Collegian The MAGAZINE of Brisbane Boys’ College
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Collegian I s s u e 2 D E C E M B E R 2 014 Upfront
A few words from Headmaster Graeme McDonald
Journey through time Year 12 students embark on the final countdown
Cultivating the next generation of innovators
14 21 Recognition and innovation
BBC staff awarded by industry bodies
Court in session Success at the QUT Mooting Competition
16 24 Future bound
Gus Peters represents Queensland in the Future Problem Solving Competition
Green crusaders BBC joins forces with OCCA to assist with their rehabilitation project
World Teachers' Day A little bit of gratitude goes a long way
For the love of language
Find out why bilingual brains are smarter
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Editor and Art Director Adele Graves Graphic Design Tracey Maree
Contributors Nicole de Vries, Bren Arkinstall, Kelly Edwards, Helen Jackson Photography Michael Marston, Matt Roberts, Jesse Smith Cover Ross Smith. Photo by Jesse Smith
Senior theatre review
Il Carni Fresche a delicious tale of shadows, scandal and stroganoff
45 She Said
Featuring Country singer, Tim Drury
Annual Art Show Footprints on the fu t ure
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56 88 Insight
The experts offer advice to navigate through the journey of parenthood
Scenes from the Spring Fashion Parade and other events in the College calendar
The story of Flight Lieutenant Peter Lawton
90 Last word
Confidence and capability
Robots incoming Team Pi prepares to take on the world
BBC Tennis on the world stage
National champions for 2014
On the blocks
Olympic and world champion swimmer, Cate Campbell speaks with students
62 66 Lads of Mettle
A message from the OCA President, Alex Persley
Old Boys reunite
Featuring a series of events as part of Old Boys' Day
64 76 Pay it forward
A message from the Director of Development
A remarkable story of true courage
FROM THE EDITOR Move aside gravity. If you ask me, it’s stories that keep our world spinning. At BBC, you don’t have to look far to find affirmation of this.
In September this year, Collegian was awarded Best Alumni/
Everywhere you turn whether it be to the student body, staff, old
Community Publication at the Biennial Educate Plus Conference
collegians or our parent community, a new story is waiting to be
as part of their industry Awards for Excellence program. It was
an honour to be recognised in this forum and the award is very
I’m really excited about our December edition for this very reason. Each story has reminded me just how diverse life can be and that every experience, monumental or minute, contributes to our individual and collective tale. The art of storytelling, however, is often associated with
much attributable to the amazing stories we’ve been able to tell. To everyone who has shared their story to date and all those who will share theirs in the future, thank you. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday break and we look forward to bringing you more insights in 2015.
fictitious accounts. What you’ll see in this edition are some very real insights into the lives of those who make up the BBC community and evidence of some amazing achievements that are a result of pure hard work, determination and dedication.
Adele graves Editor
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A time for reflection When I reflect on the year gone by, I feel an overwhelming sense of pride - in our students, our staff and our community. This year has been characterised by monumental milestones and the opening of the final stage of the Junior School and our Middle School Precinct is certainly one that comes to mind. If anything is clear to me however, it is that BBC is so much more than the buildings around us. BBC is built on people.
Our Seniors defined 2014 as the year of the Crusade. Their objective:
these words from Kerry Washington, who this year received an Honorary
to re-shape and build school spirit and to take it to an unprecedented
Doctorate in Fine Arts from George Washington University, “When you
level. They undoubtedly succeeded. Why? Because every boy acted
leave here today and commence the next stage of your life, you can
with unbelievable courage and as a result, we achieved remarkable
follow someone else’s script, try to make choices that will make other
collective success. It was wonderful to see the seniors spreading the
people happy, avoid discomfort, do what is expected, and copy the
spirit and in doing so, creating a special unity amongst all of the boys
status quo. Or you can look at all that you have accomplished today
across the entire school. In this edition we pay special tribute to our
and use it as fuel to venture forth and write your own story. If you do,
2014 Seniors as they prepare to step out into the world for their next
amazing things will take shape.”
crusade. As with any crusade there are triumphant victories and in 2014
I thank our entire community for a wonderful year and wish you all a restful and happy holiday break.
