In this issue

  • Welcome to the Seniors of 2019
  • 2020 Senior Leaders
  • 2018 Cohort ‘New Old Boys Night’ – Register Now!
  • Old Boy Achievements
  • 2019 Old Boys’ Tennis Tournament – Register Now!
  • 2019 OBA Christmas Drinks
  • OBA Merchandise – Perfect Christmas Gifts!
  • plus interesting feature articles

November 2019

This month we welcome 177 new Old Boys – the Seniors of 2019. Congratulations to these young men and we wish you well in your lives beyond school. We also look forward to hearing of your experiences at Old Boys events and reunions. For our Seniors of 2018, the annual …

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November 2019

This month we welcome 177 new Old Boys – the Seniors of 2019. Congratulations to these young men and we wish you well in your lives beyond school. We also look forward to hearing of your experiences at Old Boys events and reunions. For our Seniors of 2018, the annual New Old Boys Night will be held next Thursday 28 November at the Green Beacon Brewing Co. Please click here for further details and to register for this event.

At the recent Awards Assembly for 2019, the Student Leaders for 2020 were announced. Impressively, three of these four outstanding young men are sons of Old Boys. Congratulations to (pictured above L-R): School Captain Jacob Marchant – son of Darren Marchant (1989), School Vice-Captain Finn MacPherson, School Vice-Captain Griffith Pattison – son of current OBA President Simon Pattison (1984) and Head Boarder Floyd McKay – son of Ian McKay (1985).

On Monday 18 November the OBA Annual General Meeting was held. No nominations were received in addition to the standing committee, so the following persons were duly appointed: President Mr Simon Pattison (1984), Vice-President Mr Andrew Fleming (1979), Honorary Secretary Mr Tim Harland (1963), Honorary Treasurer Mr Peter Kelly (1997), Mr Jack Borger (2012), Mr Craig Dorrstein (1999), Mr Tony Rowan (1981), Mr Mike McAfee (1974), Mr Grant Menzies (1988) and Mr Rob Needham (1988).

Don’t forget to lock in Monday 16 December to get along to the Old Boys’ Tennis Tournament for 2019 to be held at the school’s David Turbayne Tennis Centre. Come along and play or enjoy the evening as a spectator. Tennis professionals, Old Boys John Millman (2006) and Colin Sinclair (2012) will be there. Please refer to the event post later in this newsletter for more details.

To celebrate the end of another year and the start of the festive season, all Churchie Old Boys are invited to the 2019 Churchie OBA Christmas Drinks to be held from 6 pm – 8 pm on Thursday 19 December at Friday’s Riverside. Get a group together and join us for what is always a fantastic evening.

Job Search
Congratulations to Old Boy Michael Dal Pra (2015) who has secured the graduate role advertised last month with Harriss Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors, which is owned and operated by a Churchie family.

Local Hero Is A Ripper Bloke

In June 2017 we featured an article about Old Boy Nick Marshall (1994), titled Albatross Nippers are Little Rippers. Nick, a sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapist, …

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Local Hero Is A Ripper Bloke

In June 2017 we featured an article about Old Boy Nick Marshall (1994), titled Albatross Nippers are Little Rippers. Nick, a sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapist, is also an advocate for increased participation in surf lifesaving activities. In 2014, coupled with a passion for ensuring those with special needs and disability are included in the community, particularly insofar as it relates to them experiencing Nippers with other children of similar ages, Nick founded Albatross Nippers. His volunteer work, his commitment to achieving greater inclusion in sport and his desire to create a better and more engaged community, has inspired many. So much so that on Monday 11 November, Nick was named 2020 Queenslander of the Year – Local Hero. Nick acknowledged that it was an absolute honour and privilege to receive the award. Moreover, with admirable humility, he also gave credit to the team of dedicated selfless volunteers who help to make the Albatross Nippers program happen and keep it completely free of charge to all participants. Nick has also liaised with his local city council to install beach matting and free beach wheelchair access. Additionally, he was instrumental in designing the online Surf Lifesaving Australia special needs module, teaching clubs across Australia to better interact, engage and develop programs at their beach. On Saturday 25 January 2020 in Canberra, the winner of the 2020 Australian of the Year – Local Hero will be announced. Congratulations Nick and we wish you every success for the national award.

Earlier this year at the QLD State Nipper Championships, the Albatross Nippers became the first group of special needs children in history to participate in a surf lifesaving event. As this was also the 50th anniversary of Nippers in Queensland, it was a special day and almost a line in the sand as to what the next 50 years of lifesaving will look like and moving towards all surf clubs becoming inclusive. Last summer, during their journey towards the championships, a documentary was made about the Albatross Nippers. Nick says: “We never envisaged that the documentary would be so successful. As a result of our screenings it has now been picked up by Virgin Airlines and from Wednesday 1 January 2020 it will form part of their in-flight entertainment.” Further testament to the success of the all-inclusive Nipper program, is its expansion to multiple Gold Coast beaches and indeed across Queensland.

