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The Lion’s Den or what was formerly known as the Games Room, was refurbished in September/ October. The room is equipped with a new sound system, a kitchenette and furniture suitable for conferences. It allows the Students’ Association to display their memorabilia, have an appropriate location for watching sports on a big screen TV and for holding in-house events. On Saturday 19th of November the College & the Students’ Association has arranged a BBQ lunch from 12pm to officially open the Lion’s Den. Entertainment on the day includes a screaming competition (the room is semi-sound proof), Old Boys/Girls vs. Current Residents sporting competitions, musical performances, trivia quiz, tug of war, great raffle prizes and auction items plus much more. Everyone is invited and for families face painting and child minding is available. If you can make it, please R.S.V.P to Jane Thomas at or (07) 3377 1232 by Wednesday 16th November. Continued on page 2 with A few words from the Current Students’ Association President Philipp Kearney.

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

What’s Inside President’s Report


From the Principal


Generous Donation


Academic Dinner


Geust Speakers at Formal Dinner


Behind the Scenes


Bushdance for Life




Guest Speakers at Formal Dinner


Chronicles of Cromwell


ICC Reports


o Cca You may or may not know that over the past 5 years the Cromwell College Students’ Association has been discussing the vision to convert the games room (below the dining hall) into a semi-soundproof multi-purpose room. This room has been envisioned to be a room which all students would be a part of, and feel a strong sense of belonging, camaraderie and Crommie Ticka within its walls. Well after all these years the dream actually became a reality when it was approved by the Board of Governors last year. Coupled with excitement and enthusiasm the students have since liaised with the administration and currently the construction is about halfway. The ideas, imagination and savings fund of 5 years of Cromwell Executive have all been combined in one design, which incorporates a blackwhite-red colour scheme, projector with drop-down screen, relocation of shop to a connected high grade kitchenette and of course loads of Cromwell Memorabilia. Obviously, the Students’ Association couldn’t possibly have the funds to completely cover such works (estimated to be over $100 000), so the Cromwell Board of Governors and Mr Begbie have been very supportive in agreeing to subsidise half of the cost. so the Cromwell College Board of Governors and Mr Begbie have been very supportive in agreeing to subsidise half of the cost. In addition to that, they will also provide the Association with an interest-free loan of up to $30 000 to be repaid over 5 years. Given that the College is facing ever increasing cost pressures and at the same time is working very hard to improve

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the whole College for the residents, we are extremely grateful for this support. The Students’ Association is a non-profit organisation, which provides a multitude of essential things to the students, such as: • Sporting equipment, registration, insurance, etc. • Cultural competition equipment • Almost wholesale price canteen-style food every evening through the Shop Boys • Subsidies for various balls and social events • An action-packed and invigorating Orientation Week • and a generally fun-loving and exciting community with which to live in Unfortunately, as generous as the loan is repaying it will still have a large impact on the ability of the Students’ Association to provide the above things. There will also be ongoing costs for the room to keep it up to scratch and continue to provide the wonderful memorabilia that will make the room so prestigious. I am appealing to you, my fellow Cromwellians, the people who have set the foundations for this extraordinary place that I call my home to please help us minimise this impact on the Cromwell community. Any donations would be greatly appreciated. In asking for support we appreciate that not all Old Collegians particularly those from recent years will not be in a position to help but we hope everyone is willing to help in any way that they can. Such may be:

• The donation of a photo frame for your years’ photo at Cromwell (with an engraving of your choice) • A shop jersey, sport’s singlet or rugby jersey from your year • A signed photo of you (Preferably if you are a famous Cromwellian, such as an Olympian- NOT you Climax!!) • Donated furnishings, particularly if you own such a business that might be able to contribute something • Or anything else (maybe in your line of work) that you think may benefit the room Any sort of contribution will not go to waste and Cromwell generations for years to come will certainly appreciate it! On the back page of the COCA News is a donation form that you can fill out and return to College. All donations will be given to the Students’ Association.

Philipp Kearney Opening of the Lion’s Den Date: Saturday 19th November 2005 Where: Cromwell College on the grass in front of the Lion’s Den (if it is raining please go to the Dining Hall) When: From 12pm What: BBQ lunch with non-alcoholic drinks and a glass of bubbly Cost: $10.00 Dress: Casual Alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase, please do not bring your own.

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In the September term break I attended the Heads of College’s conference in Sydney. The meetings and meals were set in the Sydney colleges. There is no doubt that these colleges are magnificent, a memorial to a gold rush age rich in resources and a period deeply committed to education. Sydney University was built during a period when strong, secular forces were seeking to separate church and state. However, the commitment to education existed in both the religious and secular community and vast resources were committed by the various churches and their people to establish the Sydney colleges. These buildings, with their impressive sandstone exterior, grand stairways and original paintings were constructed in a period of generous philanthropy, classical architectural tastes and passionate appreciation of the power of learning.

characterises the life of the College and it is one of its biggest attractions. You cannot get any better advertisement for the College than happy residents.

but it has been interesting for me to observe that in recent times there has been a growing openness to spiritual matters amongst some of our residents.

In discussing community we sometimes forget that it cannot occur without a central core of agreed beliefs and values. In recent decades this truth has been undermined by a view of the world that defines truth and values as mere preference. This moral relativism is both illogical and unhelpful and part of my task is to monitor the core of communal life reminding the residents of those values that keep the community on a stable and lasting foundation.

The Constitution of the College commits the Board and Principal to seek the kind of culture that encourages wholeness in the human person. Pursuing this objective is my biggest responsibility and most significant challenge.

But at the heart of any college is its community. Cromwell College cannot compete with the grandeur of the Sydney colleges and can only look longingly at their significant endowments. However, when it comes to communal life Cromwell stands with its head high.

One of the speakers at the conference was a Dr Barrie Spurr. If he ever writes a book, read it for his presentation was both entertaining and challenging. He spoke about Australia’s obsession with sport. His presentation was a fascinating and humorous list of illustrations of just how besotted this country is with bats, balls and anything that moves about on a playing field or race track. Where else in the world does a cricketer’s visit to his estranged wife make the front page of a major national paper?

