Home' Capricornus Quarterly : Dec14Jan15 Contents Casey finds publishing fashionable
An internship at The Australian Women’s
Weekly will this year give Casey Henderson
(pictured right, RGS 2013) a first-hand
insight into the world of public relations.
Casey was first introduced to the leading
Australian magazine after the School offered
her a placement of a week’s work experience
at the Women’s Weekly in July 2013.
“I also completed another week of work
experience with the [magazine] this year and
this was when I decided that my strengths
are in public relations, communication,
fashion, promotional endeavours and
working with people to develop a stronger
link with the wider community.
“During my work experience I was lucky
enough to actually work on a photo shoot
which featured in the September issue.’’
Casey, who worked in the School’s library
in 2014, said her time with the publisher
involved working in fashion, helping with
photo shoots, finding accessories and
running clothes back to high profile stores.
She joins the fashion department in February.
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Past Students News
Tops in their class
Congratulations to the following students who received Dux awards on Speech Night 2014. Photos: John Casey
Year 12 – Emily Pryor
Year 9 – Areeb Mahmood
Year 11 – James Shaker
Year 8 – Banuka Ralapanawa
Year 10 – Rafeeqah Rasul
Year 7 - Paige Baker
Ask Michael Hoy (RGS 2001) to
sum up his experience since graduating
from The Rockhampton Grammar
School and he’d say “lucky”.
“Since leaving RGS, I’ve been lucky enough
to meet presidents and prime Ministers, travel
to some 40 countries, visit an Australian
army base in Afghanistan and star on a
Vietnamese game show,” Michael said.
After Grammar, Michael took up a scholarship
to study at Bond University on the Gold Coast.
Graduating with Bachelors in International
Relations and Commerce, Michael joined
the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
in Canberra in 2005. The decision was to
become a diplomat was almost accidental.
“I went to a careers brief and happened
on a presentation by serving Australian
diplomats. The idea of representing
Australia overseas appealed instantly to
my curiosity and desire to travel.”
In 2008, he was assigned his first
diplomatic assignment in Hanoi.
“I had imagined myself in Paris or Geneva, but
fate intervened and sent me to Vietnam. I never
looked back.” Michael spent one year becoming
fluent in Vietnamese before leaving for Hanoi.
As a political officer at the Australian Embassy,
Michael was charged with interpreting Vietnam’s
secretive Communist political system as well as
managing the Australia-Vietnam human rights
dialogue. He was also put in charge of the
Embassy’s cultural program, bringing Australian
artists and musicians to Vietnam. But his big
break came thanks to music and again to RGS.
From Hanoi, Michael returned to Canberra
before leaving for another embassy, this
time in Kabul. In Afghanistan, Michael
treasured the opportunity to monitor
Afghanistan’s tenuous political situation,
while working alongside Australian troops.
“I was proud to be part of our very
well-regarded presence there,” he said,
“especially the opportunity to visit our
Australian base in Uruzgan province.”
In 2014, Michael transferred to Brussels to be
closer to his fiancé and fellow diplomat, Heather.
They both now work at the Australian Mission
to the European Union, where Michael manages
Australia-Europe cooperation on energy. In July,
Michael joined a team of Australian diplomats
in Kyiv to respond to the MH-17 tragedy.
Michael is mindful of having represented
Australia in three countries – Belgium,
Afghanistan and Vietnam – where Australia’s
armed forces have served with distinction.
“It makes you mindful that Australia has a
long tradition of backing up its international
commitments with more than just words.”
The other consistent theme of Michael’s
experience since RGS has been taking
opportunities as they come.
He credits this to his Grammar days: “I was
lucky to have parents, teachers and friends who
supported my interests and passions. It showed
me what was possible if you just ‘had a go’.”
Diplomacy leads to opportunities
Past Student Michael Hoy discovers what is possible if you just have a go.
Alumni in high places
Top law enforcer
Congratulations to Andrew Colvin (RGS
1987) on his appointment as Australian
Federal Police Commissioner. Andrew,
the former Deputy Commissioner, has 24
years experience in the Police Force
High flying financial officer
Brett Clark (RGS 1989) stood alongside
Sir Richard Branson in London when he
received his Virgin Australia Star of the
Year 2014 award. Brett, the Finance and
Insurance Manager at Virgin Australia, also
had a star in the galaxy named after him.
Meeting: The RGS Past Students’
Association next meeting will be held at
the School on Wednesday, 11 February,
at 5.30pm. For further information please
Michael Hoy introduces then 25th Governor-General of Australia Dame Quentin Bryce to dingataries in Vietnam.
Seven RGS students achieved
OP1s. Five want to pursue
medicine: Emily Pryor, Maaz
Khalil, Peter Li, Stephen Li
and Matthias Wust. Madison
Smith plans to study business
law and Jeremy Walsh is
Dux of The Rockhampton
Grammar School, Emily
Pryor, said it was a good
year for the whole class.
“[We] had a lot of support
from some amazing friends
and the teachers were always
there for us. They understood
how we felt and knew that we
wanted to do our best. ’’
Other students reporting
high OPs (as this magazine
went to press): OP2 – Michael
Wong, Alex Kinsella, Chris
Pitcher, Amy Nicholls,
Thomas Cassidy, Ellie
Gambling, Angela Han,
Larissa Zeil-Rolfe and Raiza
RGS students are
among the best
Sharma; OP3 – Maddison
Black, Callum Henderson,
Mille Volck, Caitlin Kelland,
Kate McAuley, Najam
Mahmood and Aiden Nagle.
“2014 Year 12s were dynamic
and energetic and they made
2014 another great year in
our history,” said Dr Moulds.
The students made the most
of opportunities presented to
them throughout their schooling
according to Dr Moulds.
“They are extremely well
rounded young men and
women who applied themselves
equally to their studies, sport
or cultural activities.”
In his address to RGS students
and families on Speech Night the
Headmaster said that the School
had devoted itself, together
with families, to give students
the confidence, capabilities
and values to be successful,
achieving women and men.
“I hope that you will use this
gift and the rich heritage of
your education and experience
at this School wisely and I wish
each and every one of you lives
that are happy and fulfilled.”
OP results have
students on top
of the world continued from Page 5
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