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Dr Phillip Moulds
The Rockhampton Grammar School has an excellent reputation for academic
achievement and the opportunities presented to students through an extensive
co-curricular program. What is less known, perhaps, are our students’ quiet
achievements, the work they do in ser vice to each other and the community.
This edition of the CapricornusQuarterly focuses on those activities.
Extensive as it is, we’re just capturing a small portion of the types of good
work our students – your sons and daughters – are doing every day.
Service is a cornerstone of the School and has been since its inception. Writing
in The History of The Rockhampton Grammar School Centenary 1881-1980, Toby
Clinch notes the School’s service contribution on the occasion of the city’s centenary
in 1955 was the cleaning of the Rockhampton Cemetery. He also writes of the
establishment of a Community Service Group in the mid-70s which had been organised
“ to foster a concern for all human beings whether
near or far and through this to develop a [student’s]
personality and understanding of himself [herself],
his[her] place in the world community and the local
community so that he [she] may leave this School a
generous and caring citizen.” Some 40 years later I
can attest to that “concern” of which Toby wrote. It
is a value that is alive and very well at Grammar.
In June, the Board of Trustees of the School made
an historic step by initiating discussions about The 1881 Endowment, a drive by the
School to establish a fund – which by 2025 could be valued at $20 million –
to support the annual cost of a Rockhampton Grammar education for
students who would otherwise be financially unable to attend our School.
Chair of the Board of Trustees, Mr Brad Beasley, says the goal is to enable
a number of means tested students from all backgrounds to study here.
“Our School will be greatly enhanced and strengthened by students who
come to us through the scholarship program and likewise those students
will no doubt be appreciative of the oppor tunities afforded here,” Mr Beasley
recently told Board members and others (see the article on page 7).
As a School we have a commitment to the Central Queensland community
and an understanding that as individual members of society, we need to do
good things with what we are given – we need to multiply our gifts. That is what
endowed gifts do; they have a particularly enduring impact. Decades from today,
RGS students will benefit from the opportunities given to them here and they
will, like today, give back to the communities of which they are a par t. To me,
that ’s what the core of The 1881 Endowment is: the benefits of opportunity.
I want to congratulate the staff, students and parents of this School for the
wonderful generosity initiated, developed and maintained with people and
organisations in communities “near and far.” Let us remember too that an
equal to giving generously is receiving generously, which is perhaps harder
to do. Tess Dowling speaks of this, the generosity shown to her by a poor
Tanzanian family she visited during her recent trip to Africa, on page 13.
Such giving and receiving keeps the circle of giving going and
draws us into a deep sense of connection with each other.
In that context then, I extend our collective gratitude to Rockhampton Rotary
North members who volunteer their time annually to the School to contribute to
our before-School reading programme in Primary, in which our students receive
the extra help they need to develop their reading and comprehension skills.
Rotary’s gift to our students certainly has a particularly enduring impact.
4 Briefly speaking
Ring the bell! RGS makes Top 50 Schools
lists. Plus extra briefs, Past Students News
and other information to keep you up-to-
date in our expanded coverage!
10 Should one strive
School psychologist Leah Reilly says
there is a better alternative.
SIX PAGE SPECIAL REPORT:
IN THE SERVICE OF OTHERS
DIMENSIONS OF LEARNING
11 Depending on each other
Independence is good, but we can’t go
it alone writes Dr Michelle Waller.
12 They call Australia home
Afghan refugee Mohammad Azad, who
helps hundred of refugees settle in
Rockhampton, found others would help
him bring his family to Australia.
• Tess’s determination to make a
difference after her trip to Tanzania
• Care for their mate inspires a
close knit classroom
• Dressing down to help Matilda
• Teaching the value of money in Cambodia
• The value of tradition
17 The making of young writers
Julieanne Harris says the process
is a wonder to behold.
16 RGS Sport Highlights
Rugby league players have a
18 RGS Photo Album
On the cover: Rockhampton resident
Mohammad Azad is surrounded by his
immediate and wider RGS families
Volume 29, No. 2 July 2013
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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