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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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!”

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 …

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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.

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.

‘2019’ Cohort | New Old Boys Night
Thursday 26 November 2020
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5 Year Reunion | 2015 Old Boys
Saturday 28 November 2020
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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.

Photo Gallery

Please click here to view the full Photo Gallery Year 3 Prep Students Visit to Archives School Archivist Mr Peter Collin recently had the pleasure …

Photo Gallery
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the churchie 2020

Sydney-based artist Emily Parsons-Lord has won the Churchie Emerging Art Prize 2020, receiving a non-acquisitive $15,000 cash prize. The Churchie OBA is proud to be …

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the churchie 2020

Sydney-based artist Emily Parsons-Lord has won the Churchie Emerging Art Prize 2020, receiving a non-acquisitive $15,000 cash prize.

The Churchie OBA is proud to be a Major Sponsor of the churchie, which after being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has returned to the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) and runs from 18 September–19 December.

Featured Image: Emily Parsons-Lord, ‘Standing Still (with practice, one may learn to accept the feelings of groundlessness)’, 2020, HD video. Photo: Maiara Skarheim.

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’ …

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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.

OBA Merchandise

The OBA has a range of high quality merchandise that is available for purchase through the Churchie Shop. All items are available in store, with …

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The OBA has a range of high quality merchandise that is available for purchase through the Churchie Shop.
All items are available in store, with selected items also available for purchase online.

OBA Suede Cap Suede cap with embroidered OBA crest on front. Purchase price is $25.

OBA Silk Neck Tie Churchie crests between diagonal grey stripes on an all navy blue background. Purchase price is $50.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OBA Keyring Embossed OBA crest on front and OBA website on back. Purchase price is $10.

OBA Bottle Opener OBA crest in solid metal with bottle opener functionality. Purchase price is $15.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OBA Round Cufflinks OBA crest on a blue background. Purchase price is $30.

OBA Sterling Silver Cufflinks Solid Sterling Silver with OBA crest inlaid in blue. Purchase price is $200.

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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