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OBA Annual Dinner

Grandparents Day

Jazz under the Stars

‘the churchie’ Official Opening

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Mothers Committee Spring Luncheon

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Auckland Old Boys Reunion

Churchie Art Awards

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Tri-Service Cadets Graduation Parade

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Prep School Arts Evening

Awards Assembly, Speech Night

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Prep School Christmas Service

Churchie Cricket Luncheon

Early Childhood Christmas Pageant

Prep School Final Assembly

Last Day of Term 4

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Preparation for life The following pages of this 2016 winter edition of Eagles’ Wings endeavour to provide an insight into our vigorous education for boys as we set about preparing them for a full and rewarding life ahead. You will note many traditional educational and service opportunities in the pages that follow; boys, parents and staff deeply involved in, and honouring, our traditional occasions and learning pursuits.

In June 2015, the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) released a report entitled Australia’s Future Workforce. Being always mindful of the need to prepare our boys well, I shared the sentiments of this report with members of the School’s leadership team. The report summarises the need for Australia’s citizens to be ready to move, adapt and continue learning throughout the stages of life. Further: Jobs and organisations are likely to become increasingly globalised and fluid as people move from project to project, from areas of workforce surplus to workforce shortage. This global diffusion of job opportunities You will, however, also notice many new

will be aided by the rise of virtual networks.

and emerging initiatives that are gathering

In 2030, technology will be pervasive and

momentum as we prepare boys for their

the global labour market highly competitive

lives in the future. The School is acutely

(CEDA, p.92).

aware that the world into which our students will graduate is one of great dynamism and uncertainty, aptly summed up by Berra in the phrase: The future is not what it used to be.


High quality teaching, and the acquisition of knowledge, are integral to preparing our students for successful futures. However, this must be complemented with additional

experiences and skills in order to develop young men who can meet the challenges of the future. To illustrate, two key themes are evident in the following pages. First, the need for international-mindedness has been recognised as an essential element of preparing our students. The School’s expanded languages program has seen both the addition of Spanish in the Senior School and the expansion of Japanese in the Prep School, thus taking the School’s languages to four: Chinese Mandarin, French, Japanese and Spanish. The study of languages also has many attendant benefits of broadening a student’s approach to learning which, in turn, provides benefits across other areas of study. International-mindedness has been further developed through the School’s service program where, for the first time, students have travelled to China to undertake a cultural immersion experience while serving a developing community. Churchie’s Service

For the first time in the School’s history, students travelled to China to undertake a cultural immersion experience while serving a developing community

program has long been established in local and national settings. Further, many of our boys have served, taught and toured in Asia-Pacific destinations. Expanding on this, later this year staff and students will travel to India, again for the first time, to teach English in a regional village school. The educational benefits of such an international experience are clearly exemplary, not the least of which is the understanding of how one’s skills and talents can be of direct benefit to others and the intercultural understanding that is engendered. The second key theme evident in this edition of Eagles’ Wings is the extent to which the School is developing the broader skills of

the students through emotional intelligence programs and access to carefully designed, technology-rich learning spaces that enable collaboration, teamwork and project-learning. The workplaces of the future will continue to feature skilled professionals and leaders who can work collaboratively with one another. Many thousands of Old Boys, who have been successful in all walks of life, will know that the ability to relate readily and confidently to others, to be able to understand and empathise with others, and

Thus, the nurturing of internationalmindedness and the development of broad, confident life-skills, based on strong emotional intelligence, remain two key strategies for the School in the years ahead. Such work will complement the timehonoured, traditional, faith-based education from which our graduates will continue to benefit in their preparation for life. Dr Alan Campbell Headmaster @ChurchieHM

to understand the feelings of others, are all essential skills and attributes for success in the future.



Speakers on the 2016 Leadership Panel share their experiences

Churchie students serve the community as Bronze Medallion surf life savers

Learning from Leaders

Saving Lives

‘Be brave in all that you do!’ This was one of the key messages delivered by our 2016 Leadership Panel who addressed the Year 11 students earlier this year.

Late last year three Churchie students – Hamish Mountford, Miles Matheson and Perry Prineas – attended a Surf Life Saving Bronze Medallion course so they could actively contribute to the community by keeping our beaches, and those who use them, safe and sound.

Olympian, world 200 and 100 metre backstroke record holder and International Swimmer of the Year Mitch Larkin was our headline guest on the panel, which also featured three other very interesting speakers: Martine Harkin from the highly respected Leading Teams group from Melbourne; John Frare, Churchie’s Deputy Headmaster – Co-curricular; and Dr Rachel Horton, Housemaster, former British military officer and prominent rugby referee. Mitch gave a fascinating insight into his role as a member of the Australian Swim Team’s leadership group. All panellists discussed their diverse leadership experiences as members of business, academic, military and sporting organisations. Unsurprisingly, there were many common features. However, the boys were particularly inspired by a number of key points: develop your best and most authentic qualities and be accountable, respectful and honest in dealing with others. The panel also provided the boys with a real insight into team culture. Overall, the ninety-minute session indicated that boys take the development of leadership skills, team culture and their understanding of others all very seriously. The School is grateful to our panellists, particularly our two external guests, Mitch and Martine, who gave of their time so generously.


All three were praised by Jeff Gatenby, the chief instructor at the Kurrawa Surf Life Saving Club, for their excellent conduct and knowledge applied throughout the course. On the day of assessment they also received praise from the assessor who was very impressed with their overall performance. After passing with flying colours, the boys were presented with their patrol uniforms and proceeded to complete their first patrol on the beach at Kurrawa. They performed their first ever rescue on the very same day they received their awards and were once again praised by the patrol captain for their quick actions as new Bronze Medallion holders. Later this year the boys hope to form a surf boat crew together.

Dr Reg Lam Po Tang, Lady Susan Street, Jack Kasses (OAM), John Lough (OAM), Justice Reynolds, A/Prof Darcy O’Gorman Hughes

The White Bear Foundation was established in memory of Old Boy Peter Bach

Forty Years Strong

White Bear Foundation

This year the Children’s Cancer Institute celebrates its 40th anniversary thanks to Churchie Old Boy Jack Kasses (1956). Back in 1975 in Childers, Jack and Annette’s six-year-old daughter Helen was diagnosed with leukaemia – a diagnosis that threw their lives into chaos. Helen started treatment at a highly regarded centre for the treatment of children with cancer, the Prince of Wales Children’s Hospital (now the Sydney Children’s Hospital). It was there that Jack and Annette met John and Margaret Lough, whose son Robbie was also being treated for Leukaemia.

Churchie Old Boy Peter Bach (2006) was proud to call Churchie his alma mater. After Peter’s passing, his family established the White Bear Foundation in his memory. Maria Bach, Peter’s mother, is the driving force behind the foundation and she devotes her time to assisting young people on the cusp of adulthood to achieve their potential and to be the best they can. She is aware of the pitfalls associated with adolescence, and the foundation’s aim is to target youth at the end of their primary school years and into the start of secondary schooling.

