September 2020

For the first time in its 31 year history, the Prep Billy Cart Grand Prix was live-streamed. An article about this exciting initiative and the involvement of a full production crew of Churchie Old Boys will feature in the October edition of Viking Spirit.

On the back of securing the Old Boys Cup in Rowing and the Volleyball premierships earlier this year, the return to sport in Term 3 for Churchie continued to deliver outstanding results.  Congratulations to the Firsts teams in Chess and Basketball on their back to back premierships. The Churchie Chess team secured the 2020 GPS premiership undefeated with eight wins from eight games, making them the current GPS, state and national school open chess champions. The Churchie First V won the GPS Basketball competition securing the title undefeated. They have also gone on to compete at the Champion Basketball School of Queensland (CBSQ) competition where they reaffirmed their strength as a team by winning the Open Boys Championship Division title, defeating Brisbane State High School 86-80 in the Gold Medal Game. In a shortened rugby season that saw six matches count as fixtures, the Churchie First XV fought valiantly to secure 3rd.

The CART2020 season recently concluded with the announcement of the 2020 awards. Congratulations to Ben Newton (Year 12) who, as the overall winner, was awarded the Andrew Rowan Memorial Art Prize. From an OBA perspective, a special congratulations to Jordan Gibb (Year 12) who won the Old Boys’ Association Prize – Reflective of Churchie Values. It was really pleasing to also see Old Boy Dr Anthony Solomon (1990) as one of two guest judges. As Chief Scientist in the Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases at World Health Organisation Alliance, Anthony is making a significant impact through his work as the lead medical officer for the Global Elimination of Trachoma. Anthony recorded a video message for CART in which he spoke to the importance of how the expression of visual language can remove stigmas associated with mental health and make the ‘invisible’ visible. He also spoke of how the study of visual art in school can develop a level of empathy that allows our boys to examine the world through a different lens and become well-rounded global citizens. Please click here to view Anthony’s video message. To read more about Anthony and his extraordinary work, please click here.

With regard to cohort reunions, where necessary discussions are already underway between the OBA Office and reunion organisers about the rescheduling of these events. All reunions have been impacted by either being rescheduled or shifted to 2021. 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.

As featured last month, Churchie Network Volleyball is an exciting new social volleyball competition and the whole Churchie Community (i.e. students, parents, staff and Old Boys) is invited to join. Approved to commence in Term 4 2020, the major premise of Churchie Network Volleyball is to connect our volleyball community in a fun and inclusive environment. To register for the inaugural season, please click here and complete all requested details.

The Father’s Day Offer, which bundled a selection of OBA Merchandise for a reduced price (5 for $55), was a huge success. In total there were 75 bundles purchased. If you missed out, don’t despair. The selected items, including our new OBA Viking Socks, continue to be available for individual sale from the Churchie Shop. Please click here to view the range and make a purchase.

Job Search
Old Boy Dominic Tutt (2015) has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Chinese) at the University of Queensland. He is conversant in Chinese and fluent in Spanish, French and German. Due to COVID-19 he recently returned from 9 months in Germany and is therefore seeking employment. His preference is for full time work but in this environment he is willing to be considered for any part time opportunities as well. His interests range from an electrical apprenticeship through to baking. If you have an opportunity for Dominic, 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.

H&H Builders is a successful, fast growing construction company based in Roma, Regional Queensland that was established by fellow Old Boys and boarders Hugh Chandler (Strong House, 2005) and Harley Lamond (Donaldson House, 2003). Hugh and Harley are always looking to grow their team with the right people, and currently have open positions for apprentices open year-round. If you are highly motivated, would enjoy a career in building, construction and/or project management and would love to travel western QLD while you work then H&H Builders might be the place for you. If you are interested in speaking with the H&H team, or know someone who would love this opportunity, please contact the OBA office by email at oba@churchie.com.au or by phoning 07 3896 2203 or visit their website at www.hhbuilders.com.au

Churchie filmmaker stars at Bond Uni

The pandemic has taken Old Boy Austin Macfarlane (2019) back to where his filmmaking began — stalking around home shooting short films, minus the light sabre.

“Growing up I loved movies like Star Wars and Harry Potter,” says the winner of the top prize at last year’s Bond University Film and Television Awards, known as BUFTA.

“One day I picked up a camera and decided to go ahead and make my own Star Wars.

“It was just me running around with a toy light sabre whacking everything in sight, but baby steps!”

COVID-19 restrictions turned back the clock for Austin, whose win at BUFTA came with a full scholarship to study a Bachelor of Film and Television at Bond.

“I’ve been making a few really short films around the house, just projects that require one or two people with a pretty basic premise,” he says.

“But it’s also been a great opportunity to devote time to scripts or projects that I’ve been putting off.”

The scholarship was a long time coming for Austin, a former student of Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) in Brisbane.

“My film teacher at high school Stephen Taggart introduced me to BUFTA way back in Year 7, so I knew about it at a pretty young age,” he says.

“I was just waiting and waiting until I hit Year 11 and then I entered rapid-fire as much stuff as I could.”

Austin’s Year 12 entries were the short film Mates which delves into how far a servile teenager will go to please his bullying friend, and the music video White Knuckles.

Mates won the drama category, while White Knuckles was a finalist in the music video category. The two combined earned him the scholarship.

This year, as is tradition for Bond’s Film and Television students, Austin will be helping to run BUFTA which is Australia’s top competition for high school filmmakers.

“I was fortunate to experience BUFTA for two years and both times I absolutely loved it, and there were a few things that stood out for me,” he says.

“Firstly the people. Meeting all the other finalists who were just as passionate about film as you are is great.

“The work they produced still blows my mind to this day and it makes me want to keep improving and trying new things and getting better.

“And you’re also meeting people from the industry so from a networking stance there’s that advantage.

“The event is just so professional. There’s interviews and red carpet and trophies and speeches. It’s so good you forget students are running the show.”

Austin urged filmmakers in years 11 and 12 to enter at bufta.com.au by September 18.

“If you’re on the fence, just enter. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain, and there are so many categories available.

“So whether you’re into comedy, dramas, experimental, documentaries, then BUFTA has got a spot for you.”

In the meantime, Austin is finishing a script based around a father-son relationship, with comedy elements.

“I’m not 100 per cent sure even now what I want to do when I graduate next year, but I do know it’s in film,” he says.

“Maybe something along the lines of director or cinematographer.”

ENDS

Photo: Austin Macfarlane with his BUFTA award for Mates, the film that secured him a scholarship to study film and television at Bond University. Picture: Cavan Flynn

Link to more pics: https://bonduni.sharepoint.com/:f:/s/BondNewsroom/Epaf5aVAo5dLhtC5KzWIhEYBGJ6HQ3-NK2SU7qrX7Gmzpg?e=goOax9

Thank you to Bond University for their permission to publish this article.

Athleticism Abounds

Old Boy Louis McAfee (2013), who is the current Long and Short course Queensland Cross Country Champion, wrote himself further into the record books at the recent annual Queensland Athletics Cross Country Championship. Completing the course in a time of 29mins:29secs, Louis won the 10,000 metres Open event for the fourth year in a row; a feat last achieved in 1954 by none other than fellow Old Boy Peter Fardoulys AM (1952) when he became the first Queenslander to win five 10,000 metres cross country titles in a row. In 2015 and 2016 Louis competed in the USA for Boise State University in Idaho, which included running in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Cross Country Championships.

Archie Ridgway, a fourth generation Churchie student currently in Year 10, also competed at the recent Queensland Athletics Cross Country Championship. In doing so, he secured his second consecutive title by winning the Under 15 age group event over 4,000 metres in a time of 12mins:12secs. Archie also currently holds the following titles: 2019 U14 GPS 1500m Track and Field Champion, 2020 U15 Queensland 1500m Track and Field Champion, 2020 U15 Queensland 3000m Track and Field Champion and 2020 U15 GPS Cross Country Champion.

When not training with Churchie, Archie trains and races with his club Brisbane Athletics Academy, which is owned and run by Churchie Old Boy Jayden Russ (2002). Jayden was also a very successful runner when at Churchie – winning multiple GPS and National titles over 1500m, 3000m and cross country. Jayden went on to represent Australia at the World Junior Championships and run for Iowa State University in the USA. He has since carved out a successful career coaching numerous State and National champions and was appointed National Team Coach for the 2020 World Under 20 track and field championships (before COVID-19 shut this event down). In 2006 and 2007 Jayden competed in the USA for Iowa State University. He is currently the Director of Sport Development and Innovation at Brisbane Boys’ College and has previously been Director of Athletic Development at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School.

Where Are They Now?

Tom Adam (2009) played in the midfield of Churchie’s First XI Football team for two years (2008 & 2009), including the first under the direction of Churchie’s current Director of Football, Derek Lennon. “My best football memory at Churchie was scoring my first (and possibly only) First XI goal against Brisbane Grammar at home on Smith Fields in Year 11 (2008)” recalls Tom.

The biggest influence on his football career has been his Dad, who was always there throughout his sport involvement. With a shared passion for the game it was during the football season that they most enjoyed themselves, which included watching the English Premier League highlight shows on SBS every Monday night during the season.

Straight after school, as he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do, Tom took a gap year to the UK. He worked at a high school and was lucky enough to travel Europe in the school holidays. In 2011, he returned to Brisbane and started a journalism degree at the University of Queensland while playing for Eastern Suburbs FC on the side. He later relocated to University of Canberra to take on a Sports Media degree and play two seasons with Canberra Olympic FC. Once he graduated, Tom landed his first industry job working for the local newspaper as a sports reporter in Mount Isa. After six months there, which included trying his hand at Australian Rules football, Tom found himself driving to Bundaberg. For nearly two years he worked at WIN News TV as the Wide Bay sports reporter and joined Across The Waves FC where he enjoyed one of the best club seasons. Looking for a new challenge, he moved to Toowoomba with WIN News and lived there for nine months playing half a season with University of Southern Queensland. Still with WIN, he received an opportunity to move to the Sunshine Coast (where his Mum is based) and joined Maroochydore Swans FC. In May 2019, a leap of faith saw Tom moving to London where, despite a slow start, he was fortunate to score a short-term contract with a sport digital agency covering the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. That has now turned into a permanent position and one of his current projects consists of being part of a small team in control of the social media content for the A-League, W-League, and E-League channels. Tom says “Considering my long term plan is to be involved in the football industry in some way, I think this is a pretty good start!”

August 2020

On Monday evening, 17 August 2020, a General Meeting of the OBA was held in Lanskey Auditorium to consider adoption of a ‘refreshed’ Constitution. This process involved two changes pertaining to the classification and definition of OBA membership. First, the class of “General” (annual) member was removed. The number of annual fee-paying members has dropped to just two of the 5,837 financial Members, making this class of membership redundant. Indeed, as a result of the enrolment deposit system over the past 10 years, most students who attended Churchie for 12 months or more, become life members upon leaving the school. The two remaining general members are now Life Members of the Association. Today, over 50% of members are under 30 years of age thus refreshing the membership of the Association. Second, to clarify the definition of our distinguished older members, “Vintage Vikings”. All Old Boys on reaching 70 years of age are provided with the honorary title of “Vintage Viking”. This distinction is given irrespective of their contribution to or involvement with the school or whether they are a financial or non-financial member of the Association. Becoming a Vintage Viking does not change any pre-existing membership or financial status for these Old Boys. Only Life Members and Honorary Life Members (i.e. financial members) of the OBA have voting rights. To summarise, there are two categories of members:
1. Voting (financial) Members – either Life Members and Honorary Life Members, who may also be a Vintage Viking
2. Non-Voting Members – Honorary Members and non-financial Vintage Vikings.
Please note: Membership applications are welcome from any Old Boy who is not currently a voting (financial) member. Please click here to submit your application or contact the OBA office on 07 3896 6462to enquire further.

On 15 August 1945, known as VP Day, Emperor Hirohito from Japan surrendered to the Allied Forces and the guns fell silent after a brutal war. More than 1 million Australians served during WWII which claimed 60 million lives. Be sure to click here to view colour footage of VP Day in Queen Street, Brisbane, 1945. Pay particular attention from the 1:43 mark which features Churchie boys joining in the celebrations. If you can help to identify any of these boys then please email the OBA at oba@churchie.com.au. Furthermore, many of you would have family who served and indeed pictures of them serving or in uniform during this time. Churchie’s Director of Service Mr John Collins along with Mr Tremayne Cornish as Officer Commanding ACGS ACU, are putting together a display called “The Wall of Respect”. If you have any photos you can loan for this project, then again please email the OBA at oba@churchie.com.au.

A sense of community has always been at the core of the Churchie boarding. Please click here to see what some of the 2019 senior boarders tell us what they enjoyed most about their Churchie boarding experience.

The introduction of our recently released OBA Suede Cap and OBA Socks (featuring Viking helmets), via our limited time Father’s Day Offer, is proving to be enormously successful. The 5 for $55 offer represents a saving of $25 from the normal collective retail value for the five items. Please click here for more details. All items are also available for individual purchase.

It was fantastic to welcome back to Old Boy Ed Ross (2010) from TradeMutt to speak to the boys in Mawson House. We have also welcomed Old Boys Sam Thomas (2019) and Nick Stump (2019) who on behalf of Kings College at the University of Queensland, spoke to our Year 12 students as part of a “Transition to Uni” program being run by the school.

Churchie Network Volleyball is an exciting new social volleyball competition and the whole Churchie Community (i.e. students, parents, staff and Old Boys) is invited to join. Approved to commence in Term 4 2020, the major premise of Churchie Network Volleyball is to connect our volleyball community in a fun and inclusive environment. More details plus a registration link are provided in an article about this initiative that features later in this newsletter.

With regard to cohort reunions, where necessary discussions are already underway between the OBA Office and reunion organisers about the rescheduling of these events. All reunions have been impacted by either being rescheduled or shifted to 2021. 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.

When you next visit Churchie you will notice a change to the landscape at the south east corner of The Flat in the form of a new adventure playground (pictured below) for our Year 2 and 3 boys. Churchie’s Deputy Headmaster Co-curricular and HR, Mr John Frare says: “Boys are drawn to things, they climb things, hide in things, they create dens and places to hide, create hierarchies and worlds of their own. Boys are imaginative, creative and adventurous. The playground gives our boys the opportunity to challenge themselves, take risks, push their personal limits, explore, create, imagine and discover. It allows them to move outside the structured environment of home and school and engage in a space purposefully designed to unlock their instinctual habits of play.”

Churchie Network Volleyball

Churchie Network Volleyball is an exciting new social volleyball competition and the whole Churchie Community (i.e. students, parents, staff and Old Boys) is invited to join. Approved to commence in Term 4 2020, the major premise of Churchie Network Volleyball is to connect our volleyball community in a fun and inclusive environment, whilst also offering alternatives for students to engage in social physical activity and sport outside of the traditional GPS system. If successful, it is hoped that the competition may be able to run annually in both Term 4 and Term 1.

With so many Old Boys giving back to the blue and grey through the volleyball program, in which most coaches are Old Boys, this new competition is definitely in good hands. In the featured image above are (L-R) are Darcy Cox (2014), Liam Norris (2012), Adam Sas (2015), Shaun McLean (1998) – Director of Volleyball, Will Mercer (2008), Oliver Crofts (2016), Ashton Murphy (2011).

Please click here to register for the inaugural season of Churchie Network Volleyball by completing all requested details. Remember you can register as an individual and be placed in a team. Alternatively, you can register on behalf of a team which must comprise a minimum of 7 players. Registrations will close on Tuesday 6 October 2020. Payments for all individuals and teams are due by Monday 19 October 2020 (Round 2) and are to be made in cash to the Competition Manager.

More details are provided below, however if you have any further questions please email the Director of Volleyball, Old Boy Shaun McLean (1998) at Shaun.McLean@churchie.com.au

When: Monday evenings from 12/10/2020 to 30/11/2020 (Term 4, Weeks 2-9).
What time: Game times are 5:30pm, 6:30pm and 7:30pm (50 min games, 10min warm-up)
Where: Sir John Pidgeon Sports Centre, Churchie
Who: Students Years 7-12, Old Boys, Staff and Churchie Parents (everyone welcome)
Draw: 8-week season (6 rounds and 2 weeks of finals/playoffs) No duty required.
Registrations: You can register as an individual or as a team. See link below.
Individual cost: $7.50 per week = $60 for the season
Team cost: $350 per team (minimum of 7 players = $50 each for the season)
Teams:                        Teams must have a minimum of 7 players. All players must have closed shoes.
Divisions:                     Dependent on participant numbers. Age and ability will be considered.
Uniforms:                     Not required, however team uniforms are encouraged.

Two Brothers Two Trophies

With GPS sports and activities now back in full swing for 2020, after a Term 2 hiatus due to COVID-19, it is perhaps opportune to reflect on an intriguing element of Churchie’s Term 1 success at the Head of the River Championships for Rowing, which was held at Lake Wyaralong on Saturday 14 March.

The intriguing element is the involvement of the Johnston family, more specifically the two sons of Old Boy Scott Johnston (1977). Younger son and current Prefect of the School, Sam was in bow seat of the Churchie First VIII who finished fourth. In direct competition was older brother Lachlan who, as one of the coaches of the winning Brisbane Grammar School First VIII, helped to secure the O’Connor Cup. However, with Churchie securing back to back wins for the Old Boys Cup (awarded for overall points), as Captain of Boats Sam was still able to proudly hold some silverware aloft.

Interestingly Scott was not a Churchie rower, but his father Alan Johnston (1952) was stroke of both the Churchie First IV and First VIII crews in 1952. In 1952 the GPS Head of the River was still only raced in fours. Since Churchie and BBC were the only schools who had eights at the time, after the Head of the River that year they organised an eights race against each other for the Douglas Challenge Cup on Humbug Reach. Churchie won this race which is believed to be the first ever VIIIs race along Humbug Reach.

Furthermore, as a Nudgee College student, Lachlan was also not a rower. As a sports scientist working at the Queensland Academy of Sport (2013 – 2019) he progressively started to do more coaching than sports science. He has toured with the Australian Rowing Team (2014 – 2016, 2018-2019) as a sports scientist and was Assistant Coach of the Australian Junior Women’s Pair in 2019 (the crew raced at the Junior World Championships). He has also coached crews in the Queensland Rowing Team for the Interstate Regatta at the National Rowing Championships (2018 – Women’s Lightweight Quad; 2019 – Men’s Lightweight Four).

Prep School Project

In 2008, Old Boys Scott Nelson (1997) and brother Tim Nelson (2002) started TPR Media which has grown to become a full-service digital agency that specialises in developing and implementing online advertising. Their in-house production and post-production services produce inspiring & incredible content for a range of high profile clients including Disney, Aston Martin, Eureka Street Furniture and Griffith University.

Prior to founding TPR Media, Scott was a lead marketing strategist with BMW whilst Tim, with his marketing and advertising background, spent time lecturing the next generation at university. Their experience, combined with the impeccable attention to detail of fellow Old Boy Phil Scanlan (2002), who is their Cinematographer, have created an informative video to support Churchie’s exciting new Prep School building, currently taking shape next to School House. The building will comprise of state-of-the-art visual art studios, an expansive exhibition area, classrooms, break out zones and personalised learning spaces. Designed to foster collaboration, creativity and curiosity, it is heralding a new era of learning for our Prep School students.

For the first time in the Prep School, to acknowledge the community contributions, legacy bricks and tiles, as well as naming rights for rooms and zones will enable Old Boys and families to commemorate their Churchie legacy for generations to come. To find out more about the impact this wonderful building will have for our boys’ learning, and the options available to provide support, please click here to watch the video or visit www.churchie.com.au/foundation. For enquiries, please contact Foundation@churchie.com.au or call Director of Philanthropy Stuart Fitzpatrick on 0439 749 010.

July 2020

To introduce two fantastic new items to our high quality range of OBA Merchandise, available to purchase now for a limited time is our Father’s Day Offer. In addition to our recently released OBA Suede Cap, are our new OBA Socks featuring Viking helmets. These socks come in two colours and two sizes: Navy Blue with gold Viking helmets and Grey with navy blue Viking helmets; both available in sizes 8-11 and 11-14. Representing a saving of $25 from their normal collective retail value, the five items comprising this offer are listed below. All items are also available for individual purchase. Please click here for more details.

