Opportunity, innovation and creativity
What a year 2020 has been! Despite the rapidly changing landscape, it has been a year of opportunity, innovation and creativity for the CGA. In fact, Thriving Together has been at the forefront of all our activities. This collaborative approach with both the School and our community has, as always, enriched our successes and impact.
It was fantastic to see the generosity of spirit involved in the Foundation’s annual Giving Day campaign. This year they supported our community struggling with the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are proud donors to this campaign and the School’s Scholarship Program.
Young alumni and current Year 10-12 students attended our highly successful online event, Mentoring Circles. Working closely with the School’s Careers team, we had over 100 attendees participate in discipline-based breakout rooms (see page 59).
We are excited to run more of these events in 2021 as part of our Young Alumni Ambassadors Program. This program will directly support young alumni in their careers and life transitions.
In February we launched our Golden Alumni Society for Grammarians for whom it has been more than fifty years since graduation. This group stayed connected with one another and the School by attending the Music Scholars event, our virtual Coffee Conversations and High Tea (with goodies delivered to their door by a Grammarian business).
Our investment in the website and digital platforms supported us to move swiftly to a virtual model. Staying in touch with one another cannot be underestimated this year.
In fact, we produced more digital content than ever before, publishing over 3,000 social media posts. Our Alumni Conversations Series has attracted over 1,600 views on our YouTube Channel and enabled us to actively celebrate our alumni and their achievements.
The Business Directory campaign, #GrammariansSupportingGrammarians, resonated with our community and saw the directory grow to 150+ listings. Most importantly we have had several Grammarians receive new business as a result of the campaign.
Another online initiative was our Peer Year Facebook Groups. This has generated significant engagement with in excess of 2,000 alumni joining. These groups promote upcoming class reunions, collect up-to-date contact information and find many lost alumni. Some of the members have also started organising their own online catch ups.
Other improvements behind the scenes include a Search Engine Optimisation Project, website updates, and Customer Relationship Management system. We have also set up a new cloud-based accounting system after welcoming part-time Administration/Bookkeeping Assistant, Juliet John, to our team.
These projects will make your interactions with the CGA even more relevant and seamless over the next few years. We ask that you do your bit to help by updating your details at www.caulfieldgrammarians.com.
This year has been a challenging one for our affiliates clubs, many of whom were unable to run their seasons. In particular, the Caulfield Grammarians’ Football Club (CGFC) had a centenary year that they are unlikely to forget. We hope to celebrate this milestone with them in style soon! We are keeping in regular contact with our affiliates who will need all your support once they are back up and running to ensure they continue to thrive.
Running class reunions online enabled alumni from as far afield as Russia, the UK, Spain, the USA, Singapore and interstate to connect with their peers.
Our recent Thank You Function was a huge success with over 260 registrations. All attendees received a pack of homemade goodies – a mammoth task undertaken by Grammarian business, Antonietta’s Kitchen. Thank you to all of our supporters and friends who helped make this year a successful one for the CGA!
We warmly welcome the Class of 2020 to our ranks and look forward to helping them stay connected with our wonderful community.