February 2019

Welcome to the first edition of Viking Spirit for 2019.

The hosting of the 2018 Old Boys’ Tennis Tournament saw the year finish with the same momentum with which it started. Congratulations must go to Federico Keil (2012) and Charl Van Den Berg who earned the right to have their names engraved on the John Millman Shield. It was also really fortunate for Fed and Charl as it secured them some extra air time at the trophy presentation to push their new business Your Tennis Mate. Charl, a Nudgee Old Boy, was particularly excited to get his name on a Churchie trophy. Thanks again must go to Ian Malpass and Fiona Cowan for their tireless efforts to co-ordinate the tournament, as well as Old Boys John Millman (2006) and Colin Sinclair (2012) for attending. Congratulations to John and Colin on stellar 2018 seasons and we look forward to following and supporting you both in 2019.

We are very proud to acknowledge six of our Old Boys who received recognition in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List for outstanding service and contribution their respective fields of expertise. They are Mr Rex Wild AO (1964), Mr Richard Gower AM (1957), Dr Ian Airey OAM (1965), Mr Grant Cassidy OAM (1984), Dr Frank Grigg OAM (1958) and Mr Bruce Shearer OAM (1959). Please refer to the Old Boys Achievements section of this newsletter for further details.

In the November 2018 edition of Viking Spirit we featured an article about Old Boy Michael Johnston (1996) and the children’s book he authored, titled The Great Billy Cart Grand Prix. Generously, Michael has since donated two copies of the book to the J B Adams Memorial library in the Prep School. Fittingly, these books were gifted to the Headmaster of the Prep School, Mr Michael Dunn at the Prep School Assembly as part of International Book Giving Day, which was on Thursday 14 February.

Many of the dates for OBA reunions and events for the year have been confirmed. The first of these is our inaugural Old Boys’ Day at the Volleyball which will take place on Saturday 9 March at Churchie. This season the First VI are chasing an unprecedented fourth straight GPS premiership in this sport. On Friday 24 May our annual Vintage Vikings | Morning Tea and Lunch will be held in Morris Hall. 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. Our signature event, the OBA Annual Dinner will be held on Friday 16 August, so please lock in this date now so you don’t miss it. This year, 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) will also receive special invitations to the Vintage Vikings | Lunch and Morning Tea.  This will be followed the next day by our equally popular Old Boys’ Day which is on 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.

We also take this opportunity to welcome Casey Ouston to the OBA office. Casey joins us as Administrative Assistant to the Old Boys’ Association (OBA) and Churchie Foundation. She comes to us with a wealth of experience in schools, most recently Villanova College and previously Brisbane Grammar School. When you next contact or visit the OBA office, please take a moment to welcome Casey.

Job Search
Sam Kendall (2013)
Sam is currently seeking employment into a graduate program or an entry-level position in the banking / financial sector. Sam holds a Business degree majoring in Finance from QUT. If you are interested in speaking with Sam about an opportunity or can provide some guidance in his search, please contact the OBA office by email at
oba@churchie.com.au or by phoning 07 3896 2203.

Harry Windle (2018)
Harry is currently seeking employment as an apprentice carpenter or apprentice electrician. If you have, or know of, an opportunity for Harry to commence his career in either of these fields then , please contact the OBA office by email at oba@churchie.com.au or by phoning 07 3896 2203.

Jed Cornish (2013)
Jed is a Commerce student at the University of Queensland, majoring in Finance and Accounting. He graduates in mid 2019 and is therefore seeking part time or full time work within the finance sector. If anyone can assist Jed, please contact the OBA office by email at oba@churchie.com.au or by phoning 07 3896 2203.

Job Opportunity
Cody Campbell (1999)

Progressive Air QLD is a small, but passionate company & having grown our clientele across a varied range of light commercial and domestic projects, we are now excited to bring on a new team member/s to join our  family. Duties and responsibilities include installation, servicing & maintenance of all types of air conditioning/refrigeration. This position offered is permanent & full-time. Please make all enquiries and submissions to info@progressive-air.com.au

Luke White (1997)
Ashley-Cooper Constructions are looking for a 3rd year university student studying construction management looking to further their skills within the industry. The role would be flexible around university attendance during the semesters but would be a full time role during the holiday periods. Ashley-Cooper Constructions is based on the north side of Brisbane and most of their clients are within, but not limited to, the pubs and club sectors and school sectors. Please make all enquiries and submissions by email to oba@churchie.com.au or by phoning 07 3896 2203.

