Winter Masterpieces at the NGV

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Winter Masterpieces at the NGV

The CGA is delighted to host a special event Winter Masterpieces at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) on Friday 20 August 2021 6.00pm-8.00pm. This event includes 15-Year Reunions for the Classes of 2005 & 2006. This experiential event will enable you to experience the atmosphere of Friday Nights at the NGV, enjoy the wonderful artwork and music as well as catch up with other Grammarians and friends.   Tickets are $65 per person and include drinks, finger food and entry to the Winter Masterpieces exhibition. Dress: Cocktail attire RSVP: 5pm Friday 13 August 2020   Please feel free to share this invitation with other alumni, supporters and friends. We hope to see you there.   Attending this event means that you agree to be photographed and videoed by the Caulfield Gra...

Radio Personality – Dylan Lewis

Drama and music at school Dylan Lewis attended Caulfield Grammar School from 1985 to 1990. He was a member of Langley House at the Wheelers Hill Campus. He was heavily involved in both the drama and music programs at school. Dylan was a member of the Madrigal and Special Music Group from Wheelers Hill Campus that undertook a tour to Sydney in 1989. In 1990 he was awarded School Colours for Drama Performance. After graduation, he studied for a Bachelor of Education degree in drama and music at the University of Melbourne. Entertainment industry Dylan has subsequently become well-known in the entertainment industry, including roles in television, radio, film and music. He has undertaken several roles hosting and presenting for Australian music programs, the first being when he became host of...

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 ...

Opera Singer – Helena Dix

Inspired by her mother and her opera singing colleagues, Helena dix has gone from strength to strength and has become a recognised name around the world. Critics have described her as ‘the most exciting voice since Joan Sutherland’, and rated her performances ‘8 out of 5 stars’. Singing at Caulfield Melbourne-born opera singer Helena Dix always knew she wanted to be a singer when she grew up. She can’t remember a time when she wanted to be anything else. Helena remembers her 13 years at Caulfield fondly; they were spent onstage starring in school musicals and tinkering around in the music department. She also dabbled in debating and suspects that her enjoyment for the subject was largely due to her strong opinions. Tertiary study Helena credits her determination and fighting spirit for her...

Soprano – Genevieve Lim

Genevieve Lim (née Hartley) has been Secretary of the Grammarians Singers group since its inception in 2016 and says she enjoys adding her “rusty soprano voice” to the group. Genevieve attended Caulfield Grammar School from 1986 to 1995. A member of Shaw House at Wheelers Hill Campus, she received full colours in music and was awarded the School Music Service Prize in her final year. She was also a member of the School Committee in 1995. In addition to her involvement in the arts, Genevieve competed in rowing and cross country for the School, and participated in the Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme. She sees her involvement in music (choirs, orchestras, the Madrigal Group and musicals) as the real highlight of her time at CGS, the rich musical traditions and activities within the School ope...

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...

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 ...

A Love of the Stage – Lexie Van Maanen

Just days before Alexis (Lexie) Van Maanen (2017) walked through the gates of Caulfield Grammar School for the last time she received a call that would change her life. Lexie had been cast in her first ever professional role as the Mistress in Opera Australia’s 40th Anniversary production of Evita, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical. She was stunned to learn that not only had she landed a role of her dreams but that she would be performing at the Sydney Opera House alongside her idol, Tina Arena. From a young age, Lexie had watched Tina on TV and followed her career so it was quite overwhelming to walk into the first day of rehersals. Despite her trepidation, Lexie found the cast very welcoming and willing to take her under their wing. The production became a great environment to build o...

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...

Class of 1979 40-Year Reunion

The Class of 1979 special 40-Year Reunion dinner was held at The Gables in Malvern East on Friday 26 July. For some of those present it was the first reunion they attended since leaving school 40 years ago. It was great to see past staff members David Conly, David Nettelbeck and John Raven also in attendance. The Class of 1979 enjoyed pre-dinner drinks while listening to student musicians from Caulfield Campus, who volunteered their time on the night. Many thanks to the students and Head of Strings Jason Leinkauf. Grammarians enjoyed a delightful 2-course dinner while hearing from CGA President Mr Andrew Aitken and Vice Principal Mr Andrew Strooper. Many of the attendees also enjoyed a wonderful display put together by School Archivist Judith Gibson. You can find all the pictures of the ev...

Big Band Report – June 2019

“The Fields” Big Band consists of past music students of the School. The full band, or members of it, perform regularly at CGA reunions and at other school and community events. The Band’s membership is sometimes supplemented by current school musicians. It is jointly led by School Music Department staff members Joe O’Callaghan and Karen Bouyer. Members of the Big Band entertained guests at a number of CGA class reunions in 2018 and the full band performed at Yarra Campus Open Day in November. Last year the Band also teamed up with the SLAMS Musical Theatre Company to present “Sounds of Swing” at the Knox Community Arts Centre, the show being directed by past students Rob Valk and Marcus Fleming (both Class of 2001). This production later took out Best Musical Direction and Best Production...

Concert – Sacred to Secular

The Grammarian Singers are excited to welcome you to their winter concert, Sacred to Secular. The performance will include sacred music of beautiful simplicity, such as American Shaker songs, and works of religious passion by composers such as John Rutter. The second half of the program will embrace the light energy of modern secular music, with songs such as ‘California Dreamin’ by the Mamma and the Pappas, and Billy Joel’s ‘An Innocent Man’. Date: 13 June 2019 Time: 7.30 pm Venue: Function Room, Memorial Hall – Caulfield Grammar School, Wheelers Hill Campus Tickets: $10 General Admission. Children under 12 years old are free. We hope to see you there.