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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. “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 decades, last year ...

Student Values

The Student Values project is designed to define the behaviours that represent each of our School Values. Taking input from students of all ages and across all campuses, behaviours that build School community have been devised and revised to guide our actions. “Life is a piano; these are the keys for life.” – Susan Zhang, Year 9 Wheelers Hill The end goal was to improve the School culture. With 1,694 students completing a survey regarding the School Values, 222 students then consolidated this raw information into specific behaviours. The process was finalised by 111 student leaders from the 6 committees across Caulfield, Wheelers Hill, and Malvern campuses — with the Student Value Behaviours launching earlier this year in May. “One of the goals was to provide an opportunity for stude...

CGA Connect: Alumni Conversations – January 2021

Every month we will be sending out 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. Joel Pellicci (2003) – Watch here Tell us your story!  If you would like to be part of our Alumni Conversations please email [email protected] to arrange a video int...

Body Architect – Lucy McRae

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. Lucy’s background in fashion, architecture and interio...

Known by Blue and White

Nothing denotes ‘belonging’ as much as wearing the uniform of a school. Not only is our Caulfield Grammar School uniform a known emblem with visibility, but the familiar colours and styling symbolise tradition and membership. As our School launches a new transseasonal uniform range it’s a unique opportunity to consider the evolution of student attire. It’s believed that school uniforms date from the 16th century in England at Christ Church School in 1552, when students were given a long blue coat and yellow, knee-high socks. Our distinctive colours of blue and white and motto, ‘Labora ut Requiescas’ were chosen in 1882 by School Founder, Joseph Henry Davies (1881-88). Such was the pride for the ‘blue and white’ that the original School Song of 1919, written by teacher Arthur Lormer (1920-5...

A skeleton school

Malvern Grammar and the paralysis epidemic of 1937 The outbreak of an infantile paralysis epidemic in 1937-39 was particularly severe in Melbourne, causing the closure of schools and the banning of children from public transport. Pleasingly, both editions of the Malvern Grammar School magazine, The Malvern Grammarian, reported on the 1937 school year with a profound thankfulness that the epidemic had claimed no one in the School. School Captain John Grover Emery (1930-37) reported that “Owing to absences, we were a skeleton school towards the end of second term but very soon in the third term, we became except in the very youngest classes, nearly a full school again.” Correspondence work was a great help to absent students. The production of The Importance of Being Earnest, was abandoned o...

From the Principal – Dec 2020

The Year of Thriving Together Earlier in the year I sent a short video message encouraging students to balance their ‘to do’ list with their ‘to be’ list. Our ‘to do’ list never seems to diminish. We are distracted like never before and it can be our default to just write our list and tick it off. I encouraged our students, and our community, to pause and think about doing less – and being more. Understanding ourselves and truly knowing others is where we find true fulfilment and I’m optimistic this mindset is becoming a cornerstone of our Caulfield Grammar School community. It is why we say that student achievement and the pursuit of excellence will always be of utmost importance to us at Caulfield Grammar School – but it is not why we exist. We exist to enable young people to...

Premier of Victoria – Lindsay Thompson

Lindsay Hamilton Simpson Thompson was born on 15th October 1923. His father, who had served in the First World War, died in 1926 and soon after Lindsay, his mother and elderly grandmother moved from Glen Iris to Elsternwick to live with his mother’s married sister (Effie Seward) and her family. Lindsay was enrolled at Caulfield Grammar School during 1929. In his autobiography (I Remember) he recalled that on his first day he was shown around the playground by two boys who were also to make their mark in the world. One was Peter Karmel, School Captain in 1939, who later served with distinction as Chair of the Commonwealth Tertiary Education Commission and as Vice Chancellor of both Flinders University and the Australian National University. The other was Stan Kurrle, who was Headmaster of C...

From the CGA – Dec 2020

Opportunity, innovation and creativity What a year 2020 has been! Despite the rapidly changing landscape, it has been a year of opportunity, innovation and creativity for the CGA. In fact, Thriving Together has been at the forefront of all our activities. This collaborative approach with both the School and our community has, as always, enriched our successes and impact. It was fantastic to see the generosity of spirit involved in the Foundation’s annual Giving Day campaign. This year they supported our community struggling with the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are proud donors to this campaign and the School’s Scholarship Program. Young alumni and current Year 10-12 students attended our highly successful online event, Mentoring Circles. Working closely with the School’s ...

Grammarian Singers Report – Dec 2020

“Without music, life would be a mistake” – Friedrich Nietzsche Like all CGA affiliate groups, the Grammarian Singers started the year full of energy, enthusiasm and promise, only to be suddenly stopped by the most widespread pandemic since the 1968 “Hong Kong flu”. Sadly, tucking our scores under our arms and retreating in to safety, it became clear that singing in choirs is considered one of the higher risk activities for the spread of novel coronavirus, and a return to singing during the year slipped from our grasp. Drawing deeply on the enduring enthusiasm and optimism often attributed to choristers generally, committee members have started researching ways for us to return to singing in 2021.  Looking for the silver lining, perhaps what COVID-19 has done for our group is remind us all ...

CGFC Report – Dec 2020

As we head into Christmas, we should have a much stronger understanding of what the 2021 VAFA season will look like.  Regardless of what hurdles there might be, however, we are well positioned to tackle them and the competition each of our teams will face in Premier Grade. While this year has been like no other, we are pleased that a majority of the coaching panel, who delivered us a record three premierships in 2019, will be continuing in 2021: Simon Williams (Senior Men’s); Mitch Dupljanin (Senior Women’s); Marcel Bruin (Senior Assistant Men’s); Seb Gotch (Reserves Men’s); Patrick Kennedy (Under 19s) and Jeff Scotland (Football Operations/Chairman of Selectors) We have some committee changes with President Peter Small stepping down after five tremendous years of rebuilding our Club. On b...

CGA Connect: Alumni Conversations – December

Every month we will be sending out 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. Holly Robertson (2017) – Watch here Tell us your story!  If you would like to be part of our Alumni Conversations please email [email protected] to arrange a video i...