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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...

The Emerald Isle – James Castles

James Castles (2008) arrived at Caulfield Grammar School in 2005 and, over the next four years, won a veritable catalogue of prizes for academic achievement and service. He was awarded School Colours for Academic Excellence, Debating, Mooting, Service and Lawn Bowls and, in his final year, was elected to the School Committee. He also earnt the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. In 2009 James began studying at Monash University and graduated with Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees in 2013. While at Monash, he spent time at the university’s centre at Prato in Italy and also at Leiden University in the Netherlands, where he studied international and European law. During 2013, James joined the social enterprise organization Who Gives a Crap as employee number two ...

An Alloy Attraction – Ian Polmear

Ian Polmear attended Caulfield Grammar School from 1940 to 1945. A member of Barnett House, he gained house colours in athletics, swimming, football and cricket. In his final year he was a School Officer (Library) and Secretary of Barnett House. He was also awarded School Colours for athletics, finishing second in the open 120 yards hurdles in the AGSV Combined Sports. Ian’s main academic interests were mathematics and chemistry and he was awarded a Free Place to study metallurgical engineering at the University of Melbourne, graduating with a BMetE degree in 1949. Ian lived in Sandringham where he joined the local Amateur Athletic Club as a hurdler in 1946. In the years that followed he enjoyed the weekly interclub meetings at what was then Olympic Park in Richmond. Later his specialties ...

CGA Report – June 2019

The Caulfield Grammarians’ Association (CGA) is excited to be focusing on strengthening connections between our alumni and within the broader School community throughout 2019. Our core purpose at the CGA is to inspire lifelong connections and nurture a profound sense of pride in where our alumni are from and where they are going. In order to achieve this, we launched a social media and communications strategy, refreshed brand and visual identity, and a new website – caulfieldgrammarians.com in mid 2018. Now a year on, we have seen a remarkable impact on our community: online engagement on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn has increased exponentially with more events and consistent communication, event attendance has increased by 24% almost 4000 alumni have updated their detai...

Athletics Report – July 2019

The 2019 APSOC cross-country season has reached its half waypoint, with the Men’s Open team sitting in 5th place in Division 1, and the Women’s Open team in 6th place on the Championship Table. CGA has been well represented throughout the season with 36 runners, making up our men and women’s teams, spread across the various age levels including the competitive U23. CGA has many consistent performers who are well placed in the individual standings. Mark Frater 2nd overall championship and 1st M40 Jake Malone 8th overall championship and 5th U23 Annie Martin 1st W50 Natalia Vanzo 3rd U23 Saturday 3rd August is the Brighton-by-the Sea team handicap which has been our pet event, having won it for the last 3 years, here’s hoping we can make it a “Fourpeat”! We are looking forward to a strong fi...

Rowing Report – June 2019

The Caulfield Grammarians Rowing Club is a wonderful collection of past Caulfield Grammar School students, staff, parents and friends of CGS who row for fun, fitness and competition. Every Sunday morning, weather permitting, we row along the beautiful Yarra river, or Albert Park Lake. Some of our members are taking their skills to the next level, with weekly morning coaching sessions – yes, at 6.00 am on the Yarra! We also compete at masters rowing regattas, and in the past six months we have competed in Rutherglen, Essendon, Carrum, Geelong, Ballarat, Albert Park and Nagambie. One hardy crew even made it to Perth to compete in the National Rowing Championships in May. In March we were proud to join The Pennefather Club, in conjunction with the Caulfield Grammar School Boat Club, to celebr...

Lawn Bowls Report – June 2019

Our 2018/19 Lawn Bowls season concluded with the annual APS Past Students Bowls Tournament at the Glen Waverley Bowls Club on Sunday 31 March. Prior to this tournament, we had enjoyed regular competitive matches (one a month) from October through to March. At least a dozen Grammarians represented us in each of these matches, the CGA team showing good form and recording a number of wins. Our opposition included teams from Old Scotch, Old Melburnians, Old Wesley, MCC and the Melbourne Bowling Club. We were pleased to welcome five new bowlers to our ranks this season (Jan Geyer, Ted Geyer, Dean Harding, Ken Dowling and Daryl Moran), who all add strength to our team. Eight of the APS schools entered teams of 16 bowlers in the APS tournament. Our team started magnificently with each of our four...

Big Band Report – June 2019

“The Fields” Big Band consists of past music students of the School.  The full band, or members of it, perform regularly at CGA reunions and at other school and community events.  The Band’s membership is sometimes supplemented by current school musicians. It is jointly led by School Music Department staff members Joe O’Callaghan and Karen Bouyer.   Members of the Big Band entertained guests at a number of CGA class reunions in 2018 and the full band performed at Yarra Campus Open Day in November.  Last year the Band also teamed up with the SLAMS Musical Theatre Company to present “Sounds of Swing” at the Knox Community Arts Centre, the show being directed by past students Rob Valk and Marcus Fleming (both Class of 2001).  This production later took out Best Musical Direction and Best Prod...

Cricket Report – June 2019

The Caulfield Grammarians’ / NCG Cricket Club enjoyed another solid season in both the MCC Club XI and Cricket Southern Bayside competitions, with our three teams competitive throughout. Whilst a Premiership eluded us this year, our team in Cricket Southern Bayside (CSB) made semi-finals for the second consecutive year. Further, our Division 1 side in the MCC Club XI just fell short of finals, denied a bonus point victory in the final home and away round which would have earned them a finals spot. Highlights for the year included Bhumil Patel’s first ever century at any standard of cricket, an even 100 in a win against Old Whitefriars; CSB skipper Nisarg Pancholi scoring his first ever half century in any level of cricket; and Harry Kannan recording his best b...

Class of 2009 10-Year Reunion

It was wonderful to see one of our biggest ever groups at the Class of 2009 10-Year Reunion on Friday 31 May at the Cripps Centre. Over 140 guests attended include past Principal Stephen Newton and past staff member David Conly. Past students enjoyed an extensive archives display by School Archivist Judith Gibson, and heard from Jim Alexiades Head of Caulfield Campus who gave an update on changes within the School.  Thank you to all who attended and we look forward to seeing the Class of 2009 at another reunion in the future.  

Class of 1994 25-Year Reunion

It was wonderful to see such a big group from the Class of 1994 at their 25-Year Reunion on Friday 17 May at Wheelers Hill Campus. A big thanks to Head of Wheelers Hill Campus, Mr Paul Running, and Past Principal, Mr Stephen Newton, for attending. The Class of 1994 were saddened by the sudden passing of one of their peers Mr Adam Neate, and took a moment to remember him at the reunion. Thanks to everyone who attended. You can find all the images from the night on our Facebook and Instagram feeds. There is also a highlights video available here. We look forward to continuing to help you stay connected with your fellow Grammarians.

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