February 2020

Welcome to the first edition of Viking Spirit for 2020.

Firstly we congratulate those Old Boys who were recognised in the 2020 Australia Day Honours. They are Dr Neil Robert Wetzig AO (1972), Mr Barry Kelly AM (1962), Professor Anthony Cassimatis AM (1982), Colonel Craig Lauder CSM (1989) and Rear Admiral Jaimie Hatcher AM RAN DSC (1985). More detail about each of these Old Boys can be found in the Achievements section of this newsletter.

Congratulations also to the new Student Executive for 2020 on their appointments. They are: School Captain Jacob Marchant, son of Darren Marchant (1989); Vice-Captain Finn MacPherson; Vice-Captain Griff Pattison, son of Simon Pattison (1984); Vice-Captain & Head Boarder Floyd McKay, son of Ian McKay (1985).

Our first event on the calendar is the second annual Old Boys’ Day at the Volleyball which will take place on Saturday 7 March at Churchie. This season the First VI will be taking on Gregory Terrace in what promises to be a close and exciting match. For any Old Boys attending, please identify yourself at the Volleyball Supporters Group BBQ for your free hamburger courtesy of the OBA Committee.

On Friday 29 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 14 August, so 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 (2015), 15 year (2005), 25 year (1995), 35 year (1985) and 45 year (1975) reunions. Our cohorts celebrating 55 years (1965) and 65 years (1955) 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 Brisbane Grammar School in both basketball and rugby. For more details about these events and our cohort reunions for 2020, please refer to the Reunions and Events calendar later in this newsletter.

Our third annual Old Boys’ Tennis Tournament, held on Monday 16 December 2019, proved beyond doubt that this event is gaining momentum and growing in popularity. The Old Boy & Current Student pairing of Jack Walton (2015) and Max Kruger (2020 Captain of Tennis) held off a fast finishing Max Powell (2018) and Alex Russell (2018) to take the title and will now see their names etched onto the John Millman Shield. Thank you to Old Boys John Millman (2006) and Colin Sinclair (2012) for attending and joining with brothers Jack Walton (2015) and Adam Walton (2016) for an exhibition match that was enjoyed by a very appreciative audience.

 

 

Can You Afford to Study Abroad?

L-R: Old Boys Fergus Rees (2015), John ‘Jack’ Howard (2016) and William Anderson (2017) were 2019 recipients of the Churchie Foundation ‘Overseas Study Scholarship for …

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Can You Afford to Study Abroad?

L-R: Old Boys Fergus Rees (2015), John ‘Jack’ Howard (2016) and William Anderson (2017) were 2019 recipients of the Churchie Foundation ‘Overseas Study Scholarship for Old Boys’. They each attended the London School of Economics and Political Science and have penned the following recollections of their experience.

Fergus Rees (2015)

It’s an odd thing living in London for an extended period. Undoubtedly things are familiar in a sense – the language, streets, food and even the drinking culture – yet things are different. The city is ambitious and diverse but respects its history and identity. I was struck by similar feelings walking through Churchie on a recent visit. The spectacular Centenary Library now overlooking the school chapel. It is rewarding to see that the school’s developments still retain the age tested morals of Canon Morris. There is growth with substance.

In London I undertook a program in managing financial risk with a particular interest in credit derivatives (FN202). I thought I’d take the time to pass on some of the lessons I stumbled upon:

  1. Learn widely and enthusiastically

I was, once upon a time, an arrogant student who thought that he’d never have to consider mathematics after school. After all, humanities had always been my forte and I looked forward to a career in law. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

In the final exam for the program, I had to unpack successive differential equations and apply index laws for the first time since high school. Horror. Panic. All that learning content I had once dismissed had come back to haunt me. Remarkably, as my brain stewed over the seemingly impossible, Mr Coyne’s teachings in Magnus came back to me. The lesson gentlemen – respect everything you learn in school, be it mathematics, arts or sciences. You have no idea where you will end up in life.

  1. Keep an open mind to opportunity

Sometimes a learning opportunity will present itself in odd ways. In London I had the opportunity to meet up with some other Old Boys from my graduating class. I was invited to a family dinner. Surprisingly, I found myself sitting across from an executive of a leading investment bank – a friend of a dad in the group. Over dinner I learnt more about the London Stock Exchange than any lecture. Unfortunately, what your teachers say is true – learning doesn’t stop at the classroom.

