First CGA Reverse Mentoring Breakfast

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First CGA Reverse Mentoring Breakfast

The CGA was pleased to host our First Reverse Mentoring Breakfast that was held on the 3rd of June at The Deck, Brighton. We had around 40 people who attended this networking event. CGA Reverse Mentoring Program is inspired by these articles featured in the Harvard Business Review  and Association of the Heads of Independent Schools Australia  and our desire to innovate in the mentoring space. By flipping the traditional mentoring relationship, we hope to give young alumni the opportunity to share issues and perspectives affecting the youth of  today.   After a welcome from CGA Executive Director Linda Sprott, CGA Marketing and Events Assistant Holly Robertson introduced the YAAP Program to the attendees. CGA Career Coach Leah Lambart delivered a keynote speech reflecting on the benef...

From the CGA – April 2022

Celebrating our Golden Alumni April has been a month to reflect on and appreciate our community. The CGA is immensely appreciative of all those who have attended their class reunions thus far. As we look to the months ahead, we are grateful to have the opportunity to watch peer years connect through the bustling Affiliate program and the upcoming Young Alumni Ambassadors Program. During April, we shared the story of Golden Alumni member Bill Bott AM (Class of 1962) with our community. Bill is an avid farmer on the NSW/VIC border and has made significant contributions to the local NSW government over a 35-year period, culminating in him becoming a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003. Dirk (Class of 2014) shared with us his lasting memories of Wheelers Hill campus, including the expansi...

From the Archives – March 2022

Photo of the Month: 2002 Year 3 Malvern students ‘Adopt a Calf’ with Adam Heath, Head of YJ Campus It was 75 years ago on Saturday 22 March 1947 at 3pm that the official opening of Yarra Junction Country Centre (Cuming House) took place. Many generations of students, staff and school families have enjoyed the beautiful setting on Little Yarra River, and the adventure, farming, and environmental activities. The Adopt a Calf activity introduced students to the dairy and commercial activities of YJ. Can you help identify the students from Peer 2011 with Adam? Email [email protected] Remembering Shaw House Primary School (1949-1979) Recently I was talking to a past student regarding his memories of Shaw House primary school. This Caulfield Grammar “junior school” opened officiall...

From the CGA – March 2022

Celebrating the Women within our Community March has been another busy and productive month for the CGA. With more reunions and planning for the next few months taking place, we are excited to be continuing our platform for Grammarians to connect. In honour of International Women’s Day (March 8th), we dedicated March to recognising the wonderful women who have made invaluable contributions to our Grammarian community. Pip Karoly (Class of 2007) devotes her days to developing a patient-specific approach to epilepsy management. We had the pleasure of listening to Pip speak at CGS’s International Women’s Day Breakfast out at Wheelers Hill, alongside fellow Grammarians Kara Henderson (Class of 2015, paramedicine student and Hawks VFLW player) and Sherene Loi (Class of 1990, breast cancer resea...

Golden Alumni Society Luncheon – Feb 2022

Around 80 members and guests attended the CGA’s Golden Alumni Society Luncheon held at Quat Quatta in Ripponlea on Wednesday 23rd February. The Golden Alumni Society includes all Grammarians who left school 50 or more years ago. The Luncheon served as a reunion function for members of the Classes of the 1962, 1967 and 1972, and the Grammarians present ranged from two 1947 leavers (including Emeritus President of School Council Lindsay Cuming) through to a number of 1972 leavers. Guests included Ashleigh Martin (Principal), Stephen Newton (Principal 1993-2011), Leanne Guillon (Deputy Principal, Head of Caulfield Campus), Andrew Cole (Executive Director, CGS Foundation), Melissa Grenville (CGS Foundation, Bequest Manager) and Emily Davis (CGA President). Jim Hayman (1957-66; President of Sch...

From the CGA – February 2022

Celebrating our Intergenerational Grammarian Families It’s still only the start of 2022 and yet February has been a busy and productive month for the CGA. We’re grateful to be welcoming Grammarians back to in-person reunions and affiliate club programs, and can’t wait to continue to see generations of peer years enjoy continued connections and memories. This month our focus has been on celebrating Intergenerational Families, especially those who have given back to their Grammarian community. We were lucky to feature the wonderful Niki Gaal (Class of 1986), a three-generational Grammarian. Niki is a key contributor to the Theatre and Dance program at CGS, working with the Friends of Theatre and Dance to provide endless backstage and costume help. Various students from recent years would all...