To view the Trailer and media about the Documentary and QLD State Nipper Championships, please click on the respective links below. The Trailer for the film includes some sports stars from the NRL, Australian Surf Lifesaving Team, as well as Swimming Australia, all of which are teams Nick works for and with in his real job as a sports Physio.

Trailer
https://youtu.be/JK3djwbb5AU

Media about the Documentary
https://youtu.be/IxCmek3xvm0

Media about the QLD State Nipper Championships
https://youtu.be/4lVhpoVNrhA

Where Are They Now… Peter Hopton (1973)

I have been associated with the Australasian transport and shipping industry for the past 45 years. During this time I have been exposed to most …

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Where Are They Now… Peter Hopton (1973)

I have been associated with the Australasian transport and shipping industry for the past 45 years. During this time I have been exposed to most facets of the logistics industry, including general management, operations, merge and acquisition, ship building, agency, IT Logistics and company directorships. Many of these positions were whilst employed by BHP (25 + years) and included assignments involving significant capital raising and other financial arrangements pursuant to growing a green field or brown field business.

Latterly as a Company Executive Director and CEO, my work focused on management and strategy in a variety of demanding and transformational situations. My past international assignments have facilitated strong business relationships with the Asian and Australian resource industry logistics network. This network involved regular interaction with freight forwarders, ship owners/ charterers, ship brokers, financial institutions, insurance companies, legal entities, port operators, government and resource industry principals.

We have moved interstate and overseas 13 times in our married life. I am now retired and celebrating 40 years of marriage. We have three wonderful and successful children who are now adults. Recently, we became grandparents. Darwin is Hotel California…you can check out anytime you want, albeit you can never leave.

Some of Peter’s more recent achievements include:

  • CONOPS development for a US$10.5 Billion port in Qatar.
  • Conceptual design work for 2 load ports – Oceania Nickel project.
  • Marine consultant for construction of new handy size South Australian Timber Port.
  • Marine Consultant for new Timor Leste cement plant, including MOF wharf design and main wharf (50,000TDWT Vessels)
  • Tug Barge commercial operations proposal for Timor Leste Marine Supply Base.
  • Mine Management plan input for development for new Australian Iron Ore Mine. Port terminal costs, barge storage, fleet charter, operational SOPs.
  • Sourcing, prequalification, arranging finance and legal support to two container vessels for an expanding international fleet.
  • Leading a private equity and management team to acquire controlling shares in a private shipping company.
  • Participating in negotiations for a major shipping and logistics contract with a resource industry MNC.
  • Identification of a new client base consistent with an agreed strategy.
  • Managing a Merge &Acquisition team for the acquisition of a competitor.
  • Designed strategically focused planning and performance measurement systems for a workforce of 400 employees.
  • Redesigned organisational structures, accountabilities and performance measures for an acquired target (A$8.00million)
  • Renewed company policies consistent with new strategy and community changing expectations.

‘Strong’ – A Gift Forever Cherished

Mrs Pam Willmann was the house mother of Strong House from January 1998 until December 2002. As a farewell gift on Pam’s retirement, the boys …

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‘Strong’ – A Gift Forever Cherished

Mrs Pam Willmann was the house mother of Strong House from January 1998 until December 2002. As a farewell gift on Pam’s retirement, the boys of Strong House gave Pam a Lhasa Apso puppy which has been by her side every day since. As a sign of respect that she had for the boys that she cared for over her five years as their second mother, Pam named the dog ‘Strong’. Over the past seventeen years, Strong has given so much love to Pam and her husband Glenn (who was Churchie’s School Marshall from 1996 to 2004). Unfortunately however, a recent visit to the vet revealed a large tumour inside his mouth that could not be removed, so the decision was made on 17 October 2019 to let him continue to sleep. Pam would like to thank the boys of Strong House once again, and in particular the Boys of 2002, for their generosity and love for such a wonderful gift that she will always cherish.

Boomerang Gold

Old Boy Dion Mayne (2000) has realised a dream of writing a historical seafaring tale, under the mentorship of Dr Paul Richardson, who is a …

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Boomerang Gold

Old Boy Dion Mayne (2000) has realised a dream of writing a historical seafaring tale, under the mentorship of Dr Paul Richardson, who is a published author and Dion’s former primary school principal. Boomerang Gold has larger than life characters hell bent on command & conquer plus the hunger for blood and gold. The story follows the adventures of Dutch Captain Calder Velden during European expansion beyond the East Indies. Based around 16th Century historical events, the story raises questions about the brutality of the times, the endurance of the early sailors, the mistreatment of women and resistence by first nation Australians to white man’s arrival on their country.

