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Western Bulldogs Legend – John Schultz

High school days John Schultz attended Caulfield Grammar School as a boarder from 1951 to 1955. Previously, he had attended the pre-school at Malvern Grammar School for one year (1944), when his family was living in East Malvern. John’s father served with the AIF in the Middle East during the Second World War and, after the war, moved his family to the country, taking up ownership of the general store at Boort (near Kerang). John was involved in the full range of school activities at Caulfield. He gained the Intermediate Certificate in 10 subjects in 1954 and the Leaving Certificate in six subjects in 1955. In his final year at school, he was a school officer, a Boarding House prefect and Vice-captain of Buntine House. It was in sport, however, that he really shone. John was a member of th...

A skeleton school

Malvern Grammar and the paralysis epidemic of 1937 The outbreak of an infantile paralysis epidemic in 1937-39 was particularly severe in Melbourne, causing the closure of schools and the banning of children from public transport. Pleasingly, both editions of the Malvern Grammar School magazine, The Malvern Grammarian, reported on the 1937 school year with a profound thankfulness that the epidemic had claimed no one in the School. School Captain John Grover Emery (1930-37) reported that “Owing to absences, we were a skeleton school towards the end of second term but very soon in the third term, we became except in the very youngest classes, nearly a full school again.” Correspondence work was a great help to absent students. The production of The Importance of Being Earnest, was abandoned o...

Rowing Enthusiast & Surgeon – Bruce Waxman

Bruce Waxman is a dedicated member of the Caulfield Grammarians’ Rowing Club (CGRC). He received School Colours as a member of the 1967 1st VIII, having previously rowed in the 2nd VIII (1966) and the 3rd VIII (1965). Bruce was student at Caulfield from 1961 to 1967. Having passed the matriculation examination in 1966, he deferred a place in medicine at Monash University, having been encouraged by Principal Bruce Lumsden to return to school to complete further studies and gain leadership experience. He was a Prefect and Head Cadet Under Officer in his final year. Bruce graduated with honours from Monash University in 1974, then trained in general and colorectal surgery, both in Australia and overseas. He was appointed Director of Surgery at Dandenong Hospital, Southern Health (later Monash...

Bowler, Cricketer & Footballer – Nigel Kendall

Nigel Kendall and his wife Annette are both members of the CGA’s lawn bowls team. The team plays regular matches against teams from other APS schools and the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) during the summer season (October to March) each year, culminating in the annual APS Past Students’ Bowls Tournament in late March. Nigel attended Caulfield Grammar School from 1946 to 1955, following his brother David, who attended from 1943 to 1953. During the early 1950s Caulfield achieved considerable success in sport, winning a number of Associated Grammar Schools of Victoria (AGSV) premierships. Nigel was a member of the premiership cricket teams in 1953 and 1954 and of the premiership football teams in 1954 and 1955. The 1955 football team was one of the strongest to ever represent the School, inclu...

Friendship Flag – William Abbott

FLAG RETURNED TO SOLDIERS FAMILY AFTER 75 YEARS. “It might have been a flag to us but you sent his spirit home” Masako Sakamoto Sometime late in World War II an Australian soldier, Ashie Garrard from the small Riverina town of Berrigan captured a Japanese Friendship flag in Borneo and sent it home to the children of a family friend as a souvenir. A Friendship Flag was a Japanese Flag signed by the soldiers family and neighbours as a token of good luck prior to the embarkation of the soldier to war. The name of the soldier was Shinji Takeda. The children who received the flag were the three Abbott brothers and their sister who were the children of then local solicitor in Berrigan. For many years the friendship flag has been in the possession of William Abbott who tried to find a...

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...

Military Historian – Daryl Moran

Daryl Moran came to Caulfield Grammar School as a student in 1966. A foundation member of Kurrle House, he gained the Higher Schools’ Certificate (HSC) in 1970. He was a School Committee member (1970), member of the first eighteen football team (1970), an RSM in the Cadet Unit (1969), a member of the School Choir and involved in drama productions. Daryl is in the back row, third from right. After leaving school, Daryl completed teacher training at Mercer House and taught in the primary school at Peninsula Grammar. He was then appointed one of the foundation members of the teaching staff at Caulfield’s Wheelers Hill Campus, taking the Year 4 class when the campus opened in 1981. He was involved in all aspects of the development of the campus, including being a foundation member of Wilsmore ...

Game, Set, Match – Graeme Cumbrae-Stewart

Friends of Graeme Cumbrae-Stewart will be saddened to learn of his passing on 24th August 2020.  Graeme attended Malvern Memorial Grammar School from 1947 to 1951 and Caulfield Grammar School from 1952 to 1958. Graeme was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for his “strong commitment to tennis” and received an OAM in 2004 “for service to the community, particularly through the Scouting movement, and to the development and promotion of tennis”. Graeme’s 55 years’ service in tennis administration began in 1959 when he became assistant secretary at the Glen Iris Valley Tennis Club.  After working in Brisbane in the mid-1960s, he was promptly elected president of Glen Iris when he returned to Melbourne.  He held that post for ten years and was made a Life Member of the club in 1981.  H...

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...

Community Spirit – Tony Beddison

Tony Beddison attended Caulfield Grammar School from 1960 to 1966.  He commenced as a boarder and was later a member of the Kurrle House when it was established in 1966.  He was Kurrle House Secretary in 1966 and passed the Matriculation at the end of the year, gaining second class honours in geography. Tony was conscripted after leaving school and served in the Australian Army from 1969 to 1972, reaching the rank of Lieutenant. Following his time in the army, he began a successful business career, building up the largest privately-owned workforce solutions group in Australia.  He also established a variety of other companies under the Beddison Group umbrella. These businesses were sold in 2017. Tony Beddison supported many charitable organisations, including being Chair of the Royal Child...

Alumni Conversations – August

Every month we will be releasing an Alumni Conversation. Alumni Conversations are short video interviews featuring our Grammarians reminiscing about their time at School, their favorite memory and what Caulfield means to them. These interviews come from a range of different sources and cover the diverse cultural, sporting and social life of our community. They relate directly to our strategic priority of Telling Our Story (celebrate our alumni and their achievements, develop communications that are personal and authentic). We are proud to be sharing these stories with you and hope that you enjoy watching them. Ian Felsenthal (1947) – Watch here Bec Cole (2009) – Watch here  Content courtesy of CGS Sports Department David Astbury (2008) – Watch here Content courtesy of CGS...

Stay home and stay safe

The 1919 Epidemic and the 1937 Polio outbreak “In every way the health of the boys in 1918, both in the day school and in the Houses, has been wonderfully good – no epidemics have overtaken us and even colds have not been common.” – Walter M Buntine, 38th Annual Speech Night, 1918. The sudden arrival of COVID-19 has dramatically changed the 2020 school year and daily lives. Yet since foundation in 1881 our School has faced unexpected times of disruption due to a health crisis or world war and, each time, has optimistically faced these trials, drawing on the strength of our community and goodwill of staff, students, and School Council. As Principal Ashleigh Martin has written to our school community, “the heart and soul of our School is the ‘people’.” When Spanish influenza swept into...