In this issue

  • ANZAC Day 2020 – ‘Light Up The Dawn’
  • Impact of COVID-19 on OBA Reunions & Events
  • Assisting Archives
  • Useful Links
  • OBA Watch
  • A Pictorial History of Churchie
  • plus interesting feature articles

April 2020

As we are unable to gather on The Flat on ANZAC Day this year to remember those who have served our country, in particular our 119 Old Boys and Staff who are read out by the School Captain, we encourage all Old Boys and their families to support the RSL …

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April 2020

As we are unable to gather on The Flat on ANZAC Day this year to remember those who have served our country, in particular our 119 Old Boys and Staff who are read out by the School Captain, we encourage all Old Boys and their families to support the RSL ‘Light Up The Dawn’ initiative. This initiative encourages all Australians to stand at dawn (6 am) on their driveways, on their balcony or in their living room to remember all those who have served and sacrificed. Please take a moment to capture your involvement by taking a photograph and emailing the OBA at oba@churchie.com.au. All photos received will be collated and shared as a gallery in the May 2020 edition of Viking Spirit.

George Forrest, a Churchie Year 9 student, has taken up the challenge and will play The Last Post, observe a minute’s silence, and then play the Reveille in his neighbourhood of Alderley. Please click here to read more about George and his family’s connection to the ANZAC spirit, which dates back to WWI and WWII. In World War II his grandfather, Old Boy Charles Edward Elliott (1940), fought for the Australian Army in Papua New Guinea.

Churchie Old Boy Lachlan Luhrs (2016) is an active member of The Salvation Army, who are strongly aligned with the defence services. Many of us remember Lachlan as a past Churchie Anzac Day bugler, whose faultless performances were emotionally stirring. Please click here to see Lachlan performing the Last Post and Rouse at the Springfield Anzac Memorial, which has been prepared for a virtual Anzac service in the Greater Springfield area that would normally have accommodated in excess of 6,000 participants. Lachlan’s great great grandfather William Booth Shaw, who was a Salvation Army minister and served in the Australian armed forces, was awarded the Australian Anzac of the Year Medallion in 1983.

We also take this opportunity to wish past staff member Ray Deed BEM a very Happy Birthday. Ray was Churchie’s School Marshall from 1977 to 1992 and will celebrate his 94th birthday on ANZAC Day. Please take the time to read the article about Ray later in this newsletter.

Congratulations to Old Boy Russell Smith (1985) who has been appointed to School Council. Replacing Old Boy Toby Ford (1977) who served tirelessly on School Council from 2008 to 2019, Russell brings a wealth of senior management experience having served for four years as CEO at the Port of Brisbane and for the past five years as a partner at Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) Australia, where he is involved in the independent infrastructure fund.

In the final week of Term 1, following exam block, our Year 11 and 12 students settled in for their first session and experience of the School at Home programme, brought about due to COVID-19. Much to their surprise and delight they were welcomed by two Queensland Reds players, Old Boys Liam Wright (2014) and Angus Scott-Young (2014). Liam and Angus shared with the boys about how important it is to manage your time as a student (both at school and university), particularly when the demands are so varied – leadership roles, academic demands, sporting commitments. Every person is unique in the way they deal with time management and both Liam and Angus are wonderful examples doing this successfully. Thank you Liam and Angus!

As advised in last month’s newsletter, in response to recommendations from external governing authorities, a range of activities have therefore either been postponed or cancelled. Among these has been the need to cancel Churchie’s traditional ANZAC Day service on The Flat. It has also now been necessary for the OBA to cancel our annual Vintage Vikings | Morning Tea and Lunch, which was to be held in Morris Hall on Friday 29 May. All Vintage Vikings have been advised accordingly, either by email or traditional post.

At this stage the cohort reunions are still proceeding. Ultimately however, beyond recommendations from external governing authorities, as we host them at the school on the afternoons of the rugby, we are also guided by decisions from both the School and the GPS Association of QLD as to whether or not sport will be played in Term 3. We will advise immediately if it is looking likely at any stage that the reunions need to be cancelled.

The OBA Annual Dinner, set down to be held in Rivershed at Howard Smith Wharves on Friday 14 August, is also still currently listed to proceed. Please still keep this date locked in your diaries. As with the cohort reunions, we will advise immediately if there is a need to postpone or indeed cancel this event. For more details about these events and our cohort reunions for 2020, please refer to the respective notices later in this newsletter.

