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Learning from a skilled employer
Year 12 boarder Kye Geall (pictured) gained
benefits this term from his involvement in the
School-based apprenticeship programme.
Kye, from Biloela, has secured a
boilermaker apprenticeship with
Rockhampton’s Pierce Engineering.
The opportunity arose after Kye completed
two weeks of work experience at Pierce
Engineering which then led to the school-
based apprenticeship in Certificate III in
Engineering – Fabrication Trade (Boilermaker).
RGS Head of Vocational Education Mr Stephen
Brady said a Rockhampton Grammar School-
based apprentice undertakes a combination
of secondary school subjects, paid work as
an apprentice in the workforce and vocational
training at TAFE, both on and off the job.
“ The apprenticeship allows the student
to gain credit for skills gained in the school-
based portion of the apprenticeship when
they convert to the full time apprenticeship
upon leaving school,’’ Mr Brady said.
Pierce Engineering have supported
the school with both Work Experience
placements and School based apprenticeship
placements over a number of years.
Local Year 1 students,
inspired by artist
“Robots” art. Girls
and boys used wax
crayon resist and
water colour methods
as well as oil pastels to
The students were
consider the visual
and cool colours
Their artwork was
displayed in the Foyer
of the School’s Islay
Lee Learning Centre.
RGS Year 10
Vandeleur was one
of 48 students from
to participate in
the highly selective
Physics Olympiad at
the University of Queensland. Surrounded by peers
with a keen interest in science and mathematics,
James attended the five- day programme which
aimed to further develop problem solving skills
as well as an appreciation and understanding of
Physics. Students also had the opportunity to
participate in forums with University of Queensland
researchers on topics such as quantum
physics, special relativity and cosmology.
RGS students have
excelled in local Opti-
challenges held across
and Social Science
teams, consisting of
Years 10-12 students both won division three while
the Year 7-9 Social Science team, competing in
division two, won the Spirit of Opti-MINDS award
against all other competing teams. RGS Teacher
Mrs Sam Meager said the competition was all
about empowering students to think, create
and communicate. “Opti-MINDS is all about
utilising individual differences while working in
a team environment“ Mrs Meager said. Winning
teams were scheduled to attend the State/
National competition in Brisbane in October.
Award honours her community spirit
RGS Year 12 student Elizabeth Clarke
was one of just 12 Queenslanders to receive
an Order of Australia Association Secondary
Schools Citizenship Award for 2017.
The award is in recognition of Elizabeth’s
service to the School and the community.
“ The award is really humbling and is pushing
me to ask myself that what I’m doing at the
moment is the most I can do,’’ said Elizabeth.
“If your little bit is inspiring your friends to do
more and participate in more and go to a couple
of school or community events just once or
twice then that ’s a little bit you’ve contributed.”
Elizabeth has been a strong contributor to the
arts in school musicals, music and oratory.
“I think you’re obliged to give back
in some way if you can. Whether it’s
on a Saturday or Sunday or later after
School, it ’s the least thing I can do.
“ We just need to give that little bit back
and if that little bit is just involving yourself in
any thing you can that’s all I can really do.”
RGS Headmaster Dr Phillip Moulds
said Elizabeth had not only been a
great orator and performer but also
excelled in soft leadership skills.
“I t ’s what Elizabeth does when people are
not looking like helping younger students
at the school, collaborating with others
for a better outcome and working with
others to help them achieve their goals,
as well as her own,’’ Dr Moulds said
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