Creativity, Adventure and Travel – Georgia Maclaren

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Creativity, Adventure and Travel – Georgia Maclaren

Georgia Maclaren took her first steps into the real-world following graduation from Caulfield Grammar in 2013. She has since followed her creative passions and sense of adventure to find her calling both personally and professionally. Starting out After school, Georgia says she dove into the deep end and enrolled in a three-year Communication Design (Graphic Design) degree at RMIT University. She completed it in four after taking a gap year in the third year to backpack solo across Europe: “I grew so much during that trip; it inspired my love of travel and passion for all things creative.” Georgia then pursued and secured work as a full-time graphic designer at Stanley Black & Decker, an experience she says exposed her to the highs and lows of working in a high pressure and very subjec...

Acting the Part – Youssef Sabet

Gaining real world experience, as well as short intensive courses and full-time study in New York have helped Youssef Sabet (Class of 2015) pursue his dreams of becoming a professional actor. Real-World Experience After graduating from Caulfield, Youssef jumped straight into full time work. He prioritised gaining some real-world experience by working as an F45 instructor in the early mornings and late at night, while filling his days with administration at a medical centre. During this time Youssef learned the importance of living in the moment and absorbing all that comes with it. “The idea that we all have struggles whether they manifest mentally, physically, at home or at work, was very surprising but also comforting. It’s made me realise where we are right now is where we need to be an...

Committed to Dance – Lauren Jaksetic

Strength and hard work have helped guide Lauren Jaksetic (Class of 2016) through her life after school and into her career as a professional dancer. Overcoming a number of challenges and obstacles, Lauren is excited to continue pursuing her dream to perform cabaret shows in Europe. Creative Arts at Caulfield During her time at Caulfield, Lauren was offered a wealth of opportunities to develop her love for the creative arts. Her time spent performing theatre and being guided by her amazing teachers have helped her get to where she is today. Lauren also learned the importance of organisation and planning which have helped her manage a busy schedule in her daily life. “Things don’t ever stop, there’s always another assignment, test, show/rehearsal around the corner and you just have to be org...

Dancer and Pilates Instructor – Oceane Le Bouder

Chasing her dreams and being resilient has helped Oceane Le Bouder (Class of 2016) navigate her life after high school and enjoy a career as a dancer, and now yoga and Pilates instructor. Despite the challenges faced by the creative arts industry, Oceane is excited to continue pursuing her work. Oceane’s experience at Caulfield helped shape who she is today. While she loved the memories she shared with her classmates, it was the experience and opportunity to meet new people that she relished. “During post high school life, you grow and become a new person so it’s ok to put yourself first and see who you attract into your life in the next chapter.” Dance as a Career Initially Oceane started out viewing dance as more of a hobby and a way to keep fit but soon after graduating from Caulf...

Poet & Jokester – Alan Pentland

Often people with creative desires are unsure if a career in the arts is a realistic ambition. This is exactly what Alan Pentland (Class of 1970) used to wonder: “How could an ordinary person like me ever claim to be an artist?” ‘Science geek’ Alan Pentland who describes himself as a ‘science geek’ during his time at Caulfield Grammar School, enjoyed studying Latin, French and Esperanto. It was as a result of this interest in language and words that his passion for poetry and comedy began to grow. During Years 11 and 12, Alan along with Steven Lee (another past student) published a poetry newsletter called No Dominion, and in 1970 Alan won the CGS Poetry Award. This creative encouragement was one of the things Alan loved most about his time at Caulfield. It was a great environm...

Director, Producer & Writer – Tamara Natt

From acting to producing, 2008 Caulfield Alumnus Tamara Natt says forging a successful career in the film and television industry has been an unexpected and rewarding adventure. Performing Arts Originally tempted to pursue academic studies in biomedical science, law or archaeology, Tamara eventually decided to pursue the latter Arts degree at Melbourne University before switching gears at the halfway mark to indulge her passion for performance art. She spent the next three years at the Victorian College of the Arts working towards a Bachelor of Dramatic Art in pursuit of an acting career. Her unexpected breakout opportunity into the world of film and television came soon after when, in between acting gigs, she accepted work as a runner on a show called the Leftovers at Docklands Studios. “...

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 ...

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. Early life at Wheelers Hill 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 frien...

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 ...

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...

Ballet Dancer and Choreographer – Christopher Hill

COVID-19 has unleashed a wrecking ball on the world’s Arts sector, but for lauded ballet dancer turned choreographer Christopher Hill, it has been a time of career growth and renewal. A career in dance “I started working full-time when I was 19 and danced professionally for 18 years. Now I’m going to university and doing things in reverse,” Christopher said, explaining that after years of maintaining a demanding dance schedule, he had only just found time to complete a Bachelor of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University and was now working towards a Master of Business, Arts and Cultural Management through Deakin University. The Class of 1989 Wheeler’s Hill Campus alumnus said that while he had been fortunate enough to dance for some of the world’s best ballet companies for close to two d...

Body Architect – Lucy McRae

Beginnings Lucy McRae was born in London in 1979 but later moved to Melbourne. There she attended Caulfield Grammar School, where both of her parents, Tony and Wendy McRae, were long-serving teachers. From a young age Lucy studied classical ballet and later competed in netball and athletics (running 100 metre hurdles). At the 1996 Speech Night Lucy was awarded the Benjamin Robert Maresh Prize for Three-Dimensional Art and the ‘Dougie’ Rankin Prize for Progress in Studies and Success in Sport. These pursuits, which pushed her physically and mentally, formed some of her earliest experiences of the body and what it means to be human. This fascination with the body has permeated her working career as a science fiction artist, filmmaker, and inventor. Wearable technology Lucy’s background in fa...

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