April 2019

In this year of celebration of 100 years of Churchie Army Cadets, our Reviewing Officer for ANZAC Day is Colonel Robert Brennan CSC. COL Brennan is currently the Commander of Australian Army Cadets – South Queensland. We look forward to welcoming the whole Churchie community for this important day. Please refer to the ANZAC Day post later in the newsletter for more details.

We are always interested to read about what Old Boys are up to in life after school. Moreover, it is particularly pleasing when Churchie’s mission Making of Men is being exhibited. Please take the time to read this article about Mack Mason (2014), who captained our First XV rugby side to an undefeated premiership in 2014 and now plays for Eastern Suburbs rugby club in Sydney and for the NSW Waratahs. A-note-on-Mack-from-Mick-Coffey

James Mason OAM (Past Staff) will be the Guest Speaker at our annual Vintage Vikings | Morning Tea and Lunch to be held in Morris Hall on Friday 24 May. James will speak on the topic Fallen Old Boys of the Second World War. All Old Boys aged 70 or older are invited to join us for this special annual event. Please note that spouses/partners are also welcome.

The venue for the 2019 OBA Annual Dinner, to be held on Friday 16 August, has been confirmed as the Rivershed at Howard Smith Wharves. Please lock in this date now so you don’t miss it. Special invitations to the OBA Annual Dinner will be extended to our cohorts celebrating their 5 year (2014), 15 year (2004), 25 year (1994), 35 year (1984) and 45 year (1974) reunions. Our cohorts celebrating 55 years (1964) and 65 years (1954) have also received special invitations to the Vintage Vikings | Lunch and Morning Tea.

Old Boys’ Day will be held on Saturday 17 August (the day after the OBA Annual Dinner). This is the afternoon the school plays Gregory Terrace in both basketball and rugby. For more details, please refer to the Reunions and Events calendar later in this newsletter.

For all ‘Churchie singers’ past and present, the St John’s Cathedral reunion planned for Sunday 28th April 2019 is fast approaching. For more details, please refer to the ‘Calling All Choristers’ post in this newsletter.

Vale Lloyd McDermott (1957)

It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of one of our prominent Old Boys, Lloyd McDermott. A boarder in Gerald, Lloyd …

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Vale Lloyd McDermott (1957)

It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of one of our prominent Old Boys, Lloyd McDermott. A boarder in Gerald, Lloyd played 1st XI Cricket for two years in 1956 & 1957 and 1st XV Rugby for three years in 1955, 1956 and 1957. He also competed in Track & Field and in 1955 was the Under 16 Champion. Australia’s first indigenous barrister, Lloyd was also one of the first indigenous Wallabies and made a notable stand against apartheid in South Africa by making himself unavailable for the 1963 tour there. RIP Lloyd!

Pictured below: Churchie’s 1957 1st XI Cricket and 1957 1st XV Rugby teams, featuring Lloyd in the front row, far right and second from left respectively.

Australia’s Biggest Serial Killer

Every day, more than 50 Australians die as a result of heart disease and more than 400,000 of us will suffer a heart attack in …

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Australia’s Biggest Serial Killer

Every day, more than 50 Australians die as a result of heart disease and more than 400,000 of us will suffer a heart attack in our lifetime. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death of Australians, but awareness of that message is low, especially among younger Australians. This is where Old Boy Chris Taylor (1987) has stepped in. Chris joined Heart Foundation in March 2018 as their Chief Marketing Officer and was immediately faced with three challenges: growing ignorance of heart disease, inaction and a heavy reliance on public funding. In a major push to combat these alarming statistics and overcome these challenges, Chris was the driving force behind Heart Foundation’s hard-hitting campaign, Australia’s Biggest Serial Killer.

The results of the campaign are particularly impressive. Visits to the Heart Foundation website surged by almost 300 per cent and hundreds of thousands of Australians have completed the newly launched online Heart Age Calculator. The campaign has also been cited by key politicians as being instrumental in their decision to invest a further $220 million investment for research into heart disease and pledge to support the funding of healthy heart checks for all at-risk Australians.

Chris’ distinguished background as a marketer comes from working across multiple sectors with a range of leading brands, including but not limited to: Coca-Cola, Telstra, Visa, Johnson & Johnson Medical, Macquarie Bank and Woolworths. He is also an experienced key-note speaker, moderator and event chairman. Outside of work, Chris is a real estate investor and home renovator with a passion for restoring Federation homes, faithfully reproducing the original style through attention to detail and a modern flair.

Please click here to read more about the Australia’s Biggest Serial Killer campaign.

Please click here if you would like to check your heart age using the calculator.

Pete’s Passion for Pure Mathematics

When it comes to pure mathematics, Old Boy Pete Jenkins (1997) exudes a true passion that has always been a joy… and a struggle. Whilst …

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Pete’s Passion for Pure Mathematics

When it comes to pure mathematics, Old Boy Pete Jenkins (1997) exudes a true passion that has always been a joy… and a struggle. Whilst enjoying mathematics from a young age, he remembers always finding it very challenging. Pete says: “The key is to embrace the challenge and not wish that it was easy. The more time you spend studying and exploring the intricacies of these patterns and structures, the more satisfying you find the experience.”

