June 2020

We commence by congratulating the five Old Boys who have been recognised in the recent 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for their significant contributions across communities and industries. They are Professor Ian Harper AO (1973), Mr David Muir AM (1972), The Honourable Bruce Scott AM (1961), Mr Ralph Hartland OAM (1955) and Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Deacon CSM (2000). More detail about each of these Old Boys can be found in the Old Boy Achievements section of this newsletter.

Whilst there continues to be an easing of restrictions, social distancing measures that remain in place have unfortunately forced 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.

In Term 3 we look forward to the resumption of GPS sports, music and activities. Please click here to view the revised draw for Rugby, Basketball, Football, Tennis and Chess. As expected however, there will be some modifications to manage safety and health requirements. We will clarify these modifications as more details become known.

Last month, we highlighted that the School at Home programme has definitely generated some some terrific initiatives and special mention was made of the home visits to Prep School students for the presentation of Outstanding Achievement Awards. Since returning to Oaklands Parade, the Prep School boys have been immersed in some wonderful activities that are worth sharing.

Channel 10 recently aired a lovely story featuring some of our boys from Years 5 and 6 highlighting their participation in an Anglicare campaign to reduce loneliness in older Queenslanders by connecting them with younger people. As part of the OldMate Queensland initiative, the boys have been writing letters to Anglicare’s residential aged care clients, sharing their interests and hobbies, stories and photos. Some have even sent videos to their pen pals. It is an opportunity for our boys to learn some ways of dealing with challenging and difficult times from a generation of people with a variety and depth of life experience and for these aged care residents. It is also a wonderful way to have some new social connections. The teachers and boys are hopeful that one day soon they may be able to visit their new-found Old Mates. Please click here to view the Channel 10 feature.

In further Prep School news, students were treated to a special concert from Old Boy Dan Warlow (2001) who is a kids musician and entertainer. Dan’s catchy and creative music, which conveys Gospel values and biblical concepts, always gets the boys moving and singing along. With Coronavirus restrictions preventing Dan from his usual in person performances, he recorded a video concert for the boys which were played during Chapel time. Thank you Dan!

Earlier this week on Pat Rafter Arena at the Queensland Tennis Centre, Old Boy John Millman (2006) went to a whole new level to demonstrate his skills both on and OFF the court, albeit questionably. Please click here to view the Tennis Queensland video. Nice work John!

Bound for Princeton

At the Queensland Certificate (QCE) Achievement Awards earlier this year, Old Boy Lachlan Toovey (2019) was recognised as one of the state’s top academic achievers. …

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Bound for Princeton

At the Queensland Certificate (QCE) Achievement Awards earlier this year, Old Boy Lachlan Toovey (2019) was recognised as one of the state’s top academic achievers. Being awarded the Highest Achievement by an Aboriginal Student or Torres Strait Islander Student is testament to Lachlan’s hard work and excellent academic results. A proud Yalari student who attended Churchie as a boarder, Lachlan made the most of his education at Churchie both in the academic and co-curricular realms. He achieved an OP1 and represented the school with distinction in the First VIII rowing and Second V basketball teams, as well as securing a position in the Schoolboys Division 1 State Rowing Team.

Lachlan was accepted into a Bachelor of Engineering and Commerce at The University of Queensland. In further recognition of his tremendous commitment and achievements, he was recently accepted to Princeton University and after making quick contact with their rowing coaches was asked to join the Princeton Rowing Crew. Lachlan says he is already looking forward to heading over and making some boats move fast.

Inspired by the sacrifices of his family, along with the support he received from Yalari and Churchie, on reflection Lachlan says: “Entering boarding was a turning point in my life and would not have this opportunity today without it.” Ultimately, Lachlan plans to return to his hometown of Dubbo in New South Wales to support his community as a qualified engineer.

Congratulations Lachlan! We wish you every success with your studies and rowing at Princeton.

Chris Heydon Back ‘In Queensland’

Throughout his Churchie days and six years at university, Old Boy Chris Heydon (2004) had struggled with the concept of having to make life choices …

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Chris Heydon Back ‘In Queensland’

Throughout his Churchie days and six years at university, Old Boy Chris Heydon (2004) had struggled with the concept of having to make life choices about study, preferred industries and professions, without ever being fully exposed to what was actually out there. Even though he battled his way through university, still not knowing what he wanted to do, he suddenly found himself in a dream job travelling the world and was so glad that he had completed his studies. Chris has helped to launch real estate media businesses (with a focus throughout the Asia Pacific region), coordinated sales events for luxury properties across the world (including New York, Beijing, Tokyo, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur) and been part of a very small team to launch over 20 digital media platforms across 28 countries.

Chris now finds himself back in Queensland, working on a project that benefits communities close to him and enables him to leverage his home network rather than forging new frontiers.  He is excited to have recently helped launch InQueensland, a new independent digital news service with a focus on Queensland business, politics, arts and culture, created by some of the state’s most respected writers. After all this time, with the ability to bring a world of experience to something so focussed and meaningful to him personally, he feels that he has finally decided what he wants to do for a living.

Chris says: “Well before the COVID-19 crisis, many in the community were disenfranchised by mainstream media and hungry for high-quality unbiased journalism. Now more than ever Queenslanders are seeking free, up to date and reliable analysis and news. We started publishing on 10 February this year and in our second month, we saw about 250,000 unique visitors to our website. It’s been quite rewarding to see such strong organic growth and engagement from across our state in support of genuine news coverage. We plan to offer a majority equity share in this Queensland project, soon, to local investors to ensure the enterprise is Queensland owned and operated.”

