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Volume 22 Issue 1 March 2019

A magazine for Old Collegians, Friends of Cromwell, Current Residents and their Families





PRINCIPAL’S LETTER To the Cromwell Community On behalf of Jenny, myself, (and our cavoodle “Ollie”) thank you to everyone who has made the start of this year go so smoothly. 114 first year students along with a further 149 returning have settled in well. The Student Leadership Team this year has been terrific under the leadership of President Lillian Horneman-Wren. The Students’ Association Executive and the RA’s are working well together for the benefit of the whole college. Again this year, joining the RA’s and the Executive for supper and a weekly meeting together in our home has continued to allow transparent communication channels to flourish. The staff team has continued to provide invaluable support to our students. In particular, our new Dean of Students (Krishna Stanton) has quickly earned the respect necessary for her role. She and her husband Robin are frequently seen with our students at most of the college events. So far this year just under one hundred weekly tutorial requests have been made as our academic support programs continue to grow. The college is working hard to build upon the impressive 5.21 GPA achieved across the whole college last year. There have been a large number of players, performers and student and staff supporters at the ICC sporting and cultural events held so far. Some impressive performances have occurred so far in Tennis, Badminton, Swimming, Touch Football and College Idol. Numerous social activities have also occurred within the College to allow friendships to further develop. Cromwell is a leader with alcohol free events and will soon host the first “Crommovies Under the Stars” open to all colleges. Our voluntary Christian support programs continue to grow with the help of current and past students, and “Uni Impact” who make time to be a presence in the college. With vacancies in some residential colleges, Cromwell is fortunate but never complacent that again we commenced the year full. This year we again had a surplus of students apply, and consequently opened up a new male Corridor (Jarvis) in Campus Lodge under the leadership of new RA, James Porteous. Many at Cromwell and in the wider community attribute our positive enrolment position largely to the healthy and transparent culture evident throughout the college. The rhetoric here matches the day to day reality, and good news spreads. As mid semester exams are upon us, I wish all of our students well. They all know that my door, and the doors of all staff and student leaders, are open to assist anyone at any time. Thank you for your ongoing support!



Student’S ASSOCIATION President’S Report 2019 has started off with a smashing start! We welcomed 114 new freshers; opened a new corridor, ‘Jarvis’, had a blast at Open and Closed Bunker, and survived the heat wave! It is only Week 6 at the moment, so everyone is just settling into the uni routine, studying hard for the midsems and getting ready for the year to get into full swing. Most of the students have trialled for the semester one sporting and cultural teams, which have only just properly commenced. It’s been such a great start to the year, and it’s been so lovely to see old and new faces settle into the year at Cromwell. O-Week was yet another success for both the freshers and the leadership team. Our Lion, Oscar ‘Hi Munghin’ Crisp, went above and beyond to produce a memorable video that captured all the feelings of the week. To view it, you can go to Ollie the Lion YouTube channel. So far we’ve had ICC Tennis, Badminton, Touch and Swimming. The boys teams came 2nd place in both Touch and Badminton. The girls came 5th in Swimming, Touch and Badminton. The crews for rowing are training hard for the ICC Regatta on the 25th May. The boys have their first game of AFL this week. AFL has only just been reintroduced again this year, and the college is excited to see how they perform. Although not many ICC Cultural events have happened yet, we’ve started off with a strong start and


participated in ICC College Idol. Our performer, Jack ‘Eggsy’ French, performed Castle on a Hill, and placed 3rd. We couldn’t be prouder and he warmed the hearts of all the Cromwellians. On Wednesday 3rd April we have World’s Greatest Shave. So far, the Cromwell Team has raised $1400. We have people waxing, dying and shaving their hair. Additionally, Cromwell is participating in Share the Dignity’s April Drive, which is an organisation that aims at providing sanitary items to women across Australia who are at risk of experiencing homelessness. Cromwell is very excited to give back to our community, and this hard work and organisation to get both these organised charity events underway is all down to the hard work of our Vice President, Kaitlyn ‘Chuck’ McNeil. As an executive team we are beyond excited for what lies ahead. We look forward to updating you further on what is sure to be another tremendous year at Cromwell. Warm Regards, Lillian ‘Kanga’ Horneman-Wren 2019 Student President Cromwell College Students’ Association Inc.


