Home' Capricornus Quarterly : CQ Dec 2017 Jan 2018 Contents ROARING GOOD TIMES: RGS students on the second day of their
excursion, at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo.
3000 k’s + 10 days = Lifetime memories
80 Rockhampton Grammar School Year 6 students and staff were on the road in November, participating
in the School’s annual Rockhampton to Canberra bus trip. With stops in Theodore, Miles, Moree, Dubbo,
Forbes, Boorowa, Cooma, Jindabyne, Carinya, Thredbo, Mt Kosciusko (at minus 4) and Canberra
they travelled more than 3000 kilometres, learned about government, science and the environment
as well as challenged themselves physically. “They came home exhausted, but more confident and
mature and ready to take on high school next year,” said RGS Head of Primary, Geoff Hadwen.
Abbey Miers, Tom Pownall and
Jonathan Edwards discuss their
Year 9 Careers Day learnings.
More places for RGS students
RGS has expanded Year 6 2018 to four
classes, from three, due to increased demand
for student places from the community.
“ We are certainly seeing more activity
and interest. It comes down to the quality
of education RGS provides and values that
parents are increasingly placing on the
opportunities we provide through our extensive
academic, sport and cultural programmes,”
said Headmaster Dr Phillip Moulds.
Boarding, too, has been opened to Year 6
children, giving families an opportunity to start
a year earlier than customary at Grammar.
“That one year head-start, in terms of
sport, schoolwork and socialising, can
make a significant difference in a girl or
boy’s development. For some families
it is a good option,” said RGS Director
of Boarding, Mr Stewart Norford.
“Some parents are choosing Year 6 as
their entry to Rockhampton Grammar as a
transition year to high school and they like the
gender balance we have in Primary among
classroom teachers ,” explained Dr Moulds.
(40% of RGS Primary teachers are male.)
In addition, enrolments in Prep 2018 are
approximately 25% higher than in 2017.
More than 200 new students will enrol at the
start of Term 1 2018. Student to staff ratios,
however, remain approximately 11 to 1.
The School has also made permanent in 2017
its private bus service to and from Emu Park and
Yeppoon, which it had been trialling since 2015.
“It ’s a safe alternative and some 65
families are using it; some every day and
others two or three times a week.”
Year 9 Careers Day
In the final week of 2018 RGS Year 9
students were thinking about a range of
new information presented to them on both
future careers oppor tunities and what to
expect next year in the Senior School.
Students attended information sessions
in the RGS Auditorium with guest speakers
to the School, which included RGS past
students police officer Peter Coonan
(RGS 2006), hospitality and tourism
ambassador Zac Garven (RGS 2001) and
engineer Matthew Dennis (RGS 2009).
Year 9 students also visited CQUniversit y.
Abbey Miers said the session made
her feel more comfortable about entering
Senior School and looking at the multiple
career options they can choose from.
“It ’s kind of scary but also comforting
knowing that we’ll have something
out there for us,’’ Abbey said.
Jonathan Edwards enjoyed
the tour of CQUniversit y.
“It really opened my eyes to the
opportunities we can do career wise. It
was pret t y amazing,’’ Jonathan said.
The Year 9 Careers Day, coordinated by
Mrs Pam Hadwen, helped Tom Pownall gain
a clearer understanding of what he could
do when he finishes school, and he also
learned more about Gap year options.
“ The tour of the universit y also helped me
see what is available there,’’ Tom said.
Grand time for Graham as RGS celebrates School stalwart
Students and the staff of The Rockhampton
Grammar School gave a rousing rendition of
the School song to long-time staff member and
RGS stalwar t Graham Bloxsom (centre), who has
resigned after 27 years of service to the School.
“Blocko simply makes and has made RGS
better. Even though there is nothing simple
about what he does or how he works,”
announced Headmaster Dr Phillip Moulds.
As a sports coach, boarding staff member,
groundsman and farmhand, Graham Bloxsom
worked in every corner of RGS at all hours
of the day and night to support students.
“I think there are good lessons to learn
from him about loyalty, hard work and
compassion – three characteristics which
help to define good people and good work,”
said Dr Moulds at a farewell Assembly.
Referring to himself as “Old Bones” Graham
accepted a gift of a tree from the School, which
will be planted on campus as a tribute to him.
“Blocko is a champion of RGS and a champion
of you, students and staff,” they were told as
they stood and applauded Mr Bloxsom.
“There are so many of you who shake my hand,
slap my back or give a friendly hug,” Mr Bloxsom
said, addressing the
“It has been a
pleasure to receive
your friendship over
the duration of my
A GRAMMARIAN FOREVER: Rockhampton Grammar School Leaders Ged Moriarty, Meg Wilson,
Elizabeth Clarke, and Mason Henderson with much-loved RGS staff member, Graham Bloxsom.
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