  • NEW OBA Suede Cap
  • NEW OBA Socks featuring Viking helmets
    – 2 colours and 2 sizes from which to choose
  • OBA logo Bottle Opener
    – pocket/wallet sized
  • OBA Stubby Cooler
  • OBA Key Ring

Never underestimate the value of having an OBA Key Ring. Recently one of our Old Boys had a set of keys stolen from his car in Bulimba. An OBA Key Ring made them easily identifiable for the lady who found them and hence she contacted the OBA Office. Long story short, the keys and our Old Boy have been reunited. Without his OBA Key Ring, his keys would have been be lost forever.

As reported in the June edition of Viking Spirit, unfortunately it has been necessary for the OBA Committee to cancel the OBA Annual Dinner, originally scheduled for Friday 14 August at Howard Smith Wharves. The shift of Brisbane’s Show Day public holiday from Wednesday 12 August to Friday 14 August was also a significant influence in this decision. As advice on the further easing of restrictions becomes known, the Committee will advise if it is possible to hold an event later in the year in lieu of the dinner. With regard to cohort reunions, where necessary discussions are already underway between the OBA Office and reunion organisers about the rescheduling of these events. If it becomes necessary to cancel any of these reunions, 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.

Embracing Churchie’s ‘Making of Men’ philosophy, on behalf of the staff of the Churchie Outdoor Education programme, we recently invited Old Boys to complete a survey. The aim was to gain further insights with regard to the immediate and ongoing benefits of being involved in the Outdoor Education programme and the degree to which it assists to equip students for life beyond Churchie. Of particular interest were responses from Old Boys of the cohorts from 2000 through to 2019. With the added incentive of a prize draw (comprising an OBA Suede Cap, an OBA Bottle Opener and a Churchie Outdoor Education Nalgene Water Bottle) for participation, the response was overwhelming with over 200 Old Boys providing recollections of their experiences. Thank you to everyone who responded. The winner of the prize draw is Stewart Greenbank (2010).

With the resumption of GPS sports now a reality, please click here to view the revised draw for Rugby, Basketball, Football, Tennis and Chess.  With several restrictions applied to the operation of sports and spectating, a livestreaming service will operate for Firsts matches and some selected younger grades. For Rugby, livestreams can be viewed via DoubleTake Sports on Facebook and YouTube. Basketball can be livestreamed via Churchie YouTube. For updates on other sports, please follow @ChurchieSport on Twitter.

Mastering Mathematics

In his senior year at Churchie, Old Boy Ivan Zelich (2015) was awarded the Peter Doherty Award for Outstanding Senior Mathematics and Technology Student. Also in 2015, in collaboration with fellow 17-year-old Xuming Liang from San Diego, he worked on a breakthrough theorem (now known as the Liang-Zelich Theorem) concerning complex pivotal isocubics that was published in a peer-reviewed journal, for which he presented in Washington DC. Over the past six months, Ivan has been studying at Cambridge University and has now completed his Master of Advanced Study Degree in Mathematics. Following is a recollection of his experience and some very sound advice, not only for anyone looking to further their studies abroad but also any budding mathematicians and indeed rowers.

“My experience at the University of Cambridge was unique. The terms in Cambridge are quite a lot different to those in Australia – Michealmas is the first term that runs from October to late November, then Lent runs from January until March, and finally Easter term, which is dedicated to revision and exams, runs from April until June.

Academically, Cambridge can be very intense. I did a Masters in Mathematics, called Part iii, which is one of the most intense mathematical Masters programs in the world. Regardless of your chosen area of study, the fact that the terms are 8-weeks long means that lectures go quick and you need to be ready to stay focused when each term starts. On the other hand, it also means that there is ample revision time for the exams, so having good time management is key! While most of your learning will happen as you try to understand the course work, I believe to take full advantage of what Cambridge has to offer it is important to attend seminars and events outside of your course. I found that this allows you to get close with various professors and to learn a lot of difficult concepts in short periods of time in order to give talks. Finally, if you are interested in getting into industry, I think doing a year at Cambridge is a very good idea. There is lots of demand for Cambridge students by companies in England, and for mathematicians this includes banks and an endless number of hedge funds!

One big feature of Cambridge is the independence of the colleges. Everyone is assigned to a college. Some are more ‘prestigious’ than others, but they all have their own perks that make them unique. Within your college, there are many activities to be involved in, and depending on your academic schedule, it is important to remember not to get involved in too many things! For my college, there was the well-known Darwin College Lecture Series which brings well-respected academics to talk about all sorts of different things related to science. Attending these sorts of events is a perfect way to network! Moreover, if you are a rower reading this, get involved with rowing in your college – it’s really exciting due to the strong rivalries between the different colleges, and more broadly, the historic rivalry between Cambridge and Oxford.

For me, the most memorable events were the formals that ran every week, Friday nights being the main ones. These make the Cambridge experience truly unique, as the halls have such a rich history behind them. Most professors and academics in all disciplines attend, and it is a great chance to meet them! I met a neuroscientist who wanted a mathematician to explain various concepts in geometry (which were my expertise!), and I also connected with a student who is CEO of a start-up that I am currently involved with. It is also a great way to talk to people about current issues and enlighten yourself about the nuances of climate change from a climate scientist for example. Of course, if you are going with your friends, it is a great feeling, after weeks of intense lectures, to let go, drink wine or cider and eat great food under a 1700’s portrait of Sir Isaac Newton. The great thing is that you can be a plus-one to any of your friend’s formals, and in fact it has become a ‘cultural’ sport to attend as many different college formals as you can! Since Cambridge is a college town, there is plenty of time for post-formal shenanigans! Cambridge is also only 45-90 minutes out of London via train depending on which one you get, so it’s easy to travel about.

All in all, it was an incredible 6 months at Cambridge (cut short due to corona virus), and I am very grateful to the Churchie Foundation and the Old Boy’s Association, whose support made my experience memorable with many opportunities.”

Graeme’s Bridge of Honour

Old Boy Graeme Haussmann (1944) left Churchie to commence training with Queensland Rail. Highlights included Burdekin River bridge foundations in 1948, quadruplication of Brisbane rail network1950-52 and completing the Biloela to Calcap power station rail link in 1953, after which he joined Townsville City Council and then Cairns, where he worked for Cairns City Council as the City Engineer for 33 years, from 1955 to 1988. It was a pivotal time in the city’s development during which Graeme was responsible for the provision of all of the roads and essential infrastructure. Some of Graeme’s achievements include implementation of the Cairns Master Drainage Scheme, installation of a citywide underground sewer network and construction of Copperlode Falls Dam and associated reservoirs and water-main infrastructure.

In the 1960s Graeme, as the engineer for the widening and strengthening of the 1933 Edge Hill Bridge in Collins Avenue, enabled it to last for a further 50 years. Due to the increased population and the subsequent need to accommodate more traffic, the bridge had to be rebuilt. The $3.8m road and pedestrian bridge was opened in April 2017 and in recognition of Graeme’s immense contribution was named Graeme Haussmann Bridge. Graeme joked that he thought you had to be dead to get things named after you, but is happy he’s around to see it.

Please click here to see a video of Graeme walking across the bridge and speaking about his achievements after 30 years of civic works.

Where Are They Now?

Twin brothers and Old Boys from the 1992 cohort, Peter and David Cassels have each established successful businesses, in different industries and in different regions. Please read further to see where they are now.

PETER CASSELS (1992)
Peter Cassels has over 24 years’ experience in commercial and residential strata and property management. He specialises in body corporate management, strata, and management and letting rights operations. Peter has extensive hands-on experience in the establishment and ongoing management of community titles schemes and management rights operations in residential, commercial and resort complexes. Prior to the establishment of Cassels Strata, Peter was Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer for two of Queensland’s largest body corporate management firms and Asset Manager for a large publicly listed management rights company.

Peter holds a full real estate license in Queensland. Peter is a Fellow of Strata Community Australia and an active member of the UDIA. He is also a UDIA Certified Environment Development Professional, and a JP (Qual).

DAVID CASSELS (1992)
“I have been involved in the automotive retail industry for more than 23 years. Originally from a banking background, the opportunity to join the automotive industry arose in the finance department. In 1997, I joined a Brisbane dealership as a Senior Business Manager. In 2002, I was offered a partnership in a Townsville dealership. In May 2008, I purchased my own dealership in Warwick where I currently have 6 new car franchises being Honda, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Kia, Suzuki and Mahindra, over 40 used cars plus parts and servicing. I occupy a 12500m2 site with 26 staff.”

Father’s Day Offer

5 for $55

The perfect Father’s Day gift!

For a limited time you can secure this Father’s Day Offer at $55.
The collective retail value of these items is $75.

This bundle offer includes five items from our high quality range of OBA merchandise.

  • NEW OBA Suede Cap
  • NEW OBA Socks featuring Viking helmets
    – 2 colours and 2 sizes from which to choose
  • OBA logo Bottle Opener
    – pocket/wallet sized
  • OBA Stubby Cooler
  • OBA Key Ring

To order online, please click on the relevant link below (listed according to colour and size of socks).

Alternatively, please click here to print and complete an order form.

Your purchase may be collected from the Churchie Shop at 14-18 Oaklands Parade.
Delivery can also be requested for $10 per bundle.

Offer ends on Friday 4 September 2020.

All items are available for individual purchase, including the OBA Viking Socks for $15 per pair. Online payment links for the socks are listed below by size and colour. Please also view our full range of OBA merchandise which is available for purchase online, or directly from the Churchie Shop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assisting Archives

1930 The School Cadet Corp on parade behind School House and The Tower, Col PVO Fleming in command.

If you can assist by providing any Cadet Under Officer group photographs for the years listed below, our School Archivist Mr Peter Collin would be very appreciative. Any photographs lent to Archives will be scanned, added to the digital collection and returned promptly to the owner. These contributions will enhance the permanent display of photographs in the AAFC office area located in the Campbell Centre and the Army Corp area in Arnott building respectively.

AIR CADET PHOTOGRAPHS NEEDED
– 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949
– 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1957
– 1973
– 1989
– 1994, 1996

ARMY CADET PHOTOGRAPHS NEEDED
– 1942, 1943, 1944
– 1950, 1959
– 1961, 1963
– 1976
– 1986, 1989
– 2000, 2002, 2018

Also, if you are able to provide a better quality copy of the header image which is believed to be the premiership winning 3rd XI Cricket team from 1949, our School Archivist Mr Peter Collin would again be very appreciative. Furthermore, if anyone can confirm the year and the team then please do let us know.

At any time, if you have other formal or informal images (e.g. houses, senior cohorts, sporting teams) that you would like to share of your time at Churchie they will be welcomed. Please never assume that they will already be in the school records. Also, you don’t need to part ways with these treasured memories. Should you wish to keep your photographs, they can be digitally scanned, added to the collection and returned to you promptly.

If you can Assist Archives, please contact our School Archivist, Mr Peter Collin on 07 3896 2137, or click here to email the OBA.

Assisting Archives

If you can Assist Archives by providing a better quality copy of the above image, believed to be the premiership winning 3rd XI Cricket team, our School Archivist Mr Peter Collin would be very appreciative. Furthermore, if anyone can confirm the year and the team we would love to hear from you. It is believed to be either the 2nd XI or 3rd XI from 1949.

Any other formal or informal images (e.g. houses, senior cohorts, sporting teams) that you would like to share of your time at Churchie will be welcomed. Please never assume that they will already be in the school records. Also, you don’t need to part ways with these treasured memories. Should you wish to keep your photographs, they can be digitally scanned, added to the collection and returned to you promptly. Please contact our School Archivist, Mr Peter Collin on 07 3896 2137, or click here to email the OBA.

June 2020

We commence by congratulating the five Old Boys who have been recognised in the recent 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for their significant contributions across communities and industries. They are Professor Ian Harper AO (1973), Mr David Muir AM (1972), The Honourable Bruce Scott AM (1961), Mr Ralph Hartland OAM (1955) and Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Deacon CSM (2000). More detail about each of these Old Boys can be found in the Old Boy Achievements section of this newsletter.

Whilst there continues to be an easing of restrictions, social distancing measures that remain in place have unfortunately forced the OBA Committee to cancel the OBA Annual Dinner, originally scheduled for Friday 14 August at Howard Smith Wharves. The shift of Brisbane’s Show Day public holiday from Wednesday 12 August to Friday 14 August was also a significant influence in this decision. As advice on the further easing of restrictions becomes known, the Committee will advise if it is possible to hold an event later in the year in lieu of the dinner. With regard to cohort reunions, where necessary discussions are already underway between the OBA Office and reunion organisers about the rescheduling of these events. If it becomes necessary to cancel any of these reunions, 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.

In Term 3 we look forward to the resumption of GPS sports, music and activities. Please click here to view the revised draw for Rugby, Basketball, Football, Tennis and Chess. As expected however, there will be some modifications to manage safety and health requirements. We will clarify these modifications as more details become known.

Last month, we highlighted that the School at Home programme has definitely generated some some terrific initiatives and special mention was made of the home visits to Prep School students for the presentation of Outstanding Achievement Awards. Since returning to Oaklands Parade, the Prep School boys have been immersed in some wonderful activities that are worth sharing.

Channel 10 recently aired a lovely story featuring some of our boys from Years 5 and 6 highlighting their participation in an Anglicare campaign to reduce loneliness in older Queenslanders by connecting them with younger people. As part of the OldMate Queensland initiative, the boys have been writing letters to Anglicare’s residential aged care clients, sharing their interests and hobbies, stories and photos. Some have even sent videos to their pen pals. It is an opportunity for our boys to learn some ways of dealing with challenging and difficult times from a generation of people with a variety and depth of life experience and for these aged care residents. It is also a wonderful way to have some new social connections. The teachers and boys are hopeful that one day soon they may be able to visit their new-found Old Mates. Please click here to view the Channel 10 feature.

In further Prep School news, students were treated to a special concert from Old Boy Dan Warlow (2001) who is a kids musician and entertainer. Dan’s catchy and creative music, which conveys Gospel values and biblical concepts, always gets the boys moving and singing along. With Coronavirus restrictions preventing Dan from his usual in person performances, he recorded a video concert for the boys which were played during Chapel time. Thank you Dan!

Earlier this week on Pat Rafter Arena at the Queensland Tennis Centre, Old Boy John Millman (2006) went to a whole new level to demonstrate his skills both on and OFF the court, albeit questionably. Please click here to view the Tennis Queensland video. Nice work John!

Bound for Princeton

At the Queensland Certificate (QCE) Achievement Awards earlier this year, Old Boy Lachlan Toovey (2019) was recognised as one of the state’s top academic achievers. Being awarded the Highest Achievement by an Aboriginal Student or Torres Strait Islander Student is testament to Lachlan’s hard work and excellent academic results. A proud Yalari student who attended Churchie as a boarder, Lachlan made the most of his education at Churchie both in the academic and co-curricular realms. He achieved an OP1 and represented the school with distinction in the First VIII rowing and Second V basketball teams, as well as securing a position in the Schoolboys Division 1 State Rowing Team.

Lachlan was accepted into a Bachelor of Engineering and Commerce at The University of Queensland. In further recognition of his tremendous commitment and achievements, he was recently accepted to Princeton University and after making quick contact with their rowing coaches was asked to join the Princeton Rowing Crew. Lachlan says he is already looking forward to heading over and making some boats move fast.

Inspired by the sacrifices of his family, along with the support he received from Yalari and Churchie, on reflection Lachlan says: “Entering boarding was a turning point in my life and would not have this opportunity today without it.” Ultimately, Lachlan plans to return to his hometown of Dubbo in New South Wales to support his community as a qualified engineer.

Congratulations Lachlan! We wish you every success with your studies and rowing at Princeton.

Chris Heydon Back ‘In Queensland’

Throughout his Churchie days and six years at university, Old Boy Chris Heydon (2004) had struggled with the concept of having to make life choices about study, preferred industries and professions, without ever being fully exposed to what was actually out there. Even though he battled his way through university, still not knowing what he wanted to do, he suddenly found himself in a dream job travelling the world and was so glad that he had completed his studies. Chris has helped to launch real estate media businesses (with a focus throughout the Asia Pacific region), coordinated sales events for luxury properties across the world (including New York, Beijing, Tokyo, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur) and been part of a very small team to launch over 20 digital media platforms across 28 countries.

Chris now finds himself back in Queensland, working on a project that benefits communities close to him and enables him to leverage his home network rather than forging new frontiers.  He is excited to have recently helped launch InQueensland, a new independent digital news service with a focus on Queensland business, politics, arts and culture, created by some of the state’s most respected writers. After all this time, with the ability to bring a world of experience to something so focussed and meaningful to him personally, he feels that he has finally decided what he wants to do for a living.

Chris says: “Well before the COVID-19 crisis, many in the community were disenfranchised by mainstream media and hungry for high-quality unbiased journalism. Now more than ever Queenslanders are seeking free, up to date and reliable analysis and news. We started publishing on 10 February this year and in our second month, we saw about 250,000 unique visitors to our website. It’s been quite rewarding to see such strong organic growth and engagement from across our state in support of genuine news coverage. We plan to offer a majority equity share in this Queensland project, soon, to local investors to ensure the enterprise is Queensland owned and operated.”

With his real estate background and focus on marketing and international digital media, Chris was appointed to help launch the publication, engage commercial partners and sponsors, while also setting their launch audience and establishing plans for revenue and audience growth. “InQueensland provides our state’s only truly independent, high-quality news service – freely available to all Queenslanders.” Chris invites everyone to take a look and subscribe to their free daily newsletter at www.InQLD.com.au

UnTapping Potential

Old Boy Geoff ‘Reff’ Sykes (1995) was a Prefect and boarder in Strong House. He left Churchie in 1995 to attack a Bachelor of Business degree at QUT, completing his final year on exchange in New York city. Whilst living in the UK and France for 12 years, he completed his MBA in the UK (Thesis: Launch strategies for Western brands entering the Russian market.). All the while, supporting and fuelling the rapid expansion of global retail and distribution partnerships with Quiksilver and DC Shoes.

For the past eight years, Reff has spent his time between New York, Silicon Valley & Noosa Heads, working in Technology building software and hardware solutions for media and music platforms. In his spare time, he writes kids books for charities. His titles include Lucia, Maria & The Rainbow Canoe (for dyslexia and depression in children) and more recently Others Unlike Me! (to prevent bullying in schools). Both books are available on amazon.com.au. The Rainbow_canoe (Instagram) is another reference with sneak peeks of each title, with royalties from this books supporting the detection of early stage depression & dyslexia in children.

Combining all of his experiences from retail, media and omni-channel, Reff’s latest professional venture is UnTap Media. Reff is a co-founder and the CEO of this organisation combining personal hygiene and media through an interactive screen network. Reff says: “In a world where hand hygiene and communications are critically important, UnTap Media delivers an end to end technology solution with a unique range of hand hygiene & media screens. UnTap Media’s screen network supports & extends local businesses, retailers, hospitality, health & education professionals, who are urgently looking for simple & effective ways to keep hands clean in our community, whilst also able to promote their causes, products & services. Our interactive screens uniquely connect and engage audiences with media messaging at hand sanitiser dispensers, water faucets/ taps, mirrors and outdoor.”

This is an interesting business and very relevant, particularly in these uncertain times of COVID-19. We wish Reff every success with this business venture!

Churchie Outdoor Education Survey

Embracing Churchie’s ‘Making of Men’ philosophy, staff of the Churchie Outdoor Education programme are inviting Old Boys to complete a survey. To continue to equip students for life beyond Churchie, they are interested in gaining further insights to the immediate and ongoing benefits of being involved in the Outdoor Education programme. Of particular interest are responses from Old Boys of the cohorts from 2000 through to 2019. However, if you are not from these cohorts and would like to provide recommendations and/or feedback, you are most welcome to do so.