COCA CROMWELL COLLEGE žŽšŽ”yšŠyq”ŽœŠ˜™Žš y•‹yD›ŠŠ”™‘…”‰

Cromwell Old Collegians Association est. 1973

COCA President Report

It has been another huge start to the year for COCA with some fresh faces joining the committee bringing along with them fresh ideas. We welcome 2010 social convenors Nick ‘Wood’ Brook and Jacob ‘Randy’ Landers to the committee who will have a particular focus on the events and communications space respectively. Immediate Past College President, Roxane ‘Fetty Trap’ Mutschler has also joined in a full-time capacity lending her knowledge of the current college environment. The committee kicked off the year with a meet and greet breakfast with the student leadership on Saturday 16th of February which also doubled as our strategy and planning day. From this we have narrowed down our focus to 4 key objectives: 1) Increase alumni engagement 2) Provide relevant services to current students 3) Increase networking opportunities 4) Fundraise for sustainable bursaries We plan on achieving these by increasing our efforts in the following: 1) Events 2) Industry engagements 3) Student workshops 4) Mentoring programs 5) Digital engagement and communications 6) Database management With a renewed focus and structure, we’re confident that the path we’re on is the right one and will push us further towards a thriving Old Collegians’ Association. 2019 is an exciting year on the events front with a Fundraising Dinner for Old Collegian, James ‘Dwight’ Wood, taking place at the College on Saturday 11th of May (more details within the COCA News). Our inaugural COCA Formal Dinner will mix the past with the present on Tuesday 6th of August and will be a great way to integrate the multiple generations COCA encapsulates. On Sunday the 25th of August, COCA will be tackling the Bridge2Brisbane and we’ll again round out 2019 with a Christmas function (date TBC). Keep an eye out on our Facebook page (Cromwell Old Collegians’ Association) and keep your email upto-date on for all relevant information on the above.

If you’re interested in hearing more about the opportunities available for both past and present students, please send through an email to Thank you for your continued support. Ben Durance 0435317624 COCA President 6 COCA NEWS

Cromwell College Foundation Dinner 2019

The Foundation Dinner is now in its third year and will be held on 21st May 2019. It is a special formal dinner designed to recognise and celebrate the many and varied contributions made to Cromwell, and by Cromwellians in their communities. Acts of service are an important part of Cromwell culture, from the original gift from the Hancock family to the generous donations of time, expertise and resources made today. Find below an excerpt from the introductory remarks made by Chair of the Foundation Committee, Richard Shannon, at last year’s Foundation Dinner. Though these remarks were made in the context of news reports at the time, their meaning remains relevant. “The Foundation was established in 1985 to provide financial support to furthering the mission of this great College. The Foundation has historically contributed to capital works. But lately our focus has been on providing bursaries to ensure the opportunity of attending Cromwell remains available to those who might not otherwise be able to afford it. Now, this is important. It’s important to you as students, and in ways that might not be immediately obvious. It’s important who lives down your corridor. It’s important that the people you live with here are from places, families, and communities that are unfamiliar to you. The time we spend with those who are unlike us serves as a reminder that there are other, equally legitimate ways of living and thinking. As we’re exposed to a greater diversity of thought, of belief and of values we become much better able and better equipped to critique our own actions and beliefs. Better yet, more than just a better understanding of other ways of life, it also gives us an opportunity to adopt and adapt. Relative to our hometowns, Cromwell is a smorgasbord of ideas. Being here gives you greater choice in who you want to be. Consider the alternative. A college where everyone is the same. It limits the choice you have of who you want to be. Which in turn, I suspect, will limit the opportunities and the people you’ll give a chance into the future. On the flip side, homogeneity of background and belief can also be dangerous. I don’t think I’d be drawing such a long bow to suggest one factor, amongst many, influencing harmful cultures on campus around Australia that have come into sharp focus in the media lately has been lack of diversity in student populations. A dominant ingroup leads to dogma, unsusceptible to challenge, change and renewal. So, it matters who lives down your corridor. The Foundation and the bursary program it supports plays a small but important part in keeping Cromwell a veritable smorgasbord. And that’s something I think is worthwhile investing in. Making a habit now of donating just $5 each year to the college Foundation will make a big difference long term.”

Should you wish to make a donation to the Foundation and our bursary program please contact the Office directly by phone on 07 3377 1300, email at, or complete the form enclosed with your hardcopy of this edition of COCA News. COCA NEWS 7


A strong and highly anticipated Cromwell tradition each year is the Staff and Student Leaders’ Dinner prepared and hosted by Jenny Switzer at Jenny’s and my home. What better way to commence the year ahead than by having staff and their partners, and the student leadership team join together casually with Jenny and I (and our cavoodle “Ollie”) for drinks and dinner at the start of the leadership training week. It was a terrific night and I’m sure everyone appreciated the huge effort that Jenny went to over many days in preparing and hosting this event for around 50 people. In true Cromwell spirit, many staff and student leaders pitched in to help either serve or clean up on the night. I found I was more help staying out of the kitchen! A great way to start P Week. We have great staff and student leadership teams at Cromwell who are valued for the many different roles that they all perform, and it was fitting to share last Sunday night with them all.


Cromwell students and staff proudly recognized IWD with an afternoon tea of scones, jam, cream and fruit on the Deck. It was great to see so many support this special day.

