SIR Peter Cosgrove has challenged Rockhampton Grammar School students to discover their genius.
Australia's Governor-General officially opened the school's Birkbeck Building on Friday during a visit to the region, where he also met residents impacted by Cyclone Maria and paid tribute to those involved in the recovery operation.
The RGS building is named in honour of former school trustee and secretary to the Board of Trustees, Arthur Birkbeck, and is home to Year 7 students who transitioned to secondary school this year.
Sir Peter called on students to make the most of things; to give everything a go because that's "the Australian way".
"Educational opportunities here will provide you with abundant opportunities later in life. Discover the genius which is you and let us see you shine," Sir Peter said at the opening ceremony.
"I am pleased that so much of the hard work gone into this building wasn't undone by the recent cyclone.
"I think it is a wonderful, great tribute to a man who had a passion for the provision of great education," he said.
Sir Peter had a special message for Year 7 students: "You are fortunate beneficiaries of this new building. I encourage you... to make the very most of the conducive environment you find within its walls."