We will continue to provide updates as required via our social media pages and in our monthly editions of Viking Spirit. Aside from this, if you have queries or concerns please email the OBA office at oba@churchie.com.au or call us directly on 07 3896 6462.

ANZAC Day 2020

As we are unable to gather on The Flat on ANZAC Day this year to remember those who have served our country, in particular our …

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ANZAC Day 2020

As we are unable to gather on The Flat on ANZAC Day this year to remember those who have served our country, in particular our 119 Old Boys and Staff who are read out by the School Captain, we encourage all Old Boys and their families to support the RSL ‘Light Up The Dawn’ initiative. On ANZAC Day, all Australians are encouraged to stand at dawn (6 am) on their driveways, on their balcony or in their living room to remember all those who have served and sacrificed.

Churchie Old Boy Lachlan Luhrs (2016) is an active member of The Salvation Army, who are strongly aligned with the defence services. Many of us remember Lachlan as a past Churchie Anzac Day bugler, whose faultless performances were emotionally stirring. Please click here, to see Lachlan performing the Last Post and Rouse at the Springfield Anzac Memorial, which has been prepared for a virtual Anzac service in the Greater Springfield area that would normally have accommodated in excess of 6,000 participants.

Please take a moment to capture your involvement by taking a photograph and emailing the OBA at oba@churchie.com.au. All photos received will be collated and shared as a gallery in the May 2020 edition of Viking Spirit.

Ray ‘Dasher’ Deed BEM

With ANZAC Day services for 2020 cancelled, it is appropriate at this time to recognise and acknowledge one of our admired past staff members, Ray …

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Ray ‘Dasher’ Deed BEM

With ANZAC Day services for 2020 cancelled, it is appropriate at this time to recognise and acknowledge one of our admired past staff members, Ray Deed. After many years of being responsible for the preparation of the school’s ANZAC Day parade, Ray still attends the Churchie service each year. Having completed a distinguished military career, Ray took up duties as the School Marshall from 1977 to 1992. Many Old Boys speak about Ray with great fondness and tremendous respect, which is testament to his firm but fair approach to discipline. Ray, who turns 94 on ANZAC Day, is retired and living at Corinda.

Please click here to read a report recently compiled by Mick James, an Association Member of the 31st Infantry Battalion Association Inc., about Ray (second from left) and his fellow soldiers who feature in the above image.

Happy Birthday Ray!

To pass on your birthday wishes to Ray and/or share a story you may have about him, please email the OBA office at oba@churchie.com.au

Featured Image (L-R): Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1) Brian Lawrance, 43, working in Quang Tri; WO1 Ray Deed, 43, Phuoc Tuy Province;  WO1 Bill Eade, 44, Hue; Captain Len Opie, 46, Phuoc Tuy Province, and WO1 Reg Bandy, 46, the Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) of 7RAR at Nui Dat.

Outdoor Education from Year 8 to University

In addition to completing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology, Old Boy Henry Friend (2016), pictured above, has gone on to become …

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Outdoor Education from Year 8 to University

In addition to completing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology, Old Boy Henry Friend (2016), pictured above, has gone on to become the representative director for Paddlesports Queensland and President of the University of Queensland Canoe Club. Henry now works with the Duke of Edinburgh programme at Churchie to support others in such endeavours. Recently he joined the house groups of Biggs, Hillary, Mansfield and Mawson as they engaged in the Year 8 Outdoor Education programme. One of the primary aims of the programme, which took place at Conondale National Park on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, “focuses on students’ capacity to operate within the boundaries of controlled exposure to challenge and enhance student’s psychological resilience (Dias & Niall, 2001)”.

For many students the experience of mountain biking was a personal highlight and required them to positively evaluate risk in a dynamic environment. In combination with other programmes and activities, like the Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Journey, the longstanding outcomes of developing resilience in pursuit of personal passion can assist students to further achieve success beyond Churchie.

Keep up the good work Henry!

Neill, J., & Dial, K. (2001). Adventure Education and Resilience: The double edged sword. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning.

