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COVID-19 Response

The Caulfield Grammarians’ Association (CGA) would like to assure you that, while we continue to operate, the wellbeing of our community is our highest priority at this time of uncertainty. Through consultation with our leadership and the School, and ongoing monitoring of reports and forecasts from the World Health Organization, the CGA has implemented the following safeguards in response to COVID-19: No international travel and postponement of international events No interstate travel and postponement of interstate events Meetings with internal and external stakeholders to occur via phone All staff have been asked not to attend any conferences or gatherings where there are significant crowds (100 or more people). Any staff member who has travelled overseas or come into contact with ...

Young Alumni Survey

In late 2019 the CGA undertook a survey of our younger past students in order to develop a young alumni strategy and help make our association more relevant for 18-30-year old’s. We were excited by the results with a significant proportion of those contacted responding. The majority of respondents were 18 or 19, female, Caulfield Campus graduates, and had an overwhelmingly positive experience at school: “In all honesty, the best schooling experience I could have hoped for. I feel very lucky to have gone to a school with such a range of extracurricular and leadership opportunities offered, and such a high level of academic achievement. I felt comfortable and welcomed in the student community and know I have made lifelong friends.” This strong sense of pride and gratitude towards their schoo...

2019 Thank You Function

Over 150 people spent a pleasant afternoon in the garden at The Gables in East Malvern at our Thank You Function last month. Guests heard from our President, Mr Andrew Aitken and Principal, Mr Ashleigh Martin, and were introduced to the 2020 School Co-Captains (both Wheelers Hill and Caulfield Campus). A big thank you to ‘The Fields’ band who entertained our guests with some live music. Grant Poulter, head of the Awards Sub-Committee handed out Affiliate Service Awards to our very deserving 2019 winners. Without the following individuals and their outstanding service the smooth running of our affiliate clubs would not be possible: Mia Antonopoulos (Football) Janee McEvoy (Football)  Graeme Diggle (Football) Anne Martin (Athletics)  Keiren Tilbrook (Rowing) Cameron Dickson (Cric...

CGA Wins International Award

The CGA is delighted to announce that we have been internationally recognized with a Silver Award in the CASE Circle of Excellence Awards for the Category of Alumni Relations Program/Marketing & Branding. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is a worldwide association for professionals in alumni and advancement who share the goal of championing education to transform lives and society. The CGA is one of only two school-based organizations who won an award in this category. Other award winners in this category include New York University, Boston University, the University of Notre Dame, Cornell University and the University of Westminster. We are excited to have been benchmarked and peer reviewed against such a high caliber of entries. From the Nominator The Caulf...

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...

CGA Report – June 2019

The Caulfield Grammarians’ Association (CGA) is excited to be focusing on strengthening connections between our alumni and within the broader School community throughout 2019. Our core purpose at the CGA is to inspire lifelong connections and nurture a profound sense of pride in where our alumni are from and where they are going. In order to achieve this, we launched a social media and communications strategy, refreshed brand and visual identity, and a new website – caulfieldgrammarians.com in mid 2018. Now a year on, we have seen a remarkable impact on our community: online engagement on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn has increased exponentially with more events and consistent communication, event attendance has increased by 24% almost 4000 alumni have updated their detai...

2019 Don Wirth Medal Winners

The CGA would like to congratulate our 2019 Don Wirth Medal winners, Michael Dakic, David Gregor, Chris Mathieson and Warwick Watson, for their outstanding service and support. MICHAEL DAKIC Michael Dakic has been an outstanding contributor to the culture and success of the Caulfield Grammarians Rowing Club (CGRC). Mike commenced his association with Caulfield Grammar in 1992 when the first of his five children attended Wheelers Hill campus. Mike joined the newly formed Rowing Club in 1994, after his son started rowing for Caulfield Grammar. As a founding member of the Rowing Club, Mike then took on the challenge of learning how to row. Mike became a committee member in 1995 and was appointed club boat man in 1999 — a position he held for the next 15 years. Mike’s rowing career blossomed,...

2019 Founder’s Day Dinner

On Friday 3 May close to 100 past students and guests joined the celebrations at our annual Founder’s Day Reunion Dinner, held at the Wheelers Hill Campus.  It was wonderful to give our older Grammarians an opportunity to visit the beautiful campus on Jells Road which many of them had never been to before. The Founder’s Day Dinner served as a reunion function for the Classes of 1964, 1969 and 1974. It was also great to see so many of our APS colleagues in attendance as well as strong contingents from the rowing and football clubs. Those in attendance enjoyed a delicious 6 course meal and wonderful performances from the Grammarian Singers and Wheelers Hill Chamber Strings, while Principal Ashleigh Martin provided a comprehensive School Report. A highlight of the night was the awarding...

2018 Work Experience Program

In December last year the Association was delighted to host three work experience students as part of the School’s Work Experience Program. Georgia, Philip and Olivia were a great addition to our team. Their enthusiasm and interest in getting a ‘behind the scenes’ view of the CGA ensured the week was beneficial for everyone involved. With their help we obtained a fantastic insight into how our young current and past students think and discovered better ways connect with them. On completion of the program Georgia, Philip and Olivia reflected on their experiences: Georgia Kiers (2018) Prior to my week working with the Caulfield Grammar Association, I had the sole focus of gaining skills and experience within the Business Marketing field, as it is the industry I wish to go i...

2018 Affilate Service Awards

The CGA would like to congratulation all of our 2018 Affiliate Service Award Winners. These awards recognise significant, voluntary and consistent service throughout the year/season. Without the outstanding commitment of these dedicated individuals our Affiliate Clubs wouldn’t be as successful as they are.  Roger Creed (Grammarian Singers) Roger has given dedicated and passionate service to the Grammarian Singers as its musical direction since its inception in 2017. This has included innumerable hours of planning, research and preparation outside of rehearsal time; teaching, motivation and guidance of the singers; advice and input to the musical and strategic direction of the choir. Roger is the only member of the Grammarian Singers to have attended one hundred percent of rehearsals,...

2018 Christmas & Thank You Function

The CGA was delighted to host around 150 guests at our annual Christmas & Thank You Function this year on Tuesday 11th of December. We were lucky to have so many alumni, affiliates, supporters, friends and staff in the room including Principal, Mr Ashleigh Martin and Chair of School Council, Mr Jim Hayman. Attendees enjoyed entertainment by our talented The Fields Combo band, and the Grammarian Singers also helped everyone get into the Christmas spirit with some carols. Our caterer Toni Gledhill (from Antonietta’s Kitchen) who has been working with us all year made sure that everyone was well fed and went home with some Christmas pudding.    An important part of this event was the recognition of our 2018 Affiliate Service Award Winners. CGA President Andrew Ai...

A Night of Firsts

A box of papers was recently delivered to the Archives Centre. There was one small item of particular interest which marked a very important event in the history of Caulfield Grammar School. It was a menu card for the Caulfield Grammarians’ Association dinner, held at the Esplanade Hotel in St Kilda on Thursday 30th April, 1931. This was a particularly significant dinner because it was the first held after the school became a company just ten days earlier. One of the first members of the School Council, Mr Richard Ballard, was present. Mr Frank Archer, soon to be the first Headmaster to operate under the newly formed Council, was there along with Mr Walter Buntine, the Principal. Also, in attendance was Dr J.C.V. Behan (1894-95), Victoria’s first Rhodes Scholar, and a member of the School ...

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