Christ Church secured its seventh Head of the River crown in 11 years at Champion Lakes on Saturday 31 March. The First VIII took the lead early to finish a boat length ahead of Scotch in a time of 5 minutes 53.8 seconds, followed by Trinity in third, Guildford, Aquinas, Wesley and Hale.
The crew, including Captain of Boats Sam Morgan (stroke), Harrison Tyler, Will Halliday, Max Welborn, Jordan Charsley, Sam Marsh, Julian Bell, Brody Rezos (bow) and Edward Kermode (cox), rowed a fantastic race in perfect conditions. The boys showed their class earlier in the month by winning a bronze medal in schoolboys’ race at the National Rowing Championships held in Perth.
Congratulations to First VIII coach Simon Cox (1981) and Director of Rowing Steve Saunders on the success of the School’s rowing programme.
The 2012 Christ Church Swim Team set a new school record in March when it won the PSA Inter School Swimming Carnival for the fifth consecutive year in a row – the first time in the School’s PSA history.
Christ Church won with 1080 points ahead of Hale (991.5), Wesley (897.5), Scotch (724), Aquinas, Trinity and Guildford. Teacher in Charge of Aquatics Luke Farmer said the team’s depth was again the catalyst for victory – placing first or second in nine out of 12 Division 2 relays and first or second in seven Division 1 relays.
Congratulations to these boys.
Sunday afternoon 25 March was a rare water polo event attended by many old boys in the school pool in preparation for the First VII water polo final on Saturday 31 March vs Scotch. Janet Brogan, mother of First VII Captain Will (Year 12) and Alex Brogan (Year 10) [also First VII player] along with Manager of the First VII Andrew Jefferies organised the scratch match and sausage sizzle. The event was full of more family connections:
Players on the afternoon included - Coach of the First VII Scott Crystal (2006) and brother Aden (2004); James Moorman (2010) brother of Charles (Year 10); Daniel Cullingford (2010) and uncle Rob (1981) and cousin David (2008); Nick O’Halloran (2004) and Richard (2009) [Richard is coach of the Second VII]; George Ford (2010) brother of Andrew (Year 12); Chris Reynolds (2010) brother of Andrew (Year 11).
The team won the PSA competition with a decisive win over Scotch on Saturday 31 March.
||2012 Beverley & Districts PSA Dinner – Friday 27 April
All old boys are invited to attend the annual Beverley & Districts PSA Dinner on Friday 27 April, at the Beverley Golf Club, from 7.00pm. If you are interested in attending, please download and complete this booking form.
||College Cup Sailing – Sunday 6 May
Join old boys from other PSA schools for a day of match racing on the Swan River. Old boys interested in participating in the College Cup, held at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club (Sunday 6 May at 9.00am), should download and complete this booking form. Spectators are most welcome. To view the flyer, click here.
||OBA Golf Day – Friday 11 May
Golfers, young and old, are invited to play in the annual OBA Golf Day, held at Mosman Park Golf Club, on Friday 11 May at 11.30am. Official handicap not necessary. To register for this annual event, please download and complete this booking form. To view the flyer, click here.
Class of 2011 - Get Together
Old boys from the Class of 2011 will be invited back to school to collect their 2011 Mitre and their OBA membership badge. A personal invitation will be sent when the date and time are finalised.
||Battle of the Bands – Thursday 14 June
Lock it in! The third annual Battle of the Bands will be held on Thursday 14 June at Claremont Yacht Club. It is not too early to register your band’s interest for the popular event. Contact Alumni Officer Andrew Baird at email@example.com or on 9442 1528.
Dates for interstate reunions in 2012 are now confirmed. If you will be in one of these cities at the time of the reunion, but your address is recorded elsewhere, please contact the Alumni Office so we can send you an invitation.
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The 17th Annual Kettle Cup, a Christ Church versus Scotch cricket match played by 1986 leavers, was held on Sunday 12 February at Mt Claremont playing fields. With scores at eight-all, it was a big match for all involved. To find out who received the traditional ox tongue slapping for the losing side, click here.
