Humanitarian Engineer – Jessica Coldrey

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Humanitarian Engineer – Jessica Coldrey

Graduating from Wheelers Hill Campus in 2016, Jessica Coldrey has gone on to fully embrace her differing passions, leading to an already fulfilling and impressive career. Currently completing her Bachelor of Arts (Human Geography) and Bachelor of Visual Arts, with the title of 2021 John Monash Scholar also under her belt, Jess is wholeheartedly dedicated to envisioning and creating a more sustainable future, but not without the incredible insight creativity provides. Jess grew up with CGS, spending 14 years of her early life at Wheelers Hill. Her fondest memories from primary school are of inventing stories and imagining new games to play every lunchtime. In high school, she enjoyed exploring the grounds, working in the art studio, and studying novels with friends. Upon entering Year 12, s...

General Counsel – Melinda Honig

Caulfield Connections Melinda Honig joined Caulfield Grammar’s School Council in 2018. She is the current General Counsel, Company Secretary and Chief Risk Officer for Australian Unity Limited. Mel was a student at the Wheelers Hill Campus from 1983 to 1988. Her father (Chris) and brother (Charlton) also attended the School and she is a parent of two boys who are enrolled at Caulfield Campus (Tom in Year 12 and Edward in Year 10). Mel says that she tried as many things as she could while a student at Caulfield, including one memorable house drama experience, where she thinks her stage performance may have cost Wilsmore House some points and reinforced to her that drama was not a natural pathway. (She still grimaces now!) Rowing, debating and music were what she really loved, and the many f...

Podcast Host & Disability Advocate – Peta Hooke

Peta Hooke (Class of 2008) wants to open up discussion about living with a disability and clarify what it means to live, as she does, with Cerebral Palsy. Wheelers Hill student During her time at Wheelers Hill Campus (Years 7 to 12), Peta studied hard, and enjoyed the beautiful grounds and the company of people who have become her lifelong friends. She was involved in a number of activities for Shaw House as well as achieving considerable academic success. Peta’s best memory from her school days was her first business studies class in Year 8. It provided the moment where everything ‘clicked’ and when she knew for the first time that she could excel at a subject. If Peta could give her 17-year-old self some advice, she would say “hold on tight, as life isn’t going to go to plan no matter ho...

Foundation Student & Psychiatrist – Carolynne Marks

Wheelers Hill campus opens Carolynne Marks (right) was a foundation student at Caulfield Grammar’s Wheelers Hill Campus when it opened in 1981 – the centenary year of the School. In addition, Carolynne was the first female student to win a scholarship to attended the School as the establishment of the Wheelers Hill Campus also launched co-education at Caulfield Grammar School. The Caulfield and Malvern campuses remained all boys until 1993 when co-education was introduced schoolwide. In its first year, students were enrolled in Years 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 at Wheelers Hill. Over the next six years the campus expanded so that in 1986 there were classes from Prep to Year 12. Carolynne, and the other foundation students who commenced with her in Year 7 in 1981, were the first cohort to graduate fro...

40th Anniversary Co-Education & Wheelers Hill Campus

School history was made on February 4, 1981 when classes began at the new co-educational campus in our centenary year. 197 boys and girls from Year 3-7 and 10 staff gathered with founding Head of Campus, Milton Cujes (1981-89) at the new campus situated on 20 hectares of sloping scenic land at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges. On the first day in a whole-campus assembly an overview of school history was shared and Headmaster, Rev A Holmes (1977-92) led the singing of the School Song. Scripture readings from Proverbs and Psalms reminded all present of the legacy from School Founder, Joseph Henry Davies, M.A. (1881-88) that, “the School be a thoroughly Christian one”. Read more about the this special day and co-education on the Caulfield Grammar School website.

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...

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. A career in dance “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 d...

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...

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...

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 ...

Athletics Club Report – Dec 2020

As with so many things this year, the APSOC Cross Country season was not to be. We are looking forward to getting out there again in 2021. We would welcome any new runners, whether you are looking for some competitive racing or just a reason to stay fit.  We can promise you an enjoyable and very friendly social environment at the Club. Caulfield races against all the other APS schools in the APSOC Association, which has a rich 85-year history. There are ten races over the course of the season from April to September with these being held in various locations in the Melbourne metropolitan area. Some are hilly course, others flat, some are dry paths and others muddy trails. Distances vary from a lap of The Tan to 10 km. All standards are accommodated with each race recognising both the faste...

Netballer & Nurse – Shayna Hingmann

Shayna Hingmann became President of the Caulfield Grammarians’ Netball Club, which is affiliated with the Caulfield Grammarians’ Football Club, in 2018. Shayna attended Caulfield Grammar School in 2012 and 2013. A member of Shaw House at Wheelers Hill Campus, she was appointed to the School Committee in her final year. Shayna played netball and softball for the School, and received house colours for her participation in a variety of house activities. At Speech Night 2013 she received the Caulfield Grammarians’ Association Prize for Leadership in Year 12. After leaving school, Shayna trained as nurse and is currently a registered nurse at the Royal Children’s Hospital. She finds nursing a rewarding career because “being part of a child’s/family’s journey when they are at their most vulnerab...