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Rockhampton Girls Grammar Celebrates Science, Innovation and Exploration during Science Week

Updated: Dec 5, 2023


As the sun rises on a fresh August morning, a week of excitement, discovery, and curiosity unfolds – it's Science Week 2023. This annual celebration of science, innovation, and exploration brings together students, educators, scientists, and enthusiasts from all walks of life to engage in a dynamic exchange of knowledge and ideas. This year, students and staff at Rockhampton Girls Grammar School have continued the tradition of conducting multi-year level workshops that promise to ignite a lifelong passion for learning.


Science Week has long been hailed as a time of enlightenment, where the realms of the unknown are illuminated by the torch of discovery. It's a chance for communities to come together and recognise the pivotal role that science plays in shaping our world. From breathtaking space explorations to the intricacies of microscopic life, Science Week unearths the wonders that inspire us to question, experiment, and learn. This year’s theme is Innovation: Powering Future Industries.



The traditional approach to education often compartmentalises subjects, preventing students from experiencing the holistic nature of scientific exploration. Multi-year level workshops aim to bridge these gaps, offering students the opportunity to engage with scientific concepts at various depths throughout their educational journey, and to be accessible by all year levels.


  1. Nurturing a Strong Foundation: The early years of education lay the groundwork for a student's scientific curiosity. Workshops designed for primary school students can introduce fundamental scientific principles through hands-on experiments and interactive activities. These workshops not only make science fun but also instil a sense of wonder that paves the way for a lifelong love of learning. The Prep and Year 1 students investigated the properties of bubbles and created some amazing art works. Earlier in the week the students in Upper Primary created chromatography flowers. These activities further reinforcing the links across subject areas with science and art coming together to create some interesting pieces.

  2. Deepening Understanding: As students progress to Secondary School, the complexity of scientific concepts increases. Multi-year level workshops can build upon foundational knowledge and challenge students with more intricate experiments and discussions. This approach encourages critical thinking and analytical skills, vital for navigating the complexities of the modern world.

  3. Fostering Collaboration: Science is rarely a solitary endeavour. Multi-year level workshops provide students with the opportunity to collaborate with peers of different ages. Younger students can benefit from the guidance of their older counterparts, while older students reinforce their understanding by teaching and explaining concepts to others. This collaborative atmosphere mirrors the real-world scientific community, where teamwork often leads to breakthroughs.

  4. Cultivating Lifelong Learners: The ultimate goal of education is to create lifelong learners – individuals who are hungry for knowledge, always curious, and unafraid to explore. Afterall, it's not only for School, but for life we are learning. Multi-year level workshops help students see the continuum of learning and inspire them to pursue science not just during Science Week, but throughout their lives.

By promoting curiosity, critical thinking, collaboration, and a lifelong love for science, these workshops plant the seeds for a brighter future. They remind us that education is not just about absorbing facts, but about nurturing the human spirit of exploration and innovation that lies at the heart of scientific discovery. So, let's join hands – young and old – to celebrate Science Week and embark on a journey of learning that knows no boundaries.


For more information see https://www.scienceweek.net.au/


Christie Dey

Director of Secondary

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