We may be small but we are mighty! At Rockhampton Girls Grammar School we are proving that you don't have to be a big school to be good at what you do. We recently received news that we have secured a spot in the finals for Regional School of the Year as part of the Australian Educator Awards.
The inaugural awards, run by the Australian Educator magazine, has short-listed eight schools from around Australia for the regional category, which will be announced in Sydney on August 17.
The award is open to all schools in Australia located outside major capital cities and looks at criteria such as the standards of teaching commitment to innovation, and curriculum delivery.
Principal, Mrs Hill, says this is exciting for the school to be linked into the mind-space that regional learning is quality.
"The notion that even in Rockhampton, you have to go to Brisbane or that you have to go to a school with lots of facilities and assets to get a quality education is not true," Mrs Hill said.
"That's not where the education is, it's in the quality of what's happening with the child."
During her three years as principal, Mrs Hill says she has watched Girls Grammar go from strength to strength and is excited to share the developments with other schools at the awards.
"We have to put together a presentation about some of our programs," she said.
"The criteria is around things like the academic outcomes of the school, and we are very happy with the fact that last year we were in the top 10 OP schools in Queensland and that 100 per cent of our graduates were accepted into uni if they applied.
"Around 65 per cent of our graduates from last year who went to uni are also doing health and science-based degrees, which is a very high number and bucks the trend of 'why don't women want to go into the science field' so that is really powerful for us".
Mrs Hill said at the end of the day it is about recognising the work that teachers and staff put into the school.
"I think it is the attention and individual care to detail that we can give to girls, and basically that's why the girls here leave and do an amazing array of things."