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Magnus 900 | The Centenary Library | Chess Premiership International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Herring Drive | Orientation Days | International Tours 30 Years of ‘the churchie’ | Artist in Residence

Key dates 21 Jan

22 Jan

26 Jan

30 Jan

2 Feb

Boarders return

First day of Term 1

Australia Day Public Holiday

Founder’s Day

P&F Welcome to Parents

15 Feb

16 Feb

22 Feb

10 Mar

26 Mar

OP 1 Assembly

Past Parents Function

GPS Music Showcase

Head of the River

Prep Easter Service

28 Mar

28 Mar

30 Mar

16 Apr

25 Apr

Last day of Term 1

Senior Formal

Good Friday

First day of Term 2

Anzac Day

26 Apr

2 May

5 May

7 May

18 May

Senior musical opening night

Open Day

P&F Ball

Labour Day Public Holiday

Vintage Vikings Luncheon

25 May

8 Jun

21 Jun

21 Jun

16 Jul

Prep School Cocktail Party

Churchie Rugby Test Luncheon

Prep Billy Cart Grand Prix

Last Day Term 2

First day of Term 3

Anglican Church Grammar School Oaklands Parade, East Brisbane 4169 Queensland Australia Tel +61 3896 2200 Editorial enquiries: Cover image: Students inspect the The Spirit of Magnus in Magnus Quad.

Statement of Commitment Anglican Church Grammar School supports the rights of children and young people and is committed to ensuring the safety, welfare and wellbeing of students. Churchie is committed to responding to allegations of student harm resulting from the conduct or actions of any person including that of employees. This commitment includes the provision of a safe and supportive living and learning environment for all students and requires all employees, volunteers and visitors to model and encourage behaviour that upholds the dignity and protection of students from harm. In support of this commitment, Churchie is dedicated to its Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy, which includes having relevant policies, procedures and training in place to effectively address the safety and wellbeing of students in its care.












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Living, serving,


For many years, Churchie has prepared our boys to make a worthy contribution to local, national and international communities.

The pages of Eagles’ Wings continue to capture the vocations, careers and walks-of-life of our Churchie Old Boys, both in Australia and throughout the world. I am constantly amazed

learn and serve locally, they should also develop a globally astute mindset. They should develop the skills required to enable them to succeed in any setting in the world. They should seek to experience and understand how other cultures live and operate and to develop the skills they will need to live and thrive in countries other than their own. I often say to the boys that they should be prepared to live, serve and work or study in an international destination at some point in their younger lives, thus enabling them to have a more profound, positive and empathetic impact on the communities in which they live.

at the diverse stories and life experiences of our Old Boys and where their lives take them once they leave Oaklands Parade. Many leave Churchie to venture into places well beyond our national borders. I regularly meet Old Boys who have established their careers abroad and have variously returned to Australia to raise their families or re-establish their careers. In recent years, Churchie has sought to develop, and celebrate, this narrative around the internationalisation of the learning opportunities available to the boys. This is founded on the belief that while our boys live,

In living this narrative through experiences offered by the school, you will see in the following pages of Eagles’ Wings examples of students and staff travelling, learning, serving and competing in overseas locations. Churchie provides boys with international experiences from developing countries through to worldleading institutions—in all of which our boys are required to use their language, knowledge and skills to contribute meaningfully to communities very different to their own. Service education this year has taken our boys to India, Vanuatu and the Himalayas. Cultural, LOTE and study experiences have been offered in France, the Asia-Pacific and the USA.

Sporting competitions have been made available to the boys through football and rugby (New Zealand), cricket (South Africa) and basketball (USA). Also advancing this international narrative, and just as important, is the number of students studying a second language across the Prep and Senior Schools. The four languages of Chinese-Mandarin, French, Japanese and Spanish continue to attract growing numbers of boys. Over time Churchie will develop new and exciting international school partnerships featuring home-stay and residential opportunities that will expand our students’ horizons. As you peruse the following pages about some of the more recent experiences, it is wonderful to see that our staff have embraced the international narrative and given their time generously to make these experiences possible for our boys. In partnership with parents, such opportunities will continue to evolve and prepare our boys to be leading global citizens of the future. Dr Alan Campbell Headmaster @ChurchieHM

Image left: William Richardson and Max Bell completing the adventurous journey component of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in the Himalayas



St Magnus The boys and young men of Churchie are surrounded by his presence every day. From the school crest’s Viking axes to buildings, places and sculptures that bear his name, Churchie’s patron saint, St Magnus, shapes every boy’s journey through Churchie with his presence.

In choosing St Magnus as patron saint,

10 August by School Council Chairman Daniel

Alis Aquilae (on eagles' wings). The luminous

Churchie’s founder Canon Morris ensured

O’Connor and Governor of Queensland, His

eagle, clad in armour richly embellished with

that all students who pass through the

Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey

Icelandic-derived design, rises above the

school are inspired by the faith and

AC, and blessed by Senior Chaplain Father

young Magnus to inspire today’s youth.’

conviction of St Magnus, a man who

Bryan Gadd with the full Senior School and

rejected a life of violence and privilege to

special guests in attendance. Also present

give himself to the service of others.

was the sculptor, Dr Rhyl Hinwood AM, who

On the wall behind the altar in the Canon

previously crafted the sculpture of Canon

Jones Memorial Chapel sits a new,

Morris near the Jackson building.

cherished addition celebrating St Magnus.

With 2017 marking the 900th anniversary of the martyrdom of St Magnus, Churchie has proudly unveiled two stunning works of art

Providing an insight into the work, Rhyl

that embody the enduring, central place of

explains, ‘It is hoped that as young men

St Magnus in the heart of Churchie.

stand beside the cast-bronze life-size figure

The Spirit of Magnus

of St Magnus today, they might identify with his life of heroic nobility as they embark upon

Icon of the Holy Martyr Magnus of Orkney

A gift of the parents of 2017 Year 12 students, the Icon of the Holy Martyr Magnus of Orkney is a commissioned painting by Tamara Penwell, an esteemed artist known for her iconography work.

A stunning bronze sculpture in Magnus

their own life's path. I chose to give visual

Holy icons are special religious works of

Quad now greets everybody who passes by,

impact to the artwork by including the form

art with origins in the Orthodox Christian

striking both in physical size and the boldness

of a great eagle, symbolic of the spirit of

Church. One of the challenges for the

of its features. The work was unveiled on

Magnus and inspiration for the school motto

artist was that she was not familiar with


St Magnus. This, however, presented an exciting challenge. 'Orthodox iconographers, unlike other artists, in their art speak on behalf of the church and have the responsibility of not representing anything that contradicts the teaching of the Orthodox Church. So I faced the question of whether I could even undertake to paint the icon of St Magnus. I studied his life. Rather little is known of his life, but whatever I found out spoke of a remarkable man, truly Christian, transcending, even finding himself at odds with his circumstances and standing up to the Viking culture he lived in,' Tamara said. As is typical of icons, the work is rich with meaning, conveyed through colour, shape, gestures and objects. The red clothes (the

colour of blood) and the cross in his right hand signify St Magnus as a martyr, someone who died for the sake of his faith. The gold halo and gold background represent the light of God. In the top left corner, Jesus is reaching out from heaven in a gesture of blessing.

at the base of the tree. Although, in my experience, schoolboys usually mislay shoes one at a time." So I allowed myself a little joke and showed Magnus with one shoe on and the other left on the ground,' Tamara explained.

