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Showcasing Yr 7
More than 150 parents, grandparents, carers
and family members took selfies and attended
the 29 June annual Year 7 Showcase, with
students opening up their classrooms to
visitors who learned about school projects,
spoke to classmates and met with teachers and
other RGS educators. A drama performance,
musical showcases – even Head of Year 7
Mrs Rundle got in on the act, and a Japanese-
speaking demonstration also featured.
Author Aleesah Darlison joins students Alexis Rogers and Annie Morrison. Photo: RACHAEL McDONALD
Sharing strategies for storytelling
Primary students received a creative writing
boost in Term 2 after being inspired by a visit from
award winning children’s author Aleesah Darlison.
The Sunshine Coast-based author conducted
a workshop with Year 3 and Year 5 students
to help them discover new strategies for
exciting story telling. Teaching others to write
is all about being an author for Darlison.
“ If you have books you want to share those stories,
but from that comes this need for children and adults
to learn how to write their own stories,’’ Darlison said.
Year 3s tapped into finding writing ideas all
around them while the Year 5s worked on writing
Darlison, the author of over 40 books including the
Unicorn Riders and Little Witch series’ and Our Class
Tiger, said writing ideas are all around students.
“ They just have to look at their life, their
memories, their families, what’s happening
at school and build that in,’’ she said.
Children can also learn how to write with their five
senses – sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.
“They can bring all those different senses
into their writing and push themselves
that extra step,’’ Darlison said.
Year 5 student Holly Kitchen discovered
opportunities to build on her writing skills.
“We found out how to describe people
with many different words and other areas
to improve my writing,’’ Holly said.
Classmate Kathleen Nguyen said it was
“cool” to discover how to use better words in her
writing and also have fun while she was writing.
It was not only the students benefitting from
the visit but also their teacher Mr James Har th,
who is currently teaching a narrative unit.
“Aleesha taught them more language
development and in using their senses to see
how the character is feeling, what they might be
doing, what they might be hearing,’’ said Mr Harth,
who also became a student during the session.
“ I’ve been teaching now for five years
and I’m always learning. It also helps me
to continue to grow as a teacher.”
In an age of growing amounts of time in front
of computer screens Darlison is a strong
advocate for writing and reading skills.
“There’s a lot less time spent on writing and
reading. Children just want to sit on a screen.
They can get that satisfaction of life from
writing stories as well,’’ Darlison said.
“ Using that imagination when it flows for
them it’s a brilliant thing. We have to work
hard to get them back to the page.
“Read to them from a very early age. Have
books all around the house. Go to the librar y
and borrow books. Anytime an author is
in their vicinity go to the workshop.
“ Make books and writing seem
interesting. Find what interests them.
“ If they can’t read and write they can’t
read the maths questions, they can’t read
the science questions, they can’t read
the signs in their computer games.
“Writing and reading runs
through every thing we do.”
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Pros step up performances
RGS Dance students, working with
a teaching artist from the Queensland
Ballet, learned to trust one another
as they enhanced a contemporary
routine in June that they will perform
later in the year. Exper ts from the
Sydney Dance Company (pictured)
also instructed and coached Year
12s in the School’s studios.
“To work with these amazing
dancers from Australia’s leading
contemporary dance company was
something the students will always
remember, especially the chance
to learn choreography of such a
professional standard,’’ said RGS
Head of Dance Michael Rober tson.
RGS Dance/Drama students also
performed “Razzle Dazzle” in Term
2, por traying their study of musical
theatre and investigating the genre’s
roots, history and varying style.
“The quality of work produced
reflected not only the talent of the
students, but their hard work and
dedication throughout the term,
combining their knowledge and
skills to work together to create
some outstanding solo and group
pieces,’’ Mr Robertson said.
Cattle team shines
Beef Australia 2018 was the
highlight for team members
on the show circuit.
Isabella Hanson, Lucy Prentice,
Marshall Leeson and Lachlan
Collins won the Schools team judging
competition in a field of 43 teams.
Placing fifth was the RGS team of
Grady Hansen, Hayden Hanson,
Will Tyson and Mackenzie Leeson.
In commercial judging at CQLX
Lauren Corr placed third and
Lucy Neubecker fourth in the
12 and under 15 class while
Mackenzie Leeson placed fourth
in the 15 and under 18 class.
Junior parading classes
at Beef attracted over 100
entries in each age class.
Lucy Prentice placed second
in the 13 and 14 years class and
Isabella Hanson placed third in
the 15 years. Finalists were Ryan
Dillon (12 years and under) and
Lachlan Collins (15 years).
RGS students also competed in the
junior judging with Isabella Hanson
placing third in her class and Joe
Connor scoring a top 10 place.
RGS was strongly represented at
Beef, representing 18.5% of the 3500
students visiting the triennial expo.
The RGS Show Cattle team was also
busy on the Central Queensland Show
circuit competing at Rockhampton,
Yeppoon, Ridgelands, Marlborough
and Mt Larcom Shows. Students
received placings in all shows.
At the Rockhampton Show, RGS won
the School Champions title with Lucy
Prentice being named Champion
Parader. Placing first in their age
categories were Alex Appleton (12
years), Lucy Prentice (13 yea rs)
and Meg Ingram (14 years).
In Junior Stud Judging, winners
were Grady Hansen (17 years) and
Mackenzie Leeson (16 years).
In Junior Commercial Judging
Marshall Leeson placed
1st in the 14 years class.
Several RGS Show Cattle team
members will also compete
at the Ekka in August.
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