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You come from an RGS family ?
My Uncle went to RGS back in the early
1960s; however, my main association
with the School began in 1991 when
my eldest brother Andray started as a
Year 8 boarder. Andray was followed
by my brother David, sister Regina
and then myself. I graduated in 2002.
I still remember the very rst speech
night when I was 6 years old...
Take us back to when you were here.
I loved going to RGS. I enjoyed boarding
with all my friends. We all had so much
fun together going to sporting events,
school dances and just mucking around
in the dorm. Some of my best friends
now are my boarder friends. I [loved]
touch football, cross country, athletics,
soccer, musicals... I dreaded exams, but
probably moreso the QCS test. You just
didn t know what to expect. Also, I never
enjoyed doing prep in T-block; much
preferred to do prep in the dormitories.
An unforgettable moment at
Grammar was when I received the
Outstanding School Spirit and Achievement
Award at Speech Night in Year 12.
I m really proud of the School.
I m glad I m part of its history.
Tell us about the RGS staff
who helped shaped you.
When my brothers were going to school
I always loved hearing about all of the
quirky teachers: Mrs Williams (History),
Mr Woo (Computers), Mr Houston
(Maths B), Mr Lovell (Maths B). I
always hoped I would get the teachers
my brothers had. Mr Terry Badman
had a massive impact on me as he was
the Chemistry teacher and helped me
enjoy the subject. He also taught us
university chemistry which gave me
con dence to go off to university. Pam
Drillis also gave me life skills through
Home Economics. It was a nice break
from the science subjects and taught
me a lot about diet reactions -- very
important for vitamin supplementation.
Why did you choose a healthcare career?
I decided to do pharmacy when I was
at School but I didn t think I would
get into the course. I received an OP 1
which made the decision even harder
because I could enter into any university
course. I wanted to work as a health
professional that could work rurally and
Pharmacy allowed me to achieve that
goal. Running a small business is very
different to what I imagined and I ve
de nitely had to grow and adapt as the
business has grown. It s been a great
learning experience. When the workload
is challenging I always remind myself
what drives me: running a professional
pharmacy service for the town of Biloela.
Why would you encourage a career in
Being a health professional allows you
to use biology, chemistry and physics
every day. Each health professional
has their own role to play within
the health sector. You have to want
to help people to improve their
life, educate people and help them
make changes to their lifestyle.
If you prefer to study science become a
researcher. Australia is world renowned
for researchers and they have a huge part
of play. You need to decide how much
people-contact you want each day.
What do you do away from work?
My passion is sport. At university
I tried my hand at lots of sports
including rowing (I didn t at Grammar
unfortunately; I should have but didn t
think I would enjoy it). Now I participate
in local triathlons and would like to
tackle Noosa Triathlon this year. I
love travelling and have spent time in
South America, Africa, Europe, Fiji,
Canada and more recently the USA.
My greatest travel achievements include
reaching the top of Kilimanjaro (with
the Australian Youth Development
Programme) and trekking the Inca
Trail in Maccu Picchu. One day I
would love to speak uent Spanish. I
love working on properties with cattle
and horses -- not much of a mechanic
though. My partner is; he s a diesel
tter for Hitachi at the Callide Mine.
Biloela-born and Capella-raised RGS Past Student Naomi Bath, who
went away to university, now calls Biloela home again. The 27-year-old
pharmacist, who "wishes time would slow down", recalls her time at
School and the subjects, people and experiences that in uenced her
decision to return to the bush and concentrate on rural health care.
PROFILE NAOMI BATH, CLASS OF 2002
Naomi graduated from the University of
Queensland with a Bachelor of Pharmacy.
She is the owner/manager pharmacist
of the Biloela Discount Chemist
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