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January update from Rockhampton Girls Grammar Principal Kara Krehlik

Principal Kara Krehlik with Head Girls Hadasshah Akop and Megan Clark. Photo: Ellouise Bailey

The 2023 academic year started with a bang at Girls Grammar, as families, students, and staff gathered for our Welcome BBQ on Monday January 23 - the first since 2020.

I was thrilled to see so many members of our school community come together as students, staff, and families re-connected and formed new connections with those new to our school community in 2023.

The sense of excitement for the year ahead was strongly felt with overwhelmingly positive feedback from staff and parents truly reinforcing our unique culture of community and connections.

Our Welcome BBQ set the tone for the year ahead, with our first big event only four weeks away.

Rockhampton Girls Grammar to host Long Lunch event

Girls Grammar’s annual Long Lunch has been revitalised for its third year, now at the rustic themed Shearing Shed, Heritage Village on Saturday, March 4.

Buses to and from Girls Grammar are a new addition and available as part of ticket purchases with the option of a return drop off in the CBD.

Rockhampton Girls Grammar special guest TV Presenter and Author Anna Daniels. Photo: supplied

We are excited to announce that we will be joined by special guest, Australian author, comedian, radio producer and television presenter Anna Daniels - recently adding the voice of Lucky's mum in Bluey to her list of credentials.

Reporter Andrea Crothers who began her television journalist career with WIN news in Rockhampton hitting the big time as Brisbane based reported for the TODAY show will return to CQ as emcee.

Rockhampton Girls Grammar Long Lunch emcee Today Show Reporter Andrea Crothers . Photo: supplied

Thank you to the businesses, staff, parents and friends Girls Grammar who have supported our Long Lunch through corporate sponsorship and/or donations of fabulous raffle prizes.

All funds raised for this event will go towards our school building fund, supporting the refurbishment of heritage listed Paterson House’s upper northern wing.

Corporate Sponsorship packages and prize donations are still welcome by contacting Ellouise Bailey at

Tickets are available for purchase as a table of 10 or individually, so get your friends together to enjoy a three course meal by Olive Catering, and entertainment by acoustic due Kyle and Celeste and our talented Girls Grammar students.

Rockhampton Girls Grammar Parents and Friends Association update

On Thursday, February 2 our Parents and Friends Association held their Annual General Meeting and first meeting for the year.

Outgoing Secretary Nicola Simpson, Vice President Liz Curtis, outgoing Treasurer Jacqui Goltz, and outgoing President Sharon Graham-Hohn. Picture: on file

With all Executive positions declared vacant, we farewelled President Sharon Graham-Hohn, Secretary Nicola Simpson and Treasurer Jacqui Goltz. On behalf of the school, I would like to sincerely thank them for the time and passion they have dedicated to the benefit of our girls.

Congratulations to our P&F Executive for 2023!

President Luke Brunsmann, Vice President Liz Curtis continuing in to her third year, and Steph Pasco as Secretary. The position of Treasurer remains vacant and is required to be filled. Any parents and friends of the school interested in this Executive role please contact myself or P&F President Luke Brunsmann by emailing

It was pleasing to see so many parents in attendance last night with seven new parents added to the list of P&F members!

We warmly welcome any parent or friend of the school to meetings held on the first Thursday of the month from 6pm in Luck 1.

Outgoing Chairperson Vicki Jackson OAM (left) at the Rockhampton Girls Grammar Race Day in 2021. Picture: on file

Last night I shared the sad news that after 20 years of dedicated volunteering to raising funds for our school, the Girls Grammar (Rockhampton) Race Day Committee has decided that “all good things must come to an end”.

Since its inception in 2002, borne out of hardship and uncertain times for

our School, the Girls Grammar Race Day has become a premier showcase for the School and social event on the race day calendar.

A sincere thank you and appreciation to Chairperson, Vicki Jackson OAM and her Committee who have given so much of their time, talent, and passion to raise approximately $720,000 over the past 20 years for our School.

I am committed to maintaining this proud tradition that has become such a strong part of our School, and I thank those members of our community who have already put their hand up to help ensure this event takes place as calendared on Saturday, June 17.

Rockhampton Girls Grammar students volunteering during the 2021 Race Day event. Picture: on file

I strongly believe that although a lot of effort will be required, our culture of community will entrust that the tradition of Girls Grammar Race Day will continue. If you are interested in being involved in this committee please contact me on

I look forward to a fantastic year ahead and am so grateful for the support, positivity and sense of community we have established here at Girls Grammar.

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