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We are very proud of our students
and whatever their experience and for
however long they are here, they are
- - and always will be -- Grammarians.
Q: Has the Grammar student, in all the years
since you have been here, changed?
A: Definitely. The rough and tumble
characteristics of the School have passed. It is a
much more diverse, cultured and dignified place.
Having said that, it can still be tough on the
netball courts or rugby fields; there is no doubt
about that. Students today are much better
prepared. They are much more worldly but some
things have not changed. School House goes
back to the 1880’s. The top oval hasn’t changed
much. The bottom oval was the side of a hill. It
took years to excavate and make the oval what
it is today. When I talk to Old Boys from the 50s
and 60s they say, ‘I wish I was at School now’.
Q: Malcolm Hewitson was the Headmaster
at the time you first came here.
A: Yes for the first two or three years until
Arthur Butler arrived at the School. Arthur
was a fantastic Headmaster who was a leader
in the classroom and the sporting fields.
(Principals had different roles then). There
was a teacher Kerry Bendall. He was a lot of
fun and a good teacher. Rom Hayes was a
bit of a disciplinarian, but he was a wonderful
teacher who taught us a lot. Rod Deeth and
Martin Linnane were also great teachers.
Boys being boys at 12 or 14, we had our
way of winding up teachers. We knew
their buttons and how to push them. I
dare say it’s not much different now.
Q: I interviewed past student Dr Hillary Mercer
a few years ago and he told me about being
lined up outside the dining hall to get ‘scrape’.
What are your food memories of school?
A: Yeah, not good. Scrape was probably made
at breakfast. It was white bread, butter and
vegemite then put on a tray, covered with a
couple of tea towels and you would have it at
little lunch. By then it was dry, stale, with a
few flies hanging around. But it was food.
Q: Who did you bunk with?
A: When I started boarding in Year 7, it was
an open dorm and there were about 30 or
so kids in the one open room, so you bunked
with everyone. That continued until the end
of Year 10 when I left as a boarder and then
came as a day student for Years 11 and 12.
Q: The Board has upcoming vacancies
as four-year mandated appointments
expire. How are they filled?
A: The Board has seven positions. Three are
elected and this process was completed earlier
in the year. Four are appointed through a
Queensland government process. When positions
become available, the Board looks at a skills
matrix as to the style, type of person and skills
base we are looking for. With the appointments,
there is an active process to identify people,
engage and see if they are interested. If they are
prepared to consider a nomination, these are
put to the Queensland Minister of Education.
The Minister goes through a checks-and-
balances process and the Minister makes a
decision for positions. Professor Lee de Milia
has been recently appointed to the Board by
the Minister to fill a casual vacancy and he will
be a very valuable addition to our governance.
Q: 2018 brings new Trustees to the table. What
sort of long term plans will they consider?
A: An example is Rugby Park as part of
our ‘intermediate’ master planning. We will
work with Council on plans to improve the
infrastructure there. Longer term, the School
may develop plans to own a rural property –
cattle, grain or other agricultural skills based.
Given the price of land, it would be expensive and
quality land nearby is hard to come by. Perhaps
someone in the rural industry will be like Robert
Mackay Brown, who bequeathed Ritamada to
RGS in 1971, and provide their School with a
unique learning environment. A rural property
would be an enduring educational asset for the
School. It would be a major strategic step and
a leap forward in the types of experiences we
could make available to our School community.
Other long term plans will of course
include education outcomes, our
financial viability, teacher quality and
how best to future proof the School.
You can contact Mr Brad Beasley
“Other long term plans will of course include
education outcomes, our financial viability, teacher
quality and how best to future proof the School.”
Left: From the School’s 1975 magazine.
Mr Brad Beasley’s association with The Rockhampton
Grammar School spans nearly 50 years.
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