Please complete the survey by COB Monday 20 July, 2020. All submissions will go into the draw to win an OBA suede cap, OBA bottle opener and a Churchie Outdoor Education Nalgene Water Bottle. The winner will be drawn on Friday 24 July and announced in the July edition of Viking Spirit.

Please click here to complete the Churchie Outdoor Education Survey.

 

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 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. 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 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.

April 2020

As we are unable to gather on The Flat on ANZAC Day this year to remember those who have served our country, in particular our 119 Old Boys and Staff who are read out by the School Captain, we encourage all Old Boys and their families to support the RSL ‘Light Up The Dawn’ initiative. This initiative encourages all Australians to stand at dawn (6 am) on their driveways, on their balcony or in their living room to remember all those who have served and sacrificed. Please take a moment to capture your involvement by taking a photograph and emailing the OBA at oba@churchie.com.au. All photos received will be collated and shared as a gallery in the May 2020 edition of Viking Spirit.

George Forrest, a Churchie Year 9 student, has taken up the challenge and will play The Last Post, observe a minute’s silence, and then play the Reveille in his neighbourhood of Alderley. Please click here to read more about George and his family’s connection to the ANZAC spirit, which dates back to WWI and WWII. In World War II his grandfather, Old Boy Charles Edward Elliott (1940), fought for the Australian Army in Papua New Guinea.

Churchie Old Boy Lachlan Luhrs (2016) is an active member of The Salvation Army, who are strongly aligned with the defence services. Many of us remember Lachlan as a past Churchie Anzac Day bugler, whose faultless performances were emotionally stirring. Please click here to see Lachlan performing the Last Post and Rouse at the Springfield Anzac Memorial, which has been prepared for a virtual Anzac service in the Greater Springfield area that would normally have accommodated in excess of 6,000 participants. Lachlan’s great great grandfather William Booth Shaw, who was a Salvation Army minister and served in the Australian armed forces, was awarded the Australian Anzac of the Year Medallion in 1983.

We also take this opportunity to wish past staff member Ray Deed BEM a very Happy Birthday. Ray was Churchie’s School Marshall from 1977 to 1992 and will celebrate his 94th birthday on ANZAC Day. Please take the time to read the article about Ray later in this newsletter.

Congratulations to Old Boy Russell Smith (1985) who has been appointed to School Council. Replacing Old Boy Toby Ford (1977) who served tirelessly on School Council from 2008 to 2019, Russell brings a wealth of senior management experience having served for four years as CEO at the Port of Brisbane and for the past five years as a partner at Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) Australia, where he is involved in the independent infrastructure fund.

In the final week of Term 1, following exam block, our Year 11 and 12 students settled in for their first session and experience of the School at Home programme, brought about due to COVID-19. Much to their surprise and delight they were welcomed by two Queensland Reds players, Old Boys Liam Wright (2014) and Angus Scott-Young (2014). Liam and Angus shared with the boys about how important it is to manage your time as a student (both at school and university), particularly when the demands are so varied – leadership roles, academic demands, sporting commitments. Every person is unique in the way they deal with time management and both Liam and Angus are wonderful examples doing this successfully. Thank you Liam and Angus!

As advised in last month’s newsletter, in response to recommendations from external governing authorities, a range of activities have therefore either been postponed or cancelled. Among these has been the need to cancel Churchie’s traditional ANZAC Day service on The Flat. It has also now 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.

At this stage the cohort reunions are still proceeding. Ultimately however, beyond recommendations from external governing authorities, as we host them at the school on the afternoons of the rugby, we are also guided by decisions from both the School and the GPS Association of QLD as to whether or not sport will be played in Term 3. We will advise immediately if it is looking likely at any stage that the reunions need to be cancelled.

The OBA Annual Dinner, set down to be held in Rivershed at Howard Smith Wharves on Friday 14 August, is also still currently listed to proceed. Please still keep this date locked in your diaries. As with the cohort reunions, we will advise immediately if there is a need to postpone or indeed cancel this event. For more details about these events and our cohort reunions for 2020, please refer to the respective notices later in this newsletter.

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.

ANZAC Day 2020

As we are unable to gather on The Flat on ANZAC Day this year to remember those who have served our country, in particular our 119 Old Boys and Staff who are read out by the School Captain, we encourage all Old Boys and their families to support the RSL ‘Light Up The Dawn’ initiative. On ANZAC Day, all Australians are encouraged to stand at dawn (6 am) on their driveways, on their balcony or in their living room to remember all those who have served and sacrificed.

Churchie Old Boy Lachlan Luhrs (2016) is an active member of The Salvation Army, who are strongly aligned with the defence services. Many of us remember Lachlan as a past Churchie Anzac Day bugler, whose faultless performances were emotionally stirring. Please click here, to see Lachlan performing the Last Post and Rouse at the Springfield Anzac Memorial, which has been prepared for a virtual Anzac service in the Greater Springfield area that would normally have accommodated in excess of 6,000 participants.

Please take a moment to capture your involvement by taking a photograph and emailing the OBA at oba@churchie.com.au. All photos received will be collated and shared as a gallery in the May 2020 edition of Viking Spirit.

Ray ‘Dasher’ Deed BEM

With ANZAC Day services for 2020 cancelled, it is appropriate at this time to recognise and acknowledge one of our admired past staff members, Ray Deed. After many years of being responsible for the preparation of the school’s ANZAC Day parade, Ray still attends the Churchie service each year. Having completed a distinguished military career, Ray took up duties as the School Marshall from 1977 to 1992. Many Old Boys speak about Ray with great fondness and tremendous respect, which is testament to his firm but fair approach to discipline. Ray, who turns 94 on ANZAC Day, is retired and living at Corinda.

Please click here to read a report recently compiled by Mick James, an Association Member of the 31st Infantry Battalion Association Inc., about Ray (second from left) and his fellow soldiers who feature in the above image.

Happy Birthday Ray!

To pass on your birthday wishes to Ray and/or share a story you may have about him, please email the OBA office at oba@churchie.com.au

Featured Image (L-R): Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1) Brian Lawrance, 43, working in Quang Tri; WO1 Ray Deed, 43, Phuoc Tuy Province;  WO1 Bill Eade, 44, Hue; Captain Len Opie, 46, Phuoc Tuy Province, and WO1 Reg Bandy, 46, the Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) of 7RAR at Nui Dat.

Outdoor Education from Year 8 to University

In addition to completing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology, Old Boy Henry Friend (2016), pictured above, has gone on to become the representative director for Paddlesports Queensland and President of the University of Queensland Canoe Club. Henry now works with the Duke of Edinburgh programme at Churchie to support others in such endeavours. Recently he joined the house groups of Biggs, Hillary, Mansfield and Mawson as they engaged in the Year 8 Outdoor Education programme. One of the primary aims of the programme, which took place at Conondale National Park on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, “focuses on students’ capacity to operate within the boundaries of controlled exposure to challenge and enhance student’s psychological resilience (Dias & Niall, 2001)”.

For many students the experience of mountain biking was a personal highlight and required them to positively evaluate risk in a dynamic environment. In combination with other programmes and activities, like the Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Journey, the longstanding outcomes of developing resilience in pursuit of personal passion can assist students to further achieve success beyond Churchie.

Keep up the good work Henry!

Neill, J., & Dial, K. (2001). Adventure Education and Resilience: The double edged sword. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning.

Celebrating History

This year marked an historic day for Churchie and their involvement in hosting a Pink Stumps Day. It was the first time that all GPS schools in Queensland used a pink ball in the competition at the First XI level and saw numerous other teams play with the pink ball, stumps, pads and of course, pink wickets.

It is also this year that marks the 40th anniversary for Churchie’s First XI cricket team of 1980. With the team now spread across Australia from North Queensland to Perth and Sydney, Glenn Davies and Colin Dwyer met at Main Oval on Saturday 7 March to celebrate and reminisce, whilst watching the First XI match against Gregory Terrace.

This follows a reunion the team had two years ago, with five members attending a dinner at the Port Office Hotel. Players who attended included Frank Austin, Glenn Davies, Ian Learmonth, Alistair Stephens and Colin Dwyer. It was a wonderful night of reflection on a competitive year in which they snatched third. After leading the competition at one stage, they beat BGS who finished second and drew with TSS who secured the premiership. Losses to Ipswich and Toowoomba were very disappointing, especially after making strong starts in both games.

The 1980 season was not without its controversy. In a very close game against BGS, big Alistair Stephens, after prior warning, ‘mankaded’ the BGS captain who was also their best batsman. The BGS boys and indeed their whole school were upset. They lost the final match of the season and with it the GPS title.

Colin Dwyer says: “Most Churchie First XI players from 1980 still have good friends from BGS and they all enjoy a friendly engagement every now and then about their lost opportunity. TSS however still hasn’t thanked us! 😊 One day we would welcome the BGS boys to a rematch, but for now, we’ll just enjoy watching Churchie play positive cricket.”

Featured Image (L-R): Glenn Davies and Colin Dwyer.

Jack Inspired by Corona Crisis

The impact of Service as one of the four tenet’s of Churchie continues to show through in our Old Boys network. Churchie Service has shaped the lives of many of our boys and the memories it has created last a lifetime. The importance on making a difference in society has certainly not been lost on Old Boy Jack Bloomfield (2019) who recently made personal donations of face masks across Brisbane.

“What an absolutely incredible day! As promised last week, I donated thousands of face masks across Brisbane today. Location #1 was @familydoctorsplus who are all GP’s in the front line defending against COVID-19. Location #2 was @brisbanebmw where I donated masks to @sunny_street_ where medical volunteers provide the homeless with essential medical care every day of the week. It is the very least I can do. I encourage anyone else who can, to do the same. Let’s get through this together and support those most vulnerable and on our front line.”

Keep up the good work Jack!

 

 

 

 

March 2020

In the current climate, we trust that starting on some positive notes will be well appreciated.

  • John Millman (2006) played his part in an epic Davis Cup encounter by staging a remarkable comeback win over Thiago Monteiro 6-7(6) 7-6(3) 7-6(3). Australia’s 3-1 victory against Brazil secured a spot in the Davis Cup finals in Spain in November when they will take on Croatia and Hungary.
  •  Churchie Rowing, in its 100th year, secured back to back wins for the Old Boys’ Cup at the 2020 GPS Head of the River. Churchie became the most prolific winners of this point scoring trophy, securing 110 points with a dominant performance across the regatta. The First VIII race was won by BGS, with Churchie finishing fourth behind TSS and GT.
  • Thomas Hassall (2015) has commenced his UQ-Oxford School of Biomedical Science Honours Exchange Scholarship, allowing him to partake the research component of his Bachelor of Science (Honours) year at the Department of Pharmacology in the laboratory of Professor Nigel Emptage.
  • Miguel Cescotto (2019) has secured an undergraduate role with Harriss Accounting, a Churchie family owned business, working alongside Michael Dal Pra (2015) who commenced there in January in a graduate role.

There are further achievements of note later in the newsletter.

Past Parent and Old Boy, Professor David Paterson (1982) is the Director at The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR). He is also a Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH). It is wonderful to see David overseeing the research by a team who are at the forefront of finding a cure for coronavirus (COVID-19). Please click here to read more.

With regard to COVID-19, the school is following expert advice that suggests we will face sustained changes as to how we interact with each other, at work and at school. In accordance with advice from government and health authorities, there is no requirement to close the school and classes will continue as scheduled. However, closure could eventuate if there was to be a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the immediate school community. Advice will continue to be sought from Queensland Health regarding appropriate procedures.

In response to recommendations from external governing authorities, a range of activities have therefore either been postponed or cancelled. Among these has been the need to cancel Churchie’s traditional ANZAC Day service on The Flat. It has also been necessary, at this stage, for the OBA to postpone our annual Vintage Vikings | Morning Tea and Lunch, which was to be held in Morris Hall on Friday 29 May.

Unless developments dictate otherwise, our cohort reunions are still listed to proceed. So too is the OBA Annual Dinner on Friday 14 August in Rivershed at Howard Smith Wharves. So you don’t miss it, please keep this date locked in your diaries. Special invitations to the OBA Annual Dinner will be extended to our cohorts celebrating their 5 year (2015), 15 year (2005), 25 year (1995), 35 year (1985), 45 year (1975), 55 year (1965) and 65 year (1955) reunions. This will be followed the next day by our equally popular Old Boys’ Day which is on the afternoon the school plays Brisbane Grammar School in both basketball and rugby. For more details about these events and our cohort reunions for 2020, please refer to the respective notices later in this newsletter.

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

According to Luke

Old Boy Luke White (1997) has now left his mark on Churchie more than once since leaving as a student at the end of year 12. Previously the site manager for the Morris Hall extension and refurbishment that was completed in 2011, Luke recently returned as the site manager for the extensive refurbishment of the Jackson building. Luke says: “I am extremely grateful to have been given this opportunity to give back to the school again. When I attended Churchie, Jackson was the science labs and my teacher was Mr Lawler. Downstairs was where School Marshals were based.”

The Jackson refurbishment project was a four and half month build. It was a complete internal demolition that required keeping all the heritage structure intact. Excavation was required under the building to create the staff toilets and a meeting room. All the timber for the project was Briar silky oak which was sourced from North Queensland. Due to the historical significance of Jackson as a heritage building and its prominence in the school’s history and landscape (as one of the Three Sisters, with the Canon Jones Memorial Chapel and Darnell), it was a very important project to all involved. As a second-generation Old Boy of the school this was not lost on Luke, nor Ashley-Cooper Construction who were undertaking their first project at Churchie.

As part of the project, a large area of the perimeter of The Flat, stretching from The Centenary Library to the Sir John Pidgeon Sports Complex, also undertook a huge transformation. This is now a useable space with tables and chairs for the students to enjoy.  It also provides for a far more amenable space each year when the school’s Anzac Day service is hosted.

Above (L-R): Luke Ashley-Cooper with Luke White.

80 Years of Exposure

Old Boy Bert Hoveling (1958) was very active in the sporting arena at Churchie, particularly as a member of the First XI Cricket team for three years. In his senior year, Bert was Captain of Grenfell house and a Prefect. He started the year by topping the Army Cadet Under Officers Course for Queensland which saw him presented with a Sam Browne belt (a ceremonial sword belt holder) and a copy of Sir William Slim’s book Defeat into Victory. He finished it, at Speech Night, as the recipient of the D C C Crombie Memorial Prize which is awarded each year to a boy in Year 12 who is a cricketer in the First XI and a scholar.

Whilst at school Bert was always an avid photographer. This is a passion he has continued to embrace ever since, all whilst pursuing a career as a scientist and philosopher. Those who have seen examples of Bert’s work (some of which feature in the header image) appreciate just how truly outstanding his photography is. His generous nature means that he has also spent an enormous amount of time judging photographic competitions and a keen participant in encouraging and developing young photographers.

A Past President of the Australian Photographic Society and a Past President of the Victorian Society of Photographic Societies, in a little under a month Bert will be celebrating his 80th birthday and indeed 80 Years of Exposure to Photography.

Pictured Above: Bert with partner Margaret.

Old Boys Proud to be Pirates

At the conclusion of the final point at the 2019 Australian Volleyball Super League finals on the Gold Coast, the roar of the crowd said it all. After two hours and fifteen minutes of play, the Queensland Pirates had secured their fifth National title in six years, defeating long-time rivals Canberra Heat in a nail-biting five-set match (25-22, 25-19, 22-25, 23-25, 15-9). Amongst the furore of victory, the keen observer would have witnessed a small group of players congratulating one another at the back of the court. The common denominator between these individuals is that they are all Churchie Old Boys. For Harrison Seaborn (2018), Tyler Nix (2017), Darcy Cox (2014), Matt Evans (2011) and Will Mercer (2008), this was the culminating event after a five-month season of training and competition. Matt Evans (2012) and Will Mercer (2008) were both starting members of the victorious Queensland Pirates. The previous evening, Harrison, Tyler, and Darcy had claimed victory as members of The Buccaneers, the development team of the Queensland Pirates in the Australian Open Volleyball Championships.

The success of these Old Boys is testament to the enormous growth Churchie Volleyball has enjoyed over the last decade, an achievement built on the back of growing popularity, and a positive and supportive culture within the Volleyball program. Churchie Volleyball has allowed these Old Boys to excel in their chosen sport, with all members competing at the highest level domestically. Tyler and Will have also been afforded the opportunity to compete in Junior Indoor and Senior Beach National teams respectively. By a twist of fate, the current Head Coach of the Pirates, Mr Craig Marshall, was also the Head Coach of Churchie’s first-ever GPS Volleyball Premiership winning team in 1998.

Notably, each of our winning Old Boys has returned to the School in a Volleyball coaching capacity at various stages, further highlighting the impact that a love for Volleyball has had on these young men.

Featured Image: Old Boys Matt Evans (2012), pictured second row fifth from the right and Will Mercer (2008) pictured front row far right with their Queensland Pirates Volleyball Team after claiming victory in the 2019 Australian Volleyball Super League finals.

February 2020

Welcome to the first edition of Viking Spirit for 2020.

Firstly we congratulate those Old Boys who were recognised in the 2020 Australia Day Honours. They are Dr Neil Robert Wetzig AO (1972), Mr Barry Kelly AM (1962), Professor Anthony Cassimatis AM (1982), Colonel Craig Lauder CSM (1989) and Rear Admiral Jaimie Hatcher AM RAN DSC (1985). More detail about each of these Old Boys can be found in the Achievements section of this newsletter.

Congratulations also to the new Student Executive for 2020 on their appointments. They are: School Captain Jacob Marchant, son of Darren Marchant (1989); Vice-Captain Finn MacPherson; Vice-Captain Griff Pattison, son of Simon Pattison (1984); Vice-Captain & Head Boarder Floyd McKay, son of Ian McKay (1985).

Our first event on the calendar is the second annual Old Boys’ Day at the Volleyball which will take place on Saturday 7 March at Churchie. This season the First VI will be taking on Gregory Terrace in what promises to be a close and exciting match. For any Old Boys attending, please identify yourself at the Volleyball Supporters Group BBQ for your free hamburger courtesy of the OBA Committee.

On Friday 29 May our annual Vintage Vikings | Morning Tea and Lunch will be held in Morris Hall. All Old Boys aged 70 or older are invited to join us for this special annual event. Please note that spouses/partners are also welcome. Our signature event, the OBA Annual Dinner will be held on Friday 14 August, so please lock in this date now so you don’t miss it. Special invitations to the OBA Annual Dinner will be extended to our cohorts celebrating their 5 year (2015), 15 year (2005), 25 year (1995), 35 year (1985) and 45 year (1975) reunions. Our cohorts celebrating 55 years (1965) and 65 years (1955) will also receive special invitations to the Vintage Vikings | Lunch and Morning Tea.  This will be followed the next day by our equally popular Old Boys’ Day which is on the afternoon the school plays Brisbane Grammar School in both basketball and rugby. For more details about these events and our cohort reunions for 2020, please refer to the Reunions and Events calendar later in this newsletter.

Our third annual Old Boys’ Tennis Tournament, held on Monday 16 December 2019, proved beyond doubt that this event is gaining momentum and growing in popularity. The Old Boy & Current Student pairing of Jack Walton (2015) and Max Kruger (2020 Captain of Tennis) held off a fast finishing Max Powell (2018) and Alex Russell (2018) to take the title and will now see their names etched onto the John Millman Shield. Thank you to Old Boys John Millman (2006) and Colin Sinclair (2012) for attending and joining with brothers Jack Walton (2015) and Adam Walton (2016) for an exhibition match that was enjoyed by a very appreciative audience.

 

 

Can You Afford to Study Abroad?

L-R: Old Boys Fergus Rees (2015), John ‘Jack’ Howard (2016) and William Anderson (2017) were 2019 recipients of the Churchie Foundation ‘Overseas Study Scholarship for Old Boys’. They each attended the London School of Economics and Political Science and have penned the following recollections of their experience.

Fergus Rees (2015)

It’s an odd thing living in London for an extended period. Undoubtedly things are familiar in a sense – the language, streets, food and even the drinking culture – yet things are different. The city is ambitious and diverse but respects its history and identity. I was struck by similar feelings walking through Churchie on a recent visit. The spectacular Centenary Library now overlooking the school chapel. It is rewarding to see that the school’s developments still retain the age tested morals of Canon Morris. There is growth with substance.