Both John and Jack were appalled at the lack of research into childhood cancer and had the idea of setting up their own research centre. Forty years ago, in May 1976, after discussions with doctors and other parents of children being treated with cancer, an institute was established, now known as the Children’s Cancer Institute (CCI). Jack was founding chairman of the institute together with John as co-founder. Now located in a new $1 million research centre, with a staff of 200 eminent scientists and doctors, CCI and its people have transformed the outlook for children with cancer, enabling what is now acknowledged worldwide as the most significant medical advances in research into the causes, better treatments, prevention and cure of childhood cancer.

To this end the foundation runs weekend workshops using games and interactive activities for children to see how great life can be. The workshops focus on learning effective communication, leadership and life skills, with an emphasis on building self-esteem and confidence. The workshops provide young people with self-management tools to deal with the ups and downs of the high school years and beyond. Throughout the year the foundation holds activities and events including entering a team in the Bridge to Brisbane, hosting a movie afternoon and hosting a trivia night. Peter wrote a novel, The Strange Adventures of Charles P Dalwell, in the style of two of his favourite authors, Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. All profits from the book’s sale are donated to the White Bear Foundation to further the foundation’s work. The white bear itself symbolises Peter’s gentleness, intelligence and courageous nature – and his sense of humour. Visit the foundation’s website to find out more about the wonderful work they do.


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This year Churchie held its Anzac Day Service on Main Oval with thousands of people turning out to pay their respects to our service men and women. The reviewing officer was Churchie Old Boy Commander Christopher Stephens RANR (1968). Lest we forget.



Emotional Intelligence ‘No matter the situation, never let your emotions overpower your intelligence.’

In partnership with Swinburne University, Churchie continues to be a world leader in the field of education and emotional intelligence (EI). On Monday 7 March Con Stough, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology at Swinburne University, presented to parents on Churchie’s Year 10 Emotional Intelligence Resilience Program. This program complements our Years 4 and 5 EI Building Blocks Program and our Year 8 EI Wellbeing Program. These cuttingedge programs have been developed in partnership with Swinburne University’s Aristotle Emotional Intelligence Research Institute. Professor Stough believes Churchie is one of the most advanced schools in the world in understanding and implementing EI programs. Churchie’s relationship with Swinburne University has spanned close to a decade and our research continues to be fascinating. EI is a ‘set of abilities relating to emotions and the processing of emotional information’ (Stough, 2016). Our EI programs are providing students with the skills to better understand their emotions and appropriately express them in the right way at the right time, moving from one emotional state to another.


We know that emotions impact upon our ability to think and our ability to think can impact upon our emotions. Critical to this is the knowledge that emotional intelligence can be learned or taught through training and development programs. While EI can be developed at any age, the greatest development takes place in those formative school years.

From a school context, Swinburne University’s research has shown that EI is related to: academic success •  •  well-being, depression, anxiety •  bullying, classroom disturbances •  sporting performance •  leadership.

The benefits of an EI program are pronounced. A greater awareness of EI enhances:

Two peer reviewed studies, ‘Emotional intelligence and scholastic achievement in Australian adolescents’ (2008) and ‘Scholastic success: Fluid Intelligence, Personality and Emotional Intelligence’ (2013), have found that EI predicts scholastic performance independent of a child’s IQ. At Churchie we strongly believe that maximising a boy’s scholastic performance is about supporting him to:

listening and oral communication skills • 

concentrate and focus • 

•  stress tolerance and adaptability

•  manage anxiety

•  conflict management and team effectiveness

•  develop effective relationships with teachers and peers

•  building healthy trusting relationships

•  maintain positive mood states during stressful times.

Churchie’s partnership with Swinburne has designed unique EI programs for students in Years 4, 5, 8 and 10. In the near future we will also see a Year 1 program that will focus on emotional recognition and expression in partnership with students and parents as well as a potential leadership program.

•  skills for negotiating outcomes •  the ability to lead and motivate others.

Domain Percentile

100 OP 1-5 OP 6-10 OP 11-16

80 60 40 20 0 ERE

EDC UEO Emotional Intelligence Test Domain

ERE – Emotional Recognition and Expression UEO – Understanding the Emotions of Others

Conversely, several studies have also shown that lower levels of EI predict: poorer behaviours in the classroom •  •  greater disruptive behaviours •  increased bullying and victimisation. This link between EI and academic success was highlighted recently by our 2015 Year 12 cohort, who were the first group to undertake the Year 10 Resilience Program in 2013. The above graph illustrates the clear link between students’ EI over the four adolescent domains compared to their OP performance. The blue bar represents students in the OP 1–5 bands, the grey bar represents students in the OP 6–10 bands and the yellow bar represents students in the OP 11–16 bands. The four EI domains relate to: emotional recognition and •  expression (ERE) •  understanding others' emotions (UEO) •  emotions direct cognition (EDC) •  emotional management and control (EMC). Professor Stough has analysed these results, commenting that ‘27 per cent of


EDC – Emotions Direct Cognition EMC – Emotional Management and Control

the variance in the 2015 OPs is attributed to the emotional intelligence scores’. What this graph is showing is that EI is highly predictive of OP scores. According to Professor Stough, this is the type of variance that you would normally associate with IQ or cognitive scores. It is an incredibly powerful graph, illustrating the strong link between EI and academic performance. In recent years, Churchie’s EI research has shown that the domain that continues to be the highest predictor of OP performance is ‘understanding the emotions of others’ This relates to the ability to identify and understand the emotions of others and to be able to empathise and to interact in groups – all important skills that are inherently valued. The research also strongly suggests that ‘understanding the emotions of others’ leads to better empathy and in adults has been shown to be linked to more effective leadership. Higher scores in ‘emotions direct cognition’ mean that students are more likely to make decisions based upon emotions or impulsivity, while lower scores mean that students are more reliant on factual information to make decisions or that they are more analytical.

These programs are led by a dedicated team of staff, Housemasters and Preparatory School teachers who are trained by Swinburne University's researchers in the areas of emotional intelligence development. Such is the interest in this field that vast numbers of colleagues in the teaching and administrative areas of the School have volunteered to have their EI tested and have received 360 degrees feedback through the adult GENOS EI tests. Professor Stough asserted that Churchie continues to be a world-leader in this field as there are few, if any, intervention programs that target the building blocks of EI at such an early developmental period. To this end, we are committed to sharing our practice with the wider educational community and envision continued contributions to professional conferences, journals and other publications. These are exciting programs, unique to Churchie that serve to personalise our learning for the boys and to enhance their academic and pastoral journey as young men.




Fletcher by Four


For the first time in recent history, one Churchie family has four boys boarding at the School at the same time. This year all four Fletcher boys – Benjamin (Year 12), Michael (Year 11), Joseph (Year 8) and Samuel (Year 7) – are part of the Churchie Boarding community in Gerald House. When the boys aren’t at Churchie they live on the family’s cattle property, Serocold, located in Central Queensland near Rolleston, which is about 8 hours drive and 700 kilometres from Oaklands Parade. The boys are the third generation to live at Serocold with the property having been started by their maternal grandfather. The oldest of the Fletcher boys, Benjamin, explains there are some benefits to having three of your brothers boarding at the same time. ‘When we are at school we can look out for each other and then once we’re home we get to do what we love most.’ ‘We enjoy helping out with the cattle work and we’re fairly good horsemen, so if we are given the afternoon off we will go to the yards and ride the horses. We also love to go fishing and shooting.’ Next year will see just three of the boys boarding, while Benjamin hopes to go to university to study Business/Economics.