On Thursday 23 February 2012 a small but convivial sundowner was held at Claremont Yacht Club for young old boys up to five years out of school. The Old Boys’ Association provided drinks and sandwiches to get the function underway and keen as mustard were the first arrivals from 2007 Blake Stransky and Alex Rankine-Wilson. Special thanks go to the two year group reps who made an effort to organise groups from their year to attend Kav Caldera (2006) and Tim Maguire (2008). For some it was their first official old boys event!
Marie-Eve McNicoll with son Henri.
To view the full gallery of photos, click here.
Garth Wynne, Headmaster, Geoff Guggenheimer, Director of the Residential Community, Jenny Watts, Boarding Housemother and Andrew Baird, Alumni Officer all represented Christ Church at the annual Wagin Woolorama last month. The Christ Church booth was visited by old boys, past parents and a number of prospective new parents with young boys. Even a current family, William and Ros Bell and son William (Year 8) of East Fremantle and a former staff member, Wally Cameron, dropped in to say hello.
One of the youngsters to have his name entered in the visitors’ book was 18 month old Henri Pickford, son of Andrew Pickford (1996) and wife Marie-Eve McNicoll.
Max Doust (1952), Michael Hobbs (1948) and Jack Grylls (1950).
To view the full gallery of photos, click here.
Twenty five Unforgettables attended their quarterly bar-be-cue at the Mt Claremont Pavilion on Wednesday 14 March 2012. Attending for the first time was Michael Hobbs (1948) and Max Doust (1952) who were photographed with one unforgettable who we don’t see very often, Jack Grylls (1950) of Trayning. After lunch was finished the group listened to the recording made at their Christmas Lunch of the Unforgettable Choir ‘Six of the Best’ singing an old school song from 1937. This was met with much mirth and hilarity and calls for ‘Six of the Best’ to resume rehearsals!
Two decade milestones don’t come around that often so with that in mind the victorious 1992 First VIII decided it was a good excuse to get together and celebrate the milestone and reflect on their 1992 season 20 years later. We might have been 20 years older but we were still game enough to see if we could sit in a rowing shell and pump out a few strokes. Whilst the weather gods didn’t help our cause, there was enough indication that we hadn’t lost any of the magic! (or at least that was the consensus a few pints later).
Planning for the reunion began six months prior, with crew members coming from as far as Zambia (Tristan Pascall), Tasmania (Anthony Ingram) and Sydney (Duncan Mitchell) to make the day. They joined the remainder of the crew (Frank D’Emden, Tim Stevenson, Stewart Blair, Tim Day, Tim Bird and super sub Anthony Turton) who all trekked in from various parts of WA to celebrate. A highlight was the presence of coach, Mr Robert Bell, who retained his immense skill to inspire his eager group of now not-so-young men who remained committed to his every word.
A special thanks to the Steve Saunders for showing us around the school rowing shed and outlining the advancements in rowing since our days, suffice to say our 1992 crew would have been nowhere near the pace nowadays! Also thanks to Andrew Baird for helping to locate the far spread crew.
Tim Bird (1992)
On Friday 16 March 2012 a casual lunch was held at the Albion Hotel for the Class of 1961. Mark Allison unfortunately didn’t make it and Peter Kerr was a late apology along with John Quirk. Bob Meagher arrived late to join the others in attendance. There were many yarns and much talk of trips and travel and retirement. Also memories of Akos and swimming in the river! An extended telephone call was received from Peter Edwards in Melbourne. There was a suggestion that next year might be a fishing weekend with Murray Criddle at Horrocks Beach!! Watch this space…
A mixture of parents, old boys, staff and members of the Queenslea Club came dressed in green for the annual Christ Church Community Cocktail Party – this year held on St Patrick’s Day.
The Parents’ Association and Old Boys’ Association were joint hosts of the party, which was held on the Chapel Forecourt. Guests enjoyed delicious canapés, including freshly shucked oysters, served by boys from the Midnite Youth Theatre Company who were suitably dressed as Leprechauns.
