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Numbers add up
RGS Senior School students
were successful at the inter-school
Maths Team Challenge in May.
In the Year 12 competition RGS Team 1
(Navindu De Silva, Banuka Ralapanawa,
Pooja Arumugam, Neeve Saw and
Hannah Woods) placed first on 189
points with RGS Team 2 (Callum Lupton,
Novoneela Siddiqui, Laura Purvis,
Shreejal Poudel and Olivia Germann
De -Wet) placing second on 168 points.
In the Year 11 competition RGS Team
1 (James Vandeleur, Antonio Vega-
Garcia, Will Etherington, Abhinav Singh
and Seon Ryan) placed first on 202 points
with RGS Team 2 (Olivia Maynard, Jack
Moran, Harrison Hooper, James Le and
Hudson Curtis) placing third on 161 points,
just behind Heights College on 163 points.
Antonio Vega-Garcia was the overall
winner of the shoot-out competition, winning
the Rex Boggs Mathlete of the Year medal.
Pooja placed third and Navindu fourth.
In the mixed teams event, Navindu De
Silva was a member of the winning team.
RGS teams from Year 5 to Year 10 will
compete in their respective Maths Team
Challenge competitions during Term 3.
Ag Masterchefs a cut above the rest!
Year 11 and Year 12 Agriculture students
tested their beef knowledge in Term 2 when they
competed in the class MasterChef competition.
The students were provided with a
selection of seven unknown cuts of beef.
They then had to name each cut and identify
where they came from on a carcase.
After much discussion and debate MasterChef
produced two winners – Year 11 students
Brody Bashford and Harrison Green.
Fellow Year 11’s Jack Salisbury placed
second and Walter Wilson claimed third place.
The seven cuts of beef were: T-bone,
Oyster blade, Eye fillet, Silverside steaks,
Rump, Scotch fillet and Brisket.
RGS Agriculture teacher Miss Sammy
Cobon said the winners correctly
identified the cuts but still had some
work to do on the location of the cuts.
Miss Cobon said this exercise helped them
to become more familiar with commercial
standards and industry requirements.
“It was hands on and interactive and
the students were really engaged,
especially knowing if they won, they got
to cook up their pick of the meat.”
Pictured from left: Jack Salisbury, Harrison
Green, Brody Bashford and Walter Wilson.
CHARACTER & SCHOLARSHIP
Old ways of learning still count a lot
“Old school” still has many benefits in the
classroom and Rockhampton Grammar School
students are counting on skilled RGS staff to show
them ancient ways of learning new concepts today.
RGS Primary staff were looking to order
replacement abacuses when they were informed
the counting frames were no longer available.
Industrial Design and Technology teacher
aide Nathan Anderson calculated, however,
that he could build the wooden devices.
From an initial prototype Mr Anderson has
produced 24 RGS-branded abacuses to
help students with their Maths. He said he
was privileged to be part of a community
that encouraged the use of his skills to
craft items that aid students’ learning.
“Being able to build something which
also brings joy to students is what really
makes my day meaningful,” he said.
Head of Primar y, Mr Geoff Hadwen,
described the abacus as an essential
learning tool for today ’s classrooms.
“Unfor tunately in this digital age this basic
educational resource has been lost to many
classrooms and is almost impossible to purchase.
Having only one large abacus in the entire
Primary School that travels from room to room
as a teacher resource was ver y frustrating.”
The abacus, a frame with rods on which balls
or beads are moved, was used as a calculating
tool in Europe and Asia centuries before
writ ten Arabic numerals were introduced.
RGS teacher aide Nathan Anderson watches his work at work with Primary students (from left)
Bhavik Bhardwaj (Year 4), Sierra Cheviot (Year 3), Jacob Tripet (Year 3) and Electra Cox (Year 4).
CHARACTER & SCHOLARSHIP
Having a Voice
Year 9 student Harshitha Peddireddy
qualified for the State finals of the Rostrum
Voice of Youth competition after winning
the Junior regional round. Neeve Saw, Ye a r
12, was runner-up in the Senior division.
Fellow RGS students who also spoke
well at the event were Sithmi Konara,
Sansuka De Silva and Max Morrison.
Stand out quizzers
RGS students put their general knowledge
to the test and came out on top at the Rotary
Quiz competition in Rockhampton this past
term. Hosted by Rockhampton North Rotary
Club, the RGS Middle School team (pictured
above) of Jarrod Baccon, Lujaine Hussain
and Jane Brighton won their final against
Heights College while the Senior School team
of Will Etherington, John Thomas and
Geneva Cocks (pictured below) won a tight
final against Rockhampton’s Cathedral College.
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