Japanese Thrives in the Prep School

As the Prep School moves towards authorisation as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) school, it continually seeks the development of international mindedness in its boys.

The IB mission statement states that the organisation aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Learning an additional language is an important factor in the development of international mindedness and, consequently, the Prep School significantly enhanced its Japanese program from the beginning of 2016. While the IBPYP Standards and Practices state that PYP schools must make ‘provision for students to learn a language, in addition to the language of instruction, at least from the age of seven’, the School, acknowledging the many cultural and


cognitive benefits of additional language learning for young children, has implemented the Japanese program in every Prep School class, from Reception to Year 6. Head of Preparatory School Michael Dunn made comment on the benefits of introducing Japanese in the early years ‘Research shows that learning another language from the early years has both cognitive and academic benefits including mental flexibility, improved divergent thinking and higher scores on measures of verbal ability. There is also research that reflects a link between the knowledge of languages and enhanced creative cognitive ability. The boys also love learning another language and culture. They thrive on the challenge.’

Japanese lessons in the younger grades are short and frequent, take place in the boys’ normal classrooms and focus on learning the spoken language through a variety of media, games and role plays. From Year 4, classes are longer, and in addition to the aural and oral approaches, boys also learn written forms of Japanese Romaji (using English script) and the Japanese character script, Hiragana. Japanese is thriving in the Prep School, enhancing the boys’ international mindedness through intercultural understanding and respect and contributing to their cognitive development, all in an atmosphere of inquiry and fun.

Singing for the Young and Young-at-Heart

Old Boy Dan Warlow (2001) is a Christian music artist and entertainer who plays at schools, festivals and churches around Australia using his music, ventriloquism and visual media to inspire young people and families.

With a background in primary teaching and chaplaincy, Dan is passionate about building strong faith-foundations in young people. Dan recently returned to Churchie to perform in the Chapel for some of the Prep School students. He spoke to them about following their dreams and adventures. His energetic and engaging style was infectious and the boys were a wonderfully responsive audience. Dan’s passion for music started at a young age. He began learning drums at the age of 12, has played in music productions and toured with a jazz band in the US. He was inspired to learn guitar at university and soon after moved to London where he worked with young people and music. It was there that he realised that both would play a significant part in his future. Dan lives in Brisbane with his wife Sarah and three young daughters, Grace, Bethany and Alice. His debut album, released in March 2015, is titled The Great Adventure. He is currently recording his second album. To hear some of his music visit



Churchie Leads the Way in Learning Space Innovation

Churchie is at the forefront of innovation in education while continuing to partner with, and learn from, the world’s leading experts.

Churchie continues its ground-breaking research with the University of Melbourne having been the successful recipient of the 2016–2019 Australian Research Council (ARC) grant for the project titled, ‘Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change’ (ILE+TC). The ILE+TC project is one of the largest ever educationalfocused research projects funded by the Australian Commonwealth Government. This multimillion-dollar project puts Churchie in a group with the most influential educational thinkers including Professor John Hattie, Professor Tom Kvan, Professor David Clarke and Dr Wesley Imms. The ARC is the peak funding body of the Australian Government that delivers policy and programs to advance Australian research and innovation globally and to benefit the Australian community. ARC grants of this magnitude are rare with only 35 per cent of all submitted projects being approved in this round of funding, while only seven educational-focused projects were successful. The ILE+TC project aims to bridge the gap between the educational potential of innovative learning environment designs and their actual performance. Such work is critical if we are to ensure that the learning environments we design ultimately improve student outcomes and teachers’ pedagogies. The ARC project aims to work with schools, government and industry to analyse the relationships between quality teaching and effective use of innovative learning environments. The understandings gained through this project are expected to guide developments in pedagogy, policy and design and to produce strategies to improve learning in schools across Australia and New Zealand. At the same time it will provide partnership opportunities with a diverse group of entities such as Telstra,


the Association of Learning Environments Australasia, Hayball Architects, the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, the Ministry of Education in New Zealand and Australian government bodies. These partnerships will enable Churchie to be at the forefront of innovation in education while learning from the world’s leading experts. It will also see Churchie act as one of three key ‘lighthouse’ research centres outside Melbourne. Globally, Churchie is one of the few educational institutions to have empirically evaluated the learning return on investment of its new generation learning environments. Quantitative evidence from these initial studies informed the design of the Hayward Midson Creative Precinct and has enabled the School to evaluate the effectiveness of this learning space on student outcomes and teacher pedagogies. Such research has enabled the School to pioneer innovative tools that are now used internationally. One of these tools has been the Linking Pedagogy, Technology and Space (LPTS) observational metric. To help teachers transition into the radically different space in Hayward Midson and to ensure the School’s investment actually influenced the intended student learning paradigm, the research partnership devised novel visualisation tools. The observational metric provided instant and visual multi-dimensional breakdowns to allow classroom teachers to better understand their practice and its effects on their students. This metric has expanded to the annual staff appraisal process, with teachers choosing to use these visualisations as further evidence of their exemplary practice.

The success of the observational metric and the unique evidencebased nature of the Churchie and University of Melbourne partnership has influenced schools nationally and internationally. Its success has seen the partnership grow to other schools, government bodies and industry. Furthermore, the metric is now used in schools and universities nationally and internationally as a robust metric to analyse and inform teacher practice. The success of the metric is such that the University of Melbourne is assisting Churchie to develop its functionality so that we may expand further its potential impact within and outside of the immediate Churchie community. The Association for Learning Environments On Tuesday 22 March, Churchie hosted more than 90 architects, educational planners and school and tertiary educational leaders at the first Association for Learning Environments site visit for 2016. The association is the peak body for architects, landscape architects, project managers, school principals, business managers and educational administrators. Its membership also includes professionals in the state government, Catholic and independent school systems, specialised consultants, product suppliers and manufacturers. The mission of the association is to improve the places where children can learn by bringing together the expertise of this diverse, yet complementary, group of practitioners.

Churchie staff and partners from Brand + Slater were able to discern the impact of specific design features through guided tours. It is this focus on evidence-based feedback to both the architects and teachers that sets apart the occupation of Hayward Midson. At this event, Churchie launched its empirical retrospective, Does the Space Make a Difference?. The retrospective quantifies the impact of its built environments on both teachers and students. The success of this publication has seen it shared internationally with key agencies such as the Organisation for Co-operation and Development and the World Bank. Churchie commends our Director of Innovation Terry Byers for his outstanding leadership in pioneering Churchie’s research into the implementation of our new generation learning spaces. Mr Byers is soon to receive his PhD from the University of Melbourne and in the past 12 months he has authored eight peer reviewed papers on Churchie’s research. Such innovation and evidence-based practice is only possible with the professional support provided by our dedicated and inspiring teaching colleagues. Their ability to embrace change, to innovate and to take risks has ensured that Churchie continues to lead internationally in education.