The Christ Church Jazz Combo, led by Paul Millard, along with the laidback acoustic sounds of Hiatus, featuring old boy Jake Minear (1986), provided the music for the night.
| Frances Jones and David Pollock (1997).
The battle to save Wooleen Station, a historic grazing property in one of the oldest landscapes on the planet, was recently featured on Australian Story (ABC1). The couple behind the plight is old boy David Pollock (1997) and his partner Frances Jones, who were happy to share their story when contacted by the Alumni Office.
After graduating from Christ Church, David went on to travel and study environmental management at Edith Cowan University. David then came home to Wooleen Station to help his parents get through the drought. Here, he developed a passion for the future sustainability of the region after meeting rangeland ecologist Dr Hugh Pringle.
After a series of family events, David came to take over the near half a million acre station in 2007. He completely destocked the property in an attempt to regenerate it after over 100 years of archaic management techniques. Dave and I met in 2008 and together we run the Wooleen Station ‘station stay’ where we work towards developing a sustainable grazing model for WA pastoralists.
Financially, the decision to destock is a difficult one as removal of stock also means the removal of income. Unfortunately, there is a lack of government support for this part of Western Australia with the problems currently facing pastoralists largely ignored even though these problems were identified in a Royal Commission in the late 1930s. If nothing else, David hopes to create awareness of the issues.
The southern rangelands have become degraded and could be described as being on the brink of collapse. This has led to an industry that is unsustainable economically, environmentally and socially. As each ‘drought’ comes the problems worsen, and carrying capacities get lower and lower. Despite numerous commissions into the ‘future’ of the southern rangelands, no action has been taken to stop the predicted irreversible damage to the environment.
It is a problem that no individual can afford to tackle on their own, remembering that these are pastoral leases, which at the end of the day are owned by the government and the Australian people as a whole. David believes the only solution is funding from the government in the form of stewardship payments.
David’s massive financial decision and love for the land took the interest of Australian Story producer Wendy Page, after hearing about the project from the principal of St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls. So on the 5 March 2012, the first part of the Wooleen story went air with the second instalment later in April.
David is still in contact with a lot of the boys from school and visits them on trips to Perth and some of them come to visit at Wooleen. In fact some even get involved! This photograph shows Richard Howard (1997) and kids from Northam Senior High School building an enviroroll across the Roderick River on Wooleen Station. This is a wire structure placed into a river system to artificially reinstate the natural functions of the river, spreading the water out over the landscape and slowing it to reduce erosion. In time, it is hoped that debris, leaves and seeds will catch and a natural filter will be born.
Many thanks to Frances Jones for this article.
The OBA and the School would like to thank and recognise the number of old boys who coached and assisted with summer sport.
Basketball: Tim Connell (2011), Ben Davis (2009), Jon Dimovitis (2011), Michael Eng (2011), Ryan Fitzpatrick (2009), Joseph Hanna (2011), Andrew MacDonald (2009), Sam McGurk (2011), Ben Purser (2007), Nick Rawlinson (2010), Tim Rose (2011), Sam Wallace (2005) and Jeremy Wilson (2007).
Cricket: Jack Campion (2009), Mark Crawford (2011), Stevie Eskinazi (2011), Ashton Turner (2010) and Lachie Wynne (2008).
Rowing: Peter Adam (2007), Peyton Caffey (2010), Simon Cox (1981), Nick Eyres (2010), Michael France (2010), George Haggett (2011), Albie Hunter (2010), Callum O’Brien (2010), Michael O’Shea (2004), Ben Power (2010), Andrew Summerlin (2008) and Nick Wakeman (2011).
Swimming: Bill Kirby (1992)
Volleyball: Stuart Carr (2008)
To see the feature article on Stuart and UWA Volleyball Club coaching at CCGS, click here.
Water Polo: Scott Chrystal (2006), David Cullingford (2008), Richard O’Halloran (2009) and Chris Reynolds (2010)
The results of the previous week’s PSA games are posted on the School website each week. If you would like to view these results at any time, click here.
