Collegian The MAGAZINE of Brisbane Boysâ€™ College
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A play about loss, confusion, expectation and hope
BBC students follow in the footsteps of our country's bravest soldiers
Building to one moment
As far as school years go, they don't get any bigger than the first year in Prep
The journey to manhood isnâ€™t always easy
Last year's seniors peak in their final semester of study
Junior School students head off to camp
Headlines A few words from Headmaster Mr Graeme McDonald
Middle School Precinct
A Day in the Life of a Preppie
Scholars Pursue Career P ath
on the cover For the full story turn to page 30
The Rite Journey
Mud. Adventure. Challenge
Twilight Concert The first major musical concert in the College calendar Published by Brisbane Boysâ€™ College CRICOS Code 00491J Kensington Terrace, Toowong, Queensland 4066 T 07 3309 3571 F 07 3371 2679 W www.bbc.qld.edu.au A MEMBER OF THE Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association
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School of Rock BBC's Rock Program continues to grow
Seeing Red a specia l training session w ith the q ueensl and reds
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A new direction for sports at BBC
The experts offer advice to navigate through the journey of parenthood
We reflect on the way we wore
Sport for Life
Sporting Horizon BBC receives the green light from to deliver a multi-million sporting precinct
68 73 80 OCA Handover
Incoming OCA President Alex Persley
Pride of the River
Three old collegians with the desire to make a difference
Preparations begin for BBC's Rowing Centenary
Scenes from ANZAC Day and other events in the College calendar
Making men through music education
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JOURNEY at BrisBan e Boys’ college from prep to year 12
experiences Tailored learning through the eyes
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Meet our teachers
Create and cultivate
seeing the world of our students
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a holistic approach to learning environments
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the future preparing young men for By tracking progress
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note for this bumper edition, I reflected on each of the stories, looking for an
overarching theme to focus on.
Interested in finding out more about our Junior,
Truth be told, I couldn’t find one singular descriptive to tie it all together – yes there are stories of inspiration and of great successes; we’ve featured projects that show innovation and thought leadership and provided
Middle or Senior School programs or the important role teachers play in the learning equation?
insights into the power of a collective community. Yet
Visit www.bbc.qld.edu.au and click on news
these themes in isolation seemed to oversimplify what
and events to browse through our Journey and
I knew to be something much bigger – our personality,
Inspire mini magazines.
the human side to BBC. And what did become clear is that this place packs a punch when it comes to persona, with each and every individual in our community adding additional depth and diversity. This year in particular seems to be moving with great
New digital face
momentum. Our strategic directions continue to come to
In the coming months, BBC is set to launch its
fruition with new developments nearing completion and
new digital face. The website will provide an
new initiatives in implementation. And despite being in an
invaluable insight into College life and the
environment that naturally lends itself to events re-occurring each year, it continues to feel dynamic and ever evolving. I believe the stories that follow speak to this
journey boys take from Prep to Year 12. Keep an eye out for our fresh new look at www.bbc.qld.edu.au
momentum and I hope they provide you with an insight into the heart and soul of BBC – its people.
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headlines: BALANCED EQUATION
that we maximise the potential of all our
gifted teachers in our school. The planning
phenomenal success over the past 10
students in the academic and co-curricular
for the construction of our new Middle
years. This success has come, I believe,
arena is our teachers.
School Precinct is a case in point. To
Brisbane Boys' College has experienced
because we have assembled a committed team of professionals which remains focused on delivering our vision of ‘success for every boy’. It is exciting to work in an educational institution that is so passionate about providing an engaging and personalised
produce a state-of-the-art learning facility
We are making a huge
we have invested heavily in researching
investment in our people,
student outcomes and this has entailed
developing and implementing world-class professional
learning environment for all boys. The highly
successful one-on-one counselling program
geared to the individual
introduced in recent years, which has been a major factor in enabling us to become one
needs of our staff. Our
learning environments and their effect on us looking at best practice nationally and globally. To assist us in this important research we have developed important strategic partnerships with Cisco and Data#3, leaders in the world of technology. In addition to looking at the potential of technology to create new possibilities for
of the top academic schools in the state, is
work in this area has been
21st century learning we have also focused
one shining example of the individualised
recognised nationally with
on learning spaces, both internal classroom
attention given to our boys. The College prides itself on having an outstanding strategic planning process. All of the many exciting initiatives currently being instituted are built around a strong ‘data
our selection as one of only 16 schools in the country to receive a prestigious
environments and external spaces. The partnership with Wilson Architects and Hutchinson Builders, in this connection have been invaluable. At BBC we believe our holistic approach
driven’ research base that is helping us to
Australian Institute for
to strategic partnerships and professional
respond to the demands of tomorrow.
Teaching and School
learning, coupled with our investment
BBC is aware that many parents are making a huge investment in their sons’
Leadership (AITSL) Innovation
futures and they are relying on us to deliver
the best possible outcomes for their sons. BBC is not only a fine school, but it is also
in infrastructure provides the perfect formula for creating dynamic and engaging environments and ultimately improved student outcomes.
The other major investment we make as
a large commercial organisation. The most
a large commercial enterprise is to invest
important resource we have in ensuring
in appropriate infrastructure to support the
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bbc news 8 Building To One Moment Middle School Precinct set to open in early 2014
10 Glad Tomorrow A play about loss, confusion, expectation and hope
13 A Collaborative Learning Community PMSA schools join forces to share ideas
22 Kokoda Spirit BBC students follow in the footsteps of our country's bravest soldiers
25 The Rite Journey The journey to manhood isnâ€™t always easy
Future pathways 2012 schol ars ret urn to B B C for a specia l assemb ly
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Building to one moment
The Level 2 pour alone used 380m3 which equates to 67 concrete truck deliveries in a single day More than 30 tradesmen on site every day
75 tonnes of reinforced steel in concrete
1890m2 or 23,625 concrete blocks
Just for level 2
days from start to finish Which equates to 270 working days
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opening beginning of 2014 Construction of BBC’s new Middle School Precinct is well underway with the project due to open at the start of next year. The precinct will be geared for 21st century learners with specialist teaching spaces and interconnected rooms for flexible teaching and learning modes. The project has been carefully orchestrated
flexible spaces and durable flooring, the
by a team of experts, with the College
prototype rooms allow for both instant and
partnering with a number of leading
physical switching of teaching modes, from
businesses including Wilson Architects, Data
the traditional modes of didactic teaching
#3, Samsung and Cisco to ensure the precinct
and individual student work, to the more
has the flexibility to adapt in an ever evolving
collaborative small group and large group
The innovative nature and purpose built
Five mobile touch screens (46-55”) with
design is set to place BBC on the world stage
computers (Computer On Wheels) serve both
for middle schooling.
students and teachers alike, with wireless
BBC’s Middle School Precinct is specifically designed to build community in the areas of
connectivity from any Tablet PC in the room to the larger touch screens for group learning.
pastoral care and academics. Three main principles guided the design; community, flexibility and sustainability. According to Headmaster Graeme McDonald the building has been designed to be flexible in all areas with every space having more than one use.
“Minimal fixed joinery and furniture will
McDonald said. “The technology has been designed to be ubiquitous with outdoor teaching spaces on each level to encourage flexible and relevant
allowing for both group work and individualised learning
enable us to have a space which allows for multiple teaching delivery modes,” Mr
delivery for students,” he said.
levels with each level dedicated to a specific group; Years 5 and 6 will be housed on the bottom level,
The precinct also encourages sustainable
habits and utilizes appropriate strategies
with Years 7 to 9 occupying
and technologies to minimise the College’s
the remaining levels
Design team: Architects, Structural Engineers,
harvesting, passive heating and cooling along
Electrical Engineers, Hydraulic Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Fire Engineers, Lift Engineer, Civil Engineers, Building Certifier
Construction team: Construction Manager; Project Manager; Contracts Administrator; Site Manager; Safety Manager; Site Foreman Sub-contractors: Earth Moving Contractors, Plumbers, Electricians, Steel Fixers, Concreters, Blockworkers, Scaffolders, Formworkers, Waterproofing Contractors
environmental footprint including water with hybrid and full air conditioning.
Precinct prototypes The Middle School Precinct exemplifies 21st century classroom design, learning practices and pedagogies. Integral to the
storey purpose built library. Glass walls will enable learning always to be visible - a concept central to the precinct.
success of the project is the construction of
Housemasters will be
two trial spaces for the training of staff and
centrally located enabling
engagement of current Middle School boys. Fitted out with ergonomic furniture, state-of-the-art classroom technologies,
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Glad tomorrow Inspired by the stories of indigenous boarders living in Brisbane, Digi Youth Art’s (DYA) Glad Tomorrow is a play about loss, confusion, expectation and hope. Workshopped, written and produced in collaboration with 10 young indigenous boarding school students, including BBC’s Konama Matthew, Sidney Biondi-Howarth, Silas Tamwoy, Kemuel Tamwoy and Assan Sam, the inaugural production was received to thunderous applause and a standing ovation in the Visy Theatre at the Powerhouse in Brisbane. Set on the last day of Term 1 and incorporating traditional language, dance and song, the play explores the unique challenges that the students face as they
DYA is the brainchild of Alethea Beetson, bbc's acting indigenous education program coordinator, and is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to empower indigenous youth in Queensland through teaching, mentorship and participation in the arts. The organisation is made up of education and theatre professionals and has been supported by the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts (ACPA).
come to terms with their new life at boarding school living far away from family, culture and country. For the majority of the cast, which also included students from St Margaret's and Clayfield College, this was the first performance they have ever been in and the excitement and raw emotion on the stage was palpable. Alethea Beetson, Director of Glad Tomorrow and BBC’s Acting Indigenous Education Program Coordinator, was extremely proud of the performance and particularly those students in which she works closely with at BBC. “The delivery of the performance was perfect; these brave kids should be so very proud of what they have achieved,” Ms Beetson said. “The beautifully written script succeeded in capturing the internal conflicts of the students in a sometimes humorous and other times deeply moving way, provoking tears and laughter from the audience,” she said. The students delivered three performances across three nights, with BBC staff members Kara Way and Eileen Morgan also contributing to the production as costume designer and choreographer respectively.
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“The delivery of the performance was perfect; these brave kids should be so very proud of what they have achieved,” MS BEETSON, DIRECTOR
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IndigenousX Alethea and a number of BBC students
dialogue about equally beneficial social
recently participated in IndigenousX -
change, which taps into the philosophy
a twitter account to discuss topics of
behind DYA’s Glad Tomorrow. “The idea
interest as Aboriginal or Torres Strait
of a ‘glad tomorrow’ came from Oodgeroo
Noonuccal’s poem A Song of Hope,”
Each week a new guest host is invited to comment and to tell their story and what issues they’re passionate about.
she said. “Oodgeroo raises the struggles of indigenous people and calls us to create
Alethea’s aim was to create a positive
a better future for our children.”
The College partners with a number
as well as the strong commitment by our
BBC partners with AIEF BBC’s Indigenous Education Program
of organisations and has strong links with communities including Aurukun, Yarrabah,
supporters,” Mr Penfold said. According to Alethea, BBC's Acting
has continued to grow
Torres Strait, Bamaga, Weipa, Mapoon and
Indigenous Education Program Coordinator
in strength since its
Hope Vale, all of which inform the program’s
one of the most pressing issues for
practices and initiatives.
indigenous students is maintaining their
inception in 2007.
Last year, BBC began a new partnership
connection with community and culture.
with the Australian Indigenous Education
Foundation (AIEF), which provides
important for many indigenous children, as
scholarships for indigenous students,
connection to culture and country is integral
opening the doors to quality education and
to their social and emotional wellbeing,”
which focuses on a boy’s social and character development and ensures young indigenous people
Head of Senior School Kyle Thompson
“Maintaining a strong sense of identity is
“In recognising this we have developed
along with indigenous students Konama and
multi-layered support mechanisms to
Ujabi Matthew, attended the launch of AIEF’s
assist with each boy’s transition and
Annual Report in May.
to encourage optimum student and
According to AIEF Chief Executive Officer
are able to access
Andrew Penfold, access to quality education
a quality education.
and pathways into a fulfilling career are
we also recognise and participate in a
among the cornerstones for closing the gap.
number of indigenous events, call on local
“Every day we are invigorated by the wide
“To foster a strong cultural connection
elders to provide support and have a
range of achievements of the indigenous
number of residential tutors with an
students in our programs and these wouldn’t
indigenous background as well as dedicated
be possible without the engagement and
excellent work of AIEF’s educational partners
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A COLLABORATIVE LEARNING COMMUNITY Staff members from Brisbane Boys’ College, Clayfield College, Somerville House and Sunshine Coast Grammar School
Passionate staff continue to play a crucial role in the learning equation, sharing strategically aligned resources with fellow educators. The Presbyterian and Methodist
learning environments of excellence, permeated by Christian faith and actions.” BBC’s Head of Strategic Planning, Mr
were keen to learn, share and inspire through
Matthew O’Brien, organised the event with the
unique and collaborative professional learning
belief that staff would thrive in a collaborative
experiences on the day, which was aptly
culture that fostered the sharing of information
themed ‘A collaborative learning community’.
and collective expertise.
The professional development day gave focus
“Our staff represent our greatest asset and
to the investment in staff development and
resource. Their skills and expertise expand
career pathways, to ensure we as schools
well beyond the bachelor degree with many
continue to create world-class environments
staff undertaking masters studies and actively
for our communities. BBC Headmaster, Mr
practising within their respective fields.
Graeme McDonald, said a staff member’s
“It is their experience that brings an
Schools Association is committed
passion is the key factor which allows
added dimension to the classroom learning
to investing in the staff of
educators to truly engage and inspire their
experience, and our professional development
its member schools, and their
students. “At BBC we are extremely proud
days, as they are able to draw upon their
of our staff. They continue to demonstrate
learning, holding a professional development day, hosted by
and are driven by a true passion for their profession.” The model for the day was based on
The day was run as a conference event with keynote presentations and 103 workshops presented by our own experts in
Brisbane Boys’ College, for more
engagement; with staff guiding the day
the field, covering topics from anti-bullying,
than 750 staff in April.
themselves, driven by the PMSA vision
faith and CPR to enrolments, sustainability
to build communities “based on Christian
foundations, by providing teaching and
Coffee for Cambodia We first brought you the story of Harvest Cambodia, a charity that works with
The initiative has seen BBC establish a
“These boys have been involved in the
strong relationship with Harvest Cambodia,
initiative from the early stages and have even
with organisation founder Doug Shobbrook
undertaken a barista course,” he said.
recently visiting the College where he was met
“As a result of our fundraising, last month
by a large crowd of students eager to learn
we sent $4000 to the school to assist with
more about the charity.
paying the day-to-day bills and a number
Doug was joined by Sok So and Rachel Merchant, founders of Stepping Stones Cambodia, who established a school in So’s
of our staff returned to hand over donations consisting of data projectors and computers. “It’s great to see students taking ownership
home village, Kok Thnot. The school, Stepping
of the project and next year we hope to take a
Cambodian communities to
Stones (formerly First Steps), provides free
group of boys to Cambodia, so they can see
provide growth through
English education to children in the village and
what they are contributing to firsthand.”
education, early in 2012. A year and a half on, BBC continues to fundraise in support of the charity by selling coffee to staff.
also offers lessons in health and hygiene, art, sport and computing. According to BBC Teacher and charity supporter David Biggs, Principal So was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the boys. “He was just so impressed by the students and was thrilled to be able to meet two of our most dedicated baristas, boarders Koby Frazer and Marley Ahmat,” Mr Biggs said.
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a day in the life of a PREPPIE
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As far as school YEARS go, they don't get any bigger than the first YEAR in Prep. Brisbane Boys' College welcomed Prep students on Monday 4 February, with their first day of school filled with a lot of excitement and many learning experiences. Spirits were high as the boys made new friends, EXPLORED in the playground, and established a sense of belonging as they settled into their classroom environment. eight months on, these boys are thriving with each day bringing new experiences.
THE START OF A WONDERFUL JOURNEY The path to a journey of lifelong learning can be intimidating and overwhelming. This is precisely why our new Prep families are invited to meet our wonderful Prep teachers and their peers at Orientation Day the year prior to commencing Prep, as well as the week leading up to the first day of school. This way, our Prep Centre is a familiar place to our new families, particularly our youngest learners. To aid with their integration with the rest of the College, BBC has developed a buddy system with Year 6 students. Every term, each Prep student meets a new buddy dedicated solely to them; each boy knows at least four older students whom they can look up to throughout their schooling life, until they become buddies themselves in Year 6. The buddies are so enthusiastic about their leadership roles that they visit the Prep Centre during their own play time to spend additional time with their younger peers.
LEAPS AND BOUNDS This year’s Prep cohort have come leaps and bounds in their first two terms of schooling. Having commenced their journey at Brisbane Boys’ College eight months ago, our Prep students have been busy travelling across Brisbane to the Lego Education Centre in South Brisbane, Sherwood Arboretum, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Fig Tree Pocket and to St Aidan’s Girls School in Corinda. Look out David Attenborough! At the end of Term 2, BBC Prep students created narrated mini-movies on the College’s iPads following their excursion to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Using photographs taken on the excursion to the wildlife sanctuary as a catalyst, boys in Prep recorded their narrations describing the
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Prep to Year 12 in Unity at BBC Each year our seniors develop a theme designed to unite the student body and reinforce BBC’s renowned school spirit. The mottos have revealed the common themes of working together, supporting others and mateship. BBC’s Senior Leaders, including the iconic Highlander, paid a special visit to the Prep classrooms to present our youngest learners with a badge based around the College’s theme ‘Unity’. The students were in awe of their senior counterparts, confidently breaking down the barriers as they shared in cupcakes and sweet treats on this special occasion. It was clear that the Prep boys looked up to the seniors with admiration for their collective spirit and association. It only took minutes for the Year 12 leaders to feel like they were back at Junior School again, swinging on the playground with the Prep students and letting their imaginations go wild.
BBC NEWS | 17 habitat and animal species of each photograph. This activity utilises technology to develop the language and confidence in speaking of each student, building on their reading and writing skills in their foundation year of schooling. A trip to the Lego Education Centre left our Prep students solving the big issues; to build a house for the three little pigs. The boys enjoyed a hands-on, engaging day where they worked playfully and collaboratively using their listening, memory and visual skills. They also designed imaginative solutions to a ‘community’ theme, creating a home, fire station, hospital, train and playground, all of course using Lego! Their fine motor and coordination skills were enhanced with a trip to the Sherwood Arboretum where they enjoyed activities in the park. BBC Prep students were also lucky enough to visit their friends at St Aidan’s Girls School in Corinda last term. The boys and girls participated in joint maths group sessions and fun, engaging social activities to assist with social interaction and teamwork.
end of an era
FOUNDATION TO GRADUATION The inaugural Brisbane Boys’ College Prep class of 2007 will complete their Junior School education this year, marking the end of an era for the College and the students. The foundation cohort started as the freshfaced youngest learners to ever commence at BBC. Now, they will graduate Year 6 at the end of 2013 and progress to Middle School. A painting that resides outside Deputy Head of Junior School, Mark Griffith's office, was created by the foundation students in 2007 to mark the special occasion and the start of their 13 year educational journey at BBC.
