On Thursday 10 October 2019, 102 years to the day after the laying of the Foundation Stone of School House, it was most fitting that, with School House as the setting, the 100th anniversary of the formation of Churchie’s Army Cadets was acknowledged with an inaugural heritage march down Oaklands Parade. The march was accompanied by the Pipes and Drums National Servicemen’s Memorial Band with the Air Force and Navy Cadets forming a Guard of Honour. With the boys gathered on the lawns in front of School House, the occasion also paid homage to the early Headmaster’s Assemblies conducted from the lower verandah by Canon Morris and Harry Roberts.
The Churchie Army Cadet Unit has its basis in the 15th Battalion Australian Military Forces. In 1919 students from the School, as Senior Cadets, formed 16 Platoon, D Company of the Battalion. Churchie remains one of only a few schools in Australia to operate a tri-service cadets programme.
Tri-service Cadets Coordinator Mr Craig Howe OAM and Army Cadets Officer Commanding Mr Tremayne Cornish are to be congratulated for initiating this inaugural Heritage March. In his address, Mr Cornish acknowledged Old Boy and current staff member Mr Charles Fisher (1977), who served for 26 years as the Officer Commanding of the Churchie Army Cadets. Mr Cornish later stated: “The great schools of the world pay homage to their heritage, never allowing their boys to forget their past, whilst at the same time embracing the future and preparing their young men to lead a successful and meaningful life. Today’s Heritage March has been another step in building that heritage.”