Events Archives - The Caulfield Grammarians' Association

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Golden Alumni Society Virtual High Tea

More than 40 Grammarians and guests joined in our Golden Alumni Society Virtual High Tea, conducted via Zoom conferencing on Thursday, 1 October.  Guests included Principal Ashleigh Martin, Past Principal Stephen Newton, School Council Chair Jim Hayman, Director of Community Engagement Sue Sonego and Executive Director of the CGS Foundation Andrew Cole. Our caterers Antonietta’s Kitchen supplied participants with a beautiful High Tea Pack, which they enjoyed during the event. The CGA’s Golden Alumni Society includes all Grammarians who left school 50 or more years ago. After a welcome from CGA Executive Director Linda Sprott, new CGA President Emily Davis spoke to the group, emphasising the importance the Association places on maintaining contact with all its members during the current cir...

Career Networking Event -Mentoring Circles

A highly successful on-line networking event – Mentoring Circles – was held on Wednesday 9 September.  Both recent graduates and current senior students (Years 10 to 12) were invited to attend. There were over 100 participants and the feedback received has been very positive. After an introductory presentation from career expert Leah Lambart (Relaunch Me), the participants were placed in six breakout groups based on their areas of career interest. The following Grammarians acted as mentors in these disciplines (‘circles’), providing information about their career journeys and answering questions from participants: Simon Esposito (Class of 1995), Henry Jones (1989) and Chris Sotiropoulos (1985) – Business & Entrepreneurship James Foott (1997), Peta Krahn (1996) and Andrew Le...

Golden Alumni Coffee Conversations

An on-line catch-up for members of our Golden Alumni Society (Grammarians who left school 50 years or more ago) was held via Zoom conferencing on Wednesday 19 August from 10 to 11am. More than 20 Society members joined the conversation including participants from Sydney and country Victoria. Those attending included past students of both Caulfield and Malvern Grammars, who left school between 1945 and 1971. They were joined by CGA Executive Director Linda Sprott, CGS Foundation Executive Director Andrew Cole, CGA Past President and School Council Member Matthew Scholten, CGA Projects Officer Ian Wilkinson and CGA Marketing & Events Officer Rachel Muir. After a brief welcome from Linda Sprott, and a short report from Andrew Cole, each of those involved had the opportunity to recount som...

Class of 1990 30-Year Virtual Reunion

On Friday 7 August the Caulfield Grammarians’ Association held the Class 1990 30-Year Virtual Reunion via Zoom. Thirty past students joined us including participants from as far afield as Canberra, the UK and Russia. Class of 1990 graduates, the Director of Community Engagement, Sue Sonego, and Past CGA Treasurer, Theo Vosnidis, also joined us to celebrate their reunion. After a brief welcome to the whole group from CGA Executive Director Linda Sprott, the Class of 1990 were placed in break-out rooms based on their campus at school. Over the next hour or so there was an opportunity for everyone attending to tell their own story about post-school life and to reminisce about school days. Some participants were able to renew acquaintances for the first time since leaving school. It was ...

Classes of 1975 & 1980 45 & 45-Year Virtual Reunion

A virtual reunion for members of the Classes of 1975 and 1980 was held via Zoom on Friday 31 July. Around 20 members of the two classes joined the reunion. As has been the case throughout the COVID-19 restrictions, the virtual reunion format provided the opportunity for Grammarians living interstate and overseas to attend. Phil Effick (1980) joined from the UK and Michael Stoddart (1975) joined from Thailand. A number of others joined from outside Melbourne, including some from interstate. After a brief welcome to the whole group from CGA Executive Director Linda Sprott, the members of each class were placed in break-out groups. Over the next hour or so there was an opportunity for everyone attending to tell their own story about post-school life and to reminisce about school days. Some pa...

Class of 2000 20-Year Virtual Reunion

On Friday 17 July the Caulfield Grammarians’ Association held the Class 2000 20-Year reunion via Zoom. Almost 30 members of the class joined us for their reunion including several participants from overseas locations such as New York and Singapore. One class member even dialed in from lockdown in a police academy where they were in training! The group was also joined by past teachers Katrina Ratner and Sue Sonego (currently Director of Community Engagement at Caulfield Grammar School). A big thank you in particular to Katrina who tackled Zoom for the first time and got some ‘how to’ tips from her old students. After a brief welcome to the whole group from CGA Executive Director Linda Sprott, the Class of 2000 were placed in break-out rooms based on their campus at school....

Class of 1995 25-Year Virtual Reunion

In a first for the CGA, a ‘virtual reunion’ was held for members of the Class of 1995 via Zoom on Friday 22 May. The virtual reunion replaced the face-to-face reunion that was scheduled on that night but couldn’t go ahead due to COVID-19 restrictions. A face-to-face reunion to celebrate 25 years since this class graduated from CGS will still be held but at a later date, probably in 2021. More than 20 class of 1995 members joined in the virtual reunion with at least three connecting from overseas – Geoff Richards from the UK, Belinda Hyland from Ireland and Sharna Heinjus from Spain. A number of others connected from outside Melbourne, including some from interstate. Past and present staff members Phil De Young, Daryl Moran, Russell Jackson, Ross Nankervis and Gary Tyler also joined in. Aft...

Class of 1985 35-Year Reunion

Around 30 class members attended the 35-year reunion for the Class of 1985, held in the Archer Room at the Botanical Hotel in South Yarra on Friday 13 March. A number of those in attendance travelled from interstate, including Paul Chambers, Andrew Cox, Jeremy Morton, Tim Steen and Nigel McNay. Everyone enjoyed a relaxed evening catching up on current news and reminiscing about schooldays. Drinks and finger food were served. The Archer Room provided a perfect venue for such a gathering and the CGA looks forward to using the Botanical Hotel in the future for off-site reunions. The Class of 1985 was the last class to graduate from the School that included only males and only students from Caulfield Campus. One of the highlights of the 1985 school year was the School’s first win in the APS Bo...

2020 Golden Alumni Society Luncheon

On Friday 28 February we held our inaugural Golden Alumni Society Luncheon at Caulfield Campus. With over 170 guests in attendance it was almost a sell out event. It was great to see so many there, particularly from the classes of 1960, 1965 and 1970 who were celebrating their 50, 55 and 60 year reunions. The Golden Alumni Society, a new CGA initiative, is designed to recognise and celebrate the contribution and fellowship of our Golden Alumni (65 years and older). Each year we will invite those past students that graduated 50 or more years ago from Caulfield Grammar School or Malvern Memorial Grammar School to join the society. We hope that our Golden Alumni events will serve to connect our older Grammarians and provide them with the opportunity to catch up with their friends and make new...

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...

Classes of 2018, 2017, 2016 & 2015 Reunion

On Friday 22 November over 50 of our young alumni from the Classes of 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 attended their 1-4 Year Out Reunion at the College Lawn Hotel. It was a relaxed afternoon with friends catching up and connecting with Grammarians from other years. Guests enjoyed a delicious BBQ and some lovely summer sunshine in the beer garden. Ella Stonier Watson (2018) was present on the night representing the CGA Committee along with CGA Executive Director, Linda Sprott.   You can find pictures from the event on our Facebook and Instagram pages. There is also a highlights video on our Youtube channel. Thank you to all those Grammarians who came. We hope you had an enjoyable time and to see you at the next reunion.

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 ...