Every year a Valedictory Dinner is held. On every occasion our guests comment on the warmth of friendship and the spirit of joy that permeates the evening. There is something contagious and memorable about the deep sense of belonging that

His witty presentation was a timely reminder of the importance of seeking balance and giving due honour to those members of the community who are intellectually or culturally gifted. Spiritual gifts are often treated with more caution

Generous Donation

I remember one young man whose life style was very destructive but who now sees my involvement with him as a turning point in his life. These are the gifts that come my way from time to time that sustain me - that give me the endurance to keep doing what I do. If I can make a positive difference in one person’s life, it is all worthwhile. We may not be able to boast of sandstone tourist attractions; we may request your help to improve what we have and build what we need; and we do long for those occasional big gifts that assist the College move forward. But it must not be forgotten that while we might be less affluent than our Sydney cousins in buildings and endowments, we stand proud in our community tradition. Cromwell is indeed a home away from home.

The Cromwell College Foundation has received an extremely generous donation from an anonymous donor. This person contributed over $60 000 to The Helen Begbie Memorial Bursary and The G. Lindsay Lockley Fund to help support financially disadvantaged students. The donor was a past member of staff at the University of Queensland who saw an article in the June edition of the UQ News on the need for funding Scholarships at Cromwell. During their tertiary education they had been supported through scholarships and bursaries and realised that they would not be where they are today without the assistance of generous benefactors. As a consequence of this wonderful contribution the College has advertised a half scholarship for next year. If you know of anyone that might need a scholarship in 2006 to help them attend University please contact Jane Thomas ph: (07) 3377 1232.

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Academic Dinner Academic Dinner was held on Tuesday 23rd August commending our very talented and gifted students with prizes and awards (outlined below). This year the Senior Tutor was Riley Cook. Riley did a great job organising tutors and helping organise the prizes and awards for Academic Dinner.

us rich rewards. Freedom is not a concept limited to civil liberties. Even more important is personal, inner liberation from insecurity and anxiety from the demons that confront us so often in life, from the threat of ill health and even from the fear of death.

The guest speaker for the evening was Professor Boris Christa who was earlier this year made a Life Governor of the College after serving on the College Board for 35 years. Prof Christa was first a guest at College back in 1955 and decided he didn’t like Brisbane much at all. Fortunately when he came back to Brisbane in 1965, the city was starting to take shape and he began his position of Professor of Russian at the University of Queensland. In 1970 he became the University representative on the Cromwell Board. Prof Christa stated in his speech, “I have watched many generations of Cromwellians come and go. I am happy to think that I might have in some small way contributed to their welfare during their time in College.” Prof Christa’s contribution on the College Board has been outstanding and the College thank him for his service and look forward to his continuing presence in the College through his role as Board Member.

Finally then if there is one thought that I would like to leave with you it is quite simply this: ‘ Now and later in your life in good times and in bad remember and ponder the motto of your College’!”

Professor Boris Christa

Winners of awards and prizes handed out to students at Academic Dinner Academic Excellence Awards are given to all students who have maintained an overall GPA of 6 or above over the last 3 semesters, or in the case of first years, for first semester only. Rebecca Ambrose Katie Bauer Kara Cronin Susan Forder Carolyn Hanson Katherine Jelbart Daniel Moran Nikolas Stewart Kyle Wolff

Cassie Aprile Murray Bauer Daniel Faux Elise Gane Kobi Haworth Joshua Keep Jane Perry Luke Stoker

Josephine Auster Kate Barker April Chesters Steven Cosnett Elizabeth Fisher Scott Forbes Emma Graves Katherine Hamilton Jaime Heiniger Benjamin Hoiberg Alexander Khlentzos Kate Lee Katrina Price Ashley Skilleter Rachael Truscott Benjamin Willcocks

This is an extract from Prof Christa’s speech: “One of the things that I particularly value about Cromwell is its motto. For me it seems to encapsulate much of the wisdom about the meaning of life that has come my way. The Cromwell motto: “Where there is spirit there is freedom” is taken from the Bible. At first glance it seems to be a kind of political statement and refer to civil liberty. Certainly it does have relevance in a social context but I think it has an even deeper meaning. I feel it is above all an exhortation to be mindful of spiritual values. It reminds us that in the final analysis the most important dimension of our lives is the moral one. To put it more simply: the Cromwell motto is a personal mission statement. It asks us to strive for spiritual maturity, to work to make the world a better place. But it also informs us that our successes on the moral front bring

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From left Principal Hugh Begbie, Treasurer of the Board Barrie Rollason, Board members Barbara Merefield & Eric McChesney-Clark, Senior Tutor Riley Cook, Old Collegians Rod McElhinney & Stuart Bade & Chair of the Board Ben de Jong.

Name of Prize


The Uniting Church Investment Service

Ben Hoiberg & Elizabeth Fisher

Edwin Hobart Lockley

Susan Forder

Rod McElhinney

Rebecca Ambrose

VE Hancock Memorial

Nikolas Stewart & Katie Bauer

Rev Daniel Gunson Memorial

Katrina Price

Cromwell College

Kate Lee


Kobi Haworth

Old Collegians

Emma Graves

Frederick North Memorial

Alexander Khlentzos

N.C Duong Memorial

Meaghan Truscott

Cromwell College Foundation Scholarship

Katrina Price & Kobi Haworth

D.C. Gale Shield (awarded to corridor with highest combined GPA)

Top North

Academic winners from left standing Elizabeth Fisher, Nikolas Stewart, Alexander Khlentzos, guest speaker Professor Boris Christa, Kobi Haworth & Benjamin Hoiberg. From left crouching Rebecca Ambrose, Susan Forder & Katrina Price.