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PURSUE CAREER PATH The College was thrilled with its excellent Overall Position percentage between 1 to 15, with the Seniors of 2012 attaining a figure of 96 percent which is significantly higher than the wonderful 92 percent result in 2011. A total of 25 scholars achieved an OP1 or 2 and these boys have earned the distinction of having their names recorded for posterity in the Collegeâ€™s Academic Register. These scholars are now pursuing their chosen career path through university studies in music, law, engineering, commerce, science, medicine, mathematics and surgery.
JULIAN WADE Bachelor of Music (Piano), Griffith University PRATEEK CHOUDHARY Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Laws, University of Queensland KA-WING (LARRY) FONG Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Economics, University of Queensland
SEAN MCBURNIE Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws, University of Queensland
ANTHONY RALSTON Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws, University of Queensland
NICHOLAS POKARIER Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws, University of Queensland
ROBERT GALLOWAY Bachelor of Laws, Queensland University of Technology
SHAFAF ALAM Bachelor of Engineering, University of Queensland
DAANISH FAIZ Bachelor of Engineering, University of Queensland
TRISTAN ROBERTS Bachelor of Engineering (Software), University of Queensland Bachelor of Arts (International Relations and Political Science), University of Queensland
HARRY BUCHANAN Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Commerce, University of Queensland HUGH ROBERTS Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), Australian National University ANGUS SCANLAN Bachelor of Commerce, University of Queensland EDEN SHER Bachelor of Commerce, University of Queensland
SIMEON WONG Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), University of Queensland
ROBERT LAWLESS Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), University of Queensland
CALVIN CHAN Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery, University of Queensland JACK SHARPLES Bachelor of Medicine, University of Queensland JOSHUA SIA Bachelor of Medical Science (MBBS), Griffith University PAUL EDWARDS Bachelor of Science (Major in Mathematics and Physics), University of Queensland
DOUGLAS JAMES Bachelor of Science, University of Queensland
DAVID TAY Bachelor of Science, University of Queensland
JORDY WHITE Bachelor of Science, University of Queensland
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The Year 12 cohort worked consistently at
commitment to their studies. â€œThese results
their senior studies and managed to peak in
are a tribute to the commitment to personal
their final semester of study. The Seniors of
excellence shown by our seniors as well as
2012 were regularly advised of their progress
the inspirational and dedicated work of our
throughout their senior studies and this was a
teaching staff, which enabled these boys
significant factor in the success of the cohort.
to achieve their personal bests,â€? Mr
A sustained Queensland Core Skills (QCS)
preparation was exhibited in the QCS Test
Two BBC Seniors were awarded a UQ
itself with 25 percent of the cohort achieving
Academic DELL Scholarship for 2013;
an 'A' grade (State 15.54 percent) and 90.5
Prateek Choudhary and Sean McBurnie.
percent of the cohort achieving a 'C' grade or
With more than 1600 applications received
higher (State 77.9 percent).
and approximately 1200 of these students
BBC Headmaster, Mr Graeme McDonald, is proud of the cohort and their outstanding
achieving an OP 1-3 (or equivalent), competition for the scholarship was intense.
Academic scholars for 2012 Shafaf Alam, Harry Buchanan, Calvin Chan, Prateek Choudhary, Wei Dai, Paul Edwards, Daanish Faiz, Ka-Wing (Larry) Fong, Robert Galloway, Douglas James, Robert Lawless, Sean McBurnie, Nicholas Pokarier, Anthony Ralston, Hugh Roberts, Tristan Roberts, Angus Scanlan, Jack Sharples,, Eden Sher, Joshua Sia, Jeong Rok Suh, David Tay, Julian Wade, Jordy White and Simeon Wong. below: the bbc cohort recognises the achievements of the 2012 seniors in a special assembly.
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Our link with the streets of Brisbane
Year 12 iscf students lend a hand, passing on the donations, collected by the college, to access outreach
BBC'S Associate Chaplain BBC inducted their new Associate Chaplain, Thomas McPherson, in a special service earlier in the year. Thomas along with his wife Emma and three children, Owen (six), Harry (four) and Laura (one) were welcomed to the BBC community, with members from the Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association (PMSA), affiliate schools and BBC Council members in attendance. Thomas brings a wealth of experience to the role, having obtained a teaching degree, Master of Educational Studies focusing on the Middle Schooling years and has also completed a thesis exploring metacognition. Thomas has always been driven to help
It is true that life at BBC would seem to be a world apart from life at night on the streets of Brisbane and yet the distance geographically is only a few kilometres. Each year seniors in the BBC Interschool Christian Fellowship (ISCF) have the opportunity to join the Street Van teams run by Access Outreach and Helping Hands. Access Outreach focuses on stops at Carina, Spring Hill, Fortitude Valley and New Farm, while Helping Hands covers a number of stops in the Ipswich City area. As Christian organisations, both groups seek to meet the practical needs of people on the streets, providing them with drinks and food as well as a listening ear and a heartfelt prayer. "When our seniors go out with the vans, it introduces them to people of all ages who really struggle to make ends meet. There is an enormous amount of pain in the lives of those who have lost their support networks,â€? BBC's Chaplain Rev Graham Cole said. "This year we have had a wonderful opportunity to hear the head of Helping Hands, Vince Ford, speak at ISCF and talk about the great privilege of working with those who have little," he said. Old Collegian, Russ Wittham, is the Head of Access Outreach and he is the one who alerted us to the desperate need that Access Outreach had for tea, coffee, milo and cordial. The BBC ISCF group were very keen to support this practical and worthy cause and the response from the BBC community has been nothing short of amazing.
young people achieve the most of out life and in helping them engage with God. He will become an integral part of the Collegeâ€™s Christian Ministry team.
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Forging A path The senior years represent a time of transition as boys consider their future. At BBC we offer a diverse and flexible program to ensure each boy is able to pursue his pathway of choice.
opportunities will arise,” Mrs Deo said. In Years 11 and 12, students received individual counselling, looking at their all-round development with a strong focus on academic achievement, to help them pursue their chosen career path. The one-to-one interviews, conducted periodically throughout the year, allow boys to discuss their goals and progress. They enable boys to reflect on their performance in a safe and supportive environment with staff providing advice and guidance across a range of areas from goal setting, effective study techniques
In a rigorous and stimulating academic environment boys are encouraged to become independent learners as Brisbane Boys’ College continues to bring pathway options into focus for Senior School students and their families. Throughout the year, the BBC Careers Department hold In-Focus information sessions whereby industry experts and tertiary
right through to maintaining a healthy lifestyle balance and relationship building. "At BBC, the journey doesn’t end at Year 12. We are driven by a desire to ensure our students leave the College gates confident in their skills and ability to actively participate in the 21st century environment, where they can forge their own path in their chosen career."
institutions share their insights into specific industries, such as medicine or engineering. Additionally, our high-achieving students have the opportunity to enrol in early entry university programs while they complete Year 11 and 12 studies; some of these programs guarantee university entry upon successful completion. A cornerstone of the BBC Careers program is the Year 12 Careers Conference, held in April this year, bringing together some of Australia’s top institutions for hands-on workshops and information sessions. The conference featured BBC Old Boys as guest speakers, as well as representatives from the University of Queensland, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, University of Southern Queensland, Bond University, Skills Tech and Australian Defence Force Recruitment. BBC Careers Counsellor, Mrs Roma Deo, sees the continued value in having old boys return to the College to share their career journey at the annual conference. “I would like to thank Ben Young, Alex Persley, Jeff Ubergang and Barney Dell who came in and spoke to the students. It is always wonderful for past students to come in and share their stories," Mrs Deo said. “It was a great day full of information and the positive feedback from the cohort reflects this,” she said. Brisbane Boys’ College students have many pathways available to them and during the year each Year 12 student has an individual appointment to help define their future pathway in addition to regular career development classes. To assist with their progression beyond the BBC gates, the newly launched BBC Mentor Program links recent graduates with old boys who wish to share their one-on-one professional insights, provide industry expertise and deliver ongoing assistance in life after BBC. “It is a great opportunity for our current Year 12 students to start networking with like-minded people. You never know when
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KOKODA SPIRIT “Although very physically demanding, all participants came away with a great sense of achievement and better understanding of the battle of Kokoda and its place in Australian history.”
FLY TO PORT MORESBY AND BOOK INTO THE HOTEL FOR
Early start on the Track,
Break camp and trek to the
AN AFTERNOON OF TEAM ADMINISTRATION/BRIEFINGS
visiting the Isuarva Memorial
beautiful Kokoda Gap for
AND FINAL PACKING FOR THE TREK.
with an overnight stay at
a memorable lunch-break. The team advances on to Efogi
Village (half way) camping for the night and taking a well-earned rest.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
‘Hop’ a spectacular charter flight to Kokoda
the aim of this morning was not to be the first to fall
Village. Visit Australian Memorials before a short
in at the vine bridge crossing at Eora Creek! the group
stroll to the campsite at the base of the Track.
Progressed to Templeton’s Crossing for an overnight
camp adjacent to a lovely creek.
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The track has remained largely unchanged
overlooking the town, to reflect on the desperate actions of the Australia troops taken at this point.
fathers and School Sergeant Mick Leckning,
since 1942, providing the same challenging
followed in the footsteps of some of our
terrain for the group to traverse over,
country’s bravest soldiers, walking the 97
including demanding mountain climbs
reminded of the high price the soldiers paid to
kilometer Kokoda Track during the recent
and jungle river crossings.
stem the Japanese advance, even though they
“This proved to be very emotional as we were
“Steep climbs along narrow paths greeted us,
school holidays. The trip provided the group with a remarkable insight into Australian history and the enduring journey of these men and also women who were
and when on top of a feature we were met with
were outnumbered five to one. “We held a moving service with our local porters in remembrance of the fallen and the
some spectacular sights. “We were reminded of the battles which were
courageous soldiers as well as the Fuzzy Wuzzy
sent to the region to provide medical support.
fought along the track when a local invited us to
angels who cared for and carried the wounded
After flying into Port Moresby for the final
view some Australian ammunition which he had
soldiers to safety."
briefing, issue of equipment and rations, the group boarded two light chartered planes to
The trip was completed over eight days, with
recently found and laid out for display." A memorial at Isurava, which holds four pillars
Kokoda, where they received their first glimpse
representing courage, endurance, mateship
of the jungle and journey ahead.
and sacrifice marked the next milestone in the
the group camping each night in one-man tents and local huts. “Although very physically demanding, all
group’s journey, following a visit to a local village
participants came away with a great sense of
site where the Australians first met the
where the boys were able to partake in a
achievement and better understanding of the
Japanese and after a brief visit to the museum,
game of touch football with the village’s
battle of Kokoda and its place in Australian
we commenced our walk on a very sunny
“Our first day included a visit to the Kokoda
afternoon,” said School Sergeant
“It was amazing to see the boys interact with
Mick Leckning. “The region had received substantial rainfall in the week prior which meant the track was quite damp and stayed muddy for the entire
At the end of the journey the boys also visited
the locals and the game was played in fantastic
the Bomana War Cemetery in Port Moresby
spirit with the boys presenting the ball to the kids
where six old collegians are interred.
at the end of the match." Continuing along the track the group travelled to the village of Efogi, stopping at Brigade Hill
walk,” he said.
This morning begAN with a breathtaking climb
a climb to Iroibiwa Ridge down to Ua Ule Creek
Early transfer to the Airport and fly home.
to Brigade Hill, a place of wartime history and
marked day eight, and after many creek crossings
legend. After paying our respects the group
up and over Imita Ridge the group followed the
trekked to Brown River to make camp.
remains of the ‘Golden Staircase’ constructed by the ‘Diggers’ to reach the final night location Uberi.
the group continued along the
A relatively flat walk towards
Brown River and made their way up
Goldie River where the group
the beginning of the false crests
conquered the last formidable climb
of Maguli Range to the village
to Ower’s Corner – triumph! from
of Nauro. they continued to push
there they hopped on a bus back to
through the heart breaking nine
Port Moresby, stopping and paying
false crests of Maguli Range and
their respects at the Bomana War
descended to their camp site of
Cemetery, before checking into the
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In giving we receive...
Service clubs and their volunteers The humanitarian Albert Schweitzer was once asked by a young person at a gathering for his advice on life. He replied, “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”
Service clubs throughout Australia are dedicated to making our
almost 50 years ago, Joseph was delivering his speech to an audience of
communities a better place to live, work and grow. Service clubs like
more than 100 people and spreading the important message to make
Lions, Rotary, VIEW, Men's Sheds, CWA, APEX, Zonta and Legacy
provide real change and create opportunities within our communities.
“Our world is the way it is because we have made the choice to focus
Their volunteers, the driving force behind each club, are finding purpose
on ourselves, rather than on others. But it doesn’t have to stay like that,”
and meaning in helping others.
These service clubs, and their volunteers, are different in many ways yet share a core belief: community is what we make it. Service clubs, like the Lions Clubs, empower the next generation.
A founding member of BBC’s Amnesty International Club, Joseph is encouraged by the now 150-strong co-curricular activity, saying its members are “inspired to campaign for the rights of others, whose
Whether it’s providing youth volunteer opportunities and leadership
passion for changing this world is already inspiring others in the
experiences or sharing a message of peace, Lions Clubs are reaching
out to young people and investing in the future. Four BBC Senior School students have been lucky enough to take part in the Lions Youth of the Year Quest, which is designed to
“[Amnesty International] shows us all how, if we have the passion, the persistence and the courage, we can, and we will, change the world.” Following his success, Joseph has been encouraged to join the Lions
encourage student interest in leadership and promote qualities required
Club next year following graduation and possibly return to the Quest, this
to take on an active and constructive role in the community.
time as a guest judge in the competition.
Joseph Orange, Sam Catlow, Matthew Cheel and Charles Pidgeon
Although service clubs serve the unique needs of the communities
shared in the extensive process, which commenced with an interview
they live in, much like Amnesty International they also address challenges
where the boys were asked a range of questions on topical social and
that go beyond borders.
global issues. Judged by a panel of industry representatives, the students were then required to give a prepared speech and two impromptu speeches covering a range of topics. Keen debating student, Joseph Orange, was awarded overall winner for his inspiring speech on Amnesty International, where he proceeded to the regional and district events and was victorious once more following the same process of giving prepared and impromptu speeches. At the State Lions Youth of the Year Quest, an event that was started
From providing health programs to supporting efforts to control and prevent disease, service clubs work to improve the health of children and adults around the world. When a natural disaster strikes, service clubs are among the first to offer assistance. From Haiti, to the United States of America and Japan, service clubs are there to provide immediate and long-term disaster relief. They have been breaking down the social and economic barriers for decades, and service clubs continue to serve our communities and make the world a better place.
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BBC Boys on the Rite Journey
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The journey to manhood isnâ€™t always easy. To assist boys with this transition, BBC is currently running
The calm stillness of dawn is shattered by the haunting wail from a lone piper standing atop the dais at the Mt Coot-tha lookout. The cool freshness of the air matches the flagstone surface washed clean by the night's rain. The sun has not yet broken through the clouds as the nervous boys, watched by their assembled parents, emerge from the pathway to stand uncertainly and gaze out over the city.
a pilot program of The
As the last boy takes his place the piper stops, and silence falls once more. Welcome
Rite Journey with two
to 'The Calling'.
of the Collegeâ€™s school houses. As part of the program, boys and their
An old Chinese proverb suggests that any great journey begins with a single step, the school Chaplain intones, signalling the commencement of the first ceremony of The Rite Journey program. Gathered here atop Brisbane's iconic landmark, the boys are asked to think about their childhoods and their lives spent growing up in
parents are invited to
the city below. In this place and at this time, they give thanks for that life and, within
participate in several
the context of the ceremony they are now part of, they say thank you and prepare to
rites of passage. A film
move on. Parents too, stand silently, part of and yet separate from the moment. They know
crew, on behalf of the
this moment will not come again. For this is the beginning of a journey, one that will
lead these boys on the path to young adulthood and ultimately, to becoming a man.
Broadcaster, were on hand to capture the moving event, with an aim to promote the program
One thing they do know is that whatever form this journey takes, they want to be part of it. They want to share in the next phase of their sons' lives. They signalled their support for The Rite Journey by bringing their boys to the mountain, adjusting their daily routine, most of them up and moving before dawn, preparing for this ceremony. Andrew Lines is one person who believed in the need for a program of this nature.
to South Korean schools.
The South Australian teacher created The Rite Journey program in 1997 after seeing
The documentary team
large numbers of boys missing out on opportunities to learn what was required to
filmed both the ceremony as well as a class session the following day. BBCâ€™s Strategic Learning Coordinator, who is facilitating the program, Mr Matt Atkinson, shares his thoughts on the program.
become a 'decent' man. The year-long program is designed to provide opportunities for boys to challenge themselves and develop a greater understanding of themselves. The program operates in 45 schools across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, with South Korea the next country to become involved.
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The Quirky Tales of Nick Earls Earlier this year, the quirky award winning local author Nick Earls paid a visit to Year 10 students to tell the story behind 48 Shades of Brown .
Chinese New Year Students studying Chinese at BBC were treated to a dragon performance and delicious food as part of Chinese New Year celebrations earlier this year. Members from the Chinese dance company delighted the young audience members with a traditional Chinese dragon dance to the beat of the large drums, bringing the three dragons to life in College
The visit was particularly timely with boys currently studying the novel as part of their English course. The book has received international acclaim and was awarded Book of the Year (Older Readers) by the Children’s Book Council of Australia and was also adapted into a film - 48 Shades - parts of which were filmed at BBC. “Nick is a warm, funny and engaging speaker; he provided boys with an insight into his thinking behind the establishment of characters and structure in the book,” said BBC’s Head of Information Services, Jennifer King. “It presented a wonderful opportunity for students to hear firsthand from the author who has been set for study with Earls revealing his motivations, problems and goals in writing the book whilst also sharing an amusing account of his role in the making of the film,” she said. nick earls catches up with students interested to find out more after his presentation.
Hall. The dragons moved throughout the auditorium and up the stairs to interact with students, even showing their acrobatic moves with the performers sitting on another’s shoulders. Headmaster, Mr Graeme McDonald, also participated in the celebrations of the Year of the Snake, handing a red envelope – a custom during Chinese New Year – to the dragons during their performance. The performance was followed by a feast of Chinese cuisine, including dumplings and sweets.
