AS WE GEAR UP for what is set to be the biggest Race Day of the Rockhampton racing year - we take a moment to hear from some of our incredible team behind the day, and learn what it takes to put together such a wondrous day on the field.
The Race Day was the initiative of Dr Peter Dunbar, a former parent of the school. Fifteen years on, the Rockhampton Girls Grammar School Race Day has become a prestigious event on the Rockhampton Racing calendar. The Race Day is an important part of our fundraising calendar with previous days providing much needed funds for: our new Prep playground, a digital sign, reception refurbishment and the air conditioning in the Boarding common room just to name a few. This year sees the start of a campaign to air condition the Boarding houses.
This Saturday is when it all happens trackside so grab some of your friends, buy a great hat - be a part of it!
+ RGGS Race Day Committee Chair
+ Family Lawyer
+ Horse Lover
How many years have you been involved in the Rockhampton Girls Grammar School Race Day?
“I have been involved with the Race Day since the very beginning way back in 2002 however I formally became involved in 2003 when I was elected Chairperson of the inaugural committee.”
What makes the Girls Grammar Race Day a ‘must do’ on the Rockhampton Race Calendar?
“The Race Day is a very special highlight of the winter racing carnival. We try to emulate southern racedays with lots of beautiful flowers, white table cloths and silver service where Girls Grammar students shine as they provide the hospitality.”
What do you have instore for the punters and fashionistas at this year’s event?
“This year, we are honoured to have the very beautiful racing identity, Dale Olsson to judge our Fashions on the Field. Dale is the previous owner of the very iconic ‘Hat Box’ in the Brisbane Arcade which was the number one millinery destination in Brisbane, stocking only the finest millinery pieces.”
+ Fashion Lover
+ RGGS Alumni
+ Race Goer
What do you look forward to most about the Rockhampton Girls Grammar Race Day?
“I look forward to the Race Day every year. My favourite part would have to be the Fashions on the Field. I love any opportunity I can get to curate a spectacular outfit and millinery to match and head to the track for a day out. My two younger sisters and Mum also come along so it’s great to spend the day out with them.”
What makes the Rockhampton Girls Grammar Race Day different to any other race day?
“As a part student of the Rockhampton Girls Grammar School, for me, I particularly enjoy this Race Day as it’s a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, teachers and members of the close knit school community.”
What are you wearing this year?
“I am going with something more light in colour and fresh this year while still keeping with a winter feel. I had an outfit planned but now I have changed my mind. I am looking to dress for comfort but still be on trend and I am probably going to go with a bespoke headband turban which I will have custom made from Martina McGrath Millinery in Brisbane.”
+ RGGS Student
+ Race Day Volunteer
What made you want to volunteer at the Race Day?
“My sisters volunteered and waitressed for a couple of years before I started and then I started in Year 7 because I wanted to be a part of the team at Girls Grammar.”
What are you looking forward to most about the Race Day?
“I’m really looking forward to interacting with all the guests at the Race Day.”
We can't wait to see you all there.