October 2019

On Thursday 10 October, to acknowledge and celebrate 100 years of the Churchie Army Cadet Unit, members of the ACGS Army Cadet Unit formed up to conduct a Heritage March down Oaklands Parade with the rest of the Senior School forming a Guard of Honour. The Churchie Army Cadet Unit has its basis in the 15th Battalion Australian Military Forces. In 1919 students from the School, as Senior Cadets, formed 16 Platoon, D Company of the Battalion. The date coincided with the 102nd anniversary of the laying of the Foundation Stone of School House.

Congratulations to First XI 2019 premiership players Jackson Simpkin (New Zealand) and Jordan Courtney-Perkins (Australia) who are taking part in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Brazil from 26 October 26 to 17 November. We wish them well as they represent us on the world stage. We also take this opportunity to wish the Churchie Track & Field team every success at the 2019 GPS Championships to be held on Saturday 2 November at QSAC Main Stadium.

Job Search
Harriss Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors (owned and operated by a Churchie family) are looking for either a graduating student or Old Boy who would be interested in a position with their firm. For further details about this exciting opportunity please refer to the Job Search tab in this newsletter. If you are already interested, please contact the OBA office by email at oba@churchie.com.au or by phoning 07 3896 2203.

The Craft of Storytelling

During the current school term (term 4), Year 9 students engage with a new form of non-fictional text (the documentary) which allows for the exploration of …

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The Craft of Storytelling

During the current school term (term 4), Year 9 students engage with a new form of non-fictional text (the documentary) which allows for the exploration of concepts and perspectives.  In particular, students explore how these perspectives are created through construction, storytelling, bias and film techniques. This unit encourages them to examine a wider range of perspectives regarding global issues as they are asked to examine the construction of and messages within documentaries.

It was therefore opportune to invite Old Boy Tim Swanston (2011) back to Churchie to speak to the boys. Tim is a multiplatform reporter for the ABC, currently based in Brisbane. He joined the ABC in 2017 and has worked as a cross-platform video journalist in Cairns. Tim is currently a reporter for triple j HACK which, put simply, talks about the stuff that matters to young Australians.

Tim opened by explaining what ‘news’ boils down to and described what news organisations do. He then spoke about the concepts of ‘truth’ and ‘attribution’ when reporting news. With a passion for reporting on issues impacting young people, Tim went on to share his work and how they utilised current affairs structure and other techniques. Using examples of his own recent reports, he further explained the persuasive techniques content-makers use in current affairs story-telling, with a particular emphasis on sound, talent and narration style.

The knowledge Tim imparted and the practical manner in which he did so provided the boys with valuable insights and different perspectives on the art of storytelling which will stand them in very good stead as they further their study in this unit.

Churchie Army Cadets Heritage March

On Thursday 10 October 2019, 102 years to the day after the laying of the Foundation Stone of School House, it was most fitting that, …

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Churchie Army Cadets Heritage March

On Thursday 10 October 2019, 102 years to the day after the laying of the Foundation Stone of School House, it was most fitting that, with School House as the setting, the 100th anniversary of the formation of Churchie’s Army Cadets was acknowledged with an inaugural heritage march down Oaklands Parade. The march was accompanied by the Pipes and Drums National Servicemen’s Memorial Band with the Air Force and Navy Cadets forming a Guard of Honour. With the boys gathered on the lawns in front of School House, the occasion also paid homage to the early Headmaster’s Assemblies conducted from the lower verandah by Canon Morris and Harry Roberts.

The Churchie Army Cadet Unit has its basis in the 15th Battalion Australian Military Forces. In 1919 students from the School, as Senior Cadets, formed 16 Platoon, D Company of the Battalion. Churchie remains one of only a few schools in Australia to operate a tri-service cadets programme.

Tri-service Cadets Coordinator Mr Craig Howe OAM and Army Cadets Officer Commanding Mr Tremayne Cornish are to be congratulated for initiating this inaugural Heritage March. In his address, Mr Cornish acknowledged Old Boy and current staff member Mr Charles Fisher (1977), who served for 26 years as the Officer Commanding of the Churchie Army Cadets. Mr Cornish later stated: “The great schools of the world pay homage to their heritage, never allowing their boys to forget their past, whilst at the same time embracing the future and preparing their young men to lead a successful and meaningful life. Today’s Heritage March has been another step in building that heritage.”

Opportunities Abound

Old Boy John de Bhal (2012) is a current recipient of the Churchie Foundation ‘Overseas Study Scholarship for Old Boys’ and is currently studying at …

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Opportunities Abound

Old Boy John de Bhal (2012) is a current recipient of the Churchie Foundation ‘Overseas Study Scholarship for Old Boys’ and is currently studying at University of Oxford. John has penned the following recollections of his experience so far.

Studying at Oxford has been everything I hoped it would be. I have met some of the most incredible people one could possibly meet. It truly has been a blast. Let me tell you a bit about the first year of my Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in International Relations at the University of Oxford.

I am at Balliol College, one of the oldest colleges in the whole university. Some of its famous alumni include Adam Smith, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and the UK’s current Prime Minister Boris Johnson. It is an incredible environment to study in, with its own library and dining hall. Most of the sport and co-curricular activities at Oxford are done through the colleges in competitions called ‘Cuppers’. Oxford has three terms – Michaelmas, Hillary, and Trinity – and different sports take place within each term. In Michaelmas, I did rowing which I quickly discovered was not for me, before taking up cricket in Trinity. The college and sporting communities are been super friendly and welcoming.

