August 2018

As we approach the end of the rugby and basketball seasons, so too we approach our annual Old Boys Day. Please lock into your calendars to head to Churchie’s Main Oval on Saturday 8 September to cheer on our 1st XV from 2.15 pm as they take on Nudgee College. This is the last home game of the season and will be followed by the traditional Old Boys BBQ, where the OBA Committee will be all hands on deck to provide their classic free steak burgers for everyone to enjoy. For more details and to view our full Reunions and Events calendar, including the OBA Cocktail Evening on Friday 12 October, please click here. A further reminder also to those Old Boys who will be in Melbourne on Friday 26 October to please join us for the annual Melbourne Reunion at the Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club.

Owing to the tremendous amount of interest and feedback we have received from archival requests in past editions of Viking Spirit, in our new monthly feature called Assisting Archives we will be displaying photographs, mementos and memorabilia and asking for assistance to identify names, places and occasions etc. Even if you can only help with part of the puzzle, please do let us know. More details are provided in Assisting Archives later in the newsletter.

Churchie’s connection with St John’s Cathedral extends way back to 1913 when the school moved there from its original premises at Ardencraig, Toowong and became known as St John’s Cathedral Collegiate School for Boys. It is now estimated that there are more than 1,000 Churchie Old Boys who either sang in the Cathedral or other Churchie choirs (since 1940), with many going on to pursue professional or semi-professional singing activities. If you are one of these Old Boys, then please be sure to read our feature later in the newsletter about the upcoming St John’s Cathedral reunion.

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 …

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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.

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.

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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Have you updated your LinkedIn Profile?

On the LinkedIn platform, schools are now acknowledged as education entities. This means you can now officially add Anglican Church Grammar School as an education …

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Have you updated your LinkedIn Profile?

On the LinkedIn platform, schools are now acknowledged as education entities. This means you can now officially add Anglican Church Grammar School as an education item in your LinkedIn profile and in doing so have the school crest feature alongside. It will also help you more easily find and connect with fellow Churchie Old Boys. For instructions on how to update your Education accordingly, please click here or on the image below. While you’re at it, to connect with the OBA profile and/or join the OBA group, please click here or on the above image.

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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OBA Cocktail Evening 2018

The President of the Churchie Old Boys’ Association, Dr Daniel Pitt and the Executive members invite all Old Boys to attend the 2018 OBA Cocktail …

Friday 12 October - Book Now!
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OBA Cocktail Evening 2018

The President of the Churchie Old Boys’ Association, Dr Daniel Pitt and the Executive members invite all Old Boys to attend the 2018 OBA Cocktail Evening to be held in the stylish Porsche Centre Brisbane showroom at Newstead.

Date: Friday 12 October 2018
Time: 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Venue: Porsche Centre Brisbane
Dress: Cocktail

Tickets:
Please click here to purchase your tickets online.

OBA members: $75
OBA non-members: $80

RSVP:
no later than Sunday 30 September 2018

Beverage Suppliers:
Green Beacon Brewing Co.
Marc Chrismas (1994) & Adrian Slaughter (1994)

Hayes Family Wines
Brett Hayes (1988)

Post Event Venue:
Green Beacon Brewing Co.
26 Helen St, Teneriffe, Queensland 4005

View the full Reunions and Events Calendar

Melbourne Reunion 2018

The Headmaster Dr Alan Campbell and the President of the Churchie Old Boys’ Association Dr Daniel Pitt invite you and your partner to the Churchie Old Boys’ 2018 …

Friday 26 October - Book Now!
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Melbourne Reunion 2018

The Headmaster Dr Alan Campbell and the President of the Churchie Old Boys’ Association Dr Daniel Pitt invite you and your partner to the Churchie Old Boys’ 2018 Melbourne Reunion.

Date: Friday 26 October 2018

Time: 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Venue: Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club

Dress: Lounge Suit

RSVP: Friday 19 October 2018

Tickets:
Please click here to purchase your tickets online.

OBA members: $75
OBA non-members: $80

 

View the full Reunions and Events Calendar

Cohort Reunions 2018

For more details about your cohort reunion, please click on the relevant link below. 1968 – 50 Year Reunion Saturday 20 October 2018 Click here …

Cohort Reunions
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Cohort Reunions 2018

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

1968 – 50 Year Reunion
Saturday 20 October 2018
Click here

1949 – 70 Year Reunion
Friday 30 August 2019
Click here

View the full Reunions and Events Calendar

Is your son enrolled at Churchie?

Offers are made two years prior to the student’s commencement date in Reception (Prep) to Year 6 and three years prior to the commencement date …

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Is your son enrolled at Churchie?

