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High Achiever – Jerry Mao

In June 2019 Jerry Mao received the Victorian Premier’s Top All-Round VCE High Achiever award which was the culmination of his time at Caulfield Grammar School. This achievement, one that only a handful of students in the state attain, led Jerry to reflect on his time at school, and all those behind the scenes on his journey who helped him to where he is today. “It’s a testament to the tremendous support that I have had throughout my schooling career, from my parents, my teachers and mentors, from Caulfield,” Jerry said He’s currently studying a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne, with a focus on discovering more about emerging technology in the fields of quantum computing and artificial intelligence. Excitingly, Jerry has just accepted a place at the Massachusetts Institut...

Class of 2014 5-Year Reunion

The Class of 2014 5-Year Reunion was held on Friday 16 August at the College Lawn Hotel in Prahran. With over 70 past students in attendance it was great to so see everyone catching up in the relaxed environment.         Senior Vice President, Emily Davis and Young Past Student Representative, Lachlan Van Styn were present on the night representing the CGA Committee. Honorary Secretary Sam Tuck was also in attendance as he is part of the Class of 2014. You can find pictures from the event on our Facebook and Instagram pages. There is also a highlights video on our Youtube channel. Thank you to all those Grammarians who came. We hope you had an enjoyable time and to see you at the next reunion.

2019 CGFCW Grand Final

The CGFCW senior team are still riding the high after emerging as the 2019 premiers of Premier B after defeating Old Xaverians by 14 points in front of an impressive crowd of supporters last Sunday at Mentone Playing Fields. Xavs were coming off a week’s rest, after defeating us in the semi-final two weeks earlier and progressing straight to the big dance, no doubt feeling confident that they could match it with us once again. However, our seniors were more motivated than ever. We came into the game having beaten Monash the week earlier on the same ground, in similar conditions. The build-up throughout the week leading up to the game was equally as exciting as it was overwhelming, but we were ready. We knew what we had to do. The nerves were evident throughout the first term, with both sid...

2019 Under 19 Season

Expectations were high coming off a strong first season in the Premier Under 19 division and this year’s crop of players hit the ground running, eager to put in a solid pre-season. Numbers were consistently good, players committed to additional Saturday sessions, and 3 good wins in the practice matches had us raring to go. Our first game of the regular season saw our hard work rewarded with a gritty 17 point win away at Parkdale. It was a promising whole team performance with the players exhibiting sheer determination and doggedness to get the team across the line. Harry Baxter, James McGivern and Charlie Ingham were exceptional in the midfield, with Jack Smart, Andy Blaher and Dean Salter playing pivotal roles. Unfortunately significant injuries in the pre-season and the early weeks of th...

The Emerald Isle – James Castles

James Castles (2008) arrived at Caulfield Grammar School in 2005 and, over the next four years, won a veritable catalogue of prizes for academic achievement and service. He was awarded School Colours for Academic Excellence, Debating, Mooting, Service and Lawn Bowls and, in his final year, was elected to the School Committee. He also earnt the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. In 2009 James began studying at Monash University and graduated with Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees in 2013. While at Monash, he spent time at the university’s centre at Prato in Italy and also at Leiden University in the Netherlands, where he studied international and European law. During 2013, James joined the social enterprise organization Who Gives a Crap as employee number two and is still with th...

Sustainable Fashion – Rhianna Knight

Rhianna Knight (Class of 2009) has always had a creative bent and an eye for design. In fact, during her time at Caulfield she spent many hours in the art department working on projects exploring a range of mediums and pushing her creative knowledge and aesthetic. Her childhood dream was to work in the fashion industry, in particular red-carpet fashion. Nevertheless, after studying fashion design & technology at university, and undertaking various internships, Rhianna ended up working at a snowboarding apparel company. Despite not exactly matching her dream, this position gave her great technical knowledge about the industry (including fabric innovations) and ended up changing her career focus. In June 2018 Rhianna used the experience she had gained to found outdoors apparel label Mist...

