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Great explorers of Australia such as Matthew Flinders or Ludwig
Leichhardt had grit - that combination of attitudes and behaviours
that allow people to be successful. I am sure that you can list famous
sports people who displayed grit on and off the field. I expect you
have a close family member or friend who possesses this quality of
perseverance and determination. Australians are renowned for it.
When the UK Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts came
to Australia in March this year to get a closer look at the Square Kilometre
Array that is being built at Murchison Radioastronomy Observator y in central
Western Australia, he said, “I ’m here to see
some fantastic science, being delivered
with Australian grit.... here in the outback.”
The Array is a multi-billion dollar, multi-
nation collaboration which will enable
the collection of data that scientists will
use to better explore how the universe
began and if there are conditions
for life somewhere out there.
At RGS, I see examples of grit
everywhere, at all Year levels and in
all circumstances – from students or teachers battling grave illness
to children mastering a particular task, subject or skill. The Primary
School’s Day of Notables presented just at the end of Term was a
wonderful demonstration, through student re-enactments and speeches
of historic and present-day figures, of the human spirit and individuals’
determination to succeed or make a difference in this world.
Throughout this edition of CapricornusQuarterly you will find
examples of people who have grit, and reminders that it is not
necessarily the smartest or most talented who achieve or surpass
their own goals. It is the ones who stick at it. It is their drive and spirit
which enable them to grow in character and scholarship, every day.
Dr Phillip Moulds
Volume 30, No. 3 October 2014
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student as a whole person through a balance of academic, sporting, co -curricular and social activities. Our School motto is
Macte Virtute et Litteris or Grow in Character and Scholarship.
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Every opportunity. Every student. Every day.
It is not necessarily
the smartest or
who achieve or
surpass their own
goals. It is the ones
who stick at it.
4 Briefly speaking
NAPLAN results very strong; RGS consults
on Agriculture education; Musicians tour
USA and more. Plus extra briefs, news and
other information to keep you up -to-date!
8 Breaking into the AFL
We hear what some former students are up
to including Ben Ryan, who calls the shots.
10 Growing knowledge
of and on the land
Preparing the next generation
to take over the reins.
CELEBRATING FAMILY FARMING
12 The Day Family
Fourth generation graziers talk about
their rapidly changing industry.
COVER STORY: CAREERS
14 Making their mark
We talk to students about their work
experience and how it will influence
their post school decisions
17 Artists in residence
Four students’ work was displayed
in The Rockhampton Art Galler y; one
has been selected to go to GOMA!
COVER STORY: CHARACTER
18 Grit and bear it
Emerging research shows what it takes
to thrive in almost every situation.
20 RGS Sport Highlights
Netball: The Magic touch in 2014 and Mrs
Skilling puts the clipboard away. Plus,
two sports legends give a lesson on
inner strength and determination.
22 RGS Photo Album
On the cover: Year 12 student Sam Spencer
shows what it takes to survive on the back of a
thrashing bull. Inset: Year 12 student Tom Smith
is gaining carpentry experience and qualifications
through an apprenticeship with Acute Builders.
(Photos: Rachael McDonald)
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