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Gifts from the heart
Students are some of Santa’s best helpers
RGS Girls Boarders transformed
simple Christmas cards into special
treats for those less fortunate.
The Christmas spirit helped the students
create over 300 boxes for Meals On
Wheels filled with sweet treats.
Each year level donated materials
towards the project including cards,
chocolates and candy canes.
Meals on Wheels Rockhampton Vice
Chairman Arthur McDonald said the Christmas
boxes were a tribute to the students.
“It was a fantastic effort by the girls.
It’s good to know they consider the
retirees in our community and older
generations,’’ Mr McDonald said.
Eddie Olsson, Meals on Wheels
Rockhampton Treasurer, said they were
always very appreciative of little extras they
can give to the people at the holidays.
Meals on Wheels deliver 225 meals a
day to people around Rockhampton.
Get your motor running
Industrial Design and Engineering rubber hits the road
Year 12 graduate Chris Pitcher has
always had a thing for motorbikes so
when the opportunity presented itself
for a Year 12 technical studies class
Chris went full throttle ahead.
As a child Chris wanted a custom made
bike shop so when he started technical
studies in Year 8 he was already working
out how to make his own bike one day.
“At the start of the year I had already
researched what I wanted to do for my Year
12 project. On the first day of class I had 50
pages of research to show Mr Matukin. He
figured I’d already put in all this work so far so
I might as well go ahead with it,’’ Chris said.
Combining his own touches with parts
from an old Suzuki farm bike, the final
product was “Chopper”, under the design
label of CPC (Chris Pitcher Customs).
Chris plans to keep the bike at home
while he starts on his engineering
studies at CQUniversity.
35% of RGS’s OP eligible students, or 40
out of 115 students, have achieved an OP
result of 1–5, one of the best collective
performances of RGS students since the
implementation of Overall Positions in 1992.
Statewide 21% of students achieved an OP1–5.
95% of RGS students, or 109 individuals,
achieved an OP between 1–15, the
School’s best ever results in that key
bracket. The state average was 79%.
68% received an OP 1–10, compared
RGS boarders (from left) Hannah Searles, Grace Shannon, Amy Howe and Sophie Krause
with Meals on Wheels representatives Arthur McDonald (second left) and Eddie Olsson.
EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
ELC highly rated
Centre has been
rated as Exceeding the National Quality
Standard by the Australian Children’s Education
& Care Quality Authorit y. The centre was
assessed over the seven quality areas:
• Educational program and practice
• Children’s health and safety
• Physical environment
• Staffing arrangements
• Relationships with children
• Collaborative partnerships with
families and communities
• Leadership and service management
“I am very humbled and delighted. The entire
team works hard to ensure we provide a high
quality service each and every time we open
the doors,” said Director Adeina Shackleton.
Among the assessor’s findings:
• The qualifications of educators employed
in the service exceeded the requirements.
For example nine of the eleven educators
employed held a Diploma qualification
or higher (approximately 80%).
• Educators were consistently observed
being respectful while praising and
acknowledging children’s efforts.
Examples included ‘thanks for holding
it still’, ‘fantastic, great work’ and ‘good
job, I ’m so proud of you’. Children were
also observed happily approaching
educators to talk to them, play with them
or just sit on their lap and snuggle in.
Injured Wallabies captain and RGS past student,
Stephen Moore, was in Rockhampton in
October as the special guest speaker at the
School’s Rugby Presentation Night. Stephen
(pictured with Alex Hopf, left, and Thomas
Cassidy) gave generously of his time, also
providing a coaching clinic for RGS rugby players.
Miss the yearbook?
Some students were unable to collect their
copy of the Capricornus yearbook on the
last day of School. We apologise for that.
Copies are available to pick-up from the front
office over the summer Monday through
Friday from 8.00am until 4.30pm (except
for the Christmas/New Year holiday break)
or you can collect copy upon your return to
School. Please call 4936 0600 if you require
assistance. Thank you.
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to the state’s average of 50%.
100% of RGS students received a
Queensland Certificate of Education.
All of the statistics place RGS
students among the best performing
students in Queensland.
94%, or 159 students from the 169 cohort,
have also been awarded VET qualifications
ranging from Certificate I to Certificate III.
14 students have either completed or
are in the process of completing their
“All of our 2014 Year 12 students
were very supportive of each other and
worked extremely hard throughout the
year. These results demonstrate their
commitment to doing their absolute best,”
said Headmaster Dr Phillip Moulds.
“They really applied themselves
and I’m very proud of all of they have
achieved individually and collectively.”
RGS Year 12 Students Emily Pryor (at the forefront, who received an OP1) and other RGS students who achieved excellent OP results (from left to right): Madison Smith.
Michael Wong, Stephen Li, Chris Pitcher, Jeremy Walsh, Maaz Khalil, Peter Li, Thomas Cassidy, Callum Henderson, Amy Nichols, Alex Kinsella and Maddison Black.
OP results have students on top of the world
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