In this issue

  • 2019 OBA Events & Reunions
    Melbourne Reunion – Thursday 24 October
    Perth Reunion – Thursday 5 December
  • Assisting Archives
    searching for any pre-1980 copies of Eagles’ Wings
  • OBA Watch
    Timed for Perfection
  • A Pictorial History of Churchie
    Celebrating 100 Years of Old Boys
  • plus interesting feature articles

September 2019

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.  All Old Boys and indeed the whole Churchie community are invited to Churchie on Thursday 10 October to …

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September 2019

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.  All Old Boys and indeed the whole Churchie community are invited to Churchie on Thursday 10 October to acknowledge and celebrate 100 years of the Churchie Army Cadet Unit. The date coincides with the 102nd anniversary of the laying of the Foundation Stone of School House. On this day at a Headmaster’s assembly, which will be held at School House, members of the ACGS Army Cadet Unit will form up to conduct a Heritage March down Oaklands Parade. The march will start at 10.20 am and to pay tribute, the rest of the Senior School will form a Guard of Honour along the length of Oaklands Parade.

In the school sporting arena, the Churchie First V have added the 2019 GPS Basketball premiership to the trophy room, after sharing the honours with Gregory Terrace. Both teams finished the season with a record of seven wins and one loss after Churchie beat Nudgee College at the weekend and Gregory Terrace beat Ipswich Grammar School. We wish our young men all the very best in the Champion Basketball School of Queensland (CBSQ) tournament at Logan this week. To view the Official Draw, please click here. In Chess and Rugby our Firsts teams have finished equal second and fourth respectively whilst many teams across the age-groups have finished first in their respective divisions. Furthermore, Churchie is performing very strongly across all co-curricular activities from years 5 to 12 and this year to date is placed second overall.

As term 3 comes to a close we reflect on another very successful season of cohort reunions. The most recently held were the 1949 cohort for their 70 Year Reunion, the 10 Year Reunion for the 2009 Old Boys and the 40 Year Reunion of the 1979 Old Boys with all cohorts enjoying some time back at Churchie. The Old Boys of the 1949 cohort should be commended on their impressive attendance of 16 Old Boys and 7 spouses. The interstate reunions have continued with an enjoyable evening held in Canberra at the Australian National University. This will be followed soon by the Melbourne Reunion, to be held on Robert Flower Terrace at the Melbourne Cricket Club on Thursday 24 October.

Job Search
Harry Windle (2018) is currently seeking opportunities to gain further experience working on building sites and hence is very keen to find work with a builder. Over the past year he has worked for a local builder and has also been labouring for a concrete company. Ideally Harry would now like to find work as a 1st year apprentice carpenter. If you have an opportunity for Harry, or are able to provide some guidance in his search, please contact the OBA office by email at oba@churchie.com.au or by phoning 07 3896 2203.

 

 

 

A Sportsman and a Scholar

In a recent The Churchie Weekly article, Mr John Frare, Deputy Headmaster Co-curricular and HR, wrote of his opportunity to attend many conferences on topics …

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A Sportsman and a Scholar

In a recent The Churchie Weekly article, Mr John Frare, Deputy Headmaster Co-curricular and HR, wrote of his opportunity to attend many conferences on topics such as the role of sport in boys’ education or the value of sport in schools. Mr Frare stated that these conferences investigated the benefits and issues associated with sport in boys schools, from philosophical and practical viewpoints. He also noted that one of the aspects covered has been the connection of sport and co-curricular activities to academic performance. To that end, in recent years research has been conducted at Churchie to measure the impact of co-curricular involvement on academic outcomes.

To shatter the modern myth that sporting and academic excellence can’t mix, let’s look no further than Old Boy Angus Scott-Young (2014). It should be noted at this point that as a key member of Churchie’s undefeated First XV in 2014, Angus also was awarded Dux of the School. Fast forward four and a half years, Angus is now about to graduate with a double degree (Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science) from the University of Queensland. All the while, racking up 28 appearances for the Queensland Reds, playing for the Junior Wallabies (2016-17) and winning two Brisbane Premier Rugby club premierships with UQ Rugby (2017 and 2019). Angus also excelled in Queensland Country’s 2017 National Rugby Championship title and is their current captain.

