Co-curricular Term 3 Update

As we look forward to Term 3, I hope to provide clarity as to what our expectations can be, at this stage, in relation to the School’s Co-curricular Program.

Instrumental Music: all ensemble rehearsals and small group tuition have returned to normal. Performances will be delivered via video in Term 3, and we look forward to recording our first virtual Gala Concert, featuring every musician in the School, at the end of Week 6. We anticipate releasing the virtual concert at the start of Term 4, but hope to share previews in BGGS News and on the School’s social media platforms in late Term 3. This will be a wonderful celebration of music and a unique archival record of these times.

Drama Studio: Year 7 and 8 Drama Production activities and a Senior Monologue workshop are underway, and performances will be filmed and shared with the School community. Grammar Dance will recommence in Term 3, as will rehearsals for the Year 9 and10 Drama Production, which we’re hopeful of presenting to a live audience in Term 4, pending further easing of government restrictions.

Service Groups: a range of excellent work and activities continued throughout Term 2, and Service Groups will raise awareness and support their groups and charities throughout Term 3.Clubs and Activities are also underway, providing girls with the outlet to express their interests and indulge in their passions.

Debating: activities are earmarked for return, although specific details are yet to be confirmed. Queensland Debating Union (QDU) are exploring the viability of holding a reduced Year 7 Competition in Term 3, and we will share information regarding this as soon as we possible. A three-round Spring Hill Invitational Competition scheduled for Term 3 against Brisbane Grammar School and St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace, is proposed for a limited number of teams in Years 10 to 12. I encourage interested students to view News and Daily Notices on Minerva for further details. Mooting for students in Years 10 and 11 will be held in Term 3, with competition rounds scheduled for 15,16 and 23 August.

Please note, social distancing protocols are required in all venues to ensure the health and wellbeing of our community. Unfortunately, spectators are not able to watch debates at this time, and we ask families to assist us by remaining offsite.

Sport: resumes in Term 3, and while I join our community in celebrating this, we do need to acknowledge sport remains our most complex activity to organise in terms of compliance with governing regulations.

Due to QGSSSA regulations, the selection process for our Winter Fixture teams must be significantly compressed this year, and decisions made within a very restricted timeframe. These are imperfect times, but we assure you all selections will be made with care and consideration, and the process of assigning girls to teams will be as fair and equitable as possible. We know some girls will feel disappointed if they miss out on making a team, and that there may be more students who miss out this year if the number of teams we can enter is restricted in any way. Please be assured we will do our very best to deliver development sessions and provide sporting opportunities for these students during Term 3.

Protocols specific to schools sports were released last week, and reinforced our responsibility in providing a safe environment for our students, staff and parents. As such, we ask all to recognise the need to remain flexible as circumstances continue to evolve, and for your adherence to the most current protocols.

I have no doubt there will be further government information released over the holiday period, and we will update families accordingly. For now, the most important task ahead is to rest and relax, and make the most of some quiet time with family and friends before the start of Term 3.

Ms Ellena Papas
Dean of Co-curriculum