The Caulfield Grammarians’ Association (CGA) is excited to be focusing on strengthening connections between our alumni and within the broader School community throughout 2019.
Our core purpose at the CGA is to inspire lifelong connections and nurture a profound sense of pride in where our alumni are from and where they are going. In order to achieve this, we launched a social media and communications strategy, refreshed brand and visual identity, and a new website – caulfieldgrammarians.com in mid 2018. Now a year on, we have seen a remarkable impact on our community:
- online engagement on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn has increased exponentially
- with more events and consistent communication, event attendance has increased by 24%
- almost 4000 alumni have updated their details with us online
- approximately 80% of the Class of 2018 provided us with personal contact details so they could stay connected with us after graduation
- traffic to our website and e-newsletter engagement has more than doubled.
While this project has clearly improved our communications, its impacts are far greater. It has enabled us to tell our story in a way that resonates with our alumni, reconnect with lost Grammarians (in particular young alumni), celebrate our community’s achievements, and become a valuable point of difference.
A key aspect of telling our story is featuring different Grammarians on our website every month. You can read some of these profiles and find out what our amazing alumni are up to here.
Developing connections with our Grammarians has also helped reinforce our ties with the wider Caulfield Grammar School community through a variety of initiatives, including:
- hosting three CGS work experience students and providing employment opportunities to young Grammarians
- co-hosting a Community Event and International Reunion in Singapore to connect with our international alumni
- supporting International Women’s Day, School careers events and the USA International Study Tour by sourcing Grammarian speakers
- working with the School to re-design the new-look Labora magazine
- offering greater support to our Affiliate Clubs with their communications and promotion.
An initiative we are extremely proud of this year is being a match donor for the CGS Foundation’s Annual Giving Week. Money raised will fund Foundation Scholarships for refugee and Indigenous students.
In addition, the CGA continues to fund its own scholarships. These were established in the 1980s with one scholarship on offer to the son or daughter of a Grammarian. This year, three scholarships supporting Grammarian families are being funded by the Association.
Our reunion program has taken us far this year, with our first Brisbane reunion for several years on 12 March at the fabulous Donna Chang restaurant in the CBD. It was wonderful to reconnect with our Queensland Grammarians; the night being enjoyed by a broad group of alumni from differing backgrounds and generations. We also held our first event since 2013 in Kuala Lumpur and reconnected with lost alumni in the region.
In May we celebrated the founding of Caulfield Grammar School with our APS colleagues and eminent members of our community at our annual Founder’s Day Dinner. The dinner served as a reunion function for the Classes of 1964, 1969 and 1974 and was held at Wheelers Hill Campus.
We were delighted to award the prestigious Don Wirth Medals as part of these celebrations. This year’s recipients were Michael Dakic, David Gregor, Chris Mathieson and Warwick Watson. All of these individuals have given outstanding service to their respective clubs and the CGA for well over a decade.
All Executive members were re-elected at our 2019 AGM, except Sarah Collins (nee Fagan) and Theo Vosnidis who have retired from the positions of Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer, respectively. We thank Sarah and Theo for their wonderful contribution to the CGA Committee. Samantha Naismith was elected Treasurer, Sam Tuck Secretary and Lachlan van Styn Younger Past Students’ Representative. We also welcome two new General Committee members — Henry Jones and Ella Stonier-Watson, and look forward to their input.
We are excited to take up the challenge of building on these changes and achievements in Semester Two, and sincerely appreciate that we have so many passionate and engaged Grammarians in our community. We encourage you to stay connected with us whether it be through our socials, website or email so that we can continue to improve your alumni experience while honouring our traditions and history.