Cadet Drill Instructor – Ernest Norman Coffey

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Cadet Drill Instructor – Ernest Norman Coffey

Ernest Norman Coffey had a special connection with Caulfield Grammar School as he was named in the CGS Speech Night program for 1900 in an article which read in part; OLD BOYS AT THE WAR Several members of the School Cadet Corps of past years took active part in the recent war, where they appear to have displayed the courage and gallantry of veterans. With the First Victorian Contingent there were Private Tom Stock and the School Drill Instructor, Sergeant Major Coffey.[1] Coffey had been born in New Zealand in 1862 to Johan and Mary Coffey and later migrated to Australia where he married Louise Youlden in November 1885 and fathered four children between 1886 and 1898. He had served as a Sergeant with the 2nd Battalion Infantry Brigade in the Victorian Forces where this unit won the Brasse...

Third Victorian Bushmen – James William Christie

James William Christie came from Cheltenham and was born in 1870 and enrolled at CGS in 1885 aged 15 and stayed for the following year, winning the Fifth Form prize for Writing and second prizes Euclid and Algebra. After matriculating from CGS he left CGS after Christmas 1886 and transferred to Melbourne Grammar School for the years of 1887 – 8 and upon leaving there commenced work as a surveyor’s assistant with the Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works. He enlisted as a Private (491) in the Third Victorian Bushmen and sadly died of enteric fever at Rustenburg on 7th December 1900. His death notice in the newspaper read as follows. Death. CHRISTIE – On 7th December 1900, at Rustenberg, South Africa, of enteric fever, Trooper James William Christie) Bushmen’s Contingent), only and beloved s...

Humanitarian Engineer – Jessica Coldrey

Graduating from Wheelers Hill Campus in 2016, Jessica Coldrey has gone on to fully embrace her differing passions, leading to an already fulfilling and impressive career. Currently completing her Bachelor of Arts (Human Geography) and Bachelor of Visual Arts, with the title of 2021 John Monash Scholar also under her belt, Jess is wholeheartedly dedicated to envisioning and creating a more sustainable future, but not without the incredible insight creativity provides. Jess grew up with CGS, spending 14 years of her early life at Wheelers Hill. Her fondest memories from primary school are of inventing stories and imagining new games to play every lunchtime. In high school, she enjoyed exploring the grounds, working in the art studio, and studying novels with friends. Upon entering Year 12, s...

Doing good in the world – Denis Hyland

When Denis Hyland started in prep at Shaw House in 1954 (finishing in 1965) it was the beginning of a 66 year connection with Caulfield Grammar School that has continued to this day. Denis and his older brother Peter were enrolled at Caulfield Grammar together. The family was advised by their doctor that Peter, born with cerebral palsy and a mild intellectual disability, would receive more care and empathy at Caulfield Grammar than at a government school. While there were very few boys with a disability at the School at the time, the family was grateful the Headmaster Frank Archer was willing to take Peter on, and to the School for providing a supportive and caring environment for both boys over many years. Peter is still going strong at 74, and is now living in aged care and the brothers ...

A Career is a Journey – Kate Hanly

Caulfield experience Graduating from Caulfield Campus in 2007, Kate Hanly is a true representation of how a career is not simply a means to an end, but rather a lifelong, fulfilling journey. During her time at Caulfield, Kate found herself spending the majority of her time around the oval, netball courts and Lindsay Thompson Centre. She also immersed herself in rowing. This provided some of her favourite memories from schooldays – spending many hours on the Yarra River and representing the School as a member of the first eight. She loved the sense of comradery that the rowing community embraced – the early mornings, teamwork, friends and mentors. All of which culminated in a sense of gratification that only comes from working hard collectively; it provided a valuable life lesson. Kate also...

General Counsel – Melinda Honig

Caulfield Connections Melinda Honig joined Caulfield Grammar’s School Council in 2018. She is the current General Counsel, Company Secretary and Chief Risk Officer for Australian Unity Limited. Mel was a student at the Wheelers Hill Campus from 1983 to 1988. Her father (Chris) and brother (Charlton) also attended the School and she is a parent of two boys who are enrolled at Caulfield Campus (Tom in Year 12 and Edward in Year 10). Mel says that she tried as many things as she could while a student at Caulfield, including one memorable house drama experience, where she thinks her stage performance may have cost Wilsmore House some points and reinforced to her that drama was not a natural pathway. (She still grimaces now!) Rowing, debating and music were what she really loved, and the many f...

