March 2019

For some of our most recent Old Boys,  the recently held OP 1 Assembly was certainly a time for reflection. This annual event is a time-honoured tradition at Churchie as it acknowledges not only the OP 1 recipients but the most recent Year 12 cohort as a whole. Max Powell, 2018 Dux of the School, gave an outstanding speech as he reflected on his final year at school. Congratulations to these young men on their tremendous achievement.

In the sporting arena, Churchie’s swimmers finished a creditable sixth place at the GPS Swimming Championships. Swimmers and supporters alike displayed great commitment and sportsmanship. This was also particularly evident last weekend at the GPS Head of the River. Six wins from twelve points score races meant that Churchie was able to secure the coveted Old Boys’ Cup for the first time since 2006, stamping us as the premier rowing school in the Queensland GPS. A commendable effort by the First VIII saw them place equal third with TSS, behind Terrace in second place and Nudgee College first.

This month, one of our most heralded former sports masters, Mr Tony Booth OAM celebrated his 90th Birthday. Despite physical exertion being a key recollection when one thinks of Tony, particularly when it came to 400 metre sprints, the level of respect afforded to him is a true reflection of his character and achievements. As one of Queensland’s premier athletics coaches, Tony’s contribution to the success of Churchie​ athletics and cross-country from 1957 to 1989 is immense. Please click here to view some photos of Tony in action over the years.

In this year of celebration of 100 years of Churchie Army Cadets, our Reviewing Officer for ANZAC Day is Colonel Robert Brennan CSC. COL Brennan is currently the Commander of Australian Army Cadets – South Queensland. Please refer to the ANZAC Day post later in the newsletter for more details.

A reminder that our annual Vintage Vikings | Morning Tea and Lunch will be held in Morris Hall on Friday 24 May. 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.

A further reminder that our that 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.

For all ‘Churchie singers’ past and present, a St John’s Cathedral reunion is planned for Sunday 28th April 2019. Again, for more details, please refer to the Reunions and Events calendar later in this newsletter.

Job Search
Mitchell Griffith (2011)
Mitchell recently graduated with a dual (Civil) Engineering and Business Management Degree from the University of Queensland. He is subsequently very interested in securing a full time position within the (Structural) Engineering Sector. Further to Mitch completing extensive, industry-related work experience, and being able to provide numerous excellent personal and professional references; if you are able to provide Mitch with either a start as a Graduate Engineer or some guidance in his search, please contact the OBA office by email at oba@churchie.com.au or by phoning 07 3896 2203.

Henry Reflects on Scholarship Experience

Old Boy Henry Harland (2015), pictured above right with his parents, is a 2018 recipient of the Churchie Foundation ‘Overseas Study Scholarship’ for Old Boys. …

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Henry Reflects on Scholarship Experience

Old Boy Henry Harland (2015), pictured above right with his parents, is a 2018 recipient of the Churchie Foundation ‘Overseas Study Scholarship’ for Old Boys. Henry recently attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has penned the following recollections of his experience.

An exchange to the US is something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while now, it even played a role in my university selection. I wanted to experience a college town, a place overrun by students where the culture and passion that existed at Churchie may live on. The University of Wisconsin – Madison did not disappoint, in a town of only 250,000 crowds at the football reached nearly 80,000. The highest paid government employee in the state is the football coach, earning twenty times more than the governor! The atmosphere at the game was electric, people in the student section did not sit down the entire game with seemingly continuous chants and games to be played.

Once the Saturday football was over it was time for Sunday football, and then Monday football, the sheer volume of sports on offer was tough to comprehend and made it even more difficult to get my studies done. However, once I pulled myself away from the sports it was time to do some study. During the semester I had to knock off four of my compulsory Civil Engineering courses so it wasn’t going to be cruisy. Thankfully the two other Australians that I was staying with (both Brisbane boys) had the same issue and we shared several classes, so we managed to get each other on track occasionally. I found university in the US a very different experience to Australia. For me it felt more like high school with homework given out and checked as well as near mandatory attendance in most classes.

During my time in the US I managed to duck away on a few quick trips to Chicago, New Orleans, Nashville and even a mate´s place in New Jersey for an authentic American Thanksgiving! Despite not making it through even half of the turkey Thanksgiving was an awesome experience and one that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Living out of home for the first time was also a great experience and although we made it through the entire semester without a vacuum cleaner, mugs or a kettle I´d say we did pretty well for ourselves and managed to keep the place in a decent state. The only exception to this would have to be when we managed to cram nine people (mates coming up to Madison for the weekend) into our three person apartment, that was chaos.

I met so many good mates during my time in Madison, friends who hopefully I can convince to make the trek to Australia and show around here. I couldn´t recommend an exchange highly enough to anyone else considering it, it’s the trip of a lifetime and the only downside is that you have to say goodbye to all the great friends you´ve made.

In 2019, Churchie Foundation is again awarding the Overseas Study Scholarships for Old Boys. 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, please click here.

Impossible Conversations

Real people, historical figures, imagined dialogues … The Museum of Brisbane has partnered with Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) to create a series of Impossible …

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Impossible Conversations

Real people, historical figures, imagined dialogues …

The Museum of Brisbane has partnered with Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) to create a series of Impossible Conversations, connecting contemporary Australians living in Brisbane with celebrated figures from Italian history.

