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Agriculture education boosted
Biloela consultations inform leading school-based agriculture programme
Agriculture industry representatives,
corporate farmers and family land owners
have consulted with RGS on the School’s
planned introduction of Certificates II and
III in Agricultural Science from next year.
Designed largely for the needs of the Central
Queensland cattle community, the Certificates
form part of a wider programme at the School
to develop and grow its Agriculture curriculum
from Years 7 to 12 and in the Primary School.
Earlier this year RGS, AgForce Queensland
and CQUniversity announced an alliance
in which they would work together to
provide seamless VET and university
agricultural education pathways in
Rockhampton that were responsive to the
on-the-ground needs of producers.
Stakeholders joined School representatives
in September in Biloela to review course
content and education units and to talk to each
other about the skills required on the job for
young adults who will earn the qualifications.
“Primary producers and those working
directly within the rural sector have the
best understanding of the skills which are
needed in the industry,” said AgForce General
President Ian Burnett, who attended the
forum and participated in the workshop.
The School, according to Headmaster
Dr Phillip Moulds, wants its
Agricultural Science programme and
certificates to be highly relevant.
“ The students need broad knowledge, specific
skills and a determination to achieve practical
outcomes that will lead
to job opportunities
and future learning,” Dr
Moulds explained outside
the Biloela Civic Centre.
AgForce’s Ian Burnett
knows working in the
agriculture industry is
highly rewarding but it can also be hard work.
“We are looking for people who understand
this, have a passion for the sector
and are willing to continually learn and
improve skills,” explained Mr Burnett.
Central Queensland cotton and cattle
producers Charlie and Kaye Wilson, who
contributed to the session with about a
dozen local representatives, said that young
people entering agriculture had to accept and
appreciate a life-long commitment to learning.
“ The land needs to be managed well. Without
proper education there is no long term solution
to the challenges we face,” said Mrs Wilson.
“It is extremely pleasing to see a school like
RGS, which has a true affinity with the rural
industry, invest in the sector like this.”
Mr Ian Burnett, General President, AgForce Queensland
Vale Mervyn Nash
Mervyn Nash, a member of the RGS
Board of Trustees from 1974-1988, died
on 13 July. He was chair of the Resources
Committee. During his time on the
Board he was responsible for overseeing
the building of an office and two class
rooms in the new Primary school.
Other building projects included the
Centenary Centre and the Humanities
Centre. Mervyn was Acting Manager
and Chief Engineer at the Capricorn
Regional Electricity Board. He is
survived by his wife and two children.
The RGS Year 8 mathematics team placed
third at the Queensland Association
of Mathematics Teachers Maths
Competition State Finals in September.
Young scholars sought out
High achieving Year 11 students Lucy Blair
and Hamish Cowan have been selected to
attend a four day Young Scholars programme
at the University of Queensland at the end
of this year. The Rockhampton Grammar
School seniors will engage with UQ’s
academic community and will be challenged
to think critically about global issues.
Singer songwriter steps up
Maddi McDonald performed one of her
original songs, Come with Me, live on
ABC Radio Capricornia to promote the
Cap Coast’s Village Festival. The Year 12
Rockhampton Grammar School student is
hoping to soon record her first EP, a mix
of three original songs and two covers.
RGS students Kimberley Bovey, Alysia Busk,
James Shaker, Ryan Bovey, Jack Brandon
and Robin Howard will compete in upcoming
statewide Optiminds final. Best of luck!
Sunrise with Suncorp
The Rockhampton Grammar School teamed
up with Suncorp Bank in September to deliver
the School’s second business breakfast
this year. More than 90 guests attended.
Year 7s achieve great heights
Construction by JMKelly on the School’s new Year 7 Learning Centre is nearly complete.
About 150 students will fill classrooms and learning labs next year. The building will
also house a health centre to cater to the needs of our School’s 1500 students.
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