There are also symbols drawn from Viking heritage, along with eagles that represent the connection with Churchie. However, quite literally, the most ‘Churchie’ thing is a light-hearted reference to a forgetful Churchie student.

We invite all who visit the school to take a few minutes to marvel at the The Spirit of Magnus sculpture in Magnus Quad and spend some reflective moments with the Icon of the Holy Martyr Magnus of Orkney in the chapel.

'The scene on the bottom left is one showing St Magnus as a young man surrounded by his uncle’s dogs. Fr Bryan emailed me a miniature from an illuminated manuscript showing that scene and remarked, "I like the detail of the shoes



prowess Michael Ostapenko, Alexander Au, Cole de Git, Henry Slater-Jones and Jason Wang

Churchie's Premier Chess Team performed outstandingly this year, achieving an undefeated GPS Chess Premiership and winning the Queensland Secondary Schools State Chess Finals.

Director of Chess Max Condon commended Churchie's Premier Chess Team. ‘They played with insouciance and élan, leading the chess programme in one of our most successful seasons ever,’ Max said. All Churchie teams had an 80 per cent win/loss ratio, with top three finishes in all divisions. This reflects the depth of the Churchie Chess community, where we have had considerable growth in both abilities and in numbers of players, particularly from the Prep School through the Tuesday Chess Academy and the Chess Club. ‘These programmes set the Churchie Chess player ahead of his opponents, not only academically (where chess skills are easily transferred into mathematical processes, logic and scientific problem solving) but also on the battlefield of the chessboard,’ Max explained. ‘We can be proud of the focused and technically capable chess community we now have at Churchie.’


The Premier Team travelled to Sydney in December for the National Secondary School Chess Finals. In a tightly fought competition against Australia's best chess schools, Churchie came equal third. 'This is a fantastic achievement for a team with such young players,' Max said.

Churchie Chess 2017




3 RD






Aaron Huang was awarded Queensland Best Improver by the Queensland Chess Association for a 400-point improvement in his Queensland Junior Chess rating.






Return to

The Flat Churchie’s Remembrance Day service was a little more special this year for two reasons. It was the first ceremonial occasion to return to The Flat, now restored after construction of The Centenary Library. It was also one of the final events overseen by retiring School Marshal Geoff Hughes OAM.

Due to construction of The Centenary Library, events usually held on The Flat took place on Main Oval. While this provided a very apt venue, we have all looked forward to returning to The Flat,

which has a special place in the heart of the Churchie community. The first major event on The Flat this year was the Senior School’s Remembrance Day Service at the Old Boys’ War Memorial.

Thank you, Geoff. After 13 years of service to the school, Geoff Hughes OAM is retiring from the role of School Marshal and Tri-Service Cadets Coordinator. In addition to maintaining student standards and providing expert guidance to the cadets programme, Geoff has coordinated Churchie’s Anzac Day Ceremony, ensuring this historically significant community event is a success in every way.



A thriving


From the first day it opened at the beginning of Term 2 this year, The Centenary Library has been a hive of activity with staff, students and visitors to Churchie taking full advantage of what is on offer.


The spaces and services provided by The Centenary Library are having a positive effect on learning and teaching. From teachers reporting higher engagement in learning when classes are held in The Centenary Library to boys commenting how the spaces are ‘like a university’, the impacts have been most pleasing. Churchie’s new heart of learning is thriving. In keeping with Churchie’s ongoing research into learning spaces, the building is an active research site, led by Director of The Centenary Library Terry Byers, to evaluate the effectiveness of this learning space on student outcomes and teacher pedagogies. Building on Churchie’s industry-leading research in the field of learning spaces, a post-occupancy evaluation of The Centenary Library has been completed. The post-occupancy evaluation consisted of hourly walk-throughs from 8 am to 4 pm for 18 days over a six-month period. The data was collected and analysed through the Linking Pedagogy, Technology and Space (LPTS) observational metric, a pioneering educational research tool developed by Churchie in partnership with The University of Melbourne. From this analysis, it is clear that The Centenary Library is having a positive impact. Occupancy rates range from 43 to 78 per cent across the building’s extended operating hours, which indicates a substantial inhabitation by students taking

full advantage of the flexible learning areas before, during and after school hours. The LPTS metric also provides feedback on the subject areas making use of the building, the way technology is being used for learning and the types of learning experiences being employed. This is important to evaluate the extent to which the building is providing educational outcomes. As a result of the postoccupancy study, we are pleased to have

tangible evidence that The Centenary Library is successfully achieving its goal to support a broad range of learning experiences, which is a direct result of the intentional design of the formal and informal learning spaces. For more information about learning space research, please visit the Churchie Research Centre webpage (

Occupancy during the school day

Average Occupancy Rate %

Before, during and after school, there is a purposeful intent in the boys using the library and various study and group areas. Whether it be catching up socially, planning an activity, working on an assignment or reading quietly, the broad range of learning services are being fully utilised by students and staff alike.

100 80 60 40 20 0

Before school

9 am

10 am

11 am

12 pm

1 pm

2 pm

3 pm


After school

Incidence of learning experiences

Formative Assessment

Evaluate 14.5%


Receive Instruction 10.8%







15.6% Understand



Reimagining library services A tertiary-inspired centre for learning and innovation with a library at its core—this was the premise of The Centenary Library. Nine months after completion, we take a look at how the Senior School library is providing cutting-edge information services from its new home in the heart of The Centenary Library. The new building provided a perfect opportunity for Churchie’s information services to review their ways of working and reimagine the traditional notions of library service delivery. The guiding principles of community-building and student-centeredness shaped the approach in the new space, with the aim that students exercise a degree of ownership of their library and think creatively about the ways in which they engage with it. This now manifests in a number of ways in The Centenary Library. The diversity of spaces and variety in furniture styles and configuration has led to a more reflective use of the library by students. Specifically, as students make choices about which space best fits their learning needs, they are demonstrating greater self-regulation as learners. Furthermore, students are increasingly assuming a role of instructional leadership in the group-learning rooms. These rooms require students to think ahead to book and plan their use of the space. At an individual level, students find a space that suits them, often returning to their favourite spots for regular study.

Student input during the trial period revealed that they wanted a visually engaging platform for managing their loans, reviewing resources and designating interest areas. This foreshadows the independent tertiary student they will one day become, readying themselves for bright futures in the global knowledge economy. The introduction of the Library eCentre (intranet) using the LibGuides platform provided a means of centralising the delivery of multiple services to the school community. The library catalogue, eBooks, subscription databases, links to tertiary and state libraries, assignment help pages and more are now all located in a one-stop shop. Although this means that students enjoy 24/7 access to curated, task-specific resources and might not need to actually visit the library, the advent of the eCentre, has actually seen an increase in the amount and diversity of classes using the library for

Also, student input informs planning and decision-making around library services. ‘What do the students think of this idea?’ and ‘How will this benefit students?’ are questions library staff commonly ask when making decisions. One outcome of such reflection was the transition to a new student-selected library catalogue.


research purposes. After class, many stay on. The new virtual and spatial resources are utilised in combination with the existing print resources to enable a range of learning activities across multiple faculties. It is a happy blend of the familiar with the new.

