Message from the OBA President
With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in WA, it’s been wonderful to see old boys enthusiastically reconnecting at recent alumni events. I am particularly excited to announce that the ever-popular Old Boys’ Annual Lunch will go ahead on Friday 4 September and I encourage you to save the date and follow the link below to register. The OBA website details all events for the remainder of the year.  

Thoughts go out to the 260 old boys in Victoria who face ongoing challenges due to the pandemic. To all our colleagues on the east coast, take care and reach out if the OBA can assist in any way. On behalf of all old boys we hope you stay safe and the situation improves shortly.     

Following the last newsletter, a significant number of old boys updated their details on the Business Network Hub. Thank you for promoting your businesses on this platform and strengthening industry networks. Please keep this valuable resource in mind next time you are considering suppliers or services. 

Lastly, thank you to the old boys who generously supported the school’s Annual Giving appeal. It’s heartwarming to see our community get behind the students and their families.
Tom Nattrass (’93)   
Old Boys’ Association 
Queen’s Birthday Honours

Congratulations to David Airey (’67) and Ryan Stokes (’93) who were recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for their outstanding service and contribution to Australia. Also included in the Honours was a past parent of the School, Dr Alastair Tulloch.  

David was recognised for significant service to the real estate industry and to professional institutions.     

Ryan was recognised for distinguished service to business, particularly in the media, mining and construction sectors, to cultural institutions, and to mental health and sporting groups.

Footy Bloodlines
As every old boy would know, Christ Church Grammar School excels in all areas, especially academically. And although it's not the be all and end all, the blue and gold actually does ok on the sporting field as well! Since 1978 Christ Church has w... read more
Follow the enterprising efforts of three old boys who are responding to niche market opportunities.
Daniel Whitley (’19) has demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit with the establishment of his new business, Mobile Digital Sign Hire. Variable-message signs convey a strong marketing message and support traffic management, construction and event promotion. For company details visit here.

Lachie Cooke (’07) has developed an app to facilitate connection with peers and the community, addressing the personal and financial cost of social isolation. The app iyarn is available to assist businesses, schools and NFP's stay connected during COVID-19 restrictions. Lockie is happy to offer a zoom demonstration to old boys interested in trialling the platform.

Peter Salom (’83) featured in The West Australian newspaper recently, acknowledged as co-founder and managing director of LITT App, a startup social media platform that provides innovative digital marketing solutions for business.  Advertisements are pushed using augmented reality and users are rewarded for viewing ads with virtual cash. For further details visit here.
Old boys’ support current students
Pre-Primary students were enthralled by a history lesson delivered by 92-year-old Bill Watson (’45) who attended Christ Church Grammar School as a Boarder and remains closely connected through the OBA ‘Unforgettables’ group.
James Cowe (’10) and Alex Brogan (’14) joined Year 12 students recently to share advice for the transition beyond Christ Church Grammar School. James currently works at Wood Group as a Digital Lead, while Alex is now a second year Analyst at Goldman Sachs. Navigating university pathways, making the most of a gap year and staying ahead in a competitive job market were among the subjects discussed.
Gareth Shanthikumar (’15) also returned to Christ Church last term to facilitate conversation with Year 10 students about manhood as part of the Pastoral Program and Health and Wellbeing curriculum. Gareth is a founding member of ‘Man Up’ and hopes to address the attitude, approach and language around modern masculinity as boys mature.  
Member update

Alex Devon (’19) has accepted an offer to study at the University of Reading in the UK, pursuing a BA in Accounting and Business funded by PwC. Following rigorous testing, Alex attributes his success to the influence of his Year 12 teacher, Mr Les Goh. This achievement allows for paid placements in a PwC office during the academic year while being fast-tracked toward a British charted accountant qualification.    

Edward Elias (’19) was appointed as an Officer Cadet in the Australian Army, posted to the Western Australia University Regiment, based in Fremantle.      

John Harriott (‘63) reports that the Young Lives Matter Foundation investigating youth suicide has appointed Wayne Martin (‘69) to the executive. He also reports that he is a member of the grants committee which has allocated funding for three research projects for 2020. One of these is to be undertaken at Perth Clinic and holds great promise regarding patient discharge. Another is using data collected at schools, and the third is research applying an educational model to suicide risk.   

Tony Seabrook (‘67) has grabbed media attention on numerous occasions recently as President of the Pastoralist and Graziers Association, in response to live exports. Click here to follow Tony’s position.

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