Haydn Furness (2012)
Haydn is currently recruiting full-time graduate positions for two leading Brisbane organisations within the Agriculture Industry. Full training and support will be provided, with graduates in Business, Finance, Economics, or Accounting welcome to apply. If you are a recent graduate and have a keen interest in Agriculture, please email haydn.furness@perigongroup.com.au or call him on 07 3854 3805

Mentor Search
Vaughan Marega (2017)
Vaughan is searching for connections in the Old Boy network who are in the financial advisory and investment fields in Melbourne. Vaughan is currently studying at University of Melbourne and would simply like to have a chat over a coffee to gather some advice for what lies ahead … re course/subject choices, the first best steps in his career path etc. If anyone can assist Vaughan, please contact the OBA office by email at
oba@churchie.com.au or by phoning 07 3896 2203.

Return to Oz

In what has become a long-standing tradition, Churchie and Somerville House will again present a Senior Play in 2019. Return to Oz, the unofficial sequel to L. …

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Return to Oz

In what has become a long-standing tradition, Churchie and Somerville House will again present a Senior Play in 2019. Return to Oz, the unofficial sequel to L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz, appeared on film in 1985. Its colourful, zany characters have become cherished additions to the Oz stories.

The story is also an attempt to look at the long-term effects of childhood trauma through the lens of a young girl trying to return to a fantasy world that’s been completely upended. Dorothy discovers she is back in the land of Oz and finds the Yellow Brick Road is now a pile of rubble and the Emerald City is in ruins. The magical land is now under the control of an evil empire, so Dorothy sets off to rescue the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion with the help of her new friends.

It is tremendous to see the involvement of the following Old Boys in this year’s production.

  • Henry Friend (2016) Stage Manager
  • Dylan Maxwell (2018) Backstage Manager
  • Lachlan Haller (2017) Publicity (trailer video)
  • Tom MacPherson (2017) Original Music

All staff and families are warmly invited to join us in Morris Hall for this large-scale production, featuring wonderful characters, fabulous costumes and an Oz-sized dose of theatrical magic.

Performances will be held in Morris Hall on:
– Thursday 28 February, 7pm
– Friday 1st March, 7pm
– Saturday 2nd March, 2pm (Matinée)
– Saturday 2nd March, 7pm

Tickets are available online. Adults $26, students $21.

Run Tassie For A Cure

Old Boy David Abrey (1998) is a criminal defence lawyer in Brisbane. In 2010 he opened his own firm, Harper Finch Lawyers, and is the …

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Run Tassie For A Cure

Old Boy David Abrey (1998) is a criminal defence lawyer in Brisbane. In 2010 he opened his own firm, Harper Finch Lawyers, and is the sole practitioner. He is happily married and has been blessed with two wonderful sons. After reading a recent article about Adalynn “Addy” Sooter, a four-year-old American girl who tragically passed away in 2018 from an aggressive type of brain cancer, David realised he knew very little about brain cancer and began thinking about how he could make a difference. The article included a photo of Addy’s older brother comforting her in the hospital shortly before she passed away. “As a father, it is devastating to think about how many children lose their lives to brain cancer. No family should have to go through such pain and suffering”.

David’s inspiration now sees him preparing to take on one of his biggest personal challenges to date. From 15 to 20 March, he will Run Tassie for A Cure. David will be running 372 kilometres from Southport (in the south of Tasmania) to Devonport in the north. This is 1.5 marathons every day for six days. David is doing this through the Charlie Teo Foundation and has set himself a goal to raise at least $10,000 to help raise money to find a cure for brain cancer. Brain cancer is the number one killing cancer for people 40 years old and under and essentially there has no progress in finding a cure in decades. David chose the Charlie Teo Foundation because they maximise the value of the donations by aiming to keep their administration costs as low as possible.  He also generally respects Dr Teo and his tenacity to not give up when other surgeons do.

Every bit of support will help David and his contribution to this very worthy cause. If you would like to make a donation, please click on the following link.
https://ctffundraiser.everydayhero.com/au/run-tassie-for-a-cure

Please also follow David via his website and/or on Facebook.
www.runtassie.com.au
www.facebook.com/runtassie

Summer of Service

Over the past four weeks, Old Boy Vaughan Marega (2017) travelled to many parts of India with friends from Trinity College at the University of …

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Summer of Service

Over the past four weeks, Old Boy Vaughan Marega (2017) travelled to many parts of India with friends from Trinity College at the University of Melbourne. He recounts his experience.

It has been an amazing journey of discovery with perhaps the most amazing part being the time spent volunteering. We dedicated two weeks of our travels to volunteer for Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) at one of their centres located in Seelampur, a 1-hour train ride outside Delhi. ASHA is a non-for-profit organisation that operates in 91 slums in Delhi. The organisation performs three vital services for young families in the slums of Delhi and provides healthcare, education, and women’s empowerment and awareness.  They receive all of their funding from supporters in Australia, England, Ireland and Wales. Having previously read that many charities and non-government organisations in India are tied closely and sometimes corruptly to governing bodies through dodgy deals in order to remain operational, I was at first sceptical about ASHA and its success in Delhi. Reassuringly, I discovered that ASHA acts independently from the local government.