I have to thank the generosity and support of the Churchie Foundation for facilitating my experience. I also have to thank other Old Boys who provided planning advice and personal tips on studying overseas. I encourage all boys to continue to push their personal boundaries and take opportunities overseas.

John ‘Jack’ Howard (2016)

Throughout school it was always a dream of mine to attend the London School of Economics, viewing it as one of the best universities in the world to learn and study finance.  Hence, when the opportunity came to engage in a short-term exchange over the winter break I jumped at the chance.

Over three weeks I studied a course in the analysis and management of financial risk from esteemed professors Georgy Chabakauri and Cameron Peng.  It was everything I hoped it would be; both engaging and insightful.  Not only did this experience further my university studies but it broadened my perspective and affirmed my aspirations of one day working overseas.

Without the Churchie Foundation Old Boys Scholarship I would have been unable to complete this course or have this experience.  I would encourage any Old Boy thinking of studying overseas to apply – it enabled me to live out a childhood dream!

William Anderson (2017)

To study overseas was always an aspiration of mine and the Overseas Study Scholarship allowed me to fulfil such goals. Regarded among the elite Universities around the world, the London School of Economics truly lived up to its lofty standards.

Over the European summer I studied a three week course in Financial Risk Management. Learning from professors at the very top of their field was an unreal experience and extremely motivational. The university’s prime location in the centre of London allowed me to immerse myself within one the busiest and most efficient cities in the world.

While only staying for a short period of time, I managed to meet up with friends and spend a weekend in Paris which was only a bus ride away!

All of this would not have been possible without the financial assistance of the Overseas Study Scholarship. The opportunity to rub shoulders with the world’s best and study under them was truly an unbelievable experience and I would encourage any Old Boy aspiring to study overseas to apply.

The Overseas Study Scholarship for Old Boys is managed by Churchie Foundation. Applications for 2020 are now being received. The scholarships are open to Old Boys of the School and students in Year 12 for undergraduate or post graduate study in either the United States or United Kingdom. Please click here to read more. Applications close on Friday 29 May 2020.

Concours D’Elegance

With over 25 years experience in event management and production in Australia, the USA and South-East Asia, Old Boy Paul Mathers (1984) has certainly managed …

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Concours D’Elegance

With over 25 years experience in event management and production in Australia, the USA and South-East Asia, Old Boy Paul Mathers (1984) has certainly managed some major exhibitions and events. Formerly the Event Director at Motorclassica in Australia for 10 years, Paul was recently announced as Event Director & Concours Chairman of Auto Royale.

From 17 – 19 July 2020, at the ancestral home of the Spencer family in Northamptonshire, Auto Royale will present the British International Concours d’Elegance which aims to set a new standard and join the list of quintessential English summer events. Recently quoted between USD 8 – 10 million, the first car publicly confirmed to make its UK debut at the inaugural Auto Royale at Althorp is the rare and stunning ‘Shark Nose’1962 Ferrari 196 SP.

As a passionate collector and an enthusiast of British motoring himself, Paul is excited to take all he has learnt overseas to the world’s biggest classic and historic car market. He said: “It’s such a pleasure to finally give car enthusiasts a vision of what will be an incredible line up at our first Auto Royale at Althorp. This stunning Ferrari truly captures the spirit of Auto Royale and our mission to bring rare and spectacular machines to be enjoyed in the surrounds of this wonderful family estate at Althorp.”

PATCH covers Gap in Property Market

Old Boy Mark Allen (1998) is a certified digital marketer with 15 years of agency and client side experience. Mark’s background is in the property …

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PATCH covers Gap in Property Market

Old Boy Mark Allen (1998) is a certified digital marketer with 15 years of agency and client side experience. Mark’s background is in the property and real estate industry where, as the son of a property developer and real estate agent, he learned about the industry before moving into property marketing.

However, it wasn’t until after his own experience of looking for a new home that Mark founded Patch, a property technology startup that provides the opportunity to place offers on ANY property, on or off the market. The dream home he was looking at was taken off the market before he could put in an offer. Then as he was settling with another home, the dream house went back on the market prompting him to question: “Why couldn’t the house be on the market all the time?”

Mark says: “Patch works to connect buyers to people looking to sell their home, so they can negotiate and transact in one simple and cost-effective place. It gives homeowners real-time, actual prices that people are willing to pay for their homes so they know the ideal time to sell.”

