From the Archives – May 2022

Golden Alumni

From the Archives – May 2022

Photo of the Month: 1929 Malvern Grammar Fancy Dress Ball. This remarkable photograph dates from 1929. An advertisement in the Morning Post newspaper highlights that the 1929 Plain and Fancy-Dress juvenile Ball was held in the Malvern Town Hall on Saturday July 6 to aid the funds of the Malvern Church of England Grammar School, Willoby Avenue. Not a Closed World: A Forum for Political Opinion. In the past month, the Federal election has been in the forefront of our lives. And it reminded me of the efforts made by Caulfield students in the 1960s and 1970s to bring guest political speakers onto the campus for lunchtime forums to encourage student opinion and expression. In 1966 for the first time an extra-curricular activity of a political nature was established by Caulfield students, “...

The Webster Family – Jim Webster

Early life & Caulfield Grammar days James Joseph (Jim) Webster was born on Flinders Island, Tasmania, on 14 June 1925, the youngest of three sons of Leslie Leeder Webster and Eileen Dorothy (née Thorne).  In 1929 the family moved to Dunhelen, a farm at Greenvale near Melbourne, where they lived for many years.  Leslie Webster had attended Caulfield Grammar School and each of his sons also attended the School.  Jim attended briefly in 1931 and then from 1937 to 1940.  He obtained the Intermediate Certificate in seven subjects in 1940.  With his two brothers at the war, he managed the family farm, and joined the Air Training Corps at Essendon, achieving air crew status.  He took courses at the YMCA in Melbourne and then studied accountancy at Melbourne Technical College.  In 1950 he beca...

Local Government – Bill Bott

Balancing a career in farming whilst also initiating change within local government is no simple feat. However, it is one Bill Bott AM (Class of 1962) has tackled, shaped around a lifetime spent attached to Caulfield Grammar. Days at Caulfield Grammar Bill has a lengthy history associated with Caulfield Grammar, shaping not only his life, but many of his family members: “My family involvement with CGS commenced in 1917 when my Grand Mother, herself a teacher, searched for a school for my father to attend to complete his education. She chose CGS because it demonstrated, in her words, good Christian values”. In 1957, Bill joined the Caulfield Grammar legacy his family began, moving to the VIC metro school alongside his brother Ted as a boarder. Bill is extremely grateful for the education he...

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 – April 2022

Photo of the Month: Judo Club 1957 Do you have memories of the CGS Judo Club? This photograph printed in 1957 Caulfield Grammarian is captioned, ‘Palmer and Holthouse practise a throw while the Judo Club look on’. The club continued into the 1960s and later in the 1990s a Taekwondo Club was active at the Caulfield Campus. Can you help, name the boys standing in the back row of this 1957 photo? Email your suggestions to [email protected] Forthright Journalism – News and Views – A Magazine Journal of Caulfield Grammar School. An ongoing activity from 1939-1960 was the weekly production of “News and Views,” comprising about four pages of school news completely set up and printed by students using the letterpress process on a treadle powered platen press. Starting in ...

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...

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...

What we can learn from the younger generation in the workplace

It is widely cited that the concept of mentoring originated with the character of Mentor in Homer’s Odyssey. In this Ancient Greek epic poem, dating back around 3000 years, Odysseus entrusted his young son Telemachus to the care of Mentor, his trusted companion, when he went to fight in the Trojan War. Just like in Homer’s Odyssey, traditional mentoring in the workforce typically takes the form of an employee from the older generation sharing information and knowledge to a younger person. The mentor listens and acts as a sounding board, asks questions and encourages the mentee to look at issues from a variety of perspectives and supports them with problem-solving and decision-making. Introducing the concept of ‘reverse mentoring’ Since the 1990’s, some of the major corporations have ...

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...

From the Archives – January 2022

Photo Find of the Month: Cheering at Head of River, 2012 For decades our school crews have welcomed the support of the Caulfield school community at the annual rowing regattas. Can you help identify the students holding the banner who were possibly in Year 10 (Peer 2014) in 2012? Simply email [email protected] Living in ‘Glen Wootton’: 1916-1970 Glen Wootton House at the Caulfield Campus is now over 100 years old and has been adapted to the changing needs of our school over time. More than just bricks and mortar, this cosy looking bungalow house was originally a private home situated next door to the school. The School Archives holds a photograph dating from 1916 showing the wire fence marking the separation of properties with its lovely garden and entry from Glen Eira Road. ...

Filmmaker and Masters’ Athlete – Bob Cozens

Time at Malvern Grammar Bob Cozens was enrolled at Malvern Grammar in 1944 and attended the school until 1952. He admits that he was not a very good student and left school early, muddling through a number of jobs before eventually embarking on tertiary studies in the United States. In 1951 he was listed as a corporal in the Air Training Corps (No. 9 Flight) that operated at Malvern Grammar from 1947. Passion for athletics Bob won the junior athletics championship at Malvern in 1948 and was a consistent performer in the sprints, long jump and hurdles in school athletics sports during the late 1940s and early 1950s. He was a member of the Malvern team that competed at the AGSV Combined Athletics Sports from 1948 to 1952 (the 1949 sports were cancelled due to an infantile paralysis epidemic)...

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