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lead on League field
Former Rockhampton Grammar School
Captain Stephen Coombe has stepped up
to captaincy duties for this year’s Brisbane
Broncos Toyota Cup under-20s team.
Stephen (2010) returned home on 23
February with the Broncos under-20s
team posting a 26-20 win over the Central
Queensland Capras at Browne Park.
“I was asked if I wanted the job and I was
more than happy to accept,’’ Stephen said.
The 19-year- old said his team mates
were looking to him as an ‘old hand’ as he
prepares for his third season of Toyota Cup.
They are looking for a much improved
performance in 2013 having finished
out of the top eight teams in 2012.
“ You’re only as good as your
last game and you’re always living
with the pressure to perform.”
With new players and new coaching staff,
Stephen – who is studying a Bachelor
of Exercise Science (QUT) – said there
is a good feeling about the team.
The ‘old-hand’ is aspiring for an
NRL pre-season at the end 2013.
“This is my last year with the under-
20s and I need to step up and have
a good year,’’ Stephen said.
Past student updates!
• Claudia Jones (2011) has gained
selection in the Queensland 19
years and under netball team to
contest the National championships
in Darwin from 8-13 April.
• Jamie Keehn (2006) continues
to leave his mark on an emerging
American football career. The
23-year- old freshman backup punter
was called into Louisiana State
University’s team for their final game
of the season. The 2013 US football
season kicks off in late August.
If you have any news to share on
RGS past students, from news in the
workplace to celebrations, weddings
and baby announcements please
contact Rachael McDonald at
Past Students News
The topography of Year 7 at The
Rockhampton Grammar School is
undergoing significant change as we
prepare Year 7’s move from Primary
to Secondary School in 2015. We are
restructuring this Year level, which is a big
transition year for these boys and girls,
intellectually, physically and emotionally.
The actual landscape will alter as we
relocate all seven Year 7 classes to a newly
constructed building, purposefully designed
to suit their learning requirements.
The metaphorical landscape is reshaped
too. A new, unique, Year 7 teaching model
will minimise the number of teachers who
engage with students and, at the same time,
introduce specialist-trained educators. These
changes will move the students beyond the
‘single teacher’ Primary classroom model.
Young adolescents are in a major
life transition with many questions and
concerns about themselves and their world.
Imagination and curiosity are in high gear.
Fairness and justice appear on their radar.
The professionals teaching Year 7 in 2015
are intrigued and energised by these young
adolescents. They are open to new curriculum
and different teaching approaches. They
believe Year 7 education is an adventure
worth having. They are teachers who see
themselves as not only advocates, but
champions, for Year 7 boys and girls.
They will work collaboratively to provide an
environment in which everyone flourishes.
Additionally, each student will be a member
of a Form Class with its own classroom.
The majority of lessons will take place in
that Form classroom with students only
travelling to other rooms for subjects that
require specialist equipment (such as Physical
Education and Design Technology).
The Form Teacher, strongly committed
to the pastoral care of his or her
Form Class, will deliver at least t wo
subjects to his or her Form Class.
2015 Changes Update
The new Year 7: A year unlike any other
Read more at www.rgs.qld.edu.au/2015-changes
The Year 7 RGS Student will:
• Benefit from a curriculum and setting that is designed
for their special social, personal, intellectual and
physical needs and character development
• Learn and mature in an environment in which every individual
belongs and feels confident, secure and empowered to engage
with each other, take measured risks and be creative
• Interact and exchange with one another in large,
bright, technology-equipped purpose-built facilities
• Have ownership of and affinity for their customised
• Participate fully in comprehensive academic,
co-curricular and pastoral care programmes
• Collaborate with teachers and perform to high standards
• Develop compassion and resilience whilst realising
their full potential
Will the School continue to
expand beyond 2015?
No. By 2015 all three Schools within RGS
(Primary, Middle and Senior) will each have
approximately 525 children, a large enough
cohort to support and enable robust activities,
yet small enough to maintain the ‘small-
school’ feel which we value so much. We’ll
strive to maintain about 26 children per class
(or Form) in each of our classes from Prep
through to Year 12 to ensure that teachers
and students develop and maintain the close
working relationships I think are so impor tant.
Will the construction disrupt or interrupt
learning, sport or other activities?
We expect to start construction and
renovations by the middle of this year. The two
new buildings (on Archer Street for Year 7 and
near Quarry Street for Primary) will be built on
the perimeter of the School, which will keep
noise and vehicles away from the more active
par ts of the campus. Access to the School will
change as a result of construction patterns,
with pick-up/drop-off points changing.
We’ll advise parents of those changes
closer to the start dates of each project.
What about Year 8 in 2015; where
do they fit into all of this change?
2015 is what’s known as a double-intake
year to Middle School. We’ll be taking in up
to four classes of Year 8s as well as our
four new Year 7 classes in 2015, or about
200 children. That’s why we have started to
interview families for these places already.
Special Orientation events will be scheduled
specific to each year, enabling the School to
provide the personal care and attention to
the students upon their arrival to the School.
Q&A with Dr Phillip Moulds
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