40th Anniversary Co-Education & Wheelers Hill Campus

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40th Anniversary Co-Education & Wheelers Hill Campus

School history was made on February 4, 1981 when classes began at the new co-educational campus in our centenary year. 197 boys and girls from Year 3-7 and 10 staff gathered with founding Head of Campus, Milton Cujes (1981-89) at the new campus situated on 20 hectares of sloping scenic land at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges. On the first day in a whole-campus assembly an overview of school history was shared and Headmaster, Rev A Holmes (1977-92) led the singing of the School Song. Scripture readings from Proverbs and Psalms reminded all present of the legacy from School Founder, Joseph Henry Davies, M.A. (1881-88) that, “the School be a thoroughly Christian one”. Read more about the this special day and co-education on the Caulfield Grammar School website.

Student Values

The Student Values project is designed to define the behaviours that represent each of our School Values. Taking input from students of all ages and across all campuses, behaviours that build School community have been devised and revised to guide our actions. “Life is a piano; these are the keys for life.” – Susan Zhang, Year 9 Wheelers Hill The end goal was to improve the School culture. With 1,694 students completing a survey regarding the School Values, 222 students then consolidated this raw information into specific behaviours. The process was finalised by 111 student leaders from the 6 committees across Caulfield, Wheelers Hill, and Malvern campuses — with the Student Value Behaviours launching earlier this year in May. “One of the goals was to provide an opportunity for stude...

Known by Blue and White

Nothing denotes ‘belonging’ as much as wearing the uniform of a school. Not only is our Caulfield Grammar School uniform a known emblem with visibility, but the familiar colours and styling symbolise tradition and membership. As our School launches a new transseasonal uniform range it’s a unique opportunity to consider the evolution of student attire. It’s believed that school uniforms date from the 16th century in England at Christ Church School in 1552, when students were given a long blue coat and yellow, knee-high socks. Our distinctive colours of blue and white and motto, ‘Labora ut Requiescas’ were chosen in 1882 by School Founder, Joseph Henry Davies (1881-88). Such was the pride for the ‘blue and white’ that the original School Song of 1919, written by teacher Arthur Lormer (1920-5...

From the Principal – Dec 2020

The Year of Thriving Together Earlier in the year I sent a short video message encouraging students to balance their ‘to do’ list with their ‘to be’ list. Our ‘to do’ list never seems to diminish. We are distracted like never before and it can be our default to just write our list and tick it off. I encouraged our students, and our community, to pause and think about doing less – and being more. Understanding ourselves and truly knowing others is where we find true fulfilment and I’m optimistic this mindset is becoming a cornerstone of our Caulfield Grammar School community. It is why we say that student achievement and the pursuit of excellence will always be of utmost importance to us at Caulfield Grammar School – but it is not why we exist. We exist to enable young people to...

The 1881 Collection

The School is incredibly proud to introduce their refreshed academic uniform range – The 1881 Collection. The 1881 Collection, is made up of three coordinated wardrobes: Early Learning to Prep Years 1 to 9 Years 10 to 12 Students can wear the range from Term 1, 2021. There is a two year transition period, with items from the new and current uniforms able to be mixed and matched. The 1881 Collection is compulsory from Term 1, 2023. A complete guide to The 1881 Collection will be distributed to every household this week, coming home with the eldest child in each family from ELC to Year 9. And via post for those whose eldest is in Year 10 or 11 and for our families joining us in 2021, 2022 & 2023. View the online version or watch the video. The new uniform range is available for purchase ...

A gift that will last a lifetime

Jessica Cinar, our 2018 WH Co-captain, is one of thirteen Grammarians working as tutors to support our Foundation Scholarship students. These students represent great diversity, including Indigenous students and refugee families from Afghanistan, Syria and Sri Lanka. The Grammarians themselves also represent wonderful diversity coming from European, Armenian, Chinese, British and Indigenous backgrounds. We are incredibly proud that over the last two years our Foundation Scholarship program has grown, and we now have sixteen Foundation Scholarship recipients who are benefiting from a Caulfield Grammar School education. This has been made possible due entirely to the generous support of our wonderful Foundation donors. These boys and girls and their families are all very appreciative of the ...

