July 2020

To introduce two fantastic new items to our high quality range of OBA Merchandise, available to purchase now for a limited time is our Father’s Day Offer. In addition to our recently released OBA Suede Cap, are our new OBA Socks featuring Viking helmets. These socks come in two colours and two sizes: Navy Blue with gold Viking helmets and Grey with navy blue Viking helmets; both available in sizes 8-11 and 11-14. Representing a saving of $25 from their normal collective retail value, the five items comprising this offer are listed below. All items are also available for individual purchase. Please click here for more details.

  • NEW OBA Suede Cap
  • NEW OBA Socks featuring Viking helmets
    – 2 colours and 2 sizes from which to choose
  • OBA logo Bottle Opener
    – pocket/wallet sized
  • OBA Stubby Cooler
  • OBA Key Ring

Never underestimate the value of having an OBA Key Ring. Recently one of our Old Boys had a set of keys stolen from his car in Bulimba. An OBA Key Ring made them easily identifiable for the lady who found them and hence she contacted the OBA Office. Long story short, the keys and our Old Boy have been reunited. Without his OBA Key Ring, his keys would have been be lost forever.

As reported in the June edition of Viking Spirit, unfortunately it has been necessary for the OBA Committee to cancel the OBA Annual Dinner, originally scheduled for Friday 14 August at Howard Smith Wharves. The shift of Brisbane’s Show Day public holiday from Wednesday 12 August to Friday 14 August was also a significant influence in this decision. As advice on the further easing of restrictions becomes known, the Committee will advise if it is possible to hold an event later in the year in lieu of the dinner. With regard to cohort reunions, where necessary discussions are already underway between the OBA Office and reunion organisers about the rescheduling of these events. If it becomes necessary to cancel any of these reunions, full refunds will be provided to those Old Boys already registered. 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.

Embracing Churchie’s ‘Making of Men’ philosophy, on behalf of the staff of the Churchie Outdoor Education programme, we recently invited Old Boys to complete a survey. The aim was to gain further insights with regard to the immediate and ongoing benefits of being involved in the Outdoor Education programme and the degree to which it assists to equip students for life beyond Churchie. Of particular interest were responses from Old Boys of the cohorts from 2000 through to 2019. With the added incentive of a prize draw (comprising an OBA Suede Cap, an OBA Bottle Opener and a Churchie Outdoor Education Nalgene Water Bottle) for participation, the response was overwhelming with over 200 Old Boys providing recollections of their experiences. Thank you to everyone who responded. The winner of the prize draw is Stewart Greenbank (2010).

With the resumption of GPS sports now a reality, please click here to view the revised draw for Rugby, Basketball, Football, Tennis and Chess.  With several restrictions applied to the operation of sports and spectating, a livestreaming service will operate for Firsts matches and some selected younger grades. For Rugby, livestreams can be viewed via DoubleTake Sports on Facebook and YouTube. Basketball can be livestreamed via Churchie YouTube. For updates on other sports, please follow @ChurchieSport on Twitter.

Mastering Mathematics

In his senior year at Churchie, Old Boy Ivan Zelich (2015) was awarded the Peter Doherty Award for Outstanding Senior Mathematics and Technology Student. Also …

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Mastering Mathematics

In his senior year at Churchie, Old Boy Ivan Zelich (2015) was awarded the Peter Doherty Award for Outstanding Senior Mathematics and Technology Student. Also in 2015, in collaboration with fellow 17-year-old Xuming Liang from San Diego, he worked on a breakthrough theorem (now known as the Liang-Zelich Theorem) concerning complex pivotal isocubics that was published in a peer-reviewed journal, for which he presented in Washington DC. Over the past six months, Ivan has been studying at Cambridge University and has now completed his Master of Advanced Study Degree in Mathematics. Following is a recollection of his experience and some very sound advice, not only for anyone looking to further their studies abroad but also any budding mathematicians and indeed rowers.

“My experience at the University of Cambridge was unique. The terms in Cambridge are quite a lot different to those in Australia – Michealmas is the first term that runs from October to late November, then Lent runs from January until March, and finally Easter term, which is dedicated to revision and exams, runs from April until June.