A FACE-LIFT FOR THE ALFRED GIFFORD AND TUTORIAL ROOMS During the mid-year vacation, the tutorial room and The Alfred Gifford Room underwent a transformation. Both rooms have been repainted, carpeted and air-conditioned and The Alfred Gifford Room has acquired a kitchenette and whiteboard to make it suitable for meetings and conferences. Custom-built furniture appropriate to the rooms’ usage is now under way. The refurbishment of The Alfred Gifford Room has occurred just 50 years since it was opened on 4th September, 1955. The opening ceremony was performed by Alfred Gifford’s son, Mr Eric Gifford who, with his brothers, had donated £1000 (a not inconsiderable sum in those days) towards the construction of this room which was to be the Alfred Gifford Memorial Library. The Gifford family also donated many of Alfred Gifford’s books and £500 towards the purchase of other books. The Rev Alfred Ernest Gifford (d.1947), after whom the library was named, was, according to the first Principal of the College, ‘an honoured leader of the Congregational Churches of Australia where he had charges [churches] in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales. He was a widely read man who was at home in many circles. He did not seek to indoctrinate others, but rather to stimulate independent thought’ - a fitting role model for university students. While this room has not functioned as a library for a number of years, the Rev. Mr Gifford’s books have been retained and

placed in the Senior Common Room. With the kind permission of Mr Eric Gifford’s daughter, Mrs Margaret Fowler, any monies remaining in the bookbuying fund have been transferred to the G Lindsay Lockley Fund which assists College residents who experience financial difficulty. The Gifford name lives on as a memorial to a man of ‘scholarly attainments, quiet, kindly disposition, and deep sincerity’. May those who use the room follow such an example.

Mr E.H. Gifford opening the Alfred Memorial Library. Left to right: Rev. G.D. Hall, Rev. C. Denis Ryan, Rev. J.F.T. Short, Rev. G. L. Lockley, Mr Gifford & Rev. J. Harold King

If you know of anyone requiring a venue for meetings and conferences, please contact Judith Ayre, Ph: (07) 3377 1300, or email

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Cromwell College

Bush Dance

for Life

BehindtheScenes Name:

Job title: Years in College:

Sharon MacInnes Kitchenhand 1990 - Present

On Saturday 10th September the residents of Cromwell organised a bush dance to help raise funds and promote awareness for the youth aid organisation called Oaktree Foundation. The night was a great success with over $3 500 raised through the sale of raffle tickets and auction items. A total donation of $2 211 was given to the Foundation to assist with their humanitarian projects based mainly in Africa. The Oaktree Foundation’s projects focus on empowering developing communities through education in a way that is sustainable. Hugh Evans (2004 Young Australian of the Year) established the Oaktree Foundation in March 2003. After visiting the poverty and HIV-AIDS stricken region of Embo in South Africa, Hugh came to understand the crucial role that education can play in assisting underprivileged societies. The Bush Dance helped Cromwell residents to recognise the immense difference between the material and social wealth of those living in privileged communities compared with those living in developing communities, and that with great privilege comes great responsibility to help those less fortunate.

Mellisha Orange, Alice Rinehart & Meaghan Truscott

Heather & Meggie Palmer, Sara Ponthieu, Julietta Brown & Kathryn Jelbart

Peter Heywood & Stuart Bade dancing up a storm

Simon Pearce & John Sleeman dressed in Character

Lauren White

Matt & Lisa Stewart

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Sharon MacInnes has been working in the Cromwell College kitchen since February 1990. Remarkably her mother Heather was already working at Cromwell and got Sharon to apply and they ended up working together for 6 years. Sharon is a divorced mum with daughter Kelly and son Darren. Both children are married and Kelly has a one year old son, Dylan Thomas. Sharon looks after Dylan every Thursday and Friday while Kelly works on her PhD. Sharon says, “I used to know all the words of Nickelback but now I am more familiar with the words to the Wiggles, Big Red Car. Darren is currently a store manager of Mitre 10. On Sharon’s days off she likes to garden, watch movies and listen to music. When asked what she likes most about working at Cromwell she states, “ I love the kids, I love watching them grow and move on to bigger and better things, I love watching their sisters and brothers come through and most of all I love it when they come back and visit me.” Thank you for all your amazing effort over the years Sharon.

Oliver Hamilton, Tom Reilly, Sharon MacInnes, Leisa Walsh & Brett Matzuka


Round Up Jennifer Angel nee Colledge (1995-96) I’d like to say hello to all the people that I’ve lost track of over the years. I can’t believe that it has been 10 years since I started at Cromwell! My life has changed dramatically since my university days. I’m now married living on a cattle property 45mins north of Rockhampton have a beautiful 4-month-old baby boy. I’m really enjoying being a country girl and starting to get more involved with the business side of running cattle. We are also spending time renovating the Queenslander home, which is on the property and eagerly anticipating finishing!! Home improvement shows have got a lot to answer for- it takes more than one weekend. I’d love to hear from anyone of my vintage. My email address is

Cameron, Harrison & Jenny Angel

Regards Jenny Angel

Darryn Rackemann (1996-1999) After graduating from engineering (chemical) in 1999 I have been working up in Mackay in the sugar industry for the past 5 years or so. I recently finished off a Masters at JCU, and took a couple of months off with my partner Kylie to travel overseas around Britain and Europe. First stop was London where we met up with an old college mate Mark Green and his partner Joyce. We had a look around London over the next couple of days going to all the touristy sights etc. After that we flew up to Glasgow and hired a car for a week. We stayed with another college mate, Grace Rose-Miller and her partner and got a tour around the city. We then Darryn and Kylie Rackemann drove around Scotland for a few days before heading back to England and then over to Paris. It was good to catch up with some old college and engineering mates to catch up on old memories and it was great to see our friendships have not changed over time. In Paris, we picked up a car in Europe for about a month and had a wonderful time driving from France through Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium, although that was probably only equivalent to driving from Brisbane to Perth. Driving on the other side of the road was plenty of fun for me (but maybe less fun for Kylie). We even found time after that to get back to Ireland, Spain and the Vatican City.

Nadeeka Jayasekera nee Pathirana (19972000) After graduating from Uni and leaving Cromwell College, I was traveling a bit with my Husband (Hasanga). We lived in New Zealand for 6 months. Then moved to the Sunshine Coast as my husband started work as a dentist. I worked as a dietetic assistant at Nambour General Hospital. I now live in Bray Park with my wonderful husband and my two precious kids, Harumi 3 and Himesh 2. We bought our home in 2003 and are very happy living here. My husband is a dentist and also a 3rd year medical student, so I decided to stay at home with my beautiful kids. I do some administration work from home but my full time job is MOM and loving every minute of it. I have plans to do further studies in nutrition but at the moment happy with the way things are. Thank you Mr. Begbie for the wonderful time at Cromwell College.