In London I undertook a program in managing financial risk with a particular interest in credit derivatives (FN202). I thought I’d take the time to pass on some of the lessons I stumbled upon:

  1. Learn widely and enthusiastically

I was, once upon a time, an arrogant student who thought that he’d never have to consider mathematics after school. After all, humanities had always been my forte and I looked forward to a career in law. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

In the final exam for the program, I had to unpack successive differential equations and apply index laws for the first time since high school. Horror. Panic. All that learning content I had once dismissed had come back to haunt me. Remarkably, as my brain stewed over the seemingly impossible, Mr Coyne’s teachings in Magnus came back to me. The lesson gentlemen – respect everything you learn in school, be it mathematics, arts or sciences. You have no idea where you will end up in life.

  1. Keep an open mind to opportunity

Sometimes a learning opportunity will present itself in odd ways. In London I had the opportunity to meet up with some other Old Boys from my graduating class. I was invited to a family dinner. Surprisingly, I found myself sitting across from an executive of a leading investment bank – a friend of a dad in the group. Over dinner I learnt more about the London Stock Exchange than any lecture. Unfortunately, what your teachers say is true – learning doesn’t stop at the classroom.

I have to thank the generosity and support of the Churchie Foundation for facilitating my experience. I also have to thank other Old Boys who provided planning advice and personal tips on studying overseas. I encourage all boys to continue to push their personal boundaries and take opportunities overseas.

John ‘Jack’ Howard (2016)

Throughout school it was always a dream of mine to attend the London School of Economics, viewing it as one of the best universities in the world to learn and study finance.  Hence, when the opportunity came to engage in a short-term exchange over the winter break I jumped at the chance.

Over three weeks I studied a course in the analysis and management of financial risk from esteemed professors Georgy Chabakauri and Cameron Peng.  It was everything I hoped it would be; both engaging and insightful.  Not only did this experience further my university studies but it broadened my perspective and affirmed my aspirations of one day working overseas.

Without the Churchie Foundation Old Boys Scholarship I would have been unable to complete this course or have this experience.  I would encourage any Old Boy thinking of studying overseas to apply – it enabled me to live out a childhood dream!

William Anderson (2017)

To study overseas was always an aspiration of mine and the Overseas Study Scholarship allowed me to fulfil such goals. Regarded among the elite Universities around the world, the London School of Economics truly lived up to its lofty standards.

Over the European summer I studied a three week course in Financial Risk Management. Learning from professors at the very top of their field was an unreal experience and extremely motivational. The university’s prime location in the centre of London allowed me to immerse myself within one the busiest and most efficient cities in the world.

While only staying for a short period of time, I managed to meet up with friends and spend a weekend in Paris which was only a bus ride away!

All of this would not have been possible without the financial assistance of the Overseas Study Scholarship. The opportunity to rub shoulders with the world’s best and study under them was truly an unbelievable experience and I would encourage any Old Boy aspiring to study overseas to apply.

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.

Concours D’Elegance

With over 25 years experience in event management and production in Australia, the USA and South-East Asia, Old Boy Paul Mathers (1984) has certainly managed some major exhibitions and events. Formerly the Event Director at Motorclassica in Australia for 10 years, Paul was recently announced as Event Director & Concours Chairman of Auto Royale.

From 17 – 19 July 2020, at the ancestral home of the Spencer family in Northamptonshire, Auto Royale will present the British International Concours d’Elegance which aims to set a new standard and join the list of quintessential English summer events. Recently quoted between USD 8 – 10 million, the first car publicly confirmed to make its UK debut at the inaugural Auto Royale at Althorp is the rare and stunning ‘Shark Nose’1962 Ferrari 196 SP.

As a passionate collector and an enthusiast of British motoring himself, Paul is excited to take all he has learnt overseas to the world’s biggest classic and historic car market. He said: “It’s such a pleasure to finally give car enthusiasts a vision of what will be an incredible line up at our first Auto Royale at Althorp. This stunning Ferrari truly captures the spirit of Auto Royale and our mission to bring rare and spectacular machines to be enjoyed in the surrounds of this wonderful family estate at Althorp.”

PATCH covers Gap in Property Market

Old Boy Mark Allen (1998) is a certified digital marketer with 15 years of agency and client side experience. Mark’s background is in the property and real estate industry where, as the son of a property developer and real estate agent, he learned about the industry before moving into property marketing.

However, it wasn’t until after his own experience of looking for a new home that Mark founded Patch, a property technology startup that provides the opportunity to place offers on ANY property, on or off the market. The dream home he was looking at was taken off the market before he could put in an offer. Then as he was settling with another home, the dream house went back on the market prompting him to question: “Why couldn’t the house be on the market all the time?”

Mark says: “Patch works to connect buyers to people looking to sell their home, so they can negotiate and transact in one simple and cost-effective place. It gives homeowners real-time, actual prices that people are willing to pay for their homes so they know the ideal time to sell.”

To hear more about Patch, please click here to watch a recorded interview with Mark. Patch is raising the first round of funding from investors, so if you are interested in speaking with Mark directly about this opportunity, he is contactable at hello@getpatch.com.au or on 0431 792 227.

December 2019

Please join us on Monday 16 December at the David Turbayne Tennis Centre at Churchie for the 3rd annual Old Boys’ Tennis Tournament. Meet tennis professionals, Old Boys John Millman (2006) and Colin Sinclair (2012), as well as Churchie’s Director of Tennis, Ian Malpass.Please click here to register or 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.

For the perfect Christmas gift, be sure to check out our current range of OBA merchandise. We have an exciting new addition in our grey suede cap, plus the very popular OBA Watch and OBA centenary book titled A Pictorial History of Churchie. For more details on these items and many others, please refer to the post later in this newsletter. If purchasing for Christmas, please note that the Churchie Shop has now closed for 2019 and will reopen on Monday 13 January 2020. Any items required before then can be collected from Reception in the Jackson building. Please email us at oba@churchie.com.au if you wish to make such an arrangement.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Stay safe!

 

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, 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 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 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 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

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 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, 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 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.

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 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 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 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 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.

August 2019

There is something extraordinary about a shared experience which becomes very obvious at the annual Old Boys’ Association dinner. The night brings together generations of Churchie boys for a night of story telling and reminiscing with friends new and old. With 250 Old Boys converging on Howard Smith Wharves last Friday evening, making it our largest annual since the school’s centenary in 2012, this year was no exception. As the Headmaster Dr Alan Campbell reflected: “There was something special and vibrant about the evening, everyone was happy and conversing across age groups.” The formalities of the evening commenced with a brief welcome from the OBA President Mr Simon Pattison, followed by some enjoyable and lighthearted banter from School Captain Jack Butler-Wood before he said Grace.

One of the more memorable and poignant moments of the evening were the fitting tributes to very prominent Old Boys who have recently passed – Graham Freudenberg (1951) and Lloyd McDermott (1957). Graham’s remarkable life was reflected on by the Honourable Cameron Dick (1984) who is an Old Boy and a minister in Queensland’s current Labor government. Graham, often described as the ‘Donald Bradman’ of speechwriters, wrote over a thousand speeches spanning fifty years for several leaders of the Australian Labor Party​ (ALP), including Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke. Lloyd McDermott’s life was honoured with a nostalgic tribute by Old Boy Christopher Hughes QC (1974), a recent past president of the Qld Bar Association which had an important link with Lloyd. Lloyd was Australia’s first indigenous barrister and was also one of the first indigenous Wallabies.

Old Boy Tim Walsh (1996), gave an intriguing insight of his journey from being a student at Churchie, to becoming a professional rugby player, to his current career as a professional coach which has already taken him to the 2016 Rio Olympics as Head Coach of the gold medal winning Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens team. It seems Tim was destined for such success in the sporting arena when in 1996 the Australian Olympic Committee acknowledged his sporting prowess in upholding Olympic ideals of sportsmanship and leadership qualities both on and off the field by bestowing on him the Pierre de Coubertin Award (now known as the Australian Olympic Change-Maker program). In 1996, Tim captained both Churchie’s First XV Rugby team and premiership winning First XI Cricket team. He also captained both the Queensland and Australian Schoolboys Rugby teams in that year.

The following day at Old Boys’ Day, we were treated to some highly competitive rugby and basketball against Gregory Terrace. The First XV came away with a well-earned, but ultimately hard fought, 33-29 drought breaking win. Conversely, our fast finishing First V basketball team were not quite able to close the gap on their rivals, falling agonisingly short of victory, 75-70, for their first loss of the season.

Later this month we welcome the 1949 cohort back to Churchie to celebrated their 70 Year Reunion. We also have interstate reunions scheduled for Canberra on Thursday 12 September, Melbourne on Thursday 24 October and Perth on Thursday 5 December.

When you next go to the movies be sure to check out the new feature film Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan. Old Boy Oliver Lacey (2014) plays a small part in the movie and at one point can be seen playing on the keyboards. Oliver debuted professionally as Baby John in West Side Story on Sydney Harbour in March 2019.

Job Search
Sam Tasker (2018)
Sam is looking for some part time work before he commences study in sports science in 2019. Ideally, Sam is looking for work in this field however would be interested in any part time work that may be available in the meantime.

Aaron Huang (Year 12)
Aaron is a current student and is looking to study Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney. Aaron is looking for some work experience over the upcoming school holidays in September/October.

If you have an opportunity for either Sam or Aaron, or are able to provide some guidance in their search,please contact the OBA office by email at oba@churchie.com.au or by phoning 07 3896 2203.

 

 

 

Mustering with Mates

Old Boy Dr Bill Glasson (1969) recently had the pleasure of visiting Escott Station, which is situated in gulf country of North Queensland, approximately a two hour chopper flight north of Cloncurry.

“We were guests of Ian and Gabe Kennedy (nee Daniels) who own and operate the property. The property is at large a cattle station, running in the order of 30 thousand Brahman cattle. Working as Jackaroos in their gap year after finishing at Churchie, were Old Boys Michael Fletcher, Alistair Sheahan, Fergus White and Will Archer. Jesse Daniels (2017), also a Churchie Old Boy, works on one of the other properties owned by the Daniels family. The boys are having a wonderful year learning how to ride horses, muster and brand cattle, drive all sorts of machinery, as well as gaining experience in helicopter mustering. It is truly a life experience which will make them better men no matter where life takes them. We need to thank the Kennedy/Daniels family for the opportunity that they have given to these wonderful Churchie Old Boys.”

Featured Image (L-R): Michael Fletcher (2017), Will Archer (2017), Bill Glasson (1969), Alistair Sheahan (2016) and Fergus White (2017)

Free Wheeling Fishers Chase Churchie Connections

Endeavoring to traverse every desert between Brisbane and Geraldton, Old Boy and current Churchie teacher Charles Fisher (1977) and his wife Shona have embarked on a journey across Australia. Their first stop was Roma Saleyards (the largest in the Southern Hemisphere) where they observed 4,500 store cattle being auctioned before spending the next two nights dining at the very modern Royal on Ninety-Nine, a stylish Roma pub owned by the Garvies, a Churchie family.

Next stop was Birdsville where Old Boy Kerry Morton (1997) joined them for a chat across the road from the iconic Birdsville Pub. Kerry’s family run Rosberth which is 1.2 million acres (4,000 square kilometres) and encompasses the town. The Birdsville Track and Lake Eyre were ticked off the bucket list as they made their way to Alice Springs where they were joined by their daughter Izzy and son Charlie (2016) for a visit to Uluru over the ensuing week. It also presented an opportunity to catch up with Old Boys Hamish Clark (1999) and Stuart Barrett (1999).

The Gunbarrel Highway in Western Australia was the next landmark on the journey, where harsh corrugations and washouts meant averaging 15 kilometres per hour for 400 kilometres over three days was unavoidable. Along the way, a chance meeting in a caravan park with Old Boy Bruce McLeish (1984) rekindled some more Churchie memories.

Moving on, the next stop was Kalbarri, a beautiful seaside town and separate principality within Australia known as Hutt River Province. Continuing up the coast to the white beaches of Shark Bay, with its tropical blue water and 60 kilometres of beach made up entirely of shells (no sand), revealed to Charles and Shona that it is not only extraordinary but very worthy of its World Heritage Listing by UNESCO. Another nine hours of driving up the West Australian coast to Karratha followed, which is currently home to Old Boy Tristan Bliss (1996). Tristan and Charles spent time recalling memories of the classroom and army cadets.

From Marble Bar, after attempting the Canning Stock Route, the journey continues … during which time they will be catching up with Old Boy Jock Warriner (1998) in Kununurra.

If you wish to follow the Fishers, please click here to read their blog.

Header Image:
Clockwise from Bottom Left: with Prince Graeme of Hutt River Province; with Kerry Morton (1997); with Hamish Clark (1999) and Stuart Barrett (1999); with Tristan Bliss (1996).

For the curious among us, Charles’ shirts come from TradeMutt, which was founded by Old Boy Ed Ross (2010) and his mate Dan Allen. The idea is part of a much greater plan to start the conversation around suicide in Australian men and came about after one of Dan’s mates took his own life. Their aim is to make tradies and workers of all kinds look and feel great at work, and in doing so, reduce the rate of male suicide in Australia. Their loud and vibrant shirts act as a catalyst to starting the conversation around mental health in men. Please click here to purchase your TradeMutt shirt online.

Return of Service

Inspired by his involvement with Churchie Service, Old Boy Jack Gadsby (2017) has recently returned from a trip to Vanuatu during which he visited St Patrick’s College, an Anglican secondary school in Ambae. This is the same school he visited as a Churchie student in 2017.

For Jack, certainly one of the most gratifying parts of the visit was donating school supplies and clothing to the families affected by the volcanic eruptions on Ambae in 2017 and 2018 causing acid rain and making the island uninhabitable. Most of his time was spent talking to the year 7 and 8 classes about the importance of pursuing a good education. Jack is currently studying a degree in Computing and Cyber Security at the Australian Defence Force Academy so he also spent some time with the senior IT classes talking about the importance of cyber security and introducing them to some more modern IT practices. This was critical as their curriculum is quite behind on 21st century IT practices.

Jack is very pleased to report that things are looking well at the school. Whilst their campus in Ambae is prepared for their return later this year, they are sharing a campus with Santo East School in Luganville. Jacks says: “They told me they would like to express their gratitude to Churchie for previous visits to the school and would like to continue the partnership after their return to Ambae.” He also reported that they still wear the Churchie shirts given them in 2017, as a part of the teacher uniform on Monday and Wednesday. Jack is already planning and looking forward to returning to Ambae for yet another visit.

Featured Images
Left Image: Jack (pictured right) with Churchie in 2017.
Right Image: Jack in the IT classroom on his recent visit to Vanuatu.

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Thank you very much to our sponsors of the 2019 OBA Annual Dinner. Please do take a moment to click on each of the sponsor logos below and familiarise yourself with their products and services. We are very appreciative of their support and we know that in return they would be very appreciative of yours.

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Old Boy Achievements

Brodie Croft (2015)
Brodie debuted for the Brisbane Broncos as co-Captain against the North QLD Cowboys on Friday 13 March 2020.

Michael Stolberg (2009), Jake Schatz (2007), Liam Wright (2014), Harry Hockings (2015)
Jake and Liam took to the field for Round 4 of the 2020 SuperRugby competition with Jake as Captain of the Sunwolves Super Rugby Japan and Liam as Captain of the Queensland Reds. Also playing were fellow Old Boys Harry Hockings (2015) for the Reds and Michael Stolberg (2009) for the Sunwolves.

Old Boy Achievements

Congratulations to the following Old Boys for their recognition in the 2020 Australia Day Honours list.

Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia

  • Dr Neil Robert Wetzig AO (1972) for distinguished service to the international community of the Democratic Republic of Congo through medical support, teaching and training programs.

Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division

  • Mr Barry Kelly AM (1962) for significant service to the mining and minerals sectors, and to business.
  • Professor Anthony Cassimatis AM (1982) for significant service to education, to the law, and to the community.

Australian Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM)

  • Colonel Craig Lauder CSM (1989) for meritorious devotion to duty as the Chief of Staff in Headquarters Joint Task Force 633 on Operation ACCORDION from March 2018 to January 2019.

Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)

  • Rear Admiral Jaimie Hatcher AM RAN DSC (1985) for distinguished command and leadership in warlike operations as the Commander Joint Task Force 633 on Operations OKRA and HIGHROAD from January 2018 to January 2019.

Aaron Brown (1997)
Aaron is a 2019 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

Charles Kosecki (2008)
Charles was a crew member on Ichi Ban which was declared the overall and handicap winner of the 2019 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Lachie Taylor (2015)
Lachie, the 2015 School Captain, has graduated from QUT Law with First Class Honours. In a highly competitive field this is very hard to achieve, so congratulations to Lachie on a tremendous achievement.

Angus Scott-Young (2014)
Angus has graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Science, all whilst playing full time professional rugby with the Queensland Reds. He has also been awarded the UQ Young Leaders Award 2019 and the Rugby Union Australia Players Association Academic Achievement Award 2019. Furthermore, Angus continues his charity work with Reds to Regions, Red Frogs, RSPCA Queensland and Queensland Children’s Hospital.

Theo Milbourne (2019)
Theo completed his IB diploma in 2019 and has been accepted into Cornell University to study a Bachelor of Architecture commencing in 2020. Cornell is one of the world’s most highly regarded and prestigious schools of architecture.

Zac Stubblety-Cook (2017)
Zac has backed up his excellent performance at the World Champs with a superb QLD champs last December. Zac established a new QLD Open and QLD All-Comers record of 2:07.28 in the 200m breaststroke, maintaining his World #4 ranking to become the world’s 7th fastest performer ever in the event. Zac followed this up superbly with a first in the 100m breastroke, stopping the clock in a time of 59.83 to achieve the first sub-minute of his career in this event.

Peter Russell (1980)
Peter has received the second runner up award at the Queensland Health Awards for Excellence. Peter restores his patients’ ability to eat, speak and smile, enhancing their dignity and quality of life, and allowing them to lead as full a life as possible.

Liam Wright (2014)
Liam has been appointed as Captain of the QLD Redsm for the 2020 Super Rugby season.

Nick Malouf (2010)
Nick has been appointed as Captain of the Australian Mens Rugby Sevens Team for the 2020 season which includes the Olympics to be held in Tokyo during July and August.

Mathai Joshi (2011)
Mathai has been crowned Townsville’s best lawyer as voted by the community. A solicitor at Arthur Browne & Associates, Mathai says his faith in God and family support has helped him to combat personal battles and mental health to go on to succeed in one of the most competitive professions.

Rod Duke (1981)
Rod is the new chief of publicly-owned Energy Queensland, parent company of Energex and Ergon.

Churchie Scholars (2019)
At the School’s recent Academic Celebration Assembly, some of our newest Old Boys of the 2019 cohort were acknowledged for achieving the equivalent ATAR of 98.00 or above. George Walker, with an equivalent ATAR of 99.55, was the recipient of The Tyrwhitt Memorial Cup for Dux of School for 2019, and The CE Elliott Rhodes Scholarship Award for Proxime Accessit to the Dux was awarded to Max Crakanthorp, who achieved an equivalent ATAR of 99.35.

Lachlan Toovey (2019)
Lachlan has been recognised as one of the state’s top academic achievers at the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) Achievement Awards. He was awarded the Highest Achievement by an Aboriginal Student or Torres Strait Islander Student. Please click here to read more.

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

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

July 2019

With the Queensland GPS Schools rugby and basketball seasons now underway so too is our season for reunions. The 1999 cohort celebrated their 20 Year Reunion recently and on Saturday 27 July we welcome both our 1969 and 1989 cohorts for their 50 Year Reunion and 30 Year Reunion respectively. From an interstate perspective, we have reunions planned for Canberra on Thursday 12 September, Melbourne on Thursday 24 October and Perth on Thursday 5 December. Invitations for each will be forthcoming.

