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Class of 1985 35-Year Reunion

Around 30 class members attended the 35-year reunion for the Class of 1985, held in the Archer Room at the Botanical Hotel in South Yarra on Friday 13 March. A number of those in attendance travelled from interstate, including Paul Chambers, Andrew Cox, Jeremy Morton, Tim Steen and Nigel McNay. Everyone enjoyed a relaxed evening catching up on current news and reminiscing about schooldays. Drinks and finger food were served. The Archer Room provided a perfect venue for such a gathering and the CGA looks forward to using the Botanical Hotel in the future for off-site reunions. The Class of 1985 was the last class to graduate from the School that included only males and only students from Caulfield Campus. One of the highlights of the 1985 school year was the School’s first win in the APS Bo...

COVID-19 Response

The Caulfield Grammarians’ Association (CGA) would like to assure you that, while we continue to operate, the wellbeing of our community is our highest priority at this time of uncertainty. Through consultation with our leadership and the School, and ongoing monitoring of reports and forecasts from the World Health Organization, the CGA has implemented the following safeguards in response to COVID-19: No international travel and postponement of international events No interstate travel and postponement of interstate events Meetings with internal and external stakeholders to occur via phone All staff have been asked not to attend any conferences or gatherings where there are significant crowds (100 or more people). Any staff member who has travelled overseas or come into contact with ...

2020 Golden Alumni Society Luncheon

On Friday 28 February we held our inaugural Golden Alumni Society Luncheon at Caulfield Campus. With over 170 guests in attendance it was almost a sell out event. It was great to see so many there, particularly from the classes of 1960, 1965 and 1970 who were celebrating their 50, 55 and 60 year reunions. The Golden Alumni Society, a new CGA initiative, is designed to recognise and celebrate the contribution and fellowship of our Golden Alumni (65 years and older). Each year we will invite those past students that graduated 50 or more years ago from Caulfield Grammar School or Malvern Memorial Grammar School to join the society. We hope that our Golden Alumni events will serve to connect our older Grammarians and provide them with the opportunity to catch up with their friends and make new...

CGA Cross Country 2020 Race Fixture

The race calendar for the 2020 Cross Country season is now out and can be accessed here. The first event is on Saturday 4thApril a 5km race around the Scotch College grounds. There are 12 races over the season (April- September) including the inaugural CGS Hare & Hounds 8km race starting on the main oval at Wheelers Hill and then through Jells Park. Date Event Venue Time 4th  April Jamieson – 5km Scotch College, Hawthorn 2:30pm 25th  April Churchill Park Handicap – 6/12km Churchill Park, Rowville 2:30pm 2nd  May Dyson Relay – 3.8km The Tan 2:30pm 16th May Orchard Handicap – 10km Albert Park 2:30pm 30th May Wise Findlay- 5/10/21.1 Westerfolds Park, Templestowe 2:30pm 6th June McPhail – 8km Yarra Bend Park, Fairfield 9:30am 20th June Alan Hooley Relay – 2 x 3.3km Norton’s Park, Wantirna ...

Nanjing Trainee – Luke Egan

Luke Egan commenced his schooling at Caulfield Grammar in 2011 as a Year 5 student at Malvern Campus. He moved to Caulfield Campus in Year 7 and completed his VCE studies in 2018. Luke enjoyed being a student at Caulfield, a major highlight for him being his visit to our Nanjing Campus in China in Year 9. Luke says that being from an Aboriginal background, he has a strong interest in the diverse cultures across the world, and the opportunity to travel to China on his first overseas trip was something that he valued greatly and really benefitted from. It also influenced him to apply for a traineeship at the Nanjing Campus post-Year 12. At school, Luke was involved in a wide variety of activities and received a number of awards for his academic and sporting achievements, and for his service ...

Young Alumni Survey

In late 2019 the CGA undertook a survey of our younger past students in order to develop a young alumni strategy and help make our association more relevant for 18-30-year old’s. We were excited by the results with a significant proportion of those contacted responding. The majority of respondents were 18 or 19, female, Caulfield Campus graduates, and had an overwhelmingly positive experience at school: “In all honesty, the best schooling experience I could have hoped for. I feel very lucky to have gone to a school with such a range of extracurricular and leadership opportunities offered, and such a high level of academic achievement. I felt comfortable and welcomed in the student community and know I have made lifelong friends.” This strong sense of pride and gratitude towards their schoo...

Writing for Televsion – Ellen Shanley

Writing is something all of us learn at a young age but how often do you think about it as an artform? Ellen Shanley’s dream as a child was to pursue writing creatively. She attended Caulfield Grammar School Malvern Campus from Prep to Grade 5 and her passion for writing steadily grew. One of the major influences during Ellen’s time at Caulfield was the many hours she spent in the library. It was one of her favourite parts of the school and enabled her to live in a world where anything was possible: exploring different genres, universes and characters. Reading a huge variety of books allowed Ellen to discover a range of writing techniques that she could pursue. Ellen’s favourite memory of Caulfield was when Andy Griffiths visited Malvern to talk to her class about his books and writing. He...

A Lifetime Legacy – Morris Hart

Morris Hart started as a student at Caulfield Grammar in 1936, after attending Caulfield North State School. His family lived in Inkerman Road, St Kilda; his uncles Myer and Nathaniel Blasebalk had previously attended the School in the 1920s, both being heavily involved in sport, particularly football and athletics. Morris studied for the Intermediate Certificate but his main interest at school was sport. He represented the School in both football and athletics, and was awarded House Colours (Buntine House) in 1939. Both the first eighteen and athletics team won the inter-school (AGSV) premiership in 1939. The first eighteen was coached by Billy Morcom, while Bill Grant was in charge of the athletics team. In the photograph of the 1939 first eighteen published in the school magazine Morris...

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.