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Ballet Dancer and Choreographer – Christopher Hill

COVID-19 has unleashed a wrecking ball on the world’s Arts sector, but for lauded ballet dancer turned choreographer Christopher Hill, it has been a time of career growth and renewal. “I started working full-time when I was 19 and danced professionally for 18 years. Now I’m going to university and doing things in reverse,” Christopher said, explaining that after years of maintaining a demanding dance schedule, he had only just found time to complete a Bachelor of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University and was now working towards a Master of Business, Arts and Cultural Management through Deakin University. The Class of 1989 Wheeler’s Hill Campus alumnus said that while he had been fortunate enough to dance for some of the world’s best ballet companies for close to two decades, last year ...

Body Architect – Lucy McRae

Lucy McRae was born in London in 1979 but later moved to Melbourne. There she attended Caulfield Grammar School, where both of her parents, Tony and Wendy McRae, were long-serving teachers. From a young age Lucy studied classical ballet and later competed in netball and athletics (running 100 metre hurdles). At the 1996 Speech Night Lucy was awarded the Benjamin Robert Maresh Prize for Three-Dimensional Art and the ‘Dougie’ Rankin Prize for Progress in Studies and Success in Sport. These pursuits, which pushed her physically and mentally, formed some of her earliest experiences of the body and what it means to be human. This fascination with the body has permeated her working career as a science fiction artist, filmmaker, and inventor. Lucy’s background in fashion, architecture and interio...

Premier of Victoria – Lindsay Thompson

Lindsay Hamilton Simpson Thompson was born on 15th October 1923. His father, who had served in the First World War, died in 1926 and soon after Lindsay, his mother and elderly grandmother moved from Glen Iris to Elsternwick to live with his mother’s married sister (Effie Seward) and her family. Lindsay was enrolled at Caulfield Grammar School during 1929. In his autobiography (I Remember) he recalled that on his first day he was shown around the playground by two boys who were also to make their mark in the world. One was Peter Karmel, School Captain in 1939, who later served with distinction as Chair of the Commonwealth Tertiary Education Commission and as Vice Chancellor of both Flinders University and the Australian National University. The other was Stan Kurrle, who was Headmaster of C...

Opera Singer – Helena Dix

Melbourne-born opera singer Helena Dix always knew she wanted to be a singer when she grew up. She can’t remember a time when she wanted to be anything else. Helena remembers her 13 years at Caulfield fondly; they were spent onstage starring in school musicals and tinkering around in the music department. She also dabbled in debating and suspects that her enjoyment for the subject was largely due to her strong opinions. Inspired by her mother and her opera singing colleagues, Helena has gone from strength to strength and has become a recognised name around the world. Critics have described her as ‘the most exciting voice since Joan Sutherland’, and rated her performances ‘8 out of 5 stars’. Helena credits her determination and fighting spirit for her success in the operatic world. When she...

Rowing Enthusiast & Surgeon – Bruce Waxman

Bruce Waxman is a dedicated member of the Caulfield Grammarians’ Rowing Club (CGRC). He received School Colours as a member of the 1967 1st VIII, having previously rowed in the 2nd VIII (1966) and the 3rd VIII (1965). Bruce was student at Caulfield from 1961 to 1967. Having passed the matriculation examination in 1966, he deferred a place in medicine at Monash University, having been encouraged by Principal Bruce Lumsden to return to school to complete further studies and gain leadership experience. He was a Prefect and Head Cadet Under Officer in his final year. Bruce graduated with honours from Monash University in 1974, then trained in general and colorectal surgery, both in Australia and overseas. He was appointed Director of Surgery at Dandenong Hospital, Southern Health (later Monash...

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...

Cricket Club President – Cameron Scholten

Cameron (Cam) Scholten took over from Grant Poulter as President of the Caulfield Grammarians/North Caulfield Glenhuntly Cricket Club earlier this year. Cam was elected Vice-President of the Club in 2010 and has been a great contributor both on and off the field over the past ten years. Cam attended Caulfield Grammar School from 2001 to 2006, following in the footsteps of his father Matthew (1976-84) and grandfather Bill (1946-51). Cam’s uncle Chris Scholten (1978-81), sister Amy (2005-08) and brother Sam (2007-12) also attended the School. A member of Wilsmore House at Wheelers Hill Campus, Cam played cricket and football at school and says that he thoroughly enjoyed his time at Caulfield, particularly his final year. He began his career in IT in 2007 as a trainee at the Wheelers Hill Cam...

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...

Bowler, Cricketer & Footballer – Nigel Kendall

Nigel Kendall and his wife Annette are both members of the CGA’s lawn bowls team. The team plays regular matches against teams from other APS schools and the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) during the summer season (October to March) each year, culminating in the annual APS Past Students’ Bowls Tournament in late March. Nigel attended Caulfield Grammar School from 1946 to 1955, following his brother David, who attended from 1943 to 1953. During the early 1950s Caulfield achieved considerable success in sport, winning a number of Associated Grammar Schools of Victoria (AGSV) premierships. Nigel was a member of the premiership cricket teams in 1953 and 1954 and of the premiership football teams in 1954 and 1955. The 1955 football team was one of the strongest to ever represent the School, inclu...

Team Mate & Triathlete – Anne Martin

Anne Martin is a key member of the CGA Athletics club which competes in the Associated Public Schools Old Collegians Amateur Athletic Association (APSOC) competition. She has a soft spot for the Brighton by the Sea APSOC race, as the club always does well in the team event and the last kilometre of running along the soggy sand is, to her, “hilariously torturous”. Anne loves the friendships she’s made in the team and the sense of camaraderie with people from all circles of life. She is also very passionate about increasing the number of Caulfield alumni participating in APSOC Cross Country events. Anne encourages any interested Grammarian to Put your running shoes on and come along to an event; we are a super friendly bunch who support all levels of ability. You’ll get a CGA singlet when yo...

Planner & President – Peter Small

Peter Small attended Caulfield Grammar School from 1970 (Year 7) to 1976, gaining his Higher School Certificate in his final year. Peter was a member of the first basketball team from 1974 to 1976 and in January 1974 was a member of the school squad that undertook a tour of the United States. This was one of the first overseas sporting tours undertaken by students from an Australian school. After leaving CGS, Peter undertook a Diploma of Applied Science (Town Planning) course at RMIT, which he completed in 1981. In the meantime, he started work as a planning assistant at Tracts Consultants before gaining a position in planning with the Camberwell City Council. There, he was responsible for preparing reports on land use planning applications for presentation to Council and represented Counc...

Don’t Stop Dancing – Dimitri Raptis

Dimitri Raptis graduated from Caulfield Grammar School in 2016 with a dream to turn his love of dance into a career. As a four-year-old Dimitri discovered this passion and hasn’t stopped dancing since. He participated in many Caulfield Campus productions such as Hairspray, Legally Blonde and Westside Story, and was a key participant in raising the profile of the arts at Caulfield. One of his favourite memories of high school is “performing sold out shows for entire seasons, something that not many high schools in general had experienced.” Dimitri values how “every student has the opportunity to follow their passion, as Caulfield provides such a vast variety of areas in which one can excel. When asked if Caulfield is a sporty school, an artsy school or an academically successful school, I’m...

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