their absolute best academically and to also celebrate their time at RGGS. It has been a pleasure to work with our Year 12 boarders over the last couple of years. The length of time does not define the experience, I believe it is the quality of the girls in our care that makes boarding a daily joy.

It has been a fantastic year so far. I hope our students are having a safe and happy holiday and I look forward to reconnecting in Term 4.

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

Spotlight on the Arts

September 24, 2018 at 2:12 pm

 

Avid readers of our exciting Spotlight on The Arts may have started to notice a running theme. Our year began showcasing the creativity of our students, followed by a celebration of their courage. Now, in our penultimate Arts spotlight, we turn to a critical component in all creative endeavours – curiosity. Acclaimed poet, critic and screenwriter, Dorothy Parker summed it up beautifully when she wrote:

“The cure for boredom is curiosity.

There is no cure for curiosity”.

Indeed, curiosity has been running rampant within our Arts Department, with students and staff alike testing the limits of style and form to reimagine the world around them. From our highly-successful Art Exhibition to the Queensland Theatre ‘Scene Project’, our girls have enjoyed ample opportunities to follow their curiosity to new heights.

Stars on the Rise

Term 3 has seen some amazing results for students of the Arts. Most notably, these include:

Olivia Harwood (Year 12)

Olivia’s exceptional mixed media series, Mountain Memories has been selected for the prestigious Creative Generation Excellence Award in Visual Art. Her work, which delves into childhood memories of holidaying in the Bunya Mountains, is one of only a handful to receive the award, which is open to all Queensland secondary students.

Mountain Memories will be on display at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane in 2019. What an outstanding result!

For a sneak peek at her evocative work, we encourage you to check out our digital gallery.

Emilia Heilig (Year 7), Tia Wilson (Year 8) and Tyla Cringle (Year 9)

Following on from their successes at the state finals, Emilia, Tia and Tyla were invited to represent RGGS at the national finals of the Dance Star Competition.

The girls held their own against some stiff competition, performing alongside some of the top dancers and glee performers in the country.

Thank you, ladies, for your exemplary representation of the school, and congratulations on your outstanding efforts!

Bella Voce Ensemble

Well done to our Bella Voce Ensemble members, who were awarded Gold at the CQ University School’s Jazz Festival. The students performed wonderfully and were given the opportunity to workshop with musician James Mustafa and CQ University lecturer Nicole Thomson.

What an enormously enriching experience!

Cadence Wone De Rungs (Year 5) and Ella Neill (Year 6)

Congratulations to Cadence and Ella on their upcoming roles in the Rockhampton Musical Union’s youth production of Shrek: The Musical.

Cadence, cast as Humpty Dumpty, will be joined by chorus member Ella and pianist Christina Bond (staff) in this vibrant stage show.

Head to www.seeitlive.com.au for tickets!

Paterson House 

This year, the Interhouse Arts Competition victory was awarded to Paterson House.

Congratulations to house prefect, Raina Collett and her team on your engaging and thoroughly entertaining performance!

AMEB Exam Participants

The following students have sat AMEB Exams for Instrumental Music over the course of Term 3:

Aleisha Cesar (Year 11) – Grade 4 Clarinet, Grade 4 Singing for Leisure

Katlyn Whyte (Year 10) – Grade 5 Flute Recital Exam

Tia Wilson (Year 8) – Grade 4 Singing for Leisure

Tiarna Ceyhan (Year 8) – Grade 3 Flute Recital Exam

Iris Collins (Year 5) – Grade 1 Viola

Best of luck with your exam results, ladies!

Do you have an achievement you’d like to share in our next Spotlight on the Arts? Email JessicaLamb@rggs.qld.edu.au.

Making Connections

In an ongoing commitment to connecting our students with industry and audiences, RGGS has offered a number of curricular and co-curricular arts experiences throughout Term 3. These include participation in workshops with Queensland Theatre performer Lauren Jackson, musician James Mustafa and CQ University lecturer Nicole Thomson, as well as attendance at Opera Queensland’s ‘Ruddigore: The Witch’s Curse’, Bell Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ and the P-6 performance: A Slice of Vaudeville’.

