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Rockhampton Girls Grammar School
Corner of Denham & Agnes Streets
ROCKHAMPTON
Queensland
4700
Looking for the safe, caring and structured environment a small school can offer?

We aim to provide opportunities for your daughter to become a confident, responsible independent young woman who can achieve her goals and make an impact on the community.
PO Box 776, Rockhampton Q 4700
Rockhampton & Capricorn
07 4930 0900
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Non scholae, sed vitae. Not only for School, but for life we are learning.

 

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Christine Hills
Early Learning, Primary School, Secondary School
Independent, Non-denominational
Non-denominational
Prep-Year 12
Available on the website www.rggs.qld.edu.au
Yes
00508E
Girls
300
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  • Academic Achievement
  • Employment Pathways
  • Numeracy / Literacy
  • Pastoral Care / Guidance
  • Personal Values
  • Tertiary Pathways

Rockhampton Girls Grammar School has a unique mixture of proud history combined with contemporary thinking.

Set atop Athelstane Range overlooking Rockhampton in Central Queensland, we are fortunate to be custodians of heritage buildings and long standing traditions, while embracing change and innovation.

Our School is regarded as a leading centre of education for girls of all ages, and offers a continuum in education from Prep through to Year 12. We cater for both day students and boarders. Modern educational philosophies are embedded in the traditions and values of Girls Grammar.

Girls Grammar  is an independent non-denominational school for girls offering day and boarding facilities for the continuous education of students from Prep to Year 12 with boarding from Year 6. Our students come from diverse backgrounds across the state, the Northern Territory and internationally.

Besides offering excellent educational opportunities for primary and secondary school students in Central Queensland, continuing students also have access to the Central Queensland University (CQUni) which has established a first-class reputation for its educational offerings, particularly in Business, Health and Engineering.

The School also works in partnership with the Rockhampton College of TAFE (now merged with CQU) which offers an excellent variety of courses and study options for girls seeking to broaden their education.

The School provides a smooth transition across four levels: Early Learning (P-2), Primary School (Years 3- 6), Middle School (Years 7-9) and Senior School (Years 10-12).

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WHY ROCKHAMPTON GIRLS GRAMMAR SCHOOL?

  • Rockhampton Girls Grammar School is one of the original eight Grammar Schools of Queensland and has been educating young women since 1892.
  • It provides girls from all backgrounds with access to a caring, safe, yet challenging, educational environment in which there is a good balance between academic, cultural and sporting activities.
  • Girls Grammar caters for the educational needs of young women from Prep to Year 12.
  • After School Hours Care is available, as well as a Vacation Care Program.
  • Boarders are accepted from Year 6.
  • Boarding facilities are excellent with individual rooms for Years 11 and 12 with monitored wireless and wired internet across the campus.
  • The School values its traditions, but appreciates the value of an innovative approach, with a Laptop Program for Years 4 - 12.
  • Class sizes are small, and individual differences and needs appreciated. Prep to Year 6 classes have a maximum of 20 girls.
  • Staff are caring, committed, well qualified and most professional.
  • Research highlights the outstanding results obtained by girls in single-gender environments. Results from Rockhampton Girls Grammar School certainly support this thesis.

 

 

GIRLS GRAMMAR MORE THAN JUST A SCHOOL

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An icon of Central Queensland, Rockhampton Girls Grammar School and its unique community has been synonymous with excellence for over 120 years.

Girls Grammar is much more than a School though.

When your daughter becomes a Girls Grammar Girl she becomes a part of our family. Our girls and young women become more than just classmates, they become sisters.

This sense of sisterhood and family is felt strongly among our boarders, boarding staff and other Girls Grammar staff. Our many years experience in the provision of residential schooling has enabled us to become truly specialist in the important role we play in the lives of our girls and young women.

It truly is impossible to understand what this ‘more’ really means without experiencing for yourself, the warmth and sincerity which is the ‘golden heart’ of Rockhampton Girls Grammar School.

Come and see us today to experience our community and find out what it means to be a Girls Grammar Girl.

Visit our website to find out more about boarding at Rockhampton Girls Grammar School www.rggs.qld.edu.au.

Contact Tammy Lang on 07 4930 0912 or to arrange an appointment and receive a prospectus package. Join the Girls Grammar family today!

