Published on: 2 August 2018

A panel of old boys were on campus this week sharing information about their journey since Christ Church with our Year 12s as part of the Old Boys’ Association’s Future Focus series.

Guest speakers Mark Crawford (‘11) and James Culleton (’12) spoke on various topics such as development of social skills, building networks and tips for employment during Tuesday’s session.

Some of the advice was:

  • Take a few risks while you’re young and opportunities will open
  • You can get caught up doing nothing! Avoid inertia, do something – anything – but don’t procrastinate
  • Meet new people and doors will open
  • Always say yes when offered opportunities, you never know where it will lead


Christ Church Grammar School Alumni Co-ordinator Deborah Hill commented, “It’s invaluable for the students to learn about the challenges faced by old boys and the skills needed to find purpose and happiness beyond Christ Church.”

“The old boys enjoy the chance to share their journey, reflecting on how far they have come since school and our students benefit from hearing about how others have pursued opportunities and factors that have influenced them along the way.”

Year 12 attendee Milan Murdock said, “I found the breakfast really interesting and got a lot of information that will definitely help me in the future. The old boys had some good stories to share and some great advice on what to do when finishing school, such as trying new things and not just sitting around doing nothing.”

Fellow attendee Lachlan Zhou said, “My key takeaways from the talk were: have a desire for life-long learning, be proactive in your search for opportunities and never say no, enjoy the journey and consider what kind of life you want to live.”

The conversations continued with old boys Dave Allen (’00), Henry Roberts (’14), Sam Brophy-Williams (’02), James Heaton (’11) and David Payne (’78) joining the panel on Wednesday.