Our Visual Artists enjoyed the authentic opportunity to exhibit and even sell their works at the 2018 Art Exhibition in Kern Arcade. The term also saw the culmination of our 2018 Progress Concert Series, with Instrumental Music students showcasing their growth as musicians over the course of the year. Finally, the successful Optiminds event brought with it the chance for Flute Choir and Dance Company to perform, alongside student dance ensemble: Zara Priddle, Jarrah Thomas and Lily Geary, and soloists Heather Maitland and Jayme McKellar.

Looking Forward

Get excited for our annual performing arts highlight: Girls Rock, which will be taking place on Wednesday 14 November. Auditions are scheduled to take place early in Term 4, so interested students are reminded to get their acts ready!

Term Overview – Humanities

September 24, 2018 at 2:10 pm

This term, in the Humanities faculty, has been one full of achievement and progress. 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 – History: Ancient China

  • Year 8 HSS – History: Japan Under the Shogun

  • Year 9 HSS – History: World War I

  • Year 10 HSS – Geography: Geographies of Human Wellbeing

  • Year 11 and 12 Modern History – Arab-Israeli Conflict

  • Year 11 and 12 Ancient History – Pharaonic Power in Ancient Egypt

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 very successful implementation in Semester One of well-researched strategies, students in all grades have been practicing these 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 in Humanities and the teaching team are very excited for another productive and successful Term Four.

Mr Edwards, Mrs Whitehand and Mrs Graham

Unleash the Power Within – Mikaela Jackson

September 24, 2018 at 2:10 pm

On Wednesday, 12 September 2018, I travelled to Sydney to attend the Tony Robbins Unleash the Power Within (UPW) seminar. I was accompanied by other students that are on CYLP (Cape York Leaders Program) scholarships. Kayla and I were the two representatives chosen to represent our CYLP group.

On arrival, we all introduced ourselves and eventually made our way to the motel.

Thursday, Day one of the seminar was held at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. Here we met students from all over Australia and New Zealand, who were also selected to represent their groups in the Tony Robbins Youth Leadership Program called “Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Leaders”.

Every day was a buzz and each session consisted of inspirational and motivational talks from Tony Robbins. He inspired me in so many ways and he opened my mind to multiple options that will help me in my future studies and future careers.

Every morning we would be awakened at 5:30am and he used that as our kick start to the big, long day ahead. Each day, we attempted a multitude of events that would conclude around 12 midnight, even to 1:00 am. During the long and full on days Tony will keep us hyped up so that we didn’t falter and feel the need to fall asleep. He would awake our senses by calling out “LET’S CELEBRATE!” then fun music began to play as everyone in the crowds started dancing in their aisles.

On the first night, we were told that we were going to walk on fire. There were 50 rows of hot coals lined up outside of the central arena. All participants at The UPW seminar were invited to become a fire walker. This challenge made those who attempted The Fire Walk to build personal confidences and to prove to oneself that if you try hard enough, you can literally achieve anything. At first, I was quite scared about doing The Fire Walk. In my head were words from Tony’s motivational talks and these words inspired me to challenge myself, face my fears and give The Fire Walk a go. I did walk over the coals as if there was not heat beneath my feet. It didn’t hurt as I thought it might and I was amazed and proud that I took the challenge. It felt as if nothing was beneath my feet. I could hear a saying that Tony likes to challenge attendees with which is “If you can walk on fire, you can do anything”.

Over the four days I had learnt so many new things about myself and so many new strategies to move through life with. I was like a new person and that new person is me. I also met lots of new people and that was a fabulous and fun experience. Out of all the people I met , I felt I made a solid new friend. I now have a friendship circle that includes participants from all over the world. As one of Tony’s ways to meet someone new, he would ask everyone to go and give and receive hugs and do high fives with ten people you have never met before. This was a great way to expand my friendship circle and boost my personal confidences.