In the series, Old Boy and Brisbane artist Sam Cranstoun (2004) examines cultural identity across centuries and continents in a stunning new watercolour series. Inspired by Vanity Fair’s satirical 1930s series ‘Impossible Interviews’, nine Brisbane residents shared with Sam the conversations they would like to have with their chosen figure from Italian history. He has then interpreted these conversations through a series of watercolour paintings. Since the historical figures are unable to take part in the conversations, Sam’s paintings hover in the space between question and answer. He offers glimpses of the conversations through imagery and text, inviting us to weave our own narratives.

As a multi-disciplinary artist, Sam experiments with incomplete, unusual and ambiguous ways of viewing and participating in history. His work regularly focuses on historical figures and events as a way of exploring how history is shaped, how it functions and how we as spectators rely on different visual systems as a way of understanding the past.

Be sure to get along to the Museum of Brisbane before Sunday 31 March to see Sam’s Impossible Conversations. You can read the full conversations in the QPAC tunnel at the Cultural Precinct.

Composer-in-Residence

He almost became a chef, but thankfully creating incredible music won out over incredible food. Now acknowledged as a dynamic young Brisbane talent, Old Boy …

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Composer-in-Residence

He almost became a chef, but thankfully creating incredible music won out over incredible food. Now acknowledged as a dynamic young Brisbane talent, Old Boy Connor D’Netto (2011) has been named Composer-in-Residence for the 2019 Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) – the youngest in the 29-year history of the event! Taking over Townsville for 10 days of world-class music making from Friday 26 July to Sunday 4 August, the AFCM will celebrate music from over 80 composers, including a world premiere by Connor.

Connor is a trained classical bass, also a talented photographer, videographer and visual-artist, creating and shooting not only material for his music, but also for a number of other artists and musicians. He has a Bachelor of Music (Honours), graduating with First-Class Honours in 2016 from the University of Queensland and is currently completing his Masters as a Tait Trust Scholar at the Royal College of Music in London.

When it comes to contemporary classical music, Connor has been described by ABC Classics as “the model contemporary Australian composer”. His music has been commissioned and performed across Australia and the world. Connor is excited about the year ahead, one which sees world premieres of his works around the globe. Already he has composed a new piece for leading Australian songstress Katie Noonan for her upcoming album. He is also co-writing a ballet called Non-Place, with fellow musician Matthew Lomax in London.

As a nice side story and referring to the above image, in November last year Connor (pictured centre back row) was invited for dinner with His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC and his wife. The dinner was to celebrate the achievements of young Queenslanders in the UK and for Connor it was a great honour to be included among the invited guests who were the other young London-based Queenslanders honoured at the event.

More about Connor and his work can be found at www.connordnetto.com

2019 Churchie ANZAC Day Service

Churchie invites you to commemorate ANZAC Day on The Flat at 8 am, Thursday 25 April. To acknowledge 100 years of Churchie’s Army Cadets, our Reviewing Officer …

ANZAC Day
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2019 Churchie ANZAC Day Service

Churchie invites you to commemorate ANZAC Day on The Flat at 8 am, Thursday 25 April. To acknowledge 100 years of Churchie’s Army Cadets, our Reviewing Officer this year is Colonel Robert Brennan CSC. COL Brennan is currently the Commander of Australian Army Cadets – South Queensland.

Please arrive in time to be seated by 7.50 am.
A light Morning Tea is served in Founders Court following the ceremony.

Featured Image: 1958 ANZAC Day

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
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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

Lex Frank: A Retrospective

In honour of Maryborough artist, Old Boy Lex Frank (1957), the Lex Frank: A Retrospective exhibition celebrates light, landscape, the versatility of watercolour and his …

Art Exhibition
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Lex Frank: A Retrospective

In honour of Maryborough artist, Old Boy Lex Frank (1957), the Lex Frank: A Retrospective exhibition celebrates light, landscape, the versatility of watercolour and his extraordinary artistic life. Spanning paintings from Lex’s boyhood, right through to his final works, the exhibition draws from private collections and paintings never exhibited before. The exhibition is on display at Gatakers Artspace Gallery in Maryborough until Sunday 28 April 2019. Opening hours each day are 10 am – 4 pm.

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

David Abrey (1998) David has completed his Run Tassie For A Cure campaign by running 372 kilometres in 6 days, from Southport in the south …

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Old Boy Achievements

David Abrey (1998)
David has completed his Run Tassie For A Cure campaign by running 372 kilometres in 6 days, from Southport in the south of Tasmania to Devonport in the north. In doing so he has also raised $11,000, well and truly exceeding his target of $10,00 for the Charlie Teo Foundation. Please click here to view Dave’s appearance on Channel 7 earlier in the journey.

Clint Steindl (2006)
Clint was a member of the Perth Wildcats team who recently won the 2019 NBL Championship.

Nathan Aspinall (2007)
Nathan Aspinall led a sold out concert performance as conductor of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra on 10 March at QPAC. Nathan had his mind set on becoming a conductor when at school and it is wonderful to see that he has achieved this goal.