Community Groups

Parents & Friends

Ҵý is proud of its strong tradition of involvement with the wider community it serves, and the Girton Parents and Friends (GPF) is a key player within that community.

The GPF is largely made up of the parents, guardians and friends of Girton students and we share a common aim to help Girton provide the best education possible for our students. We meet on a regular basis to share a wealth of expertise and vast amounts of energy and enthusiasm: all directed at benefiting the entire school.

We also balance the inevitable hard work of fundraising with a lot of fun and friendship, making membership of the GPF very rewarding.

Each year the GPF plans a series of events to further our aims (as listed below). Highly successful and enjoyable past events have included:

  • New Parents’ Welcome Evening
  • Ҵý Fair
  • Parent Dinners


Our aims in the GPF are to:

  • encourage the active involvement of parents, guardians and friends of Girton students in the life and growth of their School;
  • welcome new parents and families to the Girton community;
  • offer opportunities to establish and foster goodwill and friendship amongst parents, guardians and friends and the Head, Board and Staff of Girton;
  • assist at various Girton events (sports, socials, etc);
  • promote Girton in the wider community beyond the school; and
  • raise funds for the further development of amenities, facilities and projects at Girton


Ҵý’s entire parent group, together with guardians, friends, grandparents and the Girton Grammar Staff, are most welcome and eligible to join the GPF. Formal membership involves the payment of a nominal annual fee, which entitles members to voting rights at our AGM and regular meetings.

For further details please contact Kristi Mitchell, Alumni and Community Relations Manager (03) 5441 3114 or e-mail kristimitchell@girton.vic.edu.au

Friends of Girton

Ҵý has a number of “Friends of” Groups that have formed over the life of the School.  Currently the School supports:

  • Friends of Junior School
  • Friends of Performing Arts

These groups, formed by parents, support the above clubs in different ways.  Whether it be car-pooling, scoring at games, organising friend-raising barbecues, fundraising for the students within their clubs or supporting the Masters in Charge, this is all valuable and encouraged as part of our School community. These groups operate under the overarching umbrella of the Ҵý Parents’ and Friends’ Association.

For further information or if you wish to contact a Friends of Group, please contactKristi Mitchell, Alumni and Community Relations Manager (03) 5441 3114 or e-mail kristimitchell@girton.vic.edu.au

Friends of Performing Arts LogoFriends of Performing Arts

The Friends of Performing Arts Group combines the energy, enthusiasm, talent and time of the previous Friends of Music and Friends of Drama groups, reflecting the growth in Performing Arts at Girton Grammar over the last decade.

This growth is partially owing to the wonderful Performing Arts Building, with the “Black Box” being the jewel in the theatrical crown, and also because of the close and professional working relationship between the Music and Drama Departments at the school.

Girton Grammar fosters an appreciation of Art, Music and Drama from a young age, starting in the Junior School where every child learns a string instrument and is part of a choir.

Two thirds of Girton students, from Prep to Year 12 currently participate in Performing Arts, with over 100 performances within the school and the broader community every year, making the school a key player the cultural life of Bendigo and Central Victoria.

The primary role of the Friends of Performing Arts group is fundraising to support public performances and to continue to offer facilities of a high standard to all students.

Interested parents, guardians and friends are welcome to become part of this exciting group by contacting the Girton Grammar Performing Arts Administrator on (03) 5441 3114.

Friends of Junior School

School FairFriends of Junior School is a group of Junior School parents working together to facilitate opportunities for social and community interaction beyond the classroom.  The aim of the group is ‘friend raising’ rather than fundraising.  The group runs some self-funded activities such as sausage sizzles, and parent functions but focus mainly on welcoming new faces and families into the Junior School.   Meetings are informal and take place once a month in the school.  Discussions are based around Junior School events and parent run activities that promote inclusiveness.