There were challenges and surprises and lots of hard work each day but one of the BEST and MOST amazing surprises that Tony organised, was the chance to see Jessica Mauboy perform in the Arena.

The last day saw us playing a multitude of mixed groupings in a series of multiple activities that improved our team building skills and reinforced key strategies. The UPW presenters taught us each day.

That last day was so emotional! All participants and presenters had to say their last goodbyes to each other and then we all left Sydney to go our separate ways.

I believe this was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had in my life! I learned so much from Tony and his business partner Joseph McClendon.

I would like to say that I am keen to stay motivated and am looking forward to being able to attend another UPW Seminar in the near future.

Mikaela Jackson (Year 10)

Sustainability Champions

September 24, 2018 at 2:10 pm

Our boomerang bag project from Term 1 continues to be a winner! Being selected by Rockhampton Regional Council as ‘Sustainability Champions’, our photo will feature in August of the Sustainability in Action! 2019 Calendar. Keep an eye out for it!

Mrs Stacey Rogers (Home Economics, Hospitality)

RGGS 2018 Music Gala

September 24, 2018 at 2:09 pm

Community Notices

September 24, 2018 at 2:09 pm

 

What’s On – Week 9 Term 3

September 14, 2018 at 3:46 pm

Community Notices

September 14, 2018 at 3:38 pm

Boarding Bulletin – Term 3 Week 8

September 14, 2018 at 3:23 pm

Where has the term gone? Next Friday we will conclude Term 3 with the annual Naarah’s Touch Competition. The day will finish at 12:45 pm followed by Learning Conversations for Year 7 -12 from 1:30 – 6:00pm. This is a great opportunity for you to speak with teachers about your daughter’s academic progress. If you have not already booked an interview, you are still able to do so online through Parent Lounge.

It has been a very busy few weeks in boarding with camp week, Year 10 work experience and QCS. The girls returned from various camp venues, very positive and they enjoyed the experience. Our Year 10 girls, although very tired by Friday, were also positive about their experience and the work opportunities they had in the region.

We also welcomed Leena Russo, our new Chef! The boarders have been most impressed with Leena’s menus and food presentation. Leena is currently working with a group of boarders to design a four -week rotational menu. I am also in the process of conducting a food survey across the school where the girls will be able to make suggestions regarding new food items and healthy options. The results of the survey will be forwarded to Leena and the Spotless Team (Alliance) to assist in finalising the menus and meeting student/staff dietary needs.

This weekend the girls will be busy packing and cleaning their rooms in preparation for the end of term. We will have over 150 billets using our boarding facilities during the first week of the holidays. The girls will need to ensure they have all their belongings locked away or placed in the storage rooms. Our billets arrive 12 noon Friday.

At the end of this term we will farewell one of our Boarding Supervisors, Ms Trudie Petrie. Ms Petrie has been fantastic in driving our boarders to local venues and she played a major part in Sunday Golf and Softball on the oval. I wish Ms Petrie all the very best in the future.

 

We welcome to boarding, Miss Claudia Donaldson from Alpha, who will be assisting in the Junior Dorm at weekends. Miss Donaldson completed her schooling as a boarder at Stuartholme School in Brisbane and is currently completing a Bachelor of Nursing at CQU. Having experienced boarding life herself, Claudia will be fantastic support to our girls. Welcome Claudia!

 

The girls will finish the weekend activities for the term with a sports day on the oval and a “Dinner in Pyjamas” at McKeague hall on Sunday evening.

Weekend Activities – 14, 15, 16 September

Have a great weekend and I look forward to catching up if you are in Rockhampton next week.

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

 

RGGS Art Competition

September 14, 2018 at 1:13 pm

What’s On – Week 8 Term 3

September 11, 2018 at 9:25 am

Bulls ‘n’ Barrels – Tough Enough to Wear Pink

September 10, 2018 at 2:01 pm

Community Notices

September 7, 2018 at 4:15 pm

A word from our Principal

September 7, 2018 at 4:14 pm

What’s On – Week 7 Term 3

August 31, 2018 at 4:04 pm

Boarding Bulletin – Term 3 Week 6

August 31, 2018 at 4:03 pm

What a week of mixed emotions!

