The shortest day of the year has come and gone, and we have reached the half-way point of the school year. It’s hard to believe that Semester 1 is now complete. The past week has seen students and staff involved in the P-12 Athletics Carnival which was a wonderful display of Girls Grammar connection between students across all year levels. The smiles and involvement of all students especially those girls participating in their first ever whole school carnival was very memorable. I’d like to give a huge thanks to Mr Scott Fuller whose planning and organisation allowed for such a smoothly run event, along with staff who assisted with bus organisation and driving, and to Kent and the catering staff for the sustenance supplied on the day. Thank you to staff and family members who facilitated and assisted with the running of events throughout the day. Everyone’s involvement was much appreciated. I would also like to give a big thank you to the girls for their participation, energy and enthusiasm and for the support and encouragement they provided one another, regardless of what year level they were in.
To finish Term 2, we have the Year 10 -12 Breakfast on Friday morning for students and their families, while primary students will be raising funds for RSPCA Day. I am looking forward to seeing their farm animal costumes and the fun activities that Mrs Goltz, Charlotte and the primary students have organised for the day.
Throughout Week 9 and 10, students have begun engaging in Term 3’s curriculum. Despite it being the final fortnight of term, students continue learning until Friday at 3:00pm. Over the past week I have received quite a number of requests for students to take early leave for the holidays. I understand that some families travel quite a distance to collect their daughters and we try to accommodate for exceptional circumstances, however I ask that students and parents strongly consider the importance of academic learning up until and including the final day of term.
To quote from the Student Attendance Policy, to minimise the disruption to student learning, requests for early leave at the end of the term are discouraged. Rockhampton Girls Grammar School also requests that families do not schedule holidays during school time. Permission for special leave can only be obtained from the Principal via the Deputy Principal - Students. Parents should submit their request in writing prior to the extended leave.
I want to wish our QISSN netball team all the very best for their carnival during the break along with Calli McRae who will be representing Rockhampton Girls Grammar School at the Central Queensland Schools Rowing Championships at Bucca Rowing Centre over the first weekend of holidays. Our musical students will be attending their musical camp during the three days prior to Term 3 in final preparation for their performances of Annie Jnr on 23th, 24th & 25th July. On the first Wednesday of Term 3 (14th July) students are encouraged to show their State pride by wearing a Queensland or New South Wales jersey in support of State of Origin game 3. Students are asked to bring in as many $2 gold coins to donate as all money raised will go towards purchasing sports equipment for our new multi-purpose court. If students don’t have a QLD or NSW jersey or shirt to wear, they are able to wear a Girls Grammar sporting top. Appropriate jeans without rips will also be permitted to be worn on Wednesday 14th July.
Wishing all students, staff and families a safe and restful winter break, and I look forward to welcoming you all back in Term 3.
Go Paterson and the Maroons!
Deputy Principal - Students