COCA Fundraising Gala for James ‘Dwight’ Wood In late 2018, James Wood (Dwight), an alumni from 2008-2009, received a diagnosis that changed his life. His story is one of hope, determination and has demonstrated the power of family and the community that rallied around to support him.

to the GP, there were no signs that there was anything awry with my noggin. On a whim, the GP suggested completing an MRI scan on my brain and I’m lucky she did. Long story short, the MRI revealed that I had a golf ball sized growth sitting at the top of my brain stem. This was pushing on the ventricles within my brain which was causing a hydrocephalus. Simply put: it was cutting off Read through James’ story below, then find out cranial fluid circulation to parts of my brain which would how you can help by joining COCA for a fundraising eventually cause a complete loss of motor function, gala on Saturday, 11th May at Cromwell. permanent damage to my brain and ultimately end my life. We couldn’t really confirm what the growth was at this point, but the specialists responded as though it were an agressive growth - a grade 4 tumor. This happened in October last year. As soon as the results came through from the MRI, I was rushed to the Princess Alexandria Hospital in Brisbane. My family assembled from throughout Queensland within a matter of days to support me. I was barraged with well wishes and support from my friends and family as I sat in hospital waiting for the specialist to tell me what step was next.

To go back to the beginning of the story… I first found out that something was wrong in October

last year while working at Hamilton doing my thing – working up a sweat. I remember coming off from smoko with a fuzzy head, blurred vision and then before I knew it my right leg was numb. I sat down quickly, and things unravelled from there. I told my boss, as you do in these sorts of situations, and she gave me the old ‘she’ll be right, wait it out in the aircon’ reflex. To provide more context, I had been feeling less than optimal for several days but I immediately know that this was something different, something I had never felt before. To add to the confusion, I had been suffering from increasing levels of double vision - however I had put that down to simply getting older. I now know this to be a naïve assumption. In my boss’ defence, she had no way of knowing that it would be something so serious.

The plan for surgery came quickly – they were going to go in through a small incision on my forehead and open a small passage to relieve pressure on the at-risk area of my brain, and take a biopsy from the growth by my brain stem. I’ll let you ponder that yourselves. Just the idea of undergoing brain surgery was an incredible shock and it was frankly a whirlwind from the initial MRI results onwards. That said, the part I remember the clearest was never being alone - not the lead up to surgery or post-surgery within ICU, or even the initial diagnosis result. I always had friends and family around me. It was a sincerely weird experience. A surreal experience I unequivocally wish no-one else must endure.

The time-out in the air conditioning had no positive impact on my dizzy state so I left work early. I knew something was wrong, so I went directly to the GP to get assessed. I told the GP what had happened at work and she ran me through a series of tests including a cranial nerve examination – which included tapping my knee with a hammer, testing reflexes and tracking my hand-eye coordination. The results from these tests came back normal, I was apparently ‘well’. According COCA NEWS 9

Fast forward to February this year. The post-surgery MRI results showed that the cystic part of the growth had reduced by ~70% but what they now believed to be the tumour, had grown back at a very rapid rate. Unfortunately, the biopsy was inconclusive due to the size of sample acquired. The location of the growth made it incredibly difficult for the surgeon at the PA to access and take a suitable sample. They didn’t exactly know what the growth even was at this stage! My treatment plan going forward from that point included radiation therapy and chemotherapy. This was to be set in motion within a couple of weeks of the post-surgery check-up which did not set me at ease.

On the 20th of February this year, I was wheeled into the Prince of Wales Hospital for life changing surgery. To put it into perspective: the surgery itself was harder than 99.95% of all possible surgeries I could have. Again, at this point things became supremely surreal. It’s hard to really put into words how I felt because I don’t know how I felt, I still don’t know how I felt. I told my mum if for whatever reason I don’t wake up from this, don’t keep me in a coma for months – just pull the plug. That’s the stage we were at, my whole family and I, together. I gave my mum the authority to make the call if it came to it. Not something that I imagined I would need to tell my mother at the age of 28, if ever. As you probably know, that’s not what eventuated – I am still here so fret not. I have my surgeon, Dr Charlie Teo, to thank directly for removing the mass from my brain but the thanks cannot cease there. I must also thank Chris who is Charlie’s fellow and of course my family and friends who supported me through this process. The surgery lasted six and a half hours and was a complete success.

The oncologist assigned to my case then proceeded to tell me that I had a 5% chance of living more than 5 years. Instead of accepting this prognosis, I decided to travel to Sydney to consult the brain surgeon Dr Charlie Teo. Dr Teo was certain that he could access the tumour with relative ease. He broke down the likelihood of success of surgery as plainly as possible: 100% chance we can get it out, 5% that I wouldn’t wake up, 25-30% chance that I would wake up but be worse off physically (i.e. I would need to re-learn how to walk or my eyesight will be skewed and need to be corrected) and a 6070% chance that I would be A.O.K.. At this point Charlie stated that he believed that the growth was in fact a JPA: juvenile pylocytic astrocytoma. To give us such certainty in such a risky operation provided a great deal of encouragement but it was still a lot to process (especially with a brain tumour). A couple of days after the consult, Charlie’s fellow called me and told me that he thought the surgery was the clear pathway forward. After some deliberation between myself and my family, I chose to proceed with the surgery. Such a risky procedure unfortunately does not come cheap. Thanks to my aunty who provided the financial support, I was able to travel back to Sydney to undergo the procedure. 10 COCA NEWS