there were many. We saw our swimmers secure third at the GPS Championships. Our Pipe Band travelled to Scotland, returning as a world-class band after securing sixth place in the European Championships. In the world of Robotics many boys used their intellect in creative ways to become national champions (see article on page 50). The list is extensive and the articles that follow are a testament to those achievements. As the year comes to a close I would like to finish with a special message to our departing seniors. I would ask our students to reflect on
Graeme McDonald Headmaster
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BBC news 8 Journey through time
What the final countdown looks like for our seniors
12 Scientific minds
Cultivating the next generation of innovators
20 Green crusaders
BBC joins forces with OCCA to assist with their rehabilitation project
23 Where to next
BBC 2015 community visits
24 World Teachers' Day
Letters of gratitude to our wonderful teachers
26 Heart and soul A collection of stories
38 For the love of language
Find out why bilingual brains are smarter
Together we are so much more Staff , st udents and parents go a b ove and b eyond in supp ort of the w ider communit y
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In his address to parents, peers and staff, this year’s Valedictorian Christian Malaulau spoke about time; a concept that can provide stability, pose power, prolong victory, goals, and challenges, is able to heal.
The final count down
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GPS Track and Field Championship signifies the last sporting event for the year. Spirit was high at this year’s event with seniors belting out the war cry across the track for the final time.
Speech Night - a time to honour excellence across the Senior School and formally acknowledge the contributions of the graduating seniors.
Year 12 Last Assembly a symbolic event that formally acknowledges the crossover from student to old boy, with boys receiving their Old Collegians tie from the Association’s president. See page 72 for more.
The final day of lessons; where shirts are signed and boys seek out teachers to thank them for making such a remarkable difference in their lives.
Exams commence, boys knuckle down for their final academic endeavour whilst at school.
watched them make
time and all that it can encapsulate became
mistakes, win, lose and
the focus for the class of 2014.
grow. The final days of Year 12 for mums can be just as
Whether they began their BBC
emotional if not more so,
journey in the Junior School or joined the
as they look at their boy,
College family just a few years ago, the
now a young man.
connectedness of this group is undeniable.
Exams are over and the
You only need to see how the mood
last day celebrations
changes in those final weeks, the emotion at
await; Valedictory Dinner
Speech Night and Valedictory Dinner or the
represents the last formal
elation on their very last day to believe it.
occasion for Year 12 students and their parents.
It’s a time characterised by excitement, and tears. In this edition of Collegian, we pay a
Party; they’ve been there for every success, they’ve
As the end of the school journey neared,
anticipation, sadness, happiness, laughter
Year 12 Mothers’ Garden
Spirits are high as boaters are flown, the final day sees a sense of excitement spread across the entire
special tribute to these young gentlemen
school, the atmosphere is
and bring you highlights from each of the
indescribable as students
events that honour this symbolic transition. It’s an opportunity for us to say thank you to each boy - for your contribution, your voice, your dignity and your courage.
and staff gather to form a guard of honour with seniors piped into the chapel for the very last time before jumping in the pool - a long standing last day tradition.
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+ Valedictory The highlight at this year’s dinner was undoubtedly the Valedictorian’s Address. Christian Malaulau took everyone in the room on a journey through time. Reflecting on “stories and events that have taken place, many where relationships of a brotherhood were formed, memories created and a legacy left behind.” We encourage you to listen to
Christian’s full speech available via http://bit.ly/1qwZs5d
+ Speech Night It was hard to hold back the tears as James Senanayake played Highland Cathedral with his mates for the very last time as a BBC student. The band delivered a stirring performance of the iconic piece in addition to a rocking rendition of Avicii’s Wake Me Up. Visit http://bit.ly/1yAFZhH to see the
band perform and watch the year in
review snapshot via our Vimeo channel.
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+ Last day We closed our eyes for but a moment, and suddenly men stood where boys used to be. As the Seniors of 2014 walked through the guard of honour for the last time as students, emotions were high. Last day celebrations commenced with a special breakfast where students and parents heard from a number of staff including Deputy Headmaster Kyle Thompson and Old Collegian and former School Captain Andrew McDonald. Boys who joined the BBC community as Junior School students were acknowledged in a special tribute from Head of Junior School Gary Musson. Head of Teaching and Learning Barry Dean encouraged students to continue to draw on their schooling experience. “The skills and attributes that you have been encouraged to develop at BBC are designed to be broad and enduring. They are essential lifespan learnings that are as appropriate for adults as they are for students. I hope that you will be disposed to draw upon these skills and attributes when you face uncertain and challenging situations in your new arenas,” said Barry. “Good luck to you all and may you all continue to enjoy the learning journey.”
