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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 ...

Alumni Conversations – June

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. Ken Lyons (1941) – Watch here   Izzy Anstey (2019) – Watch here Content courtesy of CGS Sports Department   Jack Ziebell (2008) – Watch here Content court...

Industry innovator – Meher Virdi

 Alumnus Meher Virdi’s passion for engineering has blossomed into a successful career working for Meher Trailer Products that has taken him around the world and back again. Meher Verdi completed his high school education at Caulfield Grammar’s Wheelers Hill Campus between 2007 and 2012, demonstrating ability in sports, academics, and leadership. He was named School Co-Captain and received a number of academic and citizenship awards including Double Colours for Academics, the Frank D Burke Prize for the Captains of the School, and the Simon Barnet Joel Prize for Service, Citizenship and Leadership in his final year. After school, Meher completed two degrees at the University of Melbourne: a Bachelor of Commerce that enabled him to work as an investment banker for a number of years, and a Ma...

Cultural Excursions with the CGA

Come on a cultural excursion with the CGA! With many of us still stuck at home due to the effects of COVID-19 we thought it would be fun to check out some of the amazing virtual tours that are being offered around the world. The below list includes a number of significant cultural and natural sites that normally wouldn’t be accessible. We hope you enjoy exploring this resource. Alaska, USA Explore the stunning views of Alaska. Angkor Wat, Cambodia Explore the Buddhist temple complex of Angkor Wat, located in Cambodia. It is the largest religious monument in the world, on a site measuring 162.6 hectares. Aurora Borealis – Northern Lights, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada Catch nature’s most beautiful light show through a live steam from the Churchill Northern Studies Centre in Manito...

Class of 1995 25-Year Virtual Reunion

In a first for the CGA, a ‘virtual reunion’ was held for members of the Class of 1995 via Zoom on Friday 22 May. The virtual reunion replaced the face-to-face reunion that was scheduled on that night but couldn’t go ahead due to COVID-19 restrictions. A face-to-face reunion to celebrate 25 years since this class graduated from CGS will still be held but at a later date, probably in 2021. More than 20 class of 1995 members joined in the virtual reunion with at least three connecting from overseas – Geoff Richards from the UK, Belinda Hyland from Ireland and Sharna Heinjus from Spain. A number of others connected from outside Melbourne, including some from interstate. Past and present staff members Phil De Young, Daryl Moran, Russell Jackson, Ross Nankervis and Gary Tyler also joined in. Aft...

2nd Female President – Emily Davis

Emily Davis graduated from Caulfield Grammar School in 2012 and served as school Co-Captain in her final year. Some of her fondest memories are the times she spent with friends and the special moment when classmate Aiyana Roberts sung to a full Valedictory Assembly; ‘there was not a dry eye in sight!’ One of the best parts of Emily’s time at school are the strong, lasting relationships and connections she built with her classmates and the broader community. After graduating, Emily commenced a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Management at Monash University. As part of this degree she completed an intensive three-week language course at Monash’s Campus in Prato, Italy with friend and fellow Grammarian Rebecca Small. Emily also undertook an exchange program at Simon Fraser University in Va...

Grammarians in the Herald Sun

We are delighted to announce that today the Herald Sun has published 10 profiles that reflect just a few of our many amazing alumni and their successes: ‘Caulfield Grammar top students reflect a diversity of talents’. We worked very closely with the journalist to showcase our alumni, reflecting our values and diversity. Telling our story is a strategic priority for us and it is the journeys of our Grammarians that truly encapsulate what Caulfield Grammar School is all about. We hope you enjoy reading the article which can be accessed here. We look forward to publishing many more alumni stories. If you would like to be featured email us at: [email protected]

2020-21 CGA Committee

We are delighted to announce that as a result of our AGM on Monday 25 May, we have a newly-elected Committee and President. Our 2020-21 Committee is: President (1 Year Term) – Emily Davis (2007-12) Senior Vice President (1 Year Term) – Henry Jones (1979-89) Vice President (1 Year Term) – Grant Poulter (1998-2001) Honorary Treasurer (1 Year Term) – Samantha Naismith (1984-89) Honorary Secretary (1 Year Term) – Sam Tuck (2011-14) YPS Representative (2 Year Term) – Ella Stonier-Watson (2005-18) Immediate Past President (1-2 Year Term) – Andrew Aitken (1986-92) General Representative (1 Year Term, incumbent) – Sarah Connell (2004-06) General Representative (1 Year Term)  – Fleur Goulding (1981-89) General Representative (2 Year Term) – Louise Lambeth (née Li), (2001-06) General Representative ...

CGA Connect: Alumni Conversations

As many of you know the CGA has recently begun exploring new ways of engaging with our Grammarians due to the global pandemic. CGA Connect As part of this initiative we are excited to be launching CGA Connect. CGA Connect encompasses the different online programs we are running and plan to run in the future such as: Alumni Conversations (Video interviews reflecting the diverse nature of our Grammarians – Young Alumni, Mid-Late Career, Golden Alumni, Boarders, International) At Home (Virtual reunions, cultural excursions for Wellbeing Wednesday, peer year Facebook groups) Career and Networking (Business Directory, Mentoring Circles Webinar, LinkedIn, career resources, discounted career counseling) Thought Leadership (The future of work, economic forecast, wellbeing and psychology, env...

The Four Minute Mile – John Landy

Today (6 May) marks the 66th anniversary of what many consider to be the greatest day in athletics history. On 6 May 1954, running at the Ifley Road track in Oxford, Roger Bannister, paced by his friends Chris Chataway and Chris Brasher, became the first man to run the mile in under four minutes. His time was 3.59.4. Forty-six days later, running at an international meeting in Turku, Finland, the Australian John Landy (Class of 1948) broke Bannister’s record with a time of 3.57.9. This remained the world record until July 1957. Landy and Bannister met later in 1954 at the British Empire Games in Vancouver, Canada, in what was dubbed “The Mile of the Century”. In this race both broke four minutes for the mile – Bannister winning after trailing for most of the race. Bannister retired from at...

COVID-19: A Message of Gratitude

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and its impacts, the CGA would like to thank all of our Grammarians and those in the community who are working tirelessly on the frontlines. Thank you to the health care professionals and first responders who put their own lives at risk every day, care for those in need and ultimately save lives. Thank you to the supermarket staff, transport and hospitality workers that have enabled people to keep their pantries stocked and get safely from point A to B. Thank you to the teachers, education staff and students who have adapted to new ways of teaching and learning, embraced creativity and innovation while accepting the challenges involved. Thank you to the families, caregivers and friends who have juggled competing demands, protected the young, vulnera...

The Light Horse – Charles Reginald Handfield

Charles Reginald Handfield was born in South Yarra on 26th August 1878 and was the youngest son of six children of Frederick and Mary Handfield. His father Lieutenant Frederick Oliver Handfield served in the Victorian Volunteer Navy from 1861-1870. The exact years Charles was at Malvern Grammar School are uncertain, but he was certainly a student during the years of 1895 – 96 as he was named Captain of the football and cricket teams as well as the School Champion. In 1896, when he was aged 18, there were 73 boys on the roll at MGS and it was evidently a notable year in the School’s history as in addition to success in study, there was also good success in sport. The football team won all its matches as did the First Eleven which notably had a draw with the Second XI of Scotch College...