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Golden Alumni Society Luncheon

We warmly invite you to attend our annual Golden Alumni Society Luncheon which includes reunions for the Classes of 1961, 1966 and 1971 on Friday 1 October 2021, 12.00pm (for 12.30pm start) to 3.00pm at Quat Quatta (17 Quat Quatta Ave, Ripponlea). This luncheon will celebrate our Golden Alumni Society, a society dedicated to supporting and connecting our Golden Alumni. Any Grammarians who graduated in 1971 or earlier are warmly invited to attend. We hope that you will use this opportunity to catch up with old friends, make new ones, and celebrate all that our wonderful School has to offer.   Tickets: $80 per person and include a two-course meal and drinks Dress: Jacket and tie RSVP: 5pm Friday 24 September 2021   Please fee free to share this invitation with other Golden Alumni (...

Golden Alumni – Coffee Conversations (August)

We’d love you to join us for a virtual catch up on Wednesday 11 August 2021 10.00am-11.00am. The emphasis will be on a relaxed morning where you can enjoy each other’s company and chat with those you haven’t seen in a while. Bring your drinks and nibbles and join us from the comfort of your own home. This is great opportunity for those who live in regional Victoria and interstate to get involved with our wonderful Golden Alumni community.   Date: Wednesday 11 August 2021 Time: 10am – 11am AEST Location: Online RSVP: 5pm Friday 6 August 2021 (Once we receive your RSVP you will receive a separate email with the event link/login details).   Please fee free to share this invitation with other Golden Alumni (Class of 1971 and earlier) and don’t forget to join the Golden Al...

Golden Alumni – Coffee Conversations (May)

We’d love you to join us for a virtual catch up on Wednesday 12 May 2021 10.00am-11.00am. The emphasis will be on a relaxed morning where you can enjoy each other’s company and chat with those you haven’t seen in a while. Bring your drinks and nibbles and join us from the comfort of your own home. This is great opportunity for those who live in regional Victoria and interstate to get involved with our wonderful Golden Alumni community.   Date: Wednesday 12 May 2021 Time: 10am – 11am AEST Location: Online RSVP: 5pm Friday 7 May 2021 (Once we receive your RSVP you will receive a separate email with the event link/login details).   Please fee free to share this invitation with other Golden Alumni (Class of 1971 and earlier) and don’t forget to join the Golden Alumni Face...

Golden Alumni Society High Tea

We warmly invite you to attend our annual Golden Alumni Society High Tea on Friday 26 February 2021, 12.00pm (for 12.30pm start) to 3.00pm at The Gables (15 Finch St, Malvern East). This event will celebrate our Golden Alumni Society, a society dedicated to supporting and connecting our Golden Alumni. Any Grammarians who graduated in 1971 or earlier are warmly invited to attend. We hope that you will use this opportunity to catch up with old friends, make new ones, and celebrate all that our wonderful School has to offer. Please note: The dates for the Golden Alumni Society Luncheon and High Tea have been swapped to give us greater flexibility with restrictions and to minimize risk. The Luncheon will be held on 1 October 2021 instead – click here for more info.   Tickets: $30 pe...

A skeleton school

Malvern Grammar and the paralysis epidemic of 1937 The outbreak of an infantile paralysis epidemic in 1937-39 was particularly severe in Melbourne, causing the closure of schools and the banning of children from public transport. Pleasingly, both editions of the Malvern Grammar School magazine, The Malvern Grammarian, reported on the 1937 school year with a profound thankfulness that the epidemic had claimed no one in the School. School Captain John Grover Emery (1930-37) reported that “Owing to absences, we were a skeleton school towards the end of second term but very soon in the third term, we became except in the very youngest classes, nearly a full school again.” Correspondence work was a great help to absent students. The production of The Importance of Being Earnest, was abandoned o...

From the CGA – Dec 2020

Opportunity, innovation and creativity What a year 2020 has been! Despite the rapidly changing landscape, it has been a year of opportunity, innovation and creativity for the CGA. In fact, Thriving Together has been at the forefront of all our activities. This collaborative approach with both the School and our community has, as always, enriched our successes and impact. It was fantastic to see the generosity of spirit involved in the Foundation’s annual Giving Day campaign. This year they supported our community struggling with the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are proud donors to this campaign and the School’s Scholarship Program. Young alumni and current Year 10-12 students attended our highly successful online event, Mentoring Circles. Working closely with the School’s ...

Bowler, Cricketer & Footballer – Nigel Kendall

Nigel Kendall and his wife Annette are both members of the CGA’s lawn bowls team. The team plays regular matches against teams from other APS schools and the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) during the summer season (October to March) each year, culminating in the annual APS Past Students’ Bowls Tournament in late March. Nigel attended Caulfield Grammar School from 1946 to 1955, following his brother David, who attended from 1943 to 1953. During the early 1950s Caulfield achieved considerable success in sport, winning a number of Associated Grammar Schools of Victoria (AGSV) premierships. Nigel was a member of the premiership cricket teams in 1953 and 1954 and of the premiership football teams in 1954 and 1955. The 1955 football team was one of the strongest to ever represent the School, inclu...

Golden Alumni

Golden Alumni are our long-standing Grammarians who are 65+ years of age or who left Malvern Memorial Grammar School and Caulfield Grammar School 50 or more years ago. The Golden Alumni Society was launched in February 2020 to replace our Marsden and Archer Chapters. Each year past students who have reached the milestone of 50 years since graduation are invited to join the Society and attend Golden Alumni events. Our Golden Alumni Society is designed to help our older Grammarians stay connected with one another and our wonderful community. We have a long and proud history as one of the oldest alumni associations in Australia and our Golden Alumni share this history. They have a lifelong bond with the School that continues to flourish and enables us to keep valuable memories alive. Golden A...

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...

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...

Golden Alumni Coffee Conversations

An on-line catch-up for members of our Golden Alumni Society (Grammarians who left school 50 years or more ago) was held via Zoom conferencing on Wednesday 19 August from 10 to 11am. More than 20 Society members joined the conversation including participants from Sydney and country Victoria. Those attending included past students of both Caulfield and Malvern Grammars, who left school between 1945 and 1971. They were joined by CGA Executive Director Linda Sprott, CGS Foundation Executive Director Andrew Cole, CGA Past President and School Council Member Matthew Scholten, CGA Projects Officer Ian Wilkinson and CGA Marketing & Events Officer Rachel Muir. After a brief welcome from Linda Sprott, and a short report from Andrew Cole, each of those involved had the opportunity to recount som...

Golden Alumni – Coffee Conversations

We’d love you to join us for a virtual catch up on Wednesday 19 August 2020 10.00am-11.00am. The emphasis will be on a relaxed morning where you can enjoy each other’s company and chat with those you haven’t seen in a while. Embrace the new normal with us! Bring your drinks and nibbles and join us from the comfort of your own home. This is great opportunity for those who live in regional Victoria and interstate to get involved with our wonderful Golden Alumni community. This online catch up will be run using Zoom, a cloud-based platform for video communications. For those of you not familiar with this technology we will be happy to share some tips and answer your questions – it’s easy! This is also a chance to practice using Zoom before our virtual Golden Alumni High Tea ...