March 2020

In the current climate, we trust that starting on some positive notes will be well appreciated.

  • John Millman (2006) played his part in an epic Davis Cup encounter by staging a remarkable comeback win over Thiago Monteiro 6-7(6) 7-6(3) 7-6(3). Australia’s 3-1 victory against Brazil secured a spot in the Davis Cup finals in Spain in November when they will take on Croatia and Hungary.
  •  Churchie Rowing, in its 100th year, secured back to back wins for the Old Boys’ Cup at the 2020 GPS Head of the River. Churchie became the most prolific winners of this point scoring trophy, securing 110 points with a dominant performance across the regatta. The First VIII race was won by BGS, with Churchie finishing fourth behind TSS and GT.
  • Thomas Hassall (2015) has commenced his UQ-Oxford School of Biomedical Science Honours Exchange Scholarship, allowing him to partake the research component of his Bachelor of Science (Honours) year at the Department of Pharmacology in the laboratory of Professor Nigel Emptage.
  • Miguel Cescotto (2019) has secured an undergraduate role with Harriss Accounting, a Churchie family owned business, working alongside Michael Dal Pra (2015) who commenced there in January in a graduate role.

There are further achievements of note later in the newsletter.

Past Parent and Old Boy, Professor David Paterson (1982) is the Director at The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR). He is also a Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH). It is wonderful to see David overseeing the research by a team who are at the forefront of finding a cure for coronavirus (COVID-19). Please click here to read more.

With regard to COVID-19, the school is following expert advice that suggests we will face sustained changes as to how we interact with each other, at work and at school. In accordance with advice from government and health authorities, there is no requirement to close the school and classes will continue as scheduled. However, closure could eventuate if there was to be a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the immediate school community. Advice will continue to be sought from Queensland Health regarding appropriate procedures.

In response to recommendations from external governing authorities, a range of activities have therefore either been postponed or cancelled. Among these has been the need to cancel Churchie’s traditional ANZAC Day service on The Flat. It has also been necessary, at this stage, for the OBA to postpone our annual Vintage Vikings | Morning Tea and Lunch, which was to be held in Morris Hall on Friday 29 May.

Unless developments dictate otherwise, our cohort reunions are still listed to proceed. So too is the OBA Annual Dinner on Friday 14 August in Rivershed at Howard Smith Wharves. So you don’t miss it, please keep this date locked in your diaries. 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), 45 year (1975), 55 year (1965) and 65 year (1955) reunions. 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 respective notices later in this newsletter.

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

According to Luke

Old Boy Luke White (1997) has now left his mark on Churchie more than once since leaving as a student at the end of year …

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According to Luke

Old Boy Luke White (1997) has now left his mark on Churchie more than once since leaving as a student at the end of year 12. Previously the site manager for the Morris Hall extension and refurbishment that was completed in 2011, Luke recently returned as the site manager for the extensive refurbishment of the Jackson building. Luke says: “I am extremely grateful to have been given this opportunity to give back to the school again. When I attended Churchie, Jackson was the science labs and my teacher was Mr Lawler. Downstairs was where School Marshals were based.”

The Jackson refurbishment project was a four and half month build. It was a complete internal demolition that required keeping all the heritage structure intact. Excavation was required under the building to create the staff toilets and a meeting room. All the timber for the project was Briar silky oak which was sourced from North Queensland. Due to the historical significance of Jackson as a heritage building and its prominence in the school’s history and landscape (as one of the Three Sisters, with the Canon Jones Memorial Chapel and Darnell), it was a very important project to all involved. As a second-generation Old Boy of the school this was not lost on Luke, nor Ashley-Cooper Construction who were undertaking their first project at Churchie.

As part of the project, a large area of the perimeter of The Flat, stretching from The Centenary Library to the Sir John Pidgeon Sports Complex, also undertook a huge transformation. This is now a useable space with tables and chairs for the students to enjoy.  It also provides for a far more amenable space each year when the school’s Anzac Day service is hosted.

Above (L-R): Luke Ashley-Cooper with Luke White.

80 Years of Exposure

Old Boy Bert Hoveling (1958) was very active in the sporting arena at Churchie, particularly as a member of the First XI Cricket team for …

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80 Years of Exposure

Old Boy Bert Hoveling (1958) was very active in the sporting arena at Churchie, particularly as a member of the First XI Cricket team for three years. In his senior year, Bert was Captain of Grenfell house and a Prefect. He started the year by topping the Army Cadet Under Officers Course for Queensland which saw him presented with a Sam Browne belt (a ceremonial sword belt holder) and a copy of Sir William Slim’s book Defeat into Victory. He finished it, at Speech Night, as the recipient of the D C C Crombie Memorial Prize which is awarded each year to a boy in Year 12 who is a cricketer in the First XI and a scholar.

