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Study with a world
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Fishing and farming
Freshwater biology and farming cut across
each other at The Rockhampton Grammar
School Farm where students have built
an indoor aquaponics system to raise fish
and grow vegetables at the same time.
Led by Teacher Lachlan Roediger, the
students have worked this term designing
and installing a sustainable 400 litre
system that houses jade perch, red claw
and a variety of plants in three ponds.
Whilst there is a lot of science that goes into
developing the system, the environmentally
friendly set-up is relatively simple, in principle,
to operate. “For example, you only add the
fish food, the waste from the fish fertilises the
plants and then that water is cleaned by the
plants so there’s no additional chemicals or
fertilsers needed,” Mr Roediger explains.
Students, such as Gracemere’s Trent Tones,
perform weekly water qualit y tests and will
conduct research as part of the project.
“It ’s practical learning. We get out of
the classroom and learn by doing.”
The aquaculture installation is part
of the students’ wider learning on
sustainable food production.
Picture: Cameron Bonisch, Max Brennan, Trent
To n e s and Ben Henseleit have helped design,
build and stock the School’s new aquaponics
research facility at the School’s farm.
GROWING IN CHARACTER AND SCHOLARSHIP
Three 2012 RGS Year 12 students
are among the nation’s top
Australian vocational students.
Mitchell Archer, who
qualified with a Certificate III
in Fitness and a Certificate
I in Work Education,
will pursue a career in
physical education. With
uni planned for 2014,
the School’s former
Waterpolo Captain will
apply some of his $2000 award to the
costs of uni text books and a holiday.
Shackleton acquired six
Certificates in areas such
as Children’s Services,
Recreation, Public Safety
(Aquatic Resources) and
Work Education. The
former School Prefect,
Captain of Cricket, Captain of Football,
Vice-Captain of Hospitality and Form
Senior was also named the winner of the
School’s prestigious Most Outstanding
Vocational Education Student for 2012.
Holly Tessman completed
Certificates in Beauty
and Work Education. She
determination, at times
seven days per week,
to fulfil all her school
training and work requirements.
Today she runs Beautiful by Holly.
Five hundred prizes of a certificate
and $2000 are awarded nationally
each year as part of the Australian
Vocational Student Awards.
Year 11’s Peter Li and Maaz Kahlil have been
selected to attend the National Youth Science
Forum in January. The NYSF nurtures and
encourages young Australians to be the next
generation of leading scientists and engineers.
Year 12’s Sophie Yates has been selected
by the Queensland Department of Education,
Training and Employment as a bursary winner
in the Sixteenth Annual Iwasaki Sangyo
Japanese Travel Bursaries and Achievement
Awards – 2012/2013 Programme and will
travel to Japan and attend a high school for
one month from late November 2013.
RGS families hosted 20 Japanese visitors
from Rockhampton’s sister cit y, Ibusuki,
during their tour of Central Queensland
in August. Mayor Margaret Strelow was
thankful for the “great hospitality of the
Rockhampton Grammar School during
their stay.” See pictures on page 22-23.
Ashmar Barbour, Caitlin Kelland, Emily
Pryor, Kadambari Ravichandran,
Maaz Khalil and Scott Lawrence
have been selected to attend The
University of Queensland’s Young Scholars
Program, which is designed to nurture
and develop future leaders and provide
academic extension and enrichment.
RGS Year 10 students (pictured from left)
Eleanor Fisher, Hayley Webber, Kira-
Lee Gibson and Nikki Wood have qualified
for the 2013 Australian Alpaca Association
National Show in Bendigo, Victoria, from
10-13 October. Kira -Lee won the overall
alpaca judging title at this year’s Ekka.
Numbers add up
RGS students excelled at the annual Maths
Team Challenge in Rockhampton during
August. The School’s two Year 10 teams
placed equal first, which included Dasuni
Ralapanawa (pictured below) and the Year
9 team won its division. The School’s Year 7
teams placed second and the Year 8’s placed
third. Thomas Thurecht (Year 12) won the
student supervisor competition while five of
six RGS students received a perfect score.
GROWING IN CHARACTER AND SCHOLARSHIP
Grammar rising: new building emerges
The second level of the new Primary building (pictured, to open by Januar y) was poured
in early September and excavation was well underway near the Palmer/ Woolcock
building for the new Year 7 precinct (to open in about 18 months). “We look forward to
welcoming our new Primary students next year,” said Headmaster Dr Phillip Moulds.
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