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Casey Winning (Wandal)
Started at RGS in Prep
You have been at RGS since Prep.
What are some of your memories?
After 13 years how can I choose one favourite
memory? I don’t know where to start. The RGS
community has been my second family, my
second home, and all that I have known since I
was 4-years-old. I could start by talking about
my first day of Prep where my Mum and I turned
up outside the classroom at about 6.30am
because I was that excited to start. Although
that enthusiasm has somewhat dwindled,
as I don’t think I’ve beaten the bell for the last
couple of years... my love for the School and
coming to school has not waned. I could also
talk about every Primary teacher ever and
about how amazing they were in kickstarting my
development and love for learning. A huge shout
out to Mrs Acutt, Mrs Mehlhose, Mrs Thomson,
Mrs Ruddick, Mrs Whitehead, Mr Thomson, Mr
Kelland and Mr Saunders. I could also tell you
about ever y Primary camp and how amazing
they were. Then I could spill endless stories
about ever y high school teacher I’ve had and
explain how they have impacted me and my life
but we would be here for days. I could also go
on and on about the amazing trips and tours,
to New Zealand and Japan, that I have been on
in my Senior years that were so incredible.
But one of the most rewarding things that I
have done in my Senior year was be a Form
Senior for Prep K (pictured above). No words
could explain how it feels to be able to help
this group of kids in their first year of school
as I am finishing my last. I know exactly how
nerve-racking and exciting it is to start in a huge
school such as RGS and it made it even more
special that they are in the same room that
I started in myself. It seems I have come full
circle in my journey at RGS and I could not be
more happy with every experience I have had.
You have represented RGS in the
wider community. What does it
mean to represent the School?
Throughout my 13 years as a Grammarian I have
represented the School many times in the wider
community. One of my major appearances
while wearing my Red and Black has been in
the role of Master of Ceremonies for a local
ANZAC Day Service for the past six years and
before that participating in the service by way
of singing and poems. It has been an honour to
be asked to take on such a role and has been
a rewarding experience ever y time. I’m always
recognised immediately by my uniform and
approached by all levels of the community.
General members of the public, past students,
Members of Local, State and Federal
Government alike always start the conversation
by saying how striking the RGS uniform is.
This has been a springboard into conversations
about the School, my own future and the
oppor tunities it has given me. So although you’re
complaining about how hot your blazer is on
ANZAC Day and how you think your day dress
isn’t in fashion and your long socks don’t fit your
‘massive’ calves anymore..., remember that
while wearing this uniform, doors are opening
as you are walking so wear it with pride.
Reflecting back on your School days,
what would you do again, or differently?
The Rockhampton Grammar School is
definitely unmatched in its ability to provide its
students with anything that they can imagine,
both academically and with co-curricular
activities. Whilst not regretting any of my
choices, if there was one thing I could change
I would definitely wish that I had more than 24
hours in a day so that I could try the endless
amount of oppor tunities that RGS offers.
Who knows, I might have been the best chess
player, public speaker or football player the
School has ever seen - but I guess now I’ll
have to try these things in the real world.
What else would you like to say?
So as you’ve probably grasped from above...
I LOVE RGS. f I can pass anything on to those
who remain: take every opportunity by the horns
of this big goat and ride it into the sunset. Sign
up for everything you can. Do everything you
think you might like even if none of your friends
are going to do it with you. It doesn’t matter
what people think. Have fun while at school and
make memories as good as mine. Now, off I go
into the real world filled with grown up things
such as taxes, uni bills and parking tickets but
luckily I am armed with everything that RGS has
given me to face whatever comes my way.
Angus Iwers (Springsure)
Started at RGS in Year10
Looking back, how was it starting
boarding in Year 10 at RGS?
Starting at RGS in Year 10 was originally
very daunting as coming from the country
I’d only ever really been at one school so it
was a very big change for me. But I quickly
found a lot of day and boarding friends
through sport and class that have helped
make some extremely strong friendships
What have you enjoyed the most
about your boarding experience?
I think the thing I enjoyed most about boarding
has been the mates I’ve made. Guys that I’ve
been able to make so many memories with
that have made boarding and living away
from home enjoyable. The kind of friendships
I hope to keep up even after school.
What tips do you have for other
students starting School at different
stages during Secondary School?
For anyone starting at Grammar, especially in
Secondary, I think the best thing you can do is
find a sport you like or enjoy. The communities
within every sport here at Grammar are very
welcoming and encouraging which help make
the experience even better. Also put yourself out
there and be social. Boarding is what you make it,
so if you go looking for friends, you will find them
and they’ll probably end up being friendships
that last through your years at Grammar.
What else would you say to new boarders?
You may not realise it at the time but later
on you’ll realise that you’re dorm masters
aren’t out to make your life hard to do heaps
of work. They are trying to make you a better
person in and outside of School and really
do help out and mean the best for you.
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