Highlights of the trip include the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, the alps and scenery in Switzerland and Austria, the national parks in northern Italy and Slovenia, a bullfight in Madrid, lakeside living in Hungary, beer gardens and a seafood festival in Munich (part of Corpus Christi), a jazz festival and food in Brussels, Florence, Venice and Amsterdam in general, and the great tourist attractions of Paris and Rome such as the Eiffel tower and Sistine Chapel (technically part of the Vatican City) to name a few. Overall it was a fantastic journey and I can definitely recommend hiring/leasing a car as it sure beats losing half the day catching buses, trains and airplanes or a combo, as long as you have a good navigator. I do now have a greater appreciation of the attitude and lifestyles of Australians and can definitely recognise the value of the rich and diverse history of the other cultures we visited.

Harumi, Hasanga, Himesh & Nadeeka Jayasekera visiting the College

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Robin Howells (1961-62)

Coral Ann & Robin Howells I started at Cromwell in 1961. In those days it was quite small. And of course it was for male students only. All the residential colleges around the university were singlesex then, and no one imagined that young men and women could live in the same accommodation. Other things were also stricter. For example, we were required to wear academic gowns each evening for dinner. We giggled at each other for the first couple of days, then got used to it and found it quite normal. On the other hand, life was also much more relaxed: no passes or security controlling people entering the College, and as I recall no locks on the doors of our individual rooms. Brisbane was a slow, easy place. TV was fairly new (and monochrome); Frank Nicklin was the Queensland premier, Tania Verstak was Miss Australia, and Cromwell was presided over by the Reverend G. Lindsay Lockley whom I remember as a smiling avuncular figure. Of the resident students, I recall a few people, such as Ian Mathieson and Greg Chalk who were like me from Toowoomba Grammar. Also Bill McNaughton and Ian Stocks, among others. I remember one or more McBrydes who were hockey stars, and Tom Dutton who was older than most of us and actually had a car! My neighbour in College accommodation was ‘Spike’ Courtice, I think from Bundaberg. During my second year I moved out of Cromwell to live in Rosecliffe St, Dutton Park, directly across the river from the Uni as it happened. To get there at first I used to walk to the West End ferry (maybe there was no Dutton Park ferry in those days. Definitely no River Cat). But then we bought an old rowing-boat, and I would actually row across the river, timing it to avoid the occasional huge barge, and tie up in the mangroves on the Uni side, and walk over what was then open playing-fields up to the Main Building. My little landing stage on the Dutton Park side was swept away along with much bigger things in the great flood in the mid-70s. After Rosecliffe St I lived in West End, and in Toowong. I got married during my final year, to Coral Ann Readdy who had recently graduated in English (my Honours subject was French, starting off with units of English, History and Philosophy too). The Registry office was in the Treasury Building - which we were shocked to find much later turned into a casino - and one of our witnesses was Manfred Cross, the Labor MP for Brisbane. We left in 1965 for postgraduate study in London, where we have mainly been for the last forty years, apart from a year in France and one in Canada. Coral is just formally retiring as Professor of English and Canadian Studies at the University of Reading. I have a chair in French in the University of London, at Birkbeck - which is a marvellous place to teach because our students are of all ages, with vastly varied backgrounds, experience and qualifications. We have two grown-up daughters, one now in Sydney (working for the ABC) and one in London. I’m very glad to have got back in touch with the College after all these years, thanks to Jane Thomas and the Internet, and I remain grateful for the good start that Cromwell gave me.

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Gavin Wills (1983-1985) & Carolyn Wills nee Sampford (1985) Wow, where to start? A lot has happened since 1985! Gavin graduated B.A. with majors in government and economics, and initially worked in the public service. I graduated B.Sc. (hons.) in microbiology in 1989, and went to work at Becton Dickinson (for old collegian David Myatt, and later with old collegian Katie Weaver). Around the same time, Gavin went away to the Hunter Valley and Deniliquin and got his Commercial Pilot’s licence. We survived the separation and got married in 1993 in my hometown, Toowoomba. My sister Tracie (1987-1989), James Herbert (1983-1985) and James Lambie (1983-1985) were in our bridal party, and Brian James (1983-1985) was our MC. Gavin worked for a time at UQ Downtown, and in the UQ Development Office, then moved to begin a long association with chartered accountants Hall Chadwick P/L (now William Buck), where he became an Associate (the first non-accountant to do so). He has recently had a change of direction and taken up a position with a small but thriving company - Asset Backed Finance, based in Edward Street - conveniently located above the Belgian Beer Garden! I worked at Becton Dickinson for several years, then went to the P.A. Hospital and worked in the Infection Control Department for 3 years. I then lost my mind in 1997 and went back to uni full-time, in the first cohort of the UQ Graduate Medical Course. I graduated in 2000, and have since worked at the various Mater hospitals, and most recently at Gold Coast Hospital. I’m currently in second year of my anaesthetics training. After 11 years of happily married bliss, we finally decided it was time to try the family thing, and our beautiful boy, Alec Christian, was born on 7/5/05. Better late than never. He is the light of our life and we wonder why we didn’t do this sooner, even though our lifestyle has definitely changed! We can happily report that we still stay in touch with several old collegians, all of which are thankfully well and happy. My Dad, Graham Sampford, was in college in 1959-1960, and after a long secondary school teaching career (mainly at Toowoomba Grammar School), is now enjoying retirement. James Herbert and wife Annette have two lovely kids, Rebecca and Ben, and James has been making a name for himself on TV quiz shows! James’ sister Emma (1985) and

husband Michael have three boys, Declan, Cormack and Rourke. James Lambie is a solicitor specialising in competition law, and his long career as a bachelor is looking precarious of late. Brian James is a successful periodontist in Townsville/ Cairns and he and wife Andrea have three beautiful kids, Harrison, Ella and Angus. My sister Tracie and her husband John now have 2 kids, Charlotte (3) and Jonty (1), and have just returned to Brisbane after a year living in Dubai. We see quite a lot of old collegians from Tracie’s year fairly often - but I’ll let her tell you about them! My brother David, who was at college in 1991, is a permanent member of Circa (formerly Rock’n’Roll Circus), and regularly performs in Brisbane, specialising in balance work and juggling. He had a successful solo show at the Cremorne Theatre last year, and also works teaching circus skills via Circa workshops and to kids in the Flipside circus.