Offers are made two years prior to the student’s commencement date in Reception (Prep) to Year 6 and three years prior to the commencement date in Years 7 to 12. Please be advised that intake years are Reception (prep), Year 3, Year 5, Year 7 and Year 10. For more details, please click here or to start your enrolment application, please click here. If you have any questions about enrolments at Churchie, please call Churchie Admissions on 07 3896 2158 or email admissions@churchie.com.au.

How Could I Top That?

For Old Boy Jonathan Hamwood (1965), it seems that ‘striving to the best he can be’ has always been his motivation and meticulous planning his …

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How Could I Top That?

For Old Boy Jonathan Hamwood (1965), it seems that ‘striving to the best he can be’ has always been his motivation and meticulous planning his key to success. As a boarder in Gerald House he represented Churchie in Rugby (1st XV – 1965), Swimming, Drama and Track & Field.

He subsequently forged a successful career in the Royal Australian Air Force and retired in 2008 as a Group Captain. Career highlights included being appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in 1990, attending the USAF Air War College and serving as Defence Attache in the Australian Embassy in Germany. Since school, Jonathan has enjoyed success in the sporting arena, particularly in recent months.

After 33 years of triathlon racing around the world, the last decade for Jonathan involved mainly ironman and half ironman races, culminating with the world championship 70.3 race held locally here in Australia. With a left knee problem that finally forced him to stop running, he turned his focus to Aquabike (i.e. swim and bike) and competitively speaking, decided that this type of racing was to be his future.  So last year, in order to gain some experience and check out the level of competition, he competed in the inaugural Aquabike world championships in Canada. He discovered that it attracted some really fast swim/bikers in the mature age groups who, like him, could no longer run but have very good engines. He knew then that his best shot at a world title was going to be in July 2018 at the world International Triathlon Union age group championships in Denmark, when he moved up to the 70-74 age group.

Having built his own race bikes for years, Jonathan spared no expense in preparing what was going to be the ideal bike – lightweight, aerodynamic and comfortable. In the weeks prior to the event, when the organisers released the names of competitors, Jonathan researched his rivals and identified Great Britain’s Michael Smallwood as the man to beat.

On race day his preparation went as planned and he was as relaxed and well-prepared as he was ever going to be. Despite having his goggles bumped from his head at the start of the swim Jonathan completed the 3km swim leg in 54min 54 sec. Out on the bike leg he saw Smallwood race past him like a rocket at about the 5km mark and knew he had to give it his all to reel him back in. His moment finally came in the last 25 kilometres when Smallwood opted for a banana at an aid station. Knowing that they are difficult to peel and consume whilst racing, coupled with his own ‘go hard or go home’ attitude, Jonathan seized on the opportunity and delivered an outstanding 3hr 30min 50sec bike leg over the 121km road course to win by two minutes from Smallwood.  In doing so he secured himself an age group world championship and describes it as his best and most challenging race ever. “I think I will retire from competition now – how could I top that?”

Jurassic Jam

They shake the business world by day and rock the stage by night. Resembling a reunion of businessmen and musicians, Jurassic Jam is a fabulous …

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Jurassic Jam

They shake the business world by day and rock the stage by night. Resembling a reunion of businessmen and musicians, Jurassic Jam is a fabulous line-up of local bands moonlighting with music from the 80s and early 90s. Performing at The Triffid, in a converted WW2 hangar that merges industrial style with state of the art technology, this annual event helps to create a lifetime of opportunities for children with autism by raising money for AEIOU Foundation. Now in its fourth year, Jurassic Jam has become a highlight on the calendar for AEIOU who provide life-changing early intervention and deliver high-quality therapy and care for children with autism.

Property Developer and Churchie Old Boy John Wilson (1982) is a proud creator of Jurassic Jam. Among this year’s line-up of eight local bands are Roger the Cabin Boy, The Hanovers and The Manilows, each of which comprise of fellow Old Boys and all of whom have been playing in various line-ups and crossing paths musically since leaving school. With John in Roger the Cabin Boy is Nick Chancellor (1981), who is a Director of Chancellors Chartered Accountants. CEO of Clean Energy Finance, Ian Learmonth (1981) is in The Hanovers with Chris Battersby (1978) who is the Design Manager at Hutchinson Builders. Robert Mactaggart (1979), a Director at The Airport Group, is in The Manilows.

Nick says: “Jurassic Jam format is a chance for us all to get together with many of our mutual friends and contacts and play to them at a what is a fantastic band venue. The set lists include predominantly covers. These are from a variety of eras with the tendency toward songs we grew up with, that are slightly off mainstream. There are differing styles on offer, from Mardi Wilson’s beer garden acoustic set, to very popular local originals band Shag Rock who are our kids’ generation. In fact, one of the Shag Rock boys is the son of Old Boy Alex Cavdarski (1981).”

Jurassic Jam IV is shaping to be their biggest yet and will be held on Saturday 1 September at The Triffid, 9 Stratton Street, Newstead. The event commences at 2 pm and concludes at 11 pm. Please click here to book now and show your support.

