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to adopted home
(RGS 2005) walks
the beat of a
different kind as she
returns to School as
Barwick has been
announced as the
School’s new Adopt-
who held the role for 14 years.
The Police prosecutor loves being back.
“I can’t believe it ’s been so long
since I left School,’’ Manon said.
“I had such good friends at School and
I’m still good friends with them today.’’
Manon arrived from Middlemount
as a boarder in Year 8 and continued
boarding until Year 12 when her
family moved to Rockhampton.
“I loved boarding. I grew up with two
brothers so basically boarding was like
a whole new family,’’ Manon said.
After finishing School Manon studied
Japanese and International Studies at the
Universit y of Canberra. With the worldwide
Economic Financial Crisis (EFC) underway
at the time, she decided to join the Police
Force, completing her training in Brisbane.
“I wanted to do something where
I could make a difference in the
community,’’ Manon said.
“I didn’t know what to expect with
the Police Force but it has allowed
me to personally develop. There are
also options to do so many different
jobs within the Police Force.’’
Manon will visit the School frequently,
talking to students about issues such
as road safety, partying and personal
safety. Her youngest brother, Jack (RGS
2013, now a student at CQUniversit y)
works in RGS Boys’ Boarding.
RGS Year 9 Science students, researching
the overall structure and quality of the CQ
ecosystem spent time in Term 1 at the
Fitzroy River’s Laurel Banks Ski Gardens and
Barrage Pump Station collecting and compiling
information to be submitted to the Fitzroy
Partnership for River Health Community
(www.riverhealth.org.au). Their research on
the Fitzroy complemented the Year 8’s field
trip to Mt Morgan last year and their studies
of water quality in the Dee River. Citizen
science projects such as these are linked
to the School’s Reef Guardian programme
and the Year 11 Biology Ecology unit.
Student William Littleton samples
water collected on the riverbank.
Building on momentum
RGS viewed as one
RGS 2015 Year 12
Leading CQ school in terms
of OP 1-5 results
Approximately 1 in 3 students
achieve an OP 1-5
RGS students earned more
VET qualifications than any
other local school
99.4% of RGS students
awarded a QCE
The only local student to be
identified among Queensland’s most
distinguished academic achievers.
CHARACTER & SCHOLARSHIP
Thank you Mrs Kennedy
After 14 years of dedicated service to her
students and to the School, RGS farewells
Mrs Lynda Kennedy, Head of Year 7.
“I thank Mrs Kennedy for her outstanding contribution
to the Grammar community and, in particular, for
the wonderful support, assistance and care given to
our students and their families during the first year in
high school,” said Deputy Headmaster Arthur Kelly.
Mrs Kennedy retired at the end of Term 1.
“She has been magnificent at introducing
students and their families to the Middle School,
easing anxieties of both, working hard to identify
strengths and weaknesses of those in her
care and setting individual students on a
tailored path to success,” added Mr Kelly.
“I know she is loved by both students and their
parents and I know she will be dearly missed.”
Mrs Kennedy described her time
at RGS as “an incredibly happy and
rewarding period” of her life.
“I take away a wealth of wonderful
memories. My best wishes to the
School community and particularly
the wonderful students who have
provided such joy and inspiration
over the years. Keep striving hard!”
Burgeoning writers in Primary and Secondary
School have new outlets for their creativity
with the establishment of two groups in Term
1: Mrs Sally Moran’s After School Primary
Scribblers (Years 5 & 6) and the Secondary
School Writers Club led by Mrs Julieanne
Harris. Both will enable children to enter
competitions and publish their work.
Reading aloud helps children acquire early
language skills, helps develop positive
associations with books and reading, and
builds a strong foundation for school success.
So, do more of it with your children at every
stage of their education, even through high
school. RGS Primary reports there is a great
TedX YouTube video on the subject about
teaching comprehension and connecting
with children in powerful ways. Go to https://
Students and staff receive warm reception in cold Tokyo
19 students and three teachers arrived
in frost y Tokyo on November 28, cold
and hungry but excited to tour popular
sites including Meiji-jingu (Shinto shrine),
Harajuku district, Tokyo Skytree, and
Asakusa’s Senso-ji (Buddhist temple).
Teacher Miranda Broadbent reports that
after an exciting shinkansen (bullet train) ride
to Kyoto, they spent a couple days exploring
Kiyomizu- dera (temple), Nijo-jo (castle) and
Kinkaku-ji (the famous “Golden Pavilion”).
“ The students were also challenged to choose
another place to visit, navigate their way there
and get back to our accommodation on their
own. Everyone was successful and we enjoyed
hearing the stories of each group’s adventure.”