The school history, A School with a View, is available to purchase. The history tells the story of how a visionary clergyman’s foundation of a small school in Claremont grew to become one of the country’s leading independent schools. The book also features a comprehensive register of all the boys and staff of the School’s first 100 years. The book can be ordered online at http://shop.ccgs.wa.edu.au, by phoning the School on 9442 1555 or by visiting the School Main Reception during office hours (8.00am to 5.00pm).
The cost of the book is $100 plus $15 postage (within Australia).
Since the publication of the school history over a year ago, a number of corrections have been considered by the authors of A School with a View, Wendy Hillman and Peter Edwards. To see the full list of corrections, click here.
An insert with an adhesive backing can be placed inside your copy of the book. If you would like to obtain one of these, they are available from Christ Church Main Reception.
Thank you to all the old boys who contributed to naming the boys featured in this photograph of Year 8 art students taken in 1989. The old boys were:
Back: Jeff Churchill, Ben Breheny, Paul Fuller, Todd Pittman
Front: Thomas Brownrigg, Tom Nattrass, Justine Tremain, Alec Craig
This photograph appeared in the Post newspaper. If anyone has kept it, could a copy be made available for the Archives? To view the photo in full, click here.
Does anyone recognise this photograph taken at the back of Craigie House, most likely in the 1960s? If you do, please contact School Archivist Freida French on (08) 9442 1532 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. To view the photo in full, click here.
Boarding Houses - 1966
Many thanks to old boy Howe Synnot (1967) for emailing the following photographs, taken on a Box Brownie, to the Alumni Office.
(1966) View across the front of Queenslea, past the 'Sick Bay' and towards Romsey House.
(1966) View from the front of Queenslea and looking towards the edge of the property towards Claremont and glimpses of the Swan River.
(1966) Queenslea Boarding House.
(1966) Queenslea Boarding House.
(1966) Queenslea Boarding House.
(1966) View to the top oval from the tennis courts just below Queenslea House, with the 'old school' in the distance.
Thank you to the following people for these recent donations to Archives:
John Hassell – five books, embossed with the school crest, awarded to Vern Eagleton (1930)
Julie Mouan – photograph of Albert Mouan (1922), while at Christ Church.
If you have any items related to your time at Christ Church that you would like to donate, please contact School Archivist Freida French on email@example.com or on (08) 9442 1532.
Do you remember French teacher Courtney Stoate, who taught at Christ Church in the 1950s and ‘60s? Mr Stoate, who later immigrated to Canada, is the father of Christopher Stoate (1969) and Timothy Stoate (1971) who attended the Prep School, and the uncle of Ian Hodge (1962). Ian writes that Mr Stoate, whose health has declined in recent years, would love to reconnect with any current or former staff, or former students. “You will recall him as a diminutive Englishman, who taught French and coached the Alliance Francaise, cricket and introduced rugby to the School,” Ian said. Courtney has very fond memories of his years teaching at Christ Church and remembers many of his students. If you would like to make contact with Mr Stoate you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1st XV – Courtney is pictured front row, fourth from left. To view the photo in full, click here.
|President Hamish Jolly (1983) enjoying a twilight sail at Claremont Yacht Club on Wednesday 28 March with skipper ‘Maurie’.
It is good to hear from the Commodore that members of the OBA are to be seen enjoying the facilities of the Yacht Club, including the full size billiards table, most evenings of the week. Members of the OBA are welcome to join a crew for twilight sailing any Wednesday until end April – just turn up at the bar at 5.30pm.
OBA Life Members are automatically social members of Claremont Yacht Club (bar and restaurant facilities not jetties and boat ramp). To view events, bar opening hours and menus, visit www.claremontyachtclub.org.au.
Remember, the Club will be closed on Good Friday.
If you are interested in the Club as venue for your next function, contact Bar and Functions Manager Tara Richardson on 9384 8226, 0408 662 112 or email@example.com.
Are you a younger old boy looking for work? If so, send your request for part time, casual work or work experience of any kind to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in the next e-Newsletter.