Celebrating History

This year marked an historic day for Churchie and their involvement in hosting a Pink Stumps Day. It was the first time that all GPS …

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Celebrating History

This year marked an historic day for Churchie and their involvement in hosting a Pink Stumps Day. It was the first time that all GPS schools in Queensland used a pink ball in the competition at the First XI level and saw numerous other teams play with the pink ball, stumps, pads and of course, pink wickets.

It is also this year that marks the 40th anniversary for Churchie’s First XI cricket team of 1980. With the team now spread across Australia from North Queensland to Perth and Sydney, Glenn Davies and Colin Dwyer met at Main Oval on Saturday 7 March to celebrate and reminisce, whilst watching the First XI match against Gregory Terrace.

This follows a reunion the team had two years ago, with five members attending a dinner at the Port Office Hotel. Players who attended included Frank Austin, Glenn Davies, Ian Learmonth, Alistair Stephens and Colin Dwyer. It was a wonderful night of reflection on a competitive year in which they snatched third. After leading the competition at one stage, they beat BGS who finished second and drew with TSS who secured the premiership. Losses to Ipswich and Toowoomba were very disappointing, especially after making strong starts in both games.

The 1980 season was not without its controversy. In a very close game against BGS, big Alistair Stephens, after prior warning, ‘mankaded’ the BGS captain who was also their best batsman. The BGS boys and indeed their whole school were upset. They lost the final match of the season and with it the GPS title.

Colin Dwyer says: “Most Churchie First XI players from 1980 still have good friends from BGS and they all enjoy a friendly engagement every now and then about their lost opportunity. TSS however still hasn’t thanked us! 😊 One day we would welcome the BGS boys to a rematch, but for now, we’ll just enjoy watching Churchie play positive cricket.”

Featured Image (L-R): Glenn Davies and Colin Dwyer.

Jack Inspired by Corona Crisis

The impact of Service as one of the four tenet’s of Churchie continues to show through in our Old Boys network. Churchie Service has shaped …

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Jack Inspired by Corona Crisis

The impact of Service as one of the four tenet’s of Churchie continues to show through in our Old Boys network. Churchie Service has shaped the lives of many of our boys and the memories it has created last a lifetime. The importance on making a difference in society has certainly not been lost on Old Boy Jack Bloomfield (2019) who recently made personal donations of face masks across Brisbane.

“What an absolutely incredible day! As promised last week, I donated thousands of face masks across Brisbane today. Location #1 was @familydoctorsplus who are all GP’s in the front line defending against COVID-19. Location #2 was @brisbanebmw where I donated masks to @sunny_street_ where medical volunteers provide the homeless with essential medical care every day of the week. It is the very least I can do. I encourage anyone else who can, to do the same. Let’s get through this together and support those most vulnerable and on our front line.”

Keep up the good work Jack!

 

 

 

 

Who, When, Where?

Above: Head of the River Champions – 1st IV 1922 If you can Assist Archives by providing any group photographs for the years listed below …

Assisting Archives
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Who, When, Where?

Above: Head of the River Champions – 1st IV 1922

If you can Assist Archives by providing any group photographs for the years listed below for Churchie Rowing, Volleyball, Basketball and/or Gymnastics, our School Archivist Mr Peter Collin would be very appreciative. You don’t need to part ways with these treasured memories. Should you wish to keep your photographs, they can be digitally scanned, added to the collection and returned to you promptly. Please contact our School Archivist, Mr Peter Collin on 07 3896 2137, or click here to email the OBA.

ROWING
– 1927
– 1951, 1957, 1958
– 1963, 1967, 1968
– 1973
– 1980, 1983, 1988, 1989
– 1990
– 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2018, 2019

VOLLEYBALL
– 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979
– 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989
– 1990, 1991, 1993
– 2004, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019

BASKETBALL
– 1972, 1973, 1976
– 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989
– 1990, 1991, 1994, 1999
– 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

GYMNASTICS
– 1941, 1942, 1943, 1945
– 1950, 1951, 1955, 1956
– 1960
– 1970, 1972
– 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989
– 1991, 1992, 1993

Overseas Study Scholarship for Old Boys 2020

In 2020, 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 2020

In 2020, 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 and/or apply for a scholarship then please click here.

