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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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 …

The perfect Father’s Day gift!
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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 …

Who, When, Where?
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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.

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 …

RIP Chilla
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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).

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 …

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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 …

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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.

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 …

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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.

Photo Gallery

Please click here to view the full Photo Gallery   1970 Cohort (L-R): Rowan Pert, Ian Hillhouse, Mac Drysdale, Ian Carruthers, Peter Stanton, John Chandler, …

Photo Gallery
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the churchie 2020

The Institute of Modern Art (IMA) and Churchie are excited to share new details of the forthcoming churchie emerging art prize. After being postponed due …

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the churchie 2020

The Institute of Modern Art (IMA) and Churchie are excited to share new details of the forthcoming churchie emerging art prize. After being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the churchie returns to the IMA 18 September–19 December.

The Churchie OBA is proud to be a Major Sponsor of the churchie.

Featured  Image: Nathan Beard, ‘Floral Arrangement’, 2019, archival inkjet print on Canson Baryta, Swarovski Elements, gold leaf, Fenty Beauty Diamond Bomb, glitter, mounting tape, 75 x 100 cm

It’s About Time!

The OBA Committee have commissioned Adina Watches to create this beautiful bespoke timepiece. Exhibiting all the features and functionalities of the limited edition watch (except …

OBA Watch
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The OBA Committee have commissioned Adina Watches to create this beautiful bespoke timepiece. Exhibiting all the features and functionalities of the limited edition watch (except for the OBA centenary references), it is beautifully presented in a timber presentation box boasting a stylish new design. If you would like to purchase one of these premium timepieces, which has been designed and hand finished, then please click here. Purchase price is $500.

A Pictorial History of Churchie

A Pictorial History of Churchie celebrates 100 Years of Churchie Old Boys. Past Staff member Mr James Mason OAM was commissioned by the Old Boys’ …

Less than 30 copies remaining
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A Pictorial History of Churchie

A Pictorial History of Churchie celebrates 100 Years of Churchie Old Boys. Past Staff member Mr James Mason OAM was commissioned by the Old Boys’ Association to author this  magnificent publication. With now less than 30 copies remaining, if you haven’t already purchased your copy will want to act now. Please click here to order online for only $50 (plus $5 if postage is required). When ordering, please indicate your preferred method of collection. You can also see if you feature in this centenary publication, by clicking here to view the Index.

Reconnect with your mates!

The Churchie Business Network (CBN) is an online platform that provides all Old Boys with the opportunity to reconnect with each other, list businesses, job …

Churchie Business Network
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The Churchie Business Network (CBN) is an online platform that provides all Old Boys with the opportunity to reconnect with each other, list businesses, job search (either as an employer or employee) and also register for tutoring and/or mentoring (either as a mentor or mentee). To set up your profile and register your business on the CBN is absolutely free. If you would like to join over 1,600 Old Boys who have already done so, then please click here.

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Have you updated your LinkedIn Profile?

On the LinkedIn platform, schools are now acknowledged as education entities. This means you can now officially add Anglican Church Grammar School as an education …

Connect with the OBA
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On the LinkedIn platform, schools are now acknowledged as education entities. This means you can now officially add Anglican Church Grammar School as an education item in your LinkedIn profile and in doing so have the school crest feature alongside. It will also help you more easily find and connect with fellow Churchie Old Boys. For instructions on how to update your Education accordingly, please click here or on the image below. While you’re at it, to connect with the OBA profile and/or join the OBA group, please click here or on the above image.

Useful Links

For ease of reference and access, here are some links that will take you directly to frequently viewed pages on the Old Boys website. Vale …

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