The aftermath of the surgery is that I wear an eye patch because I currently suffer from diplopia, or a fancy way of saying ‘double vision’. I also only have 50% use of the right-side of my body - however the nerve and motor control will return in time. The silver lining of this is that I can scare kids whenever I like by removing my eyepatch and pretending I’m a member of the living dead. The important part is that everything else is OK. My body is going to be back to the way it was minus the tumour in my brain. My family, in particular my mother, has been my rock. I could not have faced this without my mother, father, sister, ‘step-father’ and of course my friends. I could not have done this without you. I wanted to share my story because during this process I realised just

how important the support provided by loved ones is. Friends I haven’t seen for years got in contact with me to ensure that my mental health was alright and provide support where they could. A vast number of those friends I made while at Cromwell College, where a certain bond is made that ties people together for life.

Dinner on Saturday 11th May from 7pm at Cromwell College, to help raise funds to help cover the significant costs of the surgery that saved James life.

COCA would like to extend the invitation to all past residents of the college to join us for an evening Thank you to all that reached out to me that are reading this – your support made a seemingly insurmountable at college. The organising committee are also very interested in hearing from any Alumni businesses task possible. who may wish to sponsor, support or donate to the cause. -----The extraordinary surgery that saved James life Tickets, RSVP and Contact details are available at was deemed ‘elective’ by the public health system, leaving his family to cover the full cost. COCA and the alumni community are arranging for a Gala



The Cromwell College Students’ Association has raised a massive $3,734.21 to donate as part of the World’s Greatest Shave. Many students lined up on the Dining Room stage to be shaved, waxed or coloured for a very good cause. Congratulations to all who participated on the night, and to the many students and staff who gave donations.

POSITIVE START TO ICC DEBATING “To be eligible to vote you should first have to pass a general knowledge test” was the topic for the first round of the ICC Debating, with Cromwell assigned the negative. The standard of Cromwell debating was high, watched by students and staff supporters. Congratulations to our team of Mia, Sophie and Kade, and also to Grace College who narrowly won the debate. 12 COCA NEWS

College Idol

Most of Cromwell came to the Red Room last Monday night to cheer on Jack French, our contestant in College Idol. Jack had never performed like this before so his third placing out of the ten colleges was well deserved and even more special.

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CommenCement Dinner 2019

Our 2019 Commencement Dinner was particularly significant this year as our guest speaker was Lloyd Hancock, the grandson of Viv and Mary Hancock whom were the benefactors that led to Cromwell College being opened in 1954. Lloyd spoke of his grandparents desire to give back to many different organisations and encouraged all Cromwellians to do the same throughout their lives. Read more about Lloyd in the next article. This year one hundred and fourteen new Freshers were inducted into Cromwell at the 2019 Commencement Dinner which was held on Tuesday 26th February. Many special guests were present on the night to welcome our newest Cromwellians. Each of the students were presented to the Cromwell community by their respective RA’s, congratulated by the Principal and Students’ Association President, Lillian Horneman-Wren, and were then invited to sign the Cromwell Register. The student promise was led by the Freshers of the Week, Ezekiel Schuurs and Emily Brantz. Samuel Luck, one of our students performed “Bloom” by The Paper Kites. COCA NEWS off with a beautiful three course meal courtesy of the kitchen staff. The night 14 was topped


L to R: Tiana Sheehy, Sam Crisp, Jordan Byrne, Will Payne, Madeline Parise

L to R: Lucas Jones and Madeleine Jones

Bottom Thatcher

Mid Begbie


Lockley / House

L to R: Filip Juricev-Martincev , Jordan Byrne, Liam Henderson, Declan Oag

Top Thatcher

L to R: A/Professor Wendy Findlay, Kaitlyn McNeil, James Porteous


Top Cock


Lillian Horneman-Wren

L to R: Stephan Barkhuizen and Ross Switzer


L to R: Izzy Jurss and Marcus Traucnieks

L to R: Emily Brantz, Ezekiel Schuurs, Ross Switzer

L to R: Joe Goodall, Krishna Stanton, Lloyd Hancock, Mandi Hancock, Ross Switzer, Michael Crome