Anxiety, stress and worry leading into exams, relief and joy when the exam is over. Sadness and love as we farewelled our much-loved chef, Mark Thompson on assembly but grateful for the wonderful meals he has prepared, not only for us boarders but the entire Girls Grammar community.

For many, last weekend was a fantastic opportunity to spend some quality time with family on the Boarder’s long weekend.  For those that remained, there were plenty of activities to keep them entertained including watching the CQ Capras final home game against the PNG Hunters and an outing to the Dreamtime Cultural Centre.

Opti-minds was hosted at Girls Grammar on Sunday and we would like to thank and congratulate, not just the boarding students but, all those who volunteered their time and/or competed.

The girls are eagerly (and some with a little trepidation) preparing for various activities next week – Camp (Years 6,7,8,9 and 11), Work Experience (Year 10) and QCS testing (Year 12). We look forward to reporting on these events next week.

Weekend Activities – 31 Aug, 1 Sept, 2 Sept

On a final sombre note, our thoughts and prayers are with Director of Boarding, Mrs Hyde-Mewburn as she mourns the passing of her father.

A Word from our Principal

August 31, 2018 at 10:30 am

The week began early this week with a full day of Optiminds on Sunday.  What an amazing day it was.  Girls Grammar led the way not only hosting the event but participating very successfully.  My congratulations go to all the girls who competed. I’d also like to recognise the efforts of the many parents who supported and assisted on the day – with our teams and our hosting duties.  Congratulations to our winners, Highly Commanded team and the Spirit Award winners.  We look forward to seeing the progress of our year 10/11 team and our year 5 team as they travel to Brisbane to participate in the state finals.  Thank you to Mrs Gouge who led a team of staff to ensure the day was a successful one for Girls Grammar.

 

This week was exam block.  These exams are arguably some of the most important the year 12’s will do.  I have been impressed with the girls’ dedication to their studies and I suspect there has been much midnight oil burnt this week.  Thank you to Dr Fry for co-ordinating the exam block and ensuring our girls are in line with QCAA requirements for the end of the year.

 

The year 8 girls had an opportunity to participate in the QMEA Energy for the Future Challenge in Blackwater this week.  This is an opportunity available only to QMEA schools and provides the girls with the chance to work with members of industry in resource related fields.  Well done to all of the girls who took up this opportunity.

 

I was pleased to be able to attend the great debate between RGGS and Heights Senior teams on Wednesday night.  The topic that “Free will is an illusion” was a challenging one and I was impressed with the level of complexity in the girls’ arguments – from religion to chaos theory and every stop in between.  Our debaters have done us proud this year – Brianna, Taylor and Kailee.  It’s been inspirational to see them grow.

 

Our NAPLAN data was released this week and initial view of it once again affirms the quality of teaching and learning at Girls Grammar.  Once again, we lead the way in writing but the big improver this year has been numeracy.  I will include a more detailed breakdown of the results in the coming week.

 

Next week is camp week – and it’s a highlight of the year for many.  With girls heading to all parts of the state, it promises to be a great week of leadership, adventure and friendship.  It’s amazing how clearly I remember the camps I went to when I was at school. I hope the girls all enjoy themselves.  Our year 10 students will go to work experience during the week as well.  This is a great opportunity for them to dip their toes into the world of work!  Our year 11’s will participate in leadership activities in preparation to prefectship next year.  The year 12’s will sit the Queensland Core Skills Test under the supervision of Dr Fry.  Good luck girls – you are ready for it!

 

There are a number of activities for the boarders this weekend which should be a great break from the rigours of study!  Friday Night basketball, Saturday shopping, the St Brendan’s Rodeo and a trip to the new Kershaw gardens on Sunday should provide every girl at least one opportunity to get out and about this weekend.   Thank you to the Boarding Staff for their commitment to the girls.  Mrs Hyde Mewburn is on bereavement leave for the next few days with the passing of her father on Thursday.  We extend our deepest condolences to her and her family.  Mrs Rattenbury and Mrs Ung are points of contact in her absence.

