Boarding Bulletin – Term 3 Week 4

August 17, 2018 at 4:05 pm

After a weekend of fun activities it was back to business on Monday.

STEM Prefect and boarder, Kailee, along with Mrs Dey and Mr Borg coordinated week long activities to celebrate Science Week.

On assembly this week, Morgan was awarded Writer of the Week, Nonie received the Coaches Award for OzTag Allschools and Camryn was inducted into the Poly Wonga Hall of Fame for her selection in the National Under 13 and State Under 14 Indigenous Netball team. Congratulations girls!

Next week we celebrate Book Week and the RGGS Art Exhibition continues to run until 24 August.

Weekend Activities 17, 18, 19 August


RGGS 2018 Art Exhibition – Reflections

August 17, 2018 at 3:11 pm

Year 2 Letters of Love

August 13, 2018 at 2:12 pm

This week our ‘Clever Confident and Connected’ Year 2 class spent their art lesson creating some beautiful art pieces for our drought stricken farmers in the hope that it will put a smile on their faces. Letters of Love Australia is an organisation who are gathering letters for our farmers in order to lift morale during this devastating drought. So we decided to let them know that they aren’t alone and that we hear them! Along with their artworks (which included a positive affirmation of their choice) the girls wrote a heartfelt letter to the farmers in the hope that it will brighten their days, lift their spirits and give them hope.




What’s On – Week 4 Term 3

August 10, 2018 at 4:06 pm

RGGS Weekly Roundup – Week 3 Term 3

August 10, 2018 at 3:53 pm

It’s been a great start to term 3 with Girls Grammar welcoming a number of new girls to our community.  It’s great to see their excited faces on the first day and to hear their stories.  Welcome to:

  • Ava (1 Rockhampton)
  • Maddi (10 Blackwater)
  • Phoebe (7 Emerald)
  • Mackenzi (11 Rockhampton)
  • Cassandra (1 Rockhampton)
  • Ally (6 Nebo)
  • Abbey (10 Rockhampton)
  • Josie (10 Rockhampton)
  • Sessie (9 Murray Is)
  • Hannah (10 Rockhampton)
  • Madeline (8 Injune)
  • Mia (2 Gracemere)

We are looking forward to watching you grow with us.

Since the start of the term, we have had much opportunity to celebrate including one of the largest celebrations of the year, NAIDOC assembly.  It was, as it always seems to be, a colourful and joyous celebration of culture.  I would like to acknowledge Kelsey, our ATSI prefect and her committee for the work they did putting this together.  It was great to see the St Brendan’s dancers and the choir from St Ursula’s celebrate with us.  Most moving for me was probably Jessica Paynes’ tribute to her grandmother.  Jess is a third generation RGGS student and her grandmother was the first indigenous student enrolled here.  Jess told the incredible story of the barriers she faced to be able to attend our school, ‘Because of her, we can’.  Thank you to Mrs Graham and Ms Haddock for their support and mentoring of the girls.

Sports Day is always a highlight of the year and the girls were very excited to hear the results of the secondary sports on Assembly this week.  Congratulations to our winning house Williams and to Downs for winning the coveted House Spirit Award.  Congratulations to our Age Champions:

12 Years Charlize Mallyon Emilia Heilig Bonita Solomon
13 Years Arkadie Dwyer Claudia Heffer Ashley Mott Schafer
14 Years Zara Priddle Amelia Driscoll Grier McRae
15 Years Tayla Wallace Abigail Hills Jayme McKellar
16 Years Raven Achoo Alana Agostini Lucy Brown
17 Years Kayla Sirriss Jemma Mallyon Vashnee Thorburn Williams

Congratulations to some other big winners – Abigail Hills  – winner of the RGGS Gift Fastest Girl, The Boarders, who won the Tug of War, and the Teachers were victorious in the Teacher vs Student race.

Primary Athletic results will be announced at next Primary Assembly and published in upcoming newsletters.

Academic Colours were presented on Assembly as well this week.  Congratulations to the 21 girls who were awarded Half Colours and the 26 who were awarded Full Colours.  Congratulations also to the 9 girls who were awarded Academic Merits and to the student who was awarded Academic Excellence.  It’s great to see the spread of awards.