Throughout our time volunteering, we organised lessons for students ranging in age from 5 to 21 to further their understanding of English for their respective year levels. The smiles on the children’s faces as well as their powerful stories during these classes will stay with me forever. My time with ASHA has been one of my most precious and memorable life experiences to date. Meeting Dr. Kiran the founder of ASHA, reassured me of the organisation’s sincere dedication to improving the welfare of slum residents for generations to come. The support provided by ASHA to the poor in India simply cannot be over-estimated. It is both vital to these people … as it is beautiful to witness. I wish ASHA many years of success ahead.

For further information or to support ASHA click the link: https://asha-india.org/about-us/

To hear more of my story with ASHA and how you can support this incredible organisation please email me: vmarega@student.unimelb.edu.au

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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View the full Events and Reunions Calendar

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
Click here

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?

AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE CADETS No 3 FLIGHT CEGS / No 3 FLIGHT ATC ACGS / 203 SQUADRON If you can assist by providing any Cadet …

Assisting Archives
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Who, When, Where?

AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE CADETS

No 3 FLIGHT CEGS / No 3 FLIGHT ATC ACGS / 203 SQUADRON

If you can assist by providing any Cadet Under Officer group photographs for the years listed below, our School Archivist Mr Peter Collin would be very appreciative. Any photographs lent to Archives will be scanned, added to the digital collection and returned promptly to the owner. These contributions will enhance the permanent display of photographs in the AAFC office area located  in The Campbell Centre.

– 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949
– 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1957
– 1973
– 1989
– 1995, 1996

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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Old Boy Achievements

Old Boys Recognised in 2019 Australia Day Honours Congratulations to Old Boys Mr Rex Wild AO (1964), Mr Richard Gower AM (1957), Dr Ian Airey …

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Old Boy Achievements

Old Boys Recognised in 2019 Australia Day Honours
Congratulations to Old Boys Mr Rex Wild AO (1964), Mr Richard Gower AM (1957), Dr Ian Airey OAM (1965), Mr Grant Cassidy OAM (1984), Dr Frank Grigg OAM (1958) and Mr Bruce Shearer OAM (1959). Please click on the following link to read more about their outstanding achievements. https://churchieoldboys.com.au/…/Australia-Day-Honours-2019

Colin Sinclair (2012)
Congratulations to Colin on winning his first pro circuit tennis tournament recently in Claremont, California. Colin defeated Frenchman Lucas Poullain 6-3 7-6 in the final. His  ITF (International Tennis Federation) ranking is currently sitting at 75 in the world and 483 for the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) tour.

 

Old Boys’ Day at the Volleyball 2019

All Old Boys are invited to the inaugural Churchie Volleyball Old Boys’ Day on Saturday 9 March at the Sir John Pidgeon Sports Complex. This …

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Old Boys’ Day at the Volleyball 2019

All Old Boys are invited to the inaugural Churchie Volleyball Old Boys’ Day on Saturday 9 March at the Sir John Pidgeon Sports Complex. This is a top of the table clash against strong rivals Brisbane Boys College. On the day there will be a free hamburger for each Old Boy who shows their Old Boys key ring. These, along with other items of OBA merchandise, will be available for purchase on the day. The First VI game commences at 1:30pm, which is preceded by a drum line performance from 1 pm.

Be sure to get along and support the boys as they strive to secure Churchie’s fourth straight GPS Volleyball premiership.

 

Churchie Community Footy Tipping 2019

The Churchie Community Footy Tipping Competition for 2019 kicked off last week with the commencement of the Super Rugby season and yet again is attracting …

Footy Tipping
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Churchie Community Footy Tipping 2019

The Churchie Community Footy Tipping Competition for 2019 kicked off last week with the commencement of the Super Rugby season and yet again is attracting strong interest and participation. If you haven’t yet registered – it’s not too late! This year The Brisbane Golf Club have again come to the fore and are again providing the major prize. This prize, for the tipper finishing with the highest over all score across the Super Rugby, NRL and AFL competitions, is a round of golf for four players (including two motorised buggies) at this private golf course located at Yeerongpilly. Thank you to Old Boy Patrick Dixon (1972) for donating this wonderful prize for the fourth year in succession. Prize money will again be provided by Churchie for each of the three tournaments and has been allocated as follows: $100 for 1st, $50 for 2nd and $25 for 3rd.

You can register for each competition by using the links below, or by downloading the Superbru app then searching for the pool and using the code listed in each instance.

Super Rugby code: beatbump
NRL
code: loselock
AFL
code: vinooath

Photo Gallery

To view photos from the recent events and cohort reunions, please click on the relevant links below. 2018 Old Boys’ Tennis Tournament Saturday 15 December …

Photo Gallery
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