Unwavering support The support from the BBC community for the Red Shield Appeal continues to be unwavering with more than 120 students, 30 parents and 20 community volunteers working together to raise more than $10,200 for the Salvation Army in this year’s fundraising drive. The money raised will support the charity in providing meals and beds for the homeless and those in need, drug rehabilitation and aged care support. According to Associate Chaplain Thomas McPherson those involved were wonderful ambassadors for the College. “The boys were fantastic in their commitment, from the Year 12s who came the morning after the formal right through to the Year 7s who were eager to knock on as many doors as possible,” Mr McPherson said.
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What’s NEXT for business Eight thought-leading students from Brisbane Boys’ College attended one of the biggest and most prestigious business events in Australia in May to ask the big questions that could change the future of business.
Piecing together the puzzle Boys in Years 7 joined forces to piece together the puzzle, taking home silver in the Inaugural Primary Maths Team Challenge held earlier in the year at All Hallows’ School. The team comprising of Robert Macarthur, Maximillian Kirsch, Declan Morgan, Auguste Peters and Jack Stuart (pictured above) were required to compete in two rounds, working as a team to solve a number of complex problems in round one and later in rotating pairs. According to Year 7 teacher Jan Wilkinson, the boys approached the challenge with great enthusiasm and logic. “The second round of the boys’ performance was particularly impressive; boys were required to solve as many of the 20 questions as possible in pairs without any assistance from other team members,” Ms Wilkinson said. “Whilst they are able to submit answers as they come to hand and make more attempts until they succeed or pass, for every wrong attempt they lose marks for the question; which kept all contestants on their toes,” she said. BBC also entered a Year 6 team (Benjamin Arya, Junsung Oh, Taehwan Kim, Ethan Rose, Sam Williams and Alastair Petfield) who secured fourth place on the day, behind three other Year 7 teams.
More than 1500 people attended NEXT? The Future of Business Q&A event to witness Sir Richard Branson and a panel of future thinkers answer some tough questions. The panel addressed issues such as: Are education systems failing 21st century students? What should be the focus for change in education? How and where should students be taught and how would this benefit business/society in the future? Sitting alongside Sir Richard Branson on the panel were the Dean of UQ Business School Professor Andrew Griffiths, acclaimed futurist Tim Longhurst and award-winning businesswoman Chris Cameron, who is the Director of Rockcote. On Tim Longhurst’s blog, he shared that education is a lifelong journey that should begin with curiosity, collaboration and creativity. “Education isn’t something for kids… It’s something for each of us throughout our lives. But since we’re going to be talking about formal education today; we’ll know we’re rocking formal education when kids are RAVING about what they’re learning and participating actively and with energy in their learning... The qualities we ought to instil in learners include: curiosity, collaboration and creativity. Curiosity, because it’s the spark that turns us into lifelong learners—essential in a fast changing world; collaboration because knowing how to bring out the best in others and work in team environments is such a big part of realising our own potential; and creativity because that it is an act that puts these amazing supercomputers between our ears to work in ways that inspire ourselves and others. We want to create a generation of creators of amazing content… Not just consumers.” Hosted by the UQ Business School, the gathering of the brightest future-thinkers stimulated wider debate on the future of business and how we can best prepare the next businessmen and innovators for the future.
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Mud. Adventure. Challenge. All the things boys love Boys in Years 4 to 6 have travelled north, south and west to get away from the hustle and bustle of Brisbane City as part of BBCâ€™s Outdoor Education program. Outdoor Education aims to develop boys' decision making, communication and leadership skills through unique and stimulating outdoor experiences. Boys in Years 4 recently travelled to Alexandra Heads to explore the rock pools, learn about water safety and to spend the afternoon at the beach. Year 5 students stayed three nights at the Midginbil Hill Outdoor Education Centre where they took part in bush craft, canoeing, pioneering, archery and horse riding. At Year 6 Camp, the boys headed to Tyalgum Ridge in the Tweed Valley where they tried their hand at the high and low ropes course, abseiling and canoeing. On each trip boys were educated on environmental issues with a focus on care and conservation. Students are encouraged to work together in each experience to overcome challenges through a number of adventure activities.
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Everyone loves good stories. They enable us to connect with the world around us and contextualise our own unique experiences. In fact storytelling is in essence embedded into the human psyche; everyone has a story to tell and these narratives have the ability to capture us, inspire us and even compel us into action.
BBC FEATURE | 31
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While we didn’t manage to save the house, the amount of water we
Lukin entrusted the care of his sons Frank and George to the
had allowed our neighbours to save most of our possessions. That
school, while he and his wife travelled abroad. The request
night the women had created a home for us in one of our cottages
struck a cord with the College’s founder Mr Rudd and boarding
with most of our possessions, and the local children had even
at BBC was born.
decorated the Christmas tree for our children.
The boarding house today is home to 112 boys for the best
My husband went away to boarding school in Toowoomba, but I
part of the year. The program supports students from across the
was a day girl. I always knew that staying in Moree was not an option
country from the Western Downs to Far North Queensland right
for us. My daughter goes to school in town and we leave home for
through to Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong, providing a place
the bus at 7.05am and she returns home at 4.50pm. That is just
to call home and inspiring young minds through education and
school no after school sport. I knew the academic, sporting and social
unique cultural experiences, which when it comes to boarding,
experiences were not available to my boys if I left them here in town. My family is in Brisbane and my brothers went to BBC so I knew
take on a class of their own. In this edition of Collegian we share the stories of some of
the school well. It also made it easier for us leaving the boys to know
our current boarding families – how they came to find BBC
that my parents are only five minutes away if needed, and they have
and the challenges and rewards that go hand in hand with
been! Trips to hospital for appendicitis, picking up from tutoring, and
boarding. Behind their diversity and individuality however sits
just taking them out of the boarding house for a quiet Sunday.
one collective community, a band of brothers and their families
The first time you leave your child at boarding school you feel like
who make up Rudd House. Their stories are our stories. They
you left a part of you behind - well I did. You grieve for what you have
reveal a great sense of pride and an unmatchable spirit that has
lost. I cannot change their sheets till they are just about to come
become synonymous with boarding at BBC.
home again for holidays. But what does make it so much easier is
knowing that they are so happy to be there. It was their choice to go
Ing familY Moree Plain Shire, New South Wales Our names are Nicola and Chris King and we have three boys and one girl. Our eldest son Jono finished at BBC in 2012, and we now have Matt in Year 11 and Angus in Year 9. Our daughter Becca is in Year 5 at
home and she will leave to go to boarding school next year. We live 70km west of Moree, and we are 540km from BBC which equates to about a six hour drive. We irrigate cotton in summer as well as other dryland crops, and grow cereal crops in winter, weather permitting! Chris is a fourth generation farmer on our property, with the family first purchasing the land 118 years ago. I was a Brisbane girl who was introduced to Chris through great friends, Sarah and Mick Hay who also have children at BBC. We love the sense of community that you get from living in small districts where everyone knows each other and is there to lend a hand when things get tough. We are incredibly privileged to be part of such a community – when Becca, our youngest, was only three months old our house burnt down due to an electrical fault just three weeks before Christmas. That day we had over 80 people offer their help and everyone brought their water tankers. Friends of ours have an aerial application business and they water bombed the house twice for us.
to BBC and they want to be there. What we love most about BBC Boarding is the fact that it is quite a small house compared to some other schools and boys from all grades are friends. It is quite common to be watching your son play rugby and have other boys from all grades from the boarding house on the side lines cheering on their fellow boarders. We are also very lucky to have such fantastic boarding staff, who are great role models, are kind and compassionate and have a drive to ensure every boy reaches his potential. BBC’s House Mother, Josie Pavone, is the glue that holds it all together, she is so compassionate. Organising that many boys no doubt takes a lot of tolerance, but the boarding house approaches this task with genuine compassion.
atthew family Thursday Island, Torres Strait Island Originally from Boigu Island in the Torres Strait, the Matthew family now lives on Thursday Island. “Richard was transferred here to work and teaches Math, Science and Language and Culture at the high
school, and I work for the Torres Strait Island Regional Council in the Engineering Department,” said Ivy Matthew. Proud mother to Ezekiel, Konama and Ujabi in Years 8, 9 and 11
respectively, Ivy admits there are many challenges but also rewards which come from living in regional Australia. “The cost of food and fuel are incredibly exorbitant and we are also faced with the absence of various opportunities available for our children especially with sports. On the other hand however we get to frequently see and live out our cultural and traditional beliefs, values and way of life.” The boys are part of the College’s Indigenous Education Program, and were able to access a scholarship through the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF), a BBC program partner. However, the family was first introduced to the school by old collegian and the boys’ uncle Joel Marama. “Joel spoke very highly of the school and what benefits would come out from attending such a prosperous school.” Not long after, Konama, Ujabi and Ezekiel were able to attend the Southern Skies Community Clinic, an initiative of BBC which has been held in Thursday Island for the last three years, where the boys were able to catch up with Joel and fellow old collegian Connie Pearson – also originally from the island. “All our children were involved in the events set up by the program during their visit. We were later contacted by Program Coordinator Jarrod Turner who got the ball rolling to have our boys apply for the AIEF scholarships.” Ivy recalls her first impressions of the school in three
humbled at the opportunity of our boys attending such a well respected school. Though a bit overwhelming in the beginning we were made to feel right at home.” The transition from home to boarding school can be difficult at the best of times, but was made easier by, “A lot of love, care and support. We spoke to our sons every day and reminded them to be grateful for the opportunity they had been given. We reminded them to never give up and to always strive to the best of their abilities. For us however what has made BBC Boarding unique is that it’s truly the boys’ family away from home. The staff are all vary caring of each and every boy’s situation.” According to Ivy whilst the boys are severely missed during the term, it makes the time spent together all the more worthwhile, “When the boys return home none of us take spending time with each other for granted. Each moment of our time together is always filled with laughter and good times.”
oe family Durong district, Queensland Just 100km west of Kingaroy, near the district of Durong, you’ll find the Coes – infact two sets of Coe families living on a mixed farming and grazing property, their two homes are just two kilometers apart. The fourth
generation farmers produce beef for domestic and European markets and also grow wheat, sorghum and mungbeans. To one side of the property you’ll find Jane and Philip Coe, parents to Nic (Year 11), Callum (Year 8) and Haddon (who will be coming to BBC for Year 7 in 2017). Philip’s brother Rodney and his wife Karen reside on the south side and have three sons, Thomas who graduated from BBC in 2012, James (this year’s Rudd House Captain) and Hale who is set to join the boarding community in 2015 for Year 7.
“We always were humbled at the opportunity of our boys attending such a well respected school. Though a bit overwhelming in the beginning we were made to feel right at home.”
words – respect, pride and integrity. “We always were
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Durong is a small district and the only available schooling is a small public primary school with two teachers. So for this band of cousins, boarding school was always going to be simply a way of life – not an option. “Usually children are brought up knowing they will leave home for secondary schooling. Having said that, we have been very fortunate in being able to send our children to a school such as BBC,” said Karen. The Coe boys are third generation BBC Boarders with both their fathers and grandfather attending
BBC graduating in 1954, 1986 and 1988 respectively. Yet according to Karen, they didn’t automatically choose BBC when considering boarding options. “Though we had a history with the school we still met with the staff at the boarding house and compared the school with others. The boarding staff at BBC and the greater school community encouraged us with their attitudes, ethics, morals and standards and we have had a thoroughly enjoyable experience with our boys in BBC Boarding,” she said. For Jane and Philip, despite having previously experienced BBC boarding their first impressions 22 years later still felt new. “Our impressions were it was big – daunting. Our local primary school the boys attended had around 30 students, three buildings and two teachers – how would our boys survive this! Nevertheless it seemed to be a place where diverse opportunities could be afforded to our children,” said Jane. “The boys had always known they would be leaving home to go to high school. We had discussed it with them from a very young age. Phil would tell the boys stories from his time at BBC and we would
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"It might not always be fun for him keeping an eye on his little brother, but the boys are a great team, and couldn't be happier than in Rudd House together."
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education process even more interesting. Using the Queensland
still float around the house.
BSDE system, the boys learnt the same curriculum as other Australian
For Jane it’s a case of enjoying the best of both worlds. “The
students, although being in a ‘class of one’ is not always very exciting.
space and ever changing landscape around us is amazing. We have
Although they never met, Josh was in the same class as Robert Irwin
a strong and supportive local community and our children have been
(Steve Irwin’s son). Team sports were an impossibility and a game of
able to live a fairly free and safe childhood… and when you live out
cricket for ‘PE’ usually involved the whole family and our staff.”
here you can turn the music up really loud! The boys have also been
A year ahead of plan their eldest Chris expressed interest in
able to experience city living and all that it offers. It gives them an
heading to Toowomba Prep to start Year 6. “Other than a few
opportunity to compare and make informed choices about what is
personal adjustments, and a little homesickness, Chris instantly fitted
beyond the gates of ‘Coo-ee’ and BBC.”
in, and made many good friends. He could finally do all the things
“Having a small, friendly and supportive community in the boarding
he had been missing out on in PNG. Chris' move to BBC was also
house that mirrors some of the qualities we enjoy in our home
to allow Josh to move to the same school from day one. It might
community has made the transition for us, as a family much easier.”
not always be fun for him keeping an eye on his little brother, but the
According to mum Karen, the transition has been made much
boys are a great team, and couldn't be happier than in Rudd House
smoother by technology. “We are very thankful for mobile phones, and the internet which enables us to have good contact with our boys; something their father didn’t have when he boarded.” “Both Thomas and James embraced the sporting and extra-
together.” “To assist with the transition to BBC we followed the school’s advice and gave them some space to settle in before calling for a chat. We dreaded calling Josh this first time, prepared our
curricular activities when they entered BBC, trying many things they
motivational answers, steeled ourselves against emotion and made
did not have the opportunity to at home. We have appreciated the
the call – “so how’s school mate?” “Dad, school is AWESOME.”
major role BBC has had in helping our country boys in becoming
We’ve never looked back since.”
educated and responsible fine young men.” “Our boys are very privileged in having lived in both rural Australia
In Dannielle’s eyes BBC’s boarding strengths lie in the camaraderie, team spirit and brotherhood that exists in Rudd House. “With such a
and living at and gaining an education in one of the best boys
remote and often lonely start to their schooling life, there’s no doubt
that the boys favourite part of boarding is the chance to share their
experiences and development with 100 close ‘brothers’.
incent family Wau, Papua New Guinea Growing up in Papua New Guinea, boarders Chris (Year 11) and Josh (Year 5) enjoyed the ultimate lifestyle. According to mum Dannielle the boys never really knew anything else. “They spoke Pidgin before English,
learned to live in an exciting remote environment and culture, tasted everything from kaukau (sweet potato) to kuskus (bush possum) and were always at home on motorbikes and in mud. At different times, their ‘school teacher’ was mum, dad, their grandmother and a variety of local assistants.” Dannielle admits however, education in PNG is challenging at the best of times and they always knew that boarding was going to be part of the equation. Born in PNG, Dannielle has followed her
“Chris and Josh indeed get to experience the best of both worlds with all the benefits of school and boarding in Australia and a mix of relaxation and adventure when on holiday in PNG.”
amwoy family Injinoo Aboriginal Community, Far North Queensland Whilst Cape York Peninsula is widely known as 'The Tip of Australia', you have to travel another two hours south of the tip
reach the Tamwoy family who live at Inijinoo – their home community. The family is from the Angkamuthi tribe, which comes from Athena’s, mother to boarder Silas in Year 11, father’s side. They share similar challenges to the Matthew family, with high living
parents and grandparents long association with the development of
costs particularly when it comes to groceries, petrol and general goods
the country prior to independence in 1975. Her grandfather, Jack
and services in addition to no public transportation to name just a few. “Our
Aimesbry, is renowned for establishing Bugandi High School in Lae,
nearest city is Cairns, but we still pay an extraordinary amount to fly down –
where many of the country's current leaders learned the value of
let’s just say we could fly to Fiji and back for the same cost,” said Athena.
education, through a focus on sport. Her husband Tim moved to
Although the community doesn’t have access to all the luxuries available
PNG in 1993 after several years in the Australian Army, to work at
in the city, their connection to country and culture is most rewarding.
the local TV station and met Dannielle through mutual friends shortly
“Having previously resided at Townsville for a number of years, there was a
feeling of disconnection to country. I’ve been fortunate that Silas grew up in
The family have spent several decades in Lae and Wau, and her
the community where he can appreciate these traditional aspects of family
mother Donna still spends much of her time there. Both Dannielle and
life. One thing for sure, each holiday, Silas looks forward to fishing and
Tim have lived and worked around the country, but always enjoyed
spending time with the family – all the outdoors stuff!”
holidays in Wau, and returned to operate the family business there full-time in 2005. “Being in Wau, many hours from the nearest town, made the whole
Silas is also part of BBC’s Indigenous Program and successfully secured an academic scholarship through the Cape York Leaders Program, in which the College is a participating school.
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The family now operates a beef cattle breeding and fattening enterprise,
in what they had to offer. On my initial visit to BBC's Boarding school, it was
with Clearview also home to the Tara Santa Gertrudis Stud. “The two
good to see where Silas will be staying and attending school. Meeting the
locations could not be more different and, as we have had to de-stock our
staff was just as important to me in that they would be the ones in providing
Winton country due to drought, we were fortunate to be able to bring cattle
school and boarding support, this made the transition much easier for me.
down to Clearview, where the season has been a lot kinder.”
