Home' Capricornus Quarterly : CQ Oct 2015 Contents Garden sets the mood
A garden haven on the fringe of the RGS
bitumen tennis courts is drawing students
and staff together from across the School.
Led by Mr Peter Moodie, with the help
of students and staff, the oasis – full of
vegetables, fruits, herbs and chickens
(and two turkeys!) – attracts many visitors,
especially at morning tea and lunch.
Primary School classes use the area,
near the Agnes Street side of the courts,
for science experiments. The Secondary
School’s Senior Green Committee
has also installed a compost bin.
Each week Mr Lachlan Libke’s Year 4
class visits and rotates through a set of
activities from gardening to weeding,
mapping and creating artwork. A major
class project this year was the design of a
fully recycled upside down hanging basket.
“The idea behind this was to help
tomato plants to not use energy growing
upwards by hanging them upside down.
The conser ved energy should yield
better quality fruit,’’ Mr Libke said.
“While this sounded like an excellent
theory, 4L found that the sneaky plants
would curl and grow upwards regardless!
“4L has thoroughly enjoyed planting
herbs, digging holes, mixing manure,
finding eggs and many other things with
Mr Moodie and his lovely garden.”
Students water the plants, tie up
tomatoes, feed the chooks and collect
eggs. Sometimes they leave with a
snack of carrot in their hands at the
end of a lunch-break work out.
“This is all for the kids,’’ Mr Moodie said.
“It gives them something different to
do and gets some dirt in their fingers.’’
It is Mr Moodie’s third garden. As School
land has developed over the years the
garden has shifted from the Duggan Hall
site, to where the Beasley Centre stands,
and now, to its current home.
Garden visitor, Mikalya Flannery, Yea r 5.
Editor’s note: Celebrating Family Farmers, a regular feature of , returns next edition.
The Rockhampton Grammar School
Agriculture Education Programme has
received a significant and cherished
gift from The John Villiers Trust
which will enable students to study a
Certificate III in Agriculture Science and
develop careers as land professionals.
The Trust is
named for English-
born John Villiers
(pictured), a proud
land ow ner.
later a jackaroo, he worked on his
uncle’s far m near Stanthorpe before
World War II. After his discharge
from the RAAF, John returned to the
land and eventually purchased 300
acres on the coast between Mackay
and Sarina where he ran cattle for
beef and milk for many years.
In 1966, John retired and lived in
Yeppoon and Rockhampton until 11 July
2002, 37 days short of his 90th birthday.
He bequeathed his estate of
approximately $6.75 million solely
for the benefit of charities work ing in
Queensland, establishing a philanthropic
trust in perpetuity to assist and
improve the lives of Queenslanders.
This year the Trustees of The John
Villiers Trust have awarded RGS
w ith a $100,000 grant over three
years, establishing The John Villiers
Trust/RGS Agriculture Scholarship,
prov iding opportunities for students
to experience local, authentic learning
that leads to careers in Agriculture.
Specifically, from Januar y 2016,
the grant will enable 20 Scholarship
beneficiaries to be enrolled in the
two-year Certificate III programme
in Agricultural Science at the School.
As part of the programme students
can qualify to receive direct entry to
CQUniversity’s Agriculture degree.
Scholarship holders w ill benefit from
a programme that builds skills and
theoretical knowledge needed for entr y
to the workplace, university and/or
further higher-level vocational education
and employment-based training.
A significant advantage of the
programme is that students will
attain their qualifications whilst
at School, eliminating the need to
acquire a Certificate III elsewhere,
which could take an additional 18
months to earn after School.
“T he generous scholarship from The
John Villiers Trust gives students a jump
start in their careers and helps the
School educate the next generation of
Central Queensland land professionals,”
said Headmaster Dr Phillip Moulds.
Up to 50 students w ill be enrolled
in the RGS Agriculture programme
with 20 JVT Scholarships available.
“The Trust has provided an
excellent example to the community
by supporting these students. There
are opportunities now for Central
Queensland business and operators to
equally support local Agriculture studies
and career pathways,” Dr Moulds added.
“T he Trust participates in projects that
enrich lives and strengthen social spirit.
The grant has provided us with resources
to enrich education opportunities for our
students and strengthen their k nowledge
of, love and respect for the land.”
Major philanthropic support
provides new opportunities
to RGS Agriculture students
The Trust has provided an
excellent example to the
community by supporting
these students. There
are opportunities now for
[others] to equally support
local Agriculture studies.
Dr Phillip Moulds, Headmaster
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