To explain how it all came about, Dion said, “I watched an interview with Actor Chris Hemsworth. He said he and his brother Liam were still waiting for a script his family could all star in together. That was the inspiration for my story. As I wrote I always envisaged each scene playing out on the big screen!” Dion wanted to write a story about European exploration in the waters of Australasia (hence the boomerang reference) and decided to develop the storyline around the Dutch and Spanish quest for gold during the 16th century. Paul helped to bring the story to life with descriptive detail and dialogue.

Dion added: “Teachers do a great deal for us, they have certainly played a key role in our successes, I don’t believe they get acknowledged enough. So, I was more than happy to acknowledge those that helped me become a better person and took the chance to thank the teachers of Churchie that inspired me and brought the best out of me during my time at Churchie.” In his Acknowledgements, Dion writes: “Thank you to my ACGS Family with special mention to Garry Andreas, Tony Rowan, Alan Greenbank, Christopher Ellis, Robert Morris, David Grogan, Catriona Dumont, John Palethorpe, Michael Gearing, David Gee and my school mates.

Featured Image: Dion (pictured centre) with the Triple M Breakfast Team, Jay and Dave. Please click here to listen to the interview.

Boomerang Gold is available via the iBookstore and Book Outlets such as Lulu Press (My Publisher), Amazon, Angus & Robertson, Book Depository, Barnes & Noble, Booktopia etc.

Facebook Link:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/Boomerang-Gold-100501264719132/about/?ref=page_internal

Amazon Link:
https://www.amazon.com/Boomerang-Gold-Lure-Legend-Bring/dp/1684707757/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?keywords=Boomerang+Gold&qid=1571697947&s=books&sr=1-1

Lulu Publishers Link: Soft Print & eBook
http://www.lulu.com/shop/dion-mayne-and-paul-richardson/boomerang-gold-its-the-lure-and-the-legend-that-bring-you-back/paperback/product-24243251.html

Google Overview Link: The overview of the first 46 Pages of Boomerang Gold
Boomerang Gold: It’s the Lure and the Legend That Bring You Back

Old Boy Achievements

Matthew Paterson (2012) Matthew was co-winner of the 2019 Banking and Financial Services Law Association Research Essay Prize for an essay he wrote on the …

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Old Boy Achievements

Matthew Paterson (2012)
Matthew was co-winner of the 2019 Banking and Financial Services Law Association Research Essay Prize for an essay he wrote on the disclaimer of property in bankruptcy. His essay is forthcoming in the Journal of Banking and Finance Law and Practice.

Miles Farmer (1949)
Miles has been awarded the RSL’s prestigious Meritorious Service Medal. Awarded on a restricted basis, this is the League’s highest honour and is awarded only to those who have given exceptional service over a sustained period of time.

Bon Scott (2014)
Bon has been awarded 2019 NPL Goalkeeper of the Year. Bon plays for the Brisbane Strikers.

Zach Gracie (2015)
Zach has been appointed as Domino’s first ever Chief Garlic Bread Taster, after beating 7,500 Australian and international applicants.

Aaron Brown (1997)
Aaron is a 2020 Churchill Fellowship recipient. He has been awarded The Mr and Mrs Gerald Frank New Churchill Fellowship to research the performance practice of medieval and baroque music – Greece, Italy

 

 

 

2019 Old Boys’ Tennis Tournament

On Monday 16 December, the third Old Boys’ Tennis Tournament will be held at the David Turbayne Tennis Centre. Meet tennis professionals, Old Boys John …

Monday 16 December
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2019 Old Boys’ Tennis Tournament

On Monday 16 December, the third Old Boys’ Tennis Tournament will be held at the David Turbayne Tennis Centre. Meet tennis professionals, Old Boys John Millman (2006) and Colin Sinclair (2012), as well as Churchie’s Director of Tennis, Ian Malpass. This event is open to the whole Churchie community, so current students, parents (past and present), staff (past and present) and Old Boys are all invited to play and compete for the John Millman Shield. It is encouraged that at least one player from each doubles pairing is either a Churchie Old Boy or current Churchie student.

Starting at 6 pm and finishing at 9 pm, this is a fantastic opportunity to play some social tennis and make new connections. The format for the day will be 24 doubles teams competing in a round robin format. There will also be a sausage sizzle for players and spectators. Registration fee per player is $50, so if you’re interested in participating then please click here to register. Alternatively, if you simply wish to come and spectate we look forward to seeing you at what promises to be a great event.

 

2019 OBA Christmas Drinks

To celebrate the end of another year and the start of the festive season, all Churchie Old Boys are invited to the 2019 OBA Christmas …

Thursday 19 December
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2019 OBA Christmas Drinks

To celebrate the end of another year and the start of the festive season, all Churchie Old Boys are invited to the 2019 OBA Christmas Drinks to be held from 6 pm – 8 pm on Thursday 19 December at Friday’s Riverside. Get a group together and join us for what is always a fantastic evening.

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 …

Perfect Christmas Gifts!
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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.

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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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 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.