Furthermore, Angus has achieved a perfect GPA 7 at UQ for his dual degree which has been described by the Vice Chancellor of University of Queensland as extraordinary for any student, let alone one playing professional sport. Angus has also recently been nominated for UQ Valedictorian. Recently he has signed a new two year contract with the Queensland Reds and is already pondering whether his next step is chasing honours in science or a Masters of Medicine degree.

From Economics to Ergonomics

When a student at Churchie, Old Boy Jonathan Brunello (1989) was a Prefect and Grenfell House Captain. He went on to study a B.Business Banking …

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From Economics to Ergonomics

When a student at Churchie, Old Boy Jonathan Brunello (1989) was a Prefect and Grenfell House Captain. He went on to study a B.Business Banking and Finance at the University of Southern Queensland, before working for Grainco Toowoomba from 1994 to 1998. He then embarked on an 18 year career in Finance across London, New York, Sydney and Hong Kong with Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch. It was in August 2016 that Jonathan and his family returned to Australia.

Jonathan says: “In 2016, whilst encouraging my son to sit down to complete his homework, my request was met with ‘but Dad, it’s easier for me to concentrate when I am standing, not sitting’. This was the catalyst for me to start amperstand.”

Three years on, amperstand is now an Australian based designer of dynamically height adjustable school desks to students and teachers. “Classroom furniture, just like office furniture, must incorporate the latest ergonomic research. amperstand desks do just that – allowing students to adjust their desk to optimal sitting and standing heights.”

“Whilst the saying ‘sitting is the new smoking’ might seem somewhat dramatic, it has drawn media attention to the problem.” says Jonathan. “Anecdotally it is accepted that people who alternative between sitting and standing operate at a higher level of focus than those who are consistently seated. We hope to bring some scientific proof to this over the next 12 months, working with local and international schools”

amperstand is unashamedly challenging what has become the norm – that children need to sit to learn. “Our success will be measured when this generation of students enter the workplace, knowing that there are alternatives to sitting.”

A range of three dynamically height adjustable sit/stand desks is currently offered by amperstand. Please click here to view the range. If you are interested in making contact directly with Jonathan, please click here.

A Life Well Lived

Old Boy Don Stewart (1969) reflects on a life well lived. “After nine years at Churchie I took up a cadetship with Borthwicks Meatworks in …

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A Life Well Lived

Old Boy Don Stewart (1969) reflects on a life well lived.

“After nine years at Churchie I took up a cadetship with Borthwicks Meatworks in Merinda near Bowen. I lasted five weeks as a slaughter floor sweeper before returning to Brisbane; it wasn’t for me. I re-entered the workforce as a Santa’s Helper at Myer Chermside, eventually becoming a Boyswear manager. There I met Greg Norman, shopping with his Mum for shirts to commence golf lessons. I also studied Economics and Commerce part-time at the University of Queensland, unfortunately incomplete.

I played for GPS Rugby Club for years, even the occasional first grade match. I toured with them to Thailand in 1973; there I saw Muay Thai fighting for the first time, in a huge stadium packed to the rafters. Respect and obedience are necessary for success and whilst brutal, Thai fighters were extremely fit, seemingly oblivious to pain dealt out by their opponent. The attraction was immediate. In Australia the biggest crowds for my fights were during the Ekka, when challenging members of the Jimmy Sharman Boxing Troupe. I seemed to last the distance every time, probably because I was often in my school uniform – to them I would be a ‘walk in the park’.

Back in Australia I sought information regarding training in Muay Thai in Thailand. In 1979 after another fighter and I opened The Atlas Gym and Fight Centre in Stafford, I started training in Muay Thai on Koh Samui Island in Thailand over three years. I competed in many fights and won as many as I lost.

The Gym at Stafford became a popular training centre, used by some Brisbane rugby league teams prior to the formation of the NRL. Valleys under Ross Strudwick and Brothers under Tommy Raudonikis were frequent attendees to toughen up their players.

