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Dr Phillip Moulds
In the middle of Term 3, I wrote in the Secondary School Newsletter about
the abundant change at RGS and the fact that I love the School’s constant
development, especially among students; how they grow and “emerge.” I am
particularly interested in how students’ talents are unlocked and what we do as
a School to provide each boy and girl opportunities that enable them to achieve
their potential. This edition of , like all others, presents glimpses of students
and cohor ts as they mature and begin to make their mark on the world.
Term 4 is very short and my thoughts are focused on our Year 12 students,
their education choices, career paths and employment prospects, but
mostly I am thinking about their ability to
adapt to ever-changing environments and
how they will grow into challenging new
“roles” that go beyond “senior student ”.
As I mentioned in the Newsletter, there
was a great piece in The Harvard Business
Review last year, How to Spot Talent. The
author wrote about five key indicators people
responsible for organisational hiring and
promotion decisions should consider when
interviewing people: their motivation, curiosity,
insight, engagement, and determination.
The emphasis, according to the HR expert,
must be on determining the person’s potential.
It struck me that these characteristics are
closely aligned to The Rockhampton Grammar
School’s Learning Framework and the Habits of Mind we encourage our students
to use. As teachers, we look for and try to develop the same attributes among
our students, from Prep all the way to Year 12. The following is an excerpt
from the article, advising top organisations to look for people who have:
• a strong motivation to excel in the pursuit of challenging goals, along
with the humility to put the group ahead of individual needs;
• an insatiable curiosity that propels them to
explore new ideas and avenues;
• keen insight that allows them to see connections where others don’t;
• a strong engagement with their work and the people around them; and
• the determination to overcome setbacks and obstacles.
There is evidence throughout this edition of the magazine and the School that
we not only look for these, but that we actively pursue these characteristics
in all of our students, trusting they will become lifelong learners.
Volume 31, No. 3 Oct. 2015
The Rockhampton Grammar School takes seriously the challenge of preparing students for today’s world. We treat each
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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4-7 Briefly speaking
RGS receives national coverage in The
Australian, students perform surgery, a
conversation about the Arts in the CBD
and supporting charities in Term 3.
8 Changes to Senior
Assessment are on the way
Director of Learning Reniece Carter
sheds light on a new state-wide system
that comes into effect in 2018.
10 Past Students
Read about RGS Past Students’ success in
fashion and journalism; and we remember
the RGS Library fire of 1985.
12 Learning: the ultimate
Read about excursions that change the
way our students think of the world.
14 Literacy is justice for all
Julianne Harris explains how and why the
modern Literacy landscape is changing
so quickly and what it means to us.
COVER: PARENTING AND CHILDREN
16 Growing into friendship skills
Negotiating relationships at any age
can be challenging. Expert advice is
provided for parents and children.
18 Major philanthropic support
opens the farm gates wide
A Central Queensland Trust believes in the
opportunities the new RGS Agriculture
programme provides to local students
20 RGS Sport Highlights
Standout performances in Rugby
Union, Rugby League, Sport Aerobics,
Rowing, Netball and more!
22 RGS Photo Album
Cover Photo: Thanks to Year 10 Students Matt Smith
and Lia Taylor for posing in bubble soccer balls for
our friendship photo, taken by Rachael McDonald.
I am thinking
about our students’
ability to adapt
to ever- changing
how they will grow
new “roles” t hat
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