Policy and People – Claudia Kevin

Humanities

Policy and People – Claudia Kevin

Taking steps outside her comfort zone and following her passion for people has led Claudia Kevin (Class of 2014) on a diverse career journey. In recent times she has found herself working at the National Indigenous Australians Agency developing international policy relating to Indigenous peoples for the Australian Government. Time at Caulfield Claudia’s greatest lesson from her time at Caulfield is the importance of making the most of the opportunities that you are given. After finishing school, Claudia took a gap year which gave her time to experience a wide variety of different industries and meet many impactful people along the way. Upon returning to Australia, Claudia decided to leave the Melbourne bubble behind and move interstate where she became friends with people from all over the...

Focused on the Future – Abigail Xu

Through dedication and broadening her horizons, Abigail Xu hopes to one day work in a field where she can make a significant impact on the lives of those less fortunate. After graduating from Caulfield in 2020, Abigail commenced a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne and involved herself in the Melbourne Conservatorium Symphonic Ensembles Program. She also started working as a Foundation Scholarship tutor at Caulfield in order to give back to the School and student community, which has helped shape who she is today. Recently, Abigail was selected for the highly-esteemed and competitive Department of Treasury and Finance 2021 Mentoring Women program, where she will receive one-on-one mentoring from a DTF economist in the area of economics and public policy. Day-to-Day Life In...

From the Archives – August 2021

Find of the Month – Cast of “The Wiz” Musical Production 2001 (see feature image) Twenty years ago, this creative musical adapted from the original Wizard of Oz was performed by Year 7-9 students at Wheelers Hill. Lead roles brought to life the challenges facing Dorothy as she travelled in the land of Oz with the Scarecrow, Tinman, and cowardly Lion. The production was directed by Ms J Mitchell, Musical Director Mr G Cousins and costumes by Ms L Clarke Research in Lockdown: Malvern Grammar and the inaugural Houses of Gason, Fethers and Davies. Working remotely in lockdown has provided a unique opportunity to delve back in time. To access many online digital collections and digitized newspapers on the TROVE website hosted by the National Library of Australia. I was intrigued by The Herald n...

Foundation Student & Education Advocate – Fleur Goulding

Wheelers Hill Beginnings Since graduating from Wheelers Hill Campus in 1989, Fleur Goulding has gone on to be an advocate for education. Currently working for Holmesglen Institute leading its policy, governance and strategy work, she gets to witness how education empowers at any stage of life. In 1981 when the Wheelers Hill campus first opened (and the ovals were more akin to cow paddocks) Fleur was one of its foundation students. She found her experience there to be deeply special, being part of a new pioneering generation of students with a sense of comradery. She felt surrounded by a family, aided by time spent with her peers on buses for cross-campus teams and musical ensembles, and her teachers (such as Dan Hartley), who championed a new way and ensured they were part of something big...

2021 Mentoring Circles

Our mentoring event for young alumni and senior school students was held online on Wednesday 28 April. We are very grateful to Leah Lambart (Director of Relaunch Me – Career Consulting) for leading the event and to our mentors, who joined us from as far away as Spain, Hong Kong and China. After a brief welcome from CGA Executive Director Linda Sprott, Leah interviewed Lexie Van Maanen (Class of 2017), a singer who was cast in her first ever professional role as the Mistress in Opera Australia’s 40th Anniversary production of Evita, and Raj Jayaweera (1997), a jazz musician (drummer) who has toured extensively throughout the world. Their answers to Leah’s questions provided a wonderful insight into their careers to date and their aspirations for the future. Participants were then placed in ...

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...

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...

Premier of Victoria – Lindsay Thompson

Alumni background 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 w...

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. Teaching at Wheelers Hill 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 foun...

Cultural Excursions with the CGA

Come on a cultural excursion with the CGA! With many of us still stuck at home due to the effects of COVID-19 we thought it would be fun to check out some of the amazing virtual tours that are being offered around the world. The below list includes a number of significant cultural and natural sites that normally wouldn’t be accessible. We hope you enjoy exploring this resource. Alaska, USA Explore the stunning views of Alaska. Angkor Wat, Cambodia Explore the Buddhist temple complex of Angkor Wat, located in Cambodia. It is the largest religious monument in the world, on a site measuring 162.6 hectares. Aurora Borealis – Northern Lights, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada Catch nature’s most beautiful light show through a live steam from the Churchill Northern Studies Centre in Manito...

Newspaper Man – Michael Macgeorge

Members of the CGA’s Marsden Chapter were saddened to learn of the death of Michael Macgeorge in September, aged 93. Michael attended Malvern Grammar School from 1936 to 1941. He was the fifth of five brothers to attend the school. In his final year Michael completed the Intermediate Certificate and was a member of the first cricket team. Eager to pursue a career in journalism, at age 15 Michael seized the first opportunity available to join the Age newspaper, where his grandfather (Jack Stephens) had served as chief sub-editor from 1885 to 1935. Michael started work as a junior clerk in the original Collins Street offices of the Age in 1942 and became a cadet journalist with the paper 18 months later. He was transferred to Canberra in 1951, where he spent six years as a political reporter...

Fighting for Dignity – Richard Bourke

The official Year 12 Leavers Book of 1987 tells the reader all the usual things about Richard Bourke (1982-87) as a student at Caulfield.

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