July 2018

Welcome to the July 2018 edition of Viking Spirit. You will already have noticed its fresh new look, making it easier to read and navigate. Furthermore, the fantastic news for those on the move is that it is fully optimised for mobile phones. Please enjoy our feature articles and of course our acknowledgement of some of the tremendous achievements of our fellow Old Boys. Also, be sure to check out our Reunions and Events calendar for your opportunity to stay connected.

Term 3, now underway, signals the commencement of the GPS competitions for rugby and basketball. So too, we kick start our season of events and reunions. Further details can be found by clicking on the link in the Reunions & Events Calendar later in the newsletter. For those Old Boys who will be in Melbourne on Friday 26 October, please make a note to join us for the annual Melbourne Reunion at the Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club. Our 2018 OBA Cocktail Evening will be proudly hosted by Porsche Centre Brisbane. This more informal style, in lieu of the OBA Annual Dinner, is sure to appeal to Old Boys across all generations. If you haven’t already done so, then please set aside the evening of Friday 12 October and join us for what promises to be a fantastic event. For more details, please click here.

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 …

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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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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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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.

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 …

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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 …

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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.

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.

Old Boy Achievements

John Flower (1982) was inducted into the SBH QLD (Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Queensland) Hall of Fame award at their recent Associations Forum Dinner. John is …

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Old Boy Achievements

John Flower (1982) was inducted into the SBH QLD (Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Queensland) Hall of Fame award at their recent Associations Forum Dinner. John is a very worthy recipient of this recognition for his tireless and selfless contribution to SBH QLD for 30 years.

Zac Stubblety-Cook (2017) has been selected to represent Australia at the Pan Pacs in August. To make the qualifying time, he shaved close to two seconds off his personal best in the men’s 200m breaststroke at the recent Pan Pac trials in Adelaide.

The Saints Immortalised

Formed in the Brisbane suburb of Oxley in 1974, The Saints are considered to be pioneers of the punk music genre and are widely acknowledged …

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The Saints Immortalised

Formed in the Brisbane suburb of Oxley in 1974, The Saints are considered to be pioneers of the punk music genre and are widely acknowledged as one of the most influential bands of all time. Their first single, (I’m) Stranded, was released in September 1976. Old Boy and bassist Kym Bradshaw (1971) is one of those band members which also comprised of guitarist and songwriter Ed Kuepper, singer-songwriter Chris Bailey and drummer Ivor Hay.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the release of (I’m) Stranded and the original line-up of the The Saints, a giant mural (pictured above) was unveiled at Upper Roma Street in Brisbane on Wednesday 6 December 2017. Funded by Arts Queensland, it is part of a cultural heritage trail and Brisbane’s growing street art scene. Poignantly, it is located just around the corner from 4 Petrie Terrace which was a combined practice space and home for some members of the band. The project was coordinated by Dr John Willsteed, a creative industries lecturer at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and former bassist for alternative rock band The Go-Betweens (which was co-founded with Robert Forster by Old Boy Grant McLennan (1974)) after whom Brisbane’s Go Between Bridge is named.

Most of Kym’s working life however has been in investment banking in the City of London, the highlight of which was working for the ‘Royalty of Banking’, N M Rothschild and Sons. After six years at night school, Kym obtained a French Business Diploma from L’Acadamie Francais in Paris and later became a Fellow of the Chartered Securities Institute in England after a slog of ‘competitive’ exams. He says: “It just goes to show anyone can achieve anything if they are prepared to work hard enough. A lesson for today’s students at Churchie.”

Featured Image (L-R): Ed Keupper, Kym Bradshaw, Ivor Hay, Chris Bailey

To read more about Kym, please click here to visit his website.

Set aside an hour and click here to view Stranded (The Saints History), the ABC’s documentary from 2015.

Chasing POINTS

Old Boy Gregory Howe (1988) attended Churchie in 1987 as a boarder in Gerald house. Whilst he played cricket and tennis during the year, he …

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Chasing POINTS

Old Boy Gregory Howe (1988) attended Churchie in 1987 as a boarder in Gerald house. Whilst he played cricket and tennis during the year, he concedes: “I certainly didn’t set the world on fire – I was in the fifths for cricket and competed in the third team for tennis where my physics teacher, Mr Schultz, was coach.”

After Churchie, Gregory attended the University of Queensland (UQ) to study an arts degree and then teaching. Whilst there, he resided at St John’s College and played for the tennis team. Fascinated with sport and the idea of becoming good at it, by the time he left UQ he was ranked 16 in Queensland.

During the next decade, Gregory lived and taught in schools across London, all the while competing in small money tournaments. He had always dreamt of playing on the pro tour, so at 34 years-of-age he quit his teaching job and gave himself one year to make it onto the professional rankings and play the ATP tour. Whilst he grew up in Australia, Gregory’s birthplace was in Derbyshire, England, so he represented Great Britain on the circuit. He started his year-long journey in the minor leagues, initially struggling against younger, fitter aspiring pros. This saw him compete on the third-tier Futures tour in places like Pakistan, Sudan, Iran and Uganda, just to name a few. Along the way he encountered almost everything the tennis world has to offer, from rising stars racing to the top, to players whose hopes were slowly being shattered. Eventually, he managed to juggle competing on the ATP tour with holding down a nine-to-five job. By the end of the year he found himself in the qualifying of elite ATP events and sharing the locker room with players like Federer, Nadal and Djokovic.

