Home' Capricornus Quarterly : CQ October 2017 Contents Dr Phillip Moulds
Volume 33 No. 3 October 2017
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04 Briefly speaking
Articles about citizenship, trades, art, music,
agriculture ventures, international visitors
and some notable Primary performances.
PAST STUDENT NEWS
10 Past Student news
Follow the career paths and study
success of RGS past students.
COMMUNITY & SCHOLARSHIP
12 Changing times at RGS
In 2017 we remember 40 years since RGS
returned to co-educational education. The
past Headmaster and past students recall
their memories of that changing time.
16 The RGS Board
Gain an insight into the RGS Board of Trustees in an
interview with Chair of the Board, Mr Brad Beasley,
who is also a past student and past parent of RGS.
20 Primed for 2019
Equipping students now for the upcoming ATAR
assessment system; how is RGS preparing
the School community for this transition?
21 Caring for others
The RGS Suncorp Breakfast Conversation Series
featured some passionate community-minded
guest speakers. Read more about their stories
and efforts to make the world a better place.
22 RGS Sport Highlights
From the rugby field to the Fitzroy River,
school sport was busy during Term 3.
24 RGS Photo Album
More than two-dozen moments
captured across the School.
Have the courage
to confront issues
and to task the
On the cover: In 1881, RGS had 33 boys and 31 girls registered. By 1885, the Girls Department
(as it was known then) was closed, due to a lack of funds. 92 years later, in 1977, 63 girls were
re-enrolled at RGS. The students are pictured with Headmaster, Arthur Butler. (Back Row) Carol
Eggleshaw, Linda Hallahan, Kerrie Chippindale, Barbara Launchbury, Kathy Burton, Julie Crang, Jane
Walsh, Gail Kearney, Diana Foster, Julie Chandler, Karen Russell, Christan Phelan, Sally Fairweather,
Anna Shannon, Kerry Boon; (4th Row) Ruth Illich , Janine Piggott, Jenny Burton, Rosemary King,
Freda Gilbert, Linda Brown, Pauline Pope, Kerry Ferguson, Kathy Oakley, Toni Lawrence, Miriam
Bauman, Pam King, Helen Letchford; (3rd Row) Kim Chudleigh, Margaret Glover, Regina MacNevin,
Helen Appleton, Anne Rutherford, Merle Murray, Sarah Fitz-William, Cathey Cruickshank, Natahsa
Wake, Mandy Walker, Elizabeth Anderson, Mary-Jane Hibler, Ruth Priest; (2nd Row) Georgina
Hock, Shirley Morretti, Katrina Robertson, Debbie Rolfe, Mrs Walters, Mrs Anderson, Mr Butler
(Headmaster), Mrs Homer, Glenda Ford, Karen Freeman, Marie Tighe, Jenny Dahms;(Front Row)
Cathy Orgill, Shevaun Greenwood, Noeline Hoffman, Bernadene Lennon, Lucy Oswald, Laverne
Henry, Jane Anderson, Kim Thomason, Lorraine Derrick, Kim Walker, Marilyn
Platen; absent: Brianna Wheatley, Cedar Whelan,
and Katrina Murphy.
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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In 2010, U.S. forces bombed a truck convoy in Afghanistan and killed more
than two dozen civilians. General Stanley McChrystal, a commander at the
time, called the Afghan president and apologised. Being honest about a
mistake that you’ve made, he explained, is crucial to building trust.
McChrystal, who was later removed from his command after criticising the
Obama administration, now teaches leadership at Yale. His decision to be
forthright bucks a tendency shown by many leaders to either deny their fallibility
entirely or sugarcoat or hide bad news in the hope that it will fade away.
“We have a huge cultural problem, one of a lack of
accountability and being so tolerant when it comes to
confronting issues,” says Lee Ellis, a retired Air Force
colonel who was held as a prisoner of war for five years in
Vietnam. “ Leaders, for whatever reason, want to be liked.
They don’t want to make people upset. So they don’t have
the courage to confront issues, and people say, ‘When
is person x going to do something about the problem?’”
“It ’s transparency that builds trust,” notes Roger Schwarz,
the author of Smart Leaders, Smarter Teams.
Ellis, who was the youngest POW in his group, says he learned his most memorable
leadership lessons from the more senior POWs who endured torture in order to spare
others. What’s lacking among leaders today, he contends, is one thing: courage—the guts
to be honest and up front, to have adult conversations, and to ask the tough questions.
“ I define courage as doing what’s right even when it doesn’t feel natural
and safe,” says Ellis, the author of Engage with Honor. “Overcoming
fears to do what we know is right—that’s leading with honor.”
In this issue of there are examples of RGS community members being accountable
and confronting issues, from the RGS Board of Trustees (today and in 1976 when former
Chair W.G . Woolcock led the School through its transition to co- education) through
to staff and students and alumni who stand out by standing up and helping others.
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