From left: Gavin, Alec & Carolyn Wills

Michelle, Blake & Cameron Whitehead

Michelle Whitehead nee Fair (1990-93) When I left Cromwell and UQ in 1993, my only goal was to get a job as an OT and start earning a wage - and of course make a difference in the world (what I am sure most allied health and medical new grads want!) aaahhh, the simple pleasures. I worked for about 18 months as an OT in Australia and then headed to the USA for 12 months. I traveled over and lived with my sister Leanne, and Mark Kenway (her husband). It made for interesting travels - but very comforting as I started as a fresher with Mark at Cromwell, and of course, being with family reduces the homesick factor. We decided to live somewhere ‘different’ from home (home was the Gold Coast), so signed up for Illinois in the mid-west. What an experience. We lived in a relatively small town called Decatur - which was built as a result of interesting train lines so they decided that would be a great place for a town. Yep - lots of thought went into that. Anyway, it was 2.5hrs drive from a couple of great cities including Chicago and St Louis. I ended up working an hour away in the capital of Illinois, which is Springfield - yes start the Simpsons jokes now (I can fill you in on where the power plant is and which Simpsons writers are in the phone book!). I enjoyed the experience because I met some wonderful people - colleagues and patients/clients - some of whom I still keep in touch with. I also learnt how to drive in Blizzards and what not to do when you hit sheet ice doing 70miles per hour and traveling on dual lane highway where you can’t actually tell the difference between the median strip, road or shoulder of the road because they are covered in snow. None-the-less, I enjoyed the chance to live in 6 months of snow where doing your groceries becomes a whole new adventure in snow boots, and meeting some of the wonderful people who appreciated learning about different countries and welcomed me into their lives! After that I returned to Australia while Leanne and Mark stayed for another 2 years in the US. I continued working as an OT and decided I wanted to do a little more study. I did an MBA in the late 90’s and have not looked back ever since. I moved into the industry of Vocational Rehabilitation and worked for a number of different agencies over time - including my own private practice for a while. I moved into management roles about 3-4 yrs ago and I have recently taken on a new opportunity as the Commercial Services Manager for Victoria and Tasmania with CRS Australia (previously the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service). I really enjoy the organisation and my job and the opportunity to use some of the skills I acquired during my MBA. This opportunity came about as my husband was asked to move to Melbourne for his work - so here we are - in Melbourne. So I’ve covered the work part the social side goes like this, I got married in 2000 and moved to Toowoomba where my husband Cameron was located. As he works in the grain industry, the East Coast of Australia became ‘not so convenient’ for living. He then got an opportunity to take on an exciting challenge for work, which leads us to Dubbo in NSW where our son Blake was born. Blake is now almost 4yrs old and an absolute delight! (Well at least after I have a chardonnay or 2). He was a very busy child - even before he entered this world! And he hasn’t stopped since. That made life pretty tiring for about the first 3 yrs of his life, but things are becoming easier. He is so inquisitive and makes everything new and exciting again! Cameron has always traveled a lot for work - so I did a fair amount of ‘single mummy activities’. I met a few other women in Dubbo in similar circumstances (husbands all disappear regularly during the year for work) so we started referring to ourselves as the ‘abandoned wife club’. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? Anyway, Cameron was then offered another opportunity for work that allowed

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us to return to beloved QLD so back we moved to Toowoomba with child this time. Getting the idea of a pattern here? We stayed in Toowoomba for just over 2 years when Cameron was asked by AWB to move to Melbourne and work in their head office so here we are. Cameron is currently working as the head of Harvest Finance. We are really enjoying Melbourne - it is nice to be back in a city with so many opportunities including arts, theatre, sport, good schools, work etc. With moving 3 states in 6 years, I’m still trying to remember which area code I’m in but as I plan on staying here until Blake finishes school I should get used to the ‘03’.

Congratulations Jeff

Over the years I have enjoyed keeping in touch with some of my college ‘partners in crime’... and those I continue to speak with, email, or see include Mark Kenway (especially since he’s part of the family), his brother Ben and Ben’s wife Kerylea, Benny Wilkinson who I not only keep in touch with socially but I also recently had the pleasure of working with, Gavin Loebel, Delia Bolger, Dan Fallon, and Al Nielsen... sometimes the days, weeks, months get away from me, but we still try to maintain contact! I am always keen to hear what people are up to and if anyone wants to drop me an email, please do so at

Round up Andrew Carnell (1997-99) “After graduating, Andrew Carnell took up a position as a Physical Education teacher in Stanthorpe. In 2001 he converted to Christianity and became

Goodbye & Hello

involved in a Christian Youth Ministry, accepting the position of Chaplain at Stanthorpe State High School, which he held for 3 years. In August he will be moving back to Brisbane to complete a Graduate Diploma in Bible Ministry at the Baptist Bible College and will look forward to catching up with some if his Cromwell friends still living in Brisbane.” God Bless, Andrew Carnell Wing. Kath has been a valuable member to the College community and states: “I’m going to miss my Hancock girls and boys.” Kath has been married to Tom for 35yrs. They have a son, Darren and a daughter, Sandie. They are also the grandparents of 5 grandchildren. Joanne Morrison, our Sous Chef has moved on to work with the kitchen at the international airport. Peter Jurek has left as Chef Manager to take up a position as Head Chef with an American-owned gold-mining company in Mongolia. On behalf of the Cromwell College community, we say thanks to all of you for your hard work. We wish each of you the very best in your future endeavours.

Kath Colbert One of our housekeeping staff member’s is saying goodbye. Kath Colbert started at Cromwell in January 2003 and has been looking after the residents of Hancock

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Cromwell welcomes five new staff members. These are David Abbey - Chef Manager, Wayne Stacey - Sous Chef, Richard Lagas - Kitchen Cleaner/Kitchen Hand, Sereana Morrison - Housekeeper Hancock Wing and Marie Forbes Housekeeper Campus Lodge.