While he travelled, Gregory kept notes of conversations and observations with the idea of trying to write a book about his experiences. Even though he was an English teacher, it was much harder than he had imagined. After eight years he committed himself to writing the story, which took six months and a year of editing. In May 2018, Chasing POINTS: A Season on the Pro Tennis Circuit was released. “In many ways, my book will give a good insight into the early stages of another Churchie Old Boy’s experiences, namely John Millman. John was on the Futures at the same time when my book was set. Unfortunately, I never met John whilst on tour, but I recall hearing the story that he used to turn up to tournaments simply with a backpack and a couple of racquets. Now that he’s an established ATP pro, I’m sure he has more racquets now.”

Gregory still regularly plays competitive tennis.

Chasing POINTS: A Season on the Pro Tennis Circuit is available in Australia in paperback from Booktopia and in kindle on amazon.com.au

The 21 Club – this is LIVIN!

21 mates, all 21 years old, training to run 21.1 km in an effort to raise $21,000. This is the 21 Club – a group …

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The 21 Club – this is LIVIN!

21 mates, all 21 years old, training to run 21.1 km in an effort to raise $21,000. This is the 21 Club – a group of dedicated young men who have dusted off their joggers and are training hard in preparation to run the 2018 Brisbane Marathon Festival on Sunday 5 August. In doing so, the money that they raise will go to LIVIN, a charity with the vision of breaking the stigma of mental health in order to help promote wellness and positive living for all young people. The LIVINWELL program is designed to enhance mental health literacy and understanding around mental health challenges and suicide preventive measures among young people. Teaching people the skills at a young age, LIVIN’s fundamental goal is to make a generational change.

As young adults, the 21 Club make up part of the demographic that the LIVIN charity supports. Consequently, they decided it would be a positive symbol of their appreciation to raise money for those affected by a mental health challenge such as depression, anxiety and substance use disorder every year. Alarmingly, 1 in 7 young people are affected and due to stigma and lack of understanding, many of those live in silence.

The first major fundraising event for the 21 Club was in the form of a lawn bowls day. The event was held at the Camp Hill Bowls Club on Sunday 1 July 2018 and over $1,200 was raised.

All donations to the 21 Club through this platform will go towards LIVIN and will benefit the young Australians who are silently suffering with mental health challenges every day. Regardless of the amount, it all makes a difference! If you wish to support the boys and LIVIN with a donation, then please click here.

Please click on the links below to follow the 21 Club on social media and/or send messages of support.

Facebook

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Members of the 21 Club are:

Max Wenck (BGS Old Boy – 2014), Sebastian Kebby (2014), Ash Holmes (2014), Max Quigley (2014), Hugo Doessel (2014), Paddy Dooley (BGS Old Boy – 2014), Ben Volkman (2014), Sebastian Miros (2014), James Whyte (2014), Hugo Spencer (2014), Ben Hoskins (2014), Luke Thompson (2014), Harry Borger (2014), Ed Francis (2014), Hamish Foley (BGS Old Boy – 2014), Jack Todd (2014), Ben Miles (2014), Jack Larter (2014), Jordan Hall (2014), Jonathan Traves (BGS Old Boy – 2014), Josh Dickens (2014)

Featured Image (L-R): Max Quigley, Sebastian Kebby, Harry Borger, Ed Francis, Ben Hoskins, Josh Dickens, Ben Miles

the churchie 2018

The finalists for the churchie national emerging art prize 2018 have been announced. From a record number of entries, over 1000 individual artworks submitted, 35 …

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the churchie 2018

The finalists for the churchie national emerging art prize 2018 have been announced. From a record number of entries, over 1000 individual artworks submitted, 35 artists have been selected as the nation’s top emerging visual artists.

The Official Opening + Prize Announcement will be held at QUT Art Museum on Friday 7 September from 6 to 8 pm. The overall prize winner will be awarded a $15,000 non-acquisitive cash prize sponsored by long-time supporters of ‘the churchie’, Brand + Slater Architects. The 2018 prize winners will be determined by guest judge Lisa Havilah, director of Carriageworks, Sydney. The finalists exhibition will continue until 4 November 2018.

Read more online at: www.churchieemergingart.com/news

Featured Image: 2018 finalist Harriet Body, Air Space 2017-18, Embroidery and gesso on canvas, 102 x 173 cm.
Courtesy of the artist.

Jazz under the Stars 2018

Iconic Australian actor turned jazz crooner Tom Burlinson, aka “The Man from Snowy River”, will perform his greatest jazz hits from the Frank Sinatra Songbook. Accompanied by …

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Jazz under the Stars 2018

Iconic Australian actor turned jazz crooner Tom Burlinson, aka “The Man from Snowy River”, will perform his greatest jazz hits from the Frank Sinatra Songbook. Accompanied by the Queensland Youth Orchestra and supported by Churchie’s international and national prize winners Big Band 1 and Big Band 2, as well as Churchie’s emerging jazz bands Big Band 3 and Big Band 4, this will be a night to remember! Tickets on sale now! Click here to book tickets.