Information and Learning Services team



Nathan Lim and Lachlan Caporn with Spanish teachers Dan Swords and Paula Plastic Gonzalez

Dashiell Young and Jared Sia with Chinese Mandarin teachers Winnie Edwards-Davis and Jennifer Russell

Campeones del español


Year 7 students have embraced the opportunity to learn Spanish, with two students receiving accolades in their first year of learning.

Two more Year 7 students have achieved success in international languages, also after just one year of learning. Dashiell Young and Jared Sia were awarded third prize and a certificate of encouragement respectively in The University of Queensland Chinese Writing Contest.

In August, 30 Year 7 students travelled to Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus to compete in the Gold Coast Speech Contest, hosted by Griffith University and the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Queensland. Congratulations to Nathan Lim and Lachlan Caporn, who produced excellent performances to achieve first and third places respectively. The boys were required to demonstrate their language skills via a conversation about their life and family. It is wonderful to see students embracing Spanish, which is currently in its third year as a subject at Churchie. We asked Nathan and Lachlan to reflect on their Year 7 Spanish experience so far. Nathan said, ‘Spanish has been a very enjoyable and fun subject. It helps us with our pronunciation and vocabulary skills. After nearly a year, we know how to say things from greetings to what Churchie is like. The Gold Coast Speech Contest was a fantastic experience, and I am definitely looking forward to continuing Spanish next year.’ Lachlan said, ‘Learning Spanish has been a wonderful experience. We have learnt a lot, including how to describe our pets and what life is like at Churchie. There were many enjoyable moments, particularly when we learned the salsa and how to sing happy birthday in Spanish. I am definitely looking forward to next year and what it holds.’


In a competition attracting entries from many students across 35 schools, Churchie’s Year 7 Chinese Mandarin class put their skills to the test, producing a hand-written autobiographical paragraph. Their writing was judged on accuracy and neatness of the characters as well as the accuracy of grammar and clarity of meaning. We are very proud to have two Churchie students receive awards in their first year of studying the language. Dashiell and Jared’s teacher, Jennifer Russell, praised the boys in their enthusiasm for the subject. ‘Both Dashiell and Jared have really taken to studying Chinese Mandarin like ducks to water, and I am so pleased their hard work has been recognised in this way,’ Jennifer said. Reflecting on their first year of learning Chinese, the boys said, ‘Year 7 Chinese has been a very enjoyable subject to learn this year. We have learnt a lot about Chinese language and culture. The most enjoyable part has been creating our own Chinese picture book and presenting to the class. Competing in the UQ Chinese Writing Competition was very exciting and challenging as we had never done anything like it before. Our Chinese language study will take us far in life because it will open up many career opportunities in the future. We look forward to studying Chinese again next year.’


Congratulations Advay Prabhu, Benjamin Newton, Finnegan Kelly, Noah Duval, Gray Matheson, Scott Dyer, Alexander Winn and Thomas Wilkinson placed fourth overall in the Australasian Philosothon. Thomas Wilkinson was third place speaker in the National Open Division. Harrison Rae, Jared Sia, Dashiell Young, Michael Ostapenko and Benjamin Campbell were Churchie Maths Team Challenge Junior Division winners (Years 7 and 8). Audrich Allen was invited to join the Australian Youth Orchestra as a violinist. Nicholas Pollack and Ethan Roach received State Honours in the Ensemble Music Programme. Lachlan Macfarlane won Best Drama at Bond University Film and Television Awards and was also awarded the Jury Prize. Aidan Burne-Johnston was awarded third in Score IT! film-scoring competition. William Richardson and Maxwell Bell climbed to Mt Everest Base Camp as part of their Gold Adventurous Project for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. Jack Gadsby and Alexander Flynn received Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards. Benjamin Duddy came sixth in the Junior School Parading Competition, Junior Class, highly commended in the Under 25 Prime Cattle Judging, second in the under 15 Years Stud Beef Cattle Judging and third in the 13 Years and under Stud Beef Cattle Paraders at the Ekka.

John Paul Tominiko and Fred Fewtrell represented Queensland at the ARU National U18 Schoolboy Championships. Tyler Nix was selected in the Australian Youth Volleyball Team. Christian Hii, Harrison Seaborn and Zachariah Russell represented Queensland at the Australian Junior Volleyball Championships. Thomas Dooley won gold in both the Moguls and Skier X events in the 2017 Queensland and New South Wales Interschools Snowsports Championships. Christian Place came first in the U17 road race and third in the criterium, and Andrew Davies won the U15 time trial (9.3km) at the Queensland State Junior Road cycling championships. Matthew Binks and Elliot Weber will compete at the Pacific School Games in December. Lachlan Fox won two golds, Daniel Rolley won gold and silver, Sam Hurwood won gold, Benjamin Markey won two silvers and Ky Robinson achieved three fourth places at the Queensland State Track and Field Championships in October. Lachlan Fox and Archie Ridgway represented Queensland at the National Schools Cross Country Championships. Liam Tan will represent Queensland in football at the Pacific School Games in December. Charlton Austin represented Queensland in the 11 to 12 Years Rugby Union Chairman’s Team.

Angus Golden, Benjamin Duddy and Jasper Dando received highly commended in the School Cattle Judging Team competition at the Ekka.

Connor Simpson, Mac Kelley and Charlie Brosnan won the the Met East U12 Rugby State Championships.

James Holy received highly commended in the Individual School Beef Cattle Judging.

Mason La Caze, Caleb Plasto-Chalk and Lachlan Kendall came first; Jovan Yen, Jeremy Gregory and Jude McDonald came second; and Ryan Kim, Isaac Liggett and Dario Lim came third in the RoboCup Junior Queensland Championships.

Lachlan Smith represented Queensland in the Under 15 Football team, placing second in the Nationals in Canberra.

Christian Hii, Matthew Langfield, Harry Scott and Henry Trimmer represented Brisbane Volleyball Club and won the Under 18 Queensland State Volleyball Championships at the Gold Coast. Izaac Stubblety-Cook won bronze in the 200m breaststroke at the World Junior Swimming Championship in Indianapolis, USA. Izaac also placed sixth in the 100m breaststroke event. He also won gold in the 200m breaststroke at the Queensland Short Course Swimming Championships. James Yu won seven gold medals and set two Queensland records, Hadley Mayo won six silver and two bronze medals, and Harrison Abeya won silver and bronze medals at the Queensland Short Course Swimming Championships. Ben Stephens, in the Brisbane 1 team, won the U15 Hockey State Championships in Rockhampton. Ryan Hughes played in the Brisbane 2 team at the Under 15 Hockey State Championships. Jonathan Wearne came second in the Boys 3000m Race Walk Under 14 event at the Athletics Australia 2017 Australian Road Walks Championships in Wollongong, NSW. He also won bronze in the 13 years 3000m Walk at the Queensland Schools Track and Field Championships. Lachlan Sheahan and Harry Sheahan represented Queensland in the Polocrosse at the National Championships. Zachary Crothers represented Queensland and Tristan Stanghon represented Australian Schools in rugby. While every effort is taken to acknowledge individual student achievements, if an achievement has been omitted from this issue, please email so it can be included in subsequent issues.


