Golden Alumni – Coffee Conversations (August)

Malvern Grammar

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...

Pandemic pondering – A year of firsts

Pondering is the act of weighing something up in the mind. It can be defined as reflecting on the events of the day, thinking or considering, especially quietly, soberly, and deeply. 2020 is a year that will be long remembered. While the Coronavirus pandemic has upturned our year, the unexpected challenges have brought forth new learnings and innovation by our students, staff and School community. Many staff and students have actively embraced their lockdown journey, focusing time and energy on what matters and not on things that are out of their control. Living the School values and staying in touch by phoning friends, writing reflections, making video messages and collecting memorabilia as a ‘memory keeper’ for the School Archive collection. It has been a year of many firsts – not only a...

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...

Golden Alumni Virtual High Tea

The CGA is delighted to host the Golden Alumni Virtual High Tea (Archer & Marsden Chapters) on Thursday 1 October 2020, 2.00pm to 3.30pm (AEST). The emphasis will be on a relaxed afternoon where you can enjoy each other’s company and catch up with those you haven’t seen in a while. This online reunion will be run using Zoom, a cloud-based platform for video communications, that hopefully many of you will already be familiar with. As part of this event we will be supporting Grammarian business, Antonietta’s Kitchen, who will be delivering a delicious high tea pack to your door. While we can’t run face-to-face reunions at this time we thought it might be fun for you to enjoy some delicious nibbles and a drink while chatting online to old friends. For those of you who live out...

Game, Set, Match – Graeme Cumbrae-Stewart

Friends of Graeme Cumbrae-Stewart will be saddened to learn of his passing on 24th August 2020.  Graeme attended Malvern Memorial Grammar School from 1947 to 1951 and Caulfield Grammar School from 1952 to 1958. Graeme was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for his “strong commitment to tennis” and received an OAM in 2004 “for service to the community, particularly through the Scouting movement, and to the development and promotion of tennis”. Graeme’s 55 years’ service in tennis administration began in 1959 when he became assistant secretary at the Glen Iris Valley Tennis Club.  After working in Brisbane in the mid-1960s, he was promptly elected president of Glen Iris when he returned to Melbourne.  He held that post for ten years and was made a Life Member of the club in 1981.  H...

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 ...

The Crabtree Family

The Crabtree family’s association with Caulfield Grammar School began when Walter Crabtree came to the School in 1930. Wal attended Caulfield State School after his family moved to Elsternwick, showing his football ability by being selected to play for Victoria in the State Schools’ Football Carnival. Moving to Caulfield Grammar in 1930, he was selected to play in the first eighteen at age 14 and kicked 35 goals as a forward in the last three games of the 1931 season. After leaving school, Wal worked for Brookland’s Accessories for a few years before joining A G Healing, where he was employed for over 30 years, eventually reaching management level. Nevertheless, he continued his involvement in the school community. Wal played some 300 games for the Caulfield Grammarians’ Football Club (CGF...

The Four Minute Mile – John Landy

Today (6 May) marks the 66th anniversary of what many consider to be the greatest day in athletics history. On 6 May 1954, running at the Ifley Road track in Oxford, Roger Bannister, paced by his friends Chris Chataway and Chris Brasher, became the first man to run the mile in under four minutes. His time was 3.59.4. Forty-six days later, running at an international meeting in Turku, Finland, the Australian John Landy (Class of 1948) broke Bannister’s record with a time of 3.57.9. This remained the world record until July 1957. Landy and Bannister met later in 1954 at the British Empire Games in Vancouver, Canada, in what was dubbed “The Mile of the Century”. In this race both broke four minutes for the mile – Bannister winning after trailing for most of the race. Bannister retired from at...

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