October 2018

Those who attended the OBA Cocktail Evening at Porsche Centre Brisbane on Friday 12 October were unanimous in agreement that it was a perfect setting and a very enjoyable evening. To round off reunion season, tonight (Friday 26 October), many Old Boys will be gathering at the Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club for the 2018 Melbourne Reunion. If you are in Melbourne and would like to attend, it’s not too late to join us. Please click here to register.

Recently the talent and dedication of students in art, design and technology was on display at the CART (Churchie Art) awards. This year CART was judged by highly acclaimed Australian artist Michael Zavros, who was impressed not only with the technical skills on display but with the sophistication of the boys’ ideas and their ability to clearly articulate themselves both visually and verbally. Congratulations to Craig Waddel (Year 12) on being awarded the Old Boys Association Prize for the piece most reflective of Churchie values.

Please, if you can, make the time to participate in Walk4Brain Cancer (Newro Foundation Walk/Run) on Sunday 28 October. The Churchie community is asked to register under Team Hugo in memory of Old Boy Hugo Shepherd (2013). To register, please click here. If you can’t make the event but would still like to donate to Team Hugo, then please click here. The run will commence at 6.45 am at the 7th Brigade Park, 375 Hamilton Road, Chermside and conclude at 10 am.

After the success of the inaugural Old Boys’ Tennis Tournament last year, Saturday 15 December has been locked in for this year’s event at the school’s David Turbayne Tennis Centre. Meet and have the chance to play with tennis professionals, Old Boys John Millman (2006) and Colin Sinclair (2012). As holders of the John Millman Shield, Old Boys Nick Clarke (1996) and Sean Fyfe (1996) will be keen to defend their doubles title. Please refer to the event post later in this newsletter for more details.

The Rev’d Bryan Gadd, School Chaplain, will be the Preacher at All Saints’ Church, Wickham Terrace at 9.30 am on Sunday 25 November, for the Feast of Christ the King. The Rev’d Canon Dr Richard Martin SSC is an Old Boy of the School (1960 – 1965) the present Rector of All Saints’. Rev’d Canon Thomas Jones, after whom Churchie’s Chapel was dedicated in 1924, was All Saints’ second Rector (1865 – 1877) and was one of Queensland’s Anglo-Catholic pioneer priests.

Job Search
Bailey Shepherd (Year 12)
Bailey is a current Year 12 student who is interested in Digital Social Media Marketing. More specifically, he would like to gain some hands on experience with filming, editing and to collaborate with the filming world. If you have an internship opportunity for Bailey to gain some experience during the school holidays, or perhaps a job ongoing, then please email the OBA office at oba@churchie.com.au

William Macpherson (School Captain 2018)
Will is interested in pursuing a career in the Finance industry and is looking for a work experience opportunity before he commences university. If you are located in Melbourne or Sydney and have an opportunity for Will during the December / January period, please email the OBA office at oba@churchie.com.au

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 …

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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.

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 Boys’ Tennis Tournament 2018

On Saturday 15 December, the second Old Boys’ Tennis Tournament will be held at the David Turbayne Tennis Centre. Meet and have the chance to …

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Old Boys’ Tennis Tournament 2018

On Saturday 15 December, the second Old Boys’ Tennis Tournament will be held at the David Turbayne Tennis Centre. Meet and have the chance to play with 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 2 pm and finishing at 5 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. Numerous raffles will be held throughout the afternoon. 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.

This year we welcome Your Tennis Mate (YTM) as our event sponsor. This exciting new online platform is an initiative of Old Boy Federico Keil (2012) and his business partner Charl Van Den Berg. YTM allows tennis players of any standard to view court locations and availability anywhere in Australia based on ‘real-time’ and easily book a court or service offering.

 

Jono Lights the Way for STC

With significant experience in theatre, ballet and opera production, major events and architectural lighting, Old Boy Jono Perry (1994) joined the team at the acclaimed …

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Jono Lights the Way for STC

With significant experience in theatre, ballet and opera production, major events and architectural lighting, Old Boy Jono Perry (1994) joined the team at the acclaimed Sydney Theatre Company (STC) in 2015. As Director, Technical and Production, Jono is excited to be the Project Director of a renewal project that will transform Sydney’s iconic early 20th-century pier at Walsh Bay. This incredible 8500m2 piece of Sydney’s Heritage, which originally opened for shipping in 1921, is home to the Sydney Theatre Company and after an initial STC fit-out in 1984, it is about to undergo its first major facility upgrade in 30 years.

