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From the Foundation – May 2022

A gift of education to young people is one of the most powerful ways in which we can have a positive impact on our students and their future. Thanks to the community support of the Caulfield Grammar School Scholarship Program, 26 Foundation Scholarships have been offered to students since the program commenced in 2018.  These students have come from Indigenous and refugee backgrounds, and regional families and have greatly added to the diversity of our school community. We are excited to announce our annual Giving Day this year is on Wednesday 8 June, to continue to grow our Foundation Scholarship program, to provide opportunities to students whose financial circumstances would prevent them from coming to our great School. Giving students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to join an...

From the Archives – May 2022

Photo of the Month: 1929 Malvern Grammar Fancy Dress Ball. This remarkable photograph dates from 1929. An advertisement in the Morning Post newspaper highlights that the 1929 Plain and Fancy-Dress juvenile Ball was held in the Malvern Town Hall on Saturday July 6 to aid the funds of the Malvern Church of England Grammar School, Willoby Avenue. Not a Closed World: A Forum for Political Opinion. In the past month, the Federal election has been in the forefront of our lives. And it reminded me of the efforts made by Caulfield students in the 1960s and 1970s to bring guest political speakers onto the campus for lunchtime forums to encourage student opinion and expression. In 1966 for the first time an extra-curricular activity of a political nature was established by Caulfield students, “...

Who can benefit from having a LinkedIn Profile?

LinkedIn is a tool that is extremely effective for individuals at all stages of their career, and across all industries. There is still a perception by many that LinkedIn is only for corporate employees, but this is most definitely not the case. You will now find individuals on LinkedIn from all walks of life including; small business owners, writers, designers, actors, AFL football players, personal trainers, teachers, nurses, doctors, and high school students. Regardless of your industry sector and the stage of your career, LinkedIn offers many benefits to advancing your career in a positive direction. Senior high school students In January 2022, LinkedIn had 12.7 million users in Australia which accounted for 48.7% of our entire population.  The largest user group based on age was 25 to...

Gender Equity – Veronica Sullivan

Veronica Sullivan (Class of 2007) has dedicated her time post-Caulfield Grammar to the written word. Now the Head of Programming at the Wheeler Centre, she holds an incredible career defined by addressing the gender disparities present within the creative arts sector. Caulfield Grammar days Veronica’s Caulfield Campus experience was centred around the beautiful friendships she created, and she is grateful these have remained throughout the different stages of life after high school: “My years at Caulfield involved lots of laughter and making countless memories, with a dose of serious hard work along the way. I learned lessons in the classroom and beyond that were formative in ways both tangible and oblique. Most importantly, I made THE most incredible friends at CGS, many of whom I’m still...

The Webster Family – Jim Webster

Early life & Caulfield Grammar days James Joseph (Jim) Webster was born on Flinders Island, Tasmania, on 14 June 1925, the youngest of three sons of Leslie Leeder Webster and Eileen Dorothy (née Thorne).  In 1929 the family moved to Dunhelen, a farm at Greenvale near Melbourne, where they lived for many years.  Leslie Webster had attended Caulfield Grammar School and each of his sons also attended the School.  Jim attended briefly in 1931 and then from 1937 to 1940.  He obtained the Intermediate Certificate in seven subjects in 1940.  With his two brothers at the war, he managed the family farm, and joined the Air Training Corps at Essendon, achieving air crew status.  He took courses at the YMCA in Melbourne and then studied accountancy at Melbourne Technical College.  In 1950 he beca...

6th Principal – Bruce Lumsden

Bruce Lumsden, who was the sixth Head of Caulfield Grammar School, served as a Flight Officer in the 195 Squadron of the RAAF during the Second World War. He became a Prisoner of War in late 1944. Born in June 1917, Bruce grew up in an evangelical family, his father conducting missions and his mother running a hostel for the Melbourne Bible Institute. After attending a private school called “East Leigh”, he was enrolled at Caulfield Grammar School in 1929. In his final year at Caulfield (1935) he was a prefect, house vice-captain, leader of the Crusader Union, captain of the football and athletics teams, and equal Dux of the School. Bruce completed an Arts degree at the University of Melbourne and then spent a year at the Melbourne Bible Institute before accepting a post as an English teac...