From the CGA – January 2022

A focus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship The CGA would like to wish all our Grammarians and friends a very happy New Year and a safe and prosperous 2022. We are grateful for your continued support and look forward to working closely with you to continue to create connections and engagement. This year we are doing things a little differently; our e-newsletter will be released monthly to help keep you more up-to-date with our community and CGA news, as well as streamline other communications. Each month we will be focusing on a particular theme to help highlight our values and important alumni stories. This month’s theme is innovation and entrepreneurship, and our feature profile is on Billy Green (Class of 2008) who has used innovation to excel in his home meal delivery service. We will a...

Boarder’s Reunion 2021

The CGA was very pleased to hold our first face-to-face event since July when we hosted a special dinner for past members of the Boarding House at The Deck in Brighton on Friday 12th November. Around 50 past boarders, partners and guests attended. The dinner provided a wonderful opportunity for younger and older Grammarians to mixed together and share their experiences as members of Caulfield Grammar’s boarding community. We were pleased to welcome Bert Ainge, who was a boarder from 1945 to 1947, John Schultz (1951-55), Bob Webster (1961-64), Christopher Davey (1962-64), a good group of late 1960s and early 1970s leavers, other leavers from the 1970s and 1980s, and a strong contingent from the Class of 1987. There were also a good number of post-2000 leavers, including recent graduate Medi...

The Crabtree Family

Walter Crabtree The Crabtree family’s association with Caulfield Grammar School began when Walter Crabtree came to the School in 1930. Wal attended Caulfield State School after his family moved to Elsternwick, showing his football ability by being selected to play for Victoria in the State Schools’ Football Carnival. Moving to Caulfield Grammar in 1930, he was selected to play in the first eighteen at age 14 and kicked 35 goals as a forward in the last three games of the 1931 season. After leaving school, Wal worked for Brookland’s Accessories for a few years before joining A G Healing, where he was employed for over 30 years, eventually reaching management level. Nevertheless, he continued his involvement in the school community. Wal played some 300 games for the Caulfield Grammarians’ Fo...

2019 Boarders’ Reunion

On Friday 15 October, nearly 100 past boarding students and staff attended the Boarders’ Reunion at the Railway Hotel in South Melbourne. This was a big jump from previous years which had seen approximately half that number. A big thank you goes to Louise Bibby and all Morcom House Captains for spreading the word about the event amongst their peer years.      There was a broad range of ages represented with alumni from the 1950s all the way up to 2017. It was also lovely to see some generational families and siblings such as Brooke, Mal and Tim McCurdy, John and Stephen Rafferty, Luke and Michael Spinks, and Cam and Lachlan Dickie. This event is such an important one in the CGA calendar as boarding continues to be a huge part of CGS. In 2020 the School will host 45 girls and 45 boys ...

Marsden & Archer Chapters Luncheon

The CGA recently held a combined Luncheon for the Marsden and Archer Chapters on Thursday 3 October. Archer members were able to appreciate the beauty of Malvern Campus and the Valentine Mansion; something different from looking out over the oval from the Lindsay Thompson Centre at Caulfield Campus. Our Marsden members also enjoyed showing their fellow Grammarians around a place that holds so many memories for them. Our Grammarians were warmly welcomed to the campus by Year 5 and 6 students. It was lovely to see the connection between current students and some of the old boys.    Chapter members also swapped stories about school days and hearing an update on current school activities from Principal Ashleigh Martin.   Thanks to archivist Judith Gibson who put together a wonderful display as...

2019 Combined Chapter Luncheon

Our annual Combined Chapter Luncheon was held on Friday 1 March at The Gables in Malvern East. The usual venue for the luncheon — the Function Room of the Lindsay Thompson Sports and Physical Education Centre at Caulfield Campus — was not available this year due to the construction work on the new Aquatic Centre. More than 90 chapter members and guests attended what proved to be a very enjoyable function. CGA Executive Director Linda Sprott welcomed everyone and then handed over to CGA President Andrew Aitken, who provided the CGA Report. In his report, Andrew congratulated Archer Chapter member Dr David Burke on receiving an AM in the Australia Day Honours for “for significant service to medicine, particularly to brain injury rehabilitation, and to professional medical bodies”.      In hi...

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