Brownlow Medalist – Chris Judd

Alumni Profiles

Brownlow Medalist – Chris Judd

Time at Caulfield Chris Judd attended Caulfield Grammar School from 1996 (Year 7) to 2001 (Year 12). He debuted in Caulfield’s first eighteen in 1998 (when in Year 9) and was first eighteen captain in 2001. He was also a member of first eleven in 1999 and the athletics team from 1999 to 2001, winning the APS Under 17 1500m title in 1999. He was awarded school colours in both football and athletics. At Speech Night 2001 Chris was awarded the ‘Dougie’ Rankin Memorial Prize for Progress in Studies and Success at Sport. He received an ENTER score of 96.20 in the Victorian Certificate of Education. West Coast Eagles In addition to Caulfield Grammar, Chris played his junior football with East Sandringham Football Club and the Sandringham Dragons. At the 2001 AFL Under 18 Championships he was nam...

Policy and People – Claudia Kevin

Taking steps outside her comfort zone and following her passion for people has led Claudia Kevin (Class of 2014) on a diverse career journey. In recent times she has found herself working at the National Indigenous Australians Agency developing international policy relating to Indigenous peoples for the Australian Government. Time at Caulfield Claudia’s greatest lesson from her time at Caulfield is the importance of making the most of the opportunities that you are given. After finishing school, Claudia took a gap year which gave her time to experience a wide variety of different industries and meet many impactful people along the way. Upon returning to Australia, Claudia decided to leave the Melbourne bubble behind and move interstate where she became friends with people from all over the...

Future Business Owner – Tahir Hunter

Persistent hard work and a willingness to learn have helped Tahir Hunter (Class of 2018) with his journey after high school. He believes that by learning from those around him and grasping every opportunity with both hands he will fulfil his dream of owning his own business one day. Experience at Caulfield Grammar Tahir grew up in London, attending University College School, before moving back to Melbourne to attend Caulfield Grammar School in year 5. He was the School Captain the following year and relished the challenge of being a leader for his peers. When reminiscing about his time at Caulfield, Tahir highlights the importance of the friendships he formed through sporting commitments. These gave him the opportunity to stay active, challenge himself and enjoy the company of his friends,...

Creativity, Adventure and Travel – Georgia Maclaren

Georgia Maclaren took her first steps into the real-world following graduation from Caulfield Grammar in 2013. She has since followed her creative passions and sense of adventure to find her calling both personally and professionally. Starting out After school, Georgia says she dove into the deep end and enrolled in a three-year Communication Design (Graphic Design) degree at RMIT University. She completed it in four after taking a gap year in the third year to backpack solo across Europe: “I grew so much during that trip; it inspired my love of travel and passion for all things creative.” Georgia then pursued and secured work as a full-time graphic designer at Stanley Black & Decker, an experience she says exposed her to the highs and lows of working in a high pressure and very subjec...

VFLW Star & Future Paramedic – Kara Henderson

Kara Henderson (Class of 2015) has opened herself up to pursue all opportunities that have come her way post high school. Now a Biomed graduate, paramedicine student and VFLW player, she has found her journey to be incredibly rewarding and trusts that uncertainty will always not only be present, but bring about invaluable learnings. Kara grew up at Caulfield Grammar School, spending 13 of her formative years at Wheelers Hill Campus. Here, Kara discovered she would never be limited to one calling, but rather feel compelled to try everything. At school she simultaneously captained the Cross-Country team, played in the orchestra and concert band, zoomed around in human powered vehicles, was on the School Committee, and in the rock-climbing squad. Yarra Junction Trainee Following her final yea...

Architecture & Sustainable Fashion – Blake Hillebrand

2017 Caulfield Grammar Alumnus Blake Hillebrand now simultaneously pursues two passions; creating sustainable fashion through his own business and studying architecture. “Ever since I was a little kid, I have always loved making things and designing little cities and have always been interested in fashion and good design”, he says. Starting out with baru Blake was able to realise these dreams through co-founding his own sustainable clothing business, baru. For him, it perfectly combines his interests in design, clothing, business, sustainability and mental health, and is a means of encouraging others to recognise the value of the environment. baru’s approach is holistically ethical. They use recycled materials and 10 plastic water bottles in the creation of each pair of swim shorts, and 10...