With his real estate background and focus on marketing and international digital media, Chris was appointed to help launch the publication, engage commercial partners and sponsors, while also setting their launch audience and establishing plans for revenue and audience growth. “InQueensland provides our state’s only truly independent, high-quality news service – freely available to all Queenslanders.” Chris invites everyone to take a look and subscribe to their free daily newsletter at www.InQLD.com.au

UnTapping Potential

Old Boy Geoff ‘Reff’ Sykes (1995) was a Prefect and boarder in Strong House. He left Churchie in 1995 to attack a Bachelor of Business …

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UnTapping Potential

Old Boy Geoff ‘Reff’ Sykes (1995) was a Prefect and boarder in Strong House. He left Churchie in 1995 to attack a Bachelor of Business degree at QUT, completing his final year on exchange in New York city. Whilst living in the UK and France for 12 years, he completed his MBA in the UK (Thesis: Launch strategies for Western brands entering the Russian market.). All the while, supporting and fuelling the rapid expansion of global retail and distribution partnerships with Quiksilver and DC Shoes.

For the past eight years, Reff has spent his time between New York, Silicon Valley & Noosa Heads, working in Technology building software and hardware solutions for media and music platforms. In his spare time, he writes kids books for charities. His titles include Lucia, Maria & The Rainbow Canoe (for dyslexia and depression in children) and more recently Others Unlike Me! (to prevent bullying in schools). Both books are available on amazon.com.au. The Rainbow_canoe (Instagram) is another reference with sneak peeks of each title, with royalties from this books supporting the detection of early stage depression & dyslexia in children.

Combining all of his experiences from retail, media and omni-channel, Reff’s latest professional venture is UnTap Media. Reff is a co-founder and the CEO of this organisation combining personal hygiene and media through an interactive screen network. Reff says: “In a world where hand hygiene and communications are critically important, UnTap Media delivers an end to end technology solution with a unique range of hand hygiene & media screens. UnTap Media’s screen network supports & extends local businesses, retailers, hospitality, health & education professionals, who are urgently looking for simple & effective ways to keep hands clean in our community, whilst also able to promote their causes, products & services. Our interactive screens uniquely connect and engage audiences with media messaging at hand sanitiser dispensers, water faucets/ taps, mirrors and outdoor.”

This is an interesting business and very relevant, particularly in these uncertain times of COVID-19. We wish Reff every success with this business venture!

Churchie Outdoor Education Survey

Embracing Churchie’s ‘Making of Men’ philosophy, staff of the Churchie Outdoor Education programme are inviting Old Boys to complete a survey. To continue to equip …

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Churchie Outdoor Education Survey

Embracing Churchie’s ‘Making of Men’ philosophy, staff of the Churchie Outdoor Education programme are inviting Old Boys to complete a survey. To continue to equip students for life beyond Churchie, they are interested in gaining further insights to the immediate and ongoing benefits of being involved in the Outdoor Education programme. Of particular interest are responses from Old Boys of the cohorts from 2000 through to 2019. However, if you are not from these cohorts and would like to provide recommendations and/or feedback, you are most welcome to do so.

Please complete the survey by COB Monday 20 July, 2020. All submissions will go into the draw to win an OBA suede cap, OBA bottle opener and a Churchie Outdoor Education Nalgene Water Bottle. The winner will be drawn on Friday 24 July and announced in the July edition of Viking Spirit.

Please click here to complete the Churchie Outdoor Education Survey.

 

Vale John Cuneo OAM (1946)

It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of one of our prominent Old Boys and Olympian, John Cuneo OAM. Some of …

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Vale John Cuneo OAM (1946)

It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of one of our prominent Old Boys and Olympian, John Cuneo OAM. Some of John’s many sporting achievements are listed below.

  • competed in two Olympic Games
    – Mexico 1968
    – Munich 1972 winning Gold in the Dragon class
  • inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1986
  • inducted into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame in 2009
  • inducted into the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame in 2018
  • 11 June 2018 – Queen’s Birthday Honours – Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division for service to sailing.

Featured Image: John Cuneo OAM, Tom Anderson and John Shaw winning Gold in the Dragon class at the 1972 Munich Games.

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

Congratulations to the following Old Boys for their recognition in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Officer (AO) in the General Division Professor Ian Ross …

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Old Boy Achievements

Congratulations to the following Old Boys for their recognition in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Officer (AO) in the General Division

  • Professor Ian Ross Harper AO (1973) for distinguished service to education in the field of economics, and to public and monetary policy development and reform.

Member (AM) in the General Division

  • Mr David Alexander Muir AM (1972) for significant service to the community through welfare, social justice and charitable organisations.
  • The Honourable Bruce Craig Scott AM (1961) for significant service to the people and Parliament of Australia, and to the community of South West Queensland.

Medal (OAM) in the General Division

  • Mr Ralph David Hartland OAM (1955) for service to the community.

Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM)

  • Lieutenant Colonel Andrew James Deacon CSM (2000) for meritorious devotion to duty as Deputy Director of the Defence Response Unit.

 

 

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.

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 …

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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.

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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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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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.