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RGS Learning Framework

The Rockhampton Grammar School Learning Framework is tailored to the needs and goals of each child and is specific to our School.

Neither a course or syllabus, the Framework provides teachers and learners a structure which guides curriculum planning and delivery. 

At its centre is Dimensions of Learning, which seeks to synthesise the latest research and cognition and the working of the human brain whilst focused on the student as a lifelong learner. 

Dimensions of Learning places a strong emphasis upon the deliberate development and use of complex reasoning processes (or higher order thinking). 

At RGS, Dimensions of Learning has been integrated into a body of work developed by researchers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Teaching for Understanding Project which focuses on developing a deep and rich understanding of knowledge that is then used in a flexible way. 

The School’s framework also focuses on Literacy and encompasses Positive Education, which promotes student well-being and specific skills that students can develop to strengthen their relationships, build positive emotions, enhance personal resilience, promote mindfulness, and encourage a healthy lifestyle.

Together, these four elements underpin our academic curriculum and empower students as independent scholars.

Students develop into independent learners who have both the skills and internal motivation for life-long learning.   

5 Dimensions of Learning at RGS

  • Positive attitudes and perceptions about learning
  • The acquisition and integration of knowledge
  • The extension and refinement of knowledge
  • The meaningful use of knowledge
  • Productive Habits of Mind

We work with students every day to help form their Habits of Mind. These are characteristics of effective, independent learners who have both the skills and internal motivation for life-long learning. These ‘intelligent behaviours’ are wide-ranging in their application and significant in their importance as human attributes.

Characteristics of effective, independent learners:

  • Persisting
  • Managing impulsivity
  • Listening with empathy
  • Thinking flexibly
  • Metacognition (thinking about thinking)
  • Striving for accuracy
  • Questioning and posing problems
  • Applying past knowledge
  • Clarity and precision
  • Gathering data through all senses
  • Creating, imagining, innovating
  • Responding with wonderment and awe
  • Taking responsible risks
  • Finding humour
  • Thinking independently
  • Remaining open to continuous learning
    (from Costa and Kallicks’ Habits of Mind books)


Technological advancements and demand for additional skills are altering the way we work, live and learn. Ensuring students have the capacity and confidence to adapt to changing technology is crucial for their success here and after School.

The Rockhampton Grammar School’s extensive facilities and staff are resourced and equipped to use the best technology to enhance our established teaching and learning principles.

Our Middle and Senior Schools TabletPC Programme provides a wireless, portable personal computer for each student from Year 7, enriching teaching and learning. 

Whilst the technology and devices are important education tools, they are not the focus. They exist to assist students and teachers in achieving their goal or addressing the problem they are trying to solve.