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Capricornus Quarterly : CQ April 2018
students taking up those opportunities. “If you don’t have a chance to do it, you can think it all you like, but you need the opportunity to have a go at something,’’ Mrs Rundle said. “That’s what Year 7 is all about. Have a go. The worst thing that can happen is you don’t like it and you have a go at something else. “ We all have different skills and we have to concentrate on our strengths.” Mrs Rundle also has the confidence in her students having already witnessed their leadership attributes. At the School Swimming Carnival a student who struggled with swimming, didn’t say he couldn’t sw im in his race. “He said I’ll have a go.” One of the School’s Year 12 students jumped in the water with him to swim the lap of the pool. When the other Year 7 boys finished their race, they turned around to see their classmate was still working his way down the pool. “One of the boys said ‘let’s go’ and they all swam back and walked beside him in the pool and got him to the end. “ We’re better as one because we’re going to swim back and make sure he gets to the end of the race. “ That’s who they are and what they have been show ing me since day one,’’ said Mrs Rundle, still showing the same emotional pride she had poolside at the RGS Swimming Carnival. “ They don’t have to have a title, like School Captain or House Captain, to be a leader. Some kids can get down about something if they are not the best, but it’s really about them being “their” best. You’re not competing with anyone else except yourself. “Find what you’re good at and go with that but don’t become arrogant about that and share the gifts you’ve got. Don’t lose sight of everybody being on your radar. It all comes back to being better as one.” At the end of Semester 1, the Year 7 Showcase, organised by the students, will capture the essence of Year 7 for visiting parents and family members. “I want to give them the opportunity to organise and I want to walk beside them, not walk in front of them,’’ Mrs Rundle said. Year 7 students might be the younger students in the Secondary School but they still have a lot to offer the entire School. “ Their energy is amazing. They bring this sense of innocence because they want to try everything. At the start of 2018 RGS Year 7 students were presented with the statement Anything is Possible. Here are just some examples of how the students responded, each with their own journey and own goals to reach. I want to get good marks. I hope I can be the best version of myself possible. I started taking drum lessons because my dad was a drummer and I want to drum like him. I hope that I become the top young guns champion steer rider. I want to not procrastinate and get to the next level in netball. I want to get a good place at the Dance Eisteddfod. I want to play rugby union like my Uncle Jack. I want to learn something. I want to achieve higher grades, make friends and have fun. I want to write a book. I want to be successful in life. I want to make more friends. I want to be a better helper around the farm. I would like to be confident with my school work. I want to become fit and make up an ice cream or block flavour. I want to take up all the opportunities I am getting. IwanttogetatleastaBinHPE. I want to catch a Barramundi and learn lots. I want to try special new things and make new friends. I want to get all my hard homework done. I want to play my first game of basketball. Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture Book By Kevin Del Aquila Original Music and Lyrics by George Noriega & Joel Someillan Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia). All per formance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia. THE ROCKHAMPTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL PRODUCTION OF Mrs Sally James’ Year 7’s class created this We’re Better As One poster.
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