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Planner & President – Peter Small

Peter Small attended Caulfield Grammar School from 1970 (Year 7) to 1976, gaining his Higher School Certificate in his final year. Peter was a member of the first basketball team from 1974 to 1976 and in January 1974 was a member of the school squad that undertook a tour of the United States. This was one of the first overseas sporting tours undertaken by students from an Australian school. After leaving CGS, Peter undertook a Diploma of Applied Science (Town Planning) course at RMIT, which he completed in 1981. In the meantime, he started work as a planning assistant at Tracts Consultants before gaining a position in planning with the Camberwell City Council. There, he was responsible for preparing reports on land use planning applications for presentation to Council and represented Counc...

The 1881 Collection

The School is incredibly proud to introduce their refreshed academic uniform range – The 1881 Collection. The 1881 Collection, is made up of three coordinated wardrobes: Early Learning to Prep Years 1 to 9 Years 10 to 12 Students can wear the range from Term 1, 2021. There is a two year transition period, with items from the new and current uniforms able to be mixed and matched. The 1881 Collection is compulsory from Term 1, 2023. A complete guide to The 1881 Collection will be distributed to every household this week, coming home with the eldest child in each family from ELC to Year 9. And via post for those whose eldest is in Year 10 or 11 and for our families joining us in 2021, 2022 & 2023. View the online version or watch the video. The new uniform range is available for purchase ...

CGA Connect: Alumni Conversations – November

Every month we will be sending out an Alumni Conversation. Alumni Conversations are short video interviews featuring our Grammarians reminiscing about their time at School, their favorite memory and what Caulfield means to them. These interviews come from a range of different sources and cover the diverse cultural, sporting and social life of our community. They relate directly to our strategic priority of Telling Our Story (celebrate our alumni and their achievements, develop communications that are personal and authentic). We are proud to be sharing these stories with you and hope that you enjoy watching them. Will Phillips & Campbell Greeves (2020) – Watch here Tell us your story!  If you would like to be part of our Alumni Conversations please email [email protected]

Don’t Stop Dancing – Dimitri Raptis

Dimitri Raptis graduated from Caulfield Grammar School in 2016 with a dream to turn his love of dance into a career. As a four-year-old Dimitri discovered this passion and hasn’t stopped dancing since. He participated in many Caulfield Campus productions such as Hairspray, Legally Blonde and Westside Story, and was a key participant in raising the profile of the arts at Caulfield. One of his favourite memories of high school is “performing sold out shows for entire seasons, something that not many high schools in general had experienced.” Dimitri values how “every student has the opportunity to follow their passion, as Caulfield provides such a vast variety of areas in which one can excel. When asked if Caulfield is a sporty school, an artsy school or an academically successful school, I’m...

Rising Star – Milly Hines

Amelia ‘Milly’ Hines graduated from Caulfield Grammar School in 2017 and has since had several exciting opportunities come her way. Playing for the Caulfield Grammarians’ Football Club -Women’s (CGFCW) and being named the Round 3 Anytime Fitness VAFA Rising Star in 2019, she is a testament to remaining open to all paths and following what you are truly passionate about. During her time at school Milly was involved in a wide variety of activities – captaining the 1st Softball team, helping with productions backstage at the Cripps Centre or working in the art and music departments. In 2018, she returned to the Yarra Junction campus for the year as a Trainee, which she counts as one of her favourite times at Caulfield. Other fond memories include winning the APS Softball premiersh...

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...

CGA Update for the Class of 2020 & Young Alumni

We’re excited to let you know about some of the initiatives the Caulfield Grammarians’ Association (CGA) is planning for the Class of 2020. Given the challenging year they’ve faced it is especially important that the Class of 2020 knows that our community is here to support them as they transition to life beyond school. Our initiatives align closely with the School’s values and we are proud to be strengthening these connections. Yesterday we launched 20 Messages for the Class of 2020. Every day this month, in recognition of the end of Year 12, we are publishing alumni messages of support for the Class of 2020. You can view these messages on CaulfieldLife, watch them on our Youtube channel, or on our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter). You can watch our President...

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...

Military Historian – Daryl Moran

Daryl Moran came to Caulfield Grammar School as a student in 1966. A foundation member of Kurrle House, he gained the Higher Schools’ Certificate (HSC) in 1970. He was a School Committee member (1970), member of the first eighteen football team (1970), an RSM in the Cadet Unit (1969), a member of the School Choir and involved in drama productions. Daryl is in the back row, third from right. After leaving school, Daryl completed teacher training at Mercer House and taught in the primary school at Peninsula Grammar. He was then appointed one of the foundation members of the teaching staff at Caulfield’s Wheelers Hill Campus, taking the Year 4 class when the campus opened in 1981. He was involved in all aspects of the development of the campus, including being a foundation member of Wilsmore ...

Alumni Conversations – October

Every month we will be releasing an Alumni Conversation. Alumni Conversations are short video interviews featuring our Grammarians reminiscing about their time at School, their favorite memory and what Caulfield means to them. These interviews come from a range of different sources and cover the diverse cultural, sporting and social life of our community. They relate directly to our strategic priority of Telling Our Story (celebrate our alumni and their achievements, develop communications that are personal and authentic). We are proud to be sharing these stories with you and hope that you enjoy watching them. Grant Poulter (2001) – Watch here Tell us your story!  If you would like to be part of our Alumni Conversations please email [email protected] to arrange a video inter...

Career Networking Event -Mentoring Circles

A highly successful on-line networking event – Mentoring Circles – was held on Wednesday 9 September.  Both recent graduates and current senior students (Years 10 to 12) were invited to attend. There were over 100 participants and the feedback received has been very positive. After an introductory presentation from career expert Leah Lambart (Relaunch Me), the participants were placed in six breakout groups based on their areas of career interest. The following Grammarians acted as mentors in these disciplines (‘circles’), providing information about their career journeys and answering questions from participants: Simon Esposito (Class of 1995), Henry Jones (1989) and Chris Sotiropoulos (1985) – Business & Entrepreneurship James Foott (1997), Peta Krahn (1996) and Andrew Le...

Game, Set, Match – Graeme Cumbrae-Stewart

Friends of Graeme Cumbrae-Stewart will be saddened to learn of his passing on 24th August 2020.  Graeme attended Malvern Memorial Grammar School from 1947 to 1951 and Caulfield Grammar School from 1952 to 1958. Graeme was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for his “strong commitment to tennis” and received an OAM in 2004 “for service to the community, particularly through the Scouting movement, and to the development and promotion of tennis”. Graeme’s 55 years’ service in tennis administration began in 1959 when he became assistant secretary at the Glen Iris Valley Tennis Club.  After working in Brisbane in the mid-1960s, he was promptly elected president of Glen Iris when he returned to Melbourne.  He held that post for ten years and was made a Life Member of the club in 1981.  H...