Our 2019 OBA Annual Dinner and annual Old Boys’ Day are fast approaching. With the Annual Dinner being held on Friday 16 August and Old Boys’ Day the following day on Saturday 17 August, together they really are the perfect opportunity to catch up with your Old Boy mates.

Interest in the dinner is very strong and as a result we have now increased our space at Howard Smith Wharves (Rivershed). You are however still strongly encouraged to go online now to secure your seat and avoid disappointment. Using the links provided below, tickets can either be purchased individually for $95 or as a table booking for $800 (i.e $80 per person). Our Guest Speaker for the Annual Dinner will be Old Boy Tim Walsh (1996). Tim is the current Australian Men’s Seven’s Head Coach and was previously the Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach taking them to the Gold Medal at the Rio Olympics 2016.

OBA Annual Dinner | Individual Booking

OBA Annual Dinner | Table Booking [10]

At Old Boys’ Day, experience some quality schoolboy rugby as we take on Gregory Terrace. For those interested, a tour of the school will be conducted, commencing at 11.30 am from Churchill Post (i.e. the flagpole at the northern end of the chapel). The tour will conclude at approximately 1 pm. The First XV match kicks off at 2.15 pm and then at full time, courtesy of the OBA Committee, enjoy a free steak burger at our traditional post match barbecue. Afterwards, we will reconvene at the Pineapple Hotel to watch the Wallabies take on the All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup match which is being played in Auckland (kick off is at 5.35 pm).

 

Vale Alan Lavis (1947)

It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of one of our prominent Old Boys, Alan Lavis. Throughout his life, Alan remained a loyal, passionate and generous supporter of the School. He served on School Council from 1976 through to 1995. Alan was the first lay person and Old Boy to serve as Chairman of School Council, a position he held from 1989 through to 1995.

 

Vale Charles ‘Chilla’ Porter (1954)

It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of one of our prominent Old Boys, Charles ‘Chilla’ Porter. Chilla was a Prefect of the School and competed in cross country and swimming, however it was in high jump that he made his mark securing both the GPS High Jump Record and Australian Junior High Jump Record in 1954. As an Olympian, Chilla competed in high jump at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and the 1960 Rome Olympics. He won the silver medal in Melbourne and also won the silver medal for high jump at the 1958 Empire Games in Cardiff and the 1962 Commonwealth Games in Perth. Chilla later served as State Director of the Liberal Party of Australia (Western Australian Division) and was Chairman of the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) from 1995 to 1996.
Featured Image: Charles ‘Chilla’ Porter (centre) with fellow Olympians from our 1954 cohort, Graham Bond (Gymnastics) and Ron Jenyns (Yachting).

Vale John Cuneo OAM (1946)

It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of one of our prominent Old Boys and Olympian, John Cuneo OAM. Some of John’s many sporting achievements are listed below.

  • competed in two Olympic Games
    – Mexico 1968
    – Munich 1972 winning Gold in the Dragon class
  • inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1986
  • inducted into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame in 2009
  • inducted into the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame in 2018
  • 11 June 2018 – Queen’s Birthday Honours – Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division for service to sailing.

Featured Image: John Cuneo OAM, Tom Anderson and John Shaw winning Gold in the Dragon class at the 1972 Munich Games.

Vale Merv Lupton (Past Staff)

We fondly remember past teacher, Mr Merv Lupton who passed away on Thursday 13 February, aged 89. Merv joined the teaching staff in 1969 to teach Metal Work and Elementary Engineering. He quickly became involved as a training officer in the Naval Reserve Cadets unit TS Magnus, later becoming the Commanding Officer. In these two areas he made a very strong impression on the life of the school.

Who, When, Where?

Above: Head of the River Champions – 1st IV 1922

If you can Assist Archives by providing any group photographs for the years listed below for Churchie Rowing, Volleyball, Basketball and/or Gymnastics, our School Archivist Mr Peter Collin would be very appreciative. You don’t need to part ways with these treasured memories. Should you wish to keep your photographs, they can be digitally scanned, added to the collection and returned to you promptly. Please contact our School Archivist, Mr Peter Collin on 07 3896 2137, or click here to email the OBA.

ROWING
– 1927
– 1951, 1957, 1958
– 1963, 1967, 1968
– 1973
– 1980, 1983, 1988, 1989
– 1990
– 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2018, 2019

VOLLEYBALL
– 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979
– 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989
– 1990, 1991, 1993
– 2004, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019

BASKETBALL
– 1972, 1973, 1976
– 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989
– 1990, 1991, 1994, 1999
– 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

GYMNASTICS
– 1941, 1942, 1943, 1945
– 1950, 1951, 1955, 1956
– 1960
– 1970, 1972
– 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989
– 1991, 1992, 1993

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.

Old Boy Achievements

  • TRIPLE TREAT – Congratulations to our three Churchie Old Boys who each played a part in the spoils of victory enjoyed by Brisbane Girls Grammar School (1st VIII) and St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School (Aggregate Cup) at the 2020 Head of the River. Darcy Wruck (2012) as BGGS Director of Rowing, Blaine Heseltine (2012) as BGGS First VIII Coach and Jared Bidwell (2004) as St Margaret’s Director of Rowing. Also, in the mix was fellow Old Boy Peter Zahnleiter (1973) who coached the Somerville House First VIII to third place.
  • Louis McAfee (2013) won the Queensland Open Cross Country Championship for the fourth year in a row. The last person to achieve this feat was fellow Old Boy Peter Fardoulys (1950), who achieved a record five straight titles from 1950 to 1954.
  • On Tuesday 8 September 2020, Jaimie Hatcher (1985) was invested with his Distinguished Service Cross.
  • Jordan Courtney-Perkins (2020) was recently named as the Hyundai A-League Breakthrough Player of the Year for the Brisbane Roar FC. Jordan made his A-League debut last season and in doing so he became the youngest player to play for the Brisbane Roar at 16 years, 9 months and 1 days. Jordan was also a member of the First XI who won the 2019 GPS Football Premiership, Churchie‘s first win in the competition.Darren Marchant (1989) was an Assistant Coach for the Churchie First V Basketball team who finished the 2020 season as Undefeated Premiers, to complete back to back premierships for Churchie.
  • Liam Wright (2014) on being awarded the “Spirit of the Reds” award with the QLD Reds and for placing second in the 2020 Pilecki Medal Top 10. As Captain, Liam also guided the QLD Reds to second place finish in the Super Rugby AU competition falling agonisingly short of the ACT Brumbies (28-23) in the final.

Old Boy Achievements

Nick Malouf (2010) made his Super Rugby AU debut for the NSW Waratahs
against the ACT Brumbies on Saturday 22 August.

Angus Scott-Young (2014) has been awarded Sportsman of the Year
at the University of Queensland 2020 Club & Sports Awards.

OBA Events 2020

As we continue to monitor state border and social distancing restrictions, the Committee will advise if it is possible to hold an alternate event later in the year in lieu of the dinner. 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.

OBA Events 2020

The 2020 OBA Annual Dinner, which was scheduled to be held on Friday 14 August, has been cancelled. Old Boys’ Day 2020, which was to beheld the following day, has also been cancelled.

As further advice on the easing of restrictions becomes known, the Committee will advise if it is possible to hold an alternate event later in the year in lieu of the dinner. 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.

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

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.

Where necessary discussions are taking place between the OBA Office and reunion organisers about the rescheduling of these events. If it becomes necessary to cancel any of these reunions, 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.

10 Year Reunion | 2010 Old Boys
this reunion will now be held in 2021 (date to be confirmed)
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20 Year Reunion | 2000 Old Boys
this reunion will now be held in 2021 (date to be confirmed)
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30 Year Reunion | 1990 Old Boys
Friday 20 November 2020
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40 Year Reunion | 1980 Old Boys
this reunion has been postponed (date to be confirmed)
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50 Year Reunion | 1970 Old Boys
Friday 20 November 2020
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60 Year Reunion | 1960 Old Boys
this reunion will now be held in 2021 (date to be confirmed)
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If you are from the 1950 cohort and would like to assist us to plan your 70 Year Reunion, please email the OBA Office at oba@churchie.com.au or call Casey 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.

Where necessary discussions are taking place between the OBA Office and reunion organisers about the rescheduling of these events. If it becomes necessary to cancel any of these reunions, 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.

10 Year Reunion | 2010 Old Boys
Saturday 17 October 2020
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20 Year Reunion | 2000 Old Boys
this reunion will now be held in 2021 (date to be confirmed)
Click here

30 Year Reunion | 1990 Old Boys
Friday 20 November 2020
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40 Year Reunion | 1980 Old Boys
this reunion has been postponed (date to be confirmed)
Click here

50 Year Reunion | 1970 Old Boys
Friday 13 or 20 November 2020 (date to be confirmed)
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60 Year Reunion | 1960 Old Boys
this reunion will now be held in 2021 (date to be confirmed)
Click here

If you are from the 1950 cohort and would like to assist us to plan your 70 Year Reunion, please email the OBA Office at oba@churchie.com.au or call Casey 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.

Where necessary discussions are already underway between the OBA Office and reunion organisers about the rescheduling of these events. If it becomes necessary to cancel any of these reunions, 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.

10 Year Reunion | 2010 Old Boys
Saturday 17 October 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 10 October 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 17 October 2020
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60 Year Reunion | 1960 Old Boys
Saturday 10 October 2020
Click here

If you are from the 1950 cohort and would like to assist us to plan your 70 Year Reunion, please email the OBA Office at oba@churchie.com.au or call Casey on 07 3896 6462.

Please click here to view the full Events and Reunions Calendar.

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

Churchie Community Footy Tipping 2020

SIGN UP NOW!!! IT’S NOT TOO LATE!!!

The ‘Churchie Community Footy Tipping’ competition for 2020 is underway. Whilst the Super Rugby season has been postponed, the NRL and AFL seasons are pushing on. Using the Superbru platform, entry to the competition is free and only one login is required to enter your tips across all three codes. If you are an already registered tipper on SuperBru, you can simply add our competitions as pools to your existing profile.

This year The Brisbane Golf Club have again come to the fore and are providing the major prize. This prize, for the tipper finishing with the highest over all score across all three competitions, is a round of golf for four players (including two motorised buggies) at this private golf course located at Yeerongpilly. Thank you to Old Boy Patrick Dixon (1972) for donating this wonderful prize for the fifth year in succession. Prize money will again be provided by Churchie for each of the three tournaments and has been allocated as follows: $100 for 1st, $50 for 2nd and $25 for 3rd.

You can register for each competition by using the links below, or by downloading the Superbru app then searching for the pool and using the code listed in each instance.

NRL – moretail

AFL – oastyawn

Super Rugby – flitmazy

Old Boys’ Day at the Volleyball 2020

All Old Boys are invited to the second Churchie Volleyball Old Boys’ Day on Saturday 7 March at the Sir John Pidgeon Sports Complex. This is a top of the table clash against strong rivals Gregory Terrace. On the day Old Boys will be able to enjoy a free hamburger courtesy of the OBA. The First VI game commences at 1:30pm, which is preceded by a drum line performance.

 

To Speak of Cities

To Speak of Cities is the second in a series of window commissions by Old Boy Sam Cranstoun (2004). The large-scale, text-based artwork has been unveiled and is currently spanning the façade of The University of Queensland Art Museum. Designed to spark conversations about future cities, the phrase is a a thought-provoking statement about how we occupy our cities. The exhibition runs until 4 July 2020 with the front window commission on display until 18 July 2020. #churchieart

 

Vale Graham Freudenberg (1951)

It is with immense sadness that we advise of the passing of Old Boy Graham Freudenberg. Often described as the ‘Donald Bradman’ of speechwriters, Graham wrote over a thousand speeches spanning fifty years for several leaders of the Australian Labor Party​ (ALP), including Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke. For the past few years, Graham has also generously given of his time to visit Churchie​ to speak to our Year 12 Modern History students. Graham ‘s life was recently honoured in a compelling documentary by Ruth Cullen. The Scribe​, is a powerful journey into one of the great minds of politics whose words shaped our fortunes. RIP Graham!

An Affinity for Trinity

Opened in 1872, Trinity College was established as an affiliated residential college of the University of Melbourne, as well as a place to prepare theological candidates for ordained ministry in the Anglican Church of Australia. The College has significantly expanded since then and today consists of three divisions: the Pathways School, the Residential College and the Theological School.

Old Boy Alexander Whittle (2015) is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Communications at the university and is on a residential scholarship at Trinity that was established by fellow Old Boy Dr David Jackson (1930). David, an undergraduate of the college from 1932 to 1937, established the Trinity College David Jackson Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a resident of Trinity College who is also an Old Boy of Churchie and covers up to 50 per cent of residential fees. As a recipient of this scholarship at Trinity for the last 3 years, Alexander can testify to the profound impact residence at Trinity has had on his university experience and academic achievement, not to mention the interstate study affordability.

“My experience at Trinity has been wholly positive. It was an instant help meeting people when I arrived from interstate and I now have exceptionally lovely and talented friends from all over Australia and the world. I’ve had constant academic and social support through university.” Alexander has immersed himself in other areas of university and college life: working at Trinity in the Warden’s office; working as an intern at Ingersoll Consulting; as the Business Manager of the Tiger Tones, Trinity’s male a capella group and last year managed their tour of the U.K. and Ireland; as the Secretary of Trinity’s vintner ‘The Wine Cellar’; and playing, albeit very poorly he considers, on its All Stars AFL team each year. Now in his final year at University of Melbourne, Alexander is looking to pursue a career in Public/Corporate Affairs.

Trinity College are offering a massively extended full scholarship program for new residential students starting in January 2020. Alexander urges any current year 12s, particularly sons of Old Boys, to apply and looks forward to seeing more Churchie boys “set up tent” at Trinity. Please click here for more details. Don’t delay with your submission as applications close on Friday 19 July 2019.

Sweet Sounds of San Tropez Bay

Moulded by eclectic music tastes, Old Boy Liam Kenvyn (2015) with his girlfriend Sofia and three primary school mates from New Farm, have been writing, recording and performing original music for appreciative audiences. Known as San Tropez Bay, they all have a hand in writing from experience and across a range of genres, channelling the sounds of rock, funk, punk and alternative.

Liam, who is studying a Bachelor of Business in Entertainment Management at the JMC Academy, is the bass player. Sofia is the lead singer and is studying jazz singing and composition at the Conservatorium. Declan is the lead guitarist and song writer. Oscar is the drummer and is studying medicine.

San Tropez Bay started gigging in and around venues in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley and at private parties, including 21st birthdays of Old Boys. In April 2019, in the space of a week, they released a two-EP collection and consequently are receiving some strong recognition on the Brisbane music scene. “First, the Rain” is more upbeat and “Then, the Moss” is more reflective and soulful. Both are also being well received on Spotify and other streaming platforms. You can find out more about them and link to their cool, soulful and beautiful music here: https://santropezbay.bandcamp.com/

Following the success of their twin EP launches, San Tropez Bay are already writing more music and will be recording again soon.

Featured Image (L-R): Liam Kenvyn, Sofia Giacoboni, Oscar McCabe, Declan Henninger

Where Are They Now… David Mason (1960)

I left Churchie at the end of 1955 – last year of junior school. We moved to Sydney where I attended Knox Grammar School completing my Higher School Certificate in 1960.  Attending Churchie was the best years of my schooling.  David Pritchard was a good friend but sadly I am aware he passed away a couple of years ago.  I was friends also with Ken Aaron. I remember the surnames of a few of my classmates including Coxon, Hunt, Duff, Nicholson, Law, Jones, Norris and McMaster (good swimmer). At Knox I played in the 1st XV (2nd row) and was Drum Major of the Brass Band. I have a strong memory of Dr and Mrs. Roberts visiting my home in Sydney when they were visiting down here. He was a kind and warm man. I also have clear memories of Mrs. Roberts in the Junior School tuck shop where I regularly bought a cream bun at mid-morning break. Other boys I remember include Donald Crombie and Rodney Delaney.

My career was agricultural based including managing four agricultural research stations, managing overseas aid programs, establishing multi-functional agricultural projects to provide farming families the option to diversify and establish alternative income streams so as to remain viable in an increasing globalised market place, eg www.harvesttrailsandmarkets.com.au and www.southernharvest.org.au  I was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2006 to pursue international knowledge and subsequent further development of my involvement in that area of agriculture.  I retired at 70 and now spend as much of my time with my eight children (four of my own and four step) and an ever-increasing number of grandchildren.

June 2019

Whilst football was introduced to Churchie in 1972, since its introduction into the GPS competition in 1991 the school has battled long and hard to secure the elusive title. That was until Friday 21 June 2019. Coached by former Brisbane Roar player Warren Moon and captained by Lachlan Smith, son of Old Boy Russell Smith (1985), our First XI Football team reaped the rewards of a rigorous and competitive season (6 wins, one draw and one loss) to secure the school’s first-ever GPS Football Premiership. In doing so they won the title outright. Congratulations to all involved on this historic achievement.

From an Old Boys perspective, there have been many recent significant achievements. Most notable are those who have been recognised in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Please refer to the Old Boys Achievements section of this newsletter for full details.

On Friday 21 June, almost 50 Old Boys came together for the 2019 Old Boys’ Sydney Reunion. Generously hosted by Morgans Financial and with particular thanks to Old Boy Andrew McAfee (2009), it was a tremendous evening. Please click here to view a selection of photos from the evening.

Invitations have now been sent for the 2019 OBA Annual Dinner to be held on Friday 16 August in Rivershed East at Howard Smith Wharves. These invitations highlighted the exciting news that our Guest Speaker for the evening will be Old Boy Tim Walsh (1996). Tim is the current Australian Men’s Seven’s Head Coach and was previously the Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach taking them to the Gold Medal at the Rio Olympics 2016. Interest in the event is already gaining momentum, so please ensure you book early to secure your seat. Tickets can either be purchased individually for $95 or as a table booking for $800 (i.e $80 per person). The following day, Saturday 17 August, is our annual Old Boys’ Day. This is the afternoon the school plays Gregory Terrace in both rugby and basketball. For more details, please refer to the Reunions and Events calendar later in this newsletter.

OBA Annual Dinner | Individual Booking

OBA Annual Dinner | Table Booking [10]

Please also ensure that you lock in the evening of Monday 16 December, 6 pm – 9 pm, for the third Annual Old Boys’ Tennis Tournament. 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.

Job Search
Tom Fewtrell (2014)
Tom
was a boarder at Churchie between 2012 and 2014.  He recently completed a Bachelor of Business with a Logistics and Human Resources double major and is currently looking for work within the logistics industry. Tom is currently living in Brisbane but would be willing to move if required. If you have an opportunity for Tom, 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.

Patron of ‘the churchie’

Old Boy Sam Cranstoun (2004) is the newly appointed Patron of the churchie. Established in 1987, this highly regarded national emerging art prize is dedicated to innovation and excellence across contemporary, traditional and new media genres.

“It is with great pride that I take on the role of Patron of the churchie national emerging art prize. In the early stages of my career, exhibiting as a finalist in the churchie was a key part of my professional development, allowing my work to reach new audiences, as well as giving me the opportunity to exhibit alongside some of the nation’s best-emerging artists. Since then, I have keenly followed the churchie and watched as its past finalists have gone on to grow and refine their careers, and exhibit on a national stage. The support offered by the churchie is truly invaluable for emerging creative practitioners, and I look forward to taking on a more active role in supporting this new generation of artists as Patron of the churchie.”​

Sam’s multidisciplinary practice combines various forms of research with a wide array of media to create work that investigates different systems of representation. His work regularly focuses on historical figures and events as a way of exploring how history is shaped, how it functions and how we as spectators rely on different visual systems as a way of understanding the past. His practice traverses a variety of mediums, including collage, sculpture, painting, drawing, watercolour, sculpture and video, focusing on historical figures, events and images as a way of exploring how history and current affairs are shaped and how we respond.

The OBA are proud to continue their long association with ‘the churchie’ as a Major Sponsor.

Please click here to read more about Sam.

Photo: Cydney Holm

School of Origin

Over the past week it has been tremendous to be able to welcome back two Churchie Old Boys on official visits, Michael Johnston (1996) and Kalyn Ponga (2015).

