Gender Equity – Veronica Sullivan

Alumni Profiles

Gender Equity – Veronica Sullivan

Veronica Sullivan (Class of 2007) has dedicated her time post-Caulfield Grammar to the written word. Now the Head of Programming at the Wheeler Centre, she holds an incredible career defined by addressing the gender disparities present within the creative arts sector. Caulfield Grammar days Veronica’s Caulfield Campus experience was centred around the beautiful friendships she created, and she is grateful these have remained throughout the different stages of life after high school: “My years at Caulfield involved lots of laughter and making countless memories, with a dose of serious hard work along the way. I learned lessons in the classroom and beyond that were formative in ways both tangible and oblique. Most importantly, I made THE most incredible friends at CGS, many of whom I’m still...

The Webster Family – Jim Webster

Early life & Caulfield Grammar days James Joseph (Jim) Webster was born on Flinders Island, Tasmania, on 14 June 1925, the youngest of three sons of Leslie Leeder Webster and Eileen Dorothy (née Thorne).  In 1929 the family moved to Dunhelen, a farm at Greenvale near Melbourne, where they lived for many years.  Leslie Webster had attended Caulfield Grammar School and each of his sons also attended the School.  Jim attended briefly in 1931 and then from 1937 to 1940.  He obtained the Intermediate Certificate in seven subjects in 1940.  With his two brothers at the war, he managed the family farm, and joined the Air Training Corps at Essendon, achieving air crew status.  He took courses at the YMCA in Melbourne and then studied accountancy at Melbourne Technical College.  In 1950 he beca...

6th Principal – Bruce Lumsden

Bruce Lumsden, who was the sixth Head of Caulfield Grammar School, served as a Flight Officer in the 195 Squadron of the RAAF during the Second World War. He became a Prisoner of War in late 1944. Born in June 1917, Bruce grew up in an evangelical family, his father conducting missions and his mother running a hostel for the Melbourne Bible Institute. After attending a private school called “East Leigh”, he was enrolled at Caulfield Grammar School in 1929. In his final year at Caulfield (1935) he was a prefect, house vice-captain, leader of the Crusader Union, captain of the football and athletics teams, and equal Dux of the School. Bruce completed an Arts degree at the University of Melbourne and then spent a year at the Melbourne Bible Institute before accepting a post as an English teac...

Distinguished Service Order – Frank Weir

Frank Valentine Weir was born at Deniliquin, NSW, on February 14th 1878. He was the son of Joseph and Mrs Weir of ‘Ashton’ Canterbury Road, Warrnambool and attended Melbourne Grammar School in his primary years and then entered CGS (no. 400) in 1893 aged 15. This was the same year that fellow Boer War veterans, Edward Arthur Duncan and Tom Stock also enrolled at CGS. The following year, 1894, he returned home to complete four years of secondary schooling at Warrnambool College. The school magazine makes mention of his Boer War and Great War military career in its issue of December 1916 and states in part; ‘Captain Frank V Weir, was at CGS in 1893. When the Boer War broke out in 1899, he was one of the first to volunteer, and went out with the (NSW) Bushmen’s Contingent’. This is the ...

Local Government – Bill Bott

Balancing a career in farming whilst also initiating change within local government is no simple feat. However, it is one Bill Bott AM (Class of 1962) has tackled, shaped around a lifetime spent attached to Caulfield Grammar. Days at Caulfield Grammar Bill has a lengthy history associated with Caulfield Grammar, shaping not only his life, but many of his family members: “My family involvement with CGS commenced in 1917 when my Grand Mother, herself a teacher, searched for a school for my father to attend to complete his education. She chose CGS because it demonstrated, in her words, good Christian values”. In 1957, Bill joined the Caulfield Grammar legacy his family began, moving to the VIC metro school alongside his brother Ted as a boarder. Bill is extremely grateful for the education he...

Epilepsy Research – Pip Karoly

Grammarian Dr Pip Karoly (Class of 2007) devotes her days to developing a patient-specific approach to epilepsy management. A recent recipient of the L’Oreal Fellowship, her work is making a tangible difference for patients. Days at Caulfield Grammar Like many Grammarians, Pip fondly remembers walking up and down Glen Eira Road during her time at Caulfield Campus. Her time was mainly devoted to athletics, soccer and studying in the Year 12 Common Room during her final year. The close group of friends she formed is one she maintains and even attends CGA reunion events alongside. One of the most memorable and formative experiences from her Caulfield Campus days were her VCE Math Methods classes. Pip found a mentor within teacher Katerina Katselas. Her focus on problem solving and discovering...