Jeff Genders Jeff Genders our amazing maintenance manager was nominated by the Principal, Mr Hugh Begbie for a Pride in Work Award organised by the St Lucia Rotary Club. The presentations were on Friday 7th October at International House and current staff as well as Jeff ’s family attended the presentation to support Jeff and congratulate him on a fantastic job. Jeff has been with Cromwell for 10 years and has saved the College a lot of money with his magical handiwork and skills. Thanks for your amazing efforts Jeff

Set up a scholarship at Cromwell Cromwell College is looking to increase the number of Accommodation Scholarships it is able to offer by asking individuals and businesses to provide funding for students who are financially disadvantaged. A number of socioeconomic as well as cultural and geographical factors impinge on the ability of students to take advantage of university education. If you are in the position to help as an individual, an owner or an employee of a business that you think might benefit from community involvement please contact Jane Thomas (07) 3377 1232.

Chroniclesof Cromwell Few who read this journal will be unaware that the College opened for business in June of 1954 in a seriously unfinished state. Even when the official opening ceremony took place in March 1955, there were areas that remained unfinished, notably the chapel and the library (now The Alfred Gifford Room - see separate article). It was not until 4th September 1955 that a service was held to dedicate what was later (1960) to be known as ‘The Griffith Memorial Chapel’. The service was led by the first Chairman of the Board of Governors, the Rev J Harold King and the dedication was performed by the Chairman of the Congregational Union of Australia and New Zealand, the Rev C Denis Ryan. It was fitting that others



Sandra MCleod, Claire & Morhag Griffiths

taking part in the service included the Rev JFT Short, the first student of the Queensland Congregational [Theological] College and the Rev G D Hall, the most recent graduate of the Theological Hall of Cromwell College. The organist was the College Secretary, Miss Lenore Jarvis. The name “Griffith” was chosen to honour members of a notable Queensland family - the Rev Edward Griffith (18191891), the first Congregational minister in Queensland, his son, Sir Samuel Griffith

chapel. Sir Samuel, knighted in 1886, was Premier of Queensland 1883-88 and 1890-93, Chief Justice of Queensland 1893-1903 and the first Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia 19031919. He is best remembered, however, for his work in framing the Australian Constitution. Miss Mary Griffith was noted for her philanthropic activities, becoming a Lady of Grace of the Order of St John of Jerusalem. She also wrote a biography of her father, the Rev. Edward.

Rev. C Denis Ryan (centre) at the dedication of the chapel. Principal G. Lindsay Lockley and Rev. J. Harold King on right. (1845-1920) and one of his daughters, Miss Mary Griffith (1849-1939). Edward Griffith, a native of Wales, had come to the Moreton Bay area of New South Wales in 1854 to minister to the Congregational Church in Ipswich. He subsequently served in Maitland, NSW, and Brisbane. His portrait hangs in the

Sir Edward Griffith’s portrait

It has been noted that over the past 5 -7 years Cromwell has been receiving a new generation of College students, those whose parents had also come to Cromwell. As Cromwell is only 50 years old, we are now seeing the generations of families come through Cromwell. It’s becoming increasingly obvious that Old Collegians had such a good time at College that they want their own children to experience all that Cromwell College has to offer. A lot of the feedback from parents when they are walking around the grounds with their offspring is that they feel the place has not changed a great deal. They comment “ The structures and buildings might have had work done on them but the students and the community feel of Cromwell is still the same.”

From left: Katrina Price, Noel & Andrew Commings & Catherine

Adrian &Randall Keyes

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Guest speakers at formal dinner This semester Cromwell College has been blessed with another group of outstanding guest Philippa Searle, Dorothy Mathieson, Emily McAuliffe & Cassi

speakers, mainly from the wider community. Thank you speakers for donating your precious time to speak to the residents of Cromwell on Tuesday nights. On the 2nd of August, Hon Pat Purcell MLA, Minister for Emergency Services came to College to speak about his background and how he became involved with parliament. He also gave some advice to students interested in becoming a politician. On the 16th August Mr Paul Wetzig, a pastoral care worker at the Mater Private Hospital, came to College with his wife Sharon, and spoke about the importance of having people around you that you can trust and who you can share your fears and pains with. Paul is also heavily involved in the organisation of the Queensland Student

Hugh Begbie, Pat Purcell & Philipp Kearney

Leadership Forum and is engaged in a group called Enigma Community which is exploring Christian spirituality in today’s context. On the 30th August Dorothy Mathieson came to College and spoke to residents about her incredible life story of empowering the poor in Brisbane and overseas, particularly in the slums of Manila. Dorothy has a Ph D and other degrees but these have just been tools to serve others better. Dorothy and her husband George currently work in their home at Mt Crosby with people who are going through difficult experiences. Our Zimbabwe students also gave a presentation about the plight in their country. The presentation was most informative and very enlightening.

Michelle Hillman, Paul & Sharon Wetzig

On the 6th September Courtney Hoffman, Oaktree Foundation and Volunteer Coordinator for Queensland came to College to speak about the Trokosi women from Ghana. It is their custom that when a crime is committed a young female member of the family of the man who committed the crime must be given to the village priest, where she becomes his slave. Oaktree Foundation is trying to set up a community-training centre to change this practice. The aim of the centre is to educate women about not having to put up with such an injustice in their community. On the 13th August Mr Rod Wakefield CEO of The Coffee Club Group came to

Rod Wakefield, Katherine Hamilton & Shaun Hopkirk

speak about encouragement in leadership. Rod said that a leader who encourages their staff would receive the greatest benefits in employee satisfaction and ultimately in productivity. Rod has had the experience of also being the General Manager of Amies Jewellers and State Manager and Consultant to World Vision Australia. On the 4th October Ms Juilietta (Julie) Brown came to formal dinner and spoke about her community and development projects in Fiji and Mauritius. Julie has also been active in participating in leadership forums and the Inaugural Grassroots Empowerment Convention (GEM). Julie was very active at QUT as an ambassador for the Faculty of Business and Faculty of Law. She is now the graduate lawyer for Blake Dawson Waldron

Alice Rinehart, Meaghan Truscott, Rachael Truscott, Julie Brown &

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Lawyers. Julie’s presentation was very inspiring and motivating for the current residents to become more active in community projects whilst attending university.