Head of Preparatory School Michael Dunn reading to students at the Book Week assembly

Escape to

everywhere The Book Week 2017 theme of ‘Escape to everywhere’ was easy for boys and staff to embrace.

The parade transformed the Prep School’s Campbell Centre into a display of colourful characters who were escaping into a range of stories. Head of Prep School Michael Dunn read to the boys and a number of boys from Years 4, 5 and 6 shared their thoughts about a selection of the Book Week books. Also during the week, visiting authors worked with each year level. Picture-book author and illustrator Gus Gordon worked with Reception, Year 1 and Year 3. Cartoonist and illustrator Dave Hackett worked with Year 2. Nick Earls worked with Years 4 and 5 and Richard Newsome worked with Year 6, discussing his The Billionaire’s Curse adventure series. The week was a wonderful celebration of literature and creativity.




Michael Hall and Scott Huntington

Year 12 final war cry after Awards Assembly

Staff appointments

New group for past parents

If, as the saying goes, a change is as good as a holiday, then Michael Hall and Scott Huntington have good reason to be smiling. Starting next year, Michael and Scott are stepping into new roles at Churchie, opening new chapters in their careers and finding new ways to add value to the school.

Throughout a boy’s life at Churchie, his parents play a crucial role. From their initial decision to commit to a Churchie education for their sons to the final day of Year 12, our dedicated parents support their boys through all aspects of their schooling over many years.

Michael Hall has become well known to many Churchie families as the Churchie Registrar over the past four years. As is our tradition, the registrar role is fulfilled by an experienced educator who is able to share their knowledge of the school with new Churchie families, stewarding parents and boys into the Churchie family.

Not only do Churchie parents make a big difference in the lives of their children, but their contribution is fundamental to Churchie fulfilling its mission: ‘the making of men’.

From next year, Michael is returning to a role focused on teaching and pastoral care, taking up the position of Head of Year 8 from January 2018. In addition to being Registrar, Michael has been Year 7 Form Teacher and Director of Volleyball. Reflecting on his move, Michael said, ‘The experience as Registrar has been most enjoyable and a great opportunity to develop an understanding of Churchie’s organisational aspects. The staff, students and families of Churchie are wonderful people, who share a passion and excitement for education.’ New Churchie Registrar Scott Huntington joined Churchie in 2007 and has led the Senior School’s Religious Education Faculty for the past 10 years. He has also been involved in the Tri-Service Cadets programme as Pilot Officer in the TS Magnus navy cadets unit. Speaking about what drew him to take on the role of Churchie Registrar, Scott said, ‘I love this school and working with the boys, so I am looking forward to sharing my Churchie experience with new parents and boys and contributing to the school in a different way. Having, over the years, a broad range of experience in music, cadets and sports, as well as classroom across both Senior and Prep Schools, I feel I can give prospective families a good understanding of the abundance of opportunities at Churchie.’ 16

With this in mind a new parent group has been created that will bring together Churchie’s past parents to celebrate the contribution they have made and continue their relationship with the school. Churchie Past Parents is an initiative of the Churchie Foundation and will work alongside the support groups and the Mothers Committee to ensure our past parents are well looked after and always connected. The new group will have an event on Friday 16 February, so please mark your diary for the inaugural Churchie Past Parents Welcome Drinks. As the saying goes, once a Churchie parent, always a Churchie parent. We are looking forward to seeing many past parents at our future events.

White Ribbon breakfast guests with Director of MATE Shaan Ross-Smith

Creating centerpieces for the Red Boot Hoot

White Ribbon School

Red Boot Hoot

This year, Churchie was accredited as a White Ribbon School, having completed the White Ribbon Australia Breaking the Silence programme that endeavours to educate young Australians about domestic violence in the community.

Each year, Churchie’s Senior School houses work together on a community service programme. This year, Nansen House chose Ronald McDonald House, seeking to raise money for and spend time working with the charity.

Churchie held its second White Ribbon breakfast in Morris Hall in October, with over 100 students from Years 11 and 12 at Churchie, St Margaret’s and Somerville House attending. The annual breakfast has become an important event on our calendar and serves to raise awareness about the Breaking the Silence programme.

Ronald McDonald Houses are attached to major women's or children’s hospitals and provide a home away from home for seriously ill children and their families.

Guest speaker Shaan Ross-Smith, Director of MATE, a violence prevention programme, spoke to the boys and girls about the important role the bystander plays in preventing violence in all forms, but especially as it relates to domestic violence and violence against women. Further to this, Mrs Ross-Smith pointed out that much violence stems from gender inequality and bias, emphasising the role of respectful relationships in trying to address violence across the board. All of these issues are things we consider within our pastoral care programme.

Every Friday morning, Years 8 to 11 Nansen students visited Ronald McDonald House, helping with baking and preparing morning tea for the house guests, as well as playing board games with the younger guests. Nansen House students also participated in the Red Boot Hoot fundraiser by painting boots that were used as centerpieces at the event. Also, the boys presented a donation of $1050 to Ronald McDonald House, which was raised through fundraising activities.


Savvas Constantinou, Marcus Huo, Michael Jin, Max Pringle, Lucas Kuyhl and William Marsden enjoy the Reception classroom


welcome Of the many steps taken on the Churchie journey, the first few are some of the most daunting. Whether it's moving far from home for boarding or moving to a big new school, the change is significant for both student and parents alike. To support them in this journey, a range of orientation and welcome activities take place each year across the Senior and Prep Schools to achieve a smooth transition and provide a very warm welcome to our newest students.

Reception and Year 1 If you had walked into the Reception classrooms on Tuesday 7 November, you could have easily been mistaken if you thought it was just another day. Across the classrooms, boys who are not starting school until January 2018 were enthusiastically exploring a variety of activities, already comfortable in this new environment. New Year 1 students also spent time with the current Reception boys to meet their new classmates for next year.


While the boys played inside, their parents met with key Prep School staff for an overview about what they can expect next year. Parents were also given information packs detailing everything they need to know prior to their son starting in January 2018. Years 2 to 6 On Saturday 4 November, families of boys entering Years 2 to 6 attended an orientation morning. Boys picked up a personalised welcome pack on School House verandah and then viewed presentations from Prep School executive staff in the lecture theatre of The Centenary Library.

Afterwards, families went on an open-house style walk through the Prep School, with staff located at classrooms and key points to answer any questions. This was a new feature of orientation day, giving parents the opportunity to personalise their experience to suit their needs. The morning concluded with morning tea spread across the Chaplain’s Courtyard and the Years 4 to 6 Playground.