Lloyd Hancock

Lloyd is the grandson of Viv and May Hancock who were the main donors of the funds used to build Cromwell College. Thus we have “Hancock” as one of the residences in the College today. The Hancock family were a successful timber family headquartered in South East Queensland. Lloyd was one of five children born to Viv and Leith Hancock. He finished school in 1973 where he was Vice Captain of Churchie, but left part way through the year to travel to the USA, and therefore finished Year 12 by graduating from Toowong High. He completed his tertiary study at Griffith Uni and graduated with a Bachelor of Science. Whilst at university, he was the inaugural President of the Student Union and the student rep on the Griffith University Board. His first job out of Uni was fruit picking. His 2nd job was working for the Victorian Government where he was asked to write a green paper on the development of sport in Victoria. He then completed post grad studies at University of Canberra in Urban Planning. He was offered a teaching role at Geelong Grammar’s Timber Top School and shortly after this was asked to coordinate the planning of a ski resort at Mt Kosciusko. This was built and has now become one of the key ski resorts in Australia. Lloyd then moved in to special consulting in Property and Tourism and took a role at PWC for two years heading up their Property and Tourism division. In 1984, Lloyd left PWC to join the family business where he assisted the family in restructuring. This included Lloyd creating and on-selling the development vision for what is now known as Forest Lake, the largest mixed residential project in the country at the time. Once Lloyd had completed this, it was time to pursue his own dream. This happened to be the creation of the Youth Enterprise Trust (YET). YET was set up to help disadvantaged youth. As a result, Saddlers Springs was bought, a cattle property on the edge of the Carnarvon Gorge, 200 kms north of Roma. Saddlers became the official home for the Trust. Apart from his very busy career, Lloyd had found time to achieve the following; • Has 3 grown up children • Married to Mandi • Was Chairman of Binna Burra Eco Lodge and assisted founding 3 other charitable trusts • Awarded Queenslander of the Year in 2008 • Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009

L to R: Brendan Vaughan, Deborah Vaughan, Lloyd Hancock, Mandi Hancock


Introducing Krishna Stanton My journey has taken me to the highest levels of sport and a teaching career of more than 25 years. It’s now brought me to Cromwell College – for a reason. I hope to be a role model, a supporter and a nurturer for young men and women, and someone who can make a difference in even some small way. Growing up in a small country town, free of the distractions of the big city allowed me to follow my life’s passion – running. While I wasn’t quick and didn’t have the coordination for ball sports, I could just keep on running. It’s something I believe I was born to do, though I’m sure many a family member or friend has thought I’m a little crazy to have kept it going for this long. Upon finishing high school, I moved to Canberra and worked in the Commonwealth Bank for two years to support my running. I trained hard and grew up a lot and in 1986, after winning the national championships for the 1500m and 3000m, I was awarded a scholarship at the AIS. I also started my teaching studies that year. In 1986 I qualified for, but ultimately missed selection, to go to the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland. My 3000m qualifying time of 8’54” happened to be the winning time for the event. 1987 was my best year except for maybe the feeling of the Commonwealth Games some 15 years later. I came fourth in the indoor champs over 3000m (three future drug cheats beat me over the line). I was the fifth fastest in the world over 10km on the road and eighth in the World Cross Country, which at the time was the highest ever placing by an Australian. It did seem possible that I had the potential to win an Olympic medal. At the end of 1987, just before leaving with the World Champs team, I was diagnosed with a broken navicular bone in my right foot. I took two years to heal with two operations (one in which the bone graft was put in the wrong place) and 12 months of that was spent in plaster or on crutches. I lost my scholarship but still felt I had unfinished business and made a comeback in 1990 to win the Australian Championships over 3000m. I went on to make the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in the 3000m, only to be bitten on the foot by a spider five days before my race and left unable to walk for a few days. I did compete but well below my best. 1993 saw me have a go at triathlon for variety and to see if I still wanted to be involved in sport. In 1994 I made the Commonwealth Games for the 10,000m off my tri training, but before I left for Canada I got a bacterial infection in my toe which went undetected and triggered a blood infection and consequently glandular fever which went one step further to chronic fatigue. I still competed, but after going into the race as the fastest qualifier, I staggered across the line and did not run another step for almost two years. In 1996, I received a new lease of life in the form of my son Zachary. The pregnancy helped fix the chronic fatigue and I was back in the game. With what felt like a second chance, and with Sydney hosting the 2000 Games, I decided to have a go at making the Olympics and running in my home country. I narrowly missed selection for the games by 14 seconds over the 10,000m, so decided 22 COCA NEWS

that was finally it for me. I had done my best and had little motivation to continue trying to run at an elite level. To achieve at a high level in whatever field you choose takes lots of hard work and is extremely competitive. But the fire was still there, albeit burning with a dull, cool flame. Sport is about getting everything right on one particular day and maybe that’s what kept me going – to see if I could actually get it right for that one day in four years. The Sydney Marathon was my way back in. Winning it gave me a ticket to the Manchester Commonwealth Games of 2002. The silver medal I won at those games was a journey in and of itself, and it’s the crowning achievement of my running career. Despite stress fractures, a broken collarbone, bone graft operations, a broken leg, chronic fatigue and numerous unlucky circumstances – like a spider bite on the foot five days before the 1992 Olympics – and a diagnosis of coeliac disease in 2006, I still love to run. Running makes me a better version of me. My running career had had many twists and turns and ups and downs but it has been worth it. I believe persistence is the ability to carry on despite obstacles. Out of pain is often born an inner strength, from disappointed is built sheer, gritty determination. And whether in sport or in life, with determination you can achieve the most amazing things. Most people don’t fulfil their full potential but it is far better to have tried than not at all. Whether it’s your hobby or career, nothing comes easy. Young men and women today need to realise that they have the world at their feet and that nothing is beyond them if they have the will to pursue their goals. They will confront pain and disappointment - that’s life. Persistence in the face of adversity though is the key. That, and a constant desire to be a better person and to make the world a better place for all is also something we should all strive for.

