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Making policy, taking action
RGS Year 4 students
gained an insight into Local
during a visit to Rockhampton
Regional Council in Term 1.
The students (who met Mayor
Strelow, pictured) were studying
government, with a focus on local
government services which include
the library, pools, sports, arts
and pet management. RGS Year 4
teacher Mrs Sonya Whitehead said
they also learn about the differences
between a rule and a law, and the
reasons why laws were created.
“ We relate this to ‘rules’ at school
being mainly for organisational
purposes, safety and inclusivity,’’
Mrs Whitehead said.
“ Whereas laws can also be safety,
ethically or morally orientated.”
During the visit students
participated in a mock sitting of
local government where they had
to make a decision on whether a
skate park should be built on the
RGS bottom oval. Of course, it was
a hypothetical example, but it was
still hotly debated by the students.
Innes Brennan said he really
enjoyed the council visit.
“We learnt about a lot of things that
the council does around our town,
like looking after the library, our local
parks and the amount of people they
employ. I was lucky enough to sit at
the council chambers as well and
vote on a new skate park. I voted a
great big yes for a skate park to be
built on the oval at The Rockhampton
Grammar School because it would
be a lot of fun to skate at school.”
Lara Farmer liked sitting behind
the large table in the chamber.
“I got to be Councillor Rose
Swadling and voted on whether The
Rockhampton Grammar School
should get a skate park. I voted no
because it would be very dangerous
and it would take up most of the
oval so we wouldn’t be able to play
other games there anymore.
Australia Day honourees
Michael Evans (RGS ‘58)
has been awarded an Order
of Australia Medal (OAM) for
service to the community.
“I owe my parents a great debt of
gratitude for sending me to RGS
from 1956 to 1958,’’ Mr Evans said.
“It was at the School where
I was inspired by the staff to
take up the many challenges
and achieve my goals through
determination to succeed.”
Mr Evans said his Headmaster,
Fitzroy Jardine, was inspirational.
“He showed us that discipline
was the key factor in this process.
I have never forgotten the School
Motto, Macte Virtute Et Litteris”.
Mr Evans, now based in Brisbane,
was a trustee of Queensland
Performing Arts and on the
organising committee responsible
for the planning of Expo 88 Festival
Stage. He was the Founding Director
of The Lyric Opera Company, too.
Mr Evans was also President
of the Rotary Club of Brisbane
Mid-City (2016-2017) and is
closely associated with Cruise
Port International Director and
His work has spanned the
Queensland countryside which
included committee work on
the Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Mr
Evans was also aprominentfigure
in the National Party of Australia
Queensland, and Australian
Country Party Queensland, and
was a Principal and Chorus Member
with the Queensland Light Opera
Company from 1968 to 1977.
RGS Past Students were
also recognised in the
Rockhampton Regional Council
Australia Day honours.
A pioneer of CQUniversity,
Emeritus Professor Errol Payne
(RGS ’61) also an Honorary Life
Member of the Royal Australian
Chemistry Institute, was named
Rockhampton Citizen of the
Year for his commitment to
education in the community.
Professor Payne started his
university education commitment
in 1967 as an assistant chemistry
lecturer at the then fledgling
Queensland Institute of Technology
(Capricornia), initially located in the
Bolsover Street TAFE building.
Blake Moore (RGS ‘17)
was named young citizen of
the year for his contributions
to the Rockhampton Touch
If you have further RGS past
student Australia Day honours to
share with the School please email
Picture: RGS 1958 Prefects: (Back
Row) R Smith, J McDougall, S. Ruskin;
(Centre Row) R. Powe, J. Tadman,
B. Purdie, J. Window, C. Mann, A.
Diamond; (Front Row) R. Bredhauer,
M. Evans, R. Barraclough (Senior
Prefect), Mr F Jardine (Headmaster),
R. Westmoreland, K. Goody.
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