Congratulations Bob Bob Anderssen & Professor George Szekeres The Australian Mathematical Society has awarded Old Collegian Bob Anderssen (1957-63) The George Szekeres Medal awarded for outstanding research achievement in a 15 year period for work done substantially in Australia. The prize is named for Professor George Szekeres AM FAA FAustMS whose distinguished career covered areas as diverse as number theory, combinatorics, analysis and relativity. Bob currently works at the CSIRO Mathematical and

Information Sciences Department located at the Australian National University campus. Bob Anderssen is a very productive applied mathematician who has published around 200 research and conference papers, edited a number of conference proceedings, and translated several mathematical monographs from the Russian. Bob has had a lasting impact on the mathematical sciences in Australia. He modernised the AustMS with the formation of a Steering Committee, and was responsible for its strong support for the Mathematics Olympiad held in Australia in 1987. Bob did his undergraduate work and a masters degree in applied and computational mathematics at the University of Queensland, and a PhD in mathematics at the University of Adelaide.

He lectured at Monash University for a year before moving in 1968 to a research position in computational mathematics at the Australian National University. Since 1979 he has worked on industrial and computational problems in the CSIRO Mathematics and Information Sciences Division and he has supervised 18 research students. The major thrust of Bob’s work has been to understand and solve inverse problems. Bob’s understanding of the illposed nature of most inverse problems and his deep knowledge of methods for their solution have given him an international reputation. Over the last 15 years Bob’s mathematical modeling work has had very wide scope. He has always been based in Australia, but has had very many, productive collaborations with scientists, pure and applied mathematicians, and statisticians around the world.

Christmas at Cromwell Has your workplace organised its Christmas party? Or maybe you’d like to catch up with your friends over Christmas lunch. This year Cromwell is holding scrumptious buffet lunches in the comfort of our air-conditioned Dining Hall. The College has invited University Departments and the surrounding businesses in St Lucia to come on either Friday 25th November or Friday 9th December from 12:00pm. For $60 you will be treated with a magnificent menu outlined below accompanied with a glass of champagne on arrival and limited table wine. For more information please contact: Judith Ayre: (07) 3377 1300 or email: Christmas Buffet at Cromwell Menu Champagne on Arrival and Table Wine Provided Pea and Ham Soup with White Truffle Oil Brioche Served to the Table Cold Selections Fresh Prawns Antipasto Selection Choice of Baked Breads Hot Selections Honey Glazed Leg of Ham Traditional Christmas Roast Turkey Roasted Veal Turned Fondant Potatoes with Thyme

A Selection of Steamed Seasonal Vegetables Salads and Accompaniments An array of Sauces and Condiments to complement your meal Roasted Pumpkin, Spinach, Pine Nut and Sweet Pepper Salad Mixed Green Salad Toasted Cous Cous and Snow Pea Salad Sweet Temptations Traditional Christmas Pudding Accompanied by Warm Brandy Custard An Assortment of Fresh Petite French Style Pastries Fine Australian Cheeses with Crackers Freshly Brewed Coffee and Tea with Mini Fruit Mince Pies

Philippa Searle, Louise Hand & Katherine Hamilton

Our Overseas Ambassador Old Collegian, Louise Hand (1973 - one of the first intake of females) visited the College, meeting with the Principal Mr Hugh Begbie, Development Officer Ms Jane Thomas and a small number of interested students. Louise was in Brisbane from Canberra where she has been working with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade since 1985. After postings in Vienna, Geneva, and Cambodia, where she was Australian Ambassador, she has just taken up the position of Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Indonesia - Australia’s largest Embassy overseas. Australia’s relationship with Indonesia is a strong and diverse relationship and the position promises to be an interesting one. Keep up the amazing work Louise

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ICC Reports

A big congratulations must go to Virginia “Wickee” Hirst and Gareth “Pow” Davies for winning Sportswoman and Sportsman of the year, Male convenor of the year - David Stone, Female convenor of the year - Catherine Pacholke, Team of the year - female soccer team. Finally a huge thankyou must go to Katrina “Kojack” Price, Greg “Moe” Matthews and Manroop “Joey” Soin who put the night together, finding such a high profile guest speaker and making the night a huge success.

Sport Report Cromwell’s highly commendable performance in second semester sport further strengthened our excellent position on the ICC sporting ladder, allowing the Crommie girls and boys to attain overall placings of 3rd and 4th in their respective competitions. Adding to these terrific achievements, Cromwell finished 1st in the men’s and 2nd in the women’s “Weighted Shields”. Also, congratulations must go to the male and female tennis teams and the female soccer team, as their hard work and dedication has earned them the title of “ICC champions” for 2005.

Cromwell soccer girls winning team Semester 2 Sports

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Volleyball Sportsmans and Cultural Dinner 2005 Girls Tennis: from left standing: Rachael Truscott, Philippa Searle, Kate Barker, Meaghan Truscott. From left kneeling: Anna Green & Amy Oliver. Many thanks to everyone who was involved in sport this year, particularly our supportive coaches and convenors. Such a successful year would not have been possible without their excellent contributions to Crommie sport.

Stephen Pick, James Coats, Luke Stoker, Nathan Hook & Bret Matzuka

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The students who participated in sporting and cultural events were recognised for their achievements and commitment, as well as the students who actively assisted the Student Executive over the past year. I felt a strong sense of pride to be a part of this community.

After months of gearing everyone up for Sportsmans and Cultural Dinner 2005, the night was finally upon us. The legendary guest speaker, Mr Mel Meninga arrived to an uproar of applause, which began the amazing and surreal atmosphere that was only to improve as the night went on. Mr Meninga spoke of his childhood, his achievements in Rugby League and what his future would hold. He finished his speech with question time where everyone took heed from such an influential life. This was the perfect motivation for an unreal night.