Pete says he was also fortunate enough to have some very inspiring mathematics teachers here at Churchie that not only helped bring a lot of clarity to the subject, but also helped him to become more confident. Mr Peter Coyne, who he considers to be his best mathematics teacher, had a teaching style that Pete admired. “Mr Coyne was extremely organised, calm and helpful, and he was very good at organising challenging ideas in a way that was logical and clear, without oversimplifying things.”

After completing a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science from The University of Queensland, Pete then completed Honours and eventually a PhD in Mathematics. Whilst completing his PhD Pete spent time lecturing and given his level of enjoyment he completed a graduate Diploma in Education enabling him to teach at secondary school level. He is currently the Head of Mathematics Curriculum Development and Tennis Coordinator at Brisbane Girls Grammar School (BGGS).

Pete enjoys tennis outside of school as well and has started competing in many of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) senior tournaments.

Inspired to Create

Co-founded by Old Boy Guy Crofts (2014), Aldergrove Studios is a tight-knit film making crew, dedicated to making quality content. Specialising in pre-production, audio, video …

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Inspired to Create

Co-founded by Old Boy Guy Crofts (2014), Aldergrove Studios is a tight-knit film making crew, dedicated to making quality content. Specialising in pre-production, audio, video and post-production, they are a collective of filmmakers, animators, gamers and musicians, who all share one goal … to bring creative visions to life.

Guy’s inspiration to be a Cinematographer and Animator stems from always having had some involvement in the visual arts. His parents bought him a reusable film camera when he was 5. As a kid, Guy was always intrigued with how special effects in movies were made, so when he started at Churchie in Grade 8 and saw that Film and Television was on offer as a subject from Grade 9, he couldn’t wait to start the following year. “I loved it from the very first class” says Guy.

Since leaving Churchie, Guy has completed a Bachelor of Film and Screen Media degree at Griffith University. He has worked as a content creator for many companies. However, working under other people he wasn’t getting the level of creative or professional fulfilment he wanted; so he teamed up with some of his closest friends from university to make their own production company, Aldergrove Studios.

Guy’s proudest achievement to date is when he went to the Maldives to film super models for Studio10 and SkinO2. “It was incredible being there, but it was a stupid amount of work. Seeing your footage on TV makes the whole thing worth it though” says Guy. He still enjoys getting back to Churchie to film the sporting endeavours of our young men and to pass on his knowledge to the next generation of filmmakers. “I want to give back to the community that helped me discover my love of film.”

Please click here to view some of the work done by Aldergrove Studios.

Old Boy Achievements

Sam Hurwood (2018) Sam won the 110m Under 20 hurdles at the Australian Athletic Championships held in Sydney. Sam has also been selected to represent …

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Old Boy Achievements

Sam Hurwood (2018)
Sam won the 110m Under 20 hurdles at the Australian Athletic Championships held in Sydney. Sam has also been selected to represent Australia at the Oceania championships at Townsville in June.

 

2019 Churchie ANZAC Day Service

Churchie invites you to commemorate ANZAC Day on The Flat at 8 am, Thursday 25 April. To acknowledge 100 years of Churchie’s Army Cadets, our Reviewing Officer …

ANZAC Day
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2019 Churchie ANZAC Day Service

Churchie invites you to commemorate ANZAC Day on The Flat at 8 am, Thursday 25 April. To acknowledge 100 years of Churchie’s Army Cadets, our Reviewing Officer this year is Colonel Robert Brennan CSC. COL Brennan is currently the Commander of Australian Army Cadets – South Queensland.

Please arrive in time to be seated by 7.50 am.
A light Morning Tea is served in Founders Court following the ceremony.

Featured Image: 1958 ANZAC Day

OBA Events 2019

For more details about each event, please click on the relevant link below. OBA Annual Dinner Friday 16 August 2019 Click here Old Boys’ Day …

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For more details about each event, please click on the relevant link below.

OBA Annual Dinner
Friday 16 August 2019
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Old Boys’ Day
Saturday 17 August 2019
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Cohort Reunions 2019

For more details about your cohort reunion, please click on the relevant link below. 10 Year Reunion | 2009 Old Boys Saturday 7 September 2019 …

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Cohort Reunions 2019

For more details about your cohort reunion, please click on the relevant link below.

10 Year Reunion | 2009 Old Boys
Saturday 7 September 2019
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20 Year Reunion | 1999 Old Boys
Saturday 20 July 2019
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30 Year Reunion | 1989 Old Boys
Saturday 27 July 2019
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40 Year Reunion | 1979 Old Boys
Saturday 7 September 2019
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50 Year Reunion | 1969 Old Boys
Saturday 27 July 2019
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60 Year Reunion | 1959 Old Boys
Thursday 28 November 2019
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70 Year Reunion | 1949 Old Boys
Friday 30 August 2019
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Interstate Reunions 2019

For more details about each event, please click on the relevant link below. 2019 Canberra Reunion Thursday 12 September 2019 Venue: TBC 2019 Melbourne Reunion …

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Interstate Reunions 2019

For more details about each event, please click on the relevant link below.

