The Arts – Term 1 Report

March 29, 2018 at 3:24 pm

It’s been a busy and exciting term for the RGGS Arts Department. In our continued commitment to encouraging creative expression across Prep – Year 12, we’ve been finding new ways for our girls to get messy, get loud, get moving and get making, as they experiment with forms, styles and conventions across Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Art. Our creative inspiration for the term comes from the incomparable Maya Angelou: “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have”.
Highlights include:

Teacher Passion Term 1 Teaching Highlights
Laryssa ‘Triple Threat’ Anger Dance, Drama, Music –          Building strength and attitude in Year 7 & 8 Hip Hop
–          Choreography with the graceful Year 9/10 Ballet students
–          Watching polished, script-based performances with Year 5/6
–          Playing with BOOMWHACKERS in Year 8 music!
‘The Accomplice Accompanist’ Christina Bond Music –          Spreading the love of piano and music gamification
–          Watching dedicated students achieve success in co-curricular ensembles
Jessica ‘Maestra’ Dawes Music –          Seeing Year 2 develop confidence through our strings program
–          Witnessing RGGS’ future concert performers (the Year 3/4 band) in action!
‘The Ode So Joyful’
Nicole Graham
Music –          Making the recorder cool again with Year 5/6!
–          Watching Year 9/10 demonstrate their knowledge of the Elements of Music in Listening evaluations
Nora ‘Ooh Look, A Cow Skull!’ Hanasy-Cheers Visual Arts –          Getting ‘Earthy’ with Year 5 collages, totems, paintings and papier mache
–          Seed pod lino printing with Year 7
–          Observational drawing at the Rockhampton Zoo with Year 9/10
–          Seeing folio work develop as Year 11 study ‘The Natural Environment’ and Year 12 explore ‘Memories and Reflections’
‘Professor of Silly Walks’ Jessica Lamb Drama –          Reading amazing scripts from Year 8 students
–          Exploring the power of theatre with Year 9/10 in ‘The World at War’
–          Challenging Year 12 to test their limits through One-Person Performances
Jessica ‘Shredder’ Paton Music –          Seeing instrumental music students continue to excel!
–          Sharing the love for all things strings!

 

Exercising Creativity through Cocurricular
Across both Visual and Performing Arts, RGGS students enjoy a vibrant and diverse array of creative opportunities. The school offers a range of performance ensembles throughout the week (including Poco Voce, Musical Theatre Group, Recorder Ensemble, Bella Voce, Multi Voce, Flute Ensemble, String Ensemble, Prep-3 Choir, 4-6 Choir, Concert Band, Glee, Dance Company and Dancercise), as well as Studio 151 Art Club and GGPC Drama (commencing in Term 2).
Our music ensembles have spent much of Term 1 preparing for the upcoming Rockhampton Eisteddfod (held in May), using the start of the year to learn and consolidate repertoire that will form the basis of their performance and competition work for 2018. Dance Company have been eagerly preparing for the 2018 Dance Star Competition, drawing thematic inspiration from ‘post-apocalyptic robots’, circus and musical theatre. As well as preparing for competition, our dancers and Bella Voce ensemble look forward to performing at this year’s Beef Week festivities.
Students across Dance, Drama and Visual Art were also given the opportunity to attend Bangarra Dance Theatre’s recent performance of ‘Our Land People Stories’ at the Pilbeam Theatre. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the show, whilst the teachers took detailed notes of set, costumes, choreography and technical specs for future inspiration.
Term 1 finished with the Music Progress Concert. This termly concert allows students to hone their performance skills in an encouraging, informal environment. For some students this was their first time performing in front of an audience. Congratulations to all the students who performed on the evening. We look forward to seeing your progression on your chosen instrument throughout 2018.

Student Successes
Our emerging artists have been doing some amazing work. Below are just some of the cool, quirky and creative things they have achieved in Term 1!
Photo Album link and   Script of Morte

Creativity Across the Curriculum
As well as encouraging individual creative expression and critical thinking, The Arts play an instrumental role in allowing students to understand the world around them. This is particularly evident in the study of language and culture.
Students in Prep – Year 2 have been exploring the Spanish language through The Arts, creating filmic flip books to recall key vocabulary, whilst Year 7 and 8 students have created visual folios to accompany an interactive, online adventure in Spain.

Legal Studies – Term 1 Report

March 29, 2018 at 2:59 pm

In Legal Studies, Year 12 students engaged in an independent inquiry task whereby they chose an aspect of Australian law that requires reform. Some of the topic areas included; Australian firearms legislation, euthanasia law and whistle blower laws in detention centres. Year 11 engaged in a unit on the Australian legal system. Investigating the fundamental principles of Australian legal system, students studied; sources of law, the Separation of Powers, levels of government and the processes involved in making/changing laws in Australia.

Mr Luke Tree (Legal Studies Teacher)

Technology – Term 1 Report

March 29, 2018 at 2:57 pm

Technology students engaged in a series of tasks involving the designing and programming of websites and animation. Implementing the use of the programming languages HTML and CSS, Year 8 students developed an introductory page about a topic of their choice. Similarly, Years 9 and 10 students began a more complex approach to web design by implementing the use of PhotoShop to develop a professional layout for an online store. Years 11 and 12 participated in a unit focused on designing professional web banners for local businesses in Adobe Animate.

Mr Luke Tree

 

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:

https://secure.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?RegistrationID=710811

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.