My message to all the girls was of persistence – it’s important to recognise these achievements but I also acknowledge there were probably some disappointed girls in the room – not only with Colours but sports results.  I challenged them to think about how they could make that extra effort – run the extra race, complete the triple jump even if it’s not your favourite event, study that bit longer, see a teacher one more time for advice on an assignment.  Improvement is possible!

Congratulations also to the Writers of the Week for each year level and to Aria Watts – the Writer of the Week.

Year 5 – Aria Watts
Year 6 – Douceur Sakwa
Year 7 – Emilia Heilig (With special mention to Jessica O’Sullivan)
Year 8 – Claire Knight
Year 9 – Heather Maitland
Year 10 – Josie Jackson and Logan Cox
Year 11 – Faustina Samiak

As I write this, many of our girls are getting ready for the Oratory Competition. As the term unfolds, the girls will have many opportunities in front of them – as you can see from what’s on next week.  I encourage them to get involved wherever possible and to take up these opportunities.  Participating in a wide variety of activities can help extend and grow their talents and skills.

Ms Christine Hills (Principal)

Boarding Bulletin – Week 3 Term 3

August 10, 2018 at 3:53 pm

Our boarders have been very busy this week with extra curricular commitments. It’s great to see the girls out and about and actively participating in sport and cultural activities.

A highlight of the week was our Academic  Assembly on Wednesday and I was very proud sitting on stage watching so many of our boarding community congratulated by our Principal, Christine Hills. The year 12 boarders were also recognised for their achievement in the tug of war against the day girls at the athletics carnival. A great achievement and our year 12 boarders now await the cake cooked by the Principal. This has been a great tradition for many years.

There has certainly been a cold snap this week in Rockhampton and the girls have been rugged up more than usual at night. We are hoping for warmer weather to arrive. Our weekend activities will be listed each week in this Bulletin, so I ask you to encourage your daughter to get involved.

Last weekend Kollar House invited Year 10 to join them for a steak night on the verandah outside Year 11 dorm. The girls enjoyed cooking “great steak” on the barbecue and later danced the night away. It was an excellent night and will become a monthly activity for the girls.

Our younger girls have enjoyed the movies, restaurants, shopping trips and walks to the Botanical gardens and the Zoo. I am hoping more girls will make an effort to get involved and enjoy the activities on offer.

Weekend Activities 10th, 11th, 12th August

Have a great weekend.

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



Olivia Harwood – Creative Generations 2018

August 10, 2018 at 10:57 am

Creative Generations is a super prestigious art exhibition where only the best local artists are selected to go to Regionals. From Regionals, select pieces will be exhibited in the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane and go on a travelling exhibition around Australia.

I am pleased to announce that Olivia Harwood’s work has been chosen to go to Emerald to the Regional Exhibition. She worked very hard and is very well deserved.

Olivia has created a series of etchings which she carved then printed many times, worked into some with watercolour, cut some up and stitched some together to create a layered effect. The single image does not have the Perspex etched plate on top so you can see how much work and detail is under each one.

Below is a poster should you be out that way and able to attend.

Mrs Nora Hanasy-Cheers (Senior Visual Arts Teacher)


St Brendan’s College Rodeo

August 9, 2018 at 1:23 pm

RGGS Book Week Celebrations 2018

August 9, 2018 at 11:47 am

Monday 20 August – Cake on the terrace to celebrate Book week 2018 – ‘Find your Treasure’ is the theme this year.

Monday 20 August – Commencement of Interhouse reading challenge – May the best house win!!!!

Tuesday 21 August – Find a word puzzles in the Library

Wednesday 22 August – Treasure hunt – to be completed and handed in to Library by Friday 24 August

Thursday 23 August – More word puzzles in the Library

Friday 24 August – Come dressed as you favourite book character – Theme is ‘Find your Treasure’ for P-12

Friday 24 August – conclusion of Interhouse reading challenge.

Year 9/10 Art

August 6, 2018 at 3:24 pm

Emu Park SLSC Sign on dates

August 6, 2018 at 2:17 pm

Week 3 Term 3 Important dates

August 3, 2018 at 12:18 pm

Boarding Weekend activities

August 3, 2018 at 8:42 am

Bella Voce Gold placing

August 2, 2018 at 9:21 am

Students in Girls Grammar vocal group Bella Voce participated in the CQ University Jazz festival over the weekend.