 

Making-the-Grade-Ad10 Things You'll Love about PRIMARY at Girls Grammar:

1.    LEARNING FOR LIFE: You are a valued member of our School family and contribute to sustaining an environment where we all actively engage in learning and embrace our School Values. You join us in practicing mutual and self-respect, fostering community and global citizenship, and seeking and celebrating excellence in every endeavour.  

2.    SMALL CLASSES: You develop positive relationships among your peers and teachers due to the small class size. With a maximum or 20 girls in your class, your teacher can give you the personal attention needed to allow for the acceleration of your intellectual, physical, social and emotional growth. 

3.    STUDENT VOICE: You are encouraged to reflect thoughtfully, express your opinions and value the contribution of others. When you reach Year 4 you become a member of a Student Committee or Council and your voice is encouraged and respected.

4.    EXTENDING NUMERACY: Your progress is monitored and your teachers apply strategies to help engage you in the numeracy programs. Skilled mathematics presenters and educators visit the School to enrich your learning through real world applications.

5.    HAPPY GIRLS: You engage in our Prep – Year 12 Student Wellbeing Program which allows you to participate in learning experiences that facilitate your social, emotional and psychological development. The Primary program focuses on compassion, persistence, resilience, empathy and global thinking.

6.    ENRICHING LITERACY: As literacy is a cornerstone of Girls Grammar, you participate in one and a half hours of focused literacy development daily. These sessions are aligned with the Australian National Curriculum. You are regularly engaged with imaginative, interactive, informative and persuasive tests in the areas of reading, structural writing and language processes. Your progress is tracked and mapped using Diagnostic Reading Assessment (DRA).

7.    OSHC & HOLIDAY PROGRAM: You can stay at School in the afternoon until 6.00pm and participate in After School Care Program. This program is run from our recently refurbished Early Learning Centre. You experience a variety of engaging activities after school and during the holidays choose from a variety of excursions in which to participate.

8.    SPECIALIST LEARNING: You experience specialised instruction each week in LOTE, Music and Drama right from Prep. From Year 4 you are taught by specialist Art and Science teachers. The Creative Arts program allows for Junior Band and Choir groups to perform at the Rockhampton Eisteddfod and School community events.

9.    BEING ACTIVE: You have swimming lessons as part of the Health and Physical Education program in the on-site pool in the warmer months during Terms 1 and 4.  Interhouse carnivals are held for swimming, athletics, ball games and cross country. All HPE lessons focus on the development of your fine motor skills and teamwork. You have the opportunity to represent the School in local sporting competitions both within and outside School hours.

10.    BEING CONNECTED: You are supported in the creative and productive use of technology. In Prep – Year 2 you have access to the computer lab as well as computer hubs in your classroom. From Year 4 you are provided with your very own laptop.  ICT is integrated into all learning areas with our Campus wide wireless connectivity.

FACILITIES

We are a small school with surprisingly extensive grounds and facilities. Over our 120 year history, the hallmark of Girls Grammar has been the blend of rich traditions and contemporary thinking. Facilities include:

  • Paterson House Heritage Precinct - Paterson House, built in 1892, is the original school building which houses Reception, Administration and staff offices.
  • School pool and undercover sport areas
  • Tennis and netball courts
  • Music Centre & instrumental tutorial rooms
  • State of the art Science laboratories
  • Early Learning Precinct
  • Tropical gardens & outdoor plazas
  • Library Resources Centre
  • Domestic and hospitality kitchens
  • Art room
  • Gymnasium & dance studio
  • Campus wide wireless internet
  • Contemporary boarding accommodation
  • School buses for boarder transport
  • Health Centre

Set atop the Athelstane Range, Girls Grammar has views across Rockhampton and is close to all city amenities, providing a safe, all girls environment that is handy to transport for air, rail and road access by families.

 

CURRICULUM

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The Girls Grammar School Rockhampton offers a full primary education from Year P-6.  The emphasis of this program is on providing a challenging but nurturing environment which extends our students as well as providing for the important foundation skills in the early years.  Our classes are capped at 20 allowing staff to give close attention to the individual needs of each child.