During the 80s I was recruited as security for various overseas bands including Kiss, David Bowie and the Eurythmics. I also worked on the doors at various inner-city nightclubs. In a twist of fate, a patron I assisted after an altercation one evening offered me a job. He was the CEO of a company handling the sales and marketing of Levi Jeans. My company vehicle was a Harley Davidson wide glide, so for many years I lived the iconic Peter Fonda Easy Rider lifestyle, covering a territory stretching from Coffs Harbour to Cairns.

My next job, with Australian Combat Equipment at Enoggera, was providing equipment and clothing troops being deployed to the Middle East. I also volunteered on Friday and Saturday nights for Nightwatch in Fortitude Valley. Working alongside police and paramedics was very confrontational and after two years I felt my own mental health was in jeopardy. After taking time out, I sought employment assisting rehabilitation of children from youth detention back into society. At night I continued to teach Muay Thai voluntarily at a gym that I had set up at my own home in Oxley. It was totally free to the street kids and gang members residing in the Inala, Goodna, Redbank and Ipswich area. Many of these children were sent to me by the local church and some suffered mental health problems such as Tourette’s, Asperger’s and anger management.

Recently, chronic shoulder injuries required reconstruction on both shoulders and a knee reconstruction. Due to my debilitating physical condition, I sold my Harley which had allowed me to live a life that I never imagined was mine to live. I have three beautiful children, Sonny, Althea and Jesse, and five grandchildren. My beautiful West Indian wife, Kodajo Marsha Belle, has been my rock, giving me her total support through this journey. Despite the worry and despair she may have felt at times, she has always encouraged me to do what I felt was best.”

Assisting Archives

If you have any copies of Eagles’ Wings that date back prior to 1980 then we would like to hear from you. We appreciate that …

Eagles' Wings?
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Assisting Archives

If you have any copies of Eagles’ Wings that date back prior to 1980 then we would like to hear from you. We appreciate that you may wish to keep any copies you have, so please email Mr Peter Collin, our School Archivist, at peter.collin@churchie.com.au so he can make arrangements with you to make a digital copy and return the magazine.

Old Boy Achievements

Zac Stubblety-Cook (2017) Zac placed fourth in the 200m Breaststroke final at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. Izaia Perese (2014) Izaia debuted …

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Old Boy Achievements

Zac Stubblety-Cook (2017)
Zac placed fourth in the 200m Breaststroke final at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

Izaia Perese (2014)
Izaia debuted in the NRL for the Brisbane Broncos against Penrith on Friday 16 August 2019.

Liam Wright (2014)
Liam became Wallaby # 928 when he debuted for the Wallabies against the All Blacks on Saturday 17 August 2019.
Please click here to view Liam’s post match cap presentation and interview.

Harry Hockings (2015)
Harry was awarded Man of the Match for his performance for UQ Rugby in their Grand Final win over Brothers in the Queensland Premier Rugby competition. Fellow Old Boys Angus Scott-Young (2014) and Sam Wallis (2015) were also part of the Premiership winning team.

 

 

 

Cohort Reunions 2019

For more details about your cohort reunion, please click on the relevant link below. 60 Year Reunion | 1959 Old Boys Thursday 28 November 2019 …

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Cohort Reunions 2019

For more details about your cohort reunion, please click on the relevant link below.

60 Year Reunion | 1959 Old Boys
Thursday 28 November 2019
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View the full Events and Reunions Calendar

Interstate Reunions 2019

For more details about each event, please click on the relevant link below. 2019 Melbourne Reunion Thursday 24 October 2019 Click here 2019 Perth Reunion …

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Interstate Reunions 2019

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

2019 Melbourne Reunion
Thursday 24 October 2019
Click here

2019 Perth Reunion
Thursday 5 December 2019
Venue: TBC

View the full Events and Reunions Calendar

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.

 

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 …

OBA Watch
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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.

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’ …

A Pictorial History of Churchie
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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’ Association to author this  magnificent publication. With only 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.

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.