Bella Voce were adjudicated on a 15 minute performance which was followed by 2 hours of workshops with adjudicator James Mustafa and CQU clinician Nicole Thomson.

This was an amazing opportunity for the singers to hone their vocal and ensemble skills and gain valuable feedback from professionals in the field.

Congratulations to Bella Voce for their well-earned Gold placing.


2018 Next Step – Early School Leavers survey

July 31, 2018 at 1:21 pm

The Queensland Government is conducting its annual statewide survey of Year 10, 11 and 12 students who in 2017 left school without obtaining Year 12 certification. The Early School Leavers survey is a short, confidential survey that collects information about what young people are doing the year after leaving school.

Between August and September, students who left school early in 2017 can expect to receive an invitation to complete a web-based survey or a telephone call from the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office to complete the survey. Please encourage them to take part.

For more information, visit or telephone toll free on 1800 068 587.


Week 2 Term 3 Important dates

July 27, 2018 at 3:34 pm

Week 1 Term 3 Important dates

July 23, 2018 at 9:37 am

Family Fun Day!

July 12, 2018 at 9:17 am

Spotlight on the Arts

July 2, 2018 at 10:39 am

By now, it should come as no surprise that Girls Grammar Girls are clever, confident and connected. In last term’s Arts Report, we celebrated their creativity, showcasing the amazing work they have produced across Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Art. With Term 2 being one of the busiest on the Arts Department’s calendar, it seems timely that we celebrate the courage of our talented students. Artist Henri Matisse’s iconic words really do ring true: “Creativity takes courage”. The courage required to innovate, to perform, and to share a little piece of the self with an audience cannot be understated. Luckily for us, our girls have courage in spades.


Stars on the Rise

Term 2 has seen Girls Grammar students achieve fantastic successes in a range of artistic pursuits, and the work of our young artists has enjoyed great visibility in our local community and beyond. Events including Gaia Festival and Beef Week, alongside competitions such as the Rockhampton Eisteddfod and Dance Star Competition have allowed our girls to test their courage, producing some outstanding results.

Girls Grammar students achieved great success in the Dance Star competition, with Dance Company making it through to the State Finals on the Gold Coast, and soloists Emilia Heilig, Tia Wilson and Tyla Cringle qualifying for Nationals. Students in years 7 – 10 Dance also shared their creative choreography with our schooling community in the Semester 1 Dance showcase.

Eisteddfod participants have been equally successful this term, with the school ensembles achieving the following results:

Year 4 – 6 Choir

–         1st Place: Primary Choir

–         1st Place: Novelty Choir

Prep – 3 Choir

–         3rd Place: Novelty Choir

Poco Voce

–         3rd Place: Primary Folk


Molti Voce

–         3rd Place: Secondary Choir

Bella Voce

–         2nd Place: Folk

–         2nd Place: Glee

–         2nd Place: Small Vocal Group

Musical Theatre Group

–         1st Place: Musical Theatre Section


Individual eisteddfod participants achieved similarly outstanding results, including:

Aleisha Cesar

–          1st Place: Modern Solo (14 Years & Under 18 Years)

–          1st Place: Woodwind Solo (14 Years & Under 16 Years)

–          1st Place: Australian Composer Solo (14 Years & Under 16 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Vocal Duet (14 Years & Under 16 Years)

Arsha Kennedy

–          1st Place: Piano Solo (Under 7 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Australian Composer Solo (Under 8 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Piano Sonatinas (Under 8 Years)

Brianna Baker

–          3rd Place: Solo Poetry (10 Years & Under 12 Years)

–          Very Highly Commended: Duo/Trio Poem Girls/Boys (10 Years & Under 12 Years)

Cadence Wone De Rungs

–          1st Place and Joy Philippi Perpetual Trophy recipient: Girls Vocal Solo (9 Years)

–          1st Place and Musical Union Youth Choir Trophy recipient: Musical Theatre Vocal Solo Under (10 Years)

–          Pauline Colvin Trophy recipient: For female singer under 18 years showing natural stage presence, feeling and personality

