Community – Zach Ah-Tye

Young Alumni

Community – Zach Ah-Tye

Getting out and experiencing what our country has to offer has been the cornerstone of Zach’s post schooling journey. Having graduated in the class of 2020, Zach new that it was time for a change. After spending majority of the year stuck learning from home, Zach, made the decision to commence a traineeship with Caulfield by joining the Remote Expeditions Team based in Jabiru, Northern Territory. The Jabiru Program The Jabiru Program is a new one for the Caulfield Grammar community and involves a 3-week experiential learning expedition, where students get to travel from Jabiru to Kakadu, Katherine, Litchfield National Park and Darwin. It was Zach’s trip to Jabiru as part of the Year 10 Odyssey program that ignited his passion for this special place. “It’s a place of such diverse landscapes...

Life Transitions – Medika Bonney

Since graduating from Caulfield Campus in 2019, Medika has thrown herself into her work, culture and community as she continually strives for improvement and keeps the big picture in mind. Caulfield Grammar Days Medika is a proud Gunditjmara, Narrunga, Wemba Wemba and Gunnai woman, who is originally from Melbourne but has also spent time living in country Victoria as well as regional South Australia. In 2018 Medika came to Caulfield on a Foundation Scholarship and was thrown headfirst into the life in the boarding house. The boarding house was Medika’s first taste of independency as she was forced to live and go to school away from her family and friends as she navigated a new school and a fully booked class timetable. From the simple things like washing clothes and keeping her room clean ...

Mentorship – Gabby Coffey

Proud Wiradjuri woman and Grammarian Gabby Coffey (Class of 2018) is making her first years post-high school her own, determining her own pathway and following all her passions. An up-and-coming netballer, Media and Communications student, and Mentor with the Killara Foundation, she splits her time between multiple different fields.  Caulfield Grammar Days Originally from Alice Springs, Gabby moved over to Melbourne to attend Caulfield Grammar’s Caulfield Campus as a boarder. The opportunities available were ones Gabby felt opened her world in a way that was exciting, having access to major training facilities and studying subjects she hadn’t previously experienced: “It was a massive culture shock to say the least! The experiences in both areas must be almost polar opposites. But I wouldn’...

Social Justice – Jill Beale

Grammarian Jill Beale (Class of 2008) dedicates her days to researching, developing and advising on policy in the areas of discrimination, workplace equality and human rights. The University of Melbourne and a passion for social justice Upon completion of high school, Jill commenced her studies at the University of Melbourne in the Arts program. Jill quickly became involved in a number of university social and political groups, in particular working for years at the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. After her undergraduate degree, Jill continued her studies, enrolling at Melbourne Law School where she was drawn to the Public Interest Law Network and Law Students for Refugees. Her study of international human rights law also allowed Jill to travel back overseas, learning about the interna...

Young Alumni Tell Their Stories Month!

We are thrilled to be bringing back our Young Alumni Tell Their Stories Month for 2022. Throughout August, our young alumni will take over the CGA socials, discussing topics including Gender Equality, Women In Sport and Life Transitions. This initiative is part of our broader Young Alumni Ambassadors Program, designed to provide guidance to our young alumni as they transition into their next stage of life. From working as mentors to striving for gender equality, their perspectives are guaranteed to leave a lasting impact. “Stay true to who you are and surround yourself with an army of strong and likeminded women. Change happens in numbers, and it’s so important to have strong allies. Remember that you deserve to be there as much as the person next to you, and that you are stronger than you...

First CGA Reverse Mentoring Breakfast

The CGA was pleased to host our First Reverse Mentoring Breakfast that was held on the 3rd of June at The Deck, Brighton. We had around 40 people who attended this networking event. CGA Reverse Mentoring Program is inspired by these articles featured in the Harvard Business Review  and Association of the Heads of Independent Schools Australia  and our desire to innovate in the mentoring space. By flipping the traditional mentoring relationship, we hope to give young alumni the opportunity to share issues and perspectives affecting the youth of  today.   After a welcome from CGA Executive Director Linda Sprott, CGA Marketing and Events Assistant Holly Robertson introduced the YAAP Program to the attendees. CGA Career Coach Leah Lambart delivered a keynote speech reflecting on the benef...

