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Past student Keehn takes punt in USA
2006 graduate, Rockhampton s Jamie Keehn has received a full
football scholarship from Louisiana State University and will start
punting for the Tiger gridiron team s 2012 season. Jamie, who
played for Lake Wendouree Australian Rules in Ballarat, makes
the move to Baton Rouge and the high-pro le atmosphere of the
NCAA southeastern conference. He reports for pre-season training and student
induction in the US summer/Australian winter. See Jamie kick on Yo uTube.
PROFILE STUART ROBERT, CLASS OF 1987
Still standing for
Grammar and the right
Member for Fadden (Gold Coast) and Shadow Minister for Defence Science,
Technology and Personnel, Stuart Robert graduated from RGS in 1987. The
41-year-old husband, father of three, and business man -- who lived in Bundaberg
as a teenager -- says that his experience at The Rockhampton Grammar School
strengthened his resolve that parents who often struggle and sacri ce should be
able to send their children to a school of their own choice. The former military
intelligence of cer spoke to Capricornus Quarterly from his of ce in the fastest-
growing federal electorate in the country.
Tell us about your time at RGS.
I recall with enormous pleasure my time at
Rockhampton Grammar. A colleague and
close friend of my parents had sent their
son to RGS, that is how I came here in the
middle of 1985 halfway through Year 10 as
a boarder. I entered into School House and
into Wheatley.... Any success I have had in life
comes back to the great privilege of going
to Rockhampton Grammar and serving in the
military. Both were great foundation stones
when I was young. I look back at my time at
RGS with enormous pleasure and pride. The
School was instrumental in my life and I can
still recite the School song from memory.
What did you enjoy most?
I didn t play rugby.... I did a lot of public
speaking and debating [and] I was head of
the cadets. Those were the real interests
that I had. I always thought that I would either
go into the military or become a lawyer or
a politician. I d always wanted to be in the
defence forces; I loved the outdoors and had
a natural af nity for the military way of life.
There were some outstanding students
and teachers, of course. Warrant Of cer
Second Class Jim Geedrick was the School
Sergeant. He fought in WW2, in Korea with
the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment
(which would be my rst command as a
junior of cer) and he was with the Australian
Army Training Team in Vietnam. I had
great respect for his work and service.
RGS Grammar Global students went to
Vietnam over the summer to work with
people to improve living and education
conditions.... You helped found Watoto
International, in Uganda, to rescue
abandoned babies and children and
care for them, with the idea of raising
a new generation of leaders who can
rebuild their nation. What special
responsibilities do young Australians have
today in terms of global citizenship?
We all need to live our lives cognisant of
community and of a higher purpose. Watoto
has over 2,500 children in our care, one
of the largest non-institutional orphan care
programs in the world. Teams of people
from all over the world come to partner and
contribute to build schools and homes for
house mothers and children, most of whom
have been brought out of some of the most
wretched human conditions into a loving,
family-type environment. These are some of
the most vulnerable children in the world and
we can leave a tremendous legacy for Africa
by loving those children, educating them and
giving them an opportunity to lead their nation.
A lot of teenagers ask you for advice,
especially when you attend local
school functions and ceremonies.
What do you tell them?
Whilst you are at school study hard and learn
to communicate well. Learn how to build your
ideas, debate, construct your arguments, widen
your world view and read widely. Look into art
and philosophy and history. Associate yourself
with intelligent, uplifting, successful people....
You are young. You have the world at your
feet. Set the groundwork for success early by
educating yourself and doing your best. And try
to serve. Find something or someone to serve
and do something to serve your community.
And that will give you a good grounding into
your vocation or trade or university and life.
What do you want to see for the
future of your old School?
A school that has the depth, gravity, history
and future which RGS has can do wonderful
things, for example, with an endowment
from which to pursue capital works. I also
think a major scholarship fund would be
bene cial for the community, too, so RGS can
provide scholarships for [students] to come
to what I think is one of the best schools in
the country. I want to work with the School
to help it achieve goals such as this.
Stuart Robert MP encourages everyone to
support Australian military men and women
serving overseas. You can learn how at www.
RGS s David Taylor commends Stuart on
winning his scholarship to the Australian
Defence Force Academy in 1987. The Captain
of Debating and Oratory, who was also named
Outstanding Boy Boarder of the Year, wrote in
his Captain s Report: Let he who is con dent,
advance; let he who can debate, succeed.
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