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Advisory Council. A
Advisor with 30 years
of experience in
in a range of sectors,
Patrice will work alongside
other business leaders
from across the state to
drive innovation, identify
opportunities for business
growth and encourage
investment in Queensland.
The RGS Past Students’
Association Annual General
Meeting was held on
17 May at the School.
Elected to the 2017-2018
executive were: President,
Alaina Kennedy (nee
Alroe, RGS 2001); Vice
President, Lewis McKee
(RGS 2006); Secretary,
Alison Payne (RGS 1985);
Thomasson (RGS 2004).
Committee: Adrien Lang
(RGS 1993), Meleisha Lill
(nee Tennent, RGS 2003),
Jason Smyth (RGS 1988),
Casey Henderson (RGS
2014) and Joe McGahan
(RGS 2007). If you are
interested in attending
PSA meetings please email
au for further information.
The Class of 1977, the
year that RGS returned
to being a co-educational
school, will reunite on 6-7
October in Rockhampton.
Find out more about our
RGS past students in The
Grammarian past student
newsletter, found on the
RGS website at http://
Past Student News
Rockhampton Grammar School past student Ed
Keating (RGS 2001) made a valuable contribution
young students’ learning this year. Captain
Keating, who is currently serving in Israel with the
United Nations for the Australian Army, joined 2B
in their classroom via Skype for a conversation
about life as a soldier. Here are some excerpts
from their recent video conference.
Ava – Do you get scared?
Sometimes it can be scary. But with the support
of my mates we work together as a team.
Leyton – What does it feel
like shooting a gun?
Shooting at a target ... is what you have
been taught to do. Make a fist and punch
your shoulder hard that is what it feels like.
Jhett – How many different
uniforms do you have?
I have five types of uniform, including
camouflage, and formal suits.
Lara – Do you come home to Australia?
Yes. I look forward to returning to
Australia to see my family and friends
who support me all the time.
Mela – How many medals do you have?
I think I have eight medals, some from my
service in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as my
15 Years Defence Long Service Medal.
Clara – Have you lost any mates?
Yes, unfortunately I have lost some
mates and also had mates hurt physically
and mentally from serving in wars.
Joshua W – What is your job today?
I am a Captain with the Australian Army in the
United Nations and my role is to make sure that
Israel and Syria are not fighting each other.
Shaunak – Will you always be in the Army?
Yes, I will always be in the Army as I
love it. I am very happy in the Army and
have a great time with my mates.
Luca – What is it like being a soldier?
It is good fun being a soldier. I have a real sense
of purpose and belonging to a great team. I
put my uniform on with pride, help people
and do some dangerous things each day.
Maddy – Do you enjoy your job?
Yes, I definitely enjoy my job. It is
the best job in the world!
Joshua R – Did you enjoy school at RGS?
Yes and no as I should have applied myself
more and studied harder. I would have liked
to have played more cricket with my friends.
William – Do you enjoy training in the Army?
Absolutely. Yes, that is how you improve
in your job, by doing lots of training. At
Shoalwater Bay there are over 10,000
people on training exercises.
Ethan – Have you been to war?
Yes, I have been to war in Iraq 2007
and Afghanistan in 2012.
Blake – Did you commemorate Anzac Day?
I participated in a Dawn Service just like you
[did] in Australia. We had a lunch with 20
of our mates, including New Zealanders.
Mitchell – What vehicles can you drive?
I have been trained to drive many different
armoured personal carriers, tanks and
cavalry vehicles with cannons and guns.
Kailey – Do you like Anzac biscuits?
Yes, I love Anzac biscuits and chocolates!
Sanula – Where do you live?
I live in a house with two other people with a
kitchen, dining/lounge room, bedrooms and
bathrooms similar to a house in Rockhampton.
When I am in Australia, I live in Canberra. It is
summer here now, very warm. 32 degrees.
Harley – Did you like being an RGS Cadet?
Yes, I did like being in the cadets. I enjoyed
wearing the uniforms, marching, lessons and
being with friends with similar interests.
Sascha – How many years have
you been in the Army?
I have been in the Australian Army
since 2001 – over 15 years.
Daisy – What food do you eat?
I live in a town in Israel and can go to shops
just like you do in Rockhampton. We
buy and eat whatever food we want.
Jade – Why did you join the Army?
I always wanted to join the Army
from my School days.
Teacher, Mrs Sandra Brady – How
do you keep yourself physically and
mentally fit to cope with your job?
To stay smart and healthy, we do gym
and running sessions as well as always
reading and studying to learn more.
“It was such an honour and privilege to
speak with Captain Keating. He was keen to
share with us his personal experiences and
provided the children an insight to what his
life is like,” said teacher, Sandra Brady.
PROUDLY SERVING: Rockhampton Grammar School Past Student and Australian Army Captain Ed Keating skyped whilst on
deployment with RGS Primary School children, sharing his experiences in the Defense Force and answering all of their questions.
Captain captivates classroom
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