Graphic Design for Change – Zoe Alexiades

Often time the arts can have a tangible, positive impact. That is exactly what Zoe Alexiades (Class of 2014) has aimed to achieve as an avid freelance graphic designer with her own business. Now having conducted a TEDx Talk and the recent winner of a HACCI Young Achiever Award, Zoe has made a career out of wanting to help others. Days at Caulfield Grammar Growing up at Caulfield Campus, Zoe could be found exploring many avenues. From pursuing summer, winter and spring sports, to taking part in the arts curriculum, Zoe’s time was spread across the school. She loved being involved in music and theatre, alongside leadership and community service. One thing is for certain – she absolutely made the most of every opportunity. Becoming a Grammarian and starting ZRA Designs In the initial absence ...

A Thriving CGS Family – Niki Gaal

A passionate and proud three-generational Grammarian, Niki Gaal (Class of 1986) has found her life shaped around the creativity and love she shares with her family. Foundation student at Wheelers Hill Niki Gaal joined Wheelers Hill campus right at its inception in 1981, when Caulfield Grammar became co-educational and welcomed its first cohort of girls. This unique time meant Niki and her peers were not only the first to explore all that Wheelers Hill had to offer, but also the first to revel in leadership opportunities and pave the way for future Grammarians passing through the campus. This time proved instrumental for Niki, providing her with new skills, lifelong friendships and the ability to bring others together on projects. The latter has been an important aspect of Niki’s entire lif...

Creativity in Business – Billy Green

During 2020, Billy Green (Class of 2008) saw a noticeable gap in support for the local Victorian hospitality industry. Capitalising on the time spent at home, Billy started his own meal kit delivery service Make-Out Meals, a new middle ground between creator and consumer. Time at Caulfield Grammar Billy has fond memories of his Year 9 Learning Journeys at Caulfield Campus, during which he devoted time to learning to play guitar. His lunch times turned into opportunities to jam with a fellow peer, and eventually, this grew into a band they started together. This band continued on after Billy and his friend left the Caulfield Grammar gates behind, leading to them touring across Australia and even internationally for close to 5 years, recording music where they could in between. Finding a pas...

A Student’s 2020 – Lauren Tran

2020 was unlike any year we have ever seen before and it brought new experiences for everyone. For many it was meant to be the culmination of their schooling life, a time to enjoy being leaders, and celebrating with friends. Lauren Tran (Class of 2020) was one of those students who battled through a year of online learning. She has come out the other side having learnt a great deal and is now looking forward to seeing what life throws at her next. Growing up with Wheelers Hill  Lauren Tran is a born and bred Grammarian and sees the school as her second home after spending 14 years growing up within it. Of the many experiences with friends, family and staff, Lauren still says that the week of graduation was her most memorable experience – “It felt like a culmination of my 14 years at ...

YJ Trainee – Grace Waddingham

Navigating the transition out of high school is often a vulnerable experience. This is especially so for the Caulfield Grammar graduating Class of 2020, who experienced an incredibly turbulent final schooling year. Grace Waddingham, Class of 2020 Wheelers Hill Co-Captain, reflects on her first 12 months outside the Caulfield Grammar gates. Adapting to life at Yarra Junction Grace Waddingham was thrilled at the end of 2020 to accept a position as a Trainee up at Caulfield Grammar’s Yarra Junction Campus for 2021. She loved her experience at the Wheelers Hill Campus, complete with a vast array of opportunities ranging from sport to theatre. She knew giving back to younger generations passing through was going to be a treasured experience. Whilst 2021 hasn’t looked exactly like the previous Y...

Commitment to the Craft – Darcy Brown

Since leaving Caulfield Grammar, Darcy Brown (Class of 2008) has pursued a career as an actor. Currently starring as Squealer and Old Major in Shake and Stir Theatre Company’s 2021 national tour of Animal Farm, he reflects upon where his journey has taken him.  Discovering theatre at Wheelers Hill Darcy discovered his passion for theatre during his days at Wheelers Hill campus, under the direction of Dan Hartley and Lyndy Clarke. In his words, they were both “brilliant teachers, no-nonsense and inspiring, who treated you like an adult, assumed you were capable of anything, and opened up the world”.  He looks back on auditioning for Dan’s production of ‘Ross’ in Year 9 (at his insistence, after chickening out and missing the initial audition) and Lyndy’s production of ‘Marat/Sade’ in Year 1...