Churchie was nominated by Brand + Slater Architects as a prime example of evidence-based practice in both the design and use of the Hayward Midson Creative Precinct. Through the site visit,



Churchie Cricket visits South Africa Without a doubt this tour was a life-changing experience for the boys and staff who attended – playing cricket against some of the best schoolboy teams while experiencing the sights and sounds of a truly unique and beautiful country. Churchie’s Ian Greig reflects on the games and the many cultural experiences. ‘It started with three days of preparation at Michaelhouse where the boys undertook an arduous six matches in a row in fairly oppressive heat. Narrow losses in practice matches to Hilton and Michaelhouse were followed by a win over Durban High School, our hosts in Durban. Unfortunately, rain affected our momentum and draws


followed against Clifton and Kearsney, with a final nail-biting loss to St Charles. Our time in the beautiful city of Cape Town enabled us to enjoy the local sights including a visit to Newlands Stadium, ‘zip lining’ in the Hottentots Holland mountains and an icy swim in the freezing Atlantic Ocean. We also visited our ‘adopted’ school, Impendulo Primary in Khayelitsha where we donated a significant amount of new cricket kit to their fledgling cricket program. Our traditional fixtures against Wynberg Boys High School and Bishops followed before we headed off to Kruger National Park.

We were lucky to see the ‘Big Five’ (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) before lunch on the first day. Our luck continued throughout our stay and the boys were treated to some incredible sights. Visits to the nearby local village at Acornhoek was very special and much appreciated by the boys. They were astounded to find out how far these children walked to school and they witnessed firsthand some of the chores the children had to do such as the girls collecting water in 25 litre containers from communal taps. And so ended another wonderful experience, which the boys will hopefully treasure and remember for years to come.’


A New

Old School Bell all Churchie Old Boys. Their brother David Fleming was unable to

On 15 March 2016, at its dedication ceremony, a new bell tolled for the first time in the Prep School Years 4 to 6 courtyard.

attend. Andrew Fleming’s son Lachlan, who is currently in Year 12 was also in attendance. The ceremony was also attended by School Council Chairman Mr Daniel O’Connor, the Headmaster, Senior Chaplain, Head of Preparatory School and the staff and boys of Years 4 to 6. During the ceremony, the Headmaster told the story of the Dulacca

The Dulacca Bell, believed to have been installed at the south-western

Bell, from its origins on Dulacca Station on Emu Creek, between

Queensland property Dulacca Station in about 1849, was a gift to

Miles and Roma, to its various other locations over time. Senior

the Prep School from the Fleming family, in memory of Churchie Old

Chaplain Fr Bryan Gadd blessed and dedicated the bell for its new

Boy Peter Fleming II (1937) who died in 2015. Mr Fleming’s father,

‘life’ in the Prep School. The first peal of the bell in its new home

Peter Fleming I, established Dulacca Station in the 1840s. The name

was thanks to the Chairman and Peter Fleming III.

‘Dulacca’ is derived from an aboriginal word meaning emu tracks.

The renovated Dulacca Bell is a connection with our past, a memorial

The dedication ceremony was attended by three sons of the late

to the late Mr Fleming and a celebration of the long-standing

Mr Peter Fleming II – Peter, Harold and Andrew Fleming – who are

association the Fleming family has with the School.


GPS Premiers Volleyball

Congratulations to the First VI team who finished the 2016 GPS Volleyball season undefeated, securing Churchie’s first volleyball premiership since 1998.

The final game against Nudgee College was a testament to the hard work and ‘never say die’ attitude of the team, fighting back from two sets down to win a marathon match in five nail-biting sets. Following success at the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup, where the team was crowned Division 1 National Champions, the First VI won all but one game in straight sets in the 2016 GPS competition. This team will be regarded as one of the best schoolboy volleyball teams in recent history. Congratulations to the 14 boys who represented the Churchie First VI in 2016: Thomas Collett, Ethan Hunt, William St Baker, Tristan Stanghon, Jack Robinson, Tyler Nix, Felix Booth, Lawson Blom, Jeremy Nicholls, Liam Dickens, Benjamin Carleton, Oliver Crofts, Maxwell Hyne and Angus Ogilvie. Also, congratulations to Head Coach Sean Thomas for what was truly an amazing achievement.


Unit of Inquiry

Year 3 Instant Cafés As part of our Unit of Inquiry ‘Who We Are’, the Year 3 boys hosted the first ever Instant Cafés at Churchie Prep School. Each of the two Year 3 classes created their own instant restaurant deciding on the colour theme and restaurant name.

The morning included parents enjoying a three course healthy breakfast served by their sons, followed by a hand massage and a short session of yoga. The boys were extensively involved in the planning and preparation of the event, keeping in line with the philosophy of PYP and the central idea of the Unit of Inquiry which was ‘Making balanced choices helps us to lead a healthy lifestyle’. The boys were required to create a Balanced Lifestyle placemat. The placemats contained helpful information written by each boy on the topics of healthy eating, physical activity and healthy lifestyle.


These were then used as the centrepiece on the tables and led to much discussion between boys and their parents. Throughout this Unit of Inquiry, the boys not only learnt about the importance of eating a balanced diet, but also developed an understanding of the importance of spending time with family and friends and taking the time to exercise. Thank you to the many Year 3 parents who came to our Instant Café and for being ‘risk takers’ during yoga! A very enjoyable morning was had by all.



Adam Walton hits the mark

Churchie swimmers go all the way to the nationals

A Rising Star

Fish out of Water

Currently ranked Number 3 in Australia for his age group and 190 internationally (Under 18), Year 12 student Adam Walton hopes to join Churchie Old Boy John Millman (2006) on the pro tennis tour next year. This year Adam is busy balancing his Year 12 studies while representing Churchie Tennis in the GPS competition. He is also training at the National Academy for Tennis in Brisbane.

Churchie Swimming is going from strength to strength with boys achieving great results.

Adam’s year started well when he earned a wildcard entry into the Australian Open Junior tournament – realising a long-held dream. This was followed by winning the New Zealand International Tennis Federation Summer Championship. While training with a high performance team at the National Academy, Adam is working on an ambitious plan for next year. ‘My aim is to compete in all the Grand Slam Junior events in 2017 – starting with the Australian Open then the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open,’ Adam said. ‘The key for me to achieve this is to work on improving my tennis ranking to secure an entry into the tournaments.’ Adam started at Churchie as a boarder in Year 10 and has taken a proactive role in managing his tennis career while keeping his academic performance at school a top priority. This has required organising travel arrangements and tournament nominations, and taking his school work with him wherever he goes.


Congratulations to Year 12 student Izaac Stubblety-Cook for making the Australian Junior Swim team to compete at the Oceania Championships being held in Fiji in June. Congratulations also to Harrison Abeya on being selected to represent Queensland at the Australian Schools Swimming Championships being conducted in Darwin in September. In addition to these two achievements eight Churchie swimmers – Ayden Tchernegovski, Harrison Abeya, Izaac Stubblety-Cook, Jackson Abeya, Hadley Mayo, DeVilliers Pool, Matthew Binks, and Charles Smith – recently competed at the 2016 Australian Age Swimming Championships in Adelaide. Ayden, Izaac, Harrison, Hadley and Charles all reached the finals of their individual events. Well done boys on both your achievements and your efforts during the 2015–2016 season.


