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A Heartwarming Reunion at Westech Field Days for Girls Grammar Principal

Spring has definitely sprung and in the central west it felt more like summer this past week.

And it couldn’t have been better timed for our trip back to the outback for Westech Field Days.

But it wasn't just the weather that brought warmth to the region; it was the heartfelt reunions and cherished memories made as Marty, Oliver and Henry joined me for this year’s show.

A Homecoming to Remember

For many, Westech Field Days is more than just an event; it's a chance to reconnect in the heart of the outback. This year, the experience was extra special as it felt like a homecoming for Marty and I. After more than a decade away, Marty and I returned to Longreach, where we had once called home back in 2011 and 2012. It was a journey down memory lane, a chance to revisit the places that held a special place in our hearts, and a wonderful opportunity to introduce our boys to what life was like ‘pre kids’.

There's just something about an outback sunset, the wide-open spaces, and the peaceful quiet that makes our western country a magical place.

Reconnecting through Rural Community

Westech Field Days is more than just a showcase of rural life; it's a chance to reconnect. The opportunity to catch up with past students, hear about their journeys, meet Old Girls and their families, and connect with excited new students and their parents who are soon to become part of the Girls Grammar community is truly special.

It’s not just about the school ties, but the friendships too. Being at Westech and with family in toe was a chance to reconnect with old friends and colleagues from our time in Longreach. We shared life stories, relived memorable events, and rekindled friendships like a decade or more hadn't even passed!

A Shared Passion for Rural Communities

Another aspect of Westech Field Days is the chance to converse with staff from other schools who share the same passion for their boarding communities and families in rural and regional areas of Queensland. My belief and spirit of 'sharing is caring' is exemplified in the exchange of experiences, ideas and what lies ahead, I find both enriching and enlightening.

As the sun sets on Westech Field Days for another year, our hearts are already set on the next event where we'll get to see each other again—Beef Week! The bonds formed during these gatherings see us looking ahead with anticipation for future reunions.

Looking Ahead to 2026

To the wonderful communities of Barcaldine and Longreach, I extend my heartfelt thanks to the Westech Committee for all the time and effort put in to make the event such a success for your town.

The outback has a way of bringing people together, and Westech Field Days exemplifies the beauty of this connection. I look forward to the many upcoming field days, rural and regional shows to continue ‘connecting’ with our families past, present and future and look forward to a huge upcoming Beef week in 2024!

Kara Krehlik




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