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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 awardin...

2019 Brisbane Reunion

On Friday 12 April the CGA was delighted to host the 2019 Brisbane Reunion at the fabulous Donna Chang restaurant in the CBD. The CGA last held a Queensland Reunion on the Gold Coast in 2016 and the last Brisbane base reunion was in 2013. Given it has been several years since these events it was wonderful to reconnect with our Queensland Grammarians. The night was enjoyed by a broad group of alumni from different backgrounds and generations; we had everyone from 21 year-olds to 89 year-olds! We hope it won’t be quite so long until we are back in Queensland again. You can find more pictures from the night on our Facebook page.

Class of 1984 35-Year Reunion

The Class of 1984 enjoyed their 35-Year Reunion on Friday 15th March 2019. It was wonderful to see what everyone had been up to since their last reunion. The event was held in the Cripps Centre at Caulfield Campus and enabled guests to catch up with old friends while taking in the beautiful stained glass windows. A fantastic archives display courtesy of the School Archivist, Judith Gibson, was also available in the Heritage Room.   1984 alumni were joined by several past staff members including John Raven, David Howard and Jen Barclay. Thanks to everyone who attended. Please note, a full suite of photos from the event can be viewed here.

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...

Class of 2004 15-Year Reunion

The CGA was delighted to host the Class of 2004 15 Year Reunion at Wheelers Hill on Friday 15th Februrary. Attendees enjoyed drinks and nibbles while catching up with friends they hadn’t seen in a while. Past students were able to reminisce with a strong contingent of past staff members including Jennifer Barclay, David Howard, Tony and Wendy McRae, Barry Talman and David Conly. We were also honoured to have current staff members Mike Ellis and Gary Tyler in attendance. Guests enjoyed a brilliant archives display, put together by School Archivist Judith Gibson which included class photos, year books and theatre posters. Thank you to everyone that attended. We look forward to seeing you at your 20 year reunion! Please note, a full suite of photos from the event can be viewed here.

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 Aitken presented the f...

Class of 2017 1st Year Reunion

On 23rd November the Class of 2017 met up at the College Lawn Hotel in Prahran for their 1st Year Reunion. It’s been a little while since the CGA has run a 1st year reunion and it was great to see this group get behind the idea.     We were lucky to have CGA Vice President Emily Davis (Class of 2012) in attendance who was able to connect with the new graduates about their first year out. Guests enjoyed drinks and nibbles while chatting to friends with several of the group continuing on after the reunion had concluded. For those Class of 2017 Grammarians’ who have not already done so we ask that you update your details with the CGA here. We encourage all of our young alumni to stay in touch and let us know about your achievements and progress. We wish the Class of 2017 all the b...

2018 Archer Chapter Luncheon

Our October Archer Chapter Luncheon was held at the Caulfield RSL with over 50 Chapter members and guests in attendance. CGA Executive Director Linda Sprott and President Andrew Aitken welcomed us, with Andrew providing a comprehensive report on current CGA activities. We were honoured to have Principal Ashleigh Martin in attendance, along with Jim Hayman (President of School Council), Andrew Strooper (Vice-Principal), Sue Sonego (Director of Community Engagement) and Andrew Cole (Director of Advancement). In addition to providing an update on current school activities and plans for the future, Ashleigh departed from the usual script and provided Chapter members with an opportunity to relate some stories from their school days. A number of humorous anecdotes were the result. We also heard ...

2018 Marsden Chapter Luncheon

The annual Marsden Chapter Luncheon was held recently on Thursday 4th of October in the Valentines Mansion at our Malvern Campus. The event was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the unique history and legacy of Malvern. There were over 60 guests in attendance including Principal Mr Ashleigh Martin, Vice-Principal Mr Andrew Strooper, Head of Malvern Campus Ms Simone Reilly, Head of Community Engagement Mrs Sue Sonego and CGA Senior Vice President, Emily Davis. We were also honored to have newly elected Marsden Chapter President in the room, Mr John Long. The roll call of past students that attended included Grammarians from the late 1930s to the late 1960s. Past students enjoyed a delicious luncheon, and viewing a memorabilia and photographic display of items from the Malvern Grammar Arc...

Class of 1998 20-Year Reunion

The Class of 1998 20-Year Reunion was held last Friday 17th of August at Wheelers Hill. We had over 60 guests in attendance including past staff members Barry Talman and Vaughan Smith, as well as CGA President, Andrew Aitken, and Senior Vice President, Emily Davis. We were also honored to have past Principal Stephen Newton in the room. The Class of 1998 enjoyed a brilliant archives display, put together by School Archivist Judith Gibson which included class photos, year books and theatre posters from “…and suddenly it’s evening”, “how to succeed in business without really trying” and “The Visit”. Guests were also treated to drinks and nibbles while they reminisced and caught up with old friends. Thanks go to everyone who attended. You can fin...

The lost art of networking

More people will find their next role through their network than through job ads and recruitment agencies combined. Yet when it comes to managing our careers or finding our next role, networking has become a forgotten art. In this modern world of social networking it has never been easier to build your network and maximise the career opportunities. I don’t mean liking friend’s posts of their holidays or cat videos. I mean building and cultivating meaningful networks for the long term. LinkedIn, the world’s largest business networking site, has profiles of over 4.2 million Australian professionals and there are over 15 million Australians on Facebook. Having a professional social media profile is an important career tool, whether you run your own business, or work for an organisation. It wi...

Make Your Career More Social

Social media is an important part of many of our personal lives, keeping us connected with family and friends but it is also an important part of our business lives and many people are failing to take advantage of the career benefits it offers. Having a strong LinkedIn profile and using it to build strong professional connections are essential tools for every Australian business person. LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional networking site with nearly 6 million Australian members. Here are 3 reasons you need to get more social on LinkedIn: Recruiters and employers are using LinkedIn to search (head hunt) for perspective employees before considering advertising a vacancy. This head hunting helps them find the people who may not see their job ad or know they are even looking. If you d...

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