Students take on

Corporate Projects

It’s a wrap: Churchie Media students with the Public Safety Response Team

Churchie’s Film and Television students are honing their skills with real-world corporate video projects.

Eight students from Churchie Media, a co-curricular program run by the Arts Faculty, worked with the Queensland Police and AECOM during the summer school holidays to create two short films. For the Queensland Police, the brief required the students to plan, direct and shoot a range of on-location scenes with the Public Safety Response Team at the Queensland Police Academy. The film was intended for internal use for Queensland Police to showcase the work of this team.

Director of Churchie Media Mrs Suzanne Hedges supported the project to give students corporate experience and build their video portfolios. ‘The students were highly engaged throughout the day-long shoot and it gave them an opportunity to experience what a real shoot with a real client would feel like,’ Suzanne said.

and the School is looking forward to supporting more initiatives like this. It reinforces the School’s academic focus on creativity and innovative learning environments,’ Suzanne said.

Churchie Media also worked with AECOM, who requested an ‘edgy yet corporate film’ to illustrate the creative processes used by the firm’s team of architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and construction and management professionals. This project required the students to undertake interviews and shoot extensive supporting footage at AECOM’s headquarters in Brisbane. ‘These jobs are wonderful opportunities for students to build their professional portfolios

Filming on location with Queensland Police



Churchie in China Late last year 17 students and two staff were afforded the incredible opportunity to visit China for a service and cultural immersion experience.


The international tour to China was an amazing tour providing insights into an incredible and fascinating culture. After seeing the traditional sights of the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City and the Terracotta Warriors, the tour group travelled to the small village of Jinhong, four hours outside of Lijiang, in the south. This was an immensely rewarding experience for all involved and opened up the potential for personal growth and increased cultural understanding. While in the village, the group built a garden in the local community activity centre and rendered an elderly woman's house with cement. The tour ended with a traditional Nashi wedding ceremony where everyone enjoyed traditional dancing, music and food with the local community. All in all the tour was an exceptionally enjoyable and rewarding experience.



Col Illingworth reconnecting with Churchie after many years

Cliff Ashdown (left) and friends at Head of the River

Old Boy Heads Back to School

Changing Lives through Philanthropy

Back in 2010, when Churchie Old Boy Col Illingworth (1948) received an invitation to place his name on the Centenary brick wall, he was initially lukewarm. He said that he had not been back to Churchie for quite a while. Luckily his wife Coigue saw things differently and through gentle persuasion he came round.

Mr Cliff Ashdown is a proud Churchie Old Boy (1950) and has been one of the School's most generous supporters in its 104-year history.

Since returning to his old school, Mr Illingworth has said it has been a most rewarding experience. Over the years, Mr Illingworth and his wife have enjoyed many functions at Churchie including attending the Vintage Viking luncheon since 2011. Foundation Manager Rob Needham had the privilege of sitting with them at that luncheon. As a result, a deep friendship developed between the Illingworths and the foundation’s Rob Needham and Jennifer Garner. Mr Illingworth reflects that sometimes when they meet, they talk of how their paths crossed and how Coigue played a significant part in this. Rob explains that making these genuine connections is something the foundation highly values. ‘In saying this, I wish to illustrate to Eagles’ Wings readers that when Old Boys make the decision to return to Churchie to have a look at their old school, they are often amazed at what they find and the friendships that are forged or reignited.’


Mr Ashdown's journey back to the Blue and Grey came 40 years after walking out of the school gates at the end of Year 12. In the 1990s Cliff reconnected with the School and was soon volunteering his time as a director on the Churchie Foundation Board. In 1999 Cliff established a bursary fund at Churchie. This fund provides financial support to families whose circumstances have changed, resulting in the inability to pay school fees. This philanthropic support has changed the lives of many young men and their families. To date, Mr Ashdown has assisted 23 students with many of these young men going on to achieve great things both professionally and personally. Mr Ashdown is a living example of what philanthropy is all about. To recognise Mr Ashdown’s generous acts of philanthropy, the Churchie Foundation has nominated him for the Queensland Community Foundation Philanthropy Awards, which will be celebrated at a luncheon at the Sofitel on Friday 17 June. Good luck Cliff and thank you once again.

Churchie’s Big Bands entertain guests across the nation

Ayden Tchernegovski investigates cancer research at the Princess Alexandra Hospital

In the Swing

Research under the Microscope

Churchie’s Big Bands have wowed audiences at home and interstate, with stellar performances at the Brisbane Big Band Festival and Generations in Jazz and the Vintage Viking's Lunch.

While many students were enjoying their Easter holidays, Year 12 student Ayden Tchernegovski was in a lab coat examining cancer research at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Big Band 1 joined Brisbane’s best bands at the Brisbane Big Band Festival presented by the Brisbane Jazz Club. The festival brings together school, tertiary, community and professional big bands, playing over five nights in the iconic jazz venue. It was a perfect opportunity to showcase Big Band 1 to the broader jazz community.

As part of QUT’s High School Research Internship program, Ayden spent half of his Easter holidays working in the laboratory of Assistant Professor Derek Richard, part of the Cancer and Ageing Research Group.

‘The development in the band has been extraordinary as they are venturing towards quite sophisticated repertoire,’ Director of Music Jeffrey Black said. ‘I encourage all to watch this space as Big Band 1 is working on some stunning pieces you will not want to miss.’ Meanwhile, Churchie’s Big Band 2 impressed audiences and judges at the annual Generations in Jazz festival in Mount Gambier, Victoria. The festival showcased over 4000 students from more than 100 Australian schools and Churchie’s Big Band 2 was the only Queensland school to win a place. Band Director Mr Paul Kriesch said, ‘The band wowed the judges at the prestigious event with a blistering set of swing tunes, blues and ballads. The band pulled out all the stops, giving their best performance so far. The hours of practice, extra rehearsals, lunchtime sectionals and lead-up gigs were definitely worth it. The boys produced a sensational performance.’

‘Initially working in the tissue culture labs, we worked on preparation of lung cancer cells for both in-vitro and in-vivo testing of the latest drugs. I was lucky enough to use and observe some of the world-class facilities used for cancer research including a very impressive 3D microscope,’ Ayden said. Ayden benefitted from the day-to-day mentoring of Dr Didier Boucher and will be invited back later in the year during National Science Week to present his findings alongside Dr Boucher, to an audience of his peers, teachers, parents and QUT academics. ‘The experience really opened my eyes to the many challenges, obstacles and processes in producing today’s miracle cures,’ Ayden said. From a pool of over 240 applicants, Ayden was one of 24 awarded a place on the program.


From the President of the

Old Boys’ Association In the run up to next year’s celebrations of the centenary of the Old Boys’ Association, I am delighted to announce that this year’s Old Boys Dinner will take place in the newly refurbished dining room in School House on Friday 29 July 2016.

