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Community Spirit – Tony Beddison

Tony Beddison attended Caulfield Grammar School from 1960 to 1966.  He commenced as a boarder and was later a member of the Kurrle House when it was established in 1966.  He was Kurrle House Secretary in 1966 and passed the Matriculation at the end of the year, gaining second class honours in geography. Tony was conscripted after leaving school and served in the Australian Army from 1969 to 1972, reaching the rank of Lieutenant. Following his time in the army, he began a successful business career, building up the largest privately-owned workforce solutions group in Australia.  He also established a variety of other companies under the Beddison Group umbrella. These businesses were sold in 2017. Tony Beddison supported many charitable organisations, including being Chair of the Royal Child...

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...

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...

2019 Thank You Function

Over 150 people spent a pleasant afternoon in the garden at The Gables in East Malvern at our Thank You Function last month. Guests heard from our President, Mr Andrew Aitken and Principal, Mr Ashleigh Martin, and were introduced to the 2020 School Co-Captains (both Wheelers Hill and Caulfield Campus). A big thank you to ‘The Fields’ band who entertained our guests with some live music. Grant Poulter, head of the Awards Sub-Committee handed out Affiliate Service Awards to our very deserving 2019 winners. Without the following individuals and their outstanding service the smooth running of our affiliate clubs would not be possible: Mia Antonopoulos (Football) Janee McEvoy (Football)  Graeme Diggle (Football) Anne Martin (Athletics)  Keiren Tilbrook (Rowing) Cameron Dickson (Cric...

2019 Affiliate Service Award Winners

The CGA would like to congratulate the 2019 Affiliate Service Award Winners. Without the following individuals and their outstanding service the smooth running of our affiliate clubs would not be possible. Mia Antonopoulos (Football) Mia is an important player in the CGFC women’s team. Off-field she has organized a number of events for the women players, including Wednesday night team dinners and birthday cakes for those players celebrating a birthday. She also ensures that representation from the women’s team is strong at all club events. As she has a sports medical background, Mia assists with the tapping & treatment of players when required, without hesitation. She is also actively involved with recruiting new players to the club, mentoring the younger female players and the general...

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...

The Power of Words – Matt Cameron

An award-winning screenwriter, playwright, and producer, Matt Cameron (1986) began his career as a comedy writer scripting jokes for a national tonight show and working on TV series Full Frontal in 1994-95. From these beginning Matt slowly found his way into drama writing and has been involved in some of Australia’s best loved series such as Kath & Kim, Secret City (starring Jacki Weaver), Molly (starring Samuel Johnson), Sunshine (starring Anthony LaPaglia), Safe Harbour and Jack Irish (staring Guy Pearce). In addition to Jack Irish, his recent credits include screenplays for Seachange, Crashburn and Newstopia. Theatre and writing has always been a part of Matt’s life. At school, he won prizes for academic excellence and service, played cricket and football, was a member o...

Historic St. Kilda Cemetery

I wonder how many times you’ve driven past the St. Kilda Cemetery on Dandenong Road without realising the significance of this cemetery. For within the grounds are grave-sites of at least two Caulfield Grammarians who died from illness prior to 1918.  The first death of a student at Caulfield was in the headship of Joseph Henry Davies. A boarder in School House, Frederick William Breguet (1883-84) died on the 14thApril 1884 from rheumatic endocarditis. The loss was a sad one and a report in the School Magazine indicates that the whole school walked in a funeral procession to the St Kilda Cemetery singing ‘Nearer My God to Thee…’ and other suitable hymns. The gravestone tribute says, “This stone was erected to the beloved memory of Frederick William Breguet, who died at Caulfield Gram...

Making It – Richard Wied

Richard Wied (aka Rick Viede) (1997) arrived at Caulfield as a boarder from Foster in Gippsland and was soon entrenched in everything theatrical, eventually receiving School Colours for Drama. In Morcom House, he edited the house yearbook and newsletter and was House Drama Captain. He was also a member of the school debating team. In 1998, he commenced a Bachelor of Arts degree at Monash University which included a term at the University of California at Berkeley. Graduation was followed by a stint at the Actors’ Centre in Sydney. Always developing ideas for scripts, Rick’s first play was staged at the Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney in 2008 and at the New York Summer Play Festival in 2009. It won the Griffin Award in 2008 and the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award in 2010. His second pl...

CGA Wins International Award

The CGA is delighted to announce that we have been internationally recognized with a Silver Award in the CASE Circle of Excellence Awards for the Category of Alumni Relations Program/Marketing & Branding. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is a worldwide association for professionals in alumni and advancement who share the goal of championing education to transform lives and society. The CGA is one of only two school-based organizations who won an award in this category. Other award winners in this category include New York University, Boston University, the University of Notre Dame, Cornell University and the University of Westminster. We are excited to have been benchmarked and peer reviewed against such a high caliber of entries. From the Nominator The Caulf...

CGA Report – June 2019

The Caulfield Grammarians’ Association (CGA) is excited to be focusing on strengthening connections between our alumni and within the broader School community throughout 2019. Our core purpose at the CGA is to inspire lifelong connections and nurture a profound sense of pride in where our alumni are from and where they are going. In order to achieve this, we launched a social media and communications strategy, refreshed brand and visual identity, and a new website – caulfieldgrammarians.com in mid 2018. Now a year on, we have seen a remarkable impact on our community: online engagement on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn has increased exponentially with more events and consistent communication, event attendance has increased by 24% almost 4000 alumni have updated their detai...

2019 Don Wirth Medal Winners

The CGA would like to congratulate our 2019 Don Wirth Medal winners, Michael Dakic, David Gregor, Chris Mathieson and Warwick Watson, for their outstanding service and support. MICHAEL DAKIC Michael Dakic has been an outstanding contributor to the culture and success of the Caulfield Grammarians Rowing Club (CGRC). Mike commenced his association with Caulfield Grammar in 1992 when the first of his five children attended Wheelers Hill campus. Mike joined the newly formed Rowing Club in 1994, after his son started rowing for Caulfield Grammar. As a founding member of the Rowing Club, Mike then took on the challenge of learning how to row. Mike became a committee member in 1995 and was appointed club boat man in 1999 — a position he held for the next 15 years. Mike’s rowing career blossomed,...