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SCIENTIFIC MINDS BBC may well be cultivating the next generation of innovators set to cure cancer or unravel the mysteries of Parkinson’s disease. For six years now the College has
“Many of the researchers involved in
presentation at the Biology Symposium in
run an Extension Biology program that
the program are from UQ’s School of
front of their peers, researchers, parents
sees students work with some of the
Medicine. Their willingness to share their
leading researchers in the country at The
knowledge with students is something
University of Queensland (UQ).
that continues to impress me. It’s great
The course, which runs over eight months, forms the basis for the major senior science assessment item, the extended experimental investigation. According to program coordinator Heather Page, the course is extension in its most pure form. “The level at which the boys are engaged is quite amazing. Whilst their existing knowledge provides a strong foundation, operating in this real world context can be a quantum leap in the first few weeks,” says Heather.
to see leaders in their field fostering such a passion for science amongst young people," she said. “Having access to state of the art labs and exposure to commercial practices and scientific processes stands the boys in great stead for university. Importantly though, it increases their motivation levels, something which almost seems to transfer from researcher to student throughout the duration of the program.” At the end of the research period, students are required to deliver a
“Seeing boys deliver their findings with such confidence is a real reward. Some of the researchers have even commented that their presentations are of the same if not higher standard than those being produced by Honours students.” Many of the boys plan to study biomedical science next year. In fact this year’s School Vice Captain Jeremy Briggs has been invited back to the lab by his researcher if he chooses to pursue an undergraduate degree in this area.
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Sidenote. Science Week may have been and gone, but the opportunity to discover and unearth all that lies behind
+ INVESTIGATION AREAS
this exciting field exists all year round at BBC. In addition to the standard science strands as well as
Paul Wang and Krishnaa Sivapalan
Adam Pickard and James Wibberley
John Swain and Xavier Heath
extension subjects, BBC has
An investigation into
Behavioural evidence to
An investigation into the
year providing an avenue
the momentary quality
show the perception of
link between the MC1R
for student enthusiasts to
of lives and lifespaces
coloured and ultraviolet
genotype and Melanoma
discover in greater depth
of Parkinson’s Disease
light by Gonodactylus
Ryan Hickey and Isaac Stewart
Jeremy Briggs The potential role of
The relationship between
vesicles in the onset and
symptoms in mothers and
development of Pre-
the perceived stress levels
Zac Cassard and Michael Lau The effect of ciguatoxin on neural activity
Vincent Foo and Harry James Cellular apoptosis; a cure for Renal cell carcinoma
a dedicated Science Club that runs throughout the
the world around them.
Connor Wall and Elliott Apel Investigation of glycoprotein receptor sites on Tcells and dendritic cells in mice exposed to two strains of Malaria
According to Science Teacher Jeff Price, who recently took on the role of Master in Charge of the club, it’s about fostering each boy’s passion for science. “With a focus on flexibility and creativity, boys are able
to explore science concepts
The effect of changes
outside of the classroom,”
in trunk angle on lung
across a variety of fields
Jeff plans to get the boys involved in the weather detective project, which will see them trawl through records from the 1800s and 1900s. “This project is a great opportunity for boys to identify weather patterns that were happening hundreds of years ago and to make comparisons to the patterns we are seeing today. “It will also encourage them to make cross comparisons between what’s learnt in SOSE and Science and illustrates the very practical nature of this field.”
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Recognition and innovation
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A number of staff have been recognised by various industry bodies for their innovation and best
Educate Plus Awards for Excellence, judges' comments
practice in a variety of fields.
Alumni and/or Community Event – Moree Rugby Clinic The concept of involving past, present and future parents, staff and students in sporting and social events touring rural areas was well presented and well executed, and the benefits to Brisbane Boys’ College were clearly demonstrated. The modest budget required to implement this series of events for the community was commendable. Alumni and/or Community Publication – Collegian An outstanding publication which is cutting edge, innovative and uses great imagery. The headlines stand out, white space is used effectively, the use of the flowcharts in particular for the family tree was clever. The content and design were done in house which is a credit to you all.
Events Coordinator, Kelly Edwards, who was
In September, BBC’s Director of
During the conference Director of
Community Relations, Jarrod Turner, and
shortlisted as a finalist in the Innovation in
Marketing, Nicole de Vries also presented
Director of Communications, Adele Graves,
Online Communications for the Old Collegians’
‘Creating a 21st Century Digital Face for your
were the recipients of two awards at the
Association eNewsletter, distributed to more
School’, in which she explored integrating
Educate Plus International Conference
than 4000 each month.
social and digital media into a broader
in Melbourne as part of their Awards for
Both Jarrod and Adele accredited the team
of people involved in the various initiatives.
