Poet & Jokester – Alan Pentland

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Poet & Jokester – Alan Pentland

Often people with creative desires are unsure if a career in the arts is a realistic ambition. This is exactly what Alan Pentland (Class of 1970) used to wonder: “How could an ordinary person like me ever claim to be an artist?” ‘Science geek’ Alan Pentland who describes himself as a ‘science geek’ during his time at Caulfield Grammar School, enjoyed studying Latin, French and Esperanto. It was as a result of this interest in language and words that his passion for poetry and comedy began to grow. During Years 11 and 12, Alan along with Steven Lee (another past student) published a poetry newsletter called No Dominion, and in 1970 Alan won the CGS Poetry Award. This creative encouragement was one of the things Alan loved most about his time at Caulfield. It was a great environm...

Archer Chapter President – Walter Dowell

High school and university Walter Dowell commenced at Caulfield Grammar School in 1936 and completed a post-matriculation year in 1941. A member of Buntine House, he participated in both house and inter-school sport, and had roles in a number of school theatre productions.  In his final year he was a Prefect (with responsibility for the student newspaper – News and Views). After leaving school, Walter studied science at the University of Melbourne, completing a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in physics in 1944. While at university he maintained his interest in theatre and sport, being involved in university theatre productions and both the Caulfield Grammarians’ Football Club and the Grammarians theatre group (the Caulfield Players). He joined the RAAF in 1945 and spent two years ...

2021 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 12th May from 10 to 11am. Around a dozen Society members and guests joined the conversation. A number of the Grammarians who took part live either in country Victoria or interstate. Those attending included past students who left school between 1946 and 1971. They were joined by CGA Executive Director Linda Sprott, CGS Foundation Executive Director Andrew Cole, CGA Projects Officer Ian Wilkinson and CGA Marketing & Events Manager Rachel Muir. After a brief welcome from Linda Sprott, and a short report from Andrew Cole, each of those involved had the opportunity to talk about their current activities and recount some memories from sc...

Lawyer, Footballer & Grecophile – Tony Johnson

The Caulfield Grammar School community was saddened to learn of the death of Anthony William (Tony) Johnson on 4 March 2021. Tony was born in Malaya on 4 July 1940. His parents were living as expats in Kuala Lumpur at the time but his mother (Kathleen) and 18-month-old Tony were forced to flee after Japanese forces started bombing. His mother was heavily pregnant with her second child (Tony’s sister Margaret) and could only take what she could carry. His father (William) enlisted with the volunteer forces and, after months of fighting, managed to escape Singapore and was reunited with his family in Melbourne. Dux of the School William Johnson had attended Caulfield Grammar School from 1924 to 1929 and Tony commenced as a second-generation Grammarian in 1950. He enjoyed his time at school, ...

Doing Good in the World – Denis Hyland

When Denis Hyland started in prep at Shaw House in 1954 (finishing in 1965) it was the beginning of a 66 year connection with Caulfield Grammar School that has continued to this day. Brothers at Caulfield Denis and his older brother Peter were enrolled at Caulfield Grammar together. The family was advised by their doctor that Peter, born with cerebral palsy and a mild intellectual disability, would receive more care and empathy at Caulfield Grammar than at a government school. While there were very few boys with a disability at the School at the time, the family was grateful the Headmaster Frank Archer was willing to take Peter on, and to the School for providing a supportive and caring environment for both boys over many years. Peter is still going strong at 74, and is now living in aged ...

Golden Alumni Society High Tea

The CGA was delighted to host our first face-to-face reunion since March 2020, when members of our Golden Alumni Society (Grammarians who left school 50 years or more ago) gathered for a High Tea at The Gables in Malvern East on Friday 26 February. More than 60 Society members and guests attended. Watch the highlights video on our YouTube channel. Grammarians who attended Caulfield and Malvern Grammars between 1932 and 1972 very much enjoyed catching up with each other and hearing about current activities at the School from both staff and students. Guests included School Council President Jim Hayman (a Society member), Vice-Principal Andrew Strooper, Director of Community Engagement Sue Sonego, Head of Caulfield Campus Leanne Guillon, CGS Foundation Executive Director Andrew Cole and Schoo...

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). Education 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 (la...

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. Premiership cricket and football 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...

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...

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