Toowoomba Grammar School

Sandy Mathies

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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    

Cadets: Base Visit – Tuesday, 18 June 2019

BASE VISIT 2019 Warning Order

BASE VISIT 2019 Activity Notification and Consent Form vers 1

TGSACU will be conducting a Base Visit to Swartz Barracks, Oakey on Tuesday 18th June 2019. A visit to a military base like Swartz Barracks gives the cadets an opportunity to look at potential career opportunities given by the ARMY.  It is also an opportunity for cadets to have a hands on military experience.


Information for Parents is as follows:

Date: Tuesday 18th June 2019.

Timings: Drop off TGS loop NLT 0700. Pick up TGS loop 1530.

Boys involved in Rugby Mandatory Training will be back at TGS in time for this training.

Transport:  Bus

Food: Will be supplied either by TGS or Swartz Barracks. A water bottle is to be brought with each cadet.

Dress: DPCU Barracks


We are currently in discussion with the Army on the program for the day and this will be forwarded with correspondence in due course. Please sign and return the attached permission slip to LT Trevisani NLT Friday 14th June 2019 if you wish to attend.

Cadets: Routine Orders Friday, 24 May 2019


Please find attached the RO for this week’s Home Training.


Important information for parents and cadets:


  1. The orderly room will be open from 0745h on Friday 24th for drop off of Packs and Webbing.
  2. Packing list needs to be followed closely as the Weather Forecast is for below 10 degrees Celsius. Warm under clothes, beanies and sleeping bags are vital. A kit check will be conducted and a list will be sent home for forgotten items.
  3. Parents please note timings for the Exercise. Drop off Saturday 0640h. Pick Up 1715h Sunday.
  4. The Sports Bus will run Saturday afternoon. At this stage we are waiting on game times and the bus departure time will be sent out Friday morning.


Kind Regards


LT(AAC) Lauren Trevisani

TGSACU Administration

Orienteering – Goomburra and Qld Sprint Champs


On Saturday, there will be coaching at Goomburra between 11.30 and 3pm, (following the TGS Cadet orienteering at 9am) and Sunday morning is the Qld Sprint Champs at UQ Gatton.

Entries for Goomburra close on Thursday night at or just email me so I can print you a map.

QLD Sprint Champs – entries also close Thursday night.  NO LATE entries, no enter on the day.  Also note – ALLOCATED START TIMES – start list will be put up on Eventor on Saturday.


Best wishes

Mrs Nottle

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