Calee Krarup

–          1st Place: Dance (10 Years)

Chloe Cowan

–          1st Place: Tap Group (13 Years and Over)

–          1st Place: Ballet Duo/Trio (13 Years and Over)

–          1st Place: Girls Vocal Solo (14 Years)

–          3rd Place: Speed Tap Solo (13 Years & Under 15 Years)

–          3rd Place: Tap Solo (13 Years and Under 15 Years)

–          Very Highly Commended: Senior Jazz Group (13 Years & Over)

–          Very Highly Commended: National Solo (13 Years & Under 15 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Contemporary Group (13 Years and Over)

–          Highly Commended: Waltz Tap (13 Years & Under 15 Years)

Emilia Heilig

–          1st Place: Modern Jazz Solo (11 Years)

–          1st Place: Modern Jazz Championship (Under 13 Years)

–          2nd Place: Demi Character or Character Ballet Solo (11 Years & Under 13 Years)

–          2nd Place: Contemporary/Free Movement/Modern Expressive Solo (11 Years)

–          Highly Commended: National Dance Solo (Excluding Scottish and Irish) (11 Years & Under 13 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Tap Solo (Waltz Excluded) (11 Years & Under 13 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Classical Ballet Solo (No Pointe) (11 Years & Under 13 Years)

Georgia Jackson

–          3rd Place: Jazz Group (10 Years and Under 13 Years)

–           Contemporary Group (10 Years and Under 13 Years)

Hannah Cowan

–          Runner Up: 12 Years & Under 14 Years Aggregate

–          2nd Place: Verse Speaking (Girls/Boys 12 Years)

–          2nd Place: Australian Verse (Girls/Boys 12 Years)

–          Very Highly Commended: Intermediate Jazz Group (10 Years and Under 13 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Light Verse (Girls/Boys 12 Years)

–          Highly Commended: Contemporary Group (10 Years and Under 13 Years)

Isla Houston

–          Highly Commended: Vocal Duet (Under 16 Years)

Kendra Bryan

–          2nd Place: Instrumental Solo (16 Years & Under 18 Years)

Tia Wilson

–          Joy Philippi Annual Trophy: for the most promising girl vocalist (12 Years & Under 18 Years)

–          2nd Place: Australian Composer (12 Years & Under 14 Years)

–          2nd Place: Folk Solo (12 Years & Under 14 Years)

–          3rd Place: Girls Solo (13 Years)




Making Connections

Our girls have been making some exciting industry contacts, participating in workshops with both the Queensland Ballet and Queensland Theatre at the end of Term 2. This was accompanied by the opportunity for students to view QT’s performance of ‘The Longest Minute’ at the Pilbeam Theatre. Despite landing right before the mid-semester break, a small, dedicated contingent of students seized the opportunity to end the term with a final boost of artistic goodness. This high-energy show about one girl’s dream to become a professional footballer could not have been more timely, sending us off into the holidays in great style.

The Arts Department wishes our students a safe and happy mid-semester break. We look forward to seeing you again for an action-packed second semester!

Click here to see some of the great work to be produced in the Arts Department in Term 2!

A word from our Principal

July 2, 2018 at 8:37 am

The first half of the year draws to a close and with it a chance to reflect on a great six months at Girls Grammar.

A big highlight for me has been the chance to get back into the classroom.  It reminds me that core to what we do is teaching and learning.  I have the chance to go on this journey with a truly wonderful group of young women who are engaging, intelligent and who also have the capacity to surprise me with their wit and humour.  I see how they apply themselves to their work. I see their determination to succeed and I know these are qualities not just limited to my class.  These are the characteristics of so many of our girls who are taking advantage of the considerable opportunities they have at Girls Grammar.

Our Year 12 students have led the way.  From the start of the year when they took their first tentative steps into leadership to their formal where they emerged as beautiful young women – the Year 12 class has been getting about the job well.  They have raised money, coordinated Mocktails and semi formals.  They have Relayed for Life, collected for the Salvos, helps the primary girls at Cross Country.  They have prepared for QISSN, played Touch Football judged cattle.  They have sung in choirs, performed in dance and debated with fire.