It was also good to see that his spiritual growth would continue during this
Boarding was always going to be a part of life for the Walkers, however the journey to BBC was first brought about after it was mentioned by
time.” The move was a big one and a long way from home. “The transition
their then neighbour and passionate old boy, Trevor Lloyd. “Keeping that
was hard for the family especially his grandparents. But the family felt that
thought in the back of our minds, when the time came to get serious
he was responsible and mature enough to take this next step. The first year
about selection, Westech, an agricultural field day held every three years
was hard, I guess it was the unknown that made it hard. Now the family
in Barcaldine, was on and we did the rounds of the school displays.”
is more familiar with the idea and Silas is aware of what to do and what is
From here BBC was on the shortlist, but it was a visit to the school
that cemented Kelley’s and her husband Allan’s decision. “Students
Having a small and supportive boarding community also helped
we encountered during our tour did as much to influence
put Athena’s mind at ease. “I think what makes boarding at BBC unique is the size of the boarding school and the support they offer to the students. Meeting the boarding staff and to see what support was in place made it easier. For example, the Health Centre services and every mum’s concern, the laundry! But from what I saw, Sam has that under control.” For Silas the experience has enabled him to meet new friends, connect with other indigenous students and participate in a range of extra curricular activities
“What we have found to be most unique however is that the boys don’t exclusively keep to their own year levels – they all mix together, something that doesn’t seem to happen at all other schools.”
our opinion as did the facilities available.” These first impressions have carried through Hamilton’s time at BBC. “There is a firm but fair family like atmosphere in Rudd House. The staff have the boys’ best interests at heart and each student knows what’s expected of him. What we have found to be most unique however is that the boys don’t exclusively keep to their own year levels – they all mix together, something that doesn’t seem to happen at all other schools.” As for many boys, sport features heavily in Hamilton’s
that he would never have had the opportunity to do in Injinoo. For his mum Athena, whilst he’s always been a sensible and courteous person since attending BBC she has noticed just how
life. “From the moment Ham set eyes on the BBC Tennis Courts, that was where he wanted to be. From never really having played competitively, he made 8C in his first year and was awarded most
responsible and independent he really has become.
are a school’s greatest assets, and the pleasant, polite boys
improved player. This year he made the 11A team, and again was awarded
ALKER family CENTRAL WEST QUEENSLAND With BBC’s student population far outweighing that of his whole home town, boarding represented a significant change in pace for Year 11 boarder, Hamilton Walker. With the family’s roots firmly planted in the
Central West, Hamilton spent his first 14 years on ‘Gowan’ near Blackall and was schooled through the Longreach School of Distance Education
most improved player. Being able to play tennis nearly every day and to represent the school has definitely been a highlight. Cricket is a close second and with these sports comes the friendships made from being part of a team. When homesickness does strike, it does help to grab a mate and head to the tennis courts or cricket nets for a couple of hours.” With the family now living closer to Brisbane, Hamilton really does enjoy the best of both worlds – heading home with his mates for long weekends, way out west for the holidays whilst enjoying all the benefits of city living.
before heading to Toowomba Prep for Years 6 and 7 and then to BBC in Year 8. “Hamilton is part of the fifth generation of the Walker/Banning family on Tulmur Station, located 120km south west of Winton, on the Diamantina River. After the finalisation of the family partnership, we moved from ‘Gowan’ to ‘Clearview’, a 3000 acre farming and grazing block in the Cooranga district, between Bell and Jandowae, in 2012,” said mum Kelley.
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"We have appreciated the major role BBC has had in helping our country boys in becoming educated and responsible fine young men."
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Castle Hill, QLD
Weyba Downs, QLD
Veresdale Scrub, QLD
Port Douglas, QLD
Currumbin Waters, QLD
Cement Mills, QLD
St George, QLD
Gin Gin, QLD
Thursday Island, QLD
Peregian Beach, QLD
Baffle Creek, QLD
Noosa Heads, QLD
Currumbin Valley, QLD
Boambee East, NSW
Papua New Guinea
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Where DO BBC'S Boarders COME from?
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bbc ARTS 42 School of Rock BBC's Rock Program continues to grow
45 Music Everyday Program Expands Inspired by the educational and aesthetic philosophies of Hungarian composer Zoltรกn Kodรกly
46 Exit Pursued A tale of corruption and betrayal
Musical delight B B C ' s t w ilight concert
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Music by twilight
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They may only have several months to learn and master new repertoire, but BBC’s musicians never cease to amaze, with this year’s Twilight Concert deemed a resounding success. The event marks the first major musical concert in the College calendar and requires careful planning and dedication from students and staff who are required to juggle the pressures which come from starting a new school year and countless music rehearsals. According to Head of Music Mr Stuart Quill, the professionalism and enthusiasm of not only the musicians but also those who work behind the scenes was commendable. “It was fantastic to see boys also expressing an interest in working as part of the stage crew for the concert this year,” Mr Quill said. “Our concerts are renowned for their professional transitions from group to group and to have a team of dedicated boys helping us achieve this was wonderful,” he said. The Junior and Senior Music Leaders for 2013 were also formally recognised and acknowledged on the night.
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From A,B,C,D to ACDC, BBC’s Rock program continues to grow, unearthing the talent of some of the College’s youngest artists. The co-curricular program enables boys to develop their music, sound and producing skills and more importantly provides the inspiration to rock. Gradually evolving, under the guise of Indie artist, Dan Pratt, the program now sees boys participate in a weekly session with the option to attend an intensive holiday workshop as well as a range of external activities. Dan, who is currently completing his Masters in Fine Arts at QUT, has established strong links with the university, with students recently accompanying him to experience a live recording firsthand at QUT Gasworks Studio – Independent Music Project’s recording and production facility. This term music extension students will also have the opportunity to write and produce a piece to be recorded at the state-of-the-art facility. Dan brings a wealth of industry experience to the program, as the lead singer of his own 12 piece band, Drawn from Bees, who have toured internationally with one of their signature pieces recorded in BBC’s very own College Hall and mastered in Nashville. We recently sat down with Dan to find out more about the program and what’s in store for the future.
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You mentioned that the rock program at BBC had gradually evolved over the years, what makes our program unique and whatâ€™s your vision for the future? The BBC Rock Program actually began in
diversity and evolution. The music industry is going through a huge upheaval at the moment that has left a lot of musicians scratching their heads because they can no longer approach things the way they used to. As a professional musician this is where I thrive because it
a very small classroom located in the depths
is a time for new ideas and new methods,
of the old building, I started recording the kids
suddenly creative thinkers are beginning to
from that very space. We started with a basic
rule the modern music industry. BBC has
recording device and the two microphones
recognised this and is encouraging the next
that the Music Department already owned.
generation of music industry students and
As luck would have it those microphones
performers to strike a new path with the rock
were excellent which enabled me to record
program and let their imagination be their
some decent demos for the boys. When it
was discovered that I was recording bands I suddenly had a lot of students wanting to record their music and the program gradually
DAN PRATT INDIE ARTIST, MASTERS STUDENT, LEAD SINGER OF 'DRAWN FROM BEES' AND... BBC MENTOR
started to expand from there. That was seven years ago and Stuart Quill and I began with
What are some of the most significant changes you see in students as they start to develop their musical skills and talents?
the philosophy that we would equip the studio
Confidence is the biggest change.
with a long-term vision rather than buying lots
Confidence as writers, as artists and as
of cheap gear and calling it done.
producers. It takes a little while to bring a boy
When it was time for the new music
out of his shell when they start in the program
building to be built I was asked for my input
but as the training wheels come off and the
and we now have some wonderful rooms that
boys become less confronted by the situation
are linked together which we use during the
of writing and producing their own music, you
school holidays when we transfer the top floor of the music block into a huge recording studio. Each year since, we have set about sourcing one or two pieces of boutique analog gear for the studio, we now have some amazing American made vintage replicas and
can see the cogs start to click into place. Suddenly they have gone from
As we are progressing, BBC is assembling a studio that is becoming well known for its boutique approach and unique sound.
two or three pieces of modern analog tape and VCA compressors
being afraid to sing or perform in the studio to being fullyfledged professionals with an excellent understanding of the mechanics of producing new music. We aim to produce musicians that can stand on the other side of the
glass and deliver with no fear while displaying a comprehensive technical
and a locker full of microphones that are all
knowledge and a wealth of studio experience
specially hand modified in Massachusetts
under their belts.
(USA). We even have a specially built replica of a 1970's SSL Mixbus compressor made by hand in Brisbane by a friend of mine who is well known for the amazing pieces he creates. As we are progressing, BBC is assembling
What are some of the take home skills students acquire through BBCâ€™s rock program? From a band perspective we are producing
a studio that is becoming well known for its
confident songwriters that are comfortable
boutique approach and unique sound.
within a studio environment, there are lots of professional musicians that struggle with
What do you enjoy most about your role at BBC and also as a musician? I love that BBC allowed me to diversify
studio work because of its confronting nature. Our boys walk into their first professional studio experience with a big edge. We are
and explore a different kind of rock program
also giving students a love for the whole
as a teacher and as a musician who craves
process of creating art as a form of release
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which is something that they can take away
how to manage a real professional band. On
for the rest of their lives no matter what career
the other side, the wider music community is
path they choose.
walking away with an extremely high opinion
We are also in the process of developing young producers who are learning how to
of our boys and their talent, maturity and technical expertise.
deal with the psychology of recording a band as well as the technical aspects. By the time these young producers leave school they will be able to walk confidently into any music production facility and lead a session. In this sense, we are developing confident
As a musician where does your inspiration come from? My inspiration comes from people. I draw my energy from the surrounding enthusiasm. I am also always trying to learn new things so
boys who are comfortable with being in a
I am studying a Masters in Fine Arts so that I
leadership position and in managing small
can increase the capacity of my imagination
creative teams of songwriters.
and interact with like minded artists and draw enthusiasm from them. I am also an avid book
How important is it for aspiring musicians to have access to realworld experiences? How is this incorporated into BBCâ€™s program? It is important to me that the studio program doesn't become an isolation
reader, I love to read anything that feeds my imagination so that I can continue to create.
Whatâ€™s next on the agenda for your band, Drawn from Bees? We are just beginning the process of
chamber, I don't want boys to shy away
recording four separate records over the next
from new experiences because they are too
two years that will be packaged together in
comfortable in their own environment. With
one double vinyl collection. The plan is to
this in mind I have started linking the program
create a story with four contrasting sections
into the QUT Music Department and have
that comes together with a devastating finale
been bringing selected boys to Gasworks
somewhere in the realms of Dumas Count of
Studios to be a part of big recordings with
Monte Cristo. We will be performing around
professional bands. We are also in the
Brisbane in our full incarnation as a 12
planning phase of taking selected bands
piece band which includes BBC Music staff
across to bigger studios so that they can
members Josh Mckechie and Alex Jamieson.
experience a real-world recording. As well as
As well as the recording work we will be
this I am occasionally bringing outside bands
touring Australia again sometime in October,
into the studio at BBC so that kids can learn
we also hope to return to the United States in
how to produce professional bands as well.
a year or so to continue building on our last
In this way we are linking our students to the
journey there which saw us gracing stages like
wider community so that they get a broad
the Whisky a Gogo (LA) and the Bowery Ball
view of what is happening outside of the
school gates as well as a solid education in
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Music everyday program expands Brisbane Boys’ College has adopted a consistent approach to the teaching of classroom music to our youngest learners. STUDENTS IN PREP, YEARS 1 AND NOW YEAR 2 BENEFIT FROM CLASS MUSIC LESSONS EVERY SCHOOL DAY. Inspired by the philosophies of the Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály, the Music Every Day Program aims to foster a love of music in BBC students and for music to become a part of their everyday life. Kodály advocated that every person has musical aptitude and music education should begin as early and often as possible. He argued that singing should be the foundation of music education as the voice is the most accessible and humanising of all instruments. BBC’s Prep students who were first introduced to the Music Every Day Program in 2011 are now in Year 2. Today, these seven and eight year olds exhibit developed musicianship comparable to a typical Year 4 standard. For the past three years, these students have engaged in daily song, movement and play. Music elements, concepts and thinking are carefully presented sequentially enabling students to successfully perform, read, write and create music. According to Academic Music Teacher, Mr Jason Goopy, students are taught to be ‘musicians’. “Emphasis is placed on developing the person as the musician. Instruments later become an extension of the musician.” The current Year 2 cohort are putting their skills into practice by learning to play recorder. It is through this process they are reinforcing previously learned concepts and preparing for future instrumental studies. Mr Goopy says it is evident that music has become a part of their everyday lives. “I hear boys singing and playing games in the playground using variants of songs we’ve sung in class – they substitute lyrics themselves without teacher assistance and confidently sing in the playground surrounded by their peers.” Music is of such significance to the boys in Year 2 that over half of the cohort have elected to study piano and voice privately. In addition, Mr Goopy says the Music Every Day Program nurtures the whole person. “The program crosses subject boundaries, helping boys learn language, numeracy, social sciences and human behaviour. Habits of
Mind and common ways of thinking are strengthened through musical activities.” The BBC Music Every Day Program is the only all boys class daily music program that we’re aware of in Australia. It is comparable to the infamous Music Primary Schools established in Hungary. At the beginning of Term 3, Mr Jason Goopy studied and presented at the International Kodály Seminar and Symposium hosted by the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary. The small picturesque town is also home to the first Hungarian Music Primary School which began in 1950. Mr Goopy observed the outstanding results of daily primary and secondary music education firsthand and the possibilities that lay ahead for students at BBC.
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A tale of corruption and betrayal BBC’s Middle School Theatre Club
greatly valued the opportunity to explore my
Queensland’s Youth Program Administrator
presented 'Exit Pursued by a…
creative side,” he said.
and performance artist in her own right having
Bohemian' over two nights to a full
some time I was lost as to what the play
house in June.
should be about; so I looked to other works
“It was quite a challenge though and for
for inspiration.” Written by Year 9 student Alexander Voltz
Alexander describes his play as a spoof
recently featured in The Nightingale and The Rose at the Brisbane Powerhouse. “I was thrilled when Ms Stephens agreed to direct the show and it was really great to watch the play take form with her ideas.
the play entertained audiences, unearthing the
of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale – a
secrets of great monarchies over time.
piece that contains one of the most famous
the play was extremely well crafted, focusing
Shakespearean stage directions – "Exit,
on some timeless themes. “The production
pursued by a bear."
was received with great enthusiasm and is a
According to Alexander playwriting is something he’s always wanted to do. “It must have been back in 2012 when I first had the idea to write a play; I have always
The show was directed by Helen Stephens, a Brisbane based director and actor, Artslink
For Head of Middle School Tony Chittenden
credit to the 17 cast members,” he said.
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48 Sport for Life A new direction for sports at BBC
52 A Force to be Reckoned With BBC takes out premierships in Tennis, Water Polo and Australian Rules Football
55 BBC Tennis Players Defend Their Title The pressure was on for BBC Tennis players to defend their title at this yearâ€™s Brisbane International Primary Schools Challenge
56 Sporting Horizon BBC receives the green light to deliver the Oxley Sporting Precinct
58 Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds An insight into the College's Mini Clinics program
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Sport for Life Whether you’re a mad keen sports enthusiast, elite athlete, a coach or just someone who values the benefits which come from physical activity, very few people would question the integral role sport plays in our wellbeing and particularly in the overall learning equation at school. Sports serve to develop not only a child’s physical ability but also his communication and social skills as well as his overall psychological development. In recognition of this BBC’s Director of Athletic Development Mr Tim Mosey, under the direction of newly appointed Head of Cocurricular Activities Mr Mark Dwyer, has researched, developed and formalised BBC’s Athletic Development program. Holistic in nature, the program aims to provide pathways for every boy, from Prep through to Year 12, in his athletic development which is meaningful and relevant in terms of age and skill acquisition.
“Our program has been crafted to fall in line with the latest peer review research and is designed to build students’ strength qualities identified in the program’s philosophy - gradually over the period of their schooling, in an enjoyable and challenging environment,” said Tim. Indeed, the program is designed to cater for all students, regardless of individual goals, whether it is playing sport for enjoyment or the start of an elite development pathway. “Within the daily athletic life of a student, boys will be inspired to fulfil their athletic potential and enjoy the daily progression that comes with involvement in sport. “Students are encouraged to enjoy their young physical learning environment, before learning to train specifically for their sport. From here, students are encouraged to be accountable to the wider program and learn to create training strategies that are self-governed and directed to improving their competitive characteristics.
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‘co-curricular’, by connecting with the classroom and working in symmetry with the College’s academic program,” Mr Dwyer said. “The program is all encompassing, student focused and designed directly to improve educational outcomes by nurturing the physical, psychological, communication and strategic learning components of a boy’s education,” he said. “To be involved in any one activity, to the absolute exclusion of all others is, in most
TRAINING TO WIN
University Post School
• Training to peak for competition • Higher intensity and higher volume of training • Elite level the goal of future training
Training to Comp Ratio: 25:75
Senior School Year 10-12
TRAINING TO COMPETE
instances, lacking the required investment • High intensity, sport specific training modalities • More individually based preparation • Strength development can continue and be increased
in securing the broad experience required to be successful and it’s this philosophy which sits at the core of our program. “Great schools are crafted by young men who commit to performing the process perfectly in a range of activities; our program aims to produce strong, robust students;
TRAINING TO TRAIN
Middle School Year 7-9
strong enough to endure the rigours of their
• Build aerobic base and speed • Aim to build strength toward end of phase • Flexibility introduced • Learning the basics in training, not competing
Training to Comp Ratio: 60:40
capable of making informed decisions on their physical wellbeing; being resilient and process driven in the sporting world and physically
Underpinning the program is Habits of
Training to Comp Ratio: 50:50
Junior School Year 5-6
LEARNING TO TRAIN
Mind, a set of thinking dispositions, which • General overall sports skills • Strength with body weight exercises • Further develop fundamental movement patterns
is embedded in the curriculum throughout the College. The program has also adapted the theory behind long term athlete development, an industry benchmark, to suit a school
Training to Comp Ratio: 70:30
context. According to Mark, the program demonstrates BBC’s commitment to taking an holistic approach to the learning journey. “We have a proud history of sporting success and I believe this program will enable us to continue to build on these strong foundations. “We are committed to providing our
Junior School Prep - Year 4
• Fun based training • Fundamental movement skill development (ABCs: agility, balance, coordination, speed) • Enjoyable activities that encompass fundamental movement patterns
students with the highest quality expertise and facility with university educated and certified strength and conditioning coaches.” A part of the program, BBC is also in the process of developing a specified sports curriculum for each code covering leadership learning, technical progression, physical development, communication as well as strategic and psychological planning.
HOW IT WORKS Long term athletic development levels and focus
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HOW IT WORKS Components of the BBC Athletic Development Pathway
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THE HEAD OF CO-CURR ICULAR ACTIV ITIES Mark brings a wealth of experience to his role, having worked as a schoolmaster in independent schools in Victoria and New South Wales. He has worked at St Kevin’s College, Carey Grammar School and then at Scotch College where he carried out the role of Director of Rowing. More recently in Sydney he performed the role of Head of English at the King’s School for 11 years and Director of Rowing at The Scots College.
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THE BIG PICTURE According to Mark, the program aligns seamlessly with the College’s co-curricular vision. “All that we do will focus on providing benefit to the boys and to add value to their lives, by encouraging them to develop integrity, ingenuity and creative spirit by being involved in a wide range of co-curricular activities offered throughout the year,” he said.