Labora: Always illuminating and never boring!

Our school magazine, Labora, showcases so much that is special about the spirit and achievements of our school community. In a school committed both to valuing our heritage and inspiring our future, Labora reflects connection and engagement. Labora magazine has informed our School and alumni community since March 1957. It began as a four-page newsletter of the Caulfield Grammarians’ Association, developed by then President, Russ Mathews (1926-29). It was modelled on the successful monthly bulletins written by staff member, Hugh Gemmell Lamb-Smith (1913-15). In his first editorial Russ outlined his desire for ‘La Bora’ to “provide a galaxy of news on old boys, notes on coming events, post mortems on past ones, and news of the School”. He recruited an enthusiastic editorial team of Alan Hick...

1881 Bequest Society

Your Lasting Impact Caulfield Grammar School is what it is today due to the many people who have given generously of their time, ideas and energy, and have provided their philanthropic support through donations and bequests since the school was first opened in 1881. It is therefore fitting that the School and the Foundation have jointly established the 1881 Bequest Society to recognise the importance of bequests in securing our School’s future. The 1881 Bequest Society is named in honour of the men and women who have believed in, and contributed to, Caulfield Grammar since its inception. A bequest is a lasting way of investing in the School and ensuring that individuals who make a bequest remain a vital part of its future. One such bequestor is Lindsay Cuming AM, whose family gave the land...

Play in the Early Years

Each day children in the ELC explore their knowledge and understanding of the world, their social skills, their ways of negotiating, problem solving, risk taking, creativity and curiosity, through play. Mary Grummet, Coordinator — Early Learning Centres (ELC), explains the crucial nature of play in Caulfield Grammar’s approach to early learning. The curriculum frameworks that guide the practice in the ELC at Caulfield Grammar School emphasize PLAY as an essential part of children’s learning. An outsider might look at what they do each day and simply see children having fun. Internationally renowned child psychologist, David Elkind says “Play is not a luxury but rather a crucial dynamic of healthy physical, intellectual and social-emotional development at all age levels.” To illustrate ho...

Transformational Giving Day

Thank you for your incredible support of our inaugural Community Giving Day. With the generosity of our donor matchers (as listed below), more than 630 donors and 40 volunteers, we were delighted to raise more than $520,000 to fund our needs-based Foundation Scholarships. This is an amazing result, far exceeding our expectations. I am extremely proud to be working in a community that supported this wonderful initiative so enthusiastically. It was inspiring to see and hear of donors ranging from current students, parents, staff and suppliers to Grammarians aged from 16 to 90 years getting behind the Giving Day. Our volunteers, including current students, staff, and past and current parents, did a wonderful job of making calls and creating fantastic momentum on the day. We are thrilled that ...

Visible Wellbeing

Visible Wellbeing is one of Caulfield Grammar’s six Teaching and Learning priorities. Here, Mary Craven, Visible Wellbeing Project Leader, explains how our school community has been working in partnership with Professor Lea Waters to strengthen our understanding of wellbeing, how it can impact on our lives and strategies for improving it for all. Our goal through the Visible Wellbeing approach is to make wellbeing visible so that we can proactively intervene and make changes in young people’s lives and our own. We do this through acknowledging the negative, but specifically working to amplify the positives and increase overall wellbeing, which impacts all areas of life. Training has included four days with all staff of the school, plus a representation of secondary students and parents wor...

Introducing the Middle Years Programme (MYP)

The implementation of the Middle Years Programme (MYP) across Years 7-9 of our secondary campuses offers a wonderful opportunity to examine and renew our curriculum offerings across these important formative years. We are proud of the strong skills and knowledge we develop in our young people, but how can we better prepare them for the uncertainties and changing landscape of their future? The MYP places particular emphasis on building independence and skills vital for the workplace and beyond. Here Daniella Warren, Learning Area Leader – Learning Journeys and Natalie White, Learning Area Leader — English, Years 7-9 explain the implementation, and benefits to students of the MYP. With Caulfield Grammar School now in the candidacy phase of accreditation by the International Baccalaure...

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