Year P-6 girls benefit from special links with the middle and senior school, with younger students having a host of older role models and mentors available for assistance and help with transition issues.  Prep to 6 also utilise specialist teachers and facilities in areas such as Art; Drama; Japanese; Music; Science and Home Economics.

YEAR 7
Year 7 is considered part of the Middle School.  Middle School curriculum is about engaging students in the learning process.  More than ever the Middle School Curriculum is about working as as team - student/parent/teacher to ensure the most enjoyable and productive middle years of schooling.

YEARS 8-10
Students in Years 8-10 study a combination of core and elective subjects to investigate and prepare for Senior subjects.

Years 11-12
CORE
English and Maths subjects

ELECTIVES
Mathematics C; Agricultural Science; Biology; Chemistry; Physics; Modern History; Ancient History; Business Communication and Technologies; Information Technology Systems, Legal Studies; Japanese; Art; Music; Drama; Dance; Home Economics, Hospitality; Physical Education; Music Extension and English Extension (Yr12).

COCURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

10 Things You'll love about Cocurricular at Girls Grammar

1.   Getting involved in activities outside the curriculum is an integral part of your educational experience at Girls Grammar. These opportunities and experiences can be taken with you throughout your life. The cocurricular program allows for your participation, no matter where your abilities and interests lie. You can develop your potential culturally, spiritually, socially, civically and physically.

2.  Sports privide experiences which enabel you to:

  • Choose behaviours which promote healthy living
  • Make informed, rational decisions as to your involvement in skilful physical activities such as sports, dance and outdoor pursuits.
  • Engage in positive social environments and build confidence and self-esteem.

Rockhampton Girls Grammar School is a member of the Capricornia District Secondary Schools' Sports Association and the Rockhampton District Primary and Secondary Schools' Sports Association. This allows you to compete up to a state level. Sports on offer include Tennis, Netball, Basketball, Hockey, Softball, Rowing, Volleyball, Water Polo, Touch Football, Swimming, Cross Country, AFL, Football, Athletics, and Sports Aerobics. Other sports are available through local sporting associations.

3.  Physical activity is encouraged both within and outside the curriculum. Free activities are conducted by staff on the School campus so participation is easy. These activities include:

  • Prep-Year 6 Getting Active program
  • Years 4 – 12 Boot Camp & Fitness training
  • Years 4 – 12 Swimming before and after school
  • Gym sessions
  • Training and planning for club activites and competitions

4.  Your expertise can be improved during regular specialist instruction utilising School facilities. There is a fee for these offerings:

  • Caribeae Swimming Academy
  • Kung Fu lessons - ‘Whitetiger (Bac Fu Do) Kung-Fu’
  • Alliance Francaise – French classes
  • Speech & Drama

5.    Your personal growth can be supplemented with participation in Dance Groups. Groups include Secondary Theatrical Dance, Secondary Hip Hop, Girls Grammar Dance Company and Primary Dance Group (Years 3-6).

6.    Girls Grammar is dedicated to providing you with a comprehensive and extensive music program. An understanding, appreciation and love of music builds your confidence and self-esteem, through music performance opportunities. The School has a renowned program including choirs, stage band, chamber groups, string ensemble and an internationally acclaimed concert band. You can be involved in these ensembles as well as having the opportunity to participate in private tuition with experienced and motivated studio teachers. 

7.    If you are in Prep to Year 6, you do not miss out. Primary music offers two exploratory programs. Violin may be learned within the instrumental Program from Year 2. In Year 4, 5 and 6 woodwind, brass, strings and percussion group lessons are offered free of charge for 50 minutes per week as part of the classroom Music Program. These group lessons take place during the scheduled music classes. If interested you are encouraged to take private lessons to supplement your musical development.

8.    Various student clubs have been developed by staff for your personal growth. These include Art Club, Chess Club, Gym Club, Fashion Club, Running Club, Science Club and Swimming Club.

9.    Debating, Drama Masterclass, Maths Team Challenge, Maths Quiz (Year 8), Mooting, Optiminds, Public Speaking and Rotary Quiz are available to you. These competitions run throughout the year and are supported by a teacher.

