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Capricornus Quarterly : CQ Oct 2018
What does ‘he’ actually do? ‘He’ being ‘me’. Have you asked yourself that? A few years ago, Brisbane Anglican Archbishop Phillip Aspinall spoke at a school and offered a Headmaster’s position description. Here is some of what he said: Headmasters are to give every department all the latest technology and best teaching resources available and ensure all the buildings are constantly upgraded to the highest standard, while reducing school fees and always balancing the books. You are to ensure that every student excels academically, reaches the heights of artistic, theatrical, and musical expression, wins sporting glory both individually, and in team contests, while not unduly emphasizing competition. You are to see that your school is always gracious in defeat while retaining every sporting trophy. You are to be a strong, decisive, collegial, innovative, orthodox leader who will consult widely with staff and parents about decisions and keep everyone happy. You are to be out and about in the wider community [building] networks, while always being available and visible at school. You are to be on top of your administrative load, promptly replying to correspondence. You are to give clear strategic and policy direction in a nondirective way [and you have to be] a good listener. It’s an apt position description. But it’s not a job. Being Headmaster, and a teacher, is a calling and one that I share with many other educators at all levels; an adventure and a way of life that we can only do with the love and support of our families. It is a privilege for me to share in your journey, to celebrate your successes and be with you when things don’t go as well as you had wanted. It is a great duty, too, to be co- responsible – with mums, dad and teachers – for my students’ lives and their decisions. When I visit with Prep students, they tell me that learning and sharing is my job and their job. They have a great way of keeping things simple and reminding me that my role, indeed, is very much like that of every student at every year level. It is to be energetic and to have goals; to recognise and develop my talents and contribute back to the community. It is knowing that achieving is hard, but that pursuing relentlessly is the real challenge; it’s about giving time to others and supporting each other’s endeavours. To address the opening question in a different way, “he” also talks a lot and is always receptive to your concerns. So, please, share your thoughts with me about RGS. Let’s catch-up in person at a School event (there are plenty in Term 4!), over email (email@example.com) or call my office on 4936 0615. Dr Phillip Moulds Headmaster JohnCasey insideCQ Volume 34 No. 3 October 2018 Available for tablets and phones Android A vailable on t he A ppS t o r e iPhon e |iP a d Being Headmaster is not a job. It’s a calling, an adventure, a way of life and a privilege. 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. Capricornus Quarterly is published by: The Rockhampton Grammar School Archer Street Rockhampton QLD 4700, Australia www.rgs.qld.edu.au (+61) 07 4936 0600 ISSN 1839-4663 ©2018 The Rockhampton Grammar School Dr Phillip Moulds, Headmaster 07 4936 0615 Headmaster@rgs.qld.edu.au Enrolment enquiries 1300 GRAMMAR The Registrar, Mrs Marissa Holloway 1300 GRAMMAR or 07 4936 0700 Fax 07 4936 0701 Registrar@rgs.qld.edu.au Editorial & Advertising Mr Mike Donahue, Director Development and Communications 07 4936 0654 firstname.lastname@example.org Mrs Rachael McDonald 07 4936 0776 email@example.com Mrs Ashleigh Harvey 07 4936 0667 firstname.lastname@example.org Capricornus Quarterly is printed on qualit y silk art which is 100% recycled (FSC recycled certified SGS-COC-2260; certified carbon neutral and chlorine free) by City Printing Works, Rockhampton. rgs.qld.edu.au Cover: Sophie and Reece Jones on Padua, near Ilfracome. Thank you to parents Amanda and Shane and to brothers, Noah and Fletcher, not pictured. PHOTOS SUPPLIED The Rockhampton Grammar School | Grow in Character and Scholarship A4 JLR Converted.indd 1 06/04/2018 11:25:48 AM CHARACTER, SCHOLARSHIP AND COMMUNITY 5 News Briefs A new RGS Kindy to open in January; Notabale performances at School; Dr Karl visits; Preppies donate books and much more. SCHOLARSHIP 8 NAPLAN reports are in. So? Results continue to place RGS high in the rankings, but Dr Moulds asks, “How important is that?” SCHOLARSHIP 9 Graduates take next steps An annual survey shows recent RGS alumni earning and learning at very high rates. PAST STUDENT NEWS 10 Carving out your space Sculptor and painter Mike Nicholls, who uses a chainsaw, thinks society is ‘quite primitive’. COVER STORY 12 Dry determination If the rain doesn’t come, will the love of their land be enough to see the Jones family through? CHARACTER AND SCHOLARSHIP 14 English (and life) lessons Determined to improved her language skills, a visiting Japanese student talks about her RGS experience. CHARACTER AND SCHOLARSHIP 15 Are you really wearing that? Making fashion statements that are environmentally sound and good-looking. SCHOLARSHIP 16 ATAR on target Common questions about the new Senior Assessment regime are answered. SCHOLARSHIP 17 STEAMing ahead Using both sides of the brain to create, investigate and solve is the way of the future. CHARACTER AND SCHOLARSHIP 18 All in the same boat The nation’s elite mix with RGS rowers and both learn a lot about themselves. CHARACTER AND SCHOLARSHIP 20 It’s all staged Not so quiet on the set. Performers tell it like it is. 22 RGS Sport Highlights 24 RGS Photo Album LAST WORD 26 Tapping into good leadership Lead thyself first, then others. It’s a lesson that individuals and organisations need to learn.
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