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 circumstances, where restrictions prevent face-to-face events. Ashleigh Martin then reported on current school activities and commented on some of the challenges the school community has had to face due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Ashleigh also responded to questions and comments posed by the audience. We thank Ashleigh for making time to contribute to the event and for his willingness to engage with our Golden Alumni members.
The final part of the afternoon provided our Golden Alumni with an opportunity to respond to the question: “What Advice would you give the Class of 2020?” and to share memorabilia from their time at school. Many thoughtful and inspiring messages were provided and they will be published throughout the month of October. You can watch our 20 Messages for the Class of 2020 here.
The event was a great success and many Golden Alumni members have since commented on how much they valued the opportunity to catch up with school friends in this way. They all hope, nevertheless, that a return to face-to-face events will be possible in 2021.