In November 2018 we featured an article about the inspiration Michael drew from his years in Churchie Prep and more particularly his fond memories of competing in the annual Churchie Prep Billy Cart Grand Prix in 1990 and 1991. Ahead of this year’s Billy Cart Grand Prix, to be held on Thursday 20 June, it was a timely visit. The excitement from the boys was palpable. After reading to the Reception class, Michael moved up to the JB Adams Memorial Library to sign some copies of his book before presenting to the boys on Prep Assembly in Morris Hall. He also took the opportunity to walk the course he had raced in his day, which is now a landscaped playground and courtyard for Years 4 to 6.

It was also a pleasure to welcome Kalyn Ponga back to Churchie for a brief filming session related to his selection and involvement in the State of Origin series. As a member of the First XV undefeated premiership team of 2014, Kalyn impressed everyone with his attacking and defensive abilities across the field. Despite the high levels of public attention Kalyn is now receiving as an outstanding high-profile sportsman, he continues to impress with his gentlemanly demeanor and humility. After playing a pivotal role in Queensland’s Game 1 win, we wish Kalyn the very best for the rest of the series and indeed his burgeoning sporting career.

Featured Image: Michael reading his book, The Great Billy Cart Grand Prix, to the Reception class.
Header Image: Louie Carr-Brown, Lochie Butterworth-Love, Myburgh Van Wyk and Harry Crain with Kalyn.

Words of Wisdom

Old Boy Eugene Dragut (2016) recently had the privilege of attending the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance (G20 YEA) Summit in Fukuoka, Japan. The G20 YEA is a network of over 500 000 young entrepreneurs in the world and the organisations that represent them. Selected delegates from each of the G20 nations come together at the summit to share ideas and contribute to G20 policy through submitting a final communiqué. The communiqué that was signed and released at the Japan Summit focused on the global challenge of how entrepreneurs can “imagine an economy for a sustainable future”. Please click here to view the full document.

One of the fantastic opportunities Eugene received as an Australian delegate was meeting with the Australian Consul General and Trade Commissioner, Ian Brazier (1983). As a fellow Old Boy, Ian shared his insights on the potential for even greater economic cooperation between Australia and Japan as well as reflecting on his formative experiences at Churchie. Eugene observed, “I just thought it was a great moment and very interesting how even in a major regional city in Japan, two Churchie Old Boys managed to meet by pure coincidence.”

Ian noted, “Eugene may be the first of a large wave of Churchie Old Boys coming to Fukuoka in coming months. Neighboring Oita Prefecture is the hosting two of the Wallabies matches during the Rugby World Cup”.

Featured Image: Old Boy Eugene Dragut (2016), pictured sixth from left and fellow Old Boy Ian Brazier (1983), pictured fifth from left. (Note Ian’s superb tie selection for the meeting!)

May 2019

The 2019 Vintage Vikings Morning Tea & Lunch was held in Morris Hall on Friday 24 May. With a total of 129 in attendance it was a truly memorable occasion. Churchie’s premiere jazz ensemble Big Band 1 performed splendidly. In a surprise guest appearance, accompanying Big Band 1 for their final piece, so too did Mr Jeffrey Black (1979) and current Year 11 student Harry Shaw who combined for a stirring vocal performance. Jeffrey, an internationally acclaimed opera singer, is Churchie’s Director of Music. The band is looking forward to once again performing at this year’s Jazz Under the Stars with special guest Rai Thistlethwaite from Thirsty Merc on Friday 9th August 2019. James Mason OAM (Past Staff) presented as Guest Speaker on the topic Fallen Old Boys of the Second World War, which certainly evoked some interest and emotion among our guests. We also enjoyed a record attendance of new Vintage Viking inductees with 16 Old Boys being presented with their ties by the Headmaster.

Without doubt, each year one of the highlights of the Vintage Vikings Morning Tea & Lunch is the crowning of the Oldest Old Boy in Attendance. This year, at 95 years of age, Tony Osborn (1942) proudly received this acknowledgement. Special mention should also go to Stuart Inverarity (1941) who travelled from Sydney to join us. Stuart is also 95 years of age, only 3 months younger than Tony. In acknowledgement of this tradition, the OBA Committee recently commissioned sculptor Dr Rhyl Hinwood AM to design a leather helmet, modelled on the St Magnus of Orkney statue in Magnus Quadrangle. Rhyl is a Past Parent of Churchie and was the sculptor of the St Magnus statue, as well as the Canon Morris statue. The helmet was made to Rhyl’s design and brief by leather artist Len Bytheway.

The 2019 OBA Annual Dinner will be held on Friday 16 August in Rivershed East at Howard Smith Wharves. In the coming weeks, special invitations to the dinner will also be extended to our cohorts celebrating their 5 year (2014), 15 year (2004), 25 year (1994), 35 year (1984) and 45 year (1974) reunions. Interest in the event is already gaining momentum, so please ensure you book early to secure your seat. Tickets can either be purchased individually for $95 or as a table booking for $800 (i.e $80 per person). The following day, Saturday 17 August, is our annual Old Boys’ Day. This is the afternoon the school plays Gregory Terrace in both rugby and basketball. For more details, please refer to the Reunions and Events calendar later in this newsletter.

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For those who will be in Sydney on Friday 21 June, please be sure to click here to purchase your ticket for the 2019 Old Boys Sydney Reunion. Hosted by Morgans Financial and with tickets at a cost of only $20 per person, it is an evening not to be missed. This is a mixed event, so everyone is welcome.

A Legacy of Giving

Churchie has been very fortunate to receive many generous gifts and bequests over its long history.

From the very beginning, the Crampton-Andrews Family generously allowed the founding Headmaster to use part of “Ardencraig”, the family home at Toowong, as the School’s premises for its first year. Enrolment grew from three students on Foundation Day to eleven students by the end of 1912.

Since this modest beginning, many Old Boys and families have supported the School through generous benefaction, enabling the School’s leadership of the day to better fulfil our ambitions for the boys through the provision of world- class facilities and amenities.

One of the earliest bequests was from John Darnell. Following his death in 1930, the School received £1,200 for the construction of a library. The John Darnell Memorial Library became the second of what Canon Morris considered his ‘Three Sisters’ (the Canon Jones Memorial Chapel [1924], the John Darnell Memorial Library [1934], and the Jackson Science Hall [1938]). These iconic, early buildings enabled the Founder’s vision of providing a broad, liberal education in the Anglican tradition.

Many other bequests enabled the School to respond to the increasing enrolment demand over the years and develop the once ‘little farm school’ into one of the nation’s greatest schools.

As the growing school gradually required a greater level of management and resources, the Jensen Building [1994] was purpose-built to house the School’s leadership team as well as the Music and Languages Departments. This was the bequest of the Kappe/Jensen families in recognition of Old Boy L V Mervyn Jensen (1924-27).

Old Boy Stanley Smith (1921-23) made several financial gifts to the School during the post WWII years, enabling Headmaster Roberts to continue the increasingly necessary building and expansion program during the 1950s and 1960s. Amongst other endowments and bequests, enabled by Stanley Smith’s Trusts, the School has The Smith Fields, The Stanley Smith Preparatory School (1965) and the Stanley and May Smith Science Centre (1999).

State-of-the-art Physical Education, sporting and fitness facilities in the School would not be as they are today without numerous bequests that benefit the entire student population. The Sir John Pidgeon Sports Complex (2010) is an outstanding sports, wellness and recreational facility borne of a bequest by Old Boy John Pidgeon (1940-43).

The Graham Fowles Boat House (2005) provides the rowing community with an outstanding facility for rowing on the Brisbane River. The bequest from Graham Fowles (1939-41) enabled the School to construct the new facility and enhance the growth in the program and achievements in the boat shed (1936), which was named the Elder Hunter Boat House (1969) after H Elder Hunter (1918-22).

The Barry McCart Aquatic Centre (2010) is the result of a family bequest recognising Barry (1945-47) and the family’s contribution to swimming over many years. The centre enables the School to conduct swimming training and carnivals, lifesaving, water-polo and learn-to-swim programs.

The David Turbayne (1926-27) Tennis Centre [2011] is a state-of-the-art facility providing outstanding coaching, skill development and competition opportunities for students and the broader community.

The generous giving to the School by Old Boys has enabled the establishment and evolution of one of the most outstanding school campuses in Australia. The impact of bequests and generous donations has left a lasting legacy for families of future students, Old Boys and the wider Churchie community.

 

Tackling Wildlife Trafficking

Old Boy Omar Harduwar (2016), pictured front centre, has joined forces with a group of fellow University of Queensland Law students to tackle wildlife trafficking. As part of a new international university course, The University of Queensland Law School has partnered with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to develop university modules on wildlife, forest, and fisheries crime. The group joined their counterparts from the Universities of Vienna and Zurich to trade knowledge and ideas and meet some of the endangered animals they’d be working to save. Below is a recollection of Omar’s experience so far.

International law is certainly an area of our degree that interests many budding lawyers, but often something we very rarely can interact with in our studies and careers in general. So, when the opportunity arose to research, present and prepare a paper on transnational organised crime in Vienna, it seemed like a no-brainer to me.

After a few introductory sessions, trawling through endless sources and getting tips on presentation techniques, the seven of us jetted off to Vienna to present our findings in front of colleagues from the other side of the world. Not knowing what to expect, a lot of us were quite nervous.

The nerves quickly melted away when we met the other students from the University of Vienna and University of Zurich at a local bar for a meet and greet. There was definitely a feeling from that first beer that the week was going to be one we would not forget – both academically and for the friendships we would forge in such a short period of time.

The week combined the perfect mix of student presentations, informal outings and listening to guest lecturers from the likes of the UN Organisation on Drugs and Crime and Austrian Customs. We were immensely fortunate to have access to some of the leading professionals in the field and being able to ask them questions that related to our individual topics was definitely a highlight.

I think the overwhelming consensus was that the highlight was a visit to the Schönbrunn Zoo – the oldest in the world. We were given a tour of the big ticket animals and gained invaluable insight into how Schönbrunn also has a big role in conservation and rehabilitation of wildlife.

Our trip to Austria was undoubtedly an adventure I will never forget. We managed to achieve so much in a single teaching week; we met new people from across the world, learnt from leaders in the field and enjoyed the wonderful sights and scenes of beautiful Vienna.

Omar has also recently co-authored a paper that was published in the Reuter’s Criminal Law Journal. The paper looked at reform of s320A in the Queensland Criminal Code which relates to Torture.

Prospering in Pennsylvania

Old Boy Sean Riksen (2017), pictured above right, is a 2018 recipient of the Churchie Foundation ‘Overseas Study Scholarship’ for Old Boys. Sean is attending the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and has penned the following recollections of his experience so far.

As my first year at Penn is coming to a close I thought I would write to you to provide a small update on the adventure thus far. Perhaps it would be nice to start with my realisation of how well Churchie prepared for me this environment. There are umpteen opportunities here to involve yourself in numerous academic, business and sporting clubs. For example, I have become entrepreneurship chair of Wharton Healthcare and have walked on to Varsity Rowing who had actually just raced against fellow Old Boy Alex Jeremijenko (2016) on the weekend. I am now pursuing pre-medicine as part of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and the culture here is very rigorous. The academics here are very challenging and again I felt very well prepared in the areas of chemistry and physics.

Outside of the school however, there has been a lot of self-learning. In the first semester, I did bite off a little more than I could chew, leading to an average of less than four hours sleep a night for three months. I do not recommend trying this. A big lesson has been that sometimes it can be a lot more fruitful to focus on what you want to really do, do that incredibly well and then, after this, start adding the nice accessories. As former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden said in his speech here last week, build the body and then add the radio.

Separate from this, it brought a smile to my face when Alex Chan (2018) messaged me with his good news from Georgetown. It’s great to see that the boys are still willing to pursue heading overseas.

Unfortunately, I will not be returning to Australia over the summer vacation as I will be working in Amsterdam.

In 2019, 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 or apply for a scholarship then please click here.

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April 2019

In this year of celebration of 100 years of Churchie Army Cadets, our Reviewing Officer for ANZAC Day is Colonel Robert Brennan CSC. COL Brennan is currently the Commander of Australian Army Cadets – South Queensland. We look forward to welcoming the whole Churchie community for this important day. Please refer to the ANZAC Day post later in the newsletter for more details.

We are always interested to read about what Old Boys are up to in life after school. Moreover, it is particularly pleasing when Churchie’s mission Making of Men is being exhibited. Please take the time to read this article about Mack Mason (2014), who captained our First XV rugby side to an undefeated premiership in 2014 and now plays for Eastern Suburbs rugby club in Sydney and for the NSW Waratahs. A-note-on-Mack-from-Mick-Coffey

James Mason OAM (Past Staff) will be the Guest Speaker at our annual Vintage Vikings | Morning Tea and Lunch to be held in Morris Hall on Friday 24 May. James will speak on the topic Fallen Old Boys of the Second World War. All Old Boys aged 70 or older are invited to join us for this special annual event. Please note that spouses/partners are also welcome.

The venue for the 2019 OBA Annual Dinner, to be held on Friday 16 August, has been confirmed as the Rivershed at Howard Smith Wharves. Please lock in this date now so you don’t miss it. Special invitations to the OBA Annual Dinner will be extended to our cohorts celebrating their 5 year (2014), 15 year (2004), 25 year (1994), 35 year (1984) and 45 year (1974) reunions. Our cohorts celebrating 55 years (1964) and 65 years (1954) have also received special invitations to the Vintage Vikings | Lunch and Morning Tea.

Old Boys’ Day will be held on Saturday 17 August (the day after the OBA Annual Dinner). This is the afternoon the school plays Gregory Terrace in both basketball and rugby. For more details, please refer to the Reunions and Events calendar later in this newsletter.

For all ‘Churchie singers’ past and present, the St John’s Cathedral reunion planned for Sunday 28th April 2019 is fast approaching. For more details, please refer to the ‘Calling All Choristers’ post in this newsletter.

Vale Lloyd McDermott (1957)

It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of one of our prominent Old Boys, Lloyd McDermott. A boarder in Gerald, Lloyd played 1st XI Cricket for two years in 1956 & 1957 and 1st XV Rugby for three years in 1955, 1956 and 1957. He also competed in Track & Field and in 1955 was the Under 16 Champion. Australia’s first indigenous barrister, Lloyd was also one of the first indigenous Wallabies and made a notable stand against apartheid in South Africa by making himself unavailable for the 1963 tour there. RIP Lloyd!

Pictured below: Churchie’s 1957 1st XI Cricket and 1957 1st XV Rugby teams, featuring Lloyd in the front row, far right and second from left respectively.

Australia’s Biggest Serial Killer

Every day, more than 50 Australians die as a result of heart disease and more than 400,000 of us will suffer a heart attack in our lifetime. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death of Australians, but awareness of that message is low, especially among younger Australians. This is where Old Boy Chris Taylor (1987) has stepped in. Chris joined Heart Foundation in March 2018 as their Chief Marketing Officer and was immediately faced with three challenges: growing ignorance of heart disease, inaction and a heavy reliance on public funding. In a major push to combat these alarming statistics and overcome these challenges, Chris was the driving force behind Heart Foundation’s hard-hitting campaign, Australia’s Biggest Serial Killer.

The results of the campaign are particularly impressive. Visits to the Heart Foundation website surged by almost 300 per cent and hundreds of thousands of Australians have completed the newly launched online Heart Age Calculator. The campaign has also been cited by key politicians as being instrumental in their decision to invest a further $220 million investment for research into heart disease and pledge to support the funding of healthy heart checks for all at-risk Australians.

Chris’ distinguished background as a marketer comes from working across multiple sectors with a range of leading brands, including but not limited to: Coca-Cola, Telstra, Visa, Johnson & Johnson Medical, Macquarie Bank and Woolworths. He is also an experienced key-note speaker, moderator and event chairman. Outside of work, Chris is a real estate investor and home renovator with a passion for restoring Federation homes, faithfully reproducing the original style through attention to detail and a modern flair.

Please click here to read more about the Australia’s Biggest Serial Killer campaign.

Please click here if you would like to check your heart age using the calculator.

Pete’s Passion for Pure Mathematics

When it comes to pure mathematics, Old Boy Pete Jenkins (1997) exudes a true passion that has always been a joy… and a struggle. Whilst enjoying mathematics from a young age, he remembers always finding it very challenging. Pete says: “The key is to embrace the challenge and not wish that it was easy. The more time you spend studying and exploring the intricacies of these patterns and structures, the more satisfying you find the experience.”

Pete says he was also fortunate enough to have some very inspiring mathematics teachers here at Churchie that not only helped bring a lot of clarity to the subject, but also helped him to become more confident. Mr Peter Coyne, who he considers to be his best mathematics teacher, had a teaching style that Pete admired. “Mr Coyne was extremely organised, calm and helpful, and he was very good at organising challenging ideas in a way that was logical and clear, without oversimplifying things.”

After completing a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science from The University of Queensland, Pete then completed Honours and eventually a PhD in Mathematics. Whilst completing his PhD Pete spent time lecturing and given his level of enjoyment he completed a graduate Diploma in Education enabling him to teach at secondary school level. He is currently the Head of Mathematics Curriculum Development and Tennis Coordinator at Brisbane Girls Grammar School (BGGS).

Pete enjoys tennis outside of school as well and has started competing in many of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) senior tournaments.

Inspired to Create

Co-founded by Old Boy Guy Crofts (2014), Aldergrove Studios is a tight-knit film making crew, dedicated to making quality content. Specialising in pre-production, audio, video and post-production, they are a collective of filmmakers, animators, gamers and musicians, who all share one goal … to bring creative visions to life.

Guy’s inspiration to be a Cinematographer and Animator stems from always having had some involvement in the visual arts. His parents bought him a reusable film camera when he was 5. As a kid, Guy was always intrigued with how special effects in movies were made, so when he started at Churchie in Grade 8 and saw that Film and Television was on offer as a subject from Grade 9, he couldn’t wait to start the following year. “I loved it from the very first class” says Guy.

Since leaving Churchie, Guy has completed a Bachelor of Film and Screen Media degree at Griffith University. He has worked as a content creator for many companies. However, working under other people he wasn’t getting the level of creative or professional fulfilment he wanted; so he teamed up with some of his closest friends from university to make their own production company, Aldergrove Studios.

Guy’s proudest achievement to date is when he went to the Maldives to film super models for Studio10 and SkinO2. “It was incredible being there, but it was a stupid amount of work. Seeing your footage on TV makes the whole thing worth it though” says Guy. He still enjoys getting back to Churchie to film the sporting endeavours of our young men and to pass on his knowledge to the next generation of filmmakers. “I want to give back to the community that helped me discover my love of film.”

Please click here to view some of the work done by Aldergrove Studios.

Old Boy Achievements

Cameron Dick (1984) has been appointed Treasurer of the Queensland Government.

Angus Wagner (2015) made his Super Rugby AU debut for the Western Force against the NSW Waratahs on Saturday 11 July.

Old Boy Achievements

Congratulations to the following Old Boys for their recognition in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Officer (AO) in the General Division

  • Professor Ian Ross Harper AO (1973) for distinguished service to education in the field of economics, and to public and monetary policy development and reform.

Member (AM) in the General Division

  • Mr David Alexander Muir AM (1972) for significant service to the community through welfare, social justice and charitable organisations.
  • The Honourable Bruce Craig Scott AM (1961) for significant service to the people and Parliament of Australia, and to the community of South West Queensland.

Medal (OAM) in the General Division

  • Mr Ralph David Hartland OAM (1955) for service to the community.

Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM)

  • Lieutenant Colonel Andrew James Deacon CSM (2000) for meritorious devotion to duty as Deputy Director of the Defence Response Unit.

 

 

Old Boy Achievements

Congratulations to the following Old Boys for their recognition in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division

  • Mr Graham Bell (1954) for significant service to family law, and to the judiciary.
  • Professor Bruce Black (1964) for significant service to otolaryngology, and to medical education.
  • Mr Paul Clauson (1966) for significant service to the law, and to the people and Parliament of Queensland.

Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division

  • Dr David McDonald (1968) for service to medicine as a paediatrician.
  • Mr Daniel O’Connor (1978) for service to the law, and to the community.

Australian Police Medal (APM)

  • Chief Superintendent Benjamin Marcus (1986)

Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division

  • Colonel Mark Ascough (1992 for distinguished leadership in warlike operations as the Commander of the Kabul Garrison Command Advisory Team and Senior Mentor to the Kabul Garrison Commander, whilst deployed on Operation HIGHROAD in Afghanistan from June 2017 to February 2018.

Congratulations to the following Old Boys for completing Gold level for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

  • Maxwell Bell (2018)
  • Alexander Cockerill (2018)
  • William Richardson (2018)
  • Alexander Russell (2018)
  • Bailey Shepherd (2018)

Eddy Ross (2012)
Eddy and his mates at TradeMutt took out this year’s Queensland Men’s Health Awards, based on the key criteria that they provide the most impactful male-friendly service to enhance the lives of men and boys.

Jason Gilmore (1995)
As coach of the Australian U20 Rugby team, Jason guided his Junior Wallabies into the final of the World Rugby U20 Championship 2019 in Argentina. Despite a gallant performance, France prevailed as defending champions to win 24-23. To view highlights from the match, please click here.

Zac Stubblety-Cook (2017)
Zac has qualified in the 200m Breaststroke for the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea from 12 – 28 July 2019.

Fred Fewtrell (2018)
On Saturday 8 June, Fred made his Brisbane Premier Grade Rugby debut for Easts against GPS. Below is a photo of the Fewtrell family after the match.
L-R: Tom Fewtrell (2014), Mr Doug Fewtrell, Fred Fewtrell (2018), Mrs Susie Fewtrell and Sophie Fewtrell.

 

 

Old Boy Achievements

Kalyn Ponga (2015)
Kalyn has been selected in the Queensland State of Origin team. After debuting from the interchange bench for Queensland in the second match of the 2018 series, Kalyn will take to the field in the run on side in the position of fullback. Game 1 kicks off at 8.10 pm on Wednesday 5 June 2019 at Suncorp Stadium.

James Debnam (2018)
James won a Bronze medal representing Australia in Volleyball at Arafura Games that were recently held in Darwin.

Zac Crothers (2018)
Zac recently made his Premier Grade Rugby debut off the bench for Easts Rugby Club against Sunnybank. Please click here to read more.

James Debnam (2018) with Shaun Scott (current parent)

 

Old Boy Achievements

Sam Hurwood (2018)
Sam won the 110m Under 20 hurdles at the Australian Athletic Championships held in Sydney. Sam has also been selected to represent Australia at the Oceania championships at Townsville in June.

 

March 2019

For some of our most recent Old Boys,  the recently held OP 1 Assembly was certainly a time for reflection. This annual event is a time-honoured tradition at Churchie as it acknowledges not only the OP 1 recipients but the most recent Year 12 cohort as a whole. Max Powell, 2018 Dux of the School, gave an outstanding speech as he reflected on his final year at school. Congratulations to these young men on their tremendous achievement.

In the sporting arena, Churchie’s swimmers finished a creditable sixth place at the GPS Swimming Championships. Swimmers and supporters alike displayed great commitment and sportsmanship. This was also particularly evident last weekend at the GPS Head of the River. Six wins from twelve points score races meant that Churchie was able to secure the coveted Old Boys’ Cup for the first time since 2006, stamping us as the premier rowing school in the Queensland GPS. A commendable effort by the First VIII saw them place equal third with TSS, behind Terrace in second place and Nudgee College first.

This month, one of our most heralded former sports masters, Mr Tony Booth OAM celebrated his 90th Birthday. Despite physical exertion being a key recollection when one thinks of Tony, particularly when it came to 400 metre sprints, the level of respect afforded to him is a true reflection of his character and achievements. As one of Queensland’s premier athletics coaches, Tony’s contribution to the success of Churchie​ athletics and cross-country from 1957 to 1989 is immense. Please click here to view some photos of Tony in action over the years.

In this year of celebration of 100 years of Churchie Army Cadets, our Reviewing Officer for ANZAC Day is Colonel Robert Brennan CSC. COL Brennan is currently the Commander of Australian Army Cadets – South Queensland. Please refer to the ANZAC Day post later in the newsletter for more details.

A reminder that our annual Vintage Vikings | Morning Tea and Lunch will be held in Morris Hall on Friday 24 May. All Old Boys aged 70 or older are invited to join us for this special annual event. Please note that spouses/partners are also welcome.

A further reminder that our that our signature event, the OBA Annual Dinner, will be held on Friday 16 August, so please lock in this date now so you don’t miss it. This year, special invitations to the OBA Annual Dinner will be extended to our cohorts celebrating their 5 year (2014), 15 year (2004), 25 year (1994), 35 year (1984) and 45 year (1974) reunions. Our cohorts celebrating 55 years (1964) and 65 years (1954) will also receive special invitations to the Vintage Vikings | Lunch and Morning Tea. This will be followed the next day by our equally popular Old Boys’ Day which is on the afternoon the school plays Gregory Terrace in both basketball and rugby. For more details, please refer to the Reunions and Events calendar later in this newsletter.

For all ‘Churchie singers’ past and present, a St John’s Cathedral reunion is planned for Sunday 28th April 2019. Again, for more details, please refer to the Reunions and Events calendar later in this newsletter.

Job Search
Mitchell Griffith (2011)
Mitchell recently graduated with a dual (Civil) Engineering and Business Management Degree from the University of Queensland. He is subsequently very interested in securing a full time position within the (Structural) Engineering Sector. Further to Mitch completing extensive, industry-related work experience, and being able to provide numerous excellent personal and professional references; if you are able to provide Mitch with either a start as a Graduate Engineer or some guidance in his search, please contact the OBA office by email at oba@churchie.com.au or by phoning 07 3896 2203.

Henry Reflects on Scholarship Experience

Old Boy Henry Harland (2015), pictured above right with his parents, is a 2018 recipient of the Churchie Foundation ‘Overseas Study Scholarship’ for Old Boys. Henry recently attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has penned the following recollections of his experience.

An exchange to the US is something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while now, it even played a role in my university selection. I wanted to experience a college town, a place overrun by students where the culture and passion that existed at Churchie may live on. The University of Wisconsin – Madison did not disappoint, in a town of only 250,000 crowds at the football reached nearly 80,000. The highest paid government employee in the state is the football coach, earning twenty times more than the governor! The atmosphere at the game was electric, people in the student section did not sit down the entire game with seemingly continuous chants and games to be played.

Once the Saturday football was over it was time for Sunday football, and then Monday football, the sheer volume of sports on offer was tough to comprehend and made it even more difficult to get my studies done. However, once I pulled myself away from the sports it was time to do some study. During the semester I had to knock off four of my compulsory Civil Engineering courses so it wasn’t going to be cruisy. Thankfully the two other Australians that I was staying with (both Brisbane boys) had the same issue and we shared several classes, so we managed to get each other on track occasionally. I found university in the US a very different experience to Australia. For me it felt more like high school with homework given out and checked as well as near mandatory attendance in most classes.

During my time in the US I managed to duck away on a few quick trips to Chicago, New Orleans, Nashville and even a mate´s place in New Jersey for an authentic American Thanksgiving! Despite not making it through even half of the turkey Thanksgiving was an awesome experience and one that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Living out of home for the first time was also a great experience and although we made it through the entire semester without a vacuum cleaner, mugs or a kettle I´d say we did pretty well for ourselves and managed to keep the place in a decent state. The only exception to this would have to be when we managed to cram nine people (mates coming up to Madison for the weekend) into our three person apartment, that was chaos.

I met so many good mates during my time in Madison, friends who hopefully I can convince to make the trek to Australia and show around here. I couldn´t recommend an exchange highly enough to anyone else considering it, it’s the trip of a lifetime and the only downside is that you have to say goodbye to all the great friends you´ve made.

In 2019, Churchie Foundation is again awarding the Overseas Study Scholarships for Old Boys. 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, or apply for a scholarship, please click here.

Impossible Conversations

Real people, historical figures, imagined dialogues …

The Museum of Brisbane has partnered with Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) to create a series of Impossible Conversations, connecting contemporary Australians living in Brisbane with celebrated figures from Italian history.

In the series, Old Boy and Brisbane artist Sam Cranstoun (2004) examines cultural identity across centuries and continents in a stunning new watercolour series. Inspired by Vanity Fair’s satirical 1930s series ‘Impossible Interviews’, nine Brisbane residents shared with Sam the conversations they would like to have with their chosen figure from Italian history. He has then interpreted these conversations through a series of watercolour paintings. Since the historical figures are unable to take part in the conversations, Sam’s paintings hover in the space between question and answer. He offers glimpses of the conversations through imagery and text, inviting us to weave our own narratives.

As a multi-disciplinary artist, Sam experiments with incomplete, unusual and ambiguous ways of viewing and participating in history. His work regularly focuses on historical figures and events as a way of exploring how history is shaped, how it functions and how we as spectators rely on different visual systems as a way of understanding the past.

Be sure to get along to the Museum of Brisbane before Sunday 31 March to see Sam’s Impossible Conversations. You can read the full conversations in the QPAC tunnel at the Cultural Precinct.

Composer-in-Residence

He almost became a chef, but thankfully creating incredible music won out over incredible food. Now acknowledged as a dynamic young Brisbane talent, Old Boy Connor D’Netto (2011) has been named Composer-in-Residence for the 2019 Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) – the youngest in the 29-year history of the event! Taking over Townsville for 10 days of world-class music making from Friday 26 July to Sunday 4 August, the AFCM will celebrate music from over 80 composers, including a world premiere by Connor.

Connor is a trained classical bass, also a talented photographer, videographer and visual-artist, creating and shooting not only material for his music, but also for a number of other artists and musicians. He has a Bachelor of Music (Honours), graduating with First-Class Honours in 2016 from the University of Queensland and is currently completing his Masters as a Tait Trust Scholar at the Royal College of Music in London.

When it comes to contemporary classical music, Connor has been described by ABC Classics as “the model contemporary Australian composer”. His music has been commissioned and performed across Australia and the world. Connor is excited about the year ahead, one which sees world premieres of his works around the globe. Already he has composed a new piece for leading Australian songstress Katie Noonan for her upcoming album. He is also co-writing a ballet called Non-Place, with fellow musician Matthew Lomax in London.

As a nice side story and referring to the above image, in November last year Connor (pictured centre back row) was invited for dinner with His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC and his wife. The dinner was to celebrate the achievements of young Queenslanders in the UK and for Connor it was a great honour to be included among the invited guests who were the other young London-based Queenslanders honoured at the event.

More about Connor and his work can be found at www.connordnetto.com

February 2019

Welcome to the first edition of Viking Spirit for 2019.

The hosting of the 2018 Old Boys’ Tennis Tournament saw the year finish with the same momentum with which it started. Congratulations must go to Federico Keil (2012) and Charl Van Den Berg who earned the right to have their names engraved on the John Millman Shield. It was also really fortunate for Fed and Charl as it secured them some extra air time at the trophy presentation to push their new business Your Tennis Mate. Charl, a Nudgee Old Boy, was particularly excited to get his name on a Churchie trophy. Thanks again must go to Ian Malpass and Fiona Cowan for their tireless efforts to co-ordinate the tournament, as well as Old Boys John Millman (2006) and Colin Sinclair (2012) for attending. Congratulations to John and Colin on stellar 2018 seasons and we look forward to following and supporting you both in 2019.

We are very proud to acknowledge six of our Old Boys who received recognition in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List for outstanding service and contribution their respective fields of expertise. They are Mr Rex Wild AO (1964), Mr Richard Gower AM (1957), Dr Ian Airey OAM (1965), Mr Grant Cassidy OAM (1984), Dr Frank Grigg OAM (1958) and Mr Bruce Shearer OAM (1959). Please refer to the Old Boys Achievements section of this newsletter for further details.

In the November 2018 edition of Viking Spirit we featured an article about Old Boy Michael Johnston (1996) and the children’s book he authored, titled The Great Billy Cart Grand Prix. Generously, Michael has since donated two copies of the book to the J B Adams Memorial library in the Prep School. Fittingly, these books were gifted to the Headmaster of the Prep School, Mr Michael Dunn at the Prep School Assembly as part of International Book Giving Day, which was on Thursday 14 February.

Many of the dates for OBA reunions and events for the year have been confirmed. The first of these is our inaugural Old Boys’ Day at the Volleyball which will take place on Saturday 9 March at Churchie. This season the First VI are chasing an unprecedented fourth straight GPS premiership in this sport. On Friday 24 May our annual Vintage Vikings | Morning Tea and Lunch will be held in Morris Hall. All Old Boys aged 70 or older are invited to join us for this special annual event. Please note that spouses/partners are also welcome. Our signature event, the OBA Annual Dinner will be held on Friday 16 August, so please lock in this date now so you don’t miss it. This year, special invitations to the OBA Annual Dinner will be extended to our cohorts celebrating their 5 year (2014), 15 year 2004), 25 year (1994), 35 year (1984) and 45 year (1974) reunions. Our cohorts celebrating 55 years (1964) and 65 years (1954) will also receive special invitations to the Vintage Vikings | Lunch and Morning Tea.  This will be followed the next day by our equally popular Old Boys’ Day which is on the afternoon the school plays Gregory Terrace in both basketball and rugby. For more details, please refer to the Reunions and Events calendar later in this newsletter.

We also take this opportunity to welcome Casey Ouston to the OBA office. Casey joins us as Administrative Assistant to the Old Boys’ Association (OBA) and Churchie Foundation. She comes to us with a wealth of experience in schools, most recently Villanova College and previously Brisbane Grammar School. When you next contact or visit the OBA office, please take a moment to welcome Casey.

Job Search
Sam Kendall (2013)
Sam is currently seeking employment into a graduate program or an entry-level position in the banking / financial sector. Sam holds a Business degree majoring in Finance from QUT. If you are interested in speaking with Sam about an opportunity or can provide some guidance in his search, please contact the OBA office by email at
oba@churchie.com.au or by phoning 07 3896 2203.

Harry Windle (2018)
Harry is currently seeking employment as an apprentice carpenter or apprentice electrician. If you have, or know of, an opportunity for Harry to commence his career in either of these fields then , please contact the OBA office by email at oba@churchie.com.au or by phoning 07 3896 2203.

Jed Cornish (2013)
Jed is a Commerce student at the University of Queensland, majoring in Finance and Accounting. He graduates in mid 2019 and is therefore seeking part time or full time work within the finance sector. If anyone can assist Jed, please contact the OBA office by email at oba@churchie.com.au or by phoning 07 3896 2203.

Job Opportunity
Cody Campbell (1999)

Progressive Air QLD is a small, but passionate company & having grown our clientele across a varied range of light commercial and domestic projects, we are now excited to bring on a new team member/s to join our  family. Duties and responsibilities include installation, servicing & maintenance of all types of air conditioning/refrigeration. This position offered is permanent & full-time. Please make all enquiries and submissions to info@progressive-air.com.au

Luke White (1997)
Ashley-Cooper Constructions are looking for a 3rd year university student studying construction management looking to further their skills within the industry. The role would be flexible around university attendance during the semesters but would be a full time role during the holiday periods. Ashley-Cooper Constructions is based on the north side of Brisbane and most of their clients are within, but not limited to, the pubs and club sectors and school sectors. Please make all enquiries and submissions by email to oba@churchie.com.au or by phoning 07 3896 2203.

Haydn Furness (2012)
Haydn is currently recruiting full-time graduate positions for two leading Brisbane organisations within the Agriculture Industry. Full training and support will be provided, with graduates in Business, Finance, Economics, or Accounting welcome to apply. If you are a recent graduate and have a keen interest in Agriculture, please email haydn.furness@perigongroup.com.au or call him on 07 3854 3805

Mentor Search
Vaughan Marega (2017)
Vaughan is searching for connections in the Old Boy network who are in the financial advisory and investment fields in Melbourne. Vaughan is currently studying at University of Melbourne and would simply like to have a chat over a coffee to gather some advice for what lies ahead … re course/subject choices, the first best steps in his career path etc. If anyone can assist Vaughan, please contact the OBA office by email at
oba@churchie.com.au or by phoning 07 3896 2203.

Return to Oz

In what has become a long-standing tradition, Churchie and Somerville House will again present a Senior Play in 2019. Return to Oz, the unofficial sequel to L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz, appeared on film in 1985. Its colourful, zany characters have become cherished additions to the Oz stories.

The story is also an attempt to look at the long-term effects of childhood trauma through the lens of a young girl trying to return to a fantasy world that’s been completely upended. Dorothy discovers she is back in the land of Oz and finds the Yellow Brick Road is now a pile of rubble and the Emerald City is in ruins. The magical land is now under the control of an evil empire, so Dorothy sets off to rescue the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion with the help of her new friends.

It is tremendous to see the involvement of the following Old Boys in this year’s production.

  • Henry Friend (2016) Stage Manager
  • Dylan Maxwell (2018) Backstage Manager
  • Lachlan Haller (2017) Publicity (trailer video)
  • Tom MacPherson (2017) Original Music

All staff and families are warmly invited to join us in Morris Hall for this large-scale production, featuring wonderful characters, fabulous costumes and an Oz-sized dose of theatrical magic.

Performances will be held in Morris Hall on:
– Thursday 28 February, 7pm
– Friday 1st March, 7pm
– Saturday 2nd March, 2pm (Matinée)
– Saturday 2nd March, 7pm

Tickets are available online. Adults $26, students $21.

Run Tassie For A Cure

Old Boy David Abrey (1998) is a criminal defence lawyer in Brisbane. In 2010 he opened his own firm, Harper Finch Lawyers, and is the sole practitioner. He is happily married and has been blessed with two wonderful sons. After reading a recent article about Adalynn “Addy” Sooter, a four-year-old American girl who tragically passed away in 2018 from an aggressive type of brain cancer, David realised he knew very little about brain cancer and began thinking about how he could make a difference. The article included a photo of Addy’s older brother comforting her in the hospital shortly before she passed away. “As a father, it is devastating to think about how many children lose their lives to brain cancer. No family should have to go through such pain and suffering”.

David’s inspiration now sees him preparing to take on one of his biggest personal challenges to date. From 15 to 20 March, he will Run Tassie for A Cure. David will be running 372 kilometres from Southport (in the south of Tasmania) to Devonport in the north. This is 1.5 marathons every day for six days. David is doing this through the Charlie Teo Foundation and has set himself a goal to raise at least $10,000 to help raise money to find a cure for brain cancer. Brain cancer is the number one killing cancer for people 40 years old and under and essentially there has no progress in finding a cure in decades. David chose the Charlie Teo Foundation because they maximise the value of the donations by aiming to keep their administration costs as low as possible.  He also generally respects Dr Teo and his tenacity to not give up when other surgeons do.

Every bit of support will help David and his contribution to this very worthy cause. If you would like to make a donation, please click on the following link.
https://ctffundraiser.everydayhero.com/au/run-tassie-for-a-cure

Please also follow David via his website and/or on Facebook.
www.runtassie.com.au
www.facebook.com/runtassie

Summer of Service

Over the past four weeks, Old Boy Vaughan Marega (2017) travelled to many parts of India with friends from Trinity College at the University of Melbourne. He recounts his experience.

It has been an amazing journey of discovery with perhaps the most amazing part being the time spent volunteering. We dedicated two weeks of our travels to volunteer for Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) at one of their centres located in Seelampur, a 1-hour train ride outside Delhi. ASHA is a non-for-profit organisation that operates in 91 slums in Delhi. The organisation performs three vital services for young families in the slums of Delhi and provides healthcare, education, and women’s empowerment and awareness.  They receive all of their funding from supporters in Australia, England, Ireland and Wales. Having previously read that many charities and non-government organisations in India are tied closely and sometimes corruptly to governing bodies through dodgy deals in order to remain operational, I was at first sceptical about ASHA and its success in Delhi. Reassuringly, I discovered that ASHA acts independently from the local government.