2019 Canberra Reunion
Thursday 12 September 2019
Venue: TBC

2019 Melbourne Reunion
Thursday 24 October 2019
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2019 Perth Reunion
Thursday 5 December 2019
Venue: TBC

View the full Events and Reunions Calendar

Calling All Choristers

For all ‘Churchie singers’ past and present, a St John’s Cathedral reunion is planned for Sunday 28th April 2019. If you were a St John’s …

St John's Cathedral
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Calling All Choristers

For all ‘Churchie singers’ past and present, a St John’s Cathedral reunion is planned for Sunday 28th April 2019. If you were a St John’s Cathedral chorister, or sang in a Churchie choir (i.e. Prep Choir, School Choir, Dectet, Octet, Viking Voices or perhaps another school choir), then please click here to ensure your name is on our list. If you can’t find your name, then please click here to email the OBA and let us know how you were involved. We are particularly interested in hearing from Old Boys pre-1972  to assist however possible to update some incomplete records, including sending in names of chorister they knew.

Furthermore, please search St John’s Cathedral Choristers’ Alumni on Facebook to join the group and find out more details about the reunion.

Who, When, Where?

Please click on the link below to view a short silent movie showing celebrations in the streets of Brisbane as the end of WWII was …

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Who, When, Where?

Please click on the link below to view a short silent movie showing celebrations in the streets of Brisbane as the end of WWII was announced in 1945. About halfway through the video Churchie boys can be seen getting involved in the festivities. Can anyone identify any of them?

Peace Parade: Brisbane, Australia 1945

Lex Frank: A Retrospective

In honour of Maryborough artist, Old Boy Lex Frank (1957), the Lex Frank: A Retrospective exhibition celebrates light, landscape, the versatility of watercolour and his …

Art Exhibition
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Lex Frank: A Retrospective

In honour of Maryborough artist, Old Boy Lex Frank (1957), the Lex Frank: A Retrospective exhibition celebrates light, landscape, the versatility of watercolour and his extraordinary artistic life. Spanning paintings from Lex’s boyhood, right through to his final works, the exhibition draws from private collections and paintings never exhibited before. The exhibition is on display at Gatakers Artspace Gallery in Maryborough until Sunday 28 April 2019. Opening hours each day are 10 am – 4 pm.

Time Is On Your Side!

Owing to the success of the sale of all 100 Limited Edition OBA Centenary Watches, the OBA Committee have again commissioned Adina Watches to create …

OBA Watch
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Owing to the success of the sale of all 100 Limited Edition OBA Centenary Watches, the OBA Committee have again commissioned Adina Watches to create this beautiful bespoke timepiece. Whilst it doesn’t carry the OBA centenary logo, it does exhibit all the features and functionalities of the limited edition watch. It is beautifully presented in a timber presentation box boasting a stylish new design. If you would like to purchase one of these premium timepieces, which has been designed and hand finished, then please click here. Purchase price is $500.

Celebrating 100 Years of Churchie Old Boys

A Pictorial History of Churchie, commissioned by the Old Boys’ Association, celebrates 100 Years of Churchie Old Boys. It is selling fast, so click here to order online and secure …

A Pictorial History of Churchie
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A Pictorial History of Churchie, commissioned by the Old Boys’ Association, celebrates 100 Years of Churchie Old Boys. It is selling fast, so click here to order online and secure your copy now for only $50 (plus $5 if postage is required). When ordering, please indicate your preferred method of collection. To see if you feature in this centenary publication, then please click here to view the Index.

Overseas Study Scholarship for Old Boys 2019

In 2019, Churchie Foundation is again awarding the Old Boys Overseas Study Scholarships. Applications are now invited from Old Boys and current Year 12 students …

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Overseas Study Scholarship for Old Boys 2019

In 2019, Churchie Foundation is again awarding the Old Boys Overseas Study Scholarships. Applications are now invited from Old Boys and current Year 12 students wishing to attend colleges or universities in the UK or USA. The application process will close on Friday 31 May. To find out more information or apply for a scholarship then please click here.

Reconnect with your mates!

The Churchie Business Network (CBN) is an online platform that provides all Old Boys with the opportunity to reconnect with each other, list businesses, job …

Churchie Business Network
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The Churchie Business Network (CBN) is an online platform that provides all Old Boys with the opportunity to reconnect with each other, list businesses, job search (either as an employer or employee) and also register for tutoring and/or mentoring (either as a mentor or mentee). To set up your profile and register your business on the CBN is absolutely free. If you would like to join over 1,600 Old Boys who have already done so, then please click here.

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Useful Links

For ease of reference and access, here are some links that will take you directly to frequently viewed pages on the Old Boys website. Vale …

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