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Duo shares lessons
on 20 years at School
RGS Staff Kathy Miller and Lorna Graham each celebrate 20 years
continual service at The Rockhampton Grammar School this year
What are your roles at the School?
Kathy: My role at the school is the
Administrative Officer in the Senior School
Office working with Year 11 and 12 students.
I was first employed at RGS in 1974 as the
Headmaster’s Secretar y (for t wo years)
when I moved to Rockhampton as a new
bride to join my husband who worked here.
Lorna: My role at the Rockhampton
Grammar School is a Science Department
Teacher Aide and this involves assisting
the teachers with photocopying exams
and assignments as well as filing students’
work and archiving as required. I also assist
the laborator y technician with cleaning
glassware and restocking the laboratories.
Why did you choose to work at RGS?
Kathy: Because I enjoyed working
here the first time, I was fortunate to
re-commence at Grammar in January
1993 when we returned to live in
Rockhampton (again with my husband’s
work) after living, working and raising a
son and triplet daughters in Brisbane.
Lorna: After raising my three daughters
and turning 50 I felt I needed a change
in my life. A friend suggested that I
consider employment at the Rockhampton
Grammar School. I commenced work on
the 27 January 1993 and am still here.
What do you enjoy most about the work?
Kathy: That every day is different,
interesting and unpredictable, and
everyone is friendly. I enjoy the interaction
with parents and students and seeing
the students develop into respectful
and polite young people throughout
their years in the senior school.
Lorna: I enjoy my work as it keeps my mind
active while I pursue meaningful tasks. Every
day brings a new challenge in a friendly
environment with my Grammar family.
Any memorable moments?
Kathy: Our children being educated at the
school and enjoying the activities they were
involved in during their time at Grammar.
Lorna: The laboratory technician and I
were sneaking some boxes, containing
items which we considered unnecessary,
up to the industrial bin. On our way up
the bottom fell out of one box spilling its
contents everywhere, we were laughing
uncontrollably while keeping an eye out
for Ms Wright – the owner of the items.
When I’m not working at
the school I enjoy?
Kathy: Travelling with my husband
and spending time with him, our
children and grandchildren, and with
friends. I enjoy gardening, sewing,
reading, baking and the Theatre.
Lorna: Outside of work I enjoy spending
time with people who are lonely or unwell
and sharing a coffee with friends.
Any secrets of success for a long
career to share with fellow staff?
Kathy: Always have a positive and
enthusiastic attitude, enjoy what
you do, and have a good working
relationship with staff and students.
Lorna: My secrets of success for a long
career include being reliable and having
respect and compassion for colleagues while
performing my duties. I believe if you start
a job you finish it to save any confusion. I
owe my success to my mentor, Ms Denise
Wright. Denise was the Head of Department
of Science when I commenced work at The
Rockhampton Grammar School. She skilfully
guided and trained me in my position.
There are currently 15 staff at RGS with more
than 20 years of service: Jimmy Houston, 37;
Steve Latham, 33; Pam Drillis, 29; Arthur Kelly,
28; Denise Wright, 28; David Taylor, 27; Mary
Steer, 27; Chris Watts, 24; Gary Weeding,
23; Richard Ruebe, 23; James Deacon, 23;
Graham Bloxsom, 23; Aileen Kelly, 22; Jan
Kennedy, 21; and Joh Sutherland, 20 years.
focus on mental
health in 2013
by Meghan Dunne, Prefect, Year 12
Over a weekend in January many of our
prefects and school leaders travelled
to Brisbane to participate in a Y-Lead
conference, filled with programs designed
to enhance resilience, develop self-
awareness, and promote positive thinking
The main message throughout the
weekend was to focus on the attributes
that make a good leader. We worked in
groups building skills and problem solving
with students from across Queensland.
It was fantastic to meet peers who, like
us, came with the same enthusiasm and
keenness to gather ideas to implement
in our school for the benefit of our cohort
and the entire
It was about
with a team
chose to focus on an issue that is
often underestimated within the
teenage years, and as a result our
leadership theme for 2013 at The
Rockhampton Grammar School will
be Breaking through Mental Health.
Since 1989 Queensland based
Y-Lead has delivered programs to
more than 30,000 students, offering
a range of education and leadership
development experiences that empower
students to use their ideas, talents
and influence to contribute to their
schools and the wider communit y.
60 seconds with...
It was about
to focus on an
issue that is
in the teenage
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