I live on a sheep and cattle station in Longreach. I started boarding at Churchie in Year 7 and I am loving every second of it. My top five best experiences since I have been boarding at Churchie have been:
- Boarding house life. I love being in the boarding house because you are always with your mates and it never gets boring.
- Sport. My favourite sport is rugby union, but I also love water polo, tennis, golf and rowing.
- Weekend recreation. Churchie provides weekend activities for boarding students. I have been going on these excursions since I started boarding here, and they were what showed me around Brisbane. Activities have included putt-putt and the driving range at Victoria Park Golf Course, ice skating with the girls from St Margret’s Anglican Girls School, the Professional Bull Riders competition and (my favourite) Wet’n’Wild with other schools.
- Socialising. I enjoy seeing all my other friends from St Margaret’s and Sommerville House who are also from Longreach.
- Service: In Year 9 I was given the opportunity to do Navy Cadets, and it was a great experience. We also take care of our local environment with weekend clean-ups of Norman Creek, where we also go fishing. It is fun because you are with your mates, and once we are finished we have a barbeque.
Before I started boarding at Churchie, I was really nervous about what it would be like. I used to look at the Churchie website on Mum’s phone to get a better understanding of the school, and most of my friends at home were also coming here, so I decided that it would be a good choice for me. Now that I am here, I am really happy that I chose this school because of all the fun things that you can do that I wouldn’t be able to do at home or at other schools.
When I first arrived at Churchie, it was very different from what I thought it would be. I thought that it would be very strict and I wouldn’t be allowed to do most things. However, I soon realised there are really nice people here and, even though there are rules, they are easy to follow. Something that I thought would be different were the rules for phones. I thought that we would be allowed to keep them 24/7, but now I have found out that we need to hand them in to the safe at 8.45 pm every night.
I was really nervous when I began boarding because I only knew my mates from home, but all of the other boys were really nice to me, and we all became friends very quickly. I quickly settled into the boarding house and only got homesick once. As I had my mates with me the whole time, I often forgot to call Mum and Dad because I was having so much fun with the others.
If you are a boy who is thinking about starting boarding at Churchie, my advice for you is to always be yourself and don’t pretend to be somebody else. You won’t be able to pretend for the whole time that you are here, and the other boys will get used to you and what you like. I think that is how you will find your best friends. Another piece of advice is to have fun and make the most of everything you do, because not many kids have this opportunity.
Year 10 Goodwin House