Greg Matthews, Katrina Price, Mel Meninga & Manrrop Soin

Corridor Cup Support and participation in every sport has grown even more this semester, with the introduction of the “Cromwell College Corridor Cup”. Designed by the Sports Convenors, the purpose of this intercorridor competition was to encourage all students to become involved in many areas of college life, especially sport. Everyone made a huge effort to support this new competition and we hope that it can continue for many years to come. Well done to Mid Dowling, winners of the Corridor Cup for 2005. Cultural Report With the end of another year, the time has come to congratulate all those who contributed to Cromwell’s cultural life. While not placed at the top of the ICC table, Cromwell has done an awesome job as far as participation and spirit goes. To begin with, the Cromwell debaters did very well making it to the quarterfinals and a special mention must go to the trophy winner Cameron Clark and convenor Cassie Aprile. Both the night of the annual Boat Cruise and the recovery the following day ran smoothly without a hitch and was a great time enjoyed by everyone. Maxx Damage, our awesome band led by Regan Ireland and Craig Gibson created quite a name for themselves and were invited to play at the International House Soiree this year, where the band yet again ensured a very entertaining performance. Our Public Speaker Scott Forbes won the ICC award for best speaker with his great speech regarding the ongoing competition

between sport and culture at college. One Act Play convened by Scott Forbes, Cassie Aprile and Amy Robinson had record numbers involved, with a cast too big to fit on the ICC programme reflecting the enthusiasm this year! While the cast did not get the deserved award, they all did a fantastic job! Well-done guys. Our 23 people strong choir looked absolutely stunning on stage with the adjudicators commenting on how beautifully dressed and effective the choir looked together! Congratulations on all the hard work put in by Shane Midgley, Luke Stoker and Cassie Aprile.

A special mention must go to all the trophy winners, and in particular: Cultural Cup Winner: Scott Forbes Convenor of the year: Cassie Aprile

Choralfest 2005 Dancefest 2005

Dance fest as always proved to be just as much fun and attracted a huge number of dancers keen to strut their stuff! Not just the judges, but all the other colleges noted their great performance as well. Congratulations to all the art show entrants and the chess players who contributed significantly to ICC points for Cromwell. All in all, Cromwell’s enthusiasm has definitely been maintained this year with so much participation and support for everything! Thanks to all the convenors who put in so much hard work and kept the spirit and passion alive.

An Outstanding Student

On Wednesday 27 July 2005 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, 2nd year resident Rachael Truscott was named as the winner of the QUT Student Leadership Awards. Rachael was chosen from a pool of 9 other finalists. These awards are an initiative of QUT Alumni and aims to recognise students of

QUT (both undergraduate and postgraduate) for their contributions to the University and wider community. Rachael is currently in the 2nd year of a Business degree at QUT. In that time she has developed a keen interest in corporate responsibility, resulting in her active involvement in the numerous organisations and initiatives. Rachael first became involved in AIESEC, an international, student-run, independent, educational foundation. She then shifted her focus to Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) and in 2004 represented QUT at the Campbell Arnott’s SIFE Australia National Competition in Melbourne. Her team was awarded ‘Best Business Plan’ and ‘Best Rookie Team’. Since that event she helped establish a SIFE chapter at QUT where she is currently the Vice-President and will again represent her team in Sydney during the 2005 mid-year break. Rachael is also member of the Office for Youth Affairs ‘Youth Working Party’ for the International Conference on Engaging Communities and is currently coordinating a Major Youth Panel. She has worked with Volunteering Queensland on numerous occasions and was a member of their Strategic and Marketing Team for the ‘2005 Building Capacity and Enhancing Leadership within Communities’ conference. Early this year, she participated in the International Youth Leadership Event, held in Adelaide, through sponsorship by the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition. Rachael has also developed a Strategic Marketing Communications Plan for the United Nations Youth Association in partnership with Alan Wu, Director of International Young Professionals Foundation. In early 2005 she was a recipient of a Rotary Youth Leadership Award, subsequently attending a weeklong youth leadership camp. Over the past few months, she has been working closely with the Ernst and Young Foundation. Recently, Rachael was a delegate in this year’s Queensland Student Leadership Forum. Finally, Rachael is a member of our very own girls’ tennis team, which was awarded ICC runner-up in 2004. What an outstanding record in the 2 years you have been at uni. Well done, Rachael. You deserve the award.

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Social Report

Community Report Attendees at this year’s Unthinka-Ball:

Social events kicked off this semester with AMU Week, a fun filled week, which included an Irish Night, karaoke night, a trivia night and the second semester Bunker. As always the managers the venues we attended afterwards were very pleased to have the fun atmosphere we bring and can’t wait to have us back next year! Many 21st’s and 18th’s filled most weekends, but we also managed to fit in a Bush Dance for the Oaktree Foundation, along with attending other college’s Balls, and last but not least Cromwell’s Ball.

Cromwell has been active this semester in the Make Poverty History campaign, with students organising the “Bushdance for Life” - an event aimed at raising funds and awareness for the Oaktree Foundation, a youth-run international aid organisation. The Cromwell community managed to raise over double the amount expected, all of which will go to Oaktree projects. Thank you to everyone who took part, we hope that a charity event such as this continues as an annual Cromwell tradition in the future.

Alison Joyce & Belinda Campbell

This year’s Unthinka-Ball was a huge success, with reports of it possibly being the best ball in the last 5 years. It was held at the Tivoli theatre with a balcony overlooking a live band, and toilet cubicles that were almost larger than our own rooms at college! Although we are nearing the end of semester the social calendar is anything but over. During term we have our Sports and Cultural Night which is a night to recognise the sporting and cultural efforts of some of our exceptional Cromwell members. The ICC Ball is also coming up, which is a combined Ball for all colleges at UQ and the election of a new executive to lead the college in 2006. In October we had the election of a new Cromwell College Students’ Association Executive to lead the College in 2006. Finally to end the year there was the

Valedictory Dinner for all the 3rd and 4th year students leaving Cromwell. Overall it’s been a great year of social events without a single dull moment and I hope there’s many more to come next year!

Also this Semester, Cromwell and other UQ college students have been part of a tutoring program run at Yeronga Primary School, working with young refugee children. It is a real privilege to spend time with these guys - they have the most character, fun and enthusiasm you will see all week, despite the past and present hardships they face. The program involves both homework and play time and is aimed at encouraging the children to develop trusting relationships and a healthy adjustment to life in Australia. Anyone interested in joining this program (which is running for the remainder of the semester and Semester 1 next year), please contact Emily McAuliffe on 3377 1394 or Cassie Moran on 3377 1484.

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