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Dr Phillip Moulds
We explore decision making in this issue of CQ, especially
the decision making processes that young people endure
as they mature through Middle to Senior School.
Research shows that one of the major influences on a young person’s
decision making during that period of grow th is his or her friends.
Their ability to develop a strong character and healthy friendships
depends on a teen’s self-identity, self-esteem, and self-reliance.
It’s a time in their lives when young people want to feel connected
but independent; when they become proud and confident of their
unique characteristics and abilities yet still want to fit in.
It’s a time when the opinions of an adolescent ’s peers can, and usually
do, carry more weight than that of a parent, teacher or another adult.
These are some of the reasons why The
Rockhampton Grammar School emphasizes
Habits of Mind within our Learning and
Teaching with ideas such as Applying Past
Knowledge to New Situations, Managing
Impulsivity, Taking Responsible Risks,
Thinking Interdependently, Gathering Data
through all Senses, and Metacognition.
We believe these Habits and School
initiatives on healthy relationships
and personal development as well as our Outdoor Education program,
provide our students with a grounding in good-decision making.
Our practice then, through our partnerships with engaged parents,
highly skilled teaching staff and caring pastoral staff, is to work together
to mobilise our students’ energy, enable them to perform to their
best and encourage within and among them healthy behaviour.
Together we share a responsibility, to act as positive role models
and to listen to, accept, and understand the frustrations, challenges,
blessing and concerns associated with being an adolescent.
Theodore Roosevelt said, “In any moment of decision the best
thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the
wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
As we take time out for Christmas and New Year, let’s consider doing
something to learn more about our children – whether they’re 6 or
16 – and their friends. Their hopes, their aspiration, their fears...
It could be the best decision we make.
I wish you and you family the best for a happy and healthy 2013.
4 Briefly speaking
Scholarship and Leadership lead the
news, in addition to more information
to keep you up-to-date
8 Flat out
Year 3 students clock-up tens of
thousands of kilometres and make
new friends all over the world.
9 Millie remembered
RGS’s beloved dog had a personality all
her own which she shared with everyone
10 Risky business
Research confirms adolescents’ vulnerability
to risks and recklessness comes naturally
12 Picture the future
Lorin Nicholson encourages students to
view the possibilities within themselves
13 What about me?
Deputy Headmaster Arthur Kelly reports on
the Year 9 Personal Development Programme
14 Sportsman and
Former RGS students and teacher Dave Daniels
comes back to the School “he needed”
16 RGS Sport Highlights
18 RGS Photo Album
On the cover: Year 9 students test themselves
during their Personal Development Programme.
Volume 29, No 4, December 2012
The Rockhampton Grammar School takes seriously the challenge of preparing students for today’s world. We treat each
student as a whole person through a balance of academic, sporting, co -curricular and social activities. Our School motto is
Macte Virtute et Litteris or Grow in Character and Scholarship.
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Every opportunity. Every student. Every day.
Our practice... is to work
together to mobilise our
st udent s’ energ y, enable
them to perform to their
best and encourage
within and among them
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