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Write it down – School Note Book / Diaries

“We went for hike to Brittania Falls [Yara Junction] and fell in but only got wet feet. Rain nearly fell all the time.” Past student IVC, CGS 1953.  Past students of both Caulfield Grammar and Malvern Memorial Grammar School may remember using a yearly diary. In the 1920’s the Associated Grammar Schools of Victoria Note Book was issued to students and still in 2019, our students at each senior campus receive a paper diary. The earliest examples in our Archive / Heritage Collectionare four diaries from 1921-24 used by Louis Ben Culley (1920-25 CGS).  The Note Book provided details on each AGSV School such as Headmaster, Foundation Date, Motto and Crest, Hatband and Cap colours, and name of School Magazine. Space was provided to write timetab...

Shaw House Primary School Reunion

On Sunday 25 August over 100 past students, past staff members, past parents and other members of the school community attended a special reunion to commemorate 40 years since the closure of the Shaw House Primary School. The function was organised jointly by the School and the CGA. Shaw House operated as a preparatory school feeding the main school in Glen Eira Road from 1949 to 1979. The decision to open the Wheelers Hill Campus in 1981 led the School Council to rationalise facilities across the School and it was decided to close Shaw House at the end of the 1979 school year. Attendees at the reunion, held in The Cripps Centre (Memorial Hall) at Caulfield Campus, were welcomed by Director of Community Engagement Sue Sonego and Principal Ashleigh Martin, and then enjoyed some reminiscence...

Class of 2014 5-Year Reunion

The Class of 2014 5-Year Reunion was held on Friday 16 August at the College Lawn Hotel in Prahran. With over 70 past students in attendance it was great to so see everyone catching up in the relaxed environment.         Senior Vice President, Emily Davis and Young Past Student Representative, Lachlan Van Styn were present on the night representing the CGA Committee. Honorary Secretary Sam Tuck was also in attendance as he is part of the Class of 2014. You can find pictures from the event on our Facebook and Instagram pages. There is also a highlights video on our Youtube channel. Thank you to all those Grammarians who came. We hope you had an enjoyable time and to see you at the next reunion.

Athletics Report – September 2019

The 2019 Athletics season has concluded with both our Division 1 Open and Women’s teams finishing in 5th position. The season was a great success with many individual highlights, most notably Mark Frater winning the M40 for the fourth year running and Anne Martin the W50 for the third year running. .           Over the course of the 12-race season, we had 32 runners representing the CGA. Thank you to everyone who raced for the CGA, we are now a strong and well represented team within the APSOC association. We will be back again next athletics season and as always, we are happy for more runners to join us. Everyone is welcome and all levels of fitness and ability are catered for. Challenge yourself and join us in 2020.

Making It – Richard Wied

Richard Wied (aka Rick Viede) (1997) arrived at Caulfield as a boarder from Foster in Gippsland and was soon entrenched in everything theatrical, eventually receiving School Colours for Drama. In Morcom House, he edited the house yearbook and newsletter and was House Drama Captain. He was also a member of the school debating team. In 1998, he commenced a Bachelor of Arts degree at Monash University which included a term at the University of California at Berkeley.  Graduation was followed by a stint at the Actors’ Centre in Sydney. Always developing ideas for scripts, Rick’s first play was staged at the Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney in 2008 and at the New York Summer Play Festival in 2009. It won the Griffin Award in 2008 and the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award in 2010. His second p...

Historic St. Kilda Cemetery

I wonder how many times you’ve driven past the St. Kilda Cemetery on Dandenong Road without realising the significance of this cemetery. For within the grounds are grave-sites of at least two Caulfield Grammarians who died from illness prior to 1918.  The first death of a student at Caulfield was in the headship of Joseph Henry Davies. A boarder in School House, Frederick William Breguet (1883-84) died on the 14thApril 1884 from rheumatic endocarditis. The loss was a sad one and a report in the School Magazine indicates that the whole school walked in a funeral procession to the St Kilda Cemetery singing ‘Nearer My God to Thee…’ and other suitable hymns. The gravestone tribute says, “This stone was erected to the beloved memory of Frederick William Breguet, who di...