Designed to showcase leadership and
“These awards are a result of a team of
innovation across the industry and set new
people coming together and utilising their
benchmarks for schools and universities,
respective areas of expertise to deliver a
the awards are held biennially and recognise advancement excellence across the four Educate Plus pillars of Admissions, Alumni
fantastic outcome,” says Jarrod.
and Community Engagement, Fundraising and Marketing and Communications. In the Alumni and Community Engagement category, Jarrod won the award for best event for the Moree Rugby Community Clinic, and Adele best publication for Collegian, as well as being shortlisted as a finalist in the Admissions Publication category for Journey and Inspire magazines. The pair were invited to present at the
It is wonderful to have these projects recognised within the industry and in the case of Collegian it is very much a shared success, with each and every story illustrating the diversity and vibrancy of our community,” said Adele.
marketing strategy. Following the Educate Plus Conference, BBC’s Director of Boarding, Michael Holland was awarded the Australian Boarding Schools Association (ABSA) Most Innovative Idea Award at the ABSA Conference on the Gold Coast. Michael received the award for his role in developing the REACH School Boarding House System; a system designed to administer boarders' leave arrangements, attendance, projected meal numbers for catering, behaviour and pastoral records and school/parent communication. The system has now been adopted by schools across Australia including BBC, New Zealand, Asia and the US, centralising boarding house operations.
Conference Breakfast Blitz on their respective initiatives along with BBC’s Development and
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FUTURE Bound It’s 2030. Our national highways have become too expensive to maintain and they are now privately owned. Tolls have become a regular occurrence; the demand for public transport is heightening and its reliability diminishing. The flow on effect is becoming more prevalent with health and transport the hardest hit. What would you do?
The competition involves a number of
“When you are given the scenario, you
Year 8 student Gus Peters at the national finals
rounds, with students addressing a variety of
can’t just restate the issue. You really have to
for the Future Problem Solving Competition
complex issues at each event. Only a handful
analyse and delve much deeper to reveal the
– an international educational program for
of participants proceeded to the national finals
underlying problem and to establish all of the
students that focuses on the development of
held in Melbourne during October.
connections associated with that problem,”
This was one of the scenarios presented to
creative thinking skills. Gus was selected to represent Queensland
According to the Future Problem Solving Program Australia the aim of the competition
says Gus. “I found the process really interesting and a
after impressing judges in the qualifying round
is to develop critical, creative and futuristic
great learning experience. It was a new way of
with his response to issues we may face in
thinking and demanded that I look outside of
the future as a result of living in a ‘surveillance society’.
“It [the program] challenges students to apply their imagination and thinking skills to
the square," he said. It’s clear that the art of being able to shift
some of the significant issues facing both the
your thinking and choose your perspective
for me I identified the underlying problem
world of today, and in the future, equipping
is a key outcome of being involved in the
as discrimination. The type of technology
them with the skills and vision needed to
presented in the scenario would mean
anticipate, comprehend and solve problems
that employees would be able to make
associated with these issues, helping them
assumptions based on personal future
to have a positive impact in the society of the
forecasts, an insight we’ve never had access
“This was a really interesting topic and
to before, so I felt that this would have a significant impact on the way we operate as a society,” said Gus.
For Gus, the experience has been both enjoyable and eye-opening.
We congratulate Gus on his success and in making it all the way through to the national final.
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Together we are so much more You don’t have to look far to realise that the BBC community, be it teachers, students, parents, are outward thinkers, dedicated to acting for the greater good. Each individual act of kindness is admirable but the collective impact that these initiatives have on people from throughout the community, if not in fact the globe, is commendable.
A GREAT DAY TO SAVE LIVES
Staff and students at Brisbane Boys’ College rolled up their sleeves to help save lives on 12 September, donating blood to the Red Cross.
The van was hosted on campus with more than 30 students and 15 staff taking part in the initiative. Driven by BBC teachers Maria Verti and
make amongst both students and staff,” said Maria. “Boys were able to hear directly from the Red Cross in a presentation earlier in the year.