2018 Work Experience Program

In December last year the Association was delighted to host three work experience students as part of the School’s Work Experience Program. Georgia, Philip and Olivia were a great addition to our team. Their enthusiasm and interest in getting a ‘behind the scenes’ view of the CGA ensured the week was beneficial for everyone involved. With their help we obtained a fantastic insight into how our young current and past students think and discovered better ways connect with them. On completion of the program Georgia, Philip and Olivia reflected on their experiences: Georgia Kiers (2018) Prior to my week working with the Caulfield Grammar Association, I had the sole focus of gaining skills and experience within the Business Marketing field, as it is the industry I wish to go i...

Reserves Rover – Belle Connor

Having graduated from Caulfield in 2010 Belle Connor was more used to playing soccer than footy but decided to give it a go when the Caulfield Grammarians’ Football Club (CGFC) launched a women’s team in 2017. Perhaps another event that inspired this change of code was a visit by legendary Richmond coach, Tommy Hafey. “He came to speak at one of our year 12 tutorials. His attitude to life in general, and life beyond football, is something I have never experienced from another person before. His speech will stay with me forever and that is why I wear the number 18”, Bell says. [Tommy wore the number 18 guernsey throughout his 67-game playing career at Richmond 1953-58.] Currently a rover for the CGFCW Reserves side Belle Connor is amazed at how far she and her team mates have come over the ...

Class of 2017 1st Year Reunion

On 23rd November the Class of 2017 met up at the College Lawn Hotel in Prahran for their 1st Year Reunion. It’s been a little while since the CGA has run a 1st year reunion and it was great to see this group get behind the idea.     We were lucky to have CGA Vice President Emily Davis (Class of 2012) in attendance who was able to connect with the new graduates about their first year out. Guests enjoyed drinks and nibbles while chatting to friends with several of the group continuing on after the reunion had concluded. For those Class of 2017 Grammarians’ who have not already done so we ask that you update your details with the CGA here. We encourage all of our young alumni to stay in touch and let us know about your achievements and progress. We wish the Class of...

Formula 1 Fanatic – Sam Lister

Sam Lister attended Caulfield Grammar School from 2000 to 2005 where he was an active member of Buntine House and a member of the School Committee. Initially Sam had very little idea of what he wanted to do after school, so he decided to stick with what he was good at and what he enjoyed, working with his hands. Engineering seemed like a good fit and Sam completed a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering in 2009 at Monash University. He liked the general nature of the course and thought it would be much easier to start with Aerospace engineering and then apply his broad knowledge to mechanical or civil engineering rather than the other way around. One of the most notable aspects of Sam’s time at Monash was his participation in the Monash Motorsport Team. This student-run racing team represents ...

Food is Fuel – Elly McLean

Elly McLean’s curiosity with nutrition began when she was 17 — a Caulfield Grammar student obsessed with watching tennis, football and ironman. She was fascinated with the idea that by changing what these elite athletes put into their bodies they could change their performance. After studying a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science majoring in Exercise Science and Nutrition at Deakin University, Elly felt a bit lost. She knew what she wanted to do but lacked the confidence and life experience to do it. In the meantime Elly got a job at Global Corporate Challenge and worked in business development for eight years. In some ways this was a great next step for Elly as it gave her the opportunity to learn about corporate life. She also spent some time working in the U.S. working with some of the ...

CGFCW Report – November 2018

In just its second year Caulfield Grammarians Football Club’s women’s football has seen dramatic growth and enjoyed success both on and off the field. Following the inaugural season in 2017, this year CGFC fielded a senior and, for the first time, a reserves team in the Premier Division of VAFA. The VAFA women’s competition is now the biggest women’s competition in Australia with over 60 teams from 41 clubs over 5 divisions. The rise in interest in women’s football and CGFCW in particular has been astounding. This year 91 women played for CGFCW up from 57 last year. CGFCW has earned a reputation of being a safe, friendly and respectful club where females of various ages enjoy playing football with new and old friends. Testimony to this were the results of a recent end of season survey whic...

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