May 2020

As we finally start to see some light at the end of the tunnel to COVID-19 restrictions it has been wonderful to welcome our students in Reception, Years 1, 11 and 12 back to school. From Monday 25 May, Years 2 through to 10 will return. It will be fantastic to see the movement of blue and grey on Oaklands Parade again. The School at Home programme has definitely generated some positive experiences and has seen the implementation of some terrific initiatives. One such initiative comes from the Prep School and is about the way in which boys are being acknowledged for Outstanding Achievement Awards. The Head of Preparatory School Mr Mark Wyer, accompanied by Mr Gavin Darwin and Mr  Scott Warfield, have been conducting Friday morning road trips to present certificates in person to congratulate boys who have produced outstanding work in their online classrooms and specialist lessons. Please click here to view their most recent road trip.

Thank you to those Old Boys who sent in photos showing their support for the RSL ‘Light Up The Dawn’ initiative. These can be viewed in the Photo Gallery later in this newsletter.

As previously advised, in response to recommendations from external governing authorities, a range of activities have therefore either been postponed or cancelled. Among these it has been necessary for the OBA to cancel our annual Vintage Vikings | Morning Tea and Lunch, which was to be held in Morris Hall on Friday 29 May. All Vintage Vikings have been advised accordingly, either by email or traditional post.

With the continuing social distancing and public health rules, as advised by the Queensland Government, along with other independent recent developments (in particular the shift of Brisbane’s Show Day public holiday from Wednesday 12 August to Friday 14 August), the OBA Committee are considering all options with regard to the OBA Annual Dinner. The dinner is currently scheduled to be held on Friday 14 August. These considerations include change of date, venue and format. Our cohort reunions may also be impacted by the government conditions. Whilst it is likely that school sporting activities will proceed in term 3, possible consequential recommendations from the School and GPS Association of QLD, with regard to the number of spectators allowed to attend these activities, may necessitate format changes to these cohort reunions. Rescheduling these reunions may also be necessary. If there is a necessity to cancel any of these events, 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.

Lachlan Lights Up The Dawn

In the April 2020 edition of Viking Spirit we wrote about Old Boy Lachlan Luhrs (2016) whose faultless performances as a past Churchie Anzac Day …

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Lachlan Lights Up The Dawn

In the April 2020 edition of Viking Spirit we wrote about Old Boy Lachlan Luhrs (2016) whose faultless performances as a past Churchie Anzac Day bugler were emotionally stirring. We decided this was a perfect opportunity to find out more from Lachlan about what he has been doing since his schoolboy days at Churchie.

“I have studied and played trumpet since I was 7, so for some 13 years now. I have now completed three music degrees on trumpet, with the following letters after my name – AMusA (Associate in Music, Australian awarded by the Australian Music Examination Board); LTCL (Licentiate in Music awarded by the Trinity College of Music, London); LMusA (Licentiate in Music awarded by the Australian Music Examination Board). I am currently the Principal Trumpet with the Queensland Youth Symphony and the Queensland Youth Orchestra Big Band. In the 55 year history of the world renowned QYO program, I am the first trumpet musician to hold both principal positions in these two QYO ensembles.

At Churchie I was heavily involved in the music program. I played the trumpet for the Churchie Anzac services and was involved in the cadets program. For the past seven years, since I was old enough to participate, I have played in a Salvation Army band on the Anzac Day March in Brisbane. The Salvation Army is aligned and supports the defence services through the Salvation Army Red Shield defence services. They are also synonymous with brass banding, which complements my interest in the trumpet.

My connection with the Anzac spirit is traced to my great great grandfather William Booth Shaw. He was a Salvation Army minister and served in the Second World War in the Red Shield Services. In 1983 he was awarded the Australian Anzac of the Year Medallion from the Governor General. I am now a fourth generation Salvationist.

Most recently I performed at the Springfield Anzac Memorial, which was prepared for a virtual Anzac service in the Greater Springfield area that would normally have accommodated in excess of 6,000 participants. I count it a privilege to support the Anzac Day activities, particularly by playing the Last Post and Rouse in various memorial services.”

Featured Image: Lachlan performing the Last Post and Rouse on Anzac Day 2020 from Level 10 Springfield Tower, Springfield Central as dawn breaks over the city centre.

Above Image: Lachlan performing the Last Post and Rouse on Anzac Day 2020 from the amphitheatre overlooking the 17th green at the Brookwater Golf and Country Club as part of the commemorative service for the Brookwater Residential community.

Above Image: Lachlan performing the Last Post and Rouse on Anzac Day 2020 from the verandah of his house for the residents in his local community.

Hugo’s Renewable Dream

Old Boy Hugo van Buuren (2016), pictured, is studying a Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Systems) with concurrent Diploma of Music at The University of Melbourne. …

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Hugo’s Renewable Dream

Old Boy Hugo van Buuren (2016), pictured, is studying a Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Systems) with concurrent Diploma of Music at The University of Melbourne. As a 2019 recipient of the Churchie Foundation ‘Scholarship for Old Boys’, Hugo recently attended The University of Edinburgh and has penned the following recollections of his experience.