Distinguished Service Order – Frank Weir

Frank Valentine Weir was born at Deniliquin, NSW, on February 14th 1878. He was the son of Joseph and Mrs Weir of ‘Ashton’ Canterbury Road, Warrnambool and attended Melbourne Grammar School in his primary years and then entered CGS (no. 400) in 1893 aged 15. This was the same year that fellow Boer War veterans, Edward Arthur Duncan and Tom Stock also enrolled at CGS. The following year, 1894, he returned home to complete four years of secondary schooling at Warrnambool College. The school magazine makes mention of his Boer War and Great War military career in its issue of December 1916 and states in part; ‘Captain Frank V Weir, was at CGS in 1893. When the Boer War broke out in 1899, he was one of the first to volunteer, and went out with the (NSW) Bushmen’s Contingent’. This is the ...

Local Government – Bill Bott

Balancing a career in farming whilst also initiating change within local government is no simple feat. However, it is one Bill Bott AM (Class of 1962) has tackled, shaped around a lifetime spent attached to Caulfield Grammar. Days at Caulfield Grammar Bill has a lengthy history associated with Caulfield Grammar, shaping not only his life, but many of his family members: “My family involvement with CGS commenced in 1917 when my Grand Mother, herself a teacher, searched for a school for my father to attend to complete his education. She chose CGS because it demonstrated, in her words, good Christian values”. In 1957, Bill joined the Caulfield Grammar legacy his family began, moving to the VIC metro school alongside his brother Ted as a boarder. Bill is extremely grateful for the education he...

From the CGA – April 2022

Celebrating our Golden Alumni April has been a month to reflect on and appreciate our community. The CGA is immensely appreciative of all those who have attended their class reunions thus far. As we look to the months ahead, we are grateful to have the opportunity to watch peer years connect through the bustling Affiliate program and the upcoming Young Alumni Ambassadors Program. During April, we shared the story of Golden Alumni member Bill Bott AM (Class of 1962) with our community. Bill is an avid farmer on the NSW/VIC border and has made significant contributions to the local NSW government over a 35-year period, culminating in him becoming a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003. Dirk (Class of 2014) shared with us his lasting memories of Wheelers Hill campus, including the expansi...

7 Reasons why you should do an Internship

An internship is a short-term work placement often available to students to experience working at a firm, organisation or government department/agency in their area of study. Internships may be paid or unpaid and vary in length but are a fantastic opportunity for students to gain relevant experience and a unique opportunity for learning outside of the academic setting. Formal internship programs are advertised every year through Graduate job boards such as GradConnection, GradAustralia but students can also find advertised internships on job boards such as SEEK or LinkedIn by including the keyword ‘ internship’ in the search field.  Students should also consider approaching small to medium organisations directly, or through a personal contact, to request an informal internship. Here are 7 ...

From the Archives – April 2022

Photo of the Month: Judo Club 1957 Do you have memories of the CGS Judo Club? This photograph printed in 1957 Caulfield Grammarian is captioned, ‘Palmer and Holthouse practise a throw while the Judo Club look on’. The club continued into the 1960s and later in the 1990s a Taekwondo Club was active at the Caulfield Campus. Can you help, name the boys standing in the back row of this 1957 photo? Email your suggestions to [email protected] Forthright Journalism – News and Views – A Magazine Journal of Caulfield Grammar School. An ongoing activity from 1939-1960 was the weekly production of “News and Views,” comprising about four pages of school news completely set up and printed by students using the letterpress process on a treadle powered platen press. Starting in ...

How to stay relevant during a career break

As someone who works with many women relaunching their careers after an extended career break, one of my key learnings has been the importance of staying relevant whilst taking time out of the workforce, whether that be for parental leave, carer’s leave, travel or simply to take time out to re-assess future career options. Regardless of the reason, staying relevant will reduce the risk of feeling out of touch and losing confidence when returning to the workforce at a later date. Probably the silver lining of the pandemic has been that taking a career break has become much more accepted in society, with hiring managers and recruiters less likely to quiz a candidate on why they dared to take time out of the workforce.  The pandemic forced many to have a career break without any choice whethe...