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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...

Rising Star – Milly Hines

Amelia ‘Milly’ Hines graduated from Caulfield Grammar School in 2017 and has since had several exciting opportunities come her way. Playing for the Caulfield Grammarians’ Football Club -Women’s (CGFCW) and being named the Round 3 Anytime Fitness VAFA Rising Star in 2019, she is a testament to remaining open to all paths and following what you are truly passionate about. During her time at school Milly was involved in a wide variety of activities – captaining the 1st Softball team, helping with productions backstage at the Cripps Centre or working in the art and music departments. In 2018, she returned to the Yarra Junction campus for the year as a Trainee, which she counts as one of her favourite times at Caulfield. Other fond memories include winning the APS Softball premiersh...

Military Historian – Daryl Moran

Daryl Moran came to Caulfield Grammar School as a student in 1966. A foundation member of Kurrle House, he gained the Higher Schools’ Certificate (HSC) in 1970. He was a School Committee member (1970), member of the first eighteen football team (1970), an RSM in the Cadet Unit (1969), a member of the School Choir and involved in drama productions. Daryl is in the back row, third from right. After leaving school, Daryl completed teacher training at Mercer House and taught in the primary school at Peninsula Grammar. He was then appointed one of the foundation members of the teaching staff at Caulfield’s Wheelers Hill Campus, taking the Year 4 class when the campus opened in 1981. He was involved in all aspects of the development of the campus, including being a foundation member of Wilsmore ...

Game, Set, Match – Graeme Cumbrae-Stewart

Friends of Graeme Cumbrae-Stewart will be saddened to learn of his passing on 24th August 2020.  Graeme attended Malvern Memorial Grammar School from 1947 to 1951 and Caulfield Grammar School from 1952 to 1958. Graeme was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for his “strong commitment to tennis” and received an OAM in 2004 “for service to the community, particularly through the Scouting movement, and to the development and promotion of tennis”. Graeme’s 55 years’ service in tennis administration began in 1959 when he became assistant secretary at the Glen Iris Valley Tennis Club.  After working in Brisbane in the mid-1960s, he was promptly elected president of Glen Iris when he returned to Melbourne.  He held that post for ten years and was made a Life Member of the club in 1981.  H...

Champion for women in sport – Louise Bibby

Recently awarded the title of Advanced Sports Osteopath, Dr Louise Bibby is moving mountains within her industry and is helping to pave the way for other women. Growing up in rural Victoria, Louise attended Caulfield Grammar School (Class of 2004) as a boarder where she was blown away by the wide variety of sports, hobbies, activities and friendship groups that she could immerse herself in: All of a sudden, I had access to some of the most phenomenal staff, teachers, coaches and friends. The routine of boarding school life kept me completely involved – school, sport, music, study and antics with boarders out of school hours. Life was busy, but incredibly structured. Louise fondly remembers the unique environment of the boarding house where staff happily devote their time to guiding and car...

A Story of Mateship – Andrew Brandt

Just a short tale about a bunch of old Grammarians who I believe displayed the best values one can gain from a period of education at Caulfield Grammar School. Sadly, one of our mates Andrew ‘AB’ Brandt (1977) recently lost his battle with cancer. He passed away alone, due to COVID -19 restrictions at the Creswick Hospital. Andrew was lucky that he, and multiple Caulfield guardians, were able to get him into that hospital where he was treated with kindness and respect. Much can be said of Andrew and his life. Andrew Brandt was a successful model and chef, working in many restaurants and acting in some classic Australian films. He had the gift of the gab and was a customer service representative for a tyre company. This role saw Andrew travel for months at a time from Victoria t...

Community Spirit – Tony Beddison

Tony Beddison attended Caulfield Grammar School from 1960 to 1966.  He commenced as a boarder and was later a member of the Kurrle House when it was established in 1966.  He was Kurrle House Secretary in 1966 and passed the Matriculation at the end of the year, gaining second class honours in geography. Tony was conscripted after leaving school and served in the Australian Army from 1969 to 1972, reaching the rank of Lieutenant. Following his time in the army, he began a successful business career, building up the largest privately-owned workforce solutions group in Australia.  He also established a variety of other companies under the Beddison Group umbrella. These businesses were sold in 2017. Tony Beddison supported many charitable organisations, including being Chair of the Royal Child...

Passionate Yachtsman – Ian Felsenthal

Ian Felsenthal attended Caulfield Grammar School from 1943 to 1946. In his final year at school he was a School Officer (magazine), Vice-Captain of Davies House, a member of the first eighteen, President of the Public Questions Society and President of the Yacht Club. He passed the Leaving Certificate at the end of 1946 in five subjects. Upon leaving school Ian Felsenthal joined the Vacuum Oil Company (Mobil), working first in Melbourne and later in the Northern Territory and country Victoria. In 1953 and 1954 he was the sales representative for the Latrobe Valley area working out of Sale, moving then to Traralgon as a distribution agent from 1955 to 1964. Ian was proprietor of the London Motel in Stawell from 1965 to 1969 and, on his return to Melbourne, was the proprietor of the import/r...

The Crabtree Family

The Crabtree family’s association with Caulfield Grammar School began when Walter Crabtree came to the School in 1930. Wal attended Caulfield State School after his family moved to Elsternwick, showing his football ability by being selected to play for Victoria in the State Schools’ Football Carnival. Moving to Caulfield Grammar in 1930, he was selected to play in the first eighteen at age 14 and kicked 35 goals as a forward in the last three games of the 1931 season. After leaving school, Wal worked for Brookland’s Accessories for a few years before joining A G Healing, where he was employed for over 30 years, eventually reaching management level. Nevertheless, he continued his involvement in the school community. Wal played some 300 games for the Caulfield Grammarians’ Football Club (CGF...

Football Fanatic – Grace Buchan

Australian Rules Football helps unite people across our nation from all different backgrounds and, with the growth of the women’s game, Aussie Rules is now enjoyed by both female and male players. Playing professionally is a major honour, one Grace Buchan (Class of 2013) was granted following years of hard work and persistence. In 2018 Grace played in Collingwood’s inaugural VFLW side and in 2019 she was co-captain of the team. Grace’s devotion to her club, coach and teammates helped lead her team to premiership success last season. In her football career, Grace loves leading by example and encouraging others to push their physical and mental limits on the field and in their everyday life. She knows that success comes as a direct result of making sacrifices both at training and in competit...

The Singing Doctor – Anita Muñoz

Caulfield Grammar School (CGS) Alumnus Dr Anita Muñoz has followed her childhood passion for music performance by joining Caulfield Grammarians’ Association affiliate club, the Grammarian Singers choir. Here she tells us about what singing means to her, her time at CGS and why being a General Practitioner of medicine is the best job in the world. When Dr Anita Muñoz is asked to reflect on her experience as a student at Caulfield Grammar School, her response is thoughtful and self-assured. “Going there gave me an education that was so much more than academic knowledge. It gave me the arts, friends that have lasted a lifetime, personal agency, and self-determination”. The General Practitoner said Caulfield Grammar had also inspired her love of music – “Singing in Madrigal Group was an ...