Yarra Old Grammarian, Charlotte Peak (McDonald), was a keen member of the School’s Music and Drama programs, but after graduating, she opted for a career with Victoria Police.
Over the past fifty years Yarra has inspired students, like Charlotte, to pursue their passions and interests. Here she shares her lasting memories of her school years and highlights what she has taken away from her experiences at Yarra Valley Grammar.
When she was seven or eight-years-old, Charlotte wanted to be a doctor so throughout her time at Yarra, she was firmly focused on getting the best ATAR possible. But during Year 10, Charlotte realised she didn’t want to study medicine and that the police force held more appeal.
This took the pressure off during her VCE years and gave Charlotte space to take part in drama, music and sport. She worked backstage in the Middle School production of The Wizard of Oz and during Year 12 she completed a softball coaching course, returning to Yarra later to coach.
One of Charlotte’s clearest memories of her school days is the mutual respect that existed between teachers and students.
Charlotte is a Christian and also places great importance on the School motto Levavi Oculos. For her it means looking up to the Lord for inspiration. In her day-to-day work as a police officer, she is constantly aware of taking a step back to see the bigger picture of events that unfold.
On a personal level, Charlotte recently represented Australia in the Triathlon World Championships on the Gold Coast.