The School has done a magnificent job in bringing the dining room back to its original splendour. Our guest speaker will be Don Chandler (1982). Don was School Vice-Captain and fittingly Head Boarder. There will be limited seating so secure your seats now. I also urge you to record a date claimer for next year’s Old Boys Centenary Gala to be held on Friday 7 April at the Royal International Convention Centre. Hosted by media personality Old Boy Cameron Williams (1980) and Brisbane’s Channel Nine newsreader Melissa Downes, it will be an event not to be missed. The evening will feature a number of surprise guests and it will be a black tie event. The Churchie Anzac Day Ceremony has always held a special place in the school calendar. This year it was held on Main Oval and was well attended by a large numbers of Old Boys.


This year’s Vintage Viking Lunch was held in Morris Hall on Friday 13 May. Our Vintage Vikings were entertained by Churchie’s Big Band 1 and a strings duo. The popularity of the cohort reunions held on the afternoons of the home rugby matches continues to grow. This year, nine of these reunions will be held. There are also a number of interstate and international reunions on the calendar – Sydney (2 June), Melbourne (9 June), Vancouver (26 June), San Francisco (30 June) and Auckland (14 October). Our traditional annual Old Boys Rugby Barbeque will be held on 20 August after the final home match of the season, which will be played against Nudgee College, so be sure to attend and have a steak burger on us. Recently the School commissioned James Mason to produce an outstanding publication, The Field of Honour. This book records and profiles our brave Old Boys and staff who have either died in war or whilst on active service. It is available for purchase on the Churchie website or from the Churchie Shop. As part of our centenary celebrations in 2017, the Old Boys’ Association has commissioned James to produce a pictorial and chronological journey capturing the history of Churchie from 1912 to the present. Accompanied by brief commentary, the book will seek to use images, most of which may never have been previously published, to capture the generational changes of the School. Old Boys and their families are encouraged to offer their own images for possible inclusion in the book.

Congratulations to our victorious volleyball players, most notably the First VI team who finished the season as undefeated premiers. This is the School’s second only Volleyball Premiership in 18 years – a great achievement. In addition to this achievement, on the following page I have listed a number of Old Boy achievements worthy of a mention. I would also like to make special mention of the service held in Morris Hall for Dr John Roberts (1954), the eldest son of Headmaster, Dr Harry Roberts. The funeral was a wonderful celebration of John’s life. After hearing from John’s family and friends, I couldn’t help but think how fulfilled his life was and how he epitomised the typical Churchie Old Boy. Mr Con Castrisos (1977) OBA President

Old Boys’ Achievements The President of the OBA acknowledges a number of outstanding Old Boy achievements.

Congratulations to those who received Australia Day Honours: Frank Benjamin OAM (1947) for service to the merino sheep industry in Queensland; and Jamie Chalker APM (1986) who has demonstrated strong adaptive leadership in his role as Assistant Commissioner of the Northern Territory Police Force. Listed in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia for Healthcare and Science list Andrew Lin (2005), a co-founder of CliniCloud, has codeveloped a device that turns your smart phone into a stethoscope or a thermometer. Also listed Ivan Zelich (2015) co-created a theorem that has the potential to prove complex theorems about the universe. In the world of performing arts Alex Morris (2010) was a member of the dance crew ‘Equals’ who entered Australia’s Got Talent and reached the grand final. In tennis, John Millman (2006) progressed to the third round of the 2016 Australian Open. This is the furthest he has progressed in a Grand Slam tournament to date, bettering his second round exit at Wimbledon in 2015. He reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 61 in February 2016. David Pocock (2005) was awarded the 2015 Rugby Union Players' Association

Churchie Old Boy John Millman is ranked 61 in the world – an outstanding achievement and a career high

(RUPA) Medal for Excellence, Australia's highest player-voted individual honour. He also claimed the people's choice prize for his contribution to the ACT Brumbies and Wallabies campaigns. David was also runner-up for the 2015 John Eales Medal and was awarded Super Rugby Player of the Year. Michael Gunn (2012) was awarded Australian Rugby Under 20s Player of the Year for 2015. Conor Mitchell (2011) debuted in the Australian Sevens team for the Canada Tournament. At the National Under 20s Rugby Championships, the Queensland Reds won the inaugural National Under 20s Championships defeating the Melbourne Rebels. The team was coached by Old Boy Jason Gilmore (1995) and six Old Boys took to the field in the final.

James Gall (2014), Mack Mason (2014), Angus Scott-Young (2014), Liam Wright (2014), and Harry Hockings (2015) played for the Reds whilst Harley Fox (2014) featured for the Melbourne Rebels. The following boys were selected to play New Zealand at the 2016 Oceania Rugby U20s Championship at Bond University ahead of the World Rugby U20s Championship in Manchester in June: Harley Fox, Mack Mason, Angus Scott-Young, Liam Wright and Harry Hockings. Furthermore, Jason Gilmore has been appointed as Assistant Coach. In Rugby League Kalyn Ponga (2015), Brodie Croft (2015) and Jaydn Su'A (2015) were selected in the Queensland Academy of Sport U20s Rugby League Squad for 2016.



Andrew Murray Brian Butterfield (1982) (1948) Old Boy Mr Andrew Murray passed away on Wednesday 10 February after a courageous battle with brain cancer. It took him way too early. Mr Murray was a conversation starter. He was a mentor. He was an influencer, a doer and he was a servant to people. He was always looking for ways to help, to nurture and to grow, and he invested in those who needed it. So invested was Mr Murray that he helped form the Brisbane Brain Tumour Support Group because he shared a desire to make a difference in the lives of other people affectedby brain cancer. Mr Murray valued shared experiences that involved both the journey and the destination. He embraced technology, he loved cycling and was a keen fly fisherman. When it came to photography Mr Murray was not only a technician who knew his trade well, he was also an artist who captured amazing images. While at Churchie Mr Murray was in the photography club and even provided some of the photography for this very publication. He was an avid traveller and loved cooking in all its forms. Above all else Mr Murray’s passion was for his family.

The Old Boys’ Association respectfully acknowledges the passing of the following Old Boys. To ensure Old Boys are recognised appropriately,notifications can be emailed to


Old Boy and champion athlete, Mr Brian Butterfield (1948) passed away on Sunday 6 December 2015. Growing up in Rockhampton, Mr Butterfield was an avid sportsman, participating in many sports including rugby union and athletics. He started at Churchie in 1944 and completed Junior in 1946. In the under 16 age group at the GPS Athletics competition, Mr Butterfield won both the 100 and 220 yard events. He also competed in swimming and played in the Third XV for rugby. He went on to play A grade rugby union for a while, but it was athletics that he continued to pursue. He focused on the 220 yards and did so with an enormous amount of success. In the early 1950s he remained unbeaten at this distance for over two years. It was during this time that he won the 1951 and 1953 Queensland State Championships as well as the 1953 Australian Championships. Sadly, he later tore a muscle in his leg and never ran again. In retirement at Maleny in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, Mr Butterfield maintained a special gym program primarily to overcome knee replacement surgery but to also remain physically active. Mr Butterfield is survived by his wife Joyce and son Mark (1981) who is also an Old Boy.

