News - The Caulfield Grammarians' Association

News

Career Networking Event -Mentoring Circles

A highly successful on-line networking event – Mentoring Circles – was held on Wednesday 9 September.  Both recent graduates and current senior students (Years 10 to 12) were invited to attend. There were over 100 participants and the feedback received has been very positive. After an introductory presentation from career expert Leah Lambart (Relaunch Me), the participants were placed in six breakout groups based on their areas of career interest. The following Grammarians acted as mentors in these disciplines (‘circles’), providing information about their career journeys and answering questions from participants: Simon Esposito (Class of 1995), Henry Jones (1989) and Chris Sotiropoulos (1985) – Business & Entrepreneurship James Foott (1997), Peta Krahn (1996) and Andrew Le...

Game, Set, Match – Graeme Cumbrae-Stewart

Friends of Graeme Cumbrae-Stewart will be saddened to learn of his passing on 24th August 2020.  Graeme attended Malvern Memorial Grammar School from 1947 to 1951 and Caulfield Grammar School from 1952 to 1958. Graeme was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for his “strong commitment to tennis” and received an OAM in 2004 “for service to the community, particularly through the Scouting movement, and to the development and promotion of tennis”. Graeme’s 55 years’ service in tennis administration began in 1959 when he became assistant secretary at the Glen Iris Valley Tennis Club.  After working in Brisbane in the mid-1960s, he was promptly elected president of Glen Iris when he returned to Melbourne.  He held that post for ten years and was made a Life Member of the club in 1981.  H...

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...

A Story of Mateship – Andrew Brandt

Just a short tale about a bunch of old Grammarians who I believe displayed the best values one can gain from a period of education at Caulfield Grammar School. Sadly, one of our mates Andrew ‘AB’ Brandt (1977) recently lost his battle with cancer. He passed away alone, due to COVID -19 restrictions at the Creswick Hospital. Andrew was lucky that he, and multiple Caulfield guardians, were able to get him into that hospital where he was treated with kindness and respect. Much can be said of Andrew and his life. Andrew Brandt was a successful model and chef, working in many restaurants and acting in some classic Australian films. He had the gift of the gab and was a customer service representative for a tyre company. This role saw Andrew travel for months at a time from Victoria t...

Golden Alumni Coffee Conversations

An on-line catch-up for members of our Golden Alumni Society (Grammarians who left school 50 years or more ago) was held via Zoom conferencing on Wednesday 19 August from 10 to 11am. More than 20 Society members joined the conversation including participants from Sydney and country Victoria. Those attending included past students of both Caulfield and Malvern Grammars, who left school between 1945 and 1971. They were joined by CGA Executive Director Linda Sprott, CGS Foundation Executive Director Andrew Cole, CGA Past President and School Council Member Matthew Scholten, CGA Projects Officer Ian Wilkinson and CGA Marketing & Events Officer Rachel Muir. After a brief welcome from Linda Sprott, and a short report from Andrew Cole, each of those involved had the opportunity to recount som...

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 ...

Alumni Conversations – August

Every month we will be releasing an Alumni Conversation. Alumni Conversations are short video interviews featuring our Grammarians reminiscing about their time at School, their favorite memory and what Caulfield means to them. These interviews come from a range of different sources and cover the diverse cultural, sporting and social life of our community. They relate directly to our strategic priority of Telling Our Story (celebrate our alumni and their achievements, develop communications that are personal and authentic). We are proud to be sharing these stories with you and hope that you enjoy watching them. Ian Felsenthal (1947) – Watch here Bec Cole (2009) – Watch here  Content courtesy of CGS Sports Department David Astbury (2008) – Watch here Content courtesy of CGS...

Classes of 1975 & 1980 45 & 45-Year Virtual Reunion

A virtual reunion for members of the Classes of 1975 and 1980 was held via Zoom on Friday 31 July. Around 20 members of the two classes joined the reunion. As has been the case throughout the COVID-19 restrictions, the virtual reunion format provided the opportunity for Grammarians living interstate and overseas to attend. Phil Effick (1980) joined from the UK and Michael Stoddart (1975) joined from Thailand. A number of others joined from outside Melbourne, including some from interstate. After a brief welcome to the whole group from CGA Executive Director Linda Sprott, the members of each class were placed in break-out groups. 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 pa...

Passionate Yachtsman – Ian Felsenthal

Ian Felsenthal attended Caulfield Grammar School from 1943 to 1946. In his final year at school he was a School Officer (magazine), Vice-Captain of Davies House, a member of the first eighteen, President of the Public Questions Society and President of the Yacht Club. He passed the Leaving Certificate at the end of 1946 in five subjects. Upon leaving school Ian Felsenthal joined the Vacuum Oil Company (Mobil), working first in Melbourne and later in the Northern Territory and country Victoria. In 1953 and 1954 he was the sales representative for the Latrobe Valley area working out of Sale, moving then to Traralgon as a distribution agent from 1955 to 1964. Ian was proprietor of the London Motel in Stawell from 1965 to 1969 and, on his return to Melbourne, was the proprietor of the import/r...

The Crabtree Family

The Crabtree family’s association with Caulfield Grammar School began when Walter Crabtree came to the School in 1930. Wal attended Caulfield State School after his family moved to Elsternwick, showing his football ability by being selected to play for Victoria in the State Schools’ Football Carnival. Moving to Caulfield Grammar in 1930, he was selected to play in the first eighteen at age 14 and kicked 35 goals as a forward in the last three games of the 1931 season. After leaving school, Wal worked for Brookland’s Accessories for a few years before joining A G Healing, where he was employed for over 30 years, eventually reaching management level. Nevertheless, he continued his involvement in the school community. Wal played some 300 games for the Caulfield Grammarians’ Football Club (CGF...

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....

Football Fanatic – Grace Buchan

Australian Rules Football helps unite people across our nation from all different backgrounds and, with the growth of the women’s game, Aussie Rules is now enjoyed by both female and male players. Playing professionally is a major honour, one Grace Buchan (Class of 2013) was granted following years of hard work and persistence. In 2018 Grace played in Collingwood’s inaugural VFLW side and in 2019 she was co-captain of the team. Grace’s devotion to her club, coach and teammates helped lead her team to premiership success last season. In her football career, Grace loves leading by example and encouraging others to push their physical and mental limits on the field and in their everyday life. She knows that success comes as a direct result of making sacrifices both at training and in competit...