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School memories unearthed
Mark Coombe (RGS 1980) has a scratchy memory when
it comes to contributions made to a recently unearthed
School time capsule, buried in February 1981.
“Here’s a [note] that I wrote back in 1980,” Mark
says as he looks through the find.
Items from the School’s past include a red rugby tie and rugby
under-19 premiership pennant, an old School uniform, an honours
tie, old photographs, letters, a leave slip and a yearbook.
Sifting through the treasures, including
photographs, sparks many memories.
“Here’s some old faces I remember. That ’s Adrian Woo,
there’s Big Whitey – lots of memories,’’ Mark said.
“The front of the school was a big driveway back then – the
boarders had to sweep the driveway every morning.’’
This School was a second home for the Coombe family from St
Lawrence. Mark’s dad, Ken, is a former Board Chairman. Daughter
Leesa (RGS 2009) and son Stephen (RGS 2010) are past students.
Mark started School with his twin, Bret t. His older two
brothers (Ian, RGS 1978, and Geoff, RGS 1976) were
already here. His sister, Susan, is Class of 1997.
Rummaging through the capsule he spots a red tie proudly
worn by many rugby players Also found is a former honours
tie – now the design of the standard School tie.
The neckwear reminds him of his old School blazer which
he dug out for his 20 year school reunion in 2000.
“My speech night speech was still in the pocket – a bit
worn and faded. It ’s probably still in there today.’’
His speech was delivered at the School’s 100th Speech Night.
OUR SCHOOL, OUR FAMILY
Crossing learning paths
Prep students stroll into a Year 12 science
class, share their microscopes and work side-
by-side in the lab. Secondary School Catering
students invite Primary School students to
critique their birthday-party planning and Seniors
help Primary students with their reading.
These encounters, and many more,
regularly present themselves at The
Rockhampton Grammar School as Primary
and Secondar y school students cross paths
in the name of learning and leadership.
It is a unique opportunity for
both groups of students.
Mrs Pam Hadwen, Assistant Head of Senior
School, said Years 11 and 12 students take
pride in their interactions with the younger
members of the school community.
“They are able to provide support and
encouragement and are seen as valuable role
models and mentors though the activities
they par ticipate in,’’ Mrs Hadwen said.
“It is their ethic of service through individual
and community actions that enriches the lives
of others in our school community. The increase
in self esteem of both the senior students and
those they work with is evident in the School
and community spirit displayed. It is through
these activities that senior students [can]
make a fulfilling and positive contribution.’’
Prep student Annabel loves the time she gets
to spend with her class form senior, Heidi.
“She does maths games with us, and
helps us do painting, she also helps us
choose books and plays card games
with us at librar y,’’ Annabel said.
Assistant Head of Primary Mrs Janet Spark
said the Senior students were role models
for the children to look up to and aspire to
think ‘I’ll be like that one day’. The Primary
School students get excited when they see
the senior students around the School.
Form Seniors takes younger students on
tours of boarding facilities, they conduct
before school reading programs, timekeep
at swimming carnivals and help out in the
pool, visit on Valentine’s Day, hold an Easter
Egg Hunt, host an annual Teddy Bear Picnic,
coach co-curricular activities and more.
SCHOLARSHIP AND DOLLARSHIP
Anything but bored
Mention economics to someone and
you might end up on the receiving end
of a bored expression, but these Year 9
Business Enterprise and Management
students are anything but bored. To develop
and maintain interest they’ve designed
their own board games about finance,
economics and money. Rachel Russell,
Anastasia Lewis and Izzabelle Blinco,
playing Dollarnom ics (developed by their
classmates) find they’ve learned a few new
things, but like generations of other players
of games such as Monopoly, the person
at the end with the most money wins.
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