Reception Team Leader Cathy Cox greets Finn McGuire

Head of Preparatory School Michael Dunn with the Morgan family: Sue Lennon (grandmother), Amanda, Harry and Damian Morgan

Sam Auld and Charlton Kotsomitas crafting ‘Churchie boys’ in the Reception classroom

Prep School staff presenting to Years 2 to 6 families



Year 7 mentors greet their shadows

Year 7 shadowing A special programme for future Year 7 students took place in October. As part of the Year 7 Shadowing Programme, incoming Year 7 students spend a day with a current Year 7 boy to experience a taste of life to come as a Churchie student. Over a three-week period, 188 students visited Churchie from local and international schools. The experience was enriching for both mentors and shadows, as explained by Year 7 student and shadowing Mentor Ethan Roach. ‘Students make many transitions during their time at school and one of the more significant transitions is moving from Prep School to Senior School. These points of transition are critical moments in determining students’ wellbeing and learning. This process of leaving one location, settling into another location, leaving old friends and making new friends is made all the more manageable through Churchie’s Shadowing Programme.’ ‘Of the 188 boys, 60 were from external schools, including 13 boarders, coming from far and wide to be involved in the experience.


As a current Year 7 student, we remember all too well those exciting, but nervous, transition days. The Shadowing Programme ensures that students receive a positive experience of Churchie as well as begin to make new connections that will greatly impact their overall wellbeing, making that first day of Year 7 less daunting,’ Ethan said.

A group of current Year 11 volunteers helped coordinate activities on the day. Gaining a taste of the experience they will have next year as seniors in their respective houses. The new Year 7 cohort finished the morning with Head of Year 7 Joshua Di Bella in Morris Hall while Years 8 to 12 met with their housemasters.

Senior School Orientation Day On Saturday 28 October, the Senior School Orientation Day took place across the campus, with a variety of formal and informal activities. After picking up welcome packs and hearing from key senior staff in Morris Hall, the boys ventured out to Magnus Quad to find their housemasters. From Biggs to Nansen, housemasters and students from the 11 houses welcomed the boys into their new Churchie family. From there, the incoming Year 7 boys went to The Flat for teambuilding games while an exhibition of co-curricular activities and parent groups took place in the Sir John Pidgeon Sports Complex for parents and students entering other year levels.

Head of Year 7 Joshua Di Bella and Dean of Studies (Years 7 to 10) Paul Diete handing out welcome packs

Year 7 activities on The Flat

Headmaster Dr Alan Campbell addressing the new families

Future Churchie boarders and their shadow mentors

Year 7 activities on The Flat



the sea The creativity of all Prep School students was nurtured in a special way this year with ceramicist Ronelle Clarke visiting the school for a two-week residency in Term 4.

Ronelle is a highly regarded artist, working primarily in clay to tell stories through visual imagery inspired by her own life. During the residency, Ronelle worked with all year levels to create ceramic works in the theme of ‘Life beneath the sea’. From Reception to Year 6, boys were asked to examine a variety of sea life looking particularly at form and surface texture. Maintaining a sense of realism while creating something new was an important part of the project. Ronelle explains, ‘I showed them lots of images and asked the boys to create something unique, but at the same time it needed to convincingly resemble a real plant or animal. The favourite creatures were puffer fish and jelly fish.’

While she has experience in the education sector, working in a school was a new experience for Ronelle. Any concerns, however, were quickly dispersed by the warm welcome she received from students. ‘The boys were really excited to be working with clay, particularly the three-dimensional aspect of this art form. They embraced the project enthusiastically and were also polite and receptive,’ Ronelle said. The project concluded with an exhibition where the boys’ work was displayed for all to marvel at.

Artist in residence Ronelle Clarke



School Captain Aubrey Job and Vice-Captain Michael Efstathis read to Reception students

Maths Team Challenge Senior A team

Friday stories

Maths Team Challenge

A wonderful connection of ‘young and old’ has been occurring on Friday mornings in our Reception classrooms.

On Monday 24 July, Churchie hosted 65 teams from 12 Brisbane schools in our biggest ever Maths Team Challenge. The challenge asks students to solve challenging maths problems in both a team event and a team-relay round. Challenges were set by Churchie Mathematics Faculty staff Benjamin Wasley and John Krasniewicz.

The Prefect Reading Programme is an initiative of Year 2 teacher Cholm Johnson that invites our Year 12 prefects to read stories to our youngest students. The Year 12 student leaders have enthusiastically embraced the opportunity, taking a trip down memory lane into the classrooms they once inhabited. Reflecting on his experience as a story reader, Edward Powell remarked, ‘While reading books, such as The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon and Stanley Paste, may seem easy, this was a challenge that many of us have not faced before. When you begin to read, with 20 sets of eyes focused on you, the experience becomes daunting, yet all the more special.’

Churchie teams performed extremely well, finishing as the second ranked school, narrowly beaten by St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace. Particular congratulations should go to the team of Benjamin Campbell, Michael Ostapenko, Harry Rae, Dashiell Young and Jared Sia who were winners in the Junior Division (Years 7 and 8). Our intermediate teams (Years 9 and 10) finished runners up and third in their division and our Senior A team (Years 11 and 12) finished third in the Senior Division.



to shine Students, staff and parents from Churchie and St Margaret’s came together in the September school holidays for the annual Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp.

It was another tremendous success, providing a transformative service experience for our students, who became primary carers for our guests for the weekend. There were many challenging and heart-warming moments that all involved will remember for many years, particularly the visit by Sony Camp Ambassador Jessica Mauboy.




Thirty years

and counting In its thirtieth year, the churchie national emerging art prize was awarded to visual and textile artist Pierre Mukeba.

The exhibition saw 30 of the nation’s top emerging artists display their work at QUT Art Museum, featuring sculpture, installation, digital media, paintings, etchings, photography and more, in what was the biggest exhibition to date. Guest judges Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh, Executive Directors at the Institute of Modern Art, awarded the non-acquisitive prize money of $15,000, sponsored by Brand + Slater Architects, at the opening of the finalists exhibition at QUT Art Museum on Saturday 11 November. Pierre Mukeba was judged the 2017 winner of 'the churchie' for his series of six large-scale figurative textile paintings. Taking a critical view of the social, political and cultural perspectives of African— specifically Congolese—culture, his work focuses on what he endured as a child growing up in Central Africa in the shadows of civil war, before being granted asylum in Australia in 2006. Mukeba’s candid works depict figures who gaze back at the viewer, challenging them to look into the subject’s eyes and see the trauma of their experiences.

2017 winner Pierre Mukeba


Artist Anne Stevens

Artist Alexander Beech

2017 finalist and Commendation Prize winner, Joy Ivill

Artist Beverley Iles



New Zealand experience

South-East Asia tour

The Year 6 New Zealand tour continues to be a very special annual event, combining cultural and sporting events (rugby and football). The group travel to New Zealand’s South Island, with the focus on connecting with host schools St Andrew’s College and Medbury School. The tour presents not only high-quality sporting experiences against excellent competitors, but also includes wonderful opportunities for developing new friendships and exploring the richness of New Zealand and its culture.

The South-East Asia Geography Cultural Tour took 10 young men from Years 10 to 12 to Cambodia, Indonesia and Singapore. The main aim of the tour was to engage with the cultural diversity and geographical uniqueness of the South-East Asian region, while increasing geographical understandings and broadening the boys’ perspectives.

The tour group included 16 boys in the rugby squad and 12 boys in the football squad. After arriving in Christchurch on 17 June, the boys met with their hosts from St Andrew’s College, staying with the families for two nights before travelling to Medbury School on Monday for further rugby and football matches and a night with Medbury host families. During the final three days, the tour group visited a range of local tourist sites, for both cultural and adventure experiences. This included a a highspeed jet boat ride, a Maori Hangi and a visit to the Antarctica Centre.