The co-curricular vision statement asks students consistently to drive themselves at all levels: • To search for the rules that make good self, on each boy’s own terms, and be governed by those rules • To find, name, challenge and dismiss external expectations TO CHARGE EACH BOY TO CRAFT “THE MAN IN THE MIRROR”
TO DISTINGUISH THE CO-CURRICULAR PROGRAM AT BBC BY LEADING FROM THE GROUND UP TO BE AN EXEMPLAR IN LEARNING, TRAINING AND PERFORMING THE PROCESS PERFECTLY
• To reflect on performance in and contribution to crew, team, club and College honestly, regularly, gently and fairly
• To locate and pursue actions which inspire dedication, conversation, commitment and care of all members of the College • To impress peers, coaches, teachers and parents with an understated and uncompromising attention to detail and effectiveness
• To apply the goal setting skills learned in the Co-curricular Program to all other ambitions and endeavours • To be relentless and unforgiving in driving towards our collective success • To challenge barriers to performance quality and commit absolutely to positive transformation
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A Force to be Reckoned With... Brisbane Boys’ College was a force to be reckoned with for interschool sport in Term 2, taking out premierships in Tennis, Water Polo and Australian Rules Football. BBC’s Open Tennis team claimed the GPS Tennis Premiership 6-2 against The Southport School at the Brisbane Tennis Centre in Tennyson on Saturday 15 June, with 18 of 20 BBC teams fielded placing first or second. Of these, 11 teams won premierships. The Brisbane Boys’ College Senior Australian Rules Football team was victorious against St Joseph's Nudgee College at their grand final in May. Meanwhile, two of BBC’s Water Polo teams claimed premierships against Brisbane State High School, with the Open team shooting it out in sudden death. Congratulations to our tennis, water polo and Australian rules football teams on their recent victories.
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Headed out west From forward rolls, to shooting goals, children in the Western Downs region were treated to a unique opportunity when Brisbane Boys’ College hosted a sporting clinic in Roma. On Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 April more than 150 children, from towns as far as St George, Mitchell, Chinchilla, Charleville, Dalby and Miles, descended on Roma to participate in BBC’s second annual Easter Multi-Sports Clinic. Provided free of charge for boys and girls aged between 7 and 14 years, the clinic provided participants with an opportunity to access expert coaching in tennis, rugby, cricket, netball, soccer and gymnastics. Presented by Southern Skies Events, an initiative of BBC, the clinic provides a platform for regional children to discover new interests in a fun and supportive environment. “The clinic allowed the kids to access high level quality coaching and experience a range of different sports,” Southern Skies Program and Development Officer Jarrod Turner said. “Roma was a great success and we’re glad it has become an annual event. We are also looking to expand into other areas of Queensland and are extremely excited about what this program will bring to the wider community in years to come,” he said. Held in conjunction with the Easter School Holidays, it was opportune for BBC to catch up with boarding families, old collegians and friends of the College at a social function hosted in neighbouring town Miles.
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Twelve players see Red Twelve rugby enthusiasts were invited to be on the extended bench at an exclusive training session with the Queensland Reds in April. The BBC Rugby ambassadors were provided a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with many of their heroes, including old boys James Horwill and Will Genia, at Ballymore Stadium; the home of the Queensland Reds. The training session including an hour long coaching clinic with Queensland Reds staff, a BBQ to get to know the players, followed by an awards presentation to close the afternoon. Director of Rugby, Mr Steve Phillpotts, said the players were selected based on the early return of the BBC Highlander Rugby sign-on form. “The 12 BBC players, aged between 13 and 17 years, illustrated their commitment and enthusiasm to be involved in preseason preparation for the upcoming GPS competition.” This year has seen a clearly defined GPS Highlanders Rugby program focusing on Term 2 preparation for Term 3 competition. The program is incentive-based, where boys can qualify (through session attendance) for a Highlanders training jersey – a training jersey worn with pride! This year’s reinvigorated coaching program is overseen by a Senior Coaching Panel comprising three Level 3 ARU coaches and a wealth of coaching experience including professional Super Rugby, Brisbane Premier Grade, Queensland and Australian Schoolboys, GPS First XV and extensive overseas coaching experience.
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BBC boys defend Brisbane International title Having claimed victory at the
played excellent, competitive tennis in all of
inaugural event in 2012, the pressure
their singles and doubles matches.
was on for BBC Tennis players to
divided up into two pools, with each school
defend their title at this year’s
playing against the eight other schools in
Brisbane International Primary Schools Challenge held in January. The team, consisting of Santokh Bains, Bryn Nahrung, Max Williams, Lewis Kehl and Mitch Clarke, failed to disappoint, securing victory for the second consecutive year after a fiercely contested battle against Sunshine Coast Grammar School (19-17). The event attracted 84 schools from across Queensland and they each earned their selection in the state finals by being victorious in their regions prior to the event. According to BBC’s Team Coach Mr Andrew Rolph the boys
“The event followed a round robin format
their pools; the BBC team delivered strong performances to remain undefeated through their pool event,” Mr Rolph said. “I’m sure this experience and victory will be remembered by the entire BBC team as a highlight in their tennis careers,” he said. The challenge culminated in a presentation ceremony to all participants on the NOVA 106.9 Stage in Tennis Central where Tennis Queensland Head of Tennis, Travis Atkinson and Tournament Manager Matt Richards presented the boys with the State Team Trophy. An All Star team was also announced with Bryn Nahrung selected as the Best Number 2 player of the tournament. The boys were able to play alongside their professional tennis idols on the courts during the Brisbane International and enjoyed the chance to see them play at the Pat Rafter Arena in the semifinals.
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There is certainly no shortage of exciting milestones occurring at BBC in 2013. After much planning and an extensive consultation process, BBC received the green light from Council to deliver a multi-million dollar sporting, medical and fitness precinct in Oxley, to cater for the growth of its student population and provide additional amenities for the local community. The BBC Oxley Sporting Precinct, which will be developed in stages over the next decade, will boast playing fields for soccer, cricket, rugby, hockey and AFL as well as tennis and multi-use courts, a sports complex for basketball and volleyball and a specialised training facility featuring a hydrotherapy pool and spa, a gymnasium and community medical facilities. It's anticipated the first stage of works, which will focus on the Oxley Road precinct and include several playing fields, could commence construction sometime between 2016 and 2018, after the completion of BBC's new Middle School Precinct. BBC Headmaster Graeme McDonald said the Oxley Sporting Precinct was a prime example of the school's culture of innovation and forward-thinking. "We started planning for this sporting precinct several years ago, as we knew our school would grow following the creation of our new Middle School Precinct, which will provide specialist facilities and teaching resources for these critical learning years," he said. "Sport is an integral part of our curriculum, and we found that we were starting to outgrow our current facilities, so we acquired a 36 hectare site in nearby Oxley to meet future needs." The BBC Oxley Sporting Precinct will boast five-star facilities, with multiple playing fields and courts, a sports complex along with a training facility which will comprise some amenities including cycling and walking trails, a medical centre, pharmacy and hydrotherapy pools - which will be made available for community benefit. "This new facility is transformative for BBC because it will add to our capacity to provide a holistic, well-rounded education for all boys." "We envisage that the Sporting Precinct will also be used as part of our academic curriculum, to allow the boys to learn more about the importance of environmental sustainability - especially in relation to the Oxley Creek area which will be protected, preserved and rehabilitated in conjunction with local landcare groups as part of our Environmental Rehabilitation program.â€? BBC Oxley Sporting Precinct Project Manager, Peter Macgregor, said the development approval followed several years of extensive consultation with locals, community and education stakeholders, Council and environmental groups, and he was confident the end result provided the best possible outcome for all involved. "We have worked with all relevant parties to ensure that this development is something that everyone can be proud of,â€? he said. "The project has been spearheaded by a team of renowned Planners and Architects - lead by newly appointed Queensland Government Architect, Malcolm Middleton, in association with M3 Architecture - to advise best practice design and development methods to ensure the precinct is sustainable and delivers real benefit to the area.
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Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds In a world where children can spend
such as hand, eye and foot coordination; speed
participated in the program, many of the Junior
lots of time indoors playing video
and agility; fine motor skills; locomotion skills;
School boys go on the play sports for the
and spatial awareness.
College and at club level.
games and watching television,
Mr Paul Shepherd, coordinator of the
time spent outside is essential for
Year 4 Mini Clinics, believes many of these
proper growth and development. Boys
abovementioned attributes can be utilised in
inherently want to be active; doing and seeking, and usually outdoors. Physical activity not only keeps boys healthy, it also helps a young brain to develop properly. Exercise is important for all young children,
both team-oriented and individual games. “Individual activities allow the boys to focus on core-based skills – such as catch and pass – that will eventually be utilised in a team-based environment,” Mr Shepherd said. “I have found over the past three years that some boys find it a challenge to participate in team sports for various reasons. They are
THE HOUR OF POWER Sixty minutes — that's how much physical activity kids should get each day. But as kids get older, increasing demands on their time can make getting a full hour of exercise a challenge. Some kids get caught up in sedentary pursuits like watching TV and surfing the internet. Even doing a great deal of studying and reading, while important, can contribute to inadequate physical activity.
regardless of age, as it allows them to have
unable to share the ball (football) with team
stronger muscles and bones for growth,
mates and feel isolated during the game. Upon
decrease the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes,
identifying the problem I would implement rules
a variety of activities so that they
lower blood pressure, and have a better outlook
to allow the individual to feel comfortable within
can work on three
on life with increased self-esteem.
BBC’s Healthy Body Mini Clinics program
These rules include encouragement and
Parents can encourage their children to do
strength and flexibility.
provides boys in Prep to Year 4 the necessary
reward for passing the ball to a team mate,
Focus can also be
tools to be able to perform developmental tasks
the ball must be passed three times before a
given to muscle groups
in a fun and enjoyable sports environment. The
goal is allowed, once a goal is scored everyone
and nutrition, which
program, which commenced in 2008, improves
must shake the scorer’s and passer’s hand, and
also play an important
young boys’ athletic skills, enables them to make
expressing the importance of participation and
part in childhood
connections with other students and focuses on
not the final score.
personal growth. Many of the exercises involved in BBC’s Healthy Body Mini Clinics promote attributes
BBC’s Mini Clinics program is increasingly popular with average attendance each week comprising 110 to 120 boys. Once they have
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60 When to Press the Help Button Clinical Psychologist Judith Locke provides suggestions for when you may need to call upon a mental health professional to help your child
64 Getting Involved BBC’s Chris Bates, shares his insights on the importance of ‘getting involved’
66 Get Connected Putting parents in touch with resources
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When to press the help button by Judith Locke - Clinical Psychologist
With some things, it is easy to know you need professional assistance. Your car stops working, so you see a mechanic. You can’t walk because of back pain, so you see a doctor. But how do you know when you may need the services of a mental health professional for your child? psychological knowledge, I see parents, with
challenges. If your child has any difficulty
about helping people to improve their lives. I
the best of intentions, often self-diagnose
coping in primary school and you suspect it
get great satisfaction from assisting people to
and then self-treat the issues they believe
is anxiety or depression that is holding them
make those changes, however this process
are causing their child difficulty. This is often
back, early assistance will ensure they are in
can become more challenging when the need
attempted by increasing their assistance to
the best position to face the teen and young
for help has not been identified early on.
their child as a method of overcoming the
My role as a clinical psychologist is primarily
As children grow and their behaviours
child’s issues. This may make the child’s life
change it can be difficult to identify when
easier, but it’s not treatment and it might be
you may need professional assistance. With
inadvertently making it worse.
this in mind I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about issues parents need to be aware of relating to when they may need to seek psychological support for their child and how to find the best assistance.
As parents, we have to do more than just recognise a problem in our children. We have to be able to teach them ways to better cope with challenging emotions and situations. In
Doing rather than coaching Research has shown parents are now much more involved in orchestrating their child’s school
life. This can start as early as pre-prep when
issues such as anxiety, treating the issue by
parents are often finding other parents of
getting the child to face anxiety-producing
children in their year to arrange play dates
situations and learning how to cope,
and guarantee friends when they start school.
cognitively and behaviourally, will always be
High parental involvement in a child’s life is a
more effective than removing your child from
good thing, but there is a point where you can
challenging situations. It’s a difficult process
be too involved. By way of illustration, one
to get right and one for which a qualified
family I worked with continued organising ‘play
professional is required. Enlisting help earlier
dates’ until their child was in Year 9. What
aware of psychological issues in
rather than later – particularly for issues such
resulted was a boy who had limited social
children. While that might show
as anxiety or low mood – will inevitably result
skills and unfortunately his parent’s actions,
the result of better education and
in a better outcome. The teen years and their
although well meaning, had not enabled him
a more caring society there has been
rush of hormones and life changes often
to learn how to initiate friendships. I’ve treated
some downsides. In these days of greater
make even the more robust boys have some
young adults whose parents ‘did’ rather than
Four key issues warranting professional support
Self-diagnosis As a society we are much more
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can Knowing when to seek support en be the most diffIcult part wh , it comes to seeking assistance the but getting in early can make world of difference
it's ok to press the help button
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is getting my child through, academically
impact of our own confidence in going about
be experts as a result of having children
or socially?” or “Is it my motivation and not
our very important job of raising children. Being
themselves, reading a few books on
my child’s that is producing school or social
a parent is difficult enough and self-doubt can
parenting, or just wanting to be helpful without
success?” If you are answering yes to any of
make parenting choices tough. There are a
knowing the best way to help. There is a lot
these, a visit to a professional to teach your
number of short proven parenting courses
of internet advice and blogs that can be filed
child better ways of building confidence from
or individualised sessions to assist parents in
under these categories. Unfortunately, anyone
developing genuine skill will greatly benefit all
feeling more confident with their choices.
can call themselves a counsellor. Yet these
‘coached’ them when completing homework throughout school, and this can be a hard cycle to break. Key questions for you to ask yourself, as a parent, is, “Is it primarily my effort that
parties. A professional may also help parents
Self analysis impacting on your wellbeing We are often so worried about our child’s self-confidence, but we should not underestimate the
Experienced, qualified parenting
Good intentions or personal experience with the issue are not qualifications There has been an alarming trend recently that has people claiming themselves to
faux experts don’t have to be a member of a
and children to accept the child’s strengths
professionals should deliver both options or
professional association, which are in place to
and difficulties, enabling them to focus and
you’re likely to waste your time or money.
ensure members receive regular updating of
foster their child’s strong points.
Often I find the benefits of these parenting
their skills or to discipline members when they
advice opportunities are that they can confirm
do something dangerous in treatment.
Balancing the dynamics
to the client that their parenting actions are
The process of becoming any type of
indeed in the best interests of their child, or
registered psychologist takes six to eight
in parenting, I could not believe
they can fine tune strategies parents already
years for good reason; there is a lot to learn in
how many three year old children
use to enable an improvement in the family
the profession before you can call yourself a
dynamic and harmony.
professional. A good measure of appropriate
When I first started working
completely ruled households. I
am not talking here about parents treating
qualifications? You should be able to get
the children as important members of the
private health insurance to pay for some of
household; I am talking about toddlers dictating the terms. I know of one family who decided whether the father would take an important job in another city by asking their child whether he wanted to move house. The four year old said no and the family stayed put. Things aren’t probably like this in your household, however key questions I would ask you are “Does your child cooperate
the cost of psychological treatment.
is treatable or able
Ask for evidence of success of the techniques/program they are proposing
to be improved, but I recommend
As a clinical psychologist, I can only use
getting help earlier
treatments that have empirical evidence of
rather than later.
because it seems like a good idea or I got
success. I am not allowed to do something
with you with a minimum of fuss?” “Do you
some great feedback from a few former
wake up confident everyday that your child
clients. You have every right to ask the
will generally comply with the way you want
professional why they are choosing the
the day to go or do they always want to be in charge?” "Can you say that your child is usually respectful to you and, if they are not,
particular treatment they are suggesting.
How you can find good treatment
that you have a system in place where they have some sort of meaningful consequence that may make them improve their attitude?” If you have issues with any of these, I
In general, the expert you are working with should be giving you or your child actual strategies to cope with the issue and have
Finding a professional The easiest way to find a good
some idea of how long it will take. They also should be able to justify their treatment
psychologist is to speak to your family GP
choice by empirical evidence published in
would encourage you to seek some qualified
to get their recommendations; most doctors
professional journals. Talk therapy, by just
parenting assistance. Nearly everything
have a group of trusted professionals they
unloading your day or your past, doesn’t
is treatable or able to be improved, but I
can recommend. Another way is to go to
have a lot of evidence of success; in some
recommend getting help earlier rather than later.
the Australian Psychological Society (www.
cases it can exacerbate the issues by dwelling
Child noncompliance is much easier to treat
psychology.org.au). This is a service that
on difficulty. Over time, there should be
than teen noncompliance and teen disrespect
assists you to find a range of people with
improvement in the way you or your child is
is easier to treat than young adult disrespect.
appropriate experience, located close to you.
coping and it typically shouldn’t take too long.
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Parents should always be involved in some way in the treatment These days I rarely work with any child without involving, ideally, both parents in treatment, even if it is just to inform them of the techniques we are discussing, teaching them better ways to communicate with each other, or informing them of strategies to ensure the family unit is not overly affected by the child’s issues. If I am teaching the child to change their behaviour then I typically have to inform the parents of the best ways to support this or the situation won’t improve. Parent-child relationships go on for much longer than therapy and everyone needs to have a game plan. Sometimes I don’t even see the children. For example, with children under the age of 12, I often will only see the parents, as they are in the best
Here to help
position to help their child cope with things; this is especially true of behavioural issues.
Brisbane Boys’ College has a great counselling team who are there to support you and your child and assist you to find the help you need. Avail yourself of their expertise.
Judith locke Judith Locke is a registered clinical psychologist, and former teacher and workplace trainer. She is a researcher at QUT, investigating modern parenting, child and parent wellbeing and the school environment. Judith also undertakes clinical work with families. Judith is the director of Confident and Capable ®, an organisation specialising in
There is no shame in receiving parenting advice or employing a professional to assist your child in coping better. In the last 10 years, the federal government has shown their belief in the value of early intervention in assisting all of the population to function optimally, recognising it is not just the extreme clinical issues that impact on Australians’ wellbeing, functioning and our nation’s economic bottom line. As a result, they are funding evidence-based programs and therapy enabling adults and children to live lives free from or unconstrained by major and minor mental health issues. The opportunities to improve your child’s functioning or coping are available,
delivering dynamic psychological training
but professionals like myself are counting on parents like you to help us find
solutions. Recent national and international
the children and families and treat their issues at the point where we can
training work includes sessions on parenting,
have maximum positive impact.
resilience in children and improving staff wellbeing. Judith’s psychological commentary on current events has featured in media, both
Don’t wait too long to avail yourself of this support if you or your loved ones need it.
nationally and internationally.
