Members of the Vintage Club attend the Senior School Assembly
Canberra Grammar School hosted its annual Vintage Club event on Friday 7 November, for those members of the Old Boy community who left the School 50 years ago or more. A great number of CGS Old Boys turned out, from those who graduated in 1964 and so had just qualified for the Vintage Club this year, right through to Mr Irwin Prowse, who recently turned 100 and graduated in 1933, over 80 years ago.
Following a special chapel service, a tree was planted by Dr Garrick and Mr Prowse on the School grounds to commemorate both Irwin’s 100th birthday and the School’s 85th Anniversary. Vintage Club guests attended the Senior School assembly where, in keeping with tradition, the Head of School called a roll of the Vintage Club members in attendance and students sang Mr Prowse a rousing ‘Happy Birthday’, with plenty of cheers and a standing ovation.
Guests enjoyed lunch in the Dining Hall with both Senior and Primary students, and a special tour of the CGS Sculpture Festival. This year, members of the Vintage Club were invited to join the School and the Australian War Memorial in commemorating the life of CGS Old Boy Harry Broughton Moriarty, who was killed in action in 1917. Having our vintage Old Boys there for this beautiful and moving ceremony was a fitting end to Vintage Club events for 2014, and a special way to honour the service and sacrifice made by scores of CGS boys in the past.
As always, it was a pleasure to have so many of our Old Boys return to CGS, and a privilege to have our Vintage Club share in the current life of the School. View photos of the day’s activities here.