The formal dinners have been one of the most fun social activities of the experience so far. Balliol has three big postgraduate dinners a year, each falling in a different term and each as extravagant as the previous. Imagine Hogwarts but without magic. That is what these massive dinners approximate.

One of the other quintessentially Oxford experiences has been the obligatory suit, tie, and gown for exams, affectionately known as ‘sub fusc’. The weirdness doesn’t end there though. Another whacky tradition is called ‘trashing’, which basically consists of a whole bunch of your friends showering you in champagne, shaving cream, and coloured liquids when you’ve finished your final exam for the year (yes, all while you’re in your sub fusc). You then go and jump in a river. No joke.

The tutorial system that Oxford offers has also been the most enriching learning experience of my entire life. Every two weeks I get to spend an hour with my academic supervisor, one-on-one to discuss my work. I’d write two essays for each tutorial, and we’d spend the whole hour talking about that fortnight’s material. It was so thorough, and I don’t think I’ve ever learnt so much in an hour as I have done in my tutorials. The other students you meet are so brilliant and teach you so much as well.

One of the big perks of Oxford is the connections that both the university itself and its staff have. In addition to having lunch with Malcolm Turnbull earlier in the year, I currently find myself in São Paulo, Brazil at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas until October doing research for my thesis, all thanks to Oxford. I start my second and final year in mid-October and I can’t wait!

Thank you so much to the Churchie Foundation and the Old Boys’ Overseas Study Scholarship for their financial support. I am incredibly grateful for their generous contribution to my study. If you’re a Churchie Old Boy and are thinking about applying to Oxford, don’t hesitate to reach out. I’d be more than happy to chat and give you some advice. Please email the OBA at oba@churchie.com.au to contact me.

Old Boy Achievements

2019 Australian Road Running Championships Jack Bruce (2012) and Louis McAfee (2013) finished first and second respectively in the Australian Road Running Championships held recently …

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Old Boy Achievements

2019 Australian Road Running Championships
Jack Bruce (2012) and Louis McAfee (2013) finished first and second respectively in the Australian Road Running Championships held recently in Adelaide .

Kalyn Ponga (2015)
Kalyn played for Australia in the Rugby League 9s World Cup

John Millman (2006)
John qualified for the final of the 2019 Japan Open in Tokyo and played world number 1 Novak Djokovic.

Sam Hockin (2010)
FLTLT Sam Hockin flew the F/A-18F Super Hornet for Brisbane Riverfire.

Rugby World Cup 2019
David Pocock (2005) played for the Wallabies and Henry Taefu (2010) played for Manu Samoa at the Rugby World Cup 2019.

2019 Junior Kangaroos
Kalyn Ponga (2015) and Brodie Croft (2015) have been selected in the Junior Kangaroos squad ahead of the match against France in Wollongong on Friday 25 October.

 

 

 

Interstate Reunions 2019

For more details about each event, please click on the relevant link below. 2019 Perth Reunion Thursday 5 December 2019 Venue: Optus Stadium Click here …

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Interstate Reunions 2019

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

2019 Perth Reunion
Thursday 5 December 2019
Venue: Optus Stadium
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Photo Gallery

To view photos from the recent events and cohort reunions, please click on the link below. View the full Photo Gallery   On Saturday, 21st …

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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 …

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.

2019 – Winner

The churchie national emerging art prize 2019 finalists’ exhibition officially opened on Friday 13 September at the Institute of Modern Art. This year’s judge, Amy …

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2019 – Winner

The churchie national emerging art prize 2019 finalists’ exhibition officially opened on Friday 13 September at the Institute of Modern Art. This year’s judge, Amy Barrett-Lennard (Director of Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts) selected Nadia Hernández as the Winner and recipient of the non-acquisitive $15,000 cash prize donated by BSPN Architecture. The Special Commendation Award valued at $5,000, sponsored by Fardoulys Constructions, was awarded to Ben Soedradjit for his three acrylic paintings. Two artists each received Commendation Prizes valued at $1,000 each, sponsored by Rob and Roz Whiteley, Sarah Poulgrain for her work, A Set of New Skills, and Shireen Taweel for her hand-pierced copper installation, Razing Legacy. The work of all nineteen finalists will be on display at the IMA until 21 December 2019.

Image: Nadia Hernández, Remezcla #2 (Remix #2) 2019, paper cut, 71cm x 90cm, framed. Courtesy of the artist and Blackartprojects.

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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Job Search

Job Search Harriss Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors (owned and operated by a Churchie family) are looking for either a graduating student or Old Boy …

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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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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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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 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.

2019 Churchie Cricket Luncheon

The 2019 Churchie Cricket Test Luncheon will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday 20 November 2019 from 11.30 am.  The …

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2019 Churchie Cricket Luncheon

The 2019 Churchie Cricket Test Luncheon will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday 20 November 2019 from 11.30 am.  The event features guest speaker Wayne Phillips, a panel discussion by ‘The Sultans of Swing’ Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, and the MC is Ian Healy. View the event invitation for further details and to book a seat/table.