Academically, Cambridge can be very intense. I did a Masters in Mathematics, called Part iii, which is one of the most intense mathematical Masters programs in the world. Regardless of your chosen area of study, the fact that the terms are 8-weeks long means that lectures go quick and you need to be ready to stay focused when each term starts. On the other hand, it also means that there is ample revision time for the exams, so having good time management is key! While most of your learning will happen as you try to understand the course work, I believe to take full advantage of what Cambridge has to offer it is important to attend seminars and events outside of your course. I found that this allows you to get close with various professors and to learn a lot of difficult concepts in short periods of time in order to give talks. Finally, if you are interested in getting into industry, I think doing a year at Cambridge is a very good idea. There is lots of demand for Cambridge students by companies in England, and for mathematicians this includes banks and an endless number of hedge funds!

One big feature of Cambridge is the independence of the colleges. Everyone is assigned to a college. Some are more ‘prestigious’ than others, but they all have their own perks that make them unique. Within your college, there are many activities to be involved in, and depending on your academic schedule, it is important to remember not to get involved in too many things! For my college, there was the well-known Darwin College Lecture Series which brings well-respected academics to talk about all sorts of different things related to science. Attending these sorts of events is a perfect way to network! Moreover, if you are a rower reading this, get involved with rowing in your college – it’s really exciting due to the strong rivalries between the different colleges, and more broadly, the historic rivalry between Cambridge and Oxford.

For me, the most memorable events were the formals that ran every week, Friday nights being the main ones. These make the Cambridge experience truly unique, as the halls have such a rich history behind them. Most professors and academics in all disciplines attend, and it is a great chance to meet them! I met a neuroscientist who wanted a mathematician to explain various concepts in geometry (which were my expertise!), and I also connected with a student who is CEO of a start-up that I am currently involved with. It is also a great way to talk to people about current issues and enlighten yourself about the nuances of climate change from a climate scientist for example. Of course, if you are going with your friends, it is a great feeling, after weeks of intense lectures, to let go, drink wine or cider and eat great food under a 1700’s portrait of Sir Isaac Newton. The great thing is that you can be a plus-one to any of your friend’s formals, and in fact it has become a ‘cultural’ sport to attend as many different college formals as you can! Since Cambridge is a college town, there is plenty of time for post-formal shenanigans! Cambridge is also only 45-90 minutes out of London via train depending on which one you get, so it’s easy to travel about.

All in all, it was an incredible 6 months at Cambridge (cut short due to corona virus), and I am very grateful to the Churchie Foundation and the Old Boy’s Association, whose support made my experience memorable with many opportunities.”

Graeme’s Bridge of Honour

Old Boy Graeme Haussmann (1944) left Churchie to commence training with Queensland Rail. Highlights included Burdekin River bridge foundations in 1948, quadruplication of Brisbane rail …

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Graeme’s Bridge of Honour

Old Boy Graeme Haussmann (1944) left Churchie to commence training with Queensland Rail. Highlights included Burdekin River bridge foundations in 1948, quadruplication of Brisbane rail network1950-52 and completing the Biloela to Calcap power station rail link in 1953, after which he joined Townsville City Council and then Cairns, where he worked for Cairns City Council as the City Engineer for 33 years, from 1955 to 1988. It was a pivotal time in the city’s development during which Graeme was responsible for the provision of all of the roads and essential infrastructure. Some of Graeme’s achievements include implementation of the Cairns Master Drainage Scheme, installation of a citywide underground sewer network and construction of Copperlode Falls Dam and associated reservoirs and water-main infrastructure.

In the 1960s Graeme, as the engineer for the widening and strengthening of the 1933 Edge Hill Bridge in Collins Avenue, enabled it to last for a further 50 years. Due to the increased population and the subsequent need to accommodate more traffic, the bridge had to be rebuilt. The $3.8m road and pedestrian bridge was opened in April 2017 and in recognition of Graeme’s immense contribution was named Graeme Haussmann Bridge. Graeme joked that he thought you had to be dead to get things named after you, but is happy he’s around to see it.

Please click here to see a video of Graeme walking across the bridge and speaking about his achievements after 30 years of civic works.

Where Are They Now?

Twin brothers and Old Boys from the 1992 cohort, Peter and David Cassels have each established successful businesses, in different industries and in different regions. …

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Where Are They Now?

Twin brothers and Old Boys from the 1992 cohort, Peter and David Cassels have each established successful businesses, in different industries and in different regions. Please read further to see where they are now.

PETER CASSELS (1992)
Peter Cassels has over 24 years’ experience in commercial and residential strata and property management. He specialises in body corporate management, strata, and management and letting rights operations. Peter has extensive hands-on experience in the establishment and ongoing management of community titles schemes and management rights operations in residential, commercial and resort complexes. Prior to the establishment of Cassels Strata, Peter was Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer for two of Queensland’s largest body corporate management firms and Asset Manager for a large publicly listed management rights company.

