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Top NAPLAN outcomes
The Rockhampton Grammar School
students’ collective NAPLAN results
are the best in Central Queensland
and well above repor ted state and
national results, following an analysis
of results published by the Queensland
Curriculum and Assessment Authority.
The School had 403 students
participate in NAPLAN, the largest
cohor t of any local school.
“ We have students with variable
education needs and abilities and these
results demonstrate how much our
students want to learn and do their best,”
said Headmaster Dr Phillip Moulds.
RGS, one of eight Grammar
schools in Queensland, is non-
selective, meaning there are no
academic prerequisites to enrol.
“ No other school can demonstrate
the depth and breadth of opportunities
available to students and the extent
to which students want to succeed.
Their attitude is to learn and to give
things a go,” explained Dr Moulds.
NAPLAN is only a snapshot in
time and does not reflect the whole
School experience, according to Dr
Moulds, but the results show the
benefits of a Rockhampton Grammar
School education, from Primary
through to Secondary School.
“The co-educational Prep-to-Year-12
RGS experience, including boys
and girls boarding from Year 7, is a
rich and rewarding experience and
unique in Central Queensland.”
“Grammarians, at every level
of ability, have a strong sense of
belonging and that ’s very special to
us. We believe in them and in their
ability to be the best they can be.”
Don’t neglect your inner artist
The annual RGS Art Exhibition surprised
guest artist Lyn Diefenbach, pictured below.
Officially opening this year’s
exhibition, Lyn said the show provided
a wonderful variety of approaches.
“My first thoughts were wow, can I
come back to school,’’ Lyn said.
“The quality of the work was top class and
was a credit to the teachers and the art
programme the school is running. I also loved
the way the exhibition was presented.’’
Speaking at the official opening Lyn said,
“What you see before you is a room full of
ideas, of thought processes, of responses to
a theme. Each work expressing a uniqueness
of personalit y and individualit y that is a gifting
to this world. Being creative, in whatever form,
is an integral part of being human – one that
should never be neglected or lost no mat ter
what life throws at us. It has been said that
medicine heals the body but ar t heals the soul.”
Lyn also reminded the audience
to never stop learning.
“ Whenever you go into a new learning
environment, go with your mind open and
your receptors on high alert. Go with a
sense of eager anticipation and expectation,
not with fear and dread. Ner vousness is
okay, but harness it as a positive energy
not a negative one. Rise to the challenge
of stepping outside of your comfort zone
and go on a voyage of discovery, even if
the end result is the discovery that it is not
the direction in which you want to go. You
have allowed yourself to put in place one
more stepping stone of your life’s journey.
Always remember that a perceived failure
is simply paving the way to success and
a deeper understanding of yourself.”
This year’s Art Exhibition included
creative pieces from students from the
RGS Early Learning Centre Kindergarten,
Primary School classes and Secondary
School classes through to Year 12.
Lyn Diefenbach is based in Yeppoon and
her work is imbued with a celebration
of her faith and of life. Her paintings
cover a myriad of subject matter, with
her bold florals consistently receiving
accolades nationally and internationally.
2016 RGS NAPLAN RESULTS
YEAR 3 Reading Writing Spelling Grammar Numeracy
YEAR 5 Reading Writing Spelling Grammar Numeracy
YEAR 7 Reading Writing Spelling Grammar Numeracy
YEAR 9 Reading Writing Spelling Grammar Numeracy
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