Laurence Coleman the activity highlighted to
Even if they aren’t able to donate blood, it
boys in particular, a way to give back to the
has certainly raised awareness of some of the
community outside of traditional fundraising
issues surrounding blood donations,” she said.
events. “Every person who donates blood can
According to the Red Cross, Australia needs more than 27,000 donations every week
help save the lives of three strangers. This is a
and the demand for blood will grow by 100
pretty powerful message and we really wanted
percent over the next 10 years.
to raise awareness of the difference this can
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Hearts of gold
When you hear about the work of BBC’s Interact Club, it’s clear that behind any of their fundraisers lies a story of great resilience, strength and courage. It reminds you that life is precious and you can’t help but be compelled by their willingness to lend a hand. On 5 September the club held its Gold Dinner raising more than $1470 for the Children’s Cancer Institute – a foundation dedicated solely to researching and raising money for the treatment of childhood cancers. The charity’s colour is gold and the evening was themed in accordance. BBC’s Master in Charge of Interact, Melissa
Anthony Love the Masters of Ceremonies and
to fundraising for the Lambreth family whose
Year 7 student Bradley Bloom the Auctioneer.
daughter Scarlett was diagnosed with Gaucher
“Bradley did an outstanding job auctioning our donated items – he was incredibly outgoing and entertaining. “We would like to thank all of our donors and supporters including Queensland Cricket which donated a jersey signed by James
Miller, said the event was a great success and
Hopes and BBC Old Boy Chris Hartley
the chosen charity was of personal significance
and Artist Rev Lynton Allan. We also had a
to the school.
number of handcrafted fascinators donated by
“Our Head of Science David Fischer shared with guests his own personal experience of
Toowong Rotary Club.” Interact works in collaboration with the
childhood cancer following the diagnosis of his
Rotary Club and a number of members from
daughter Hannah,” said Melissa.
the Toowong branch were also in attendance
“Hannah underwent extensive treatment over a period of nine months, yet what people
on the evening. “Every Tuesday, Murray Bladwell from
often don’t realise is that children are treated
Rotary attends our weekly Interact meetings
with the same medication as adults, and this
– he’s actually the grandfather of one of our
can have some detrimental affects on their
longest standing student members, James
development – this is why we felt this charity
was so important,” she said. “David’s speech was a highlight of the evening – it was truly amazing.” Students played an active role in the event with President Theo Millard and Secretary
“It’s fantastic to be able to work in conjunction with Rotary and to strengthen the work they do in the broader community through our school based activities.” Following this event the club’s focus turned
Disease at six months of age. “Scarlett had Type 2 strand of this disease for which there is no cure and she sadly passed away in September,” said Melissa. “We were touched by the family’s story. Scarlett’s time was limited and we hope that in some small way we assisted by providing financial support which enabled them to spend precious time together.” The club recently held a boot camp at Kangaroo Point, in conjunction with eight fitness instructors who also got behind the family. More than 90 people were in attendance and a BBQ fundraiser was also held on the day. “It’s as much about contributing to big charities as it is a single family. “It’s nice for the boys involved with the club to know that in actual fact they can do something, they can make a difference and can affect change amongst the community on so many levels.”
Changing lives in 40 hours
Every year BBC students and staff put in a mammoth effort to raise money for World Vision and 2014 was no different with a new record set. More than 120 participated under the guise
On the 40 Hour Famine Facebook page,
of Team BBC, raising $24,000, with the Year 7
World Vision thanked those who had given up
cohort collecting an outstanding $8,265 of the
to bring hunger down.
total monies. Five students including George Gilliland,
“When you do the 40 Hour Famine, you are standing up for social justice for children
Luka Boskovic, Ty Smithers and Ben Ayra
across Rwanda, and doing something real to
(pictured left) in addition to Jack Kibble raised
fight global poverty.”
more than $1000.
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CUPCAKES FOR CLAIRE
With a sense of grace and composure that some of us mere adults can only dream of, Year 5 student Gus Gannon delivered a powerful speech at this year’s Grandparents and Friends’ Day in memory of his friend Claire, who sadly passed away after losing her battle with brain cancer. Gus spoke about cancer awareness, delivering his speech that saw him win the Year 5 Public Speaking competition earlier in the year. “We need doctors and researchers to get to the bottom of the sneaky cancer symptoms, but they need money to support their work. To
event was overwhelming not to mention the 600 cupcakes that were made by parents. The cheque was presented to Claire’s parents Lynette and Robert, who have become ambassadors for curing brain cancer with the creation of the Cupcakes for Claire fundraising initiative.
all of you as future fundraisers – you can help raise money in many ways,” said Gus. In support of this, the Junior School hosted a Cupcakes for Claire stall in September raising more than $1500 for the Cure Brain Cancer Charlie Teo's Foundation. The response to the
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Green Crusaders The opportunity was made possible thanks
In recognition of Arbor Day, Junior School students from Brisbane Boys’ College joined forces with Oxley Creek Catchment Association (OCCA), planting more than 100 native trees along the banks of Oxley Creek, as part of their four year rehabilitation project.