Barry Lauritz Andersen Joseph Edward Boardman Noel Liddell Boardman Robert Albert Guy Bosanquet Roger Bruce Bridgman Brian Francis Butterfield Michael Brooke Brunckhorst Norman Joseph Case Noel Jack de Jersey Allan Robert Duell Gregory Russell Eastman Phillip John Edwards Martin Cecil Fritz

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John Roberts (1954)

Noel de Jersey (1939)

Old Boy Dr Henry ‘John’ Vincent Roberts, eldest son of Headmaster Harry Roberts, passed away on Tuesday 5 April 2016. Dr Roberts was particularly fond of Churchie as it was the place where he grew up, lived, played and went to school. He was a member of the Chapel Choir and also a Cadet Under Officer in the Army Cadets. Dr Roberts was also a prefect and was awarded an Academic Merit Prize. At university he attained a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery.

Old Boy Mr Noel de Jersey, Dux of the School in 1939 and winner of an Open Scholarship to the University of Queensland, passed away on Saturday 26 March 2016. He considered chemistry to be his chosen career. However, on recognising Mr de Jersey's academic talents, the Professor of Geology and Dean of the Faculty of Science, Professor Henry Casselli Richards encouraged him to take on an additional subject, geology, which totally captivated his interest.

After Dr Roberts became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, he practised as a general physician, and later in the sub-specialty of gastroenterology. His medical legacy continues in the many gastroenterologists he upskilled, mentored and trained. He was a much loved and very well respected medical practitioner. Indeed, throughout his life, Dr Robert’s enduring qualities of humour, loyalty and commitment endeared him to everyone he met. Dr Roberts had many lifelong interests including music, photography, travel and model trains. He took his camera everywhere and has left his family a great legacy of super 8 movies and travel documentaries. To the Roberts hospitality was considered an important part of life. Their home was a great place for parties and celebrations and they had lots of them. They also held many education evenings in their home with speakers from the Aboriginal community in an effort to bridge the gap between the Indigenous community and mainstream Australia.

After completing his Bachelor of Science, Mr de Jersey spent the next two years undertaking honours and monitoring the Department of Geology’s seismograph station. He was awarded First Class Honours in 1944 and a Master of Science degree in 1945. With the award of a CSIRO scholarship, Mr de Jersey undertook a PhD at Imperial College, University of London from 1946 to 1948. His doctoral thesis was a study of ‘The Chemical and Physical Properties and Classification of some Queensland Coals’. A Foundation Member of the Geological Society of Australia, Mr de Jersey was recognised as a scientist of high repute both nationally and internationally. His careful, detailed and insightful contributions to Earth sciences provide an enduring legacy and the importance of his geological studies cannot be overstated.

Dr Roberts had a quietness of faith that sustained him, and that was the basis of his optimistic approach, particularly in the last days of his illness.

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Grease is the word


From the Chairman of the

Churchie Foundation The Churchie-Yalari partnership is a partnership we are extremely proud of and it has been operating since 2008. Through the ongoing support of many donors in the Churchie community, 16 young Indigenous boys from regional, remote and rural areas have had the opportunity to attend Churchie. This program is literally changing the lives of young Indigenous men and at present there are five Yalari boys at Churchie.

The Churchie Foundation was established in 1989 and since then has played a crucial role in the fundraising efforts for the School. With over $35 million raised to support the School in many of the building and refurbishment projects, the opportunity to witness the positive impact of philanthropy has truly been satisfying and extremely rewarding for all involved. In saying this though, the Foundation’s focus is not always centred on raising funds for the built environment. Two major programs in the Churchie Foundation portfolio are the Churchie-Yalari partnership and the Churchie Foundation Overseas Study Scholarships for Old Boys. Both these programs continue to highlight the power of philanthropy on a number of levels.


The Churchie Foundation Overseas Study Scholarships for Old Boys is another program that demonstrates the power of philanthropy. This program has been in operation since 1994 and was set up by an Old Boy to provide assistance to future Old Boys to further their studies in either the United States of America or the United Kingdom. Each year the foundation offers Old Boys the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to assist with costs associated with their studies. In 2016, we are proud to award the 100th scholarship to an Old Boy at the Old Boys Annual Dinner on Friday 29 July. The power of philanthropy is very much alive as we are now experiencing previous recipients giving back to the School. Often these past recipients acknowledge that receiving this scholarship greatly assisted them in their professional and personal journey.

In closing, I wish to highlight one of our long term supporters of the School. Old Boy Mr Cliff Ashdown (1950) has been a very loyal and supportive member of the Churchie Foundation.

Through Mr Ashdown’s generous philanthropic actions, the lives of many Churchie students have been positively impacted. A special article has been written in this edition to share with you just how Mr Ashdown’s support has helped changed lives. Can I also take this opportunity to express my strong personal thanks to Rob Needham for his very significant contribution to the Churchie Foundation over the past five years. Rob has accepted an executive fundraising role with the Royal Flying Doctor Service – Queensland Division, but happily will remain living in Brisbane. From a personal perspective I have enjoyed very much working with Rob and wish him and his family all the very best. Mr Bill Chatterton (1972) Chairman, Churchie Foundation

The Churchie-Yalari partnership has supported 16 young men so far

Many Old Boys have enjoyed the benefits of the Foundation Scholarship over the years

Churchie and Yalari: A Strong Partnership

International Scholarships Ignite Careers

For almost a decade, Churchie has had a very strong working partnership with Yalari. This is a partnership we are very proud of. Through the philanthropic support of several donors within the Churchie community, which the Churchie Foundation collaborates very closely with, 16 Indigenous young men have had the opportunity to attend Churchie.

The Churchie Foundation’s Scholarship for Old Boys has seen many fortunate recipients benefit from international experiences that have shaped their careers and lives. This year the 100th scholarship will be awarded. Previous scholarship recipient Old Boy Julian Elderfield (2004) reflects on a truly international, and very busy, career.

Yalari was founded in 2005 by Indigenous educationalist Waverley Stanley and his wife Llew Mullins and the journey to date has been inspiring. Waverly grew up in the town of Murgon, 300 kilometres north-west of Brisbane, and attended Murgon State School. It was at this school where his Year 7 teacher, Mrs Rosemary Bishop, recognised Waverley’s potential. As a result of Mrs Bishop’s unwavering belief in Waverly, he was fortunate to receive a scholarship to attend Toowoomba Grammar School for his high school education. As a result Waverly felt that he needed to give back, so with great commitment and belief, Yalari was created. The Churchie-Yalari program is literally changing lives and there are plans in place so that the program will continue to grow. The Churchie Foundation is always seeking support from the Churchie community for this inspirational program. If you would like to be a part of this program or would like to learn more about how you could be involved, please contact the Churchie Foundation on 3896 6445.