L to R: Krishna Stanton, Kerryn McCann, Jackie Fairweather (née Gallagher)



Jenny Switzer continues with her tradition of preparing and hosting a Corridor Dinner for each of Cromwell’s eighteen corridors this year. These are held in Ross and Jenny’s home, and provide a great chance for students to relax informally with them, and of course also with “Ollie”!

Top Cock


Cromwell put in a huge effort at the ICC Touch Football competition. In muddy conditions, our girls and boys did their best against some strong opposition. As usual, there was a large group of supporters in black and white cheering the teams on. Results wise, our boys finished in 2nd place, and our girls 6th. Congratulations to everyone involved in playing and supporting Touch Football this year!


A strong team of competitors was cheered on by eager supporters despite the rain in the ICC Cross Country. Some good results were recorded in both the girls and the boys. Last year’s overall male winner (Ben Gibson) was at the Nationals in Sydney this year at the same time as ICC. Ben did extremely well In Sydney over 800 metres with a time of 1.50.01. This was just 0.08 of a second behind the winner! Well done to the Cromwell Cross Country Team, and to Ben at the Nationals!


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A wet night under lights saw the start of the ICC Boy’s AFL season for the year. Cromwell’s team blended with highly experienced and novice players put in a huge effort against St Leo’s College, losing by just a few goals. The wet weather did nothing to deter the usual number of Cromwell supporters who turned up to cheer on the boys. It was a positive start to the season, which continues after the mid semester break.


A balmy autumn night in Brisbane saw quite a few Cromwell students relax on North Lawn after dinner to watch a movie projected onto the large wall above the Dining Room. This will be the first of many such nights organised by our All Ages Team. Thanks to Callum Breetzke (RA Bottom North) for taking the lead with this initiative.


Crommie Catchups Alison Sprague (nee Carstens) ~ 1987 - 1989

Our family’s association with Cromwell College began in 1983 and is ongoing to this day, both in terms of friendships formed decades ago and with the progression of the next generation through the hallowed halls we know so well. The journey began with Naomi Blauberg (nee Sprague) from the Gold Coast who lived at Cromwell in 1983 and 1984 whilst studying Pharmacy at UQ. The following year, her brother, Stephen Sprague followed suit. Stephen knew when he was on to a good thing - he lived at Cromwell for 5 of his 6 years studying Medicine (1984 - 1988)! Even after he left, he kept visiting for some reason?! In 1986, a lad from Mt Warren Park arrived - Michael Zuyderwyk - he studied Pharmacy and stayed for three years (1986 - 1988). A year later, Peter Blyth joined the ranks. He hailed from Maryborough, studied Engineering and Applied Science (IT) at QUT (I think it was called QIT back then) and resided at Cromwell from 1987 to 1988. In 1987, these young men were brought together when fate made them neighbours in Bottom Thatcher along with Stephen De Jersey from Townsville (Architecture UQ, 1988 - 1989). A bond was formed. At Christmas, the De Jersey family would sometimes holiday on the Gold Coast and much wave-skiing was enjoyed by the lads together. The Gold Coast connection was reinforced when in 1987, Alison Sprague (nee Carstens, Cromwell 19871989) started her medical degree and was joined in Mid Han by Leanne Kenway (nee Fair, 1988-1991) who studied Physio. All very platonic so far… Alison’s 21st birthday on the Gold Coast (1989), there was a mixture of Cromwellians and medical students….photos document the gradual approximation of Peter Blyth and a petite attractive medical student by the name of Suzanne Fletcher. Pete asked me for her phone number after the party! Meanwhile Stephen, who is spending his first year out of Cromwell keeps coming back to buy ice-creams at The Ville for Alison. Fast forward a few years…21sts done, next - engagements and weddings and we continue to come together to celebrate ….in 1991 Peter Blyth and Suzanne Fletcher marry and in 1992 Alison Carstens marries Stephen Sprague. Meanwhile Naomi Sprague has become Naomi Blauberg. In 1994 Leanne Fair marries Mark Kenway (B.Physio, ALSO Cromwell 1990-1992!). Michael Zuyderwyk has introduced a delightful young Registered Nurse to our friendship circle and in 1995 he and Roslyn Hincksman are married. The Blyths, the Zuyderwyks and the Spragues have not missed a year getting together with our growing families - celebrating christenings, birthdays and Christmas, weekends away and holidays. In January 2018 we all went on a cruise together (also with the Blauberg family) and in Sydney, upon our return, spent an afternoon with Steve De Jerseys sister, Jane Trigge and some of her family. Our next holiday together will be a cruise from Hong Kong in January 2020! Miraculously all our grown up children will be able to join us. The Next Generation: In 2014, Emily Blauberg enrolled in Cromwell College 2014 - 2015, B.Commerce. Her sister Chelsea (Teaching then B.Nursing), currently a lively member of the Cromwell family, commenced in 2017 and still going 26 COCA NEWS

strong!. Jasmine Zuyderwyk (B.Arts - Music) attended 2017 - 2018. Lauren Sprague took up the baton in 2018 (B.Science/Economics - now BAFE - Honours and Diploma German) - still a very active Cromwellian. And 2019 has seen the recruitment of Freshers, Lily Kenway (QUT - B.Arch/B. Eng - Hons) and Timothy Zuyderwyk (B.BusManagement/Commerce). And there are still some siblings in the pipeline! These students will form their own networks and friendships - some will be transient but others will endure the test of time and this story will certainly continue.



