Home' Capricornus Quarterly : CQ April 2016 Contents 7
the power of giving in 2016
RGS Primary students have raised and
donated $500 for an appeal spearheaded
by Yeppoon’s Coal Train organisation to
provide relief to families displaced and
injured in Fiji by Cyclone Winston, which tore
across the South Pacific in mid-February.
The students’ efforts and success early
in the year are indicative of the types
of community service and fundraising
projects children have underway and are
planning at RGS for Terms 2, 3 and 4.
Girls and boys across the School at all
year levels have already identified a number
of projects and have targeted numerous
organisations that will benefit from their work
including Our Rainbow House, Capricorn Animal
Aid, Jeans for Genes, Water for Sudan, the
Queensland Cancer Council, the Royal Flying
Doctor Service, the Pink Ribbon Foundation,
Drought Relief, Aged Care, Buy-a-Bale, the
School of St Jude in Tanzania, Relay for Life
and Rockhampton Hospital’s Children’s Ward.
As we keep you posted on their fundraising
activities and success in every edition of ,
we remind readers of the School’s 1881
Endowment, the fund that enables students
who otherwise could not afford to attend RGS
to enrol at one of Australia’s best schools.
The Endowment receives support from
students, staff, parents, past students and
other RGS stakeholders. Please visit www.
rgs.qld.edu.au/1881 to learn more about
the Endowment and its progress to date.
Donations will be warmly received.
Finding their direction through experience
RGS Year 12 students Sam Krause,
Hanah Mills and Melanie Martyn
(pictured) are strengthening ties with the
workforce after completing Certificate III
Fitness studies through the School.
The trio have gained work at Vector
Health, acquiring both administrative
and sports training experience.
“It ’s really valuable,’’ Melanie said.
Students in the Certificate III course
learn about anatomy and muscle systems,
coaching and exercise practices.
“ Work at Vector Health has also given
me an understanding of people’s individual
circumstances,’’ said Hannah, who has
learned that some exercises work on
some people, but not on others.
Sam believes the Certificate will
give him an advantage when he
starts his universit y degree.
Vector Health owner Glenn Hansen said
the course provides a pathway to become
a fully qualified personal training or moving
onto universit y studies after school.
He praised the students for their
dedication, commitment and enthusiasm.
“Hanah, Sam and Melanie are gaining
valuable coaching experience whilst
in their final year of school and are
progressing in their roles,’’ Glenn said.
New lessons from
an old jersey
Year 2 student Seth Tregea (pictured)
looked proud wearing a ragged old RGS
rugby league jersey as he shared some
Rockhampton Grammar School history
with his classmates in Term 1.
His talk was centred on his great uncle
Bill (William Richardson, RGS 1956), the
youngest of 14 children and the only member
of his family to attend the School. Now 75,
uncle Bill played rugby league and participated
in cross country, athletics and cadets. He
was also an Olympic Torch Bearer in 1956.
Bill was pleased that his recollections of
School were being shared by his great nephew.
“I think it’s pretty good really,’’ Bill said. “I hope
they washed the jersey before he put it on.’’
Seth showed the class his great uncle’s rugby
league photo. Bill’s face had been cut out to be
placed in a girl’s locket and later affixed. Seth
also presented old Capricornus yearbooks and
told the class about how his great uncle would
ride the train from out west to attend RGS.
“ You couldn’t put your head out the window,
or even open the windows on the train or you
got covered in soot from the coal,’’ Bill said.
Still calling Blackall home, Bill admits it’s hard to
recognise RGS today but he is pleased his great
nephew and niece, Ava, are both in his old sport
house, Kellow, and that the Cadets are still going.
Get your red on
will have the
to collect for the annual Salvation Army
Red Shield Doorknock Appeal. The event,
a Service Learning Activity for all Year
9 students, attracts students from all
year levels and all students are urged to
support this very worthwhile project.
Salvation Army Officials will conduct the
Appeal from School. Volunteers should
assemble under the Space Frame by 8.30am
in comfortable casual dress, suitable for
walking, including a hat. Students may also
choose to bring a bottle of water to carry.
Students will be allocated a driver and
area to cover. Volunteers will return to the
school by 11.30 am. A sausage sizzle and
cool drink will be provided at this time. All
volunteers will also receive a McDonald’s
voucher and a Certificate of Participation.
Further information, including consent forms
for younger volunteers, will be distributed
to students by representatives from the
SALVOS during an assembly closer to the
date of the door-knock. A sign on register
will also be available from this date.
How do you give back?
Where do you volunteer or raise awareness
or funds for causes, organisations or
people in need? Tell about your project
by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Primary leaders elected
Year 6 Primary School leaders were announced in Term
1, pictured left to right: Ellie Reck, Nicola Scarpelli,
Kiana Mueller, Brad Taylor, Charlie Clift, Tahlia
Shuker, Abigail Scotney and Vaishnavee Chipiri.
Welcome new staff
Staff new to School gathered for orientation before the start of Term 1,
pictured left to right, front row: Raquel Mangin (new to Secondary
School), James Harth, Danielle Boto, Brienna Isokangas and Hayley
Quinn. Back row: Nicholas Cavallaro, Ben Waddell, Nick Blevin, Peter
Delley, Stephen Brady, Wayne Laverty and Kathleen Daubney.
Construction of a new
Climbing Wall at the School’s
Outdoor Education Centre,
Ritamada, is nearing
completion. The build has
been done by Jens Mueller
with technical assistance
from Tim Trehearn and
plenty of help from
Ritamada’s Rodney Johnson,
teacher Morgan Todd
and Director of Outdoor
Education Damien Boicos.
Vesi and Lomani Luva are pictured
with Coaltrain’s Karla McPhail.
Over 20 students from across CQ attended
the Australian Chamber Orchestra String
Workshop at RGS in March delivered by Peter
Clark (Violin), Jenny Khafagi (Violin), William
Clark (Viola) and Paul Zabowarny (Cello).
The students played without a conductor
and learned how to follow each other as
they performed. “I t ’s about communicating
without using language,’’ Mr Zabowarny said.
“ We want students to feel connected with the
music [and] other musicians and to experience
creating art/music as an ensemble.” RGS
Year 8 student Sansuka De Silva said: “I
learnt a lot of new things including how to put
more emotions into the music I am playing.”
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