According to Jono, respecting the heritage of “The Wharf” (as it is affectionately known) and staying within the confines of a timber building has been a real challenge but he is confident that they have respected and added to the building’s character, whilst ensuring that the wharf still looks and feels like a wharf. It’s also an incredible opportunity to enhance the visitor experience, not just within the theatres. With an Artistic Panel of leading Designers, Directors, Lighting and Sound Designers, who have drawn upon international experience and inspirations, Jono and his team are very excited about the design of the theatres for artists and audiences alike.

Jono’s previous experience includes eight years with Opera Australia’s lighting department before taking up the role of Technical Director at the Brisbane Festival, where he was the Producer of the city’s largest and most iconic free public event, ‘Riverfire’ and Creative Director of the G20 Cultural Celebrations comprising ‘Colour Me Brisbane’.

Volunteering for Humanity

On Friday 16 November, along with seven fellow QUT optometry students, Old Boy Leo Liu (2014) will be travelling to Ciudad Guzmán, Mexico. The two-week …

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Volunteering for Humanity

On Friday 16 November, along with seven fellow QUT optometry students, Old Boy Leo Liu (2014) will be travelling to Ciudad Guzmán, Mexico. The two-week trip is held by the Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity/International (VOSH) who have designated the mission to combat blindness and to provide high quality optometric services to all developing nations. The placement, which entails approximately 80 hours of clinical work, will help with screening and the examination of the Mexican locals. Leo and his colleagues will experience real world practice in eyecare and embrace the opportunity to apply techniques developed over their four years of study. Furthermore, they will share ideas and best practice with doctors, optometrists and optometry students from the United States and Canada.

Ciudad Guzmán is a small city of approximately of 100,000 people. Its demand for healthcare and eyecare is not unlike the rural and remote regions of Australia. However, under Mexico’s limited healthcare systems, there is a prevalence of sight threatening diseases (such as diabetic retinopathies, glaucoma, macular degeneration, sun related damage) that go undetected. Thankfully, with early detection and proper management, the blindness and vision loss incurred by these conditions are readily preventable with early detection and proper management.

Leo and his colleagues have set their sights on two primary goals: to create awareness of this situation in rural communities of Ciudad Guzmán and to provide assistance to screen, detect and combat the eye conditions in those with the greatest needs. Although they acknowledge that their contributions may be small in the grand vision of things, through their advice, management, measures of prevention, supply of therapeutics and aids (including spectacles for vision correction, sunglasses for sun protection and eye drops for symptomatic patients) they are taking important steps to build momentum for future like-minded endeavours.

Feel free to help Leo and his colleagues create awareness by sharing their mission with any interested family or friends! You can also support them with a financial contribution by clicking on the following link:
https://www.gofundme.com/volunteering-in-mexico-vosh

Farewell to a True Gentleman

Old Boy, Dr Robert ‘Bob’ Molesworth Goodwin OAM (1937) was born on Friday 25 February 1921. On this same day, Georgia again lost its newly …

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Farewell to a True Gentleman

Old Boy, Dr Robert ‘Bob’ Molesworth Goodwin OAM (1937) was born on Friday 25 February 1921. On this same day, Georgia again lost its newly gained independence after an invasion by Russia’s Red Army, whilst at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia defeated England by nine wickets in the fifth match of the 1920-1921 Ashes Test Series to win the series 5-0.

Bob was an insurance clerk in Brisbane before he enlisted in July 1940. Following his training in Brisbane, he served in Malaya and Singapore. Bob was taken prisoner when the garrison surrendered on Sunday 15 February 1942, in what is now referred to as the Fall of Singapore. At the time of his capture Bob was a young Lieutenant and Regimental Survey officer for the 2/10th Field Regiment. In Thailand, he worked on the Burma-Thailand Railway, including at Hellfire Pass. In December 1943, when work on the railway was finished, he was sent back to Singapore and spent the remainder of the war in Changi. He was liberated in September 1945 and discharged in December 1945.