 

Until next week

 

2018 Semester 2 Parent Webinar Program

August 31, 2018 at 8:55 am

What’s On – Term 3 Week 6

August 24, 2018 at 2:46 pm

RGGS Weekly Roundup – Term 3 Week 5

August 24, 2018 at 2:45 pm

It has been another week of celebration of our girls achievements at Girls Grammar.  I was very pleased to be able to attend the Reflections art show this week.  This exhibition of student work has been prepared by Mrs Hanasy-Cheers.  It is a wonderful display of the talents of our girls.  I was extremely impressed with the quality of the work and very much so by the work of some of our younger girls.  It’s a great example of what passionate teaching and love for a subject can produce.   Thank you to all involved.

Congratulations to all of our girls who participated in the recent Capricornia Athletics Trials in Emerald – it’s a huge commitment of time.  I would like to acknowledge all of the girls and their parents for their efforts.  Particular congratulations go to the four athletes who were selected in the Capricornia team  – two from Year 10 – Jayme and Abigail and two from Year 12 – Sherri and Jemma. Good luck to all of you for the next stage.  It goes to show that a small school environment is no barrier to excellence in sport.

We have also had some other outstanding sporting/artistic achievements  – with Macey (Year 11) in the State Baton Twirling and Bridie (Year 5) competing in the National PhysiPole Aerials this weekend.

It’s Book Week  – a celebration of all things reading. Thank you to Mrs Donaldson who has steered the helm of the celebrations from the library.  With everything form the inter-house reading challenge to scavenger hunt to the Book Week costume parade, it certainly is a highlight of the school year.  I have been spending some time looking for inspiration for a costume and have been amazed by some of the stand outs on Facebook over the course of the week.  These will surely be matched by the efforts of our girls today.  For me, can I say thank goodness for the Harry Potter series which makes an old academic gown a great costume! Photos will be uploaded to our Website Photo Gallery shortly

Last weekend, Mr Edwards, Mrs Hyde-Mewburn, Mr Borg, Mr Ross Johnson and I represented Girls Grammar at the Australian Educator Awards.  Whilst we did not come away with the final trophy – it was certainly a great honour to be in a room of some of the most outstanding schools in the nation.  It was a privilege to be able to fly the Girls Grammar flag in such company.  Congratulations to Kangaroo Island Community College who took out our category.

As we head into a Boarder’s long weekend, I hope that all the girls have a chance to recoup and prepare for the second half of the term.  The next two weeks will be amongst some of the most important in our Year 12 students’ schooling – with an exam block followed by Core Skills Testing in Week 7.  I cannot stress enough the importance of staying focused and on task.  There is time enough for rest and parties later in the year.  Right now, we need to be honed in on preparing a solid foundation for our futures.  I wish all the girls the best for their exam block.

Mrs Christine Hills (Principal)

Boarding Bulletin – Term 3 Week 5

August 24, 2018 at 2:41 pm

This weekend is the Boarder’s Long Weekend and students are not due to return to boarding until Monday afternoon. For students unable to return home there will be supervisors on duty and a number of activities planned.

Weekend activities 25, 26, 27 August

Some girls have taken advantage of staying in the dorms to prepare for exams and complete assessments. We are also hosting Opti-minds on Sunday and a number of boarders have volunteered their time to assist. Thank you girls!

Students from Year 10 – 12 will be participating in an assessment block from Tuesday 28 August to Friday 31 August. During this time, Years 11 and 12 will only be required to attend for their exams. I have tried to accommodate Year 11 and 12’s request to have some snacks available in the dorms during exam block. The girls will be able to have breakfast in the dorm if they wish (cereals, toast with spreads will be available).