To hear more about Patch, please click here to watch a recorded interview with Mark. Patch is raising the first round of funding from investors, so if you are interested in speaking with Mark directly about this opportunity, he is contactable at hello@getpatch.com.au or on 0431 792 227.

Old Boy Achievements

Congratulations to the following Old Boys for their recognition in the 2020 Australia Day Honours list. Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order …

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Old Boy Achievements

Congratulations to the following Old Boys for their recognition in the 2020 Australia Day Honours list.

Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia

  • Dr Neil Robert Wetzig AO (1972) for distinguished service to the international community of the Democratic Republic of Congo through medical support, teaching and training programs.

Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division

  • Mr Barry Kelly AM (1962) for significant service to the mining and minerals sectors, and to business.
  • Professor Anthony Cassimatis AM (1982) for significant service to education, to the law, and to the community.

Australian Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM)

  • Colonel Craig Lauder CSM (1989) for meritorious devotion to duty as the Chief of Staff in Headquarters Joint Task Force 633 on Operation ACCORDION from March 2018 to January 2019.

Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)

  • Rear Admiral Jaimie Hatcher AM RAN DSC (1985) for distinguished command and leadership in warlike operations as the Commander Joint Task Force 633 on Operations OKRA and HIGHROAD from January 2018 to January 2019.

Aaron Brown (1997)
Aaron is a 2019 Churchill Fellowship recipient. He has been awarded The Mr and Mrs Gerald Frank New Churchill Fellowship to research the performance practice of medieval and baroque music – Greece, Italy

Charles Kosecki (2008)
Charles was a crew member on Ichi Ban which was declared the overall and handicap winner of the 2019 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Lachie Taylor (2015)
Lachie, the 2015 School Captain, has graduated from QUT Law with First Class Honours. In a highly competitive field this is very hard to achieve, so congratulations to Lachie on a tremendous achievement.

Angus Scott-Young (2014)
Angus has graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Science, all whilst playing full time professional rugby with the Queensland Reds. He has also been awarded the UQ Young Leaders Award 2019 and the Rugby Union Australia Players Association Academic Achievement Award 2019. Furthermore, Angus continues his charity work with Reds to Regions, Red Frogs, RSPCA Queensland and Queensland Children’s Hospital.

Theo Milbourne (2019)
Theo completed his IB diploma in 2019 and has been accepted into Cornell University to study a Bachelor of Architecture commencing in 2020. Cornell is one of the world’s most highly regarded and prestigious schools of architecture.

Zac Stubblety-Cook (2017)
Zac has backed up his excellent performance at the World Champs with a superb QLD champs last December. Zac established a new QLD Open and QLD All-Comers record of 2:07.28 in the 200m breaststroke, maintaining his World #4 ranking to become the world’s 7th fastest performer ever in the event. Zac followed this up superbly with a first in the 100m breastroke, stopping the clock in a time of 59.83 to achieve the first sub-minute of his career in this event.

Peter Russell (1980)
Peter has received the second runner up award at the Queensland Health Awards for Excellence. Peter restores his patients’ ability to eat, speak and smile, enhancing their dignity and quality of life, and allowing them to lead as full a life as possible.

Liam Wright (2014)
Liam has been appointed as Captain of the QLD Redsm for the 2020 Super Rugby season.

Nick Malouf (2010)
Nick has been appointed as Captain of the Australian Mens Rugby Sevens Team for the 2020 season which includes the Olympics to be held in Tokyo during July and August.

Mathai Joshi (2011)
Mathai has been crowned Townsville’s best lawyer as voted by the community. A solicitor at Arthur Browne & Associates, Mathai says his faith in God and family support has helped him to combat personal battles and mental health to go on to succeed in one of the most competitive professions.

Rod Duke (1981)
Rod is the new chief of publicly-owned Energy Queensland, parent company of Energex and Ergon.

Churchie Scholars (2019)
At the School’s recent Academic Celebration Assembly, some of our newest Old Boys of the 2019 cohort were acknowledged for achieving the equivalent ATAR of 98.00 or above. George Walker, with an equivalent ATAR of 99.55, was the recipient of The Tyrwhitt Memorial Cup for Dux of School for 2019, and The CE Elliott Rhodes Scholarship Award for Proxime Accessit to the Dux was awarded to Max Crakanthorp, who achieved an equivalent ATAR of 99.35.