10.   You are expected to participate in at least one cocurricular activity each term. Every member of the Teaching Staff provides an activity for your consideration. There is a broad range of activities to whet your interests, increase physical and creative activity and to enrich experiences. Cocurricular Colours are awarded throughout the year in recognition of involvement and leadership.

PASTORAL CARE

10 things you’ll love about the CARE PROGRAM at Girls Grammar

1.    Students engage in our Prep – Year 12 Student Care Program which allows participation in learning experiences that facilitate social, emotional and psychological development. The Care program runs daily for a minimum of 30 minutes and focuses on our School Values and the latest trends in society, ensuring students graduate confident, resilient young women ready to take on the world.

2.    All students are valued members of our School family and contribute to sustaining an environment where we all actively engage in learning and embrace our School Values. We practice mutual and self-respect, fostering community and global citizenship, and seeking and celebrating excellence in every endeavour.

3.    When students join Girls Grammar they gain a ‘Big Sister’ who supports them through their first few months while settling in. The Big Sister maintains contact throughout their schooling career and often beyond.

4.    All have a student voice with the opportunity to run as a Year level leader from Years 4 to 11, and as a Prefect in Year 12. Students can nominate and vote in elections, having their say in who will represent their needs in Student Councils and Committees.

5.    Students can be involved a Committee or Council. The Committees are run by a Prefect with the support of a Teacher Mentor. Committees include: Agricultural Science, ATSI, Boarding, Dance, Drama, Environment, English, History, Library, Magazine, Mathematics, Middle School, Music, Primary School, Science, Senior School, Visual Art.

6.    Students are involved in an annual School camp or activity. Year 4 and 5 attend a Sleep over at School with the girls in your class. Year 6 and 7 travel to North Keppel Island, Year 8 to Boyne Island Education Centre, Year 9 to Camp Fairbairn Education Centre, while the Senior years will be involved in other activities. Year 10  are busy with a weeklong Work Experience. Year 11 are actively involved in the Leadership Conference led by Rising Generations, participating in a range of activities and concluding with an Amazing Race across Rockhampton. Year 12 can be involved in a QCS Preparation Camp at Ferns Hideaway, as well as a one day Leadership Conference.

7.    Many opportunities are offered to support local and global community groups. These activities include the ANZAC Day March and Dawn Service, Cleanup Australia Day, door knocking for the Red Shield Appeal. Students can donate blood to the Red Cross, or become active in raising awareness for the Cancer Council by contributing to the P&F Bulls ‘n’ Barrels or Relay for Life. Riding for the Disabled is a very rewarding regular weekend activity.

8.    Students participate in a range of celebrations each year. Some are student lead such as Socials, Harmony Day and the School Party to name just a few. Other celebrations include Foundation Day, Investiture, Gaia Festival and Speech Night.

9.    Due to the small classe sizes staff and students get to know each other. We celebrate each birthday with a personal birthday card. The students in each cohort become more than just classmates, they become sisters.

10.    Staff take an interest in student studies and their wellbeing. All staff are helpful and approachable. Our registered Health Nurse is there when students are not feeling well, or need to seek medical advice. The Director of Student Wellbeing can assist in providing strategies on dealing with stress or overcoming personal issues.

About Us

10 things you’ll love about GIRLS GRAMMAR BOARDING

1. HOME AWAY FROM HOME Boarding nurtures collaboration, develops resilience, fosters empathy and forges lifelong friendships. Girls Grammar Boarding provides a safe ‘home away from home’ where girls enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and extend their preparation for life.

2. LIVING SPACE Accommodation is modern and spacious. Year 10-12 have single rooms while Year 6–9 may share with a ‘sister’. Boarding living spaces are situated in the heart of the school and have panoramic views across Rockhampton to Mount Archer.

3. CARING COMMUNITY Girls Grammar’s 120 years of experience in the provision of residential schooling has enabled us to become specialist in the important role we play in the lives of girls and young women. Highly qualified and nurturing boarding staff are on duty 24 hours a day.

4. SISTERHOOD Girls Grammar students gain many ‘sisters’ throughout their time at the School, especially through the Big Sister program which brings students of all ages together. The program matches senior girls with new students to ensure they are welcomed and supported. Girls Grammar offers boarding for students from Year 6 and sisterhood is central to the culture of boarding at Girls Grammar.