Throughout our time volunteering, we organised lessons for students ranging in age from 5 to 21 to further their understanding of English for their respective year levels. The smiles on the children’s faces as well as their powerful stories during these classes will stay with me forever. My time with ASHA has been one of my most precious and memorable life experiences to date. Meeting Dr. Kiran the founder of ASHA, reassured me of the organisation’s sincere dedication to improving the welfare of slum residents for generations to come. The support provided by ASHA to the poor in India simply cannot be over-estimated. It is both vital to these people … as it is beautiful to witness. I wish ASHA many years of success ahead.

For further information or to support ASHA click the link: https://asha-india.org/about-us/

To hear more of my story with ASHA and how you can support this incredible organisation please email me: vmarega@student.unimelb.edu.au

December 2018

Don’t forget to lock in Saturday 15 December to get along to the Old Boys’ Tennis Tournament for 2018 to be held 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). Please click here to register or refer to the event post later in this newsletter for more details. 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.

To celebrate the end of another year and the start of the festive season, all Churchie Old Boys are invited to the 2018 Churchie OBA Christmas Drinks to be held from 6 pm – 8 pm on Thursday 13 December at Friday’s Riverside. Get a group together and join us for what is always a fantastic evening.

Our Seniors of 2017 reunited on Thursday 29 November for the annual New Old Boys Night. Have a look at the Photo Gallery in this newsletter to view some photos from the evening.

This month we farewell Jennifer Garner who has tendered her resignation (effective from Tuesday 11 December) after serving as Administrative Assistant to the Old Boys’ Association (OBA) and Churchie Foundation for the past seven years. In her dual focused role, Jennifer has been a tremendous support for both the OBA and Foundation. We thank Jennifer for her tireless efforts over this period and wish her all the very best.

Old Boy Achievements
Congratulations to the following Old Boys on their tremendous achievements.

David Wright (2002)
On the 23rd of October 2018, David was awarded the Queensland Literary Awards’ Digital Literature Prize for “Little Emperor Syndrome”. Awarded to an exceptional work of transmedia or digital literature showcasing innovation in storytelling, it is the richest prize of its kind in the world.

William Wilson (1995)
On Tuesday 20 November, William was elected president of the AgForce Cattle board. He has been on the AgForce Cattle board for four years and has been vice-president since 2016.

Noelis Rheault (2003)
Noelis undertook three 100km trail ultra marathons and a number of other 50km+ events throughout 2018. He won two of these 100km running events (Glasshouse 100 and Brisbane Valley Rail Trail) and finished 9th in the Australian Long Course Championships at Blackall 100 in October.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Stay safe!

 

November 2018

This month we welcome 226 new Old Boys – the Seniors of 2018. Congratulations to these young men and we wish you well in your endeavours. We also look forward to hearing of your experiences at Old Boys events and reunions. For our Seniors of 2017, the annual New Old Boys Night will be held next Thursday 29 November at the Green Beacon Brewing Co. which is owned by two of our Old Boys. Please click here for further details and to register for this event.

On Monday 19 November the OBA Annual General Meeting was held. Congratulations to Mr Simon Pattison (1984) who was voted in as President and takes over the reins from Dr Daniel Pitt (2006) who has served on the OBA Committee for 12 years and presided over the association for the past two of those years. We thank Daniel very much for his commitment and contribution as he now moves on to focus on his career in medicine. Congratulations must also go to Mr Andrew Fleming (1979) on his election to the position of Vice-President and Mr Rob Needham (1988) on his election to the Committee as an Executive member. Rob was the Manager of Churchie Foundation from 2011 until 2016 and is looking forward to rejoining the Churchie community.

To celebrate the end of another year and the start of the festive season, all Churchie Old Boys are invited to the 2018 Churchie OBA Christmas Drinks to be held from 6 pm – 8 pm on Thursday 13 December at Friday’s Riverside. Get a group together and join us for what is always a fantastic evening.

Don’t forget to lock in Saturday 15 December to get along to the Old Boys’ Tennis Tournament for 2018 to be held 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). Please refer to the event post later in this newsletter for more details.

Job Search

Jed Cornish (2013)
Jed is a Commerce student at the University of Queensland majoring in Finance and Accounting. He graduates in mid-2019 and is therefore seeking part time or full time work within the finance sector from February onwards. Jed does have nine months experience in business services roles, including work at a KPMG and BDO. This experience has given him the fundamental understanding required to analyse financial statements in depth. He now hopes to leverage the experience in an asset management role or indeed any general role within finance. If anyone can assist Jed, please contact the OBA office by email at
oba@churchie.com.au or by phoning 07 3896 2203.

James Ohlson (2014)
James has recently graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Public Relations. He is interested in a full time position in the Digital Marketing industry. If you have an internship opportunity for James, then please email the OBA office at oba@churchie.com.au or by phoning 07 3896 2203.

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

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

September 2018

The 2018 OBA Cocktail Evening is fast approaching and will be held at Porsche Centre Brisbane on Friday 12 October. The more informal style for this event is proving to be very popular and it is shaping to be a tremendous evening. If you haven’t already set aside this date, then please click here to do so. For the last of our reunions for 2018, those Old Boys who will be in Melbourne on Friday 26 October, please join us for the annual Melbourne Reunion at the Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club.

Congratulations to the following Old Boys in the 2017 cohort who have achieved Gold level for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Quinn Rashford , Nicholas Richards and Lewis Solomon. The past week has also seen the completion of highly competitive seasons for many GPS sports, in which we witnessed and enjoyed strong performances from our young men. Congratulations must go to Churchie’s Premier Chess Team who secured the 2018 GPS Chess premiership for the second consecutive year – the first time since 2001. Congratulations also to the First V basketball and First XV rugby teams who finished second and third respectively. Term 3 has culminated in the annual inter-house swimming carnival. For those Magnus Old Boys among us you will be pleased to know that Magnus house claimed the honours, followed by Grenfell in second place and Kingsley in third place.

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

Please enjoy this month’s edition and we look forward to seeing you at the 2018 OBA Cocktail Evening.

August 2018

As we approach the end of the rugby and basketball seasons, so too we approach our annual Old Boys Day. Please lock into your calendars to head to Churchie’s Main Oval on Saturday 8 September to cheer on our 1st XV from 2.15 pm as they take on Nudgee College. This is the last home game of the season and will be followed by the traditional Old Boys BBQ, where the OBA Committee will be all hands on deck to provide their classic free steak burgers for everyone to enjoy. For more details and to view our full Reunions and Events calendar, including the OBA Cocktail Evening on Friday 12 October, please click here. A further reminder also to those Old Boys who will be in Melbourne on Friday 26 October to please join us for the annual Melbourne Reunion at the Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club.

Owing to the tremendous amount of interest and feedback we have received from archival requests in past editions of Viking Spirit, in our new monthly feature called Assisting Archives we will be displaying photographs, mementos and memorabilia and asking for assistance to identify names, places and occasions etc. Even if you can only help with part of the puzzle, please do let us know. More details are provided in Assisting Archives later in the newsletter.

Churchie’s connection with St John’s Cathedral extends way back to 1913 when the school moved there from its original premises at Ardencraig, Toowong and became known as St John’s Cathedral Collegiate School for Boys. It is now estimated that there are more than 1,000 Churchie Old Boys who either sang in the Cathedral or other Churchie choirs (since 1940), with many going on to pursue professional or semi-professional singing activities. If you are one of these Old Boys, then please be sure to read our feature later in the newsletter about the upcoming St John’s Cathedral reunion.

July 2018

Welcome to the July 2018 edition of Viking Spirit. You will already have noticed its fresh new look, making it easier to read and navigate. Furthermore, the fantastic news for those on the move is that it is fully optimised for mobile phones. Please enjoy our feature articles and of course our acknowledgement of some of the tremendous achievements of our fellow Old Boys. Also, be sure to check out our Reunions and Events calendar for your opportunity to stay connected.

Term 3, now underway, signals the commencement of the GPS competitions for rugby and basketball. So too, we kick start our season of events and reunions. Further details can be found by clicking on the link in the Reunions & Events Calendar later in the newsletter. For those Old Boys who will be in Melbourne on Friday 26 October, please make a note to join us for the annual Melbourne Reunion at the Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club. Our 2018 OBA Cocktail Evening will be proudly hosted by Porsche Centre Brisbane. This more informal style, in lieu of the OBA Annual Dinner, is sure to appeal to Old Boys across all generations. If you haven’t already done so, then please set aside the evening of Friday 12 October and join us for what promises to be a fantastic event. For more details, please click here.

2019 Churchie ANZAC Day Service

Churchie invites you to commemorate ANZAC Day on The Flat at 8 am, Thursday 25 April. To acknowledge 100 years of Churchie’s Army Cadets, our Reviewing Officer this year is Colonel Robert Brennan CSC. COL Brennan is currently the Commander of Australian Army Cadets – South Queensland.

Please arrive in time to be seated by 7.50 am.
A light Morning Tea is served in Founders Court following the ceremony.

Featured Image: 1958 ANZAC Day

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

OBA Annual Dinner
Friday 16 August 2019
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Old Boys’ Day
Saturday 17 August 2019
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Old Boys Serving Abroad

Ryan Manu (2013) is one of many Old Boys currently serving abroad. Ryan is a Rifleman with the Artillery division and departed Australia on Tuesday 18 June for a 9 month deployment to Taji, Iraq. He will be involved in training the Iraqi soldiers during a hostile time in the Middle East.

We appreciate and honour the commitment of all Old Boys serving abroad and keep them in our prayers for a safe return.

OBA Annual Dinner 2019

The President of the Churchie Old Boys’ Association, Mr Simon Pattison and the Executive Members invite all Old Boys to attend the 2019 OBA Annual Dinner.

GUEST SPEAKER
Old Boy Tim Walsh (1996)

Tim is the current Australian Men’s Seven’s Head Coach and was previously the Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach taking them to the Gold Medal at the Rio Olympics 2016.

Date: Friday 16 August 2019
Time: 7 pm – 10 pm
Venue: Rivershed at Howard Smith Wharves
Dress: Black Tie or Lounge Suit

Cost: $95 individual / $800 per table of 10

Tickets: Please use the links provided below to purchase your tickets online.
OBA Annual Dinner | Individual Booking
OBA Annual Dinner | Table Booking [10]

A special invitation is extended to our cohorts celebrating their 5 year (2014), 15 year (2004), 25 year (1994), 35 year (1984), 45 year (1974), 55 year (1964) and 65 year (1954) reunions.

The 2019 OBA Annual Dinner will be followed the next day by our equally popular Old Boys’ Day which is on the afternoon the school plays Gregory Terrace in both basketball and rugby.

SPONSORS

SILVER 

            

 

BRONZE

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Old Boys’ Day 2019

The OBA Committee invites all Old Boys to the traditional annual Old Boys Rugby BBQ which will be held on Saturday 17 August 2019. At the conclusion of the First XV match v Gregory Terrace (which kicks off at 2.15 pm), please join us at the Brenan Pavilion end of the 50 m pool to enjoy your free steak burger.

Prior to the First XV match, which kicks off at 2.15 pm, the Old Boys Committee will again be selling OBA merchandise at a marquee that will be located at the entrance to The Pocket, in front of the Old Boys War Memorial Pavilion. For anyone interested in a tour of the School, we will meet at the flagpole at Churchill Post at 11.30 am. The tour will conclude at 1 pm.

Join Us at the Pineapple Hotel afterwards!
After the BBQ, we will reconvene at the Pineapple Hotel to watch the Wallabies take on the All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup live from Auckland. Kick-off is at 5.35 pm.

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.

10 Year Reunion | 2009 Old Boys
Saturday 7 September 2019
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40 Year Reunion | 1979 Old Boys
Saturday 7 September 2019
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60 Year Reunion | 1959 Old Boys
Thursday 28 November 2019
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70 Year Reunion | 1949 Old Boys
Friday 30 August 2019
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Cohort Reunions 2019

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

10 Year Reunion | 2009 Old Boys
Saturday 7 September 2019
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30 Year Reunion | 1989 Old Boys
Saturday 27 July 2019
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40 Year Reunion | 1979 Old Boys
Saturday 7 September 2019
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50 Year Reunion | 1969 Old Boys
Saturday 27 July 2019
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60 Year Reunion | 1959 Old Boys
Thursday 28 November 2019
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70 Year Reunion | 1949 Old Boys
Friday 30 August 2019
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For more details about your cohort reunion, please click on the relevant link below.

10 Year Reunion | 2009 Old Boys
Saturday 7 September 2019
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20 Year Reunion | 1999 Old Boys
Saturday 20 July 2019
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30 Year Reunion | 1989 Old Boys
Saturday 27 July 2019
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40 Year Reunion | 1979 Old Boys
Saturday 7 September 2019
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50 Year Reunion | 1969 Old Boys
Saturday 27 July 2019
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60 Year Reunion | 1959 Old Boys
Thursday 28 November 2019
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70 Year Reunion | 1949 Old Boys
Friday 30 August 2019
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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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Interstate Reunions 2019

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

2019 Melbourne Reunion
Thursday 24 October 2019
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2019 Perth Reunion
Thursday 5 December 2019
Venue: TBC

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Interstate Reunions 2019

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

2019 Canberra Reunion
Thursday 12 September 2019
Venue: TBC

2019 Melbourne Reunion
Thursday 24 October 2019
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2019 Perth Reunion
Thursday 5 December 2019
Venue: TBC

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Old Boy Achievements

Ivan Zelich (2015)
Ivan, a University of Queensland Maths scholar, has graduated from his course as Valedictorian for the Faculty of Science.

Alexander Jeremijenko (2016)
Alex has been selected to row for Rowing Australia in the Men’s VIII at the 2019 World Rowing Under 23 Championships being held from 24-28 July in Sarasota/Bradenton Florida.

Liam Wright (2014)
Liam was named in the Qantas Wallabies 34-man squad for their first test match of 2019 against South Africa in Johannesburg on July 20.

John Millman (2006)
John progressed to the third round of The Championships, Wimbledon 2019.

Sam Hurwood (2018)
Sam claimed the Under 20 title for the 110 metre hurdles with a personal best at the Oceania Athletics Association titles, held recently in Townsville.

Zac Stubblety-Cook (2017)
Zac has qualified fourth fastest in the 200m Breaststroke at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. He will compete in the final on Friday 28 July 2019.

 

 

 

Photo Gallery

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Year 3 Prep Students Visit to Archives

School Archivist Mr Peter Collin recently had the pleasure of hosting Year 3 Prep School boys,
stepping them back in time to look at the beginnings of Churchie as a school
and discovering more about our founding Headmaster Canon Morris.

 

Photo Gallery

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1970 Cohort (L-R): Rowan Pert, Ian Hillhouse, Mac Drysdale, Ian Carruthers,
Peter Stanton, John Chandler, Charlie Wilson, John Brand, Roy Peterson, Jack Hobbs

 

1949 Cohort (L-R): Jim Kable, Miles Farmer,
Peter Wornham,Len Fortescue, Rex Freudenberg

 


visit by Old Boy Ed Ross (2010) from TradeMutt speaking with Mawson House

Photo Gallery

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Above: Toby StGeorge (1948)

 

Above: Miles Farmer (1949)
please click here to view Miles’ video of the neighbourhood service he conducted

 

Above: Adam Laraghy (1982) and Addison Laraghy (2019)

 

Above: Ernest Franklin (1960)

 

Above: Brady Downes (1984) and family

 

Above: Simon Pattison (1984) and sons

 

Above: Grant Menzies (1988) and family

Photo Gallery

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Above: Aaron Huang (2019) gaining some veterinary work experience with Arthur Woo (1985)

Above: 2019 Old Boys’ Tennis Tournament Participants

Above: 2019 Old Boys’ Tennis Tournament
L-R: Jack Walton (2015), Max Kruger (2020 Tennis Captain), Alex Russell (2018), Max Poewll (2018)

Above: 2019 Old Boys’ Tennis Tournament
L-R: John Millman (2006), Jack Walton (2015), Colin Sinclair (2012), Adam Walton (2016)

Above: Charles Kosecki (2008), pictured back row centre, and his fellow crew members of Ichi Ban enjoying the spoils after being declared the overall and handicap winner of the 2019 Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

Above: 2019 Churchie Scholars
Senior Chaplain Fr Bryan Gadd, Deputy Headmaster (Academic) Mr Richard Wheeldon, Dean of Studies (Years 10 to 12) Ms Marcia Brumpton, Headmaster Dr Alan Campbell, Head of Senior School Mr Rod Olsen, Chairman of School Council Mr Daniel O’Connor OAM, Dean of IB Diploma Programme Ms Catherine Prosser, Deputy Headmaster (Co-curricular and HR) Mr John Frare with equivalent ATAR 98.00 or above recipients who returned for the Academic Celebration Assembly.

Above: QCE Award Winner Lachlan Toovey (2019)
Highest Achievement by an Aboriginal Student or Torres Strait Islander Student

 

 

 

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On Saturday, 21st September at Parkvale Gardens near Eumundi, Old Boy Nick Dunsdon (2007) from “Yallambee” Cunnamulla married Jess Weber (2011) from St George who attended Fairholme College in Toowoomba as a boarder.

Old Boy Rohan Dunsdon (2006), Nick’s elder brother, was his best man. Jess’s sister Nicole Weber was Maid of Honour and Nick’s sister Lucinda Dunsdon was one of the Bridesmaids.

Photo Gallery

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2019 OBA Annual Dinner
Friday 16 August 2019
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1989 – 30 Year Reunion
Saturday 20 July
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1969 – 50 Year Reunion
Saturday 20 July
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Rob Needham (1988) and Stuart Waddington (1983)
at the Churchie Rugby Lunch

 

Grant Menzies (1988) with Jonny McKain (1999)

 


Tim Nicholls (1982) & Jonathan Brunello (1989)
with Cr David McLaughlin (local council member)
testing Jonathan’s new Amperstand height adjustable desks.

 


Harry Hockings (2014) and Angus Scott-Young (2014)
First XV jersey presentation v GT – Saturday 17 August 2019

Photo Gallery

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1999 – 20 Year Reunion
Saturday 20 July
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1956 cohort – Annual Lunch
The Brisbane Golf Club  – Thursday 18 July 2019

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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 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.

For all ‘Churchie singers’ past and present, a St John’s Cathedral reunion is planned for Sunday 28th April 2019. If you were a St John’s Cathedral chorister, or sang in a Churchie choir (i.e. Prep Choir, School Choir, Dectet, Octet, Viking Voices or perhaps another school choir), then please click here to ensure your name is on our list. If you can’t find your name, then please click here to email the OBA and let us know how you were involved. We are particularly interested in hearing from Old Boys pre-1972  to assist however possible to update some incomplete records, including sending in names of chorister they knew.

Furthermore, please search St John’s Cathedral Choristers’ Alumni on Facebook to join the group and find out more details about the reunion.

Who, When, Where?

Please click on the link below to view a short silent movie showing celebrations in the streets of Brisbane as the end of WWII was announced in 1945. About halfway through the video Churchie boys can be seen getting involved in the festivities. Can anyone identify any of them?

Peace Parade: Brisbane, Australia 1945

Who, When, Where?

AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE CADETS

No 3 FLIGHT CEGS / No 3 FLIGHT ATC ACGS / 203 SQUADRON

If you can assist by providing any Cadet Under Officer group photographs for the years listed below, our School Archivist Mr Peter Collin would be very appreciative. Any photographs lent to Archives will be scanned, added to the digital collection and returned promptly to the owner. These contributions will enhance the permanent display of photographs in the AAFC office area located  in The Campbell Centre.

– 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949
– 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1957
– 1973
– 1989
– 1995, 1996

Lex Frank: A Retrospective

In honour of Maryborough artist, Old Boy Lex Frank (1957), the Lex Frank: A Retrospective exhibition celebrates light, landscape, the versatility of watercolour and his extraordinary artistic life. Spanning paintings from Lex’s boyhood, right through to his final works, the exhibition draws from private collections and paintings never exhibited before. The exhibition is on display at Gatakers Artspace Gallery in Maryborough until Sunday 28 April 2019. Opening hours each day are 10 am – 4 pm.