Mid-Career Alumni Archives - The Caulfield Grammarians' Association

Mid-Career Alumni

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...

Class of 1990 30-Year Virtual Reunion

On Friday 7 August the Caulfield Grammarians’ Association held the Class 1990 30-Year Virtual Reunion via Zoom. Thirty past students joined us including participants from as far afield as Canberra, the UK and Russia. Class of 1990 graduates, the Director of Community Engagement, Sue Sonego, and Past CGA Treasurer, Theo Vosnidis, also joined us to celebrate their reunion. After a brief welcome to the whole group from CGA Executive Director Linda Sprott, the Class of 1990 were placed in break-out rooms based on their campus at school. Over the next hour or so there was an opportunity for everyone attending to tell their own story about post-school life and to reminisce about school days. Some participants were able to renew acquaintances for the first time since leaving school. It was ...

Class of 2000 20-Year Virtual Reunion

On Friday 17 July the Caulfield Grammarians’ Association held the Class 2000 20-Year reunion via Zoom. Almost 30 members of the class joined us for their reunion including several participants from overseas locations such as New York and Singapore. One class member even dialed in from lockdown in a police academy where they were in training! The group was also joined by past teachers Katrina Ratner and Sue Sonego (currently Director of Community Engagement at Caulfield Grammar School). A big thank you in particular to Katrina who tackled Zoom for the first time and got some ‘how to’ tips from her old students. After a brief welcome to the whole group from CGA Executive Director Linda Sprott, the Class of 2000 were placed in break-out rooms based on their campus at school....

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 ...

Class of 1985 35-Year Reunion

Around 30 class members attended the 35-year reunion for the Class of 1985, held in the Archer Room at the Botanical Hotel in South Yarra on Friday 13 March. A number of those in attendance travelled from interstate, including Paul Chambers, Andrew Cox, Jeremy Morton, Tim Steen and Nigel McNay. Everyone enjoyed a relaxed evening catching up on current news and reminiscing about schooldays. Drinks and finger food were served. The Archer Room provided a perfect venue for such a gathering and the CGA looks forward to using the Botanical Hotel in the future for off-site reunions. The Class of 1985 was the last class to graduate from the School that included only males and only students from Caulfield Campus. One of the highlights of the 1985 school year was the School’s first win in the APS Bo...

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.

The Power of Words – Matt Cameron

An award-winning screenwriter, playwright, and producer, Matt Cameron (1986) began his career as a comedy writer scripting jokes for a national tonight show and working on TV series Full Frontal in 1994-95. From these beginning Matt slowly found his way into drama writing and has been involved in some of Australia’s best loved series such as Kath & Kim, Secret City (starring Jacki Weaver), Molly (starring Samuel Johnson), Sunshine (starring Anthony LaPaglia), Safe Harbour and Jack Irish (staring Guy Pearce). In addition to Jack Irish, his recent credits include screenplays for Seachange, Crashburn and Newstopia. Theatre and writing has always been a part of Matt’s life. At school, he won prizes for academic excellence and service, played cricket and football, was a member o...

Partner – Pip Mitchell

Arriving at Caulfield from Abbotsleigh School in Sydney, Pip Mitchell (1997) made her mark from the start. Over the next two years, she won a swag of academic awards, received School Academic and Debating Colours and was elected to the School Committee. In Year 10, Pip had undertaken community service at the Brighton Library and continued to work there on a casual basis until she began work as a solicitor. Securing a place at the University of Melbourne to study Arts and Law, Pip joined the Law Students’ Society and served as vice-president and treasurer. She continued her interest in debating, for several years adjudicating debates for the Debating Association of Victoria. Having a place guaranteed at the prestigious law firm of Clayton Utz, Pip worked as a paralegal for a couple of month...

Making It – Richard Wied

Richard Wied (aka Rick Viede) (1997) arrived at Caulfield as a boarder from Foster in Gippsland and was soon entrenched in everything theatrical, eventually receiving School Colours for Drama. In Morcom House, he edited the house yearbook and newsletter and was House Drama Captain. He was also a member of the school debating team. In 1998, he commenced a Bachelor of Arts degree at Monash University which included a term at the University of California at Berkeley. Graduation was followed by a stint at the Actors’ Centre in Sydney. Always developing ideas for scripts, Rick’s first play was staged at the Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney in 2008 and at the New York Summer Play Festival in 2009. It won the Griffin Award in 2008 and the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award in 2010. His second pl...

Class of 2004 15-Year Reunion

The CGA was delighted to host the Class of 2004 15 Year Reunion at Wheelers Hill on Friday 15th Februrary. Attendees enjoyed drinks and nibbles while catching up with friends they hadn’t seen in a while. Past students were able to reminisce with a strong contingent of past staff members including Jennifer Barclay, David Howard, Tony and Wendy McRae, Barry Talman and David Conly. We were also honoured to have current staff members Mike Ellis and Gary Tyler in attendance. Guests enjoyed a brilliant archives display, put together by School Archivist Judith Gibson which included class photos, year books and theatre posters. Thank you to everyone that attended. We look forward to seeing you at your 20 year reunion! Please note, a full suite of photos from the event can be viewed here.

Arrival of the Rajah – Eva Abbinga

The artwork of Eva Abbinga (1995-99) featured in the Melbourne’s Next Wave Festival in May. Presented in association with Abbotsford Convent Foundation as part of the festival, Arrival of the Rajah is a seven-metre wide sculpture paying homage to one of Australia’s most precious artworks, The Rajah Quilt. Originally quilted by some of the 180 convicts on-board the Rajah Ship during their three-month journey from England to Van Diemen’s Land in 1841, The Rajah Quilt was lost in an attic in Scotland until 1987 and is now held at the National Gallery of Australia. It will be on display in the National Gallery of Victoria from July this year. As lead artist Eva, collaborated with over 60 colleagues from across Australia to create Arrival of the Rajah. It acts as a temporary memorial to the 19t...

APRA Award Winner – Phil Barton

Phil Barton (1984-92) was the winner of the Overseas Recognition Award and co-winner of the Blues & Roots Work of the Year Award at the 2016 APRA Music Awards. While attending the Wheelers Hill Campus from Year 4 to Year 12, Phil was an active member of vocal groups, appeared in many productions and studied music to VCE level. He was music captain in 1992. Phil’s music achievements started at Caulfield when his group First Priority won numerous Battles of the Bands. He is now a very successful international song-writer. Phil moved to Nashville eight years ago and now writes for the very successful Liz Rose Music/Warner Chappell Company. He had his first Billboard No.1 song in the USA in 2012 with the Lee Brice hit “A Woman Like You”, which was No. 1 for many weeks and went platinum wit...

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