Our final week of the school year has been filled with learning opportunities, events and activities across Prep - Year 11 and beyond. Our youngest girls in Prep - Year 4 had a fun filled Monday morning with their swimming carnival, on Tuesday evening our Old Girls Association held their final meeting for the year and on Wednesday we welcomed new students and families in Prep to Year 7 for our Girls Grammar transition day. This week our Year 11s completed the first of their Year 12 exams and today we celebrated our Year 6 students with their primary graduation ceremony. To conclude the year we finish with our Olympic themed School Party. There are many activities planned and a brunch for families at 10.30am with a contingency plan worked out in the event that we receive the rain that is forecast.
The announcement of our 2022 Prefects and Head Girls at last Friday’s Speech Night was a highly emotive occasion. It was moving to see the reactions from students and be a part of this milestone moment in these girls’ lives. I congratulate our incoming Year 12 cohort as collectively, they our now the leaders of Rockhampton Girls Grammar School and are looked up to as role models for all the younger students. Our incoming Head Girls, Allysah Rasin and Nylah Torova, have already represented Girls Grammar on Monday evening, meeting with Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young PSM 27th Governor of Queensland and Rockhampton Mayor Tony Williams. The girls had a lovely evening for their first official engagement, meeting with Her Excellency and our Mayor, mingling with other school leaders and their Principals.
Recent correspondence from ISQ outlines consideration of a vaccination mandate, as Queensland is one of only two states without a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for teachers and childcare workers. COVID-19 vaccinations have already been mandated in Queensland for health, aged and disability care staff, as well as police, hospitality workers and truck drivers entering the state. As we prepare for the opening of state borders in December, we strongly encourage all members of our school community to be vaccinated as soon as possible.
As we farewell the 2021 school year with our end of year School Party celebration, I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the welcoming, caring and positive school culture we have here at Girls Grammar. Our core business is as an exceptional education facility but there is so much more that goes on behind the scenes to keep this school running. As the students and teachers finish their highly anticipated and well-earned Christmas break, I would like to acknowledge the staff who will remain on site busily preparing for the year ahead.
I would like to wish everyone a happy, safe and healthy Christmas break. Enjoy time with family and friends and I look forward to welcoming back all students and families (old and new) in 2022.