The group visited the Khmer, Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and Bayon Temples; learned about the historical leadership under Pol Pot; and visited local schools, learning about the complexities and challenges of other cultures and traditions. While in Cambodia, the boys visited a local school of HIV orphans and observed the challenges of the floating school on Tonle Sap, where the whole community has been displaced since the Vietnam War. The group also visited the rainforests of northern Sumatra, Indonesia. Our boys had the amazing opportunity to see orangutan in the wild while trekking through the Gunung Leuser National Park and learned about the impact the palm oil industry has on Indonesian rainforests. The boys then had the opportunity to walk up Mt Sibayak, a dormant volcano, where they were able to explore the sulphur vents, the volcano rim and inside the caldera. The last stop was Singapore, where the boys saw what can be achieved in a planned and focused city. In just 14 days the young men from Churchie had a truly life-changing trip that they will remember for the rest of their lives.


French experience

Stanford University

During the September holidays, 20 Churchie students from Years 10 and 11, along with nine St Margaret’s students and four teachers, embarked on a trip of a lifetime to participate in a homestay in Aix-en-Provence, attending Lycée Sacré Coeur to experience life in a French school, before spending five days marvelling at the sites of Paris.

As part of Stanford’s Pre-Collegiate International Institutes programme, 12 Churchie students had the chance to live and study there for two weeks in August. It was an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of some of the world’s most successful pioneers and innovators who graduated from Stanford, including Larry Page (Google), Reed Hastings (Netflix) and Evan Spiegel (Snapchat).

As always, the homestay component was the aspect most enjoyed by the boys. They also had the opportunity to visit World War I battlefield sites of the Somme. One student was able to find the grave a family member and pay his respects. We look forward to the visit of the French correspondents in February 2018, when we can show our new French friends the wonders of Australia.

The group arrived in Palo Alto in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, to live and breathe college life at one of the best universities in the world. Churchie was one of only two Australian schools to be involved in the event. Each day the boys attended lectures and classes alongside students from around the world. Topics included decision-making and leadership, creative writing, neuroscience, optical phenomena, expository writing and effective non-verbal communication. They also attended the Global Solutions Fair, which is run by current Stanford students, where Churchie and other visiting students were required to formulate and govern an island of their selection. This challenged them to think of political systems, national security, economy, sustainable environment, health and human rights. The tour also included visits to some of the famous tourist sites in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Stanford tour was highly enriching and provided a valuable international university experience.




service tour This year’s tour to Vanuatu was the tenth anniversary of Churchie’s connection with St Patrick’s College Ambae, a connection that has been strengthened this year and will continue to grow in the future. Eight students and two staff members embarked upon the 2017 Vanuatu service tour, which saw the boys take on the role of teachers at the school. Year 12 student Alexander Winn said, ‘While teaching posed many challenges, it proved to be an extremely rewarding experience when our students began understand what was being taught.’ Churchie staff worked with St Patrick’s staff on the use of technology in teaching and provided equipment to be used for sporting and academic endeavours. The tour also provided rich cultural experiences. Each boy was generously hosted by a family from St Patrick’s College. Alexander said, ‘During this time, we learned about the culture of Vanuatu and a lifestyle that's quite different to our own.’




The first

IB cohort A group of 32 Year 10 students will become the first cohort to commence the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme next year.

Having received authorisation as an IB World School for the delivery of the IB Diploma Programme (DP) this year, which involved several years of planning and staff professional development, Churchie’s first cohort of IB students will commence the Diploma Programme in 2018. IB students will attend separate IB classes, chosen from six subject groups: Studies in language and literature (English); Language acquisition (Spanish); Individuals and societies (History, Economics, Philosophy); Sciences (Biology, Physics, Chemistry); Mathematics; and The arts (Visual Art, Music). Students may choose to study an additional science or individuals and societies course instead of a course in the arts. The IB classes will be taught by current Churchie teachers who have completed the necessary qualifications. However, apart from separate classes, the IB students will be otherwise indistinguishable from other Churchie students, operating to the same term and timetable structure, and having the same pastoral care, service and co-curricular opportunities. The aims of the DP are to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills. This is done through three core elements: theory of knowledge (reflecting on the nature of knowledge), the extended essay (independent, self-directed research), and a project based on the concepts of creativity, activity and service. In the DP, students receive grades ranging from 7 to 1, with 7 being the highest. Students receive a grade for each DP course attempted. A student’s final diploma result score is the combined scores for each subject.


The theory of knowledge and extended essay components can contribute a further three points, providing a maximum overall score of 45. In preparation, the boys and their families have been working closely with Dean of IB Diploma Programme David Shapland to learn about what to expect in the IB programme. ‘It has been a highly productive year and the boys have embraced the opportunity to undertake the IB,’ David said. ‘We now have a large number of staff who have completed a range of professional development activities to enable us to deliver the IB Diploma Programme at a rigorous high standard. I am very much looking forward to seeing the boys through their first year and finding the next cohort of IB students.’ All Churchie students now have a choice of two rigorous academic pathways: the Queensland Certificate of Education or the IB Diploma Programme. Any student or parent wishing to know about the IB Diploma Programme at Churchie can meet with David Shapland to find out more. IB Diploma Programme key facts •

Completed during Years 11 and 12

First cohort graduating 2019

Subjects are taught by IB-qualified Churchie teachers

Course results are graded 1 to 7 (low to high)

Highest possible overall diploma score is 45

IB programmes are taught in almost 5000 schools worldwide

We asked Churchie staff and students who have chosen to be involved in the IB to share what drew them to the Diploma Programme. Joel Wise, Science teacher: Since the announcement that Churchie was to become an IB school, I have been interested in exploring the opportunities that the IB provides, for both students and teachers. Through the IB training I undertook with other Churchie colleagues in Hong Kong last year, the all-encompassing nature of the Diploma Programme was made clear. The IB Learner Profile allows teachers from every faculty to have a common understanding of what is required of an IB learner, and links to theory of knowledge within each subject provide a solid framework for an interdisciplinary approach to education.

Christian Place: I chose the IB diploma because of the opportunities that it brings. The system is designed to give students the best opportunity to explore their education after graduating school, and this is what I seek to do. It instills a sense of academic rigour and hard work that will benefit me in all my postschool years, whether through scholastic learning or elsewhere. The IB also opens pathways to study overseas, giving me more options. I look forward to finishing my senior years under the IB diploma and IÂ know that it will bring great benefits.

Gray Matheson: The main reason I have chosen the IB is because of its similarity to university education. The open-mindedness and extended research task the IB encourages are very useful in a tertiary educational environment, and I feel privileged to have a system which will guide me into such an environment.

Noah Duval: I chose the IB because I believe that I fit the learner profile well. Because of this, I felt that I would benefit from a course that combines teaching content I am interested in and skills that I can use in the future. I think that the IB will help me become the type of student I aspire to be.

