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Known by Blue and White

Nothing denotes ‘belonging’ as much as wearing the uniform of a school. Not only is our Caulfield Grammar School uniform a known emblem with visibility, but the familiar colours and styling symbolise tradition and membership. As our School launches a new transseasonal uniform range it’s a unique opportunity to consider the evolution of student attire. It’s believed that school uniforms date from the 16th century in England at Christ Church School in 1552, when students were given a long blue coat and yellow, knee-high socks. Our distinctive colours of blue and white and motto, ‘Labora ut Requiescas’ were chosen in 1882 by School Founder, Joseph Henry Davies (1881-88). Such was the pride for the ‘blue and white’ that the original School Song of 1919, written by teacher Arthur Lormer (1920-5...

From the Principal – Dec 2020

The Year of Thriving Together Earlier in the year I sent a short video message encouraging students to balance their ‘to do’ list with their ‘to be’ list. Our ‘to do’ list never seems to diminish. We are distracted like never before and it can be our default to just write our list and tick it off. I encouraged our students, and our community, to pause and think about doing less – and being more. Understanding ourselves and truly knowing others is where we find true fulfilment and I’m optimistic this mindset is becoming a cornerstone of our Caulfield Grammar School community. It is why we say that student achievement and the pursuit of excellence will always be of utmost importance to us at Caulfield Grammar School – but it is not why we exist. We exist to enable young people to...

Grammarian Singers Report – Dec 2020

“Without music, life would be a mistake” – Friedrich Nietzsche Like all CGA affiliate groups, the Grammarian Singers started the year full of energy, enthusiasm and promise, only to be suddenly stopped by the most widespread pandemic since the 1968 “Hong Kong flu”. Sadly, tucking our scores under our arms and retreating in to safety, it became clear that singing in choirs is considered one of the higher risk activities for the spread of novel coronavirus, and a return to singing during the year slipped from our grasp. Drawing deeply on the enduring enthusiasm and optimism often attributed to choristers generally, committee members have started researching ways for us to return to singing in 2021.  Looking for the silver lining, perhaps what COVID-19 has done for our group is remind us all ...

Athletics Club Report – Dec 2020

As with so many things this year, the APSOC Cross Country season was not to be. We are looking forward to getting out there again in 2021. We would welcome any new runners, whether you are looking for some competitive racing or just a reason to stay fit.  We can promise you an enjoyable and very friendly social environment at the Club. Caulfield races against all the other APS schools in the APSOC Association, which has a rich 85-year history. There are ten races over the course of the season from April to September with these being held in various locations in the Melbourne metropolitan area. Some are hilly course, others flat, some are dry paths and others muddy trails. Distances vary from a lap of The Tan to 10 km. All standards are accommodated with each race recognising both the faste...

Netballer & Nurse – Shayna Hingmann

Shayna Hingmann became President of the Caulfield Grammarians’ Netball Club, which is affiliated with the Caulfield Grammarians’ Football Club, in 2018. Shayna attended Caulfield Grammar School in 2012 and 2013. A member of Shaw House at Wheelers Hill Campus, she was appointed to the School Committee in her final year. Shayna played netball and softball for the School, and received house colours for her participation in a variety of house activities. At Speech Night 2013 she received the Caulfield Grammarians’ Association Prize for Leadership in Year 12. After leaving school, Shayna trained as nurse and is currently a registered nurse at the Royal Children’s Hospital. She finds nursing a rewarding career because “being part of a child’s/family’s journey when they are at their most vulnerab...

Soprano – Genevieve Lim

Genevieve Lim (née Hartley) has been Secretary of the Grammarians Singers group since its inception in 2016 and says she enjoys adding her “rusty soprano voice” to the group. Genevieve attended Caulfield Grammar School from 1986 to 1995. A member of Shaw House at Wheelers Hill Campus, she received full colours in music and was awarded the School Music Service Prize in her final year. She was also a member of the School Committee in 1995. In addition to her involvement in the arts, Genevieve competed in rowing and cross country for the School, and participated in the Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme. She sees her involvement in music (choirs, orchestras, the Madrigal Group and musicals) as the real highlight of her time at CGS, the rich musical traditions and activities within the School ope...

CGA Connect: Alumni Conversations – November

Every month we will be sending out an Alumni Conversation. Alumni Conversations are short video interviews featuring our Grammarians reminiscing about their time at School, their favorite memory and what Caulfield means to them. These interviews come from a range of different sources and cover the diverse cultural, sporting and social life of our community. They relate directly to our strategic priority of Telling Our Story (celebrate our alumni and their achievements, develop communications that are personal and authentic). We are proud to be sharing these stories with you and hope that you enjoy watching them. Will Phillips & Campbell Greeves (2020) – Watch here Tell us your story!  If you would like to be part of our Alumni Conversations please email [email protected]

Class of 2000 20-Year Virtual Reunion

On Friday 17 July the Caulfield Grammarians’ Association held the Class 2000 20-Year reunion via Zoom. Almost 30 members of the class joined us for their reunion including several participants from overseas locations such as New York and Singapore. One class member even dialed in from lockdown in a police academy where they were in training! The group was also joined by past teachers Katrina Ratner and Sue Sonego (currently Director of Community Engagement at Caulfield Grammar School). A big thank you in particular to Katrina who tackled Zoom for the first time and got some ‘how to’ tips from her old students. After a brief welcome to the whole group from CGA Executive Director Linda Sprott, the Class of 2000 were placed in break-out rooms based on their campus at school....

The Singing Doctor – Anita Muñoz

Caulfield Grammar School (CGS) Alumnus Dr Anita Muñoz has followed her childhood passion for music performance by joining Caulfield Grammarians’ Association affiliate club, the Grammarian Singers choir. Here she tells us about what singing means to her, her time at CGS and why being a General Practitioner of medicine is the best job in the world. When Dr Anita Muñoz is asked to reflect on her experience as a student at Caulfield Grammar School, her response is thoughtful and self-assured. “Going there gave me an education that was so much more than academic knowledge. It gave me the arts, friends that have lasted a lifetime, personal agency, and self-determination”. The General Practitoner said Caulfield Grammar had also inspired her love of music – “Singing in Madrigal Group was an ...

Industry innovator – Meher Virdi

 Alumnus Meher Virdi’s passion for engineering has blossomed into a successful career working for Meher Trailer Products that has taken him around the world and back again. Meher Verdi completed his high school education at Caulfield Grammar’s Wheelers Hill Campus between 2007 and 2012, demonstrating ability in sports, academics, and leadership. He was named School Co-Captain and received a number of academic and citizenship awards including Double Colours for Academics, the Frank D Burke Prize for the Captains of the School, and the Simon Barnet Joel Prize for Service, Citizenship and Leadership in his final year. After school, Meher completed two degrees at the University of Melbourne: a Bachelor of Commerce that enabled him to work as an investment banker for a number of years, and a Ma...

Diversity Champion – Jayde de Bondt

Alumnus Jayde de Bondt has combined her love of people with her passion for sport to forge a rewarding career with North Melbourne Football Club. Jayde de Bondt (pictured centre) graduated from Caulfield Grammar’s Wheelers Hill Campus in 2010, esteeming herself in her senior years as a leader, sportswoman, and academic. She was Shaw House Vice Co-Captain, a School Committee member, and was awarded the Ashley M L Takacs Prize for English Literature, the Simon Barnet Joel Prize for Service, Citizenship and Leadership, and Double Colours for Athletics. Following graduation, Jayde’s sights were originally set on a career in reporting the news, but after enrolling in and completing a Bachelor of Communication degree majoring in advertising and journalism at Bond University, she soon realised a ...

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 ...