Featured Image: Roger the Cabin Boy

Churchie Service … the commitment continues

It is always heartening to receive feedback from our feature articles, particularly when it relates to what Old Boys are achieving in life and more …

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Churchie Service … the commitment continues

It is always heartening to receive feedback from our feature articles, particularly when it relates to what Old Boys are achieving in life and more particularly when it relates to Community Service, one of Churchie’s four tenets. Through such feedback, the following achievements have captured our attention. So please enjoy reading of a few endurance challenges that some of our Old Boys have recently undertaken, which admirably have also entailed fundraising for worthy charities. The fundraising pages for all teams are still open. Simply click on the team names if you wish to contribute.

Noah Prowse (2015)
Noah recently took part in the Champions Challenge with a group of colleagues. His team, known as Matrix, trekked 42km in just over 10 and a half hours. In doing so they raised over $65,000 in support of AEIOU foundation who are doing wonderful things in helping kids with autism. The day started at 4 am with a briefing and being transported to the start point. During the walk each team of four had to carry a 9 metre long rope weighing 7 kilograms. For 15 kilometres during the hike, they also had to carry an 8 kilogram sand bag. Whilst everyone finished a little bit worse for wear with sore muscles and joints, Noah and his team found completing the challenge extremely rewarding.

Ben Foessel (2007)
Ben recently competed in the Oxfam Trailwalker challenge in Brisbane and only three weeks later competed in the Kokoda 96km Challenge. Ben’s team She Made Me Do It completed the Oxfam 100 kilometre course in 23 hours 42 minutes. His team Steak and Chips endured the Kokoda Challenge, coming in with a time of 23 hours 20 minutes. In doing so, they raised $1,680 for Oxfam and $1,589 for the Kokoda Youth Foundation.

Nicholas Filer (2007)

Nicholas featured in the July newsletter, ahead of the Oxfam Trailwalker challenge in Brisbane. He and his team, known as Charlie’s Angels, completed the trek in 33 hours 23 minutes and raised $2,863 in the process. Having trekked through forests and creeks and traversing many mountains, they can now rest their feet with pride.

Nicholas Abussi (2007)

Nick also competed in both the Oxfam Trailwalker and Kokoda Challenge. His Oxfam team, The Boulderer and Bandaid Brigade, completed the 100 kilometre trek in 33 hours 9 minutes and raised $1,625.  For the Kokoda Challenge, Nick’s team known as Not Fast But Furious completed the course and raised $2,193.

21 Club

In conclusion, all the very best to the 21 Club who we featured recently in our July edition of Viking Spirit. 21 mates, all 21 years old, training to run 21.1 km in an effort to raise $21,000. Having exceeded their fundraising target ($22,500 at last count), it is now time for them to put their feet on the street and complete a half marathon. This Sunday 5 August, at the 2018 Brisbane Marathon Festival, they will be doing just that.

Featured Images: Above Left (pictured left): Noah Prowse; Centre and Above Right: Ben Foessel

Old Boy Achievements

David Crombie (1961) has been awarded the Colleges’ UQ Alumni Award at the 2018 UQ Alumni Awards Jonathan Hamwood (1965) secured a world title in …

Old Boy Achievements
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Old Boy Achievements

David Crombie (1961) has been awarded the Colleges’ UQ Alumni Award at the 2018 UQ Alumni Awards

Jonathan Hamwood (1965) secured a world title in the Aquabike world championships 70-74 category

Zac Stubblety-Cook (2017) placed second at the 2018 Pan Pac Swimming Championships in Tokyo. Zac swam a personal best time of 2:07:89 to finish second, only 0.14 seconds behind Japan’s Ittei Wattanabe.

Old Boys’ Day 2018

The OBA Committee invites all Old Boys to the traditional annual Old Boys Rugby BBQ which will be held on Saturday 8 September 2018. At …

Old Boys Day
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Old Boys’ Day 2018

The OBA Committee invites all Old Boys to the traditional annual Old Boys Rugby BBQ which will be held on Saturday 8 September 2018. At the conclusion of the First XV match v Nudgee College (which kicks off at 2.15 pm), please join us at the Brenan Pavilion end of the 50 m pool to enjoy your free steak burger.

Who, When, Where?

Please have a look at the images below and if you can assist by identifying Who, When or Where, then please contact our School Archivist, …

Assisting Archives
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Who, When, Where?

Please have a look at the images below and if you can assist by identifying Who, When or Where, then please contact our School Archivist, Mr Peter Collin on 07 3896 2137, or click here to email the OBA. Please reference the image/s when replying.

IMAGE 1 – 1933

IMAGE 2 – CEGS U10B 1978

IMAGE 3 – CEGS U10C 1979