Follow your Passions – Georgie Cowell

High school days During her time at Caulfield Grammar School, Georgie Cowell (Class of 2017) fully immersed herself in her learning and the co-curricular opportunities that came her way; spreading her time between the Theatre, Music and Sport departments. Georgie’s best memories of her time at Caulfield included performing in the whole school musical in Year 12 and being creativeand collaborative with her friends. Georgie loved how the students hold so much power to create incredible change for their peers and future students. Georgie would tell her 17-year-old self to take things one day at a time and try to put all the “what ifs” out of her mind. She’d also reiterate how important it is to take joy in all the things you do – even studying can be fun when you focus on all the cool things ...

Podcast Host & Disability Advocate – Peta Hooke

Peta Hooke (Class of 2008) wants to open up discussion about living with a disability and clarify what it means to live, as she does, with Cerebral Palsy. Wheelers Hill student During her time at Wheelers Hill Campus (Years 7 to 12), Peta studied hard, and enjoyed the beautiful grounds and the company of people who have become her lifelong friends. She was involved in a number of activities for Shaw House as well as achieving considerable academic success. Peta’s best memory from her school days was her first business studies class in Year 8. It provided the moment where everything ‘clicked’ and when she knew for the first time that she could excel at a subject. If Peta could give her 17-year-old self some advice, she would say “hold on tight, as life isn’t going to go to plan no matter ho...

Foundation Student & Psychiatrist – Carolynne Marks

Wheelers Hill campus opens Carolynne Marks (right) was a foundation student at Caulfield Grammar’s Wheelers Hill Campus when it opened in 1981 – the centenary year of the School. In addition, Carolynne was the first female student to win a scholarship to attended the School as the establishment of the Wheelers Hill Campus also launched co-education at Caulfield Grammar School. The Caulfield and Malvern campuses remained all boys until 1993 when co-education was introduced schoolwide. In its first year, students were enrolled in Years 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 at Wheelers Hill. Over the next six years the campus expanded so that in 1986 there were classes from Prep to Year 12. Carolynne, and the other foundation students who commenced with her in Year 7 in 1981, were the first cohort to graduate fro...

Women’s Coaching Pioneer – Aish Ravi

Aish Ravi, Class of 2008 alumna, is a pioneer for women’s leadership and gender equality in sport. Sport at school Aish has always had a strong interest in sport and was heavily involved during her time at school. “Some of my most memorable moments at Caulfield were playing sport. I represented the school on the First XI tennis team which won a premiership and Captained the Girls First XI Soccer team which was an incredible experience!” In 2008, Aish was awarded double colours and received the School Soccer Prize for Girls at Speech Night. She says that her soccer coach Mona Anderson helped inspire her to be a coach and educator, passions which now shape a large part of her life. Reflecting on her time at Caulfield Grammar School, Aish wishes more people knew about the amazing variety of p...

Western Bulldogs Legend – John Schultz

High school days John Schultz attended Caulfield Grammar School as a boarder from 1951 to 1955. Previously, he had attended the pre-school at Malvern Grammar School for one year (1944), when his family was living in East Malvern. John’s father served with the AIF in the Middle East during the Second World War and, after the war, moved his family to the country, taking up ownership of the general store at Boort (near Kerang). John was involved in the full range of school activities at Caulfield. He gained the Intermediate Certificate in 10 subjects in 1954 and the Leaving Certificate in six subjects in 1955. In his final year at school, he was a school officer, a Boarding House prefect and Vice-captain of Buntine House. It was in sport, however, that he really shone. John was a member of th...

Radio Personality – Dylan Lewis

Drama and music at school Dylan Lewis attended Caulfield Grammar School from 1985 to 1990. He was a member of Langley House at the Wheelers Hill Campus. He was heavily involved in both the drama and music programs at school. Dylan was a member of the Madrigal and Special Music Group from Wheelers Hill Campus that undertook a tour to Sydney in 1989. In 1990 he was awarded School Colours for Drama Performance. After graduation, he studied for a Bachelor of Education degree in drama and music at the University of Melbourne. Entertainment industry Dylan has subsequently become well-known in the entertainment industry, including roles in television, radio, film and music. He has undertaken several roles hosting and presenting for Australian music programs, the first being when he became host of...

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