Crommie Catchups

Delia Eastland (nee Bolger) ~ 1990 - 1993 After heading back to College for the Presidents Dinner a couple of years ago now, the flooding nostalgia was quite a nice feeling. How the College has changed in many physical aspects, yet not in others. Since leaving Uni (1994), I have worked in schools across South East Queensland and for a period of time, South West Victoria. This has allowed me to experience a wide spectrum of educational institutions from what was considered the lowest feeing paying school in Queensland, at the time, to those considered the highest fee-paying schools. I have continued to study completing a Masters, again through UQ and I dabbled in other undergraduate study for a while. Since then I have taken to studying again as a further extension of my qualifications and am currently a ‘cloudy’ through Deakin Uni. This does make me feel older than I am willing to admit in my own head and this time round is a very different experience compared to UQ and with a family to care for. I met my husband, Adam, not a Cromwellian, over 12 years ago and live in the Northern suburbs of Brisbane with his son Dylan and our daughter, Madeleine. We recently renewed our vows which our daughter thought finally a fair compromise as my stepson had been involved in our wedding. During my time since leaving Cromwell I have maintained contact with a couple of close friends from those days and often bump into others at unexpected times, most recently managing tennis teams where Cromwellians’ children are involved. This often reminds me of how lucky I was to be a part of College and the connectedness that extends for years.

Mid Hancock 1991 MiniBall Cromwell Ball 1993 with Shell Fair and Jan Cox COCA NEWS 29

L to R: Jess Griffiths, Nimrod Klayman, Jacob Moore


First Academic Breakfast of 2019

On Wednesday 20th March our first academic breakfast for the year was held in the JCR. Approximately 35 students heard from the Director of the Idea Hub at UQ, Mr Nimrod Klayman, regarding the programs run through the Hub including the Start-Up Academy, LeadHers and Internship programs. The LeadHers program offers a six week confidence building course for women that allows them to gain skills and knowledge to work on entrepreneurial ideas. During the course students can work on ideas individually or as a team with guidance and assistance from a community of successful industry partners. Two ex-Cromwellians, Jacob Moore and Jessica Griffiths, spoke of their experiences with the Idea Hub and in particular the Internships Program they were involved in last year when based in Tel Aviv and San Francisco respectively. The Internship program provides students with a fourweek international internship in a global start-up hotspot such as Shanghai, San Francisco, Tel Aviv or Singapore and are supported by a full scholarship (airfares and accommodation). They COCA NEWS 31 are run during the mid -year and end of year breaks.


UQ Idea Hub - San Francisco

At the end of 2018 I was selected along with nine other UQ students to travel to the United States and intern in San Francisco as part of UQ Idea Hub’s Startup Adventure. We left Brisbane in January for a month and were each placed at different startups in the Bay Area. As a marketing student, I was lucky enough to be placed at a tech startup called ‘Snappr’ for the four weeks. Snappr describes themselves as ‘the uber for photography’ and is an online photography marketplace. We hit the ground running, and in my time there I worked on all sorts of Marketing and PR projects. From coordinating events, creating content for the company’s social media and helping to design campaigns, I’ve learnt so much. In my time in SF I also connected with a wide range of entrepreneurs and UQ alumni, toured the headquarters of renowned companies such as Google and Twitter and even ran into a few Crommy Old Boys. We even got to visit Stanford, attend seminars at Uber and network with Australian investors through the Aussie Founders Network. It was an incredible opportunity that I will never forget and I would strongly recommend IdeaHub’s programs to all Crommie students with an interest in entrepreneurship and innovation! Jessica ‘Lipton’ Griffiths (2016 - 2018)


A Month in the Innovation Nation - Israel

With exactly one month to intern, study, travel, socialise and try as much Israeli food as possible, every minute of the UQ Startup Adventure was required to soak up what Israel has to offer with open arms. From meet-ups with local entrepreneurs to a morning with the Australian Ambassador to Israel, there was never a dull moment.

exaggerating when I say that the technology they are working on will change our lives. Although I can’t go into detail, what I can say is that the roads we will be driving on in 20 years will be very different from the ones we know today. It’s going to be very exciting. Outside of work, Israel offers some of the most significant sights you can see. From the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, to the Earth’s lowest elevation point on land, the Dead Sea. Each weekend was always stacked with as much travel as humanly possible.