to the generosity of BBC parent and Managing Director of Groundworks Ecoblanket Australia Pty Ltd, Mr Tony Rees. Tony was recently recognised at the Premier’s Sustainability Awards, receiving the Minister’s Award for Leadership in Sustainability having introduced Ecoblanket - a ground-breaking erosion control product - to Australia over the last 10 years, taking it to every state in the country. Keen to invest the prize money in a community based environmental project, when Tony became aware of BBC’s partnership with OCCA and their work at the Oxley Golf Complex site, supporting the project was a natural fit. “Ecoblanket has been designed to immediately stop soil erosion and over the medium to long term, create vegetation; I wanted to support a community project which aligned with these sustainability themes and was focused on rehabilitation,” Tony said. “From an education perspective this was a perfect opportunity to send a positive message to students about how they can make a difference in their local community. The fact that BBC already had an existing relationship
with OCCA made it all the more meaningful,” he said. The donation enabled OCCA to purchase more than 500 plants for the site, with other community groups also assisting with planting on the day. This is not the first time BBC has worked with OCCA. Earlier in the year Middle School students visited the site to assist with weeding and water quality testing. Larissa Mar Fan, OCCA’s Partnerships and Education Manager, said she was thrilled to be able to work with younger students and to show them they can make a difference. “It has been a pleasure for Oxley Creek Catchment Association staff to work with staff and students from BBC on several occasions and we’re looking forward to this partnership continuing to flourish next year,” Larissa said. The rehabilitation project is part of the What’s your nature? initiative delivered through a joint partnership with SEQ Catchments, Brisbane Catchments Network and its 11 member catchment groups, Jagera Daren Cultural Heritage Body, Brisbane City Council and Queensland Urban Utilities, through funding from the Australian Government.
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COURT IN SESSION Success at the Queensland University of technology (QUT) Mooting competition “We actually had two teams make it through to the
Competing against 13 teams of high school students from across South East Queensland, the boys meticulously
second day of competition, but QUT rules allowed only one
researched and prepared their written and oral submissions
to proceed. Thus it was Team 1 that ultimately went on to
for a fictional dispute involving trespass and a mango.
battle,” Rowena said.
Armed only with relevant judicial precedents, the unfailing
Each moot was judged by a lawyer from a sponsoring law
support of QUT mentors Shareen Parvez and Ramya Putta
firm, including Ashurst, CBP, Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers,
and a thorough knowledge of the relevant area of Torts Law
Herbert Smith Freehills, Irish Bentley Lawyers, Jensen
provided by their Legal Studies Teachers, James Aldridge,
McConaghy, McCowans Specialist Lawyers, McCullough
Declan Gamack, Jack Hill, Timothy Gray (pictured above)
Robertson, Smith and Associates Solicitors and Streten
and Will Starky went on to battle wits against Brisbane’s finest. There was fierce competition as teams had to moot a total of five times over two days to progress through the general rounds and into the quarter, semi and then the grand final. In a close contest the BBC team took the final moot against Brisbane Grammar School before Justice Fraser.
The team also took home second place for the best-written submissions of the competition. According to Legal Studies Teacher Rowena Gilroy the boys delivered an outstanding performance, giving insight into their legal prowess.
Students were universally commended on the very high quality of their work. However, Justice Fraser ultimately found in favour of the BBC team, based in part on the persuasiveness of the arguments of the Junior Counsel. “The experience provided an invaluable insight into the
application and interpretation of law in a real-life arena. Their achievement also ensures they will be short-listed for a place on the QUT International Mooting team should they go on to pursue a law degree at the university in the future.”
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In September this year, Brisbane Boys' College hosted a community sports clinic in conjunction with its annual community visit to Papua New Guinea. The rugby and cricket clinic was run by
Director of Community Relations, with visits
Brisbane Boysâ€™ College staff, with support
to Goroka, Port Moresby and Mt Hagen to
from PNG Rugby, Cricket PNG and the Ela
meet with current boarding families, old boys
Murray International School in Port Moresby.
and prospective families.