After I left Churchie in 2004, I spent one year on exchange in Antibes, France. I stayed with a French family and did another year of schooling at a French lycée. From 2006 to 2010 I studied a Bachelor of Laws/Arts, majoring in international relations and French studies at Bond University. In 2007 I studied abroad for one semester at the École de Management de Strasbourg and in 2009 I took advantage of Bond University's internship placement program, working for three months at the Australian Trade Commission in Paris. It was for this work experience that I received the generous Churchie Foundation Scholarship for Old Boys. After graduating from Bond University, I did a six-month internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania. There I worked on the prosecution of Rwandan bourgmestre Grégoire Ndahimana for genocide and crimes against humanity. Feeling this was a career that I would like to pursue, from 2011 to 2012 I studied a Master of Laws, majoring in public international law, at the London School of Economics (LSE). After graduating from LSE, I did a sixmonth internship at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands. I was lucky enough to be taken on after my internship, and I still work at the ICC. I have been involved in the prosecution of Mr Uhuru Kenyatta, the Kenyan president, and now I am prosecuting a Ugandan national, Dominic Ongwen, a former commander in the Lord's Resistance Army. We are hoping that the trial will start in early 2017.



Sha Sarwari, National Icon 2015 (detail), photographic print, 87.5 x 72.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist

The Field of Honour, a book by James Mason

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The Field of Honour

Now in its 29th year, the churchie national emerging art prize (the churchie) is one of Australia’s most acclaimed art awards. It is firmly positioned as the art prize to watch, offering an inspiring glimpse into the future of the nation’s contemporary art scene.

The Field of Honour tells the story of Old Boys and staff who have died serving their country.

This year the prize will be exhibited at the QUT Art Museum, one of Australia’s leading university art museums, renowned for its innovative program and expert curatorial acumen. The finalists will feature in a 12-week exhibition from 20 August to 13 November.

Each year on Anzac Day, the School Captain reads out the names of the Old Boys of the School who died on active service. It is a long list from the Great War at the start of the twentieth century to Afghanistan in 2011. But each year, as the ranks of those who actually knew these young men diminish, the service is also a reminder that the living memory of these Old Boys and staff may be lost.

The winner will be announced at the Official Opening + Prize Announcement on Friday 19 August. They will be awarded a $15,000 non-acquisitive cash prize supplied by long-time supporter of the churchie, Brand + Slater Architects, Brisbane.

Conscious of this, the School Council commissioned The Field of Honour to capture the all too brief life and times of these men so that there would be a permanent historical record of who they were and what they did.

To be featured in this high profile public contemporary art space in Brisbane’s CBD offers professional development opportunities for emerging artists as well as invaluable inspiration and educational resources in promoting artistic endeavours and education in young people.

Emboldened to serve as best they could, each of them has a story worth preserving. Each left a family and, in many cases, young wives and children, to do what they believed to be their duty. The Field of Honour is their collective story.

Thanks again to the generous sponsors including Prize Money Sponsor Brand + Slater Architects; Principal Sponsors Ray White Hotels, Chartwells and AvantCard; and Major Sponsors Churchie Old Boys’ Association, Thynne & Macartney, ANFIN, NAB, Pensar Construction Group and The Library. Visit to find out more about the prize.


Copies can be purchased online at or from the Churchie Shop.


Congratulations Alexander Gluch, William Gunn, Alexander Russell and James Walker finished third in the state round of the OzClo linguistics Olympiad.

Dylan Mullen was a finalist in the Junior Sportsperson of the Year for 2016 Northern Territory Sports Awards and represented Northern Territory in the U18 cricket team.

Hugh Moseley received a highly commended in the Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge.

Christian Place won gold medals for cycling in the U17 Teams Pursuit and U17 Team Sprint at the 2016 Queensland Junior Track Championships.

William Richardson and Khoa Tu-Nguyen were selected for the state finals of the Australian Brain Bee Challenge. Hamish Jamieson and Quinn Rashford achieved Silver Duke of Edinburgh International Awards. Hamish Burke, Harry Butler, Aidan Campbell, Tom Culleton, Benjamin De Luca, Nicholas Dunn-Coves, Hamish Macnaughton, Darby Morgan, Joseph Murray, Austin Neville, Damian Noviello, Michael Penklis, Nicholas Richards, Alexander Russell, Xavier Smith, Ethan Sydney, Lucas Taylor and Thomas Wilkinson achieved Bronze Duke of Edinburgh International Awards. Lachlan Luhrs and Hamish Jamieson achieved their Associate in Music, Australia (A Mus A) in trumpet and cello. Cameron Scott-Mackenzie received the Barbara Sisley Award for the most outstanding result in Speech and Communication (AMEB) in the state for Grade 2. Alexander Au, Michael Ostapenko, Henry Slater-Jones, Dashiell Young and Jason Wang competed at the Australian Junior Chess Open. James Finnimore and Darcy Marsh competed in the Queensland U16 Queensland Cricket Rookie Challenge Competition.

Jamie Robbins won a gold medal at the Queensland Karate Association Summer Invitation Tournament. Alexander Jeremijenko, Thomas O'Brien and Harry Scott represented the Toowong Rowing Club at Nationals and were selected for Qld Pathway VIII. Charles Smith achieved silver and bronze medals at the Pacific Schools Games for swimming. Harrison Abeya, Jackson Abeya and Hadley Mayo competed at the Queensland Secondary School Championships in swimming. Harrison Abeya, Jackson Abeya, Matthew Binks, Hadley Mayo, De Villiers Pool, Charles Smith, Izaac Stubblety-Cook, Ayden Tchernegovski and Lachlan Sheffield competed in the Age National Championships for swimming. Harrison Abeya achieved three silver medals and one bronze at the Pan Pacific Games. Izaac Stubblety-Cook competed at the Australian Championship for breaststroke. Ayden Tchernegovski competed in breaststroke at the National Championships. Benjamin Parker and Daniel Parker competed in the UT Australian TaeKwon-Do

Championships. Ben won two silver medals and Daniel won gold and silver medals. Adam Walton competed in the Australian Open Junior tennis tournament and won the New Zealand ITF Summer Championships. Lachlan Moore was selected to compete in the 16-18 Years Boys Touch State Championships. Ethan Bennetts and Henry Hardcastle competed in the National All Schools Track and Field Championships. Charles Fisher, Henry Hardcastle, Sam Hurwood and Blake Wilkins competed at the Queensland Junior Track and Field Championships. Ethan Bennetts, Charles Fisher, Henry Hardcastle and Sam Hurwood competed at the National Junior Track and Field Championships. Jonathan Wearne won the Under 12 Boys 1500m Race Walk event at the Queensland Little Athletics State Championships. James Bright, Matthew Greenwood, Cooper Whitting competed in the State Championships for triathlon. Oliver Crofts and Tyler Nix represented Queensland in volleyball. Tom Culleton and Daniel Hansen competed in the Queensland State Water Polo Championships. Tom Culleton was selected in the Australian Junior Water Polo team to compete in Europe. Hamish Christie competed in the Queensland State Titles for water-skiing. 39

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Eagles' Wings Winter Issue 2016  

The biannual magazine of Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie)

Eagles' Wings Winter Issue 2016  

The biannual magazine of Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie)