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Asia Pacific Virtual Reunion

Alumni in the Asia Pacific region are invited to join us for a virtual catch up on Thursday 22 April 2021 9.00pm – 10.30pm AEST. The emphasis will be on a relaxed evening where you can enjoy each other’s company and catch up with those you haven’t seen in a while. Bring your drinks and nibbles and join us from the comfort of your own home. Participants will hear the latest news from School and CGA representatives. This is great opportunity for those who live overseas to get involved with our wonderful community and connect with other alumni in their region.   Date: Thursday 22 April Time: 9.00pm – 10.30pm AEST (check your local timezone here) Location: Online RSVP: 5pm Friday 16 April (Once we receive your RSVP you will receive a separate email with the event link/login details)...

Opera Singer – Helena Dix

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. Inspired by her mother and her opera singing colleagues, Helena 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’. Helena credits her determination and fighting spirit for her success in the operatic world. When she...

Alumni Conversations – September

Every month we will be sending an Alumni Conversation to your inbox. 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. Darcy Burke (2019) – Watch here Isis Lopes (2018) – Watch here  Content courtesy of CGS Sports Department Will Gilmour (2010) – Watch here Content court...

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....

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...

COVID-19: Initial Response

The Caulfield Grammarians’ Association (CGA) would like to assure you that, while we continue to operate, the wellbeing of our community is our highest priority at this time of uncertainty. Through consultation with our leadership and the School, and ongoing monitoring of reports and forecasts from the World Health Organization, the CGA has implemented the following safeguards in response to COVID-19: No international travel and postponement of international events No interstate travel and postponement of interstate events Meetings with internal and external stakeholders to occur via phone All staff have been asked not to attend any conferences or gatherings where there are significant crowds (100 or more people). Any staff member who has travelled overseas or come into contact with ...

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 Emerald Isle – James Castles

James Castles (2008) arrived at Caulfield Grammar School in 2005 and, over the next four years, won a veritable catalogue of prizes for academic achievement and service. He was awarded School Colours for Academic Excellence, Debating, Mooting, Service and Lawn Bowls and, in his final year, was elected to the School Committee. He also earnt the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. In 2009 James began studying at Monash University and graduated with Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees in 2013. While at Monash, he spent time at the university’s centre at Prato in Italy and also at Leiden University in the Netherlands, where he studied international and European law. During 2013, James joined the social enterprise organization Who Gives a Crap as employee number two and is still with th...

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 Singapore & Kuala Lumpur International Reunions

Earlier this month we joined with the School in hosting a Community Event and International Reunion at the Singapore Cricket Club. This was a great success with those in attendance including a wonderful blend of past students, current and past parents, current and past staff members, future families and members of the School Executive.   This event was followed by a reunion in Kuala Lumpur at Colony a few days later that was also well attended by alumni and members of the School community. It was fantastic to see such a broad range of ages with alumni in the room.  Many of the past students in attendance enjoyed catching up with Head of Boarding Tim Gallop and Caulfield Campus International Students’ Co-Ordinator Peter Tselios.   School Council ...

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