Toowoomba Grammar School

Monthly Archives: June 2019

Swimming: World Swimming Trials

Congratulations to Henry Reardon who competed in the World Swimming Trials in Brisbane last week.

This was Henry’s first venture into Top level Para Swimming where he competed against Olympians and the actual team for World Champs.

Heats to Finals

  • 100m Backstroke / 5th / 1.10.14 – 1.11.49 5th
  • 50m Freestyle / 5th / 26.81 – 27.05 4th
  • 100m Freestyle / 6th / 59.78 – 1.00.01 6th

TGS “All-In” Basketball Camp 21-23 June 2019

Toowoomba Grammar School “All-In” Basketball Camp

The 2019 Toowoomba Grammar School Basketball Camp will be held during the final week of Term 2, from Friday, 21 to Sunday, 23 June 2019. The goal for the camp is to expose our athletes to some of the finest coaches and players Toowoomba has to offer, provide an opportunity for the boys to develop their Basketball skills and to begin establishing the TGS Basketball ‘Style of Play’. This, along with our previous basketball commitments for 2019, will assist in squad formation for the A Squad Camp and training squads for Week 1, Term 3.

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Ice Hockey

Congratulations to Hugh Campbell on his selection in the Queensland U13 Ice Hockey team. Hugh will compete at the National Championship in NSW from August 15-18.

Cadets: AFX Saturday, 21 September – Saturday, 28 September 2019

You may have received an email yesterday about the Annual Field Exercise (AFX) 2019. This is an important step on your journey and a fantastic example of the variety of things Army Cadets has to offer. The following information is for your perusal, please read it carefully and email me any questions asap.


The key points to consider are:


Dates:  TIER 1 and 2 – Saturday 21st September 2019 – Saturday 28th September 2019. TIER 3 – Saturday 28th September 2019 – Wednesday 2nd October 2019.

Timings: TBA

Location: Greenbank Military Training Area, Gallipoli Barracks Enoggera, and Canungra Military Training Area.

Transport: Bus arranged by HQ

Rations: Fresh and Ration Packs TBA


What to do now:

  1. Log in to Cadet Net (email LT Trevisani if you need a password change).
  2. Go to My Activities and Nominate for the correct TIER (please see note below).
  3. Email LT Trevisani with the TIER you nominated for.



  • If you have not attended an AFX before (you are a new recruit or last year’s recruit that did not attend camp) you MUST nominate for TIER 1.
  • If you attended Tier 1 last year you can nominate for TIER 2 and 3. Look at the preferences carefully and chose your elective quickly as they fill up fast. If you have an SDR you cannot attend SURVIVAL.
  • To nominated for Survival 2 or Engineering 2 you must have completed Mod 1 last year.
  • LCPLs and CPLs some of you will be required for TIER 1 to become Section Commanders for the 1st Years, if you think you would prefer to help out on Tier 1 rather than do electives please nominate for TIER 1 and let me know.

Orienteering: Passchendaele State Forest – Sunday, 9 June 2019

Orienteering Next Sunday at Passchendaele State Forest, NW of Stanthorpe

                         Sunday 9 June 
Terrain: Undulating, pine plantation with some scattered to detailed granite; thicker areas of native vegetation on the rocky hills.

From 9am -11pm    Close: 1pm

Courses: Very Easy (1.5km); Easy (1.8km); Moderate 1 (3km); Moderate 2 (2.3km); Hard 1 (5.7km); Hard 2 (4.6km); Hard 3 (3km)

Cost:  Members:  $10 for adults; $8 for juniors; $27 for families    Non-members: $12 for adults; $9 for juniors; $5 for beginners

: Bush toilet; drinks for sale.

Online Entries: Please enter online by midnight on Wednesday, 5 June at to ensure enough maps are available. If you can’t manage this, please email me and let me know what course you would like to do.


From Stanthorpe, take the Texas Road (Connor Street) off High Street (the main road through town) about 750 metres north of the Post Office. Follow westwards until you pass under the Stanthorpe by-pass and then take Amiens Road to the right. Proceed 12,5km towards Amiens and then turn right at the top of a hill into Bapaume Road. Follow for 8km (past the forest station) before turning right into the pine plantation and following signs to the assembly area. Allow 25 minutes from Stanthorpe.

From Warwick, take the New England Highway south from Warwick approx. 47km to the Thulimbah turn-off. Turn right here at the Big Apple and cross the railway line and then take Amiens

Road (signposted to Passchendaele Forest) west for 11km before turning left into the forest and follow signs to the assembly area. Allow 50mins from Warwick.


Inquiries: Liz Bourne   Ph 4683 6374 or

Adventure Club: Activity Report – Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

Adventure Club Activity Report

Activity: Overnight Trip – Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT)
Date: 1-2 June 2019
Participants: See below
Staff: Brodie Bassingthwaighte, Ian Waite


A chilly morning greeted the group as we loaded bikes, tents and equipment ready for a weekend cycling the upper sections of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.  Now the longest Rail Trail in Australia, the original line was commenced near Ipswich in 1884 and eventually completed to Yarraman in 1913.  The line followed the picturesque Brisbane Valley.  The final steam trains ran on the line in 1969. Some Railmotor passenger services continued with the line finally closed in 1991 and the line pulled up.  From 1996, local councils and Queensland Rail commenced negotiations to develop the rail corridor into a trail for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, with the final sections opened last year to complete the trail.

Our group enjoyed a glorious first day, riding from Yarraman to Moore.  Grass trees and magnificent valley views make for a great trip.  The section from Benarkin to Linville is almost all downhill (3 to 5 % slope) making for a causal, gravity assisted ride.  It also includes the Benarkin viaduct and its historic culvert.  These are amazing engineering feats for their day.  After a casual lunch in Linville, the group rode onto Moore.  This leg of the trail provides some spectacular views of the upper reaches of the Brisbane River.  After 50km of riding, the group reached Moore in good time and went about establishing camp.  An early dinner saw the boys bed down for a well-earned sleep.

A slight overnight shower did little to dampen the boys’ spirit and enthusiasm for day 2.   The ride to Harlin is over the newest sections of the trail, making for easy riding over a good surface.  Again, there are vantage points to take in the scenic views along the valley. Intermittent light showers added to the challenge as we moved onwards towards our final goal.  The Yimbun tunnel (1910), the only tunnel along the entire trail and 100m in length, again reminded us of the engineering feats evident along the ride. The old Toogoolawah Station building provided a well-earned shelter for lunch.  While some boys chose to end their trip here, there were a couple who were keen to complete the journey, especially as the skies had cleared.  The final leg to Esk was done in good time, before all again boarded the bus for the trip home.

The overall trip was close to 100 km.  The boys showed great perseverance and resilience, never complaining as they completed the ride.  No mechanical problems or flats topped off a great weekend.

Images and trail map available from:


Count Surname CName St # Year D/B
1 Bassingthwaighte Brodie staff    
2 Waite Ian staff    
3 Campbell Braith 403220 8 Dayboy
4 McIntosh Edley 46799 8 Dayboy
5 Statham Ewan 46300 8 Dayboy
6 Doran Lachlan 401988 7 Dayboy
7 Strugnell Tumoana 402952 9 Dayboy
8 Strugnell Ashley parent