Following the war, Bob completed grade 12 (senior) in 1946, later graduating as a Doctor from the University of Queensland in 1952. He practiced as a GP in Brisbane from 1952 to 1959 and then in Warwick until 1970, before returning to Brisbane as Specialist Physician (Cardiologist). He was Medical Director of the Queensland National Heart Foundation for 25 years and in 1993 was awarded an OAM for his services to medicine.

In 2013, at the age of 92, Bob joined three Australian Second World War veterans on a return journey to Thailand for Anzac Day. The visit coincided with the 70th anniversary of work starting on Hellfire Pass, a notorious part of the Burma-Thailand railway. As prisoners of war, enduring sickness and starvation under appalling conditions, they cut a railway pass through the Tenasserim Hills by pick, shovel and dynamite.

The Anzac Day march in Brisbane is an occasion Bob rarely missed. In 1996, he was proud to be invited to Churchie as the Reviewing Officer for the school’s annual commemoration service.

Bob and his wife Marie, who married in 1947, had three sons (George, Chris and Jim) and one daughter (Lois). George attended Churchie in 1968. Bob and Marie retired to Highfields in 2004.

Bob passed away on Friday 31 August 2018 and will be dearly missed.

Featured Image: Bob being interviewed by Churchie students in May 2015.
L-R
:- Sam Goldberg, Alex Rowe, Mac Trimmer, Jamie Richardson, Archie Allen

Pictured Above Left: Bob as a young bombardier during his training at Redbank Camp circa 1940. He is pictured (left) with his good friend and future brother in law Jack Boyd. Jack sadly died at the very young age of 37, so Bob was like a second father to Jack’s three sons who all attended Churchie – John (1966), Don (1967) and Geoffrey (1968). George, one of Bob’s three sons and another four nephews who also attended Churchie are David Brand (1967), John Brand (1970), Graham Brand (1971) and Ross Brand (1971).

Pictured Above Right: Bob (superimposed) in front of “Hellfire Pass” where he and many other POW’s were forced to work on the infamous Burma / Thai railway during his 3½ years of captivity during World War II.

Pictured below at Bobs funeral (L-R): Chris Goodwin, Jim Goodwin, John Boyd, Graham Brand, Ross Brand, Lois Speed, Don Boyd, George Goodwin and John Brand

Old Boy Achievements

Kalyn Ponga (2015) polled second in the 2018 Dally M Awards in recognition of his outstanding season for the Newcastle Knights in the NRL. Brodie …

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Old Boy Achievements

Kalyn Ponga (2015) polled second in the 2018 Dally M Awards in recognition of his outstanding season for the Newcastle Knights in the NRL.

Brodie Croft (2015) made his NRL Grand Final debut playing for the Melbourne Storm.

Jeremy Markey (2017) has been awarded QRRA Junior Referee of 2018.

Steve Pilcher (1980) and Paul Worroll (1985) qualified to compete in the 2018 Ironman World Championship which was held on Saturday 13 October at Kona, Hawai’i.

Quade Cooper (2006) has been named the National Rugby Championship Player of the Year for 2018

Photo Gallery

To view photos from the recent events and cohort reunions, please click on the relevant links below. OBA Cocktail Evening Saturday 8 September Click here …

Photo Gallery
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Who, When, Where?

Please have a look at this image and if you can assist by identifying Who, When or Where, then please contact our School Archivist, Mr …

Assisting Archives
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Who, When, Where?

Please have a look at this image and if you can assist by identifying Who, When or Where, then please contact our School Archivist, Mr Peter Collin on 07 3896 2137, or click here to email the OBA. Please reference the image/s when replying.

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2018 Churchie Cricket Luncheon

On Wednesday 21 November, commencing at 11.30 am, the annual Churchie Cricket Luncheon will be held at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Guest Speaker Kerry …

Churchie Cricket Luncheon
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2018 Churchie Cricket Luncheon

On Wednesday 21 November, commencing at 11.30 am, the annual Churchie Cricket Luncheon will be held at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Guest Speaker Kerry O’Keeffe will be sure to entertain. Please click here or on the above image to secure your seat – $1950 per table of 10 or $195 per person.