OBA Events 2020

For more details about each event, please click on the relevant link below. OBA Annual Dinner Friday 14 August 2020 Click here Old Boys’ Day …

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OBA Events 2020

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

OBA Annual Dinner
Friday 14 August 2020
Click here

Old Boys’ Day
Saturday 15 August 2020
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View the full Events and Reunions Calendar

OBA Reunions 2020

In 2020, Reunions are planned for Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Townsville. Further details for these events will be provided once confirmed. As further advice on …

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In 2020, Reunions are planned for Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Townsville. Further details for these events will be provided once confirmed.

As further advice on the easing of restrictions becomes known, the Committee will advise when and if these reunions can proceed. We will continue to provide updates as required via our social media pages and in our monthly editions of Viking Spirit. Aside from this, if you have queries or concerns please email the OBA office at oba@churchie.com.au or call us directly on 07 3896 6462.

Please click here to view the full Events and Reunions Calendar.

Cohort Reunions 2020

For more details about your cohort reunion, please click on the relevant link below. If you are from either the 1960 or 1950 cohorts and …

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Cohort Reunions 2020

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

If you are from either the 1960 or 1950 cohorts and would like to assist us to plan your 60 Year Reunion or 70 Year Reunion respectively, please email the OBA Office at oba@churchie.com.au or call Casey on 07 3896 6462.

10 Year Reunion | 2010 Old Boys
Saturday 5 September 2020
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20 Year Reunion | 2000 Old Boys
Saturday 29 August 2020
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30 Year Reunion | 1990 Old Boys
Saturday 18 July 2020
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40 Year Reunion | 1980 Old Boys
Saturday 5 September 2020
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50 Year Reunion | 1970 Old Boys
Saturday 15 August 2020
Click here

View the full Events and Reunions Calendar

the churchie 2020

2020 Finalists Announced! The Institute of Modern Art (IMA) and the churchie are excited to announce the finalists of this year’s prize. From over 350 …

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the churchie 2020

2020 Finalists Announced!

The Institute of Modern Art (IMA) and the churchie are excited to announce the finalists of this year’s prize. From over 350 entries from across the country 13 finalists were selected to be shown in the finalists’ exhibition at the IMA. In response to the challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the finalists’ exhibition and prize announcement will be postponed until late 2020.

The 2020 finalists are: Nathan Beard, Tom Blake, Jessica Bradford, Marina Pumani Brown, Martin George, Yasbelle Kerkow, Guy Louden, Lachlan McKee, Georgia Morgan, Nabilah Nordin, James Nguyen, Emily Parsons-Lord, and Athena Thebus.

The Churchie OBA is proud to be a Major Sponsor of the churchie.

It’s About Time!

The OBA Committee have commissioned Adina Watches to create this beautiful bespoke timepiece. Exhibiting all the features and functionalities of the limited edition watch (except …

OBA Watch
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The OBA Committee have commissioned Adina Watches to create this beautiful bespoke timepiece. Exhibiting all the features and functionalities of the limited edition watch (except for the OBA centenary references), 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.

A Pictorial History of Churchie

A Pictorial History of Churchie celebrates 100 Years of Churchie Old Boys. Past Staff member Mr James Mason OAM was commissioned by the Old Boys’ …

Less than 100 copies remaining
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A Pictorial History of Churchie celebrates 100 Years of Churchie Old Boys. Past Staff member Mr James Mason OAM was commissioned by the Old Boys’ Association to author this  magnificent publication. With less than 100 copies remaining, if you haven’t already purchased your copy will want to act now. Please click here to order online for only $50 (plus $5 if postage is required). When ordering, please indicate your preferred method of collection. You can also see if you feature in this centenary publication, by clicking here to view the Index.

OBA Merchandise

The OBA has a range of high quality merchandise that is available for purchase through the Churchie Shop. All items are available in store, with …

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The OBA has a range of high quality merchandise that is available for purchase through the Churchie Shop.
All items are available in store, with selected items also available for purchase online.

OBA Suede Cap Suede cap with embroidered OBA crest on front. Purchase price is $25.

OBA Silk Neck Tie Churchie crests between diagonal grey stripes on an all navy blue background. Purchase price is $50.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OBA Keyring Embossed OBA crest on front and OBA website on back. Purchase price is $10.

OBA Bottle Opener OBA crest in solid metal with bottle opener functionality. Purchase price is $15.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OBA Round Cufflinks OBA crest on a blue background. Purchase price is $30.

OBA Sterling Silver Cufflinks Solid Sterling Silver with OBA crest inlaid in blue. Purchase price is $200.

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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