BBC has visited Papua New Guinea
At the same time as this trip, the Brisbane
for three consecutive years. However, this
Boys' College Second XV played the Papua
was the first clinic the College has hosted
New Guinea National Development Team
overseas, following the success of community
in a friendly match on Miskin Oval. The
sporting clinics in Northern New South Wales,
game was a wonderful experience for our
and Western and Central Queensland.
boys as players, but the experience was
The College even made National PNG News with the clinic, following an interview conducted by Lorraine Genia with BBC's Director of Community Relations, Jarrod Turner. Travelling Brisbane Boys' College staff included the Deputy Headmaster, Director of Boarding, Director of Admissions and
made culturally significant when the PNG Development Team sang a tribal song with the BBC boys, following the game. The College is already planning a visit to PNG for 2015.
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21 February Family Day and Boarders Evening
13-14 march Roma Picnic Races
26 March - 3 April China, Hong Kong and Macau Visit
6-8 April Easter in the Country Sports Clinic - Roma/Miles
25 April-2 May Japan Visit
June Condamine Cods
29-31 May Boarding Schools Expo Goondiwindi
4-9 may Beef Week Rockhampton
3 may COMMUNITY SPORTS CLINIC - BILOELA
17-18 June Surat Basin Mining Expo - Toowoomba
13 June Cairns
19-22 June Moree/Goondiwindi Rugby Tour
6-12 July Indooroopilly shopping centre
5 September Old Boys’ Day
11-17 September Papua New Guinea
19-22 September Inverell/Lismore Cricket Tour
SEPTEMBER Sydney Old Boys’ Function
24 - 25 SEPTEMBER Mt Ommaney shopping centre
15-16 OCTOBER AGFORCE Moo Baa Munch
OCTOBER Melbourne Old Boys’ Function
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World Teachers' Day
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A little bit of gratitude goes a long way It’s the little things that can make all the difference - saying hello or a simple smile and in the case of World Teachers' Day – a humble thank you from students.
“I would like to tell Mr Holland and Mr Quill that I’m thankful for their guidance and support. They have nurtured my love of music and provided me with wonderful opportunities. They are amazing teachers and mentors who have truly inspired me.” – Thomas
“I would like to tell Ms Robson that I am thankful for the way you welcomed me in my first year at BBC and ensured I had a great start to Year 7. I enjoyed the way you mixed up our learning experiences, structured our lessons, played the ‘fox song’ (one or two months after it was released) and your kind, friendly personality. Ultimately you
In honour of the day, BBC’s Middle School boys did just that, reading out their letters of gratitude to various teachers at morning briefing. Their words are heartwarming to say the least and give insight into just how monumental teachers can be in the lives of their students. In recognition of all our wonderful teachers we share with you their letters of gratitude.
I would like to tell Mrs Cheng that I’m thankful to her for being my Chinese teacher. Too often we progress through the ‘ropes of life’ and do not spend the time to express our gratitude for
have set me up for the rest of my schooling life and are part of the reason I love BBC. For that I am truly grateful. I hope you and all the other teachers have a wonderful World Teachers’ Day!” - Mitchell
“I would like to tell Ms Luxford that I’m thankful for your wonderful teaching. You make French so much fun and so easy to learn. Every lesson you seem to love teaching our class and your enthusiasm is contagious. I look forward to doing major French when we have French four lessons a week. Merci Mme!” – Harry
“Ms Murray, I have known since Junior School that I am not the artist that my mum wanted me to be. She once asked me when I was painting with my sister, “Did you paint that with your feet?” Ms Murray you always gave me and the other boys a fun time in Junior School art and at the end of the day, that is what Junior School is about,
learning and fun, so I’d like to thank you for that.” - Jed
the support you gave for our growth. As a teacher, you could just ensure my knowledge is up to the standard. However, you saw me not as one of the many students you have, but instead you valued me for my strengths and even weaknesses. You promote an environment where I feel like I am able to not only share my contribution, but also to know it is actually considered and appreciated. Once again I would like to thank you for your
“I would like to tell Ms Fels that I’m thankful for her insightful knowledge in the arena of IT and multi-media. She is a very passionate teacher and displays talent. Ms Fels is also very educationally supportive and generous. Thank you for being a great teacher.” - Ashwin
endless support. Xie Xie.” – Daniel “I would like to tell Mr Atkinson that I’m thankful for his patience last year with me and Vincent during all our ‘telepathic conversations’ across the room. Also for providing me with some great opportunities last year and this year. And just for providing genuinely interesting work for us.” – James
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HEART SOUL Honouring our teachers and students by sharing their own unique adventures and stories
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Liam M c Adam When you’re regularly travelling
Race Car driver
passion for anything with four
THE ROAD AHEAD
“I remember going to the track
travelling up and down the east
at speeds in excess of 200km/hr,
wheels. Even at an age where his
with Dad and just wanting nothing
coast to compete on some of
it comes as no surprise that the
legs failed to reach the pedals,
more than to get involved. So I
Australia’s most renowned circuits
trip from home to school in mum’s
Liam knew he was born to drive.
started racing when I was 12 in
– Bathurst, Philip Island, Winton –
Dad’s old Rotax Superkart.”
you name it, Liam has raced it.
sedan, seems well, slow.