Sustainability & Art – Aidan Kempster

Balancing a career in brewing, art collaborations and bike riding tours, 2008 Caulfield Alumnus Aidan Kempster’s passions have taken him on a rewarding journey. Environmental protection Aidan originally studied chemistry at Monash, developing his knowledge on the science behind the systems and molecular dynamics at the heart of our physical world. It wasn’t long though before his heart pulled him in another direction, towards the bigger, wilder world outside of the lab.  This initial passion has grown and pre-COVID Aidan dedicated most weekends to taking others bike riding through Victoria’s proposed Great Forest National Park. He enjoys the opportunity to inspire others to appreciate the natural environments he explores and loves.  “I’ll never stop learning about how stuff works and looki...

Environmental Conservation – Jacqui Kitchen

Since finishing up at Caulfield, Jacqui Kitchen (Class of 2008) has dedicated her efforts to environmental management and conservation. Jacqui says that seeking and taking opportunities, getting out of her comfort zone and following her passion for the environment has paved the way for her to live and work her dream. Sustainable practices After high school Jacqui followed her calling and completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science at Deakin University. Jacqui found the freedom to organise herself the biggest change and surprise in the ‘real world’. Outside of work and study Jacqui loves getting outdoors to cycle with friends. Whether it be on the road, gravel tracks or mountain climbs; she’s done it all and has a bike to go along with it. Recently Jacqui completed the Peaks Challenge whi...

Who can benefit from having a LinkedIn Profile?

LinkedIn is a tool that is extremely effective for individuals at all stages of their career, and across all industries. There is still a perception by many that LinkedIn is only for corporate employees, but this is most definitely not the case. You will now find individuals on LinkedIn from all walks of life including; small business owners, writers, designers, actors, AFL football players, personal trainers, teachers, nurses, doctors, and high school students. Regardless of your industry sector and the stage of your career, LinkedIn offers many benefits to advancing your career in a positive direction. Senior high school students In January 2022, LinkedIn had 12.7 million users in Australia which accounted for 48.7% of our entire population.  The largest user group based on age was 25 to...

7 Reasons why you should do an Internship

An internship is a short-term work placement often available to students to experience working at a firm, organisation or government department/agency in their area of study. Internships may be paid or unpaid and vary in length but are a fantastic opportunity for students to gain relevant experience and a unique opportunity for learning outside of the academic setting. Formal internship programs are advertised every year through Graduate job boards such as GradConnection, GradAustralia but students can also find advertised internships on job boards such as SEEK or LinkedIn by including the keyword ‘ internship’ in the search field.  Students should also consider approaching small to medium organisations directly, or through a personal contact, to request an informal internship. Here are 7 ...

How to stay relevant during a career break

As someone who works with many women relaunching their careers after an extended career break, one of my key learnings has been the importance of staying relevant whilst taking time out of the workforce, whether that be for parental leave, carer’s leave, travel or simply to take time out to re-assess future career options. Regardless of the reason, staying relevant will reduce the risk of feeling out of touch and losing confidence when returning to the workforce at a later date. Probably the silver lining of the pandemic has been that taking a career break has become much more accepted in society, with hiring managers and recruiters less likely to quiz a candidate on why they dared to take time out of the workforce.  The pandemic forced many to have a career break without any choice whethe...

From the CGA – March 2022

Celebrating the Women within our Community March has been another busy and productive month for the CGA. With more reunions and planning for the next few months taking place, we are excited to be continuing our platform for Grammarians to connect. In honour of International Women’s Day (March 8th), we dedicated March to recognising the wonderful women who have made invaluable contributions to our Grammarian community. Pip Karoly (Class of 2007) devotes her days to developing a patient-specific approach to epilepsy management. We had the pleasure of listening to Pip speak at CGS’s International Women’s Day Breakfast out at Wheelers Hill, alongside fellow Grammarians Kara Henderson (Class of 2015, paramedicine student and Hawks VFLW player) and Sherene Loi (Class of 1990, breast cancer resea...

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