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RGS Agriculture sprouts additional partnerships
Two more organisations have aligned
themselves this year to the School’s growing
Agriculture programme, adding to a suite
of courses and opportunities available to
A Memo of
in March, will enable both institutions
to collaborate on research and learning
in fields such as Animal Health, Animal
Science, Crop and Pasture Science
and Environmental Management.
“Murdoch has a lot to offer especially in terms
of sustainable agriculture and world class
tertiary training and we want RGS students to
have access to that calibre of learning,” explains
Mr Hardy Manser, Head of RGS Agriculture.
Additionally, RGS and Queensland
Country Life will collaborate in 2016 on
Grow Queensland, a cross-media platform
campaign focused on the challenges facing
local rural businesses and communities.
“[Whilst] there is a huge amount of optimism
in agriculture, [our aim at Queensland
Country Life] is to explore the impediments
to growth and discuss ways to keep
expanding and building resilient communities,”
said QCL editor, Penelope Arthur.
As part of the programme RGS will have a lead
role in presenting and participating in a Grow
Queensland Forum, hosted by Queensland Country
Life, on July 7 in Emerald at the Queensland
Agriculture Training College. Coinciding with
AgGrow Field Days, the Forum starts at 3pm
and concludes at 8pm following dinner.
“We’d like to have as many past, present
and future RGS families at the forum to
demonstrate our commitment and connections
to the land and its people,” said Headmaster
Dr Phillip Moulds. Please contact Q C L’s
RGS’s Mike Donahue on 0409 309 782 for
more information and to make a booking.
The School’s participation as an Agribusiness
Gateway to Industry School has also received
a boost in 2016 with funding secured for the
next three years. The Queensland Government
programme, established at RGS in 2014,
enables students to gain valuable experience
in agriculture, providing them with the tools
and knowledge to make informed decisions
about training and employment upon leaving
school, and at the same time raising the
profile of careers in the agribusiness sector.
More than 120 students, from Years 7 to
12 will participate in RGS Agriculture studies
in 2016. 40 are supported by the RGS/
John Villiers Trust Scholarship, introduced
this year to enable their full participation in
Vocational Education programmes undertaken
at The Rockhampton Grammar School.
The School gratefully
acknowledges the support
of Ian Weigh Toyota,
Wurths/Honda, Allflex, and
the Belmont Alliance (in
particular AgForce) in the
delivery of RGS Agriculture
programmes and services.
As part of the RGS/Wurths
partnership RGS students
will work with mechanics and
technicians, enabling students
to learn about motor vehicle
maintenance and performance
as a part of their studies.
students, past and
present, are featured
choral performers in
Trinity Houlihan, Elizabeth Vandeleur,
Catherine Vandeleur, Claire Moulds,
Elizabeth Clarke and Tess Waller were
all selected in the Gondwana National
Youth Choir Camp and Sydney Concert in
January as part of a 300 strong choir.
Sophie Gregory (RGS 2011) and Corbin
Thorne (RGS 2010) are featured on SOAR,
Gondwana Chorale’s debut recording, a rich
and varied collection of repertoire with a strong
focus on contemporary Australian compositions.
Sophie is studying her fifth year of medicine
at James Cook University in Townsville and also
performs with the Barrier Reef Orchestra.
“Working with such fine musicians, and
alongside renowned conductors, made the
experience so memorable,” said Sophie.
Copies of SOAR are available at
We had a ball in Wonderland
Guests at the 2016 Red & Black Association
Valentine’s Wonderland Ball report they
had a wonderful time, according to an
organiser, Mrs Friederike McCartney.
“Feedback was outstanding,” she said.
105 guests attended the February 13th
event at The Archer Park Rail Museum.
“We had so many people come together
to support the Red & Black Association,”
added Mrs McCartney who extended
plaudits and thanks to everyone who helped
including RGS Grounds and Maintenance
Teams, Olive Catering, RGS Catering, Red
& Black staff and volunteers (especially
everyone who made the paper flowers),
students, the entertainment (Gravity), the
RGS Rugby Club, RGS Communications
& Development, the RGS Senior School
Office and photographer David Thomson.
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