Class of 1989 30-Year Reunion

More than 60 guests attended the Class of 1989 30-Year Reunion on Friday 9 August at the Cripps Centre, Caulfield Campus. Guests enjoyed drinks and nibbles while catching up with old friends, checking out the engaging archives display and hearing from past CGA President Mr Grant Poulter.       Thank you to all who attended including past staff members David Thomson, Wendy & Tony McRae, David Howard and Vaughan Smith. All the photos from the event are available on our Instagram, Facebook and Gallery pages. See you in five years time!

Class of 1979 40-Year Reunion

The Class of 1979 special 40-Year Reunion dinner was held at The Gables in Malvern East on Friday 26 July. For some of those present it was the first reunion they attended since leaving school 40 years ago. It was great to see past staff members David Conly, David Nettelbeck and John Raven also in attendance. The Class of 1979 enjoyed pre-dinner drinks while listening to student musicians from Caulfield Campus, who volunteered their time on the night. Many thanks to the students and Head of Strings Jason Leinkauf. Grammarians enjoyed a delightful 2-course dinner while hearing from CGA President Mr Andrew Aitken and Vice Principal Mr Andrew Strooper. Many of the attendees also enjoyed a wonderful display put together by School Archivist Judith Gibson. You can find all the pictures of the ev...

Partner – Pip Mitchell

Arriving at Caulfield from Abbotsleigh School in Sydney, Pip Mitchell (1997) made her mark from the start. Over the next two years, she won a swag of academic awards, received School Academic and Debating Colours and was elected to the School Committee. In Year 10, Pip had undertaken community service at the Brighton Library and continued to work there on a casual basis until she began work as a solicitor. Securing a place at the University of Melbourne to study Arts and Law, Pip joined the Law Students’ Society and served as vice-president and treasurer. She continued her interest in debating, for several years adjudicating debates for the Debating Association of Victoria. Having a place guaranteed at the prestigious law firm of Clayton Utz, Pip worked as a paralegal for a couple of month...

Class of 1999 20-Year Reunion

It was fantastic to have almost 100 alumni at the Class of 1999 20-Year Reunion on Friday 19 July at the Cripps Centre. This is a record number for a 20 year out reunion. Grammarians enjoyed catching up with past staff members Tony and Wendy McRae. Some of the past students also wrote some notes to Head of Art Mr Ross Brooks who they remembered fondly. You can find all of the photos from the night on our Instagram and Facebook pages. Thank you to everyone who came and we hope to see you at the 25-Year Reunion.

CGA Wins International Award

The CGA is delighted to announce that we have been internationally recognized with a Silver Award in the CASE Circle of Excellence Awards for the Category of Alumni Relations Program/Marketing & Branding. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is a worldwide association for professionals in alumni and advancement who share the goal of championing education to transform lives and society. The CGA is one of only two school-based organizations who won an award in this category. Other award winners in this category include New York University, Boston University, the University of Notre Dame, Cornell University and the University of Westminster. We are excited to have been benchmarked and peer reviewed against such a high caliber of entries. From the Nominator The Caulf...

Labora: Always illuminating and never boring!

Our school magazine, Labora, showcases so much that is special about the spirit and achievements of our school community. In a school committed both to valuing our heritage and inspiring our future, Labora reflects connection and engagement. Labora magazine has informed our School and alumni community since March 1957. It began as a four-page newsletter of the Caulfield Grammarians’ Association, developed by then President, Russ Mathews (1926-29). It was modelled on the successful monthly bulletins written by staff member, Hugh Gemmell Lamb-Smith (1913-15). In his first editorial Russ outlined his desire for ‘La Bora’ to “provide a galaxy of news on old boys, notes on coming events, post mortems on past ones, and news of the School”. He recruited an enthusiastic editorial team of Alan Hick...

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