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There are a number of factors that contribute to creating what are known
One of the great rewards of working in a school like Brisbane Boys’ College is the opportunity to see the personal growth of students. In my view, the key to this growth is a collective approach to getting involved in the vast array of activities on offer. My insights
to be ‘great schools’. Clearly, academic
emanate from my own positive experience and involvement with the GPS system over the
success is one factor of considerable
last 20 years. Recently, in a Year 7 House Tutor Group session, a team of elected Year 10 student
weight. While final academic results are
mentors approached me to promote the importance of getting involved to our Year 7
clearly the most important benchmark of
cohort. The mentors quite succinctly listed the various activities on the white board (term
departure and transition, boys will more likely remember other moments in their schooling lives as the formative moments – those splices of time when College
by term) so that the Year 7 boys could write down some preferences of sporting, cultural or community service activities they would like to try. The list was seemingly endless, which led to an immediate increase in wider school involvement from that particular Year 7 group. This student-led activity impressed on me that every boy that enters BBC possesses his own unique set of skills, talents and interests. Importantly, the opportunity to pursue these talents, share knowledge and get involved in the various activities in the school community
Spirit became the most significant and
is a vital learning tool for every boy. It can also change the whole atmosphere of what
memorable factor. And whilst school
already is a closely bonded school community.
spirit and success may seem worlds apart,
The benefits of school community involvement
fostering a strong sense of community
A sense of self-discovery
invariably leads to improved student outcomes. BBC’s Chris Bates, who teaches
Recently in my acting role as School Sergeant in 2011, I noticed a parallel between good behaviour and heavy BBC community involvement. Conversely, some students who did not involve themselves in many of the various school activities did share with me a sense of disconnectedness with their peers and teachers, which in some instances led to
Commerce, is involved in the Indigenous
misbehaviour. Students often do not wish to involve themselves in activities due to a fear
Education Program and coaches tennis
it to these students to encourage them to get involved. Doing so may very well enable
of failure or lack of confidence. I feel that we as educators, with the help of parents, owe
shares his insights on the importance of
them to discover a hidden talent or passion in which they can further explore. While there
is a healthy implicit focus at Brisbane Boys’ College to strive for excellence in all pursuits, perhaps as pertinent is the need for students to ‘have a go’ and learn from the experience regardless of success or failure.
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BBC BOYS SHOW SCHOOL SPIRIT
Students can immerse themselves in the school community by way of theatre, drama, music, community service, outdoor education and more. Involvement in any of these leads to happier healthier students and therefore improved outcomes in the classroom. A sense of belonging Having been part of the BBC Tennis program since 2004, I have seen a strong culture develop within this cohort. Several boys describe the Tennis Office as their home away from home. Students freely meet there before school, during lunch breaks and after school to talk tennis, catch up with friends, or complete homework. They feel comfortable and as a result a culture of community is created. A sense of school spirit School spirit is not just about showing up to a GPS event and yelling from the stands. Sometimes the small things can impact in a major way and I often see this in my role as the First IV Coach. It is not uncommon for CIC players to attend First IV matches in support of their older peers. For the younger students, this is their opportunity to observe and learn from those in a team that they aspire to represent in future years. The First players are seen to be role models and play an important role in fostering school spirit. Some examples are small gestures like joining in a practice session with a CIC team or simply asking the boys about their results. Every boy in this environment feels like he is contributing to the College and is a valued member of the cohort.
Teacher involvement For many students, their passion is born out of a teacher’s encouragement to try something new. Similarly, if a teacher can walk into his or her classroom on a Monday morning and know which students were involved in various activities over the weekend, it works wonders in creating a welcoming learning environment. By showing interest in boys outside of the classroom it enables us, as teachers, to create a greater sense of mutual respect and adds to the spirit of the school.
Parent involvement Parents play an important part in the equation too and their involvement in co-curricular activities can contribute very positively to the ‘family’ atmosphere of the College. Most boys have an innate desire to show off their skills. They want their parents to not only share in their achievements, but to witness them and be a part of the environment. One only needs to go to Speech Night, a musical concert or a school assembly at which special awards are given to see the sense of pride that the boys have in their school and their achievements. Sometimes a parent’s presence at these events is all that is needed to provide their sons with the opportunity to show a sense of pride in their College. Parents can also assist by enabling their sons to support their peers. This is more difficult as life in 2013 seems to be busier than ever for most families, but if achievable it pays dividends in increasing school spirit amongst students.
A team effort Clearly teachers, parents and students alike are shareholders in the success and atmosphere of Brisbane Boys’ College. It is therefore vital that we all actively involve ourselves in school life. These schooling years are pivotal for a student's development. Involvement in a range of activities adds to a student's sense of belonging, which invariably leads to better results across the board in the long term.
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GET CONNECTED Putting parents in touch with resources
Raising Children Network
This Australian parenting website is a complete resource for
JumpStart has a large collection of fun activities and games for kids
parenting newborns to teens. With tips and resources on child
with a focus on resources for children aged 3 to 10 years. JumpStart
behaviour, communication and development, to health, nutrition and
delivers children's learning games with high-quality 3D graphics and
safety, this website helps parents with the day-to-day decisions of
advanced game play. The site guarantees a safe and secure online
environment where kids can interact, explore and learn.
Created by a partnership of member organisations of Australiaâ€™s
JumpStart also has several successful educational mobile apps
leading early childhood agencies, the Raising Children website
including Preschool Magic of Learning and My ABC Book, as well as
is produced with the help of an extensive network including the
casual apps like Punk Punk Blitz and Roller Squash. From ABC games
for your preschooler to advanced mathematics games for your Middle
In addition to being a source of information for parents, Raising
School child, and everything in between, the apps teach your children
Children aims to offer personal support by helping to connect people
important skills while keeping them entertained for hours on end.
through forums. The My Neighbourhood feature on this site also gives
These may prove useful when youâ€™re out and about!
users the ability to connect with others in their own areas so that you can discuss local issues and tips with like-minded people.
Cybersmart http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/parents.aspx With a blog, toolbox and resources on topics from cyberbullying and digital reputation to file sharing and identity theft, the Cybersmart website is designed for parents to educate and explore cybersafety issues and social networking with their family. Designed to support and encourage participation in the digital economy, Cybersmart provides information and education which empowers children to be safe online. Cybersmart is a national cybersafety and cybersecurity education program managed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). The Parent Blog is a place to share information and explore cybersafety issues, while the Parent Cybersafety Toolbox arms you with educational resources to teach your children about online safety. And if you would like information on how to protect you and your family when using social networking sites, search engines and online games, then the Social Networking Resources is a perfect place to start.
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wher e a r e they now
68 OCA Handover The baton of leadership has been passed to incoming Old Collegiansâ€™ Association President Alex Persley
70 Looking Forward This year the BBC Foundation has their sights set firmly on the future
79 Captains' Reception Past Captains and Vice Captains reunite
80 Ron Wright The restoration of the A.W. Rudd reveals the story of the Wright Family
Philanthropic Endeavours THR EE v ery DIFFER ENT old COLLEGI A NS W ITH A COMMON TIE
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oca HANDOVER Following an extremely productive and successful term, the baton of leadership has been passed to incoming Old Collegians’ Association President Alex Persley. For the past two years Peter Dun has worked tirelessly to uphold the traditions of BBC and with quiet determination he has continued to strive to keep the OCA relevant in the eyes of the greater College community. We catch up with Peter to reflect on this time and turn to Alex for what’s in store for the future.
peter dun OUTGOING oca president
The last two years serving as OCA President
Persley for focussing us on the need for
future of our organisation. Indeed a new group
strategic planning and an increased focus on
of young old boys meets each month prior to
supportive roles within the school.
the Executive meeting to ensure input from
The support of John Stewart and the
those old boys who are entering the world of
have been a most rewarding and memorable
Vintage Collegians has been invaluable, both
experience. Having served on the Executive
to myself and to the greater community. Full
previously, worked with parent support groups
credit goes to John and the boys for the
begun to realise its true potential as a vital and
and kept informed, the challenges for the OCA
fact that College House is now the hub of
connected network of like-minded individuals,
in the 21st century were something with which
development at BBC.
working with the school for mutual benefit.
I’d become well acquainted. This transition
Bren Arkinstall and Kelly Edwards have
life after school. The OCA over the last year in particular has
Over the next two years Alex will have the
report speaks to recent achievements and
seized the day for the OCA and full credit goes
challenge of using his corporate experience
future directions and whilst recognising the
to Graeme McDonald for empowering them.
to consolidate the OCA as a 21st century
need for change, pays no service to where we
Graeme’s support for the OCA has helped us
network with relevant structures in place
were and embraces the future.
to grow the association and rebrand it for the
to ensure the good work of this Executive
builds a stronger and more resource based
Twenty first century communications have transformed the BBC OCA into a vibrant and
The amalgamation of Collegian and Sons
community. The young old boys have a great
relevant organisation. We’ve doubled our email
of the College has been an overwhelming
opportunity to ensure that the OCA is relevant
database and are now in touch every month
success, stamping the OCA as an integral
for those leaving school today. Young men in
with more than 3000 old boys through an
element of College life today. We’re looking
their first few years out of school are the ones
emailed newsletter with links to our magnificent
forward to establishing an OCA Directory,
with the greatest potential to benefit from a
website. The following old boys deserve
listing businesses owned by old boys and
strong and vital collegiate.
mention for facilitating and catalysing change.
entrepreneurial ventures in which old boys
Phil Winning dreamed of revitalised
Our vision, to rebuild the OCA as a
are involved. It’s my dream that the OCA can
dynamic, vibrant and youthful organisation,
communications through better web
foster and facilitate greater entrepreneurship
is bearing fruit. Engaging the Year 12s before
management. Arthur Palmer highlighted the
in those leaving school. BBC is steeped in
they leave the school and retaining the interest
need for better communications and branding.
history and incredibly well networked through
of as many as possible through the ethos of
Peter Macgregor brought the OCA back to
the OCA. All old boys are encouraged to write
'Opportunity for Every Old Boy' is becoming
the fold, in its rightful place beside the school
something for Collegian to that end.
a reality. And so, it’s with a degree of sadness
and supportive of its endeavours. Mitch Palm
In 2012, the decade reunions and annual
that I’ve stepped down as President of the
showed us what was possible with Sons of the
dinner saw a big boost to numbers attending,
OCA but at the same time I’m very confident
College magazine and I’ve been very lucky to
with the Annual Dinner drawing almost 60
that Alex Persley will take our association
have an enthusiastic team of facilitators and
percent of attendees from those who left the
to a new level with greater participation and
an ally in Andrew Macarthur, Chairman of the
school in the 21st century. An emphasis on
enthusiasm than all past presidents would
less formality in both dress and function has
have believed possible.
Attendances at Executive meetings were excellent and my special thanks go to Alex
attracted more young old boys who are the
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The OCA has recently launched ‘The
forming ‘The Directors Circle’ where groups
OCA Bursary’ that is designed to assist
of prominent old boys talk to First teams
current or prospective students, who have a
the day of their home games about their
family connection to a BBC Old Boy, attend
experience at BBC and how the lessons they
it has been my privilege to be elected as
the College. We are proud to be currently
learnt at school have set a great foundation
President of the OCA for the next two years
supporting a group of deserving young men,
for their professional life.
to continue the good work of the past.
who otherwise would have been unable to
Peter has been inspirational in his role and
attend the College. Our goal is to have one
turned into a highlight of the sporting calendar
we have witnessed the fine work he has
recipient of the bursary in each Senior School
as old boy rowers send off the First VIII to
completed in increasing communication within
year level within two years. We hope that
the Head of the River. It is a well attended
the network. We now have a best-in-class
this sends a definitive message to old boys,
event and a great way for the passion of BBC
website, monthly e-newletters, increased
current students and prospective parents that
rowing to be passed on between generations.
database and well attended events resulting
here at BBC we look after our own.
As Peter Dun’s term comes to an end,
in a re-connected community. Peter has been
Mental health is the single biggest health
The ‘Pride of the River Function’ has
We have also had a dramatic increase in the number of attendees at Old Boys
selfless with his time and energy over the
issue facing young Australians with 27
Weekend and the Annual Dinner event in both
past two years and I would particularly like
percent of 18 to 25 year olds experiencing
2012 and 2013.
to thank him for the good manner and
problems each year. I, like most of us, have
courtesy of his conduct during his tenure
witnessed the tragic results of such illnesses
OCA as we strive to add value to the College
as President. Fortunately Peter has
within the old boy community. The OCA will
and the boy community, with the continued
decided to stay on the committee to head
be working with United Synergies to help raise
support of Headmaster Graeme McDonald
up our communications.
awareness and form support programs for
I am confident we will achieve the high
those suffering from mental health problems
ambitions to which we aspire.
There has been some re-shuffling of the committee this year as we welcome back Rick Bird and introduce Ben Young, Ben
within the greater network. The greatest strength of BBC is the quality
Hobbs, Steve Pyman and Jeff Ubergang as
of the men it produces and we thank those
new members as Cameron Crouch takes up
old boys for giving back to the school through
the role of Vice President.
the OCA Mentor program. The program is
The work done in the Development Office
a support network for the current Year 12
cannot be overstated as Bren Arkinstall and
students to assist them in their progression
Kelly Edwards work tirelessly behind the
from school to the workforce. The mentor
scenes to ensure that all the OCA activities
program sits at the core of the OCA ethos
run as well as they do. The Development
of giving back to the school and the
Office will play an even more integral part
as we increase the philanthropic activities of the committee.
I am excited for the next two years of the
I congratulate one of our new committee members, Steve Pyman, on his initiative in
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FORWARD THINKING THIS YEAR THE BBC FOUNDATION HAS THEIR SIGHTS SET FIRMLY ON THE FUTURE, WITH THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAVING SPENT THE LAST 12 MONTHS FORMALISING AND IMPLEMENTING THE FOUNDATION’S INVESTMENT STRATEGY. THE PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO ENSURE THE COLLEGE CAN CONTINUE TO PLAN WITH CONFIDENCE, THROUGH REGULAR AND CONSISTENT FOUNDATION DISTRIBUTIONS OVER THE NEXT CENTURY AND BEYOND.
The long-term strategy will see donations, bequests and surplus from Foundation
vibrant, growing and sustainable foundations. The BBC Foundation Investment
This investment strategy will ensure BBC has all it needs financially and through regular
fundraising activities added to the investment
Committee, worked alongside the College’s
Foundation distributions can plan for future
each year, ensuring positive growth and
governing body, the PMSA, to develop a
upgrades to facilities and continue to provide
healthy annual fund distributions back to the
framework for appropriate asset allocation.
fantastic educational opportunities to boys
College. To kick-start the corpus amount
This process ensured a safe, risk free portfolio
who can’t afford the cost of a BBC education.
and establish a strong financial base, the
that adhered to the values of the PMSA
An imminent reduction in government funding
Foundation transferred $1.55 million to the
and would provide strong and consistent
highlights the importance of initiatives such as
fund earlier in the year.
returns to the Foundation over time. The BBC
the Foundation’s Investment Strategy and the
Foundation distributed commercial investment
importance of this fund will become evident
net of consultation during the development
tender documents and received several
as funding decreases. Now is the time to
process of its investment strategy, working
high level proposals, from top tier financial
turn our attention not only to the immediate
with top educational institutions both in
investment firms. We are happy to report that
projects on the horizon, but also to the future.
Australia and the United States. Without
the successful tender was awarded to Wilson
What will the needs of this great College and
doubt many of the world’s most recognised
HTM. Given the long-standing association
our community be in 100 years?
educational institutions are among the
with this company, it is wonderful that the
world’s investment leaders. The Foundation
extremely competitive tender was won by an
has also engaged Paxton Hall Lawyers,
old BBC firm.
The BBC Foundation has cast a wide
one of Australia’s most respected firms
Chairman of the BBC Foundation, Andrew
specialising in best practice and legislation
Macarthur, spoke about the importance of
in the not-for-profit sector, ensuring the
such a landmark moment for the College.
Foundation’s corporate governance and
“Through the generosity of our community,
structure is consistent with the ever-changing
it is our goal to grow this investment figure
regulatory industry environment. Through this
to $10 million in the not so distant future.
consultation process, the Foundation has
We must manage the contributions made
learned that the establishment and growth
by the community and BBC Foundation’s
of investment programs designed to protect
investments for the long term, look to
and grow organisational assets, combined
continually grow our capital corpus and make
with a policy of reinvestment and considered,
considered disbursements to projects that
consistent and sustainable disbursement is
will develop and enhance the educational
a common thread shared by all long lived,
landscape at BBC.”
Like to KNOW more... about the work of the BBC Foundation and the Foundation Investment Fund? Please contact Director of Development Bren Arkinstall on 3309 3513.
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Photography Desiree Navarro/Getty Images
BY Nicholas Adermann
Wiggling into the purple skivvy
Old Collegian Lachlan Gillespie became the new purple Wiggle, after three of the original members of the group hung up their skivvies earlier this year. Joining existing member Anthony Field, Gillespie made the step up with fellow newcomers Simon Pryce and Emma Watkins to become the â€˜Next Generationâ€™ of Wiggles. Lachlan had been travelling with the Wiggles since 2009, performing various different roles with the group before getting the big promotion. Collegian August AUGUST 2013
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Throughout his time at the College, Lachlan
Greg Johnson who, was a very serious Deputy
was amazing,” he said. Since then, Lachlan has been touring
studied Drama and Music before adding Music
Head of the Senior School, but turned into
Extension in Year 11. Being a student who
a music theatre lover and stage man in the
around the world for most of this year, visiting
had his heart set on the creative arts, Gillespie
Australia, New Zealand and North America. The new Wiggles also have their first TV series
says that BBC gave him the perfect platform
Like most other aspiring performers,
to peruse his dreams of a career in the area.
Lachlan had to work elsewhere while trying
'Ready Steady Wiggle' which started on the
“I never really saw myself doing anything else,
to land that life-changing role. “I was living in
ABC in August.
other than trying to get into a music theatre
Melbourne, working at a local cafe while I was
course,” he said.
auditioning for everything that came my way.
will get the chance to be back in Brisbane
The performing arts industry is incredibly tough
in December, when the Wiggles do their first
These areas can sometimes find themselves
As a part of his busy schedule, Lachlan
out of favour to other areas of interest, such
and you can spend the majority of the time
national tour of Australia. Every so often,
as sport or academia; but Lachlan says BBC
walking away from auditions after getting so
Lachlan gets the chance to come back to
had the necessary programs and facilities to
close,” Lachlan said.