Last weekend’s activities were enjoyed by all of the girls, in particular the Art Exhibition and walk along the waterfront on Friday night. A big thank you to Mrs Walker for the great photos, the girls certainly had a fabulous time.

Next week, I will be meeting with Year 10 girls to speak with them about the plan to move some girls to Kollar House, as we continue to receive more enrolments for boarding during the term. Our capacity in Jackson House has been met. Year 9 girls will move to Upper Jackson, allowing space in Lower Jackson. I know a move during term time is not ideal but some girls may be interested in a change. If so, I will work with them for a smooth transition.

Enjoy your weekend everyone.

Mrs Bernadette Hyde-Mewburn (Director Boarding and Student Welfare)

Young Filmmakers Competition

August 23, 2018 at 10:42 am

Are you a CQ high school student who enjoys filming in your spare time? Or perhaps thinking of a career in Movies or Media?
Then have a go at the Young Filmmakers Challenge, proudly supported by Rotary and CQ Health. We’re looking for videos no longer than three (3) minutes that explore the theme ‘Tobacco: stop smoking/never start smoking’. There’s great prizes on offer, including $500 for the best entry! Visit the link for more info and start filming! https://www.health.qld.gov.au/cq/10000-lives/for-schools/cq-young-filmmakers-competition

What’s On – Term 3 Week 5

August 17, 2018 at 4:05 pm

RGGS Weekly Roundup – Term 3 Week 4

August 17, 2018 at 4:05 pm

It’s been a great week at Girls Grammar.  Science Week has held the girls interest with several activities held on the terrace at lunch times.  From terrariums to experiments with milk, it was great to see our girls getting involved.  Thank you to Kailee, the STEM Prefect, and to Mrs Dey and Mr Borg for their participation in the activities.  Approximately 80% of our Seniors study at least one science subject and science degrees were the most popular destination for our 2017 graduates.

From Science to Humanities, this week saw our girls Senior Debating team storm into the finals of the Rockhampton Schools Debating Competition.  With an emphatic win over St Ursula’s Yeppoon, our girls had to debate whether Life was indeed like a box of chocolates.  Taylor (Year 11), Brianna (Year 12) and Kailee (Year 12) have had an outstanding debating season and we look forward to supporting them in the final against Heights College when they will be debating the notion that Humans have free will.

In other Humanities news, Mr Edwards has been busily organising a 2019 Canberra trip.  This will give the girls the opportunity to experience our nation’s capital, and its many attractions.  It will also include a side trip to tour universities in Brisbane as well as one of the UQ residential colleges.  If you would like your daughter to be able to participate, please go to Parent Lounge for more information.  Mr Edwards is also available to answer any questions you may have.  Another opportunity exists in 2019 with the Music Tour to New Zealand.  This is an incredible opportunity for our music students to experience an international competition.  Again, you can register your interest via Parent Lounge.

 

We were proud to be able to acknowledge the achievements of our girls on this week’s assembly.  Camryn (Year 7) is the latest recipient of a Polly Wonga award in recognition of her selection  in the National Under 13 and State Under 14 Indigenous Netball teams.  The OzTag girls were also acknowledged for their recent efforts at the OzTag All Schools competition.  OzTag is a rapidly growing sport in the Rockhampton area and Girls Grammar is a lead school in this sport.  Congratulations to Abigail (Year 10) who was awarded the Player’s Player and to Nonie (Year 12) who received the Coaches Award.

 

There are so many opportunities for our girls to shine including the Girls Grammar Art Show – Reflections.  Under the incredible guidance of Mrs Hanasy-Cheers, the exhibition will open in the Kern Arcade, Rockhampton today and run until the 24 August.  This is a wonderful showcase of the incredible talent of our girls and I encourage you to get down to have a look at the work they have done.

Tonight, we will attend the Educator Education Awards in Sydney.  Girls Grammar is one of eight schools in Australia in line for Regional School of the Year.  We look forward to the opportunity to showcase our wonderful school on the national stage.

 

Until next week.

Ms Christine Hills (Principal)