Home' Capricornus Quarterly : CQ July 2016 Contents Music progression for Alessandra
Alessandra Ciol (2011) was a familiar
face on the RGS music scene during her
school days and this passion has continued.
In Term 2 Alessandra returned to RGS
– this time as a practicum teacher.
“I was at Grammar from Year 1 to
Year 12 so I’ve been having lunch
w ith my Primary School teachers –
it’s so strange,’’ A lessandra said.
Alessandra is in her fifth, and final,
year of a Music/Education Degree at the
University of Queensland in Brisbane.
“While at RGS I was involved in a majority
of the bands and ensembles - from primary
band, concert/symphonic band, st age band,
jazz ensemble and string orchestra for a
short period in Year 12. I played in the band
for the musical in all of my five years of high
school - played clarinet, saxophone and
keyboard in various years,’’ A lessandra said.
The music lover also competed in
the Eisteddfod for basically here entire
schooling years and was awarded the
‘most promising woodwind performer’
prize and played piano in the gala
twice. Alessandra also completed AMEB
exams in piano, clarinet and theory.
Alessandra was also fortunate enough
to attend the first overseas RGS Music
Tour to the US in 2011 and went to
multiple State Honours Ensemble
Programs, representing the School.
“The Music Department was always
such a close knit group with ever yone
being so friendly and welcoming - both
teachers and students alike. It was the
experiences I had at RGS that really
shaped my career path today - wonderful,
inspiring teachers,’’ A lessandra said.
“I suggest for music students to get
involved with as much as they can. My
playing ability really took off from my
involvement in groups both in and out of
school such as the Rockhampton Chamber
Music Society and the Rockhampton
Youth Orchestra. RGS has so many more
ensembles now since I was there five
years ago, so lots more opportunities!’’
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from APN Australian Regional Media/The Morning Bulletin present
Breakfast on the Fitzroy, a conversation about the innovative use of
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Guests include Central Queensland’s Andrew Bate, founder
of SwarmFarm Robotics, a startup technology company that is
developing robotic machines for the cropping industry; and Don
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improvement in local cattle operations.
Tuesday 19 July 7am
The Rockhampton Grammar
School Rowing Club
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advance. Tickets may be purchased from RGS by calling 4936 0600
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Past Student Briefs
The Rockhampton Grammar School Past
Students’ Association AGM was held on 8 June.
Elected office bearers for 2016/2017 were:
President, Alaina Kennedy (nee Alroe, 2001);
Vice President, Casey Henderson (2013);
Secretary, Alison Payne (1985); Treasurer,
Amy Thomasson (2004); and Committee
Members: Meleisha Lill (nee Tennent,
2003), Jason Smyth (1988) and Adrien
Lang (1993). The next committee meeting
will be held at the School’s Islay Lee Learning
Centre on Wednesday, 20 July, at 5.30pm.
A past student gathering was held in
Brisbane in April attracting alumni from
the 1940s to 1970s. Thank you to Lance
Currie (1959) for coordinating the function.
Among the guests was former RGS
teacher, Jack Lanham (1957 – 1975).
Sharon Coutts (nee Grierson, RGS 1992)
represented the Australian Over 40s hockey
team at the Masters Hockey World Cup in
Canberra during April. Australia won the gold
medal ahead of England and New Zealand.
Sharon secured the gold when her team
scored a 4-1 win over England in the final.
Jaime Hadwen (RGS
2009) recently starred in
the production of Xanadu
at the Hayes Theatre in
Sydney during May. Jaime
Kira, testing her acting,
singing and roller skating
skills! Jaime wasn’t even
born when the movie was released in 1980.
The opportunity to help
push children to do their
best was the window Annie
Belonogoff (RGS 2009)
opened for teaching studies.
Annie, who is nearing the
completion of her Diploma of
Education at the Queensland
University of Technology
(QUT), returned to The Rockhampton Grammar
School in Term 2 for science teaching
practicum. It ’s a shift form Annie’s original
career ambitions. After school Annie studied
a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Sydney
and Townsville before gaining employment
in that field in Rockhampton. “I learnt a lot
more about children in that job and found out
that teaching was what I really wanted to do.”
Annie plans to teach Years 7 – 10 Science.
Kurt Wiltshire (RGS 2015)
lined up in the Queensland
under-18 rugby league team
as a curtain-raiser to Game
2 of the State of Origin
Series in Brisbane on 22
June. Kurt is contracted
to the North Queensland
Cowboys. While in camp
the boys had the opportunity to have a run
against the Queensland State of Origin team.
Speaking to The Morning Bulletin Kurt said it
was inspirational to stand shoulder to shoulder
with the Maroons legends. “It was a great
experience and something to really strive for.”
Skye McKissock (RGS 2015)
has found her wings since
starting at the Australian
Defence Force Academy
(ADFA) in Canberra. Skye
aims to pursue a career
in the Royal Australian
Air Force and returned
to RGS during Term 2 to
talk with other aspiring ADFA students.
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