After Kyoto, the group went to Hiroshima
to visit the Peace Memorial Museum.
Leaving Hiroshima, they travelled
to Rockhampton sister city, Ibusuki,
on the southern island of Japan.
“ We learnt about the manufacturing of
green tea leaves and were taught how to
make the perfect cup of green tea. We
also made kaleidoscopes using peridot,
a semi-precious gem formed after the
eruption of nearby Mt Kaimon.”
The students also visited an Australian
themed playground and saw a Belmont Red
bull statue gifted to Ibusuki by Rockhampton.
“A huge ‘thank you’ must go to Ms Aoi Onozuka
and Mr Dan Maynes for their assistance as
supervisors on this trip and to Mr Jay Killoran
for all his planning” said Mrs Broadbent.
Whilst the group finished its trip in
mid-December, two students – Tomas
Beak and Joshua Cowan – remained
with host families for the first ever RGS
Extended Japan Exchange Programme.
Josh and Tomas taught English to Japanese
students during their extended stay. They were
accompanied by two local Assistant Language
Teachers and they toured schools in Ibusuki.
“ For me, this was one of the highlights. The
children were lovely, and I spent every day
amongst different, friendly students enjoying the
school’s prepared lunches, teaching English and
dodgeball or tiggy at lunch,” Tomas reported.
He said living with his host family, the
Yoshimoto’s, was his best experience in Japan.
“They made sure we did something every
day. I loved living with them and I adored their
five year old daughter. They took me to a lodge
for a weekend where there was ice-skating,
we made some traditional bamboo New Year
decorations for the house and some takeuma
or bamboo walking stilts,” explained Tomas.
“It was a truly amazing experience
and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.”
See pictures on Page 22.
This is a notice of an Extraordinary
General Meeting of The Red & Black
Association, the parent representative
body to the School, to be held at 9.00 am
on Friday, 20 May 2016. The purpose of
the meeting is to formalise the relinquishing
of ownership of the Red and Black Shop
to The Rockhampton Grammar School.
% of students
Number and Percent of Students
achieving Overall Positions of
1-5 6-10 11-15 16-20 21-25
2013 169 100%
31.4% 39.0% 18.6% 10.2% 0.8%
2014 169 100%
34.8% 33.0% 27.0% 5.2%% 0.0%
2015 178 99.45% 96.1%
31.8% 36.4 25.8 6.1% 0.0%
The Rockhampton Grammar School is
among the top 20 Schools in Queensland
in terms of the percentage of 2015 students
acquiring OP 1 to 5 outcomes, 31.82%, or
42 out of 132 eligible students, according
to published reports and information
provided by the Queensland Curriculum
“No other local
school has the
number of OP
that we have
“We are focused
having our students
approach all of
with an open
to take calculated
risks and wanting
to do their
another local school with 142 OP
eligible students had only 10% of
its students earn an OP 1-5.
“The statistics [available at https://www.
show that RGS student scholarship is the
best in Central Queensland and among
the best in the state and I’m very proud
of all of our students’ achievements.”
94% of all 2015 RGS Year 12 students
attained OP 1-15 outcomes and 171
earned VET qualifications – the most
VET qualifications awarded by a
Rockhampton school – upon graduation.
177 out of 178 students also received their
Queensland Certificate of Education.
results, as well
as their level of
what set them apart
added Dr Moulds.
named RGS 2015
Dux of the School
James Shaker as
only one of 38
the state and the
only student in
Rockhampton to be
recognised in the
second annual QCE
“One of the reasons parents choose
RGS is because of how well their
children are prepared for whatever
pathway they take after School. That is
extremely rewarding,” said Dr Moulds.
Last year, for the fourth year in a
row, RGS was named among the Top
Country Schools in Australia and a Top
Queensland school by The Australian.
I loved living with the
Yoshimoto’s. Japan was a truly
amazing experience and I’d
do it again in a heartbeat.
CHARACTER & SCHOLARSHIP
Emmert has merit
Year 12 student Katie Emmert has
received a 2016 RSL Youth Development
Program grant valued at $2500 for her
ongoing sporting success in national and
international outrigging. The grants attract
applicants from across Queensland in the
areas of Academics, Sports and Community
Leadership. Katie joined other recipients
at a forum at Bond University, on the
Gold Coast on 5 March, which focused on
motivating and inspiring the grant recipients
in the areas of leadership and teamwork.
Picture: Mr Ken Orr, RSL Gold Coast District
Representative, presents the certificate to Katie
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