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Newspaper Man – Michael Macgeorge

Members of the CGA’s Marsden Chapter were saddened to learn of the death of Michael Macgeorge in September, aged 93. Michael attended Malvern Grammar School from 1936 to 1941. He was the fifth of five brothers to attend the school. In his final year Michael completed the Intermediate Certificate and was a member of the first cricket team. Eager to pursue a career in journalism, at age 15 Michael seized the first opportunity available to join the Age newspaper, where his grandfather (Jack Stephens) had served as chief sub-editor from 1885 to 1935. Michael started work as a junior clerk in the original Collins Street offices of the Age in 1942 and became a cadet journalist with the paper 18 months later. He was transferred to Canberra in 1951, where he spent six years as a political reporter...

A Love of the Stage – Lexie Van Maanen

Just days before Alexis (Lexie) Van Maanen (2017) walked through the gates of Caulfield Grammar School for the last time she received a call that would change her life. Lexie had been cast in her first ever professional role as the Mistress in Opera Australia’s 40th Anniversary production of Evita, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical. She was stunned to learn that not only had she landed a role of her dreams but that she would be performing at the Sydney Opera House alongside her idol, Tina Arena. From a young age, Lexie had watched Tina on TV and followed her career so it was quite overwhelming to walk into the first day of rehersals. Despite her trepidation, Lexie found the cast very welcoming and willing to take her under their wing. The production became a great environment to build o...

2019 Thank You Function

Over 150 people spent a pleasant afternoon in the garden at The Gables in East Malvern at our Thank You Function last month. Guests heard from our President, Mr Andrew Aitken and Principal, Mr Ashleigh Martin, and were introduced to the 2020 School Co-Captains (both Wheelers Hill and Caulfield Campus). A big thank you to ‘The Fields’ band who entertained our guests with some live music. Grant Poulter, head of the Awards Sub-Committee handed out Affiliate Service Awards to our very deserving 2019 winners. Without the following individuals and their outstanding service the smooth running of our affiliate clubs would not be possible: Mia Antonopoulos (Football) Janee McEvoy (Football)  Graeme Diggle (Football) Anne Martin (Athletics)  Keiren Tilbrook (Rowing) Cameron Dickson (Cric...

Classes of 2018, 2017, 2016 & 2015 Reunion

On Friday 22 November over 50 of our young alumni from the Classes of 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 attended their 1-4 Year Out Reunion at the College Lawn Hotel. It was a relaxed afternoon with friends catching up and connecting with Grammarians from other years. Guests enjoyed a delicious BBQ and some lovely summer sunshine in the beer garden. Ella Stonier Watson (2018) was present on the night representing the CGA Committee along with CGA Executive Director, Linda Sprott.   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.

2019 Affiliate Service Award Winners

The CGA would like to congratulate the 2019 Affiliate Service Award Winners. Without the following individuals and their outstanding service the smooth running of our affiliate clubs would not be possible. Mia Antonopoulos (Football) Mia is an important player in the CGFC women’s team. Off-field she has organized a number of events for the women players, including Wednesday night team dinners and birthday cakes for those players celebrating a birthday. She also ensures that representation from the women’s team is strong at all club events. As she has a sports medical background, Mia assists with the tapping & treatment of players when required, without hesitation. She is also actively involved with recruiting new players to the club, mentoring the younger female players and the general...

Fighting for Dignity – Richard Bourke

The official Year 12 Leavers Book of 1987 tells the reader all the usual things about Richard Bourke (1982-87) as a student at Caulfield.

2019 Boarders’ Reunion

On Friday 15 October, nearly 100 past boarding students and staff attended the Boarders’ Reunion at the Railway Hotel in South Melbourne. This was a big jump from previous years which had seen approximately half that number. A big thank you goes to Louise Bibby and all Morcom House Captains for spreading the word about the event amongst their peer years.      There was a broad range of ages represented with alumni from the 1950s all the way up to 2017. It was also lovely to see some generational families and siblings such as Brooke, Mal and Tim McCurdy, John and Stephen Rafferty, Luke and Michael Spinks, and Cam and Lachlan Dickie. This event is such an important one in the CGA calendar as boarding continues to be a huge part of CGS. In 2020 the School will host 45 girls and 45 boys ...

Class of 1969 50-Year Reunion

On Friday 25 October, nearly 50 members of the Class of 1969 gathered in The Cripps Centre at Caulfield Campus (on the site of the old Memorial Hall) to reminisce about the 50 or more years that have passed since they left school. Some of those who attended travelled from country Victoria or interstate, and one (Peter Cox) timed a trip from the UK so that it would coincide with the reunion. For some it was the first time for many years that they had been back at the school. In addition, a number of apologies were received from class members who would have liked to attend but couldn’t for various reasons. All in attendance were pleased to see special guest, past staff member and Head of Kurrle House in 1969, Jock Nelson. The evening began with an optional tour of the school, including many ...

High Achiever – Jerry Mao

In June 2019 Jerry Mao received the Victorian Premier’s Top All-Round VCE High Achiever award which was the culmination of his time at Caulfield Grammar School. This achievement, one that only a handful of students in the state attain, led Jerry to reflect on his time at school, and all those behind the scenes on his journey who helped him to where he is today. “It’s a testament to the tremendous support that I have had throughout my schooling career, from my parents, my teachers and mentors, from Caulfield,” Jerry said He’s currently studying a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne, with a focus on discovering more about emerging technology in the fields of quantum computing and artificial intelligence. Excitingly, Jerry has just accepted a place at the Massachusetts Institut...

Marsden & Archer Chapters Luncheon

The CGA recently held a combined Luncheon for the Marsden and Archer Chapters on Thursday 3 October. Archer members were able to appreciate the beauty of Malvern Campus and the Valentine Mansion; something different from looking out over the oval from the Lindsay Thompson Centre at Caulfield Campus. Our Marsden members also enjoyed showing their fellow Grammarians around a place that holds so many memories for them. Our Grammarians were warmly welcomed to the campus by Year 5 and 6 students. It was lovely to see the connection between current students and some of the old boys.    Chapter members also swapped stories about school days and hearing an update on current school activities from Principal Ashleigh Martin.   Thanks to archivist Judith Gibson who put together a wonderful display as...

The Power of Words – Matt Cameron

An award-winning screenwriter, playwright, and producer, Matt Cameron (1986) began his career as a comedy writer scripting jokes for a national tonight show and working on TV series Full Frontal in 1994-95. From these beginning Matt slowly found his way into drama writing and has been involved in some of Australia’s best loved series such as Kath & Kim, Secret City (starring Jacki Weaver), Molly (starring Samuel Johnson), Sunshine (starring Anthony LaPaglia), Safe Harbour and Jack Irish (staring Guy Pearce). In addition to Jack Irish, his recent credits include screenplays for Seachange, Crashburn and Newstopia. Theatre and writing has always been a part of Matt’s life. At school, he won prizes for academic excellence and service, played cricket and football, was a member o...

The Road to Premier A

Radar’s Report: Having recently retired from writing footy match reports, I am moved to ‘come out of retirement’ following the magnificent second semi-final win that ensured participation in Premier A in 2020, during the much awaited centenary year of the club, and the subsequent, stunning and extraordinary performance in the Premier B Grand Final. On Saturday 7th September 2019, we were witness to a thrilling, hard won one point second semi-final win, that not only guaranteed CGFC entry to Premier A in 2020 in what will be a celebratory, milestone season but presented an opportunity to win another senior premiership. I must also mention the fantastic win by the ‘dirty thirds’, as they like to be known, coached by one of CGFC’s most passionate members, himself a senior premiership pl...