BBC to visit his old teachers, and keep up with
support his interests. “It’s fantastic at BBC. If
After a successful audition with The
how his old school is going. “My mum is still
you want to learn music or drama, you had
Wiggles in 2009, Lachlan found himself touring
teaching at the College in the Junior School,
absolutely no problems in doing so,” Gillespie
nationally with the group just three days later.
so I do occasionally pop in when I can. It’s
said. “Having these opportunities at the
“I toured with the Dorothy show for two and a
wonderful to see my old teachers. I would like
College led to a huge confidence boost leading
half years, travelling to all corners of Australia
to visit more, but I am very rarely in Brisbane
up to finishing school.”
and New Zealand. It was an incredible time,”
for more than a day at time, so it gets a little
he said. “This was a dream come true. A
hard to fit everything in,” Gillespie said.
Lachlan was heavily involved in the music program, not only studying the subject, but
chance to tour the world with the original four
Lachlan’s advice for those students wishing
undertaking extra curricular music programs
Wiggles, who I had looked up to and held in
to pursue a career in the creative arts is to
that gave him relevant experience. “The BBC
such high regard, long before I joined all the
make yourself stand out from the pack. “Only
Music program was fantastic. I remember
way back in 2009.”
this year I have learnt one of my biggest life
nervously preparing for the Trinity College
Gillespie saw touring with The Wiggles
lessons, and that is to find out what makes
singing exams, both individually, and as part
as an honour, and was proud to be able to
you unique, and use that to your advantage,”
of the choir, which were good tests. I was part
continue the existing dynasty. “The Wiggles
Lachlan said. “I was very nervous knowing that
of the choir program right through my senior
have been travelling and performing for
I was going to be taking the purple skivvy from
years at BBC and enjoyed that immensely.”
children all over the world for 21 years. I am
Jeff. I thought to be the next purple Wiggle
During his latter years at the school,
so grateful to The Wiggles for giving me this
I had to continue being Jeff, and not myself.
Lachlan participated in school productions,
opportunity,” Gillespie said. “It is a very special
The sooner you can discover what makes
which provided him with an avenue to test
job, not only performing live shows but also
you different to everyone else, the easier it is
himself in a professional environment, and gain
visiting the hospitals and meeting children with
to realise you were never meant to get those
valuable stage time. Lachlan’s fondest memory
special needs. I absolutely love it.”
other auditions because you land a role you
of his time at the College was being cast as
Halfway through last year, Lachlan learned
were born to play,” he said
Bill Hickok in their production of ‘Calamity
that the original Wiggles were retiring, and
The Wiggles are touring around Australia
Jane’. “I was eagerly awaiting the opportunity
was asked to step into the shoes of Geoff,
this December in their ‘Ready Steady Wiggle’
to audition for the school musicals once I
the purple Wiggle. “I had dreams of maybe
tour, which is the first opportunity to see
reached Year 11. It was a wonderful thing to
putting on a coloured skivvy one day, but it
the new generation of Wiggles in Australia.
be able to finish school of an afternoon, and
was a dream just to tour as a Wiggly dancer
Lachlan and the other Wiggles will be visiting
then run up to the chapel where the girls of St
and singer for the guys, but to be one of them
the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on 23
Aidan’s would meet with the boys of BBC for
was amazing. When I eventually put the purple
rehearsal. This was all led by the creative Mr
skivvy on in the new year, I was speechless. It
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Philanthropy in Action In this edition of Collegian we bring you the story of three very different old collegians. Whilst these 1996 old boys have gone on to tackle various pursuits their journeys share one common tie â€“ that being the desire to make a difference and to give back in a way thatâ€™s meaningful to their lives. As individual as they are inspiring we bring you the story of Gervaise Kelly, Ben Young and John Corry.
JOHN Corry BEN young
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74 | connect Chevy lives with his young family in the UK where he has been for 11 years. "The Kelly Gang is a close one and even though I am about 16,000kms away, I wanted to be able to give back to the wonderful people that had helped Louis and will continue to help the victims and their families effected when brain cancer is diagnosed. Importantly, I want to help fund the wonderful research with a view to eradicating this terrible cancer in the future," said Chevy. When I attended Louis' funeral in Sydney I was greatly inspired by his mates and his old school’s community (Sydney GPS School, Riverview) who really showed some overwhelming support for the Kelly family," he said. "Louis was a really special person. He was a very kind, talented artist who had strong convictions and wasn't afraid to stand up for what he thought was right. The very fact that he would often give his bus money to the homeless and take a long walk home from school instead gives a glimmer of his selfless nature. The planet needs people like him to stick around for longer and make it a better place to live. This wasn't to be but it does not mean his legacy can’t live on. As a parent myself I can only imagine the grief of Louis’ parents Rob and Lucy Kelly and his sisters Imogen, Madeline and Zoe and admire their incredible strength." Chevy developed an ambitious target of $24,000 hoping to generate at least $2000 per challenge over the 12 months. At this point Chevy had completed seven of the challenges and has raised over $10,300. Besides rugby and rowing training in his BBC days Chevy had not really run more than 10kms nor had the desire to do so. Whilst keeping active since then, albeit not competitively, Chevy decided to really step it up in the hope each month would be seen as a real challenge.
Gervaise Kelly Gervaise Kelly (1993-1996), or Chevy to his mates, family and work colleagues, is currently chasing a target of $24,000 by completing 12 Physical Challenges in 12 Months for the Sydney Neuro-Oncology Group. He is doing so as
The Challenges So Far: January: The Iceman - 16km Mudrun in near freezing temperatures. February: The Brighton Half Marathon - Running with an Army Captain and friend helped get him across in one hour and 32 minutes. March: The Nuts Challenge - Four laps of a 8.3km course and 240 obstacles through water and mud at three degrees. Chevy came sixth out of the seven that finished from a field of 70. The majority of the field retired due to hyperthermia. April: The Brighton Marathon - Chevy achieved his goal of beating the four hour mark by falling over the line in three hours and 45 minutes.
a tribute to his cousin Louis Kelly who sadly passed away
May: Rat Race DIrty Weekend - Coined "The Longest Assault Course
after Christmas 2012 from an aggressive Brain Cancer at
In the world" - 33km and 200 obstacles.
the tender age of 19.
June: 100km Walk in 24 hours from London to Brighton. July: The Swiss Alpine Marathon - A Marathon at altitude Davos, Switzerland. August: Paddling a kayak across the English Channel
ABOVE: GERVAISE KELLY COMPETING IN 'THE NUTS CHALLENGE'.
September - December is to be confirmed.
OPPOSITE: BEN YOUNG AND JOHN CORRY WALKING THE KOKODA TRAIL TOGETHER in 2009.
Should you wish to help a fantastic Australian charity in the Sydney Neuro Oncology Group and help Chevy pay tribute to his cousin Louis Kelly visit https://give.everydayhero. com/au/chevy-gervaise-kelly. All donations are ring fenced purely for funding research.
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Ben Young Ben Young's relatively short career has followed an unusual trajectory. After many years of academic achievement and commercial success Ben made an
particular the enormous impact that the scheme's coordinator, Eduard Desfontaines ('Sarge'), had on his life. After graduating in 1996 Ben continued to be heavily involved in the BBC school community. He lived and worked at the school as a boarding tutor and coached rowing crews from 1998 to 2004 eventually becoming the Director of Coaching and coaching the 2002 First VIII to victory with co-coach Jack Hutchinson. During his coaching days he also completed Bachelors degrees in
interesting shift in February 2013 when he commenced
Arts (Economics/Psychology) and Business. He then commenced at
as CEO of the not for profit organisation, Shake It Up
Hutchinson Builders working for many years in a high level management
position before moving to Shake It Up earlier this year. Ben was first inspired to move into the not for profit sector after witnessing firsthand what a big difference a small group of individuals
The young but flourishing not for profit foundation was established
can make when in 2009 he lead a fundraising initiative close to his
in 2011 to fund world's best research to find the cure for Parkinson's
heart. Ben along with fellow 1996 old boys John Corry, Ben Churven,
disease. A condition which Shake It Up's founder, Clyde Campbell, as
Richard Garland and Matt White undertook to trek the Kokoda Trail
well as over 80,000 fellow Australians live with every day.
to raise funds to purchase a pair of state of the art prosthetic legs for
Ben was attracted to the role of CEO after meeting with Clyde and
Ben's wife, Phoebe (an amputee since the age of 18). Not only did the
recognising his purity of motive in establishing the foundation. After 10
men finish the trek in a mere six days but they inspired a community
years in the private sector Ben was looking for a change and wanted to
to donate so generously that Phoebe was able to purchase a pair
be part of a philanthropic cause that contributed to the community.
of walking legs, a pair of swimming legs and donate the surplus to
In fact, Ben's community mindedness can be traced back to his
YoungCare. The effort brought much improvement to Phoebe's every
BBC school days when he was a keen rower, rugby player, debater,
day comfort and mobility as well as the opportunity to swim freely in the
Year 12 prefect and Duke of Edinburgh gold awardee. Ben carries
ocean, a luxury she could not previously enjoy.
strong memories from his Duke of Edinburgh involvement and in
Contrary to an often cynical public perception, Ben firmly believes
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both the winner and the charity taking home $37,500 each. John was struck by the palpable crowd excitement during the draw. He
classroom theories to the realities of the commercial world. I now want
returned to Brisbane, spoke to co-founder Ross Hayward and after a
to apply the approaches most commonly found in the private sector to
year of investing every spare moment and significant funds they found
a not for profit."
themselves running 50-50's first draw. The planning, execution and
Moving to the not for profit sector has certainly not caused Ben to slow down. In addition to his role as CEO, he recently completed an MBA, is a committee member of the BBC Old Collegians' Association,
management of 50-50 is all conducted outside of John's busy work life as an Adviser at Macquarie Bank in Brisbane. John's drive and community spirit is also evident from his active
continues to maintain a private consulting business and welcomed his
membership in the BBC community both during and following his
first child, a boy, with Phoebe in August.
school days. He recalls his time at BBC fondly, playing cricket, rugby,
Ben is proud of his work so far at Shake It Up. This year the foundation has: committed to funding an additional three Australian research projects; hosted a Parkinson's research forum with the Michael J. Fox Foundation and some of Australia's leading researchers; established critical corporate partnerships and significantly increased the level of engagement with the Parkinson's community. To find out more about the work of the Foundation, its partnership with the Michael J. Fox Foundation, or how you can become involved go to www.shakeitup.org.au
AFL and leading as a prefect in his senior year. "I was the Stephen Bradbury of the 1995 First XI undefeated Cricket Premiership and in a 1996 First XI match bowling off spin pies on Main Oval I got hit for 34 runs in a single over, I still blame our captain for poor field placement." John also has strong memories of the lessons learned at school from mentors such as 'Sarge', Rev Cole and teachers like Chickory Macksoud, Steve Phillpotts and Wayne Banks. In particular John states that, "it is the lifelong friendships forged during my time at BBC that I value the most." After school John pursued his sporting interests spending time in England coaching Surrey Junior Cricketers and later playing a season of semi-professional Rugby in Dublin, Ireland (where he purports that he was largely paid in Guinness). Eventually John returned to Brisbane to complete both an undergraduate and a masters degree in Finance at QUT. John credits his social entrepreneurship to a chance meeting with John Wood, founder of the global charity Room to Read and author of the New York Times best seller Leaving Microsoft To Change The World. “Wood certainly inspired me to do more and as the idea for 50-50 grew I became really excited about its potential to multiply funds raised
John Corry This year John Corry, another 1996 BBC graduate, cofounded the innovative and enterprising charity, the 50-50 Draw. In conjunction with the Queensland Reds and Brisbane Broncos, John and an army of 50-50 volunteers can be found
for the causes we all care about as opposed to a one off donation or a one off fundraiser.” 50-50's charitable causes are aligned to those nominated by its partners the Brisbane Broncos and the Queensland Reds, both leading organisations of their codes in Australia. “We have basically created a facility for them to utilise.” So far funds have been raised for various organisations such as Starlight Children’s and Cancer Patients' Foundation. BBC's strong connection with the Reds is no secret given the success of old boys James Horwill, Will Genia and John Roe. These players in particular do a lot of great work in the community with
roaming Suncorp Stadium selling 50-50 tickets by way of
James an Ambassador for the Pyjama Foundation. John hopes 50-50
iPad and wireless printers to patrons during home games.
can assist to further raise funds and awareness for great community
The proceeds collected through these ticket sales form a prize pool with 50 percent going to the lucky winning ticket holder of the random draw and the remaining 50 percent to charity. Hence the name 50-50.
initiatives whilst at the same time adding to the excitement of the match day experience for Broncos and Reds fans. According to John, as the 50-50 Draw is such a novel concept in Australia the best way Collegian readers can help is to spread the word. And of course if you ever find yourself at a Broncos or Reds game buy a 50-50 ticket to help raise money for excellent causes and for your chance to win half the prize pool!
In its short life 50-50 has raised over $130,000 in funds with that
50-50 is always looking for volunteers to assist in
total growing weekly. The idea was born after John attended an ice
selling tickets on game day so if you are interested please
hockey game in Canada on his honeymoon and witnessed a similar
email email@example.com. To find out more go to
concept. During the match the prize pool reached $75,000 with
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James meets his match As the sea of Red at Ballymore came into focus, a young James Thompson declared, “Dad, I’m really nervous, I’m so nervous.” The nerves
however failed to wipe away his ear-to-ear grin as he prepared to meet his heroes – the Queensland Reds. Having been diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy at age two, a severe and
Bill Roberts (BBC 1939-42) has set what is
progressive muscle wasting disease that
“James went home buzzing that night and has deemed it the best day of his life.” James’ parents Julian and Sharyn
believed to be the world’s longest unbroken run
is already affecting James’ mobility, the
have been raising awareness and funds
in writing a weekly newspaper column. Since
afternoon was particularly special for this
for Muscular Dystrophy since James’
January 1960, Bill’s column “Hub Rattles” about
young rugby enthusiast.
happenings in the Queensland country town of
The opportunity came about thanks to
In 2007 Julian cycled across Cambodia
Murgon has appeared every week without fail
a phone call from Bren Arkinstall, a family
with a group of cyclists, raising $200,000
in the South Burnett Times. Over 54 years, this
friend and Director of Development at
and then created The Tour Duchenne,
amounts to 2,860 weekly columns and more
Brisbane Boys’ College, to Reds Captain
which saw 25 people cycle from Sydney
than 16,000 different stories!
and BBC Old Collegian James Horwill.
to Melbourne to raise money for research.
Bill has never missed a week because
“I called James Horwill and asked if he
when he goes away on holidays, he supplies
could meet my little mate James, because
his column in advance. Bill’s first published
he loves the Reds. It was such a special
work was in the The Portal (BBC’s Yearbook)
afternoon," Mr Arkinstall said.
in 1942 when he was a member of The Portal
to chat with James. They introduced
accountancy for a year before joining the Royal
themselves and shook his hand, talked
Australian Air Force in 1944. After the war, he
to him about Rugby and James Horwill
finished his accountancy studies and set up
presented him with his very own signed
practice in Murgon. Bill was Mayor of Murgon
Reds jersey,” he said.
Shire Council from 1972 to 2000. When he
“I can’t thank James and the entire
opened the Murgon Show this year, he was
Reds team enough for taking the time at
introduced as “Mr Murgon.”
the business end of their pre-season
accountant and is keen to keep his unbroken run of columns going as long as he can. He has
to give little James a day he’ll never forget. “Sharing the same birthday
kept a tear-sheet of every one and they take up
and name as James Horwill,
boxes and boxes in his Murgon office.
the pair formed a special
Bill, who has had strong involvement with
"Each of the players took time out
committee. After leaving BBC, Bill studied
Bill, who turns 88 in April, still works as an
Julian now also works for the Muscular
bond, with Horwill
BBC Old Collegians over the years, mentions
making it clear that
BBC in his columns whenever he can. For
James will always
example, when Blake O’Brien was Vice-Captain
be welcome to
of the school and Captain of Debating and
visit the Reds.
Volleyball in 1996, Bill gave regular updates because of Blake’s family connection with Murgon. Blake’s great-grandfather Kevin McMahon was a pioneer of broadcasting in the town and instilled in the family a love of public speaking.
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SECOND generation Brisbane residential estate agent and BBC old boy Jack Dixon looks set to challenge his father’s impressive record for achievement in the profession. Just 18 months after partnering with father Patrick Dixon (also an old collegian) to launch Toowong-based Dixon Family Estate Agents, Jack has stepped on stage in The Great Hall of Parliament House Canberra to accept the Real Estate Institute of Australia’s highest accolade for young real estate professionals. The REIA 2013 Achievement Award follows his recent honour as Queensland’s REIQ 2013 Rookie of the Year, recognising excellence in customer service, market understanding and professionalism. For most of Jack’s life, Patrick Dixon had owned and operated an independent agency that grew to be a market leader in the prestige and riverfront real estate sector, frequently scooping industry awards. In 2006, Dixon senior sold the business and took a five year sabbatical. But the Dixon name returned in 2011, as a formidable father-son partnership. Jack Dixon put aside a promising legal career to launch the new family business. The UQ College of Law graduate had spent three years as a solicitor with leading firm Hopgood Ganim, including two years in their Property Division. “Leaving the law to stake my future on real estate was a big step,” he admitted. “But I’ve been surrounded by real estate practice all my life
My goal is to build our office into Brisbane’s most respected independent agency, famous for its service, integrity and relationships with clients and staff
and I wanted to be directly involved. “The REIA and REIQ awards really cement what I already knew – that real estate is my future. “Practicing in property law gave me invaluable grounding and experience, but I’d rather be at the coalface of property sales and service.” According to his partner, father and mentor, the accolades are well deserved. “It certainly wasn’t an easy decision for Jack to walk away from the law to join me in launching our family estate agency, but it was where his instincts and his heart led him,” Dixon senior said. “Jack is the new face of the modern real estate professional, armed with a lot more than just a short-course certificate and a convincing sales spiel. “He is highly educated and qualified, he takes a forensic approach to his work, and he believes extensive product and market knowledge are paramount.” Jack Dixon has certainly wasted no time making his mark in his chosen industry. “Taking the Dixon name forward in real estate is extremely important to me,” he said. “My goal is to build our office into Brisbane’s most respected independent agency, famous for its service, integrity and relationships with clients and staff.”
Real estate young gun
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COLLEGE CAPTAINS REUNITE FRIDAY 24 MAY ~ PHIL BISSET GALLERY, BBC
It may have been aÂ rainy night for the Captains' Reception held in the Phil Bisset Gallery at BBC in May, but that didn't dampen the spirit of theÂ 65 captains and vice captains who attended. The event presented a fantastic opportunity for past leaders to reconnect with the College and fellow old collegians and to recongise their contribution to BBC life as it stands today. Mr Ron Wright (BBC 1938), was the eldest College Captain and at the age of 93, the eldest alumni in attendance. A video featuring old collegians Tom Law (BBC 2011), John Stewart (BBC 1953), Michael Huggins (BBC 1989), Danny Gore (BBC 1968), Stuart Gregory (BBC 1963) and former Headmaster Graham Thomson was shown at the event. The gentlemen reflected on their time at the College, sharing their thoughts and ideals on leadership, community and giving back.
