RGS recognised nationally
The Rockhampton Grammar School (RGS) has been announced Boarding School of the Year Finalist and Regional School of the Year Finalist by The Australian Education Awards.
“We are extremely proud of our girls and boys, staff and parents. This recognises the partnership we share and the opportunities and benefits which come about as a result of us working together,” said RGS Headmaster Dr Phillip Moulds.
The Australian Education Awards recognise ‘star performers’, according to the organisers at The Educator, who judge schools from across Australia in 24 categories.
RGS, Queensland’s largest boarding school, is ranked among the Top Country Schools in Australia by The Weekend Australian. It was presented with a National Excellence in Teaching Award earlier this year.
“The national recognition for excellence from different organisations demonstrates the depth and quality of care for our students as well as the choices students have at RGS to undertake advanced academics, rich vocational education options, sporting and arts programmes,” said Dr Moulds.
Last year approximately 250 RGS students earned VET qualifications, more than any local school.
Boarding Director Stewart Norford, who has looked after RGS residents for more than 20 years, says it is a privilege to have the trust of boarding families.
“It is reassuring when independent authorities judge us to be doing as good a job as we aspire to.”
More than 325 girls and boys live at RGS and call it their second home.
“I know when I leave Grammar, I will have life-long friends,” says Jack Koerner, a Year 10 Boarder from Mt Larcom.
“Parents — but mums especially — want to feel close to their children. And in Girls Boarding we understand the importance of that bond. It’s vital when girls come to us in Years 6 or 7 or 8,” explains Ms Raquel Mangin, Head of Girls Boarding.
“One of our roles is to strengthen and build that relationship,” Ms Mangin says.
Grammar’s success, however, is not about awards according to RGS Head of Boys Boarding, Mr Dan Bradford.
“It’s about the individual student, their family, the connections we make along the way, sharing values, and understanding what’s important to each other.”