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

Calling All Choristers

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 …

St John's Cathedral
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Calling All Choristers

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.

Time Is On Your Side!

Owing to the success of the sale of all 100 Limited Edition OBA Centenary Watches, the OBA Committee have again commissioned Adina Watches to create …

OBA Watch
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Owing to the success of the sale of all 100 Limited Edition OBA Centenary Watches, the OBA Committee have again commissioned Adina Watches to create this beautiful bespoke timepiece. Whilst it doesn’t carry the OBA centenary logo, it does exhibit all the features and functionalities of the limited edition watch. It is beautifully presented in a timber presentation box boasting a stylish new design. If you would like to purchase one of these premium timepieces, which has been designed and hand finished, then please click here. Purchase price is $500.

Celebrating 100 Years of Churchie Old Boys

A Pictorial History of Churchie, commissioned by the Old Boys’ Association, celebrates 100 Years of Churchie Old Boys. It is selling fast, so click here to order online and secure …

A Pictorial History of Churchie
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A Pictorial History of Churchie, commissioned by the Old Boys’ Association, celebrates 100 Years of Churchie Old Boys. It is selling fast, so click here to order online and secure your copy now for only $50 (plus $5 if postage is required). When ordering, please indicate your preferred method of collection. To see if you feature in this centenary publication, then please click here to view the Index.

Reconnect with your mates!

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

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

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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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2018 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 2018 OBA Christmas …

Old Boys Christmas Drinks
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2018 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 2018 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.

Old Boys’ Tennis Tournament 2018

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

First In - First Served
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Old Boys’ Tennis Tournament 2018

On Saturday 15 December, the second Old Boys’ Tennis Tournament will be held at the David Turbayne Tennis Centre. Meet and have the chance to play with tennis professionals, Old Boys John Millman (2006) and Colin Sinclair (2012), as well as Churchie’s Director of Tennis, Ian Malpass. This event is open to the whole Churchie community, so current students, parents (past and present), staff (past and present) and Old Boys are all invited to play and compete for the John Millman Shield. It is encouraged that at least one player from each doubles pairing is either a Churchie Old Boy or current Churchie student.

Starting at 2 pm and finishing at 5 pm, this is a fantastic opportunity to play some social tennis and make new connections. The format for the day will be 24 doubles teams competing in a round robin format. Numerous raffles will be held throughout the afternoon. There will also be a sausage sizzle for players and spectators. Registration fee per player is $50, so if you’re interested in participating then please click here to register. Alternatively, if you simply wish to come and spectate we look forward to seeing you at what promises to be a great event.

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

 

Mapping the Future of Town Planning

Working as an acquisition manager for a residential property developer a few years ago, Old Boy Lachlan Spedding (2011) found himself investigating the constraint mapping …

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Mapping the Future of Town Planning

Working as an acquisition manager for a residential property developer a few years ago, Old Boy Lachlan Spedding (2011) found himself investigating the constraint mapping on different parcels of land, which in some instances included dozens of maps. Looking at properties in different local government areas he was amazed that all systems and maps were different. He quickly discovered that much of the process of navigating these systems and finding development opportunities was inefficient and slow. The complexity of existing tools and legislation meant town planning consultants and property researchers were wasting huge amounts of time on processes and systems that could be simpler, faster, and more consistent across local government areas.

After engaging a team of experts to develop a bespoke web-based application that could handle the huge volumes of complex data, Orbmaps was born. Twelve months later, it is rapidly becoming the go-to platform for Instant Research Reporting and in so doing saves councils, property developers and town planners hundreds of hours and resources. Key features include a simplified property scanning platform, constraint risk heat mapping, instant property reports, regularly updated satellite imagery and a property management system. As a unified set of tools, up to date local and state government mapping, town planning and property information is combined into one easy search.

Recently Orbmaps were runners-up finalists in the Australian Property Institute (API) Innovation in Property awards. Lachlan says: “Innovation doesn’t require millions of dollars, only hard work!”

The Great Billy Cart Grand Prix

It’s time for the annual billy cart grand prix and everyone is excited – even the parents! Davey is determined to win, but when his …

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The Great Billy Cart Grand Prix

It’s time for the annual billy cart grand prix and everyone is excited – even the parents! Davey is determined to win, but when his choices start hurting his friends, what will he do? Is winning more important than friendship?