Peter holds a full real estate license in Queensland. Peter is a Fellow of Strata Community Australia and an active member of the UDIA. He is also a UDIA Certified Environment Development Professional, and a JP (Qual).

DAVID CASSELS (1992)
“I have been involved in the automotive retail industry for more than 23 years. Originally from a banking background, the opportunity to join the automotive industry arose in the finance department. In 1997, I joined a Brisbane dealership as a Senior Business Manager. In 2002, I was offered a partnership in a Townsville dealership. In May 2008, I purchased my own dealership in Warwick where I currently have 6 new car franchises being Honda, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Kia, Suzuki and Mahindra, over 40 used cars plus parts and servicing. I occupy a 12500m2 site with 26 staff.”

Father’s Day Offer

5 for $55 The perfect Father’s Day gift! For a limited time you can secure this Father’s Day Offer at $55. The collective retail value …

The perfect Father’s Day gift!
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Father’s Day Offer

5 for $55

The perfect Father’s Day gift!

For a limited time you can secure this Father’s Day Offer at $55.
The collective retail value of these items is $75.

This bundle offer includes five items from our high quality range of OBA merchandise.

  • NEW OBA Suede Cap
  • NEW OBA Socks featuring Viking helmets
    – 2 colours and 2 sizes from which to choose
  • OBA logo Bottle Opener
    – pocket/wallet sized
  • OBA Stubby Cooler
  • OBA Key Ring

To order online, please click on the relevant link below (listed according to colour and size of socks).

Alternatively, please click here to print and complete an order form.

Your purchase may be collected from the Churchie Shop at 14-18 Oaklands Parade.
Delivery can also be requested for $10 per bundle.

Offer ends on Friday 4 September 2020.

All items are available for individual purchase, including the OBA Viking Socks for $15 per pair. Online payment links for the socks are listed below by size and colour. Please also view our full range of OBA merchandise which is available for purchase online, or directly from the Churchie Shop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assisting Archives

If you can Assist Archives by providing a better quality copy of the above image, believed to be the premiership winning 3rd XI Cricket team, …

Who, When, Where?
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Assisting Archives

If you can Assist Archives by providing a better quality copy of the above image, believed to be the premiership winning 3rd XI Cricket team, our School Archivist Mr Peter Collin would be very appreciative. Furthermore, if anyone can confirm the year and the team we would love to hear from you. It is believed to be either the 2nd XI or 3rd XI from 1949.

Any other formal or informal images (e.g. houses, senior cohorts, sporting teams) that you would like to share of your time at Churchie will be welcomed. Please never assume that they will already be in the school records. Also, 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.

OBA Events 2020

The 2020 OBA Annual Dinner, which was scheduled to be held on Friday 14 August, has been cancelled. Old Boys’ Day 2020, which was to …

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OBA Events 2020

The 2020 OBA Annual Dinner, which was scheduled to be held on Friday 14 August, has been cancelled. Old Boys’ Day 2020, which was to beheld the following day, has also been cancelled.

As further advice on the easing of restrictions becomes known, the Committee will advise if it is possible to hold an alternate event later in the year in lieu of the dinner. 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.

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. Where necessary discussions are already underway between the OBA Office and …

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Cohort Reunions 2020

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

Where necessary discussions are already underway between the OBA Office and reunion organisers about the rescheduling of these events. If it becomes necessary to cancel any of these reunions, full refunds will be provided to those Old Boys already registered. 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.

10 Year Reunion | 2010 Old Boys
Saturday 17 October 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 10 October 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 17 October 2020
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60 Year Reunion | 1960 Old Boys
Saturday 10 October 2020
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If you are from the 1950 cohort and would like to assist us to plan your 70 Year Reunion, please email the OBA Office at oba@churchie.com.au or call Casey on 07 3896 6462.

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

Old Boy Achievements

Cameron Dick (1984) has been appointed Treasurer of the Queensland Government. Angus Wagner (2015) made his Super Rugby AU debut for the Western Force against …

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Old Boy Achievements

Cameron Dick (1984) has been appointed Treasurer of the Queensland Government.

Angus Wagner (2015) made his Super Rugby AU debut for the Western Force against the NSW Waratahs on Saturday 11 July.

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.

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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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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