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In recognition of BBCâ€™s looming rowing centenary in 2016, a project has been launched to restore the A.W.Rudd racing four that has survived floods and several relocations since 1958. This beautiful old cedar boat is to be professionally restored with the generous help of boat builders Norman R Wright & Sons, who have graced the Brisbane River for the past 104 years. Boat aside, the project is intrinsically tied to BBCâ€™s history, revealing the stories of the Wright family and intertwining the lives of many within the wider College community.
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The victory went on to make The Courier Mail, with old collegian and cartoonist Ian Gall (BBC 1916-1921) developing a comic for the paper at the time. Ron was rightly depicted as the young man with the wild hair in bow position – unbeknown to most, the crew had made a pact not to cut their hair until they had secured a Head of the River win. Norman Wright Sr had two sons who went to BBC, Norman Jr and Ronald, affectionately known as Ron. Both sons dominated the 16’
effortless rhythm that belies the straining muscles
help with the design and build of small undercover
of the rowers. What a great day it is for them."
vessels. The war years were incredibly demanding
And a great day it was, “We had done it! Wild
on the family business. Acutely aware of the
and 18’ class racing skiffs, with Norman Jr (BBC
was our jubilation and resonant our war-cry! The
shortage of vessels, for use in coastal patrols,
1930-1934) going on to be a famous yachtsman
College had made rowing history, being the first
military authorities commissioned Norman Wright
who represented Australia with incredible success.
metropolitan school to win a “Double Double.” We
to assist. Throughout the war the boatyard
Norm Jr crewed ‘Gretel’ and ‘Dame Patti’ in the
are happy to be able to record that our victories
worked seven days a week, 24 hours a day
Americas’ Cup races in 1962 and 1967.
inspired Mr. Foxcroft’s muse with such effect that
under constant military guard. As insufficient boat
he burst into sweet moan and mellow music, and
builders were available civil construction workers
composed a College Boating Song.”
were called upon to fill the gap.
Ron’s love of the water and of racing can be greatly attributed to his time at the College, from 1934 to 1938 - years that would prove incredibly
The victory went on to make The Courier Mail,
With Norman Sr starting to age, Ron assumed
with old collegian and cartoonist Ian Gall (BBC
part management whilst completing his second
1916-1921) developing a comic for the paper
degree, this time in Naval Architecture, formally
the thrill that comes from winning the prestigious
at the time. Ron was rightly depicted as the
taking over the business in 1953. During this
Head of the River. As Vice Captain of Boats,
young man with the wild hair in bow position –
time Ron was responsible for the design of small
rowing in bow seat for BBC, Ron recalls all the
unbeknown to most, the crew had made a pact
ships, pilot boats, trawlers, ferries and pleasure
boaters floating along the river, after the crew had
not to cut their hair until they had secured a Head
boats to name just a few whilst also acting as a
secured their victory – a moment he describes as
of the River win.
professional witness and advisor in commercial
impressionable on his life for decades to come. In 1937 and 1938 Ron was able to experience
exhilarating and exciting. Anyone who has sat on
These sporting events along with playing rugby
the banks at such an event will attest to the raw
union for what was then known as the Football
emotion that it produces and this was captured
Team and breaking the water to swim a length in
just down the road from fellow old boy Graham
beautifully in the 1937 Portal:
the new memorial pool in 1951 constitute some of
Stehn (BBC 1955-58). In fact it was Graham who
Ron’s most vivid memories from his time at BBC.
prompted Ron to return to the College recently
"Head of the River! What a thrill lies behind those words! What do they bring to your mind?
After finishing school, Ron went on to
Now aged 93, Ron lives at Ascot in Brisbane,
having found a number of original photographs
Perchance a broad sweep of river, a flicker of
complete an engineering degree in 1939. His
from his school years and their friendship has
sunlight and the fluttering of ribbons. Or maybe
intention was to go to the Massachusetts Institute
seen Ron reconnect with the school through the
the murmur of a great crowd, which swells into
of Technology in Boston, however with the onset
A.W. Rudd restoration project
a full-throated roar as “They’re off.” And then the
of World War II, he was ordered to assist with the
pulsing four-oars, sweeping on with a seemingly
building and maintenance of naval craft and to
Both Graham and Ron have been working in collaboration with the Vintage Collegians – a
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thursday 14 March ~ BBC BOATSHED
PRIDE OF THE RIVER RON WRIGHT AT the main entrance to BBC IN 1934 and 2013
chapter of the Old Collegians’ Association. The group is currently raising funds and is seeking support from the old boy community in this endeavour. “The plan is to have this restored wooden racing shell permanently displayed at the school to honour the name of Mr A W Rudd, our founder, commemorate BBC’s distinguished role in the sport of rowing and to benchmark another benefit of a BBC education,” said Mr Stehn. “We are incredibly grateful of the generosity of Norman R Wright & Sons for the use of their premises and craftsmen (at mate’s rates) in this classic restoration,” he said. “Even with their help however, we still need to raise $20,000 to complete this perpetual display at the school and this is where our current fundraising efforts will lie.” Ron is incredibly proud that his two sons are able to work on this project, with their involvement adding another great chapter to an already dynamic and varied family venture. “The business today is managed by our sons Bill and Ian and it is still afloat and as busy as it was when first started by my father Norman in 1909,” he said. “To be able to reflect on my time at BBC and reconnect with the College community on so many levels, means a great deal to me and my family.”
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BBC WELCOME PARTY FRIDAY 22 FEBRUARY ~ COLLEGE HALL FORECOURT The P&F Welcome Party presented a great opportunity to kick-start what promised to and has proven to be a very busy first half to the year. The aim of the event was to welcome current parents to 2013 and new families to the BBC community. Approximately 150 guests attended, and most importantly, the rain held off until 8.45pm! The stage was nicely set in terms of layout and lighting with assistance from BBC’s Facilities Team (Geoff, Paul and Ivan). We had the bar set up inside the foyer, canapés served out on the forecourt and superb lighting effects. We especially loved the green uplighters, the vintage rowing oars and the pompoms in BBC colours! Of course the boys shone through, rightly so, in terms of their music and art and the School Captain’s speech. The two pipers greeted everyone at the roundabout, the Brass Quintet entertained the crowd, and the pianist Charlie Rhee just blew everyone away. Sam Catlow gave an excellent speech, one of his first as School Captain for the year, following on from speeches from P&F President Katrina North and BBC Headmaster Graeme McDonald. We were very thankful for our volunteers for the evening. Five Parent Connections ladies including Fiona Cheyne, Sue Rasmussen, Rosemary Smith, Carolyn Biddle and Margot Clark volunteered to hand around platters of canapés! The bar was manned by old boys from the OCA as well as Derek Forbes and Geoff McEntee. Our old collegians were great ambassadors for BBC. I must emphasise that the party was a great team effort, with input from not just the P&F team but also BBC’s Marketing, Communications and Foundation experts, who helped with the advertising, equipment hire, badges and take home packs. Particular thanks to Anne for organising the catering and the RSVP list and to Bronwyn and Katrina for their support and great ideas.
KATIE FORBES parent connections president
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WELCOME TO MIDDLE SCHOOL WEDNESDAY 20 MARCH ~ HILLSTONE
Hosted by the Middle School Support Group, parents enjoyed what has become an annual social event at Hillstone, St Lucia Golf Club in March. The night provided an opportunity for new parents as well as those who have transitioned from the Junior to Middle School, to catch up and meet with staff.
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ANZAC DAY IS NOT ONLY A SIGNIFICANT PART OF AUSTRALIAN HISTORY BUT ALSO AT BRISBANE BOYS’ COLLEGE, WITH A MOVING SERVICE HELD IN RECOGNITION OF THE COLLEGE’S OLD COLLEGIANS WHO HAVE SERVED AND IN SOME CIRCUMSTANCES PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR THEIR COUNTRY. THIS YEAR’S SERVICE WAS HELD IN COLLEGE HALL, WITH MANY OLD COLLEGIANS AND THE WIDER BBC COMMUNITY IN ATTENDANCE. THE BBC PIPE BAND WAS ALSO HEAVILY INVOLVED IN COMMEMORATIVE SERVICES ACROSS BRISBANE ON THE DAY, INCLUDING THE CITY DAWN SERVICE. THERE IS SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT THE ANZAC SPIRIT AND BBC BOYS CERTAINLY PLAYED THEIR PART.
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ANZAC DAY WEDNESDAY 24 APRIL ~ BBC The following is an extract from the 1941 Portal in reference to ANZAC Day: â€œThose who have passed on have given their youthful intrepidity, their hard-won skill and their flawless physique without stint or measure or talk of sacrifice to their Country's service in its most perilous hour. Their parents, and their College and the Empire regard them with a proud sorrow.â€?
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milestones Vale Ronald Dowling (1961) passed in July 2012 Bruce Roberts (1963) passed in August 2012 Reginald Harden (1946) passed in October 2012 Andrew Hunter (1969) passed in October 2012 Morris McLaran (1945) passed in September 2012 Donald Murray (1953) passed in September 2012 Ronald Knight (1974) passed in November 2012 Peter Gibson (1958) passed in December 2012 Walter Buchanan (1958) passed in early 2013 Graham Stacey (1950) passed in 2013 John Sutherland (1948) passed in January 2013 Rex Delforce (1954) passed in January 2013 William Hedges (1939) passed in February 2013 Francis Fox (1945) passed in March 2013 Thomas Craig (1946) passed in March 2013 Owen Powell (1937) passed in March 2013 Robert James Brown (1961) passed in March 2013 Anthony (Tony) Waldron (1962) passed in April 2013 William (Bill) Brett (1941) passed in April 2013 George (Bill) Mowat (1949) passed in May 2013
Douglas Mercer (1941) passed in May 2013
Daniel (BBC 2002) and Melissa Homewood were married in October 2012 at Murwillumbah, NSW followed by a reception at Kingscliff. Brothers Luke (BBC 2005) and Andrew (BBC 2009) were the Best Man and Groomsman.
Robert Kimber (1941) passed in May 2013
In a special service, Headmaster Graeme McDonald walked his daughter Rebecca down the aisle at BBCâ€™s very own chapel as she wed Kirk Johnson on 16 February. 1 December 2012 Matthew Hollis and Kimberley Mesken
William Woolcock (1950) passed in May 2013 Douglas John Bell (1943) passed in June 2013 Lionel Porter (1947) passed in June 2013 James Glen (1950) passed in June 2013 Douglas (Stork) Gordon (1970) passed in July 2013 Walter (Evan) Bengtson (1943) passed in July 2013 Leonard Jones (1946) passed in July 2013
24 August 2013 Paul Davidson and Christina Dean
Gregory Wenzel (1960) passed in July 2013
31 August 2013 Malcolm Hill and Jaye Bonthrone
Stuart James Groom (1999) passed in July 2013
BBC Golf Day Friday 8 November Indooroopilly Golf Club For further details please contact the BBC Development Office on (07) 3309 3513 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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OPEN DAY SATURDAY 27 JULY ~ BBC More than 1000 guests walked through the College gates for this year’s Open Day to be greeted by an enthusiastic group of student tour guides. Visitors were given the opportunity to speak directly with staff, listen to music performances from the College’s many ensembles, discover the new Middle School Precinct by visiting a number of prototype rooms and enjoy afternoon tea on the Junior School Green. The event continues to be a testament to a collective commitment from BBC’s teachers, staff and the wider College community in providing an insight into life at bbc.
Christmas in july SATURDAY 27 JULY ~ College Hall With a beautifully decorated College Hall, delectable food, Santa and lots of presents under the tree – this year’s Christmas in July event was the perfect opportunity to shrug off the chill of winter and get into the Christmas spirit early. Hosted by the Junior School Support Group, the annual event has become a highlight of the social calendar. This year the group’s fundraising efforts will go towards the construction of a new playground for Junior School boys.
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THE WAY WE WORE A bolt of material composed of green, black with a fine white pin stripe chosen by Mr Rudd in 1902 has come to symbolise the essence of BBC. Purchased from a soft goods warehouse in Melbourne, Mr Rudd cut pieces from the length for mothers to stitch and sew into hat bands.
Handmade hat bands soon became
Street, Brisbane, and during the latter
uniform items manufactured by Farrelly
1930s at 154 Queen Street, Brisbane.
Brothes in their newly converted
Students of the early 1970s remember
Paramatta Woollen Mills. Originally from
climbing the rickety steps to be measured
Charters Towers, Mr Daking-Smith a
for, then again to collect their blazers from
draper, furnisher and boot merchant
built Daking House in 1913. Our tie
Embroidered name tags were, and
manufacturers advertised themselves
are still woven by Cash’s of Melbourne.
as, "The House of Distinction for
The English Cash brothers employed
Blazers, School Caps, Hat bands, Ties,
skilled Huguenot silk weavers on jacquard
Embroidered Badges, Tunics, Uniforms,
looms to produce their prized woven silk
Manchester goods etc. Daking House Pitt
ribbons, from the 1840s. The Kingfield
factory craft skills were transposed to
Hat bands, caps, ties, socks and
Australia and are used in combination
assorted school clothing were bought
with the “industry's most advanced
from MEB Drapery situated at the tram
technologies and production techniques”
terminus, Sandgate Rd, Clayfield. In
allowing this company to continue
pre-compulsory uniform days, these
producing BBC hat bands and individual
original College stockists sold the green
shirt, which is synonymous with BBC.
Mr Hamilton introduced the boater in
In 1923, a torn shirted student was sent
1931. The first visual evidence is seen
to purchase a clean shirt as Mr Rudd
in the guard of honour for the official
did not accept scruffily attired pupils
opening of the College at Toowong,
as a Gentleman of Honour in his class.
16 March 1931. These boaters were
Mr Rudd saw green as a metaphor
produced by the Argyle Brand, then by
for spring, growth and youth and
Lutons who were both subsequently
consequently this particular shade of
bought out by Mountcastle & Sons Est
green shirt completed the school uniform.
in 1835, making them Australia's oldest
Smartly suited students were dressed by the ‘Expert Tailors and men's Outfitters’, George R Ryder Ltd
hat manufacturing company and current supplier of our boaters. Cricket and sporting caps were
of 166-8 Queen Street, Brisbane, as first
also sewn by the Argyll Brand. Castle
advertised in the 1923 edition of The
produced the first black velvet, silver
Clayfield Collegian. George’s son, Fred
tasselled Honour caps in 1921. Today’s
also advertised as an exclusive tailor
Collegian Award evolved from the Honour
specialising in hand, made to measure
Cap and is a black velvet cap decorated
short and long paints. In 1926, Fred
in gold braid made by the Brisbane’s
Ryder was first located at 170 Queen
Mountcastle & Sons.
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In 1935, Mr Hamilton also introduced the striped blazer, which was tailored by Pyke Brothers of Queen Street. Many department stores that were important uniform suppliers no longer exist, but
Making Men through Music Education
some trade under contemporary, familiar
The study of English, Maths, Science and SOSE are
names. McWhirters of The Valley Corner
unquestionable for allowing boys to contribute
and Allan & Stark Queen Street wear the Myer brand name, while Finney Isles of
positively to society. The benefits of languages,
Queen Street, that of David Jones. Other
physical education, philosophy and other career
sellers included: Rothwells Outfitting Ltd
related subjects are obvious. However, what role
Edward Street, McDonnell & East Ltd. George Street and TC Beirne in The Valley, where green shirts cost £5/11 in 1929. The store's stocks changed over the years in Overells Pty Ltd., from sporting goods, uniforms, Manchester to carpets. Except for two years from 1917-1930, there was one of five Overall sons or a cousin on the roll at Clayfield. McWhirters and the East of McDonnell & East also had sons who attended BBC. Brisbane Boys' College students initially had the convenience of crossing the road at Clayfield to buy uniform requirements. School stockists and suppliers moved into Brisbane’s Central Business District, necessitating students to catch buses, trams and trains to replenish stocks and buy new uniforms. For ease of purchase, the Uniform Shop is now located on the Toowong premises where green, black and white garments are stylishly displayed in abundance. Helen Jackson Archivist
does music play in the education of young men? Recently I attended the Phenomenon of Singing Symposium in Newfoundland, Canada with music educators and researchers from around the world. In a round table discussion, the chair asked us to consider the purpose of music education. Several possibilities were presented included upholding tradition, development of refined technique and study of the masterworks. It was agreed by all that music is unique and an essential component of the human experience. It is a phenomenon that empowers individuals, evokes emotional responses, sparks creativity and stimulates imagination. The role then of music education is to empower our boys through music. As exclaimed simply by Richard Gill, “music is good for you”. By no accident, music occupies a significant place in the everyday life of all cultures and societies. In our own, music floods advertising, rituals and personal recreation. Boys listen to music on their iPods, YouTube videos, TV shows and in the shopping centre. Music contributes to their identity and has a role in defining them as a person. Every day at the College we see the joy and fulfilment that music brings to the lives of our young men. For many boys, musical experiences satisfy them in a way that is indescribable. The academic class music program at the College aims to foster a life-long love of music in the hearts of young men and encourage music to be a part of their everyday life. Research discusses the importance of early years of schooling, and this is acknowledged in the College’s commitment to the Music Every Day Program in Prep, Years 1 and 2. This program is earning international recognition as a leading initiative in early childhood boys’ education. Through daily performing, reading, writing, creating and moving, boys are experiencing the joy of music which has truly become part of their everyday life. Music takes on different roles for each person depending on our personal interests. In the Middle and Senior School, boys in academic class music are encouraged to explore their own personal musical identity, and become the musical men they wish to be. Such musical identities range from the professional violinist, composer, musical theatre lover or garage band drummer. Central to this identity formation is also acknowledgement and respect of others and their different interests. Success of this approach is evidenced in the differing roles music plays in the lives of our old boys, ranging from active audience members to professional musicians. Many have said humankind is incomplete without music. I point forward the notion that our boys are incomplete without music and immersion is simply not enough. Merely listening to a top 40 pop song will not evoke a deep sense of fulfilment. While we are all born with different natural abilities, music can be learned and mastered by almost anyone. Only a music education consisting of knowledge, skills and thinking will provide boys with a pathway to deep and meaningful human experiences. Jason Goopy teaches academic class music to students from Prep to Year 12 at BBC. In 2011, he established the Music Every Day Program at the College and it continues to expand. This year Jason commenced his Doctor of Philosophy candidature at the University of Queensland and is revitalising secondary music education units at the University of New England for future implementation. Jason has presented nationally and recently internationally at the International Boys’ School Coalition Conference in Richmond, Virginia and the International Kodály Symposium in Kecskemét, Hungary.
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