Old Boy Michael Johnston (1996) is still a kid at heart. Now Director of Corporate Finance at Morgans in Sydney, Michael has drawn inspiration from his days as a Prep School student here at Churchie to write and publish a children’s book. The book is loosely based on the annual Churchie Prep Billy Cart Grand Prix which was first held in 1986 and Michael has fond memories of competing in 1990 and 1991.

At the heart of the story are his two school mates, David Gillespie (1996) and Tom Anning (1996). Michael, Tom and David are still close mates today. The adventures of Michael’s childhood evolved one evening into a bedtime story, which was shared with Tom’s kids, Ellie and Fred. The other children in the book are based on Michael’s nieces and nephews.

​When he is not working in finance or writing kids books, Michael enjoys cooking, travelling, spending time with his friends and family and is currently studying his MBA at the University of New South Wales. David now lives in Melbourne and is the Chief Financial Officer at Jemena, whilst Tom is based in Sydney and is the Managing Director of Intermediate Capital, a London Headquartered private debt, credit and equity firm.

The Great Billy Kart Grand Prix will be released later this month. Please click here for further details.

Commemorating the Battle of Britain

As a member of the Royal Queensland Aero Club, Old Boy Peter Boughen (1980) recently took part in their 2018 Battle of Britain Dawn Patrol …

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Commemorating the Battle of Britain

As a member of the Royal Queensland Aero Club, Old Boy Peter Boughen (1980) recently took part in their 2018 Battle of Britain Dawn Patrol to commemorate the Battle of the Coral Sea. This year saw the highest number of participating aircraft for over three years, with Peter competing in his Cessna 310 VH-JQK. Pilots, navigators and passengers all gathered for a rendition of Winston Churchill and a brief history of the battle that occurred in the skies over Britain.

Whilst starting his Cessna, Peter noticed the western end of the runway rapidly disappearing in a sea of fog and before long the windsock had also disappeared. The intrepid pilots and their crew were left with no option but to shut down and wait 30 minutes for the fog to clear.

After a flight briefing, the crews scrambled to take their positions and the aircraft departed in turn heading to the south east to Surfers Paradise before heading north along the coast to Point Lookout and then up the eastern shoreline of Moreton Island. For the observant among them, there were many dolphins, sharks, stingrays and the occasional whale to be seen. Whilst some pilots took in the scenery at a higher altitude, others took the opportunity to wake campers and disturb fishermen along the beaches. It was then time to climb to the obligatory 3500’ for the crossing of Moreton Bay from Moreton Island to Bribie Island before descending – tracking to Caboolture airport, through the Samford Valley when the predicted westerlies started to make their presence felt, passing the television towers on Mt Coot-tha and then back to Archerfield.

As all the aircraft were participating in a time trial to decide the winner of the perpetual trophy there were some very interesting manoeuvres carried out as aircraft returned to Archerfield to ensure they came close to their planned flight time. Peter was declared overall winner, landing his Cessna in a time of 1h 10m 02s, only two seconds later than his planned time.

Who, When, Where?

If you have any photographs that you would like to share with us, then please contact our School Archivist, Mr Peter Collin on 07 3896 …

Assisting Archives
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Who, When, Where?

If you have any photographs that you would like to share with us, then please contact our School Archivist, Mr Peter Collin on 07 3896 2137, or click here to email the OBA. You don’t need to part ways with these treasured memories. Should you wish to keep your photographs, they can be digitally scanned and returned to you.

Donaldson House Boarders
Thank you to those who contacted us last month to help identify the Donaldson House Boarders in the photograph below. Their name are now listed below.

Back Row standing (L-R): Jeffrey Gurney (1982), Bradley Wright (1982), Anthony Farrell (1982), William Beresford (1982), Kristopher Davies (1982), James Baldwin (1982), Robert George (1982)

Front Row sitting (L-R): Michael Paul (1980), Richard Graham (1982), Robert Nott (1983), Patrick Hanly (1982), Alexander Richards (1980)