Over the past week it has been tremendous to be able to welcome back two Churchie Old Boys on official visits, Michael Johnston (1996) and Kalyn Ponga (2015).

In November 2018 we featured an article about the inspiration Michael drew from his years in Churchie Prep and more particularly his fond memories of competing in the annual Churchie Prep Billy Cart Grand Prix in 1990 and 1991. Ahead of this year’s Billy Cart Grand Prix, to be held on Thursday 20 June, it was a timely visit. The excitement from the boys was palpable. After reading to the Reception class, Michael moved up to the JB Adams Memorial Library to sign some copies of his book before presenting to the boys on Prep Assembly in Morris Hall. He also took the opportunity to walk the course he had raced in his day, which is now a landscaped playground and courtyard for Years 4 to 6.

It was also a pleasure to welcome Kalyn Ponga back to Churchie for a brief filming session related to his selection and involvement in the State of Origin series. As a member of the First XV undefeated premiership team of 2014, Kalyn impressed everyone with his attacking and defensive abilities across the field. Despite the high levels of public attention Kalyn is now receiving as an outstanding high-profile sportsman, he continues to impress with his gentlemanly demeanor and humility. After playing a pivotal role in Queensland’s Game 1 win, we wish Kalyn the very best for the rest of the series and indeed his burgeoning sporting career.

Featured Image (above): Michael reading his book, The Great Billy Cart Grand Prix, to the Reception class.
Footer Image (below): Louie Carr-Brown, Lochie Butterworth-Love, Myburgh Van Wyk and Harry Crain with Kalyn.