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Sleigh bells rang
The Rockhampton Grammar
School Community got fully
into the Christmas season on
12 November with a three hour
School party that raised spirits and
funds for Emerald-based charity,
Our Rainbow House. Our Rainbow
House runs a school and provides
other services for orphans and
impoverished children on the
outskirts of Lusaka, Zambia.
Elves were on duty handing out
lollies and a line-up of student
and staff musicians and singers
performed ‘Carols in the Frame’.
SANTA’S HELPERS include Emily Haigh,
Isabella Hanson and Grace Shannon.
Dresses designed and created by RGS Year 9
fashion students have been delivered to
Pakistan, brightening the lives of young girls.
Delivered through the Dress a Girl
Around the World organisation, the four
garments were delivered to children in
Toba Tek Singh, an agricultural district in
central Pakistan (Punjab province).
RGS Head of Home Economics Mr Hardy
Manser said not only did the sewing project
create great student outcomes but also
did that little bit to make the world a better
place through the power of education.
RGS Home Economics teacher Mrs Julie Dunlop
said seeing the girls in the dresses bought
tears to her eyes, thinking about the difference
a single dress can make in each of their lives.
“Seeing the photo made the project
real for both myself and my Year 9
students,’’ Mrs Dunlop said.
Dress a Girl Around the World is a campaign
of Hope 4 Women International. Organisers say
the program, in 81 countries, brings dignity
to women and girls all around the world.
SEWING CONNECTIONS: Pakistani
children wearing dresses designed
and made by RGS Year 9 students.
Budding entrepreneurs test products
Fifty Year 9 students presented 20
new products at an Entrepreneurs’ Trade
Display at RGS last term. The Rockhampton
Grammar School students studied business
ownership and developed posters, websites
and brochures for each of their products or
services, which were on display at individual
stalls. Students presented products associated
with virtual reality and agricultural technology.
Rockhampton entrepreneurs and businesses
attended the forum and provided feedback
and advice to entrepreneurs of the future,
who are eager to follow in their footsteps.
Ella Kibblewhite-Claus and Eden Henderson
developed the hidden toothpaste concept with
Ella noting the importance of market research.
“ We quickly learned that presentation and
communication were vital for customers to even
consider looking into our product,’’ Ella said.
Boarders Mitchell Martyn and Henry Gray tapped
into what they know best – the rural industry – in
developing the OG Custom Dry Licks product.
“I t also gave me valuable feedback
on the product, especially if I wanted to
develop this in the future,’’ Mitchell said.
A love of the outdoors and camping was
the incentive for Max Foreman, Timothy
Cookson and Jaden Lim to market
the SAW (Survival Aiding Watch).
“This project was a real eye opener. It made
me realise that with motivation and persistence
we can all become entrepreneurs and make
our dream products a realit y,” Max said.
STEP RIGHT UP: Hannah Hignett (left)
and Lara Roopnarinesingh with visitors
at their product demonstration.
AgForce Queensland General President
Grant Maudsley and Central Queensland
Regional Manager Sharon Purcell are
excited by the number of students
becoming involved in Agriculture at The
Rockhampton Grammar School.
“Agriculture is full of good ideas and
enthusiastic people who can deliver value to the
economy,” said Mr Maudsley, whilst celebrating
National Ag Day at the School’s Port Curtis farm.
Ms Purcell wants students to realise just how
important they are for the future and now.
“I don’t think for five seconds they
entertain the thought that they’re doing
anything special (learning on the propert y)
but they are,’’ Ms Purcell said.
Dusty Lasker’s family works at ‘Morney
Plains’, an S. Kidman & Co. property
bet ween Birdsville and Windorah.
“It’s different to here. It ’s hot and dry. Not
humid, it ’s different land with sandhills,
rocks and dry clay pans,’’ Dusty said.
“Over the holidays I’ll be mustering,
fixing fences and doing bore runs. That’s
what dad’s been talking about.
“I enjoy all the new things we learn
in Ag at RGS like learning about fish.
We don’t have that at home.
“We learn all this complicated stuff and I
got home and tell dad and he’s like okay.”
Rhett Austin’s family runs a cotton
property, ‘Kooroowatha’ in the Theodore
district with irrigating and tractor work on
the schedule for Rhett’s school holidays.
“It ’s actually hard work. But,
it’s also fun,’’ Rhett said.
RGS teacher Mr Hardy Manser said the
School is doing its bit by skilling the next
generation of rural industry operators.
“Our Certificate III in partnership with
AgForce and Northern Skills Alliance is
providing opportunities to learn best practice
for their careers,’’ Mr Manser said.
176 students, or about 20% of RGS
secondary students, will undertake
Agriculture study in 2018.
RGS Year 8 students Rhett Austin and Dusty Lasker join AgForce Qld Central Queensland
Regional Manager Sharon Purcell and AgForce Qld General President Grant Maudsley.
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