One of my biggest realisations was understanding the pressure for Israel to innovate. With geopolitical tension in the region, Israel has no choice other than to get on with business and do the things other countries deem impossible. It’s everywhere from incredible highways built through barren desert, drip irrigation technology which allows tropical plants to grow in places where As an Australian in Israel, if you speak to the right people they shouldn’t and the inherent culture to do things at the right time, you discover that the Israeli-Australian now. Why wait? relationship is much more than a diplomatic one. I’m talking about the ANZAC’s service in Israel during the The company I interned at, EcoMotion, is located within First World War and how well known this fact is by the one of Tel Aviv’s many co-working spaces. Working under average person. It is something which immediately the Israeli Innovation Institute and in a joint venture with connects our two countries and is a part of history which the Prime Minister’s Office, EcoMotion is at the heart of I’m proud of as an Australia. The respect for the ANZAC’s smart transportation globally, with many multinationals which exists all around the world is incredibly special and as high-ranking partners of the community. was the kindle for an amazing conversation I had with a local in Jerusalem. The work that I was involved in was always meaningful and allowed me to have a real impact within the smart For a month, I saw and did more than I thought was mobility ecosystem. With new challenges to work possible. The amazing people I did it with are what through each day, my perspective always counted in our made it so memorable. It is clear to me that so much team and my English proficiency, as a native speaker, of the value of the UQ Startup Adventure came from was more valuable in Tel Aviv than I would have ever experiencing Israel together and I wouldn’t trade the anticipated. friends I made for anything. The chance to interact with entrepreneurs within the smart transportation ecosystem was invaluable. The entrepreneurs in this field are people who come from all backgrounds yet share the same vision for smarter 34 COCA NEWS for Israel and the world. I’m not transportation solutions

Eighteen amazing young minds with the objective of getting as much out of the experience as possible. Of course it was going to be great. Jacob ‘Oral-B’ Moore (2017-2018)





Daniel ‘Beep Beep’ Hoole (2014 - 2017)

What began as a friendship between the RA of Bottom Han and a day student became something more when Daniel “Beep Beep” Hoole asked Imogen out in the middle of a frisbee game on Union Oval. Robyn and Tania at the office soon figured out something was up when a certain ‘Imogen Howarth’ wrote Daniel a letter every day of P week and O week in 2017. Daniel lived at Cromwell from 2014 to 2017 and stayed on as a staff backup in 2018. Imogen also tutored in linguistics at Cromwell during 2018. Daniel asked Imogen to marry him during a beautiful August sunset, and they married on the 15th of December, 2018. Grant “Gus” Linneman (2001-2004), the best man, Jemimah “Clink” Thompson (2014-2016), a bridesmaid, and Karl “Choko” Pacholke (2001-2004), the celebrant, were all previous residents of Cromwell College.


YAP Camp

So if you don’t know already, my name is Gracie Troy. I am in my fourth year of studying a Bachelor of Education (Secondary)/Bachelor of Science, and I attended Cromwell for the last three years. Student mentoring has always been a passion of mine, hence my want to study education. I believe that it is these mentor/mentee relationships that allow for inspiration to be born, and for people’s passions to truly arise. This is basically what UQ’s Young Achiever’s Program (YAP) is all about: inspiring students from more disadvantaged backgrounds to realise that tertiary education can take them places. Being enrolled in the program provides students with a number of benefits, with one of these being financial aid during their senior years of high school, as well as a generous bursary for each year of their university degree if they choose to go to UQ. They are also taken on two camps (one in Year 11 and one in Year 12) that are held at different residential colleges around campus. The aim of the camps is to help such like-minded students connect with each other, as well as to give them a taste as to what university life is like. My role in YAP is a Senior Mentor. As a Senior, I got the opportunity to present a number of sessions to the students, including “Learning to Learn & How to ACE It!” (an extremely useful study skills session), as well as running an “Amazing Race” across the ‘world of UQ’. Not only this, I was fortunate enough to work alongside an absolutely incredible Mentor team comprising of an additional 2 Senior Mentors, and 22 volunteers that dedicate hours of enthusiasm and support to the students both during camps, as well as in monthly phone calls to their mentees to check in to see how they’re going. We have just had our Year 11 camp, and we are already prepping for Year 12 next year! It has been such a YAPtastic experience, and I cannot wait for more wholesome moments to come.


CROMWELL COLLEGE Cromwell College Song Cromwell is the greatest College, Proved by every kind of test; Seeking for the highest knowledge, Aiming always for the best. Generous when we have the victory, Gracious if we know defeat, This is Cromwell’s firm tradition; Freeing Spirit, our heartbeat! God’s own Spirit brings us freedom Is the Motto we profess; It provides us inspiration, Gives us strength in times of stress. Hail or shine we stick together, Whether near or far apart; Ever caring, true and loyal, We bear Cromwell in our heart. The song is sung to the music of “Hymn to Joy” (92 in the Australian Hymn Book)


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