Golden Alumni Society Luncheon

Golden Alumni

Golden Alumni Society Luncheon

We warmly invite you to attend our annual Golden Alumni Society Luncheon (including 1962, 1967 & 1972 Reunions) on Friday 7 October 2022, 12.00pm (for 12.30pm start) to 3.00pm at Quat Quatta. This event will celebrate our Golden Alumni Society, a society dedicated to supporting and connecting our Golden Alumni. Any Grammarians who graduated in 1972 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 Location: Quat Quatta – 17 Quat Quatta Ave, Ripponlea Dress: Jacket and tie RSVP: 5pm Friday 30 September 2022 Please fee free to share this invitation with other Golden Alumni (Class of 1972 or earlier) and don’t forget to join...

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...

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...

Golden Alumni Society Luncheon – Feb 2022

Around 80 members and guests attended the CGA’s Golden Alumni Society Luncheon held at Quat Quatta in Ripponlea on Wednesday 23rd February. The Golden Alumni Society includes all Grammarians who left school 50 or more years ago. The Luncheon served as a reunion function for members of the Classes of the 1962, 1967 and 1972, and the Grammarians present ranged from two 1947 leavers (including Emeritus President of School Council Lindsay Cuming) through to a number of 1972 leavers. Guests included Ashleigh Martin (Principal), Stephen Newton (Principal 1993-2011), Leanne Guillon (Deputy Principal, Head of Caulfield Campus), Andrew Cole (Executive Director, CGS Foundation), Melissa Grenville (CGS Foundation, Bequest Manager) and Emily Davis (CGA President). Jim Hayman (1957-66; President of Sch...

Golden Alumni Society Luncheon

We warmly invite you to attend our annual Golden Alumni Society Luncheon (including 1962, 1967 & 1972 Reunions) on Wednesday 23 February 2022, 12.30pm (for 1.00pm start) to 3.30pm at Quat Quatta. This event will celebrate our Golden Alumni Society, a society dedicated to supporting and connecting our Golden Alumni. Any Grammarians who graduated in 1972 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 Location: Quat Quatta – 17 Quat Quatta Ave, Ripponlea Dress: Jacket and tie RSVP: 5pm Friday 18 February 2022 Please fee free to share this invitation with other Golden Alumni (Class of 1972 or earlier) and don’t forget to j...

From the Archives – January 2022

Photo Find of the Month: Cheering at Head of River, 2012 For decades our school crews have welcomed the support of the Caulfield school community at the annual rowing regattas. Can you help identify the students holding the banner who were possibly in Year 10 (Peer 2014) in 2012? Simply email [email protected] Living in ‘Glen Wootton’: 1916-1970 Glen Wootton House at the Caulfield Campus is now over 100 years old and has been adapted to the changing needs of our school over time. More than just bricks and mortar, this cosy looking bungalow house was originally a private home situated next door to the school. The School Archives holds a photograph dating from 1916 showing the wire fence marking the separation of properties with its lovely garden and entry from Glen Eira Road. ...

Filmmaker and Masters’ Athlete – Bob Cozens

Time at Malvern Grammar Bob Cozens was enrolled at Malvern Grammar in 1944 and attended the school until 1952. He admits that he was not a very good student and left school early, muddling through a number of jobs before eventually embarking on tertiary studies in the United States. In 1951 he was listed as a corporal in the Air Training Corps (No. 9 Flight) that operated at Malvern Grammar from 1947. Passion for athletics Bob won the junior athletics championship at Malvern in 1948 and was a consistent performer in the sprints, long jump and hurdles in school athletics sports during the late 1940s and early 1950s. He was a member of the Malvern team that competed at the AGSV Combined Athletics Sports from 1948 to 1952 (the 1949 sports were cancelled due to an infantile paralysis epidemic)...

Lawn Bowler – Chris Warne

Time at Caulfield Grammar Chris Warne attended Caulfield Grammar School from 1971 (Year 7) to 1976 (Year 12). After graduating with his Higher School Certificate, he studied pharmacy and entered that profession, which he says had always been his ambition when growing up. Chris was a member of the first eighteen in both 1975 and 1976. He nominates playing football in front of a home crowd on the main oval on a Friday afternoon as his best memory of his time at CGS. Life changes A few years ago Chris Warne began scaling back full-time work as a pharmacist, concentrating more on locum work. Recently, he retired completely from pharmacy work and has been undertaking some short-term work projects such as being a census field officer. He and his wife Yvonne have also made the move from suburban ...

Golden Alumni – Coffee Conversations (October)

We’d love you to join us for a virtual catch up on Friday 1 October 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: Friday 1 October 2021 Time: 10am – 11am AEST Location: Online RSVP: 5pm Wednesday 29 September 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 Facebo...

From the CGA – August 2021

Despite the recent lockdowns and restrictions, we have been able to maintain our connection with the Grammarian community through a number of online activities. This week we launched our inaugural Young Alumni Tell their Stories Week – a social media takeover of CGA channels by young alumni for young alumni. Our team of three young alumni have be working closely with a Grammarian videographer and a Grammarian graphic designer to share reflections from our young alumni on their post-high-school lives. You can check out all the action on our Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter channels, watch the video interviews on our YouTube channel or read the written profiles on our website. Young Alumni Tell Their Stories Week forms part of our Young Alumni Ambassador Program (YAAP) which continue...

Poet & Jokester – Alan Pentland

Often people with creative desires are unsure if a career in the arts is a realistic ambition. This is exactly what Alan Pentland (Class of 1970) used to wonder: “How could an ordinary person like me ever claim to be an artist?” ‘Science geek’ Alan Pentland who describes himself as a ‘science geek’ during his time at Caulfield Grammar School, enjoyed studying Latin, French and Esperanto. It was as a result of this interest in language and words that his passion for poetry and comedy began to grow. During Years 11 and 12, Alan along with Steven Lee (another past student) published a poetry newsletter called No Dominion, and in 1970 Alan won the CGS Poetry Award. This creative encouragement was one of the things Alan loved most about his time at Caulfield. It was a great environm...

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