Dean of IB Diploma Programme David Shapland with the first cohort of IB students



Ian Healy, Shane Warne and Phil Tufnell

Old Boy Monty Summers (2006)

Ashes test luncheon

March to Málaga

For the first time in four years, the annual Churchie Cricket Luncheon coincided with the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, which always adds a level of excitement to the event. Over 1000 guests attended the luncheon at the Royal International Convention Centre, enjoying great food, entertainment and banter. As always, there was the actionpacked bowling competition.

In 2006, during his senior year at Churchie, Monty Summers was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, bringing his training as a long-distance runner to a sudden halt. After undergoing a bone marrow transplant in 2007, Monty took on the dual challenge of pursuing his passion for his sport while living with leukaemia.

The panel discussion was hosted by Ian Healy and featured special guests Shane Warne and Phil Tufnell. The audience was treated to many fascinating insights into their careers, with so many stories to tell from highly accomplished careers. Highlights included Phil explaining why the nickname for his cricket bat was ‘Teddy’ and Shane taking the audience through the ‘Ball of the Century’, his first delivery on English soil to bowl Mike Gatting.


Following success at the 2013 World Transplant Games where he set three world records in the 400m, 800m and 1500m, Monty won two gold medals, and two silver medals as well as breaking the world record in the 5km race at the 2017 World Transplant Games in Málaga, Spain. He currently holds the Australian Transplant Records for each event from 100m through to 5km and now the world records for the 5km, 400m, 800m and 1500m. Notwithstanding his personal endeavour to achieve, one of Monty’s biggest wishes is to get more transplant patients more active, more often. Furthermore, he hopes to increase the profile for elite transplant athletes across the nation, thus ensuring they have the opportunity to achieve their sporting dreams. To assist with this, Monty raffled a framed singlet and medals. Each medal represented an individual national track record. The singlet, which he treasures dearly, represents the outcome of 10 years of hard work to come back from leukaemia and the strength he found in representing Australia. Even more importantly, it represents the last time he teamed up with his father, who sadly died soon after.

Cherished history Midway along Oaklands Parade is a historic sign marking The Maurice Herring Memorial Drive. While no longer a road, this was once a thoroughfare that snaked down and around The Flat, connecting to the playing fields of The Pocket.

The gift of the CEGS Parents and Friends’ Association, the drive was commissioned to commemorate the enormous contribution made to the school by Maurice Stanley Herring OBE (1879 – 1962), who had known Churchie’s founder Canon Morris from their student days at Church of England Grammar School, Melbourne, in the 1890s. An early VFL footballer, cricketer and barrister, Maurice Herring was very active in the broader Brisbane community. As a member of the Churchie School Council from 1924 to 1962, he was instrumental in securing the site of Churchie's current campus, famously reassuring those concerned about crossing

the Brisbane River with, 'There will be a bridge one day.' Maurice's legacy is a five-generation Herring family association with Churchie.

Chapel and The Centenary Library, proceeding east, down the stairs to the terraces overlooking The Flat. The drive turns right, through the breezeway of The Centenary His son John Macgregor (1927), grandsons Roger Library, before curving around The Flat past (1956) and Greg (1962), and great-grandsons Young Building (Goodwin House) and crossing Peter (1985) and Richard (1988) attended the car park to the entrance of The Pocket— Churchie. Maurice's great-great-grandsons Maurice's beloved sporting fields. William and Thomas Hartley are also Old Boys (2006 and 2010) while Mac (Year 12) and Sam (Year 10) are current students. The Maurice Herring Memorial Drive was officially opened on Commemoration Day, 26 March 1966. Its path starts on Oaklands Parade between The Canon Jones Memorial



From the President of the

Old Boys’ Association The OBA centenary watch, launched one year ago, has now sold out. In September, to celebrate our centenary, we launched A Pictorial History of Churchie, a hardcover book that takes the reader on a photographic journey of Churchie over the past century. You can order your copy using the cover sheet, or via the OBA website ( It would make a great Christmas present!

Our centenary year, while almost over, has had some tremendous highlights. Commencing with our wonderful Gala Ball and Sydney Reunion, festivities have continued with many cohort reunions, the Old Boy’s Day at the final rugby home game and the Melbourne Reunion.


This year there have been some phenomenal achievements by Old Boys of all ages. Congratulations to all who were awarded Queen’s Birthday Honours. In the sporting arena, Matt Aubrey (2014) was selected in the Australian U23 volleyball team for the World University Summer Games in Taipei. Congratulations to Graham Sells (1990), who has made the Australian rifle team for the Trans-Tasman Tour to New Zealand in 2018. Jonny McKain (1999) was awarded his first Socceroos cap from the CEO of FFA in a presentation at the Socceroos versus Syria match in Sydney. Nominated by their peers for achievements and contributions to their community, Old Boys Monty Summers (2006), Craig Burns (2005), Matthew Ames (1989), Peter Smith (1959) and Chilla Porter (1954) have been announced as baton-bearers for the Queen's Baton Relay leading into the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Finally, congratulations to David Thomas (1972), who has been appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia and also President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

In unhappy news, we were sad to hear the passing of Old Boy Harry Mills (1933) at the age of 102. Harry was number 714 on the school register and attended Churchie from 1928 to 1931. He was a chartered accountant and lived a long and active retirement in Ballina. Harry and his son Stephen (1963) became the first father and son to both become Vintage Vikings. Harry held very fond memories of his time at Churchie and proudly held the title of Oldest Old Boy for several years. His most recent visit to Churchie was the 2015 Vintage Vikings Lunch, which he attended soon after his 100th birthday. Our thoughts are with Harry’s family. OBA centenary celebrations will continue to the end of the year, with our New Old Boys Night on 30 November, Adelaide Reunion on 13 December and Christmas Drinks on 14 December. Also in December is the inaugural Old Boys Tennis Tournament on Sunday 17 December at the David Turbayne Tennis Centre. This will feature John Millman (2006) and Colin Sinclair (2012) as special guests. This will round out what has been an incredible centenary year for the OBA. Dr Daniel Pitt (2006) OBA President

Queen’s Birthday Honours We are proud to acknowledge the Churchie Old Boys who received Queen’s Birthday Honours this year, recognising their contribution to their country, their careers and their community.

Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division Donald Crombie (1960): For significant service to the Australian film and television industry through contributions as a director and writer, and to professional organisations. Dene Maxwell Olding (1973): For significant service to the performing arts, notably to symphony orchestras, as a concertmaster, musician and artistic director. Kosmas Stan Sclavos (1982): For significant service to the pharmacy profession through a range of retail, advisory and executive roles, to education, and to community health. Hugh Douglas Sheardown (1968): For significant service to community health, particularly to people with coeliac disorders, through executive roles at the state and national level.

100 years of Old Boys To celebrate the centenary of the Churchie Old Boys' Association, our much-anticipated book A Pictorial History of Churchie: Celebrating 100 Years of Old Boys is now available. Authored by former Churchie teacher and School Archivist James Mason OAM, the book creates a pictorial and chronological journey of the history of Churchie from those distant days to now. Featuring almost 1000 images, some never before seen, it is sure to evoke treasured memories and restore previously forgotten ones across many generations of Old Boys. Orders can be placed online via the Churchie website ( Alternatively, contact the OBA Office at Churchie to arrange payment. Books are available for $50 (plus $5 postage, if required). When ordering, please ensure that you indicate your preferred method of delivery.