It still feels like a dream when I look back on the past eight months of my life. Never would I have imagined that I could learn, travel and grow so much in such a short amount of time. In 2019, I briefly put my life in Melbourne on hold to study at The University of Edinburgh. This was an opportunity for me to push myself and apply my studies of mechanical engineering in renewable energy applications.

As a city, Edinburgh was everything that I could have wanted. As a keen outdoors person, living at the base of a dormant volcano meant I had running trails galore right at my doorstep! While the Scottish weather, cuisine and limited winter daylight hours were a challenge at first, I began to feel right at home with the help and generosity of the friends I quickly made. With their spirit and wicked senses of humour, settling into my new life was easy as we explored Scotland’s charming cities and breathtaking isles, glens, lochs and munros!

The University’s Institute for Energy Systems is a world leader for research and development in renewable energy. It proved to be a perfect fit for me as I could take fast tracked Honours and Masters course subjects in renewable energy technologies and economics, of which I couldn’t back in Australia. It was fascinating to learn about these renewable energy technologies in class and then explore Scotland and see these

principles in practice at their various hydropower plants and wind farms. Living in a country where 55% of the electricity was produced from renewable sources in 2018 was very exciting to me. Being based in Edinburgh was also fantastic to make many weekend road trips up to the highlands for site visits to these various institutions.

As well as taking part in the university running and music societies, I was fortunate enough to join a team of student engineers called “Winds of Change”. The groups’ project was to design, manufacture and build a one kilowatt wind turbine from scratch to supply power to a community garden and hall on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Working as part of the team responsible for the emergency braking system was incredibly inspiring and served as a great opportunity to connect with other passionate students.

I have a dream of pursuing a career that will help to build Australia’s renewable energy future and I am extremely grateful for the continued support of the Churchie Foundation in helping me achieve this. Australia has a very long way to go to reach their greenhouse emission commitments and renewable energy is undoubtable going to be a staple of our transition to this cleaner future. I am pleased to be a part of the generation that will help drive this change and ultimately create a more sustainable world to live in.

Whitelee Windfarm – “Winds of Change” student society made a site visit here.

The Overseas Study Scholarship for Old Boys is managed by Churchie Foundation. Applications for 2020 are now being received. The scholarships are open to Old Boys of the School and students in Year 12 for undergraduate or post graduate study in either the United States or United Kingdom. Please click here to read more. Applications close on Friday 29 May 2020.

A Week to Change Direction

Founded in 2010 by Vietnam Veteran and Old Boy Tony Dell (1963), Stand Tall for PTS is a totally volunteer not for profit organisation that …

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A Week to Change Direction

Founded in 2010 by Vietnam Veteran and Old Boy Tony Dell (1963), Stand Tall for PTS is a totally volunteer not for profit organisation that is raising awareness and funds for the treatment and research of post-traumatic stress.

Tony spent 40 years of his life with PTS without being diagnosed. Having spent a year in Vietnam as a national serviceman, with 2RAR in 1967 /68, he unknowingly contracted PTS during his deployment and as a result he experienced a few amazing highs and many debilitating lows over the next 40 years. These included two cricket test matches for Australia, with Ian Chappell as his captain, in the 1970s and a number of years of incredible success in the advertising industry in the 1980s.

In 2019 Stand Tall for PTS connected with Give an Hour out of Washington and joined the campaign to Change Direction. They are now connected globally in their efforts to raise public awareness of PTS and Mental Trauma, champion collaboration and seek improvement of treatment. So, as part of Mental Health Awareness Month (observed in May in the United States since 1949), during the week of 18-24 May there is a unique opportunity to help those suffering to get through the associated mental traumas, including isolation.

With the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent global lockdowns impacting lives across the world in ways many of us have never experienced before, Tony is personally inviting everyone to participate in the virtual and global event, A Week to Change Direction. To do so, please share what you/your organisation are currently doing or will be doing to protect and encourage everyone’s emotional wellness during this terrible worldwide pandemic. Please click here to share your idea.

If you would like to make a donation to Stand Tall for PTS to help them continue the good work they are doing please click here and then click on the Donate Now button in the pop up window.

As reported by our OBA President, Mr Simon Pattison (1984) in the latest edition of Eagles Wings (Summer 2019), mental health is an issue of growing concern to our community and one in which the OBA believe they can offer some support. The OBA has therefore established a forum of experts to provide guidance about the effective measures we can put in place to support members who are struggling with their mental health. We look forward to sharing more details about this initiative as it develops.

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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View the full Events and Reunions Calendar

Photo Gallery

Please click here to view the full Photo Gallery Above: Toby StGeorge (1948)   Above: Miles Farmer (1949) please click here to view Miles’ video …

Photo Gallery
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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.

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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