Home' Capricornus Quarterly : CQ Dec 2018 Jan 2019 Contents I was recently at a meeting with some business people in a small glass-encased
conference room in Brisbane and was asked, “What does your school teach?”
What a deceptively simple but profound question.
I could have provided a litany of courses, from Agriculture to Dance to
Psychology but stopped myself. Because we don’t teach subjects at RGS.
We teach children.
Of course, I am not the first person
or school to think or say that.
Nonetheless, it is important to
state it: We teach children.
What is our role, as educators, really?
It is not about getting
students prepared for
universit y or training or jobs, though that is part of it.
It is about inviting and nurturing girls and boys to think more
deeply about things and to care more about life.
It is easy at this time of year, especially as Year 12 results are released and
year- end reports are distributed, to get distracted by grades. I understand that
and believe that everyone should strive for academic excellence, but achieving
for the sake of a VHA or a high OP outcome on its own has limited value.
At RGS, of course, there is a focus on academics, literacy, numeracy and
developing fundamental understandings about the world; there is also an equal
emphasis on students’ mental and physical well -being, sport, the Arts and their
service to each other and the community. All of that, and more, is commendable.
Underlying all that, is the teaching of problem -solving and learning
about personal and community values, reasoning, ourselves
and our relationships with the world and the people in it.
Many schools are rightly proud of what their students know, and show.
But are we, parents and teachers, educating our children for the unknown?
At RGS we are. Unlike OP results, however, it is hard to quantify.
In seeing, talking and working with our students, teachers and parents, I
know that most RGS children value perseverance and celebrate success.
They see most challenges as learning opportunities, not endless frustrations.
Their sense of social responsibility awakens as they mature and increasingly
appreciate fairness and justice. Their capacity to actively ask questions,
communicate honestly and construct their own education increases year after
year. We see this growth in their character and scholarship, a little each day.
So to address that question, once more: What do you teach?
We, parents and teachers, teach children. In doing so we equally
learn about ourselves and our understanding of each other is
enhanced and enriched, and that benefits everyone.
Dr Phillip Moulds
Volume 34 No. 4 Dec. 18/Jan. 19
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COVER: Pictured in Memorial Assembly Hall are OP1 recipients
(in the half circle, from left to right): Beatrice Torres, Banuka
Ralapanawa, Hannah Woods, Annabel Flockhart, Olivia
Germann-De Wet, Pooja Arumugam (Dux), Hamsika
Bontula and Novoneela Siddiqui. Neeve Saw is just to the
left of the huddle. Also pictured are Navindu De Silva (Runner
Up Dux, top left photo square), Laura Purvis (far left photo
square) and Meilabella Nezic-Moon (near left photo square).
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CHARACTER, SCHOLARSHIP AND COMMUNITY
5 OP Outcomes lead the
region, plus News Briefs:
Exhausting and exquisite designs, Duxes
awarded, enhanced parenting tools and
more. Plus a Past Student’s Cricket in
Malawi and what Azmee learned in Fiji.
12 The reviews are in
Headmaster Dr Phillip Moulds reports on Parent
Survey outcomes and new projects for 2019.
14 Writing words their way
Studying and using new words to write
with confidence and ease in Year 6.
16 Reflecting on the way we were
Students at crossroads share their memories
of RGS. (Continues on Page 18)
19 Well-executed ideas
hold up to STEAMing
Students waste no time in this follow-
up story on Science, Technology,
Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.
CHARACTER AND SCHOLARSHIP
20 Home grown pride
It doesn’t matter if it was the egg or
the chicken that came first; they both
enhance the RGS Agriculture brand.
CHARACTER AND SCHOLARSHIP
21 Interest sprouts in the garden
What’s Stephanie Alexander doing at RGS?
22 RGS Sports briefs and
24 RGS Photo Album
26 A changing game
Two former NRL players talk about the
School’s partnership with the Cowboys
and talent spotting at RGS.
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