Acting the Part – Youssef Sabet

Gaining real world experience, as well as short intensive courses and full-time study in New York have helped Youssef Sabet (Class of 2015) pursue his dreams of becoming a professional actor. Real-World Experience After graduating from Caulfield, Youssef jumped straight into full time work. He prioritised gaining some real-world experience by working as an F45 instructor in the early mornings and late at night, while filling his days with administration at a medical centre. During this time Youssef learned the importance of living in the moment and absorbing all that comes with it. “The idea that we all have struggles whether they manifest mentally, physically, at home or at work, was very surprising but also comforting. It’s made me realise where we are right now is where we need to be an...

Focused on the Future – Abigail Xu

Through dedication and broadening her horizons, Abigail Xu hopes to one day work in a field where she can make a significant impact on the lives of those less fortunate. After graduating from Caulfield in 2020, Abigail commenced a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne and involved herself in the Melbourne Conservatorium Symphonic Ensembles Program. She also started working as a Foundation Scholarship tutor at Caulfield in order to give back to the School and student community, which has helped shape who she is today. Recently, Abigail was selected for the highly-esteemed and competitive Department of Treasury and Finance 2021 Mentoring Women program, where she will receive one-on-one mentoring from a DTF economist in the area of economics and public policy. Day-to-Day Life In...

Para Triathlete and Mental Health Ambassador – Liam Twomey

As a para triathlete and Mental Health Ambassador, two roles his high school self never would have expected to one day hold, Liam Twomey (Class of 2011) is truly making a tangible impact for future generations. Caulfield & elite sport Looking back on his Caulfield experience, Liam is reminded of the great amount of laughter he shared with his mates. These memories, 10 years down the track, still manage to make him laugh, and probably will continue to do so for the next 10 years. The main take away from this was to enjoy every day to the max. Stepping into elite sport was not something Liam really anticipated. He was pushed into a Triathlon by a friend, who recommended him. Liam begrudgingly agreed to give it a try, despite thinking he wasn’t very good at any of the three sports involve...

Committed to Dance – Lauren Jaksetic

Strength and hard work have helped guide Lauren Jaksetic (Class of 2016) through her life after school and into her career as a professional dancer. Overcoming a number of challenges and obstacles, Lauren is excited to continue pursuing her dream to perform cabaret shows in Europe. Creative Arts at Caulfield During her time at Caulfield, Lauren was offered a wealth of opportunities to develop her love for the creative arts. Her time spent performing theatre and being guided by her amazing teachers have helped her get to where she is today. Lauren also learned the importance of organisation and planning which have helped her manage a busy schedule in her daily life. “Things don’t ever stop, there’s always another assignment, test, show/rehearsal around the corner and you just have to be org...

Dancer and Pilates Instructor – Oceane Le Bouder

Chasing her dreams and being resilient has helped Oceane Le Bouder (Class of 2016) navigate her life after high school and enjoy a career as a dancer, and now yoga and Pilates instructor. Despite the challenges faced by the creative arts industry, Oceane is excited to continue pursuing her work. Oceane’s experience at Caulfield helped shape who she is today. While she loved the memories she shared with her classmates, it was the experience and opportunity to meet new people that she relished. “During post high school life, you grow and become a new person so it’s ok to put yourself first and see who you attract into your life in the next chapter.” Dance as a Career Initially Oceane started out viewing dance as more of a hobby and a way to keep fit but soon after graduating from Caulf...

Navigating Entrepreneurship – Jesse Toniolo

Embracing your passion and a sense of courage and optimism are what drove Jesse Toniolo (Class of 2015) to start up his own business, retail company Push Pull Shop, in 2019. Despite being faced with much uncertainty, Jesse is continually shaping a brand that is sure to only grow into the future. Caulfield Experience Jesse’s most memorable Caulfield experience is summed up in the inclusiveness that the school embodies, a quality he will never forget. From the library enthusiasts who encouraged him to pull up a chair and study with peers, to sports coaches putting in endless hours to help improve skills, and the teachers staying back after class and taking late emails; he felt empowered to truly explore all avenues available to him. From his perspective, “those actions create a progressive a...

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