Whilst at school Bert was always an avid photographer. This is a passion he has continued to embrace ever since, all whilst pursuing a career as a scientist and philosopher. Those who have seen examples of Bert’s work (some of which feature in the header image) appreciate just how truly outstanding his photography is. His generous nature means that he has also spent an enormous amount of time judging photographic competitions and a keen participant in encouraging and developing young photographers.

A Past President of the Australian Photographic Society and a Past President of the Victorian Society of Photographic Societies, in a little under a month Bert will be celebrating his 80th birthday and indeed 80 Years of Exposure to Photography.

Pictured Above: Bert with partner Margaret.

Old Boys Proud to be Pirates

At the conclusion of the final point at the 2019 Australian Volleyball Super League finals on the Gold Coast, the roar of the crowd said …

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Old Boys Proud to be Pirates

At the conclusion of the final point at the 2019 Australian Volleyball Super League finals on the Gold Coast, the roar of the crowd said it all. After two hours and fifteen minutes of play, the Queensland Pirates had secured their fifth National title in six years, defeating long-time rivals Canberra Heat in a nail-biting five-set match (25-22, 25-19, 22-25, 23-25, 15-9). Amongst the furore of victory, the keen observer would have witnessed a small group of players congratulating one another at the back of the court. The common denominator between these individuals is that they are all Churchie Old Boys. For Harrison Seaborn (2018), Tyler Nix (2017), Darcy Cox (2014), Matt Evans (2011) and Will Mercer (2008), this was the culminating event after a five-month season of training and competition. Matt Evans (2012) and Will Mercer (2008) were both starting members of the victorious Queensland Pirates. The previous evening, Harrison, Tyler, and Darcy had claimed victory as members of The Buccaneers, the development team of the Queensland Pirates in the Australian Open Volleyball Championships.

The success of these Old Boys is testament to the enormous growth Churchie Volleyball has enjoyed over the last decade, an achievement built on the back of growing popularity, and a positive and supportive culture within the Volleyball program. Churchie Volleyball has allowed these Old Boys to excel in their chosen sport, with all members competing at the highest level domestically. Tyler and Will have also been afforded the opportunity to compete in Junior Indoor and Senior Beach National teams respectively. By a twist of fate, the current Head Coach of the Pirates, Mr Craig Marshall, was also the Head Coach of Churchie’s first-ever GPS Volleyball Premiership winning team in 1998.

Notably, each of our winning Old Boys has returned to the School in a Volleyball coaching capacity at various stages, further highlighting the impact that a love for Volleyball has had on these young men.

Featured Image: Old Boys Matt Evans (2012), pictured second row fifth from the right and Will Mercer (2008) pictured front row far right with their Queensland Pirates Volleyball Team after claiming victory in the 2019 Australian Volleyball Super League finals.

Old Boy Achievements

Brodie Croft (2015) Brodie debuted for the Brisbane Broncos as co-Captain against the North QLD Cowboys on Friday 13 March 2020. Michael Stolberg (2009), Jake …

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Old Boy Achievements

Brodie Croft (2015)
Brodie debuted for the Brisbane Broncos as co-Captain against the North QLD Cowboys on Friday 13 March 2020.

Michael Stolberg (2009), Jake Schatz (2007), Liam Wright (2014), Harry Hockings (2015)
Jake and Liam took to the field for Round 4 of the 2020 SuperRugby competition with Jake as Captain of the Sunwolves Super Rugby Japan and Liam as Captain of the Queensland Reds. Also playing were fellow Old Boys Harry Hockings (2015) for the Reds and Michael Stolberg (2009) for the Sunwolves.

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. OBA Annual Dinner Friday 14 August 2020 Click here Old Boys’ Day …

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OBA Events 2020

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

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

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. 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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Churchie Community Footy Tipping 2020

SIGN UP NOW!!! IT’S NOT TOO LATE!!! The ‘Churchie Community Footy Tipping’ competition for 2020 is underway. Whilst the Super Rugby season has been postponed, …

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Churchie Community Footy Tipping 2020

SIGN UP NOW!!! IT’S NOT TOO LATE!!!

The ‘Churchie Community Footy Tipping’ competition for 2020 is underway. Whilst the Super Rugby season has been postponed, the NRL and AFL seasons are pushing on. Using the Superbru platform, entry to the competition is free and only one login is required to enter your tips across all three codes. If you are an already registered tipper on SuperBru, you can simply add our competitions as pools to your existing profile.

This year The Brisbane Golf Club have again come to the fore and are providing the major prize. This prize, for the tipper finishing with the highest over all score across all three competitions, is a round of golf for four players (including two motorised buggies) at this private golf course located at Yeerongpilly. Thank you to Old Boy Patrick Dixon (1972) for donating this wonderful prize for the fifth year in succession. Prize money will again be provided by Churchie for each of the three tournaments and has been allocated as follows: $100 for 1st, $50 for 2nd and $25 for 3rd.

You can register for each competition by using the links below, or by downloading the Superbru app then searching for the pool and using the code listed in each instance.

NRL – moretail

AFL – oastyawn

Super Rugby – flitmazy

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’ …

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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.

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

 

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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