5. MASTER CHEF Delicious and nutritious meals are prepared on site. Our respected and admired Chef daily demonstrates his skill and dedication through his range of healthy and varied meals. He tailors the menu especially for girls and all dietary requirements are catered for.

6. PERSONAL GROWTH The small Girls Grammar family allows us to encourage and facilitate our girls to participate in their personal interests, hobbies and representative sports. Social contribution is nurtured at Girls Grammar with voluntary participation in community door knocks, charity fundraising events and ‘hands on’ help. Transport can be arranged to enable senior boarders to take on part-time employment.

7. DIGITAL CONNECTIONS Hewlett Packard laptops, with the latest Microsoft and Adobe productivity suites installed, are provided for both learning and enjoyment for all students in Years 4-12. Connection of personal School laptops to our secure, filtered wired and wireless network across the entire campus maximises cyber safety and easy communication with home such as Skype.

8. CURRICULUM SUPPORT Consolidation of learning can be enhanced after school in a tutorial setting with teachers. Teachers are also available via email for further assistance and guidance. The Library & Resource Centre is open for supervised study from 8.00am to 6.00pm on week days.

9. HEALTH MATTERS Any illness is quickly treated or referred by our registered nurse who is on duty from 8.00am to 4.00pm each week day in our spacious air conditioned Health Centre. Transport is arranged to medical appointments, with the support of an accompanying adult when required.

10. FUN OPTIONS Spare time can be filled at the on-site pool, gymnasium, oval or music rooms. Regular weekend group activities are on offer such as shopping and beach outings. A wide variety of special interest activities are available at Girls Grammar. These include many team sports, music lessons and ensembles, Glee Club, Maths Club, Drama Masterclass, Art Club, Xpress English Club, Rock Band, Hip Hop and Theatrical Dance, Sport Aerobics, Boot Camp, Kung Fu, French, Debating, Computer Arts, Chess Club, Fashion Design and much more.

Principal's Message

Hello and a very warm welcome to Rockhampton Girls Grammar where generations of students, staff and parents have enjoyed the benefits of learning and growing in a caring community for 120 years. The school today also has a firm focus on the future by supporting the learning needs of girls growing up in the world of the 21st century.

A Girls Grammar education is much more than academic programs and subject offerings. What makes our school special is our people, our cultures of mutual respect and open communication and above all, our focus on students being at the centre of learning. We believe that girls will thrive and achieve their best in an environment where they feel secure, valued and affirmed. Students from Prep to Year 12 thrive in an environment that encourages increasing independence, resilience and resourcefulness.

Students reflect on their own learning styles and are encouraged to be active participants in their own learning. We want our young women to possess integrity and be articulate and compassionate contributors to their school, community and society. They are the leaders of tomorrow. The learning journey includes an explicit focus on the development of girls both as learners and as emerging adults who will possess a confidence to contribute outside of the school setting.

The benefits of a girls-only classroom from Prep to Year 12 are very evident at our school. Independent research consistently demonstrates that girls simply learn better in a single gender environment. Our students have strong role models, abundant leadership opportunities and are not limited by the need to conform to gender stereotypes. Students are encouraged to care for each other and to accept and value differences. They are challenged to accept responsibility, to act ethically and to use initiative. This, together with our small class sizes, provides a capacity for girls to truly flourish.

One of the greatest responsibilities of parenthood is to ensure that your child is exposed to an environment at both home and school which develops strong values, curiosity and an enthusiasm for learning. At Girls Grammar, in an intimate and caring environment, you will be supported in this task by skilled and inspired teachers who nurture the individual talents of the girls in their care.

Girls Grammar accepts enrolments for day students from Prep to Year 12, with boarding commencing at Year 6. We recognise that the decision is very difficult for families who are seeking boarding facilities to support the education of their children. Students who enroll at Girls Grammar will be joining a small school which provides great care for each of its girls. The educational opportunities on offer at Girls Grammar equal our metropolitan counterparts, but at a substantially lower cost to families.

Your daughter deserves the Girls Grammar experience – the kind of experience she will remember and value for a lifetime.

I know these have been the words you would expect to read but I encourage you not to take my word for it. Please accept my warm invitation to visit our school so that you will see how truly special it is. I look forward to welcoming you.

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