As we enter the second part of the year, we encourage our girls to keep their eye on the main game – setting yourself up for the best start at a future.  In the next 16 weeks of school, I encourage you to spend the extra time at your desk, complete the extra exercises, commit to your studies.  In the next months, we have important work to do – Core Skills, final exams.

We are looking forward to what promises to be a great semester and we will also welcome 9 new students from a range of backgrounds and places.  It is great to see the enthusiasm each of these girls has shown for starting their Girls Grammar journey.

They will become a part of a community – one that celebrated in style at our recent Race Day.  It was my privilege to tour the school on the Sunday with the 20 year reunion group – (and a couple of 10 years).  I am always struck by the sense of camaraderie these women have after so many years.

It was a wonderful opportunity for me to attend the ICPA conference in Winton recently.  Not only did I get the chance to go back through Emerald – my first posting as a graduate teacher, I got to catch up with a few familiar faces from Alpha, Clermont and the Dawson Valley.  The ICPA is a great advocate for education of rural and remote children and it’s important we support them in their work.

11 weeks certainly proved to be a big term. I want to wish our QISSN team all the best for the upcoming competition in Townsville and thanks Ms Kate Lang for her work with the team.   We start Semester 2 with our delayed Sports Carnivals.  Ms Doherty will accompany the All Schools OzTag team to Brisbane at the end of week 1.  We will also prepare for Rockhampton District Trials in Athletics.  A busy start which will lead up to the announcement of the Australian Educator Awards in August, we we are one of eight finalists in the Regional School of the Year.

I hope that you have a restful break and time with your children and families.  If there is rain – I hope it is beneficial to you and that the frosts don’t hit too hard.  We look forward to seeing you all in Semester 2.

Director of Boarding & Student Welfare

July 2, 2018 at 8:34 am

As we come to the end of another successful term at Girls Grammar, I want to congratulate the students for their extraordinary effort. It has been a busy but a rewarding experience for our students in so many ways. We began Week 1 with the Anzac ceremonies, and throughout the term we were busy with Gaia Festival, Beef Week, NAPLAN, Relay for Life, Year 12 Formal, Year 10 Mocktails, Race Day and much more.

Boarding News

Our boarders were full of energy and excitement during the week leading up to their departure to return home for the holidays. It has been a great term with the boarders and I wish them all a happy holiday with their families.

It is always a highlight of Term 2 when the Year 12 formal takes centre stage in the CAB, with the walk through prior to the event. It was lovely to see all the boarders congratulating the girls and wishing them well for their formal.

I wish to thank the boarding staff who have worked with the girls throughout the term, particularly around planning events and days out at the weekends. There was certainly some beautiful weather and the girls made the most of it at the beach, competing in Softball Sunday, Golf, Yeppoon Lagoon and many other activities.

Thank you once again to our boarding families and your support during the term. I look forward to working with you all next term and I hope you have a wonderful time during the holidays with your daughters.

Welfare News

Parenting Ideas– RGGS is a member of Parenting Ideas and I invite you to get online and browse practical tips in raising confident kids and resilient young people. Michael Grose is one of Australia’s leading parent educators and has published, “The Spoonfed Generation”, “Thriving” and many more. This website has some excellent information, so I encourage you to look at the variety of topics available.

Referral Agencies in Rockhampton –  We continue to work with a number of referral agencies in Rockhampton, including Child Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) based at the Rockhampton Hospital, Headspace and Wahroonga. These agencies have a variety of services including counselling, assessments and group therapy sessions. If you require any information on services available, please contact me on 0407196205.


A word from our Deputy Principal Michelle Gouge

July 2, 2018 at 8:28 am

We have reached the half way point! What an exciting Semester we have had, especially being awarded Finalist Regional School of the Year in the Australian Education Awards. By now many of you have received your Academic Reports for the Semester. I encourage you to now to get some rest, enjoy some well-deserved family time and refocus for the Semester ahead. Reporting time is a great reflection on the efforts you have contributed towards your studies. It is a time to ask yourself the question, ‘did I give my best effort?’ We have been working at a whole school level on focusing on the growth mindset strategy of effort praise versus person praise. Carol Dweck’s studies have proven when we give feedback on the effort being applied to the task, rather than the outcome, improved results are seen.

