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Engineering futures at School
RGS Year 9 students gained an insight into possible occupations at an end -of-term Year 9
careers session. Among the guest presenters was Calibre Consulting civil engineer, RGS
past student Matthew Dennis (RGS 2009). Matthew admitted Year 9 seemed like a long
time ago for him, but he had a number of career prospects including being an architect,
pilot, singer and engineering. Today, Matthew’s work includes designing roads, stormwater
drainage systems and with water and sewer reticulation. “I am fortunate to work on some
exciting projects in Central Queensland,” he said, advising students to gain work experience
whenever possible. “I gained so much experience working ‘on the job’ in my gap year prior
to uni and it reassured me that civil engineering was the career path I wished to take.’’
Picture: Year 9 Careers Day attendees included past students Louise Wood and Matthew
Dennis with Year 9’s Jordie Reilly, Rhianna Whouley and Samantha Namasasu.
Pitching in to help grassroots cricket in Central Queensland
The Rockhampton Grammar School
has established a collaborative
relationship with Queensland Cricket.
Under the agreement Queensland Cricket
will conduct training sessions at the School
and provide learning and development
opportunities to School coaches.
In addition Queensland Cricket and
the School will work together to develop
services and opportunities at local and State
levels that will build students’ capacity to
develop and showcase their cricket skills.
RGS will also work closely with Queensland
Cricket on local talent development.
“The partnership will strengthen RGS
Cricket and provide our students with better
access to professional players and coaches.
We will also work together to develop new
opportunities for coaches, players and
officials throughout Central Queensland,” said
Director of RGS Co-curricular, Mr Todd Wells.
Cricket is a cornerstone of the School’s
far ranging Co-curricular programme
which includes the delivery of more
than 35 different spor ting and cultural
activities to RGS’s 1400 students.
The Rockhampton Grammar School
provides opportunities for its students to
play Cricket from Milo In2 Cricket through
to U16 Cricket and then on to the First
XI who play in the Rockhampton Cricket
Incorporated Senior Men’s Competition.
The School also hosts inter-state touring
schools and travels to Sydney biannually to
further the cricket experience for students.
The School also participates in the
Queensland School Spor t State-wide T20
competition where it has had success,
placing second in 2013 and winning the State
Championships in 2015. This competition
involves all schools around the State including
GPS schools. The RGS Primary School team
also represented Central Queensland at this
year’s Primary T20 State Final in Brisbane.
Queensland Cricket Field Force Manager
Matt Williams said the relationship would
benefit cricket at all levels in the region.
Williams said the School will host a Junior
Heat coaching clinic in January during the
holidays which will be open to boys and
girls from all over the region to attend.
“Queensland Cricket is pleased that this
partnership can assist us with further growth of
the game in Central Queensland,” Williams said.
Matt Williams and Todd Wells at
the announcement of the Queensland
Cricket and RGS partnership.
Ella Bourke and Tahlia Fenlon
with tea and biscuits.
Remembrance Day on 11 November allowed
RGS Year 8 students to get a taste of what
the Australian soldiers endured during World
War I. After expanding their knowledge of
Australians at war, the students were given
sample plates which included homemade
hardtack biscuit, an Anzac biscuit, some
sugar, a teaspoon of bully beef and a
teaspoon of jam. They also received a cup of
black tea. All items that were the staple diet
of many Australian soldiers on the battlefields
of World War I. Teacher Mrs Nola Smith said
it was a way to help students understand
something the soldiers experienced. “I
wanted them to be able to have a real-life
experience that would help make their
knowledge more profound,’’ Mrs Smith said.
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