Public Service Medal (PSM) Donald Graham Hewitt (1971): For outstanding public service to the infrastructure sector in Queensland.



Alex Crawford (1969) Alex Crawford was born in Brisbane in 1952 and attended Churchie from 1964 to 1969, during which time he was involved with swimming, rugby, army cadets and the school musical in 1966. Alex went on to university studies attaining Bachelors of Arts, Law and Theology. In 1977 he was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and in 1979 became a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and, in 1980, became a partner at the McCracken and McCracken law firm in Melbourne. He returned to Queensland in 1992 and was admitted as a barrister to the Supreme Court of Queensland. In 2003, Alex attended a Negotiation Workshop at Harvard Law School and was awarded an Overseas Study Scholarship for Old Boys by the Churchie Foundation for this study.

Alex was a wonderful husband to Penny and exceptional father and father-in-law. He had one son, James, also a Churchie Old Boy, and two daughters, Sally and Emily, who followed Penny’s footsteps as St Margaret’s Old Girls. Alex was known as an extremely kind and generous man who was interested in everyone and went out of his way to encourage others. From 2002 to 2006 he was Chair of School Council at St Margaret’s. He was one of the founders of the Mathew Hale Public Library. In recent years he was an adjudicator at Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) working in Brisbane and regional areas. He was a Churchwarden at St Marks, Clayfield and Brisbane Synod Member. He was a well-respected mentor by many in the school community, legal world and the church.


Peter Lewis Airey

1953 – 1956

Anthony Arden

1949 – 1957

Philip Gwyther Atherton

1944 – 1947

We respectfully acknowledge the passing of the following Churchie Old Boys.

Donald Alexander Berkman

1948 – 1949

Bruce Matthew Brazier

1977 – 1982

Bruce Richard Champ

1944 – 1947

John Douglas Craig

1960 – 1963

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Alexander Pinkerton Crawford

1964 – 1969

Morris Cassian Crotty

1957 – 1963

Keith Davis

1952 – 1955

John Graham Doran

1941 – 1948

William Hugh Fife Duff Wallace Geoffrey Dunsdon


1943 2000 – 2004

Harry Mills (1933) Harry Mills, number 714 on the school register and proud holder of the Oldest Old Boy title for several years, passed away at the age of 102. Harry came to Churchie in 1928 as a day boy and St John’s Cathedral chorister. One of his fondest memories was catching the tram to school each day with his friends and the Somerville House girls. Another fond memory was running the mile with Canon Morris calling ‘finish hard’, which always lifted his spirits and carried him through the fatigue. Always one to treasure his connection with Churchie, Harry’s last Vintage Vikings Lunch was soon after his one hundredth. He and his son, Stephen (1963), were the first father and son to both become Vintage Vikings—Churchie Old Boys 70 years and older.

He had no computers or calculators and became very good at mental arithmetic, which helped him greatly throughout his career. During World War II he joined the army and spent four years stationed in Brisbane with the District Finance Office (DFO), achieving the rank of Warrant Officer. Harry’s professional working career saw him qualify as a chartered accountant. He later become a partner with KPMG, from which he officially retired in 1977 at the age of 62. He remained very active throughout all of his years. He enjoyed learning languages, including German, French and Italian. He had a strong passion for cricket, played tennis until aged 79, was swimming until aged 88 and could say that he held his drivers licence until he was 97. Harry and his wife, Dorothy, had one son, two daughters, 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In 2010, Harry and Dorothy celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary and received a congratulatory letter from the Queen.

Harry left Churchie in 1931, at the height of the Great Depression. However, he was fortunate that his uncle had a clothing factory in Brisbane where Harry started his career, engaged solely with the accounts.

Hugh James Falconer

1943 – 1946

Harry Mills

1928 – 1931

Graham Marquis Fereday

1957 – 1960

Richard Harrold Davies Mitchell

1948 – 1951

Alexander Henry Frank

1954 – 1957*

John Basil Nash

1943 – 1946

Stewart Garth Fraser

1945 – 1948

Kenneth James Oxenford

1953 – 1954

Desmond Stirling Fulton

1936 – 1937

Donald Bradman Arthur Postle

1942 – 1945

John Arthur Fyfe Henderson

1946 – 1952

David Archibald Pritchard

1954 – 1960

Bert Roberts Loose

1941 – 1942

Alexander Ian Scott

1964 – 1968

David Edwin Macartney

1939 – 1940

Denis Gordon Shanahan

1940 – 1941

Bryce Thomas Evan McKerrell

1991 – 1997

Kenneth John Siddle

1954 – 1957

David Blair Meldrum

1954 – 1957

William Ronald Smith

1954 – 1957

Ronald Neil Messer

1952 – 1954

David John Tanner

1938 – 1941

Barry Alan Vivian

1958 – 1961

Graham Howard Walden

1944 – 1948

*correction from previous issue



Reunions Churchie had international reunions in London and Melbourne and cohort reunions for the classes of 1947, 1952, 1957, 1967, 1977, 1987, 1997, 2007 and 2012.




From the Chairman of the

Churchie Foundation

Dr Bill Glasson AO (1969), Jane Struss and Bim Struss (1975)

This year the Foundation was able to support 12 students continue their studies abroad.

Assisting these boys as they pursue their academic direction in life is a cherished part of what the Foundation offers our community. We wish these boys all the best. Also this year, eight boys continued their education at Churchie through the Yalari scholarship programme. Since 2008, Yalari has been an important part of Churchie's broader life. The Foundation attended the annual Yalari dinner and, again, saw first hand how much of an impact this programme has upon the boys. Next year will see 10 boys attend Churchie through the Yalari programme, which is a wonderful achievement. 42

During 2017, we welcomed Director of Philanthropy Stuart Fitzpatrick to Churchie and a new Foundation board member, Old Boy, past parent and former OBA President Don Home (1978). As a group, we are very excited about what lies ahead in 2018 and beyond. Great philanthropy cannot be achieved by a small group of people. It is through a whole-community approach that we will reap most reward. There are so many moving parts and so many people helping on multiple levels; it is to be celebrated at every opportunity. And so, as we come to the end of another very busy year here at Churchie, on behalf of all of us at the Foundation, we thank you for continuing to make life at Churchie the best it can be for our boys now and into the future. We could not do it without you. Please have a safe and enjoyable Christmas and new year break. We will see you next year. Bill Chatterton (1972) Chairman, Churchie Foundation

Barrie Blakeway (1951) and Jack Hutchinson (1952) at the Head of the River

Churchie Cricket Luncheon

Nicholas Malouf and Health Centre Manager Suzanne Hood

Dr Timothy Forster (1958) and Annabel Forster

Peter Chapple (2002) and Cliff Ashdown (1950)

Anthony Stoddart (1988), Sally-Anne Stoddart, Tania Jacobsen-Schroor and Christopher Schroor (1990)



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Churchie’s staff, the camaraderie fostered in the sporting arena and the work ethic reinforced by parents at home. We wish the seniors of 2017 a prosperous future as they embark on the next chapter away from the classroom and look forward to supporting new generations of Churchie students in 2018.

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Eagles' Wings magazine summer 2017  

The biannual magazine of Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie).

Eagles' Wings magazine summer 2017  

The biannual magazine of Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie).