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The Emerald Isle – James Castles

James Castles (2008) arrived at Caulfield Grammar School in 2005 and, over the next four years, won a veritable catalogue of prizes for academic achievement and service. He was awarded School Colours for Academic Excellence, Debating, Mooting, Service and Lawn Bowls and, in his final year, was elected to the School Committee. He also earnt the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. In 2009 James began studying at Monash University and graduated with Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees in 2013. While at Monash, he spent time at the university’s centre at Prato in Italy and also at Leiden University in the Netherlands, where he studied international and European law. During 2013, James joined the social enterprise organization Who Gives a Crap as employee number two ...

An Alloy Attraction – Ian Polmear

Ian Polmear attended Caulfield Grammar School from 1940 to 1945. A member of Barnett House, he gained house colours in athletics, swimming, football and cricket. In his final year he was a School Officer (Library) and Secretary of Barnett House. He was also awarded School Colours for athletics, finishing second in the open 120 yards hurdles in the AGSV Combined Sports. Ian’s main academic interests were mathematics and chemistry and he was awarded a Free Place to study metallurgical engineering at the University of Melbourne, graduating with a BMetE degree in 1949. Ian lived in Sandringham where he joined the local Amateur Athletic Club as a hurdler in 1946. In the years that followed he enjoyed the weekly interclub meetings at what was then Olympic Park in Richmond. Later his specialties ...

Sustainable Fashion – Rhianna Knight

Rhianna Knight (Class of 2009) has always had a creative bent and an eye for design. In fact, during her time at Caulfield she spent many hours in the art department working on projects exploring a range of mediums and pushing her creative knowledge and aesthetic. Her childhood dream was to work in the fashion industry, in particular red-carpet fashion. Nevertheless, after studying fashion design & technology at university, and undertaking various internships, Rhianna ended up working at a snowboarding apparel company. Despite not exactly matching her dream, this position gave her great technical knowledge about the industry (including fabric innovations) and ended up changing her career focus. In June 2018 Rhianna used the experience she had gained to found outdoors apparel label Mist...

Our Seven Vorraths

Quite a few families have had two, three or more members at Caulfield Grammar School; but seven is a rarity. One of those is the Vorrath family whose first members arrived in the 1920s. Aside from being a good student, Carl Vorrath (1928) was a fine tennis player. After leaving school he studied automotive engineering, becoming a leading metallurgist with expertise in the development of aluminium. In 1956, he founded his own aluminium casting firm and was a part-time lecturer in metallurgy at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Carl supported the school for the rest of his life, becoming an early member of the Foundation and attending many reunions. Travis Vorrath (known as Bill) (1929) and was one of those boys who excelled at everything. By the time he left school, he ...

Olympic Athlete – Tamsyn Lewis

Tamsyn Manou (née Lewis) came to Caulfield Grammar School in 1994 in Year 10. She attended the Wheelers Hill Campus initially but transferred to Caulfield Campus to complete Years 11 and 12. She was a member of the School athletic team during each of her years at Caulfield, winning multiple events at the APS Combined Athletics Sports in 1994, 1995 and 1996. In 1996 Tamsyn was captain of the girls’ athletics team that was victorious in the APS Combined and was also appointed School Co-Captain, the first female to hold this position at Caulfield Campus. Tamsyn came to prominence on the national athletics scene in 1994, winning several junior events at the Australian Championships. She was selected, at aged 15, in the Australian athletics team for the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Cana...

Long-term Grammarian – Lindsay Cuming

Lindsay Cuming attended Caulfield Grammar from 1936 to 1947. He gained his matriculation certificate in 1946. In that year he was a school officer (School Liaison), house secretary of Archer House, a member of the first eleven (premiers) and first eighteen, and a sergeant in the cadet corps. He returned to school in 1947 to complete matriculation Latin so that he could undertake a law degree at university. In 1947 he was a prefect, vice-captain of Archer House, won school colours for cricket, was a member of the premiership-winning first eleven, first eighteen and first tennis teams, and was made a cadet lieutenant in the cadet corps. After completing his schooling Lindsay’s involvement with Caulfield continued. He was a member of the Caulfield Grammarians’ Football Club under-19 team in 1...

Reserves Rover – Belle Connor

Having graduated from Caulfield in 2010 Belle Connor was more used to playing soccer than footy but decided to give it a go when the Caulfield Grammarians’ Football Club (CGFC) launched a women’s team in 2017. Perhaps another event that inspired this change of code was a visit by legendary Richmond coach, Tommy Hafey. “He came to speak at one of our year 12 tutorials. His attitude to life in general, and life beyond football, is something I have never experienced from another person before. His speech will stay with me forever and that is why I wear the number 18”, Bell says. [Tommy wore the number 18 guernsey throughout his 67-game playing career at Richmond 1953-58.] Currently a rover for the CGFCW Reserves side Belle Connor is amazed at how far she and her team mates have come over the ...

Formula 1 Fanatic – Sam Lister

Sam Lister attended Caulfield Grammar School from 2000 to 2005 where he was an active member of Buntine House and a member of the School Committee. Initially Sam had very little idea of what he wanted to do after school, so he decided to stick with what he was good at and what he enjoyed, working with his hands. Engineering seemed like a good fit and Sam completed a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering in 2009 at Monash University. He liked the general nature of the course and thought it would be much easier to start with Aerospace engineering and then apply his broad knowledge to mechanical or civil engineering rather than the other way around. One of the most notable aspects of Sam’s time at Monash was his participation in the Monash Motorsport Team. This student-run racing team represents ...

Food is Fuel – Elly McLean

Elly McLean’s curiosity with nutrition began when she was 17 – a Caulfield Grammar student obsessed with watching tennis, football and ironman. She was fascinated with the idea that by changing what these elite athletes put into their bodies they could change their performance. After studying a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science majoring in Exercise Science and Nutrition at Deakin University, Elly felt a bit lost. She knew what she wanted to do but lacked the confidence and life experience to do it. In the meantime Elly got a job at Global Corporate Challenge and worked in business development for eight years. In some ways this was a great next step for Elly as it gave her the opportunity to learn about corporate life. She also spent some time working in the U.S. working with some of the ...

Music in Fashion – Alex Trail

By the time Alex Trail (1998-2008) reached secondary school, he was well on his way to making a significant mark in music. Playing the saxophone and drums, he was a constant performer in most of the school’s bands and ensembles, gaining triple colours for music and colours for service on the way. In 2007, with William Green (1999-2008) and Andrew Szetho (2005-10), Alex formed a heavy metal rock band, the life of which extended way beyond their school days. Alex commenced an arts degree and diploma in language courses at the University of Melbourne in 2009 and continued to write songs for the band. A “demo” extended play CD was cut in Sydney and the band performed around Australia. Re-branded as Storm the Sky in 2010, the band recorded again that year and in 2011. Their Vigilance extended p...

Lone jogger – Dr Jack Cherny

Grammarians who were students at Caulfield Campus in the last years of the 20thCentury and the early years of the 21st will remember a lone figure of Dr Jack Cherny jogging around the Alf Mills Oval on most mornings of the year. It is calculated that he chalked up some 82,000 laps covering 45,990 kilometres over 32 years from 1975 to 2007. Jack arrived at Caulfield Grammar School from Ripponlea State School in 1942 and became a member of Barnett House. A self-confessed “swot”, he maintained good results but his other aim was to obtain House Colours which he achieved in swimming, tennis and debating. In 1945, he took part in the E1 Players production of Twelfth Night which was staged before an audience of 400 at the Malvern Town Hall. In 1949, he was appointed a School Officer and took the ...

A Love of Medicine – Sian Brownlow

Sian was one of those lucky people who always knew what she wanted to do; become a doctor. After graduating from Caulfield Grammar as Dux in 2012 Sian began studying a Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne. She excelled in this course and was awarded a Chancellor’s Scholarship that gave her a guaranteed place in the graduate medicine program. This meant that Sian did not have to sit the dreaded admissions test (GAMSAT) and was able to proceed straight to the Doctor of Medicine course. Now in her sixth year of full-time study Sian is looking forward to finishing her final year of university and realising her dream of working as a doctor. Not one to sugar coat things Sian says “you have to be extremely committed to work in medicine. I will be 35 years old by the time I’m fin...

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