Lachlan Toovey (2019)
Lachlan has been recognised as one of the state’s top academic achievers at the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) Achievement Awards. He was awarded the Highest Achievement by an Aboriginal Student or Torres Strait Islander Student. Please click here to read more.

Vale Alan Lavis (1947)

It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of one of our prominent Old Boys, Alan Lavis. Throughout his life, Alan remained …

RIP Alan!
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Vale Alan Lavis (1947)

It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of one of our prominent Old Boys, Alan Lavis. Throughout his life, Alan remained a loyal, passionate and generous supporter of the School. He served on School Council from 1976 through to 1995. Alan was the first lay person and Old Boy to serve as Chairman of School Council, a position he held from 1989 through to 1995.

 

Vale Merv Lupton (Past Staff)

We fondly remember past teacher, Mr Merv Lupton who passed away on Thursday 13 February, aged 89. Merv joined the teaching staff in 1969 to …

RIP Merv!
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Vale Merv Lupton (Past Staff)

We fondly remember past teacher, Mr Merv Lupton who passed away on Thursday 13 February, aged 89. Merv joined the teaching staff in 1969 to teach Metal Work and Elementary Engineering. He quickly became involved as a training officer in the Naval Reserve Cadets unit TS Magnus, later becoming the Commanding Officer. In these two areas he made a very strong impression on the life of the school.

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. Vintage Vikings | Morning Tea and Lunch Friday 29 May 2020 Click …

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OBA Events 2020

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

Vintage Vikings | Morning Tea and Lunch
Friday 29 May 2020
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OBA Annual Dinner
Friday 14 August 2020
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Old Boys’ Day
Saturday 15 August 2020
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View the full Events and Reunions Calendar

OBA Reunions 2020

For more details about each event, please click on the relevant link below. 2020 Adelaide Reunion Friday 11 September 2020 Venue: TBC Details: TBA Reunions …

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OBA Reunions 2020

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

2020 Adelaide Reunion
Friday 11 September 2020
Venue: TBC
Details: TBA

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

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
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Old Boys’ Day at the Volleyball 2020

All Old Boys are invited to the second Churchie Volleyball Old Boys’ Day on Saturday 7 March at the Sir John Pidgeon Sports Complex. This …

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Old Boys’ Day at the Volleyball 2020

All Old Boys are invited to the second Churchie Volleyball Old Boys’ Day on Saturday 7 March at the Sir John Pidgeon Sports Complex. This is a top of the table clash against strong rivals Gregory Terrace. On the day Old Boys will be able to enjoy a free hamburger courtesy of the OBA. The First VI game commences at 1:30pm, which is preceded by a drum line performance.

 

To Speak of Cities

To Speak of Cities is the second in a series of window commissions by Old Boy Sam Cranstoun (2004). The large-scale, text-based artwork has been …

UQ Art Museum
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To Speak of Cities

To Speak of Cities is the second in a series of window commissions by Old Boy Sam Cranstoun (2004). The large-scale, text-based artwork has been unveiled and is currently spanning the façade of The University of Queensland Art Museum. Designed to spark conversations about future cities, the phrase is a a thought-provoking statement about how we occupy our cities. The exhibition runs until 4 July 2020 with the front window commission on display until 18 July 2020. #churchieart

 

Photo Gallery

Please click here to view the full Photo Gallery Above: Aaron Huang (2019) gaining some veterinary work experience with Arthur Woo (1985) Above: 2019 Old …

Photo Gallery
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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.

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’ …

A Pictorial History of Churchie
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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’ Association to author this  magnificent publication. With only 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 …

NEW! OBA Suede Caps
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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.

Churchie Water Bottles

The Churchie Shop is currently taking pre-orders for these fantastic new Churchie Water Bottles. Nalgene water bottles are a durable, leak-proof, wide mouth bottle. To …

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Churchie Water Bottles

The Churchie Shop is currently taking pre-orders for these fantastic new Churchie Water Bottles.

Nalgene water bottles are a durable, leak-proof, wide mouth bottle.

To order your water bottle for $30, please click here to email the Churchie Shop, or call on 07 3896 2256.
Churchie Shop

14-18 Oaklands Parade
Open 8 am to 2 pm on school days

 

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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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.