We will be welcoming a number of new students to our community next Semester which is always exciting to see students desiring to be a Girls Grammar girl. Please make our new families feel welcome and a part of this very special place.

I trust that you will have an enjoyable time over the next couple of weeks. We have a very exciting event coming to our school next term as we are hosting OptiMinds. Girls Grammar will have ten teams participating in this unique competition. Good luck girls. I am sure the effort you put into preparing, rehearsing and resource building will be well worth it on the day!

See you on the playground.

Michelle Gouge

Prep – Year 2 girls High Jump

July 2, 2018 at 8:25 am

Prep – Year 2 girls competed in High Jump on Tuesday, last week of Term 2. The girls had great fun seeing how high they could jump.

Community Notices – Rockhampton Regional Libraries

July 2, 2018 at 8:24 am


School Holiday Activities – Rockhampton Regional Libraries

Create a Picture Book Competition – Rockhampton Regional Libraries and National Children’s Week


Year 10 Mocktail Party

July 2, 2018 at 8:23 am

Saturday 9 June saw McKeague Hall play host to the year 10 Mocktail evening. This grade 10 cohort had decided to make the night an evening of glitz and glamour. The girls’ dresses and suits of their partners did not disappoint. After socialising on the deck, the girls and their partners took to the dance floor in McKeague to dance the evening away. Hits like the ‘Macarena’, ‘Nutbush City Limits’ and ‘Cha Cha Slide’, along with some games of musical chairs made for a very entertaining and enjoyable night for all who attended. This was a great way to finish off a very busy exam block for the hardworking and studious Year 10 cohort.

Mr Edwards and Mrs Doherty (Year 10 Care Teachers)

Primary Council RSPCA Day

July 2, 2018 at 8:22 am

On Friday 29 June the Primary Student Council held their RSPCA celebrations. This year the student council decided to sell popcorn and poppers to fundraise money to donate to the RSPCA animal shelters. After a quick fashion parade and a surprise visit from the Poly Wonga it was time to settle in with our treats to watch The Nut Job 2. What a big hit the morning turned out to be! With the support from students in Prep to Year 6, the Primary council raised a grand total of $155.00.










Primary Council Teddy Bears picnic

July 2, 2018 at 8:19 am

On Friday 8 June the Primary Student Council held their annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic and what a fun filled morning this was. With the help of Miss Hoare in Mrs Carroll’s absence the Primary council ran a spectacular morning filled with ‘Beary’ adventures. Fun and laughter was heard throughout the CAB area whilst the girls made their way around the various activities such as Going on a Bear Hunt, pin the bow on a Bear and many more. They even made some ‘Beary’ good disguises for their teddies. The Primary council cannot wait to see all the teddies again next year.

Year 9/10 Sewing

July 2, 2018 at 8:17 am

Some of the beautiful work the Year 9 / 10 Home Economics students have created this term.  The assessment task was to create a pillow case for the Ronald McDonald House for patients along with another matching functional item this could include another pillow, bag, stuffed owl, zip bag or toiletry bag . We will be sending Ronald McDonald House in Brisbane 34 pillow cases at the end of the term- these will be given to patients as they leave Ronald McDonald House as a positive memory for their stay.

Community Notice – Beak’s Tennis

July 2, 2018 at 8:16 am

Beak’s Tennis Term 3 coaching spaces available, call 0419026963 or message us on Facebook for more information

Andrew Jones – Beak’s Tennis

Debating post

July 2, 2018 at 8:14 am

Undefeated and steam-rolling the competition, our senior debating team is yet to lose in the Rockhampton and District Debating Competition. Last night our girls – Kailee Butcher, Taylor Busbridge and Brianna Austin went up against St Brendan’s in our Paterson Museum to debate ‘Money is the root of all evil’. We, as the negative team, had some very compelling arguments and rebuttals to dismiss the competition. The adjudicators were very impressed with how articulate and well-presented the RGGS girls were in both manner and matter of the debate and stated how our girls are still ‘a force to be reckoned with’. July 31 will be the next round against RGS at their campus.

A big thank you needs to go to Linda Busbridge for making an amazing cheese and cold meat platter for the evening.