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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 how ...

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...

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 Baccalaurea...

Experiential Learning

Dr Katherine Hoekman, Director of Teaching & Learning at Caulfield Grammar School and adjunct lecturer at UNSW explains what teachers are aiming for when developing experiential learning. There is much to be gained from designing learning experiential experiences beyond the traditional classroom. Teachers are constantly presenting real-life learning opportunities to students to make learning relevant, more engaging and trans-disciplinary. According to David Guerin, respected US principal and education academic, “we need to design learning that involves students in making meaning, not just accepting information.” Learning experiences done well, can shift responsibility for learning to the students themselves (self-directed learners) as they converse, reflect, collaborate and...

Annual T20 Cricket Match

The CGA went into the annual T20 cricket match against the School in good form, its senior side having just played finals in Division 1 of the MCC Club XI competition. Our confidence was also boosted by the fact that we had defeated the School first eleven for the past years to claim the Gerry Gerrand trophy. The School first eleven were having an excellent season in the APS competition, however, so we knew this year’s match was going to be much tougher than previous years. On a beautiful Friday afternoon on the Mills Oval, the CGA batted first and were looking good at 1/51 off six overs, only to stumble badly through the middle stages of the innings to be dismissed for 114. John Borneman (29), Prathmesh Yadav (27) and Nathan Guyett (23) were the top scorers  In reply, the School had littl...

Aquatic & Wellbeing Centre

Mr Ashleigh Martin Principal, recently announced plans for a new Aquatic and Wellbeing Centre to be built at Caulfield Campus. The new facility will include a 50m Olympic-size indoor swimming pool showcasing innovative advances in aquatic sports technology. The new aquatic centre will include a moveable floor that can be raised and lowered to adjust the water depth to cater for different aquatic programs such as competition swimming, water polo, diving and learn-to-swim. In addition, an integrated moveable boom and pop-up pool wall allows for the flexibility and versatility to arrange the pool for various configurations and uses, increasing its capacity and use at any one time. “This will improve our ability to have multiple classes in this space and fully utilise this outstanding resource...

Jazz at the Junction

Jazz @ the Junction on Sunday 19 November provided a terrific opportunity for families to come together and celebrate the 70th anniversary of Yarra Junction Campus. A warm, sunny day provided the perfect opportunity for families to explore the campus, including milking cows at the dairy, rustic furniture building, and getting the heart pumping on the leap of faith and high ropes course. The celebration showcased all the best YJ has to offer along with a pop-up food truck park and the main event, a music festival held in one of the paddocks. An elaborate stage was erected and student musicians from across the school gathered to perform to the crowd. Jazz groups, vocal ensembles and a big band were all a part of the line-up, the culmination of which was the headline act; Melbourne-based funk...

Learning Project Wins Design Award

Caulfield Grammar’s Learning Project buildings have been awarded a prestigious global education design award. The announcement was made at an award ceremony in Atlanta, USA on 28 October. Caulfield Grammar and Hayball, the School’s architects for the project, jointly took out the top accolade for education design globally – the Association for Learning Environments’ James D MacConnell Award. Congratulations to our teachers for their collaboration with our architects. Over 20 teaching staff worked with designers to produce an outstanding educational facility that supports contemporary teaching and learning practices and many others have contributed to our understanding of how this design an positively impact on students’ learning. The building continues Caulfie...