“When I was younger my dad
From as young as he can
raced road bikes at a state and
This young and upcoming
remember, Year 12 student Liam
national level, until my mum told
superstar has been making his
fore in 2010 when Liam was
McAdam has been driven by a
him to stop,” laughs Liam.
mark on the track ever since,
named the Junior Superkart
His talent really came to the
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Champion whilst making his debut in
of fitness with racing, but I’m currently training
the Formula Vee – Australia’s entry-level
six to seven times a week on a race simulator
and at least three to four times in the gym.
It was the same year that Mark Webber
“Strength training and endurance are pretty
Liam also competes in the Australian Endurance Championship and the Cue 1 Hour Series in his Mazda NA1800 2B production sports car - A.K.A the mighty green machine
brought us a season full of highs and lows,
critical particularly when it comes to racing
- and is the youngest driver to have competed
characterised by that crash in Korea and a
production cars or V8s, where the temperature
at Bathurst, an opportunity that arose after
inside can reach up to 60 degrees.”
attending the Easter Festival of Speed this
shoulder fracture, which he masked in the last four rounds of the Grand Prixs. “Something about Webber’s performances from 2010 stuck in my mind and it was at this point that I knew I really wanted to make a career out of racing,” says Liam. In 2011 Liam went on to claim the title of Queensland Superkart Champion, beating all
When asking Liam what it takes to make it to this level, he delivers an answer that may surprise. Forget the notion of being a speed demon, a thrill seeker or the ability to act with invincibility, the key to becoming a good driver is to listen – listen to your car and listen to your crew.
and he instantly went to the front of the field
and was seen as the racer to beat at a national
from 2010 stuck in
But as fate would have it, 2012 was the real
Much of the work on the production car is done from his Dad’s shed, and in his spare time Liam enjoys restoring cars. He’s currently working on an old humble Toyota Hilux and a 1968 Beatle. Liam has proven to be diverse behind the
ages on cumulative points. The following year saw him switch to a 125cc Gearbox Superkart
wheel and whilst he hopes he can continue to race, he’s not about to limit his options and plans to study mechanical engineering following school. Regardless of the destination, it would
game changer, with Liam deemed too young to
my mind and it was at
appear that cars and racing will always feature.
compete in the high performance superkarting,
this point that I knew I
around the track, Liam now has his sights set
following a revision of competition rules. Determined not to park his talents, he was elevated to Formula Ford - the closest thing to Formula One, following in the footsteps of racing giants such as Michael Schumacher and
really wanted to make a career out of racing,” says Liam.
Today, Liam now races with team Dream Motorsport, led by Dean Randle and engineered by Wayne Mackie. Liam is currently placed seventh in the national championships and is knocking on the door of the top five Formula Ford drivers. Without doubt, Liam is the envy of many in the schoolyard, but his lifestyle is not without its challenges. “I’m currently doing Year 12 over two years so I’m able to balance both my academic and racing commitments; BBC has been really supportive of this, which is great. “People don’t always associate a high level
on the V8 Supercars. When asking Liam whom he admires, he doesn’t hesitate – “Craig Lowndes.” “He is known for his sportsmanship and humility, not to mention determination, and I
Mark Webber whose careers were born out of this competition.
And having taken an Australian V8 Touring Car
“We capture a lot of data in training and competition. It provides us with comprehensive insights and it’s important to be able to take this feedback on board. “A sense of balance is essential for racing, you have to know how much weight is going onto each tyre and we have more than 30 sensors on the car so we can see exactly what’s going on.
really admire him for that.” But after speaking with Liam, it doesn’t take long to realise that he shares some very similar qualities and the next ‘Lowndesy’ may well be in sight. The road ahead for this young gentleman is certainly exciting and he has the confidence of those around him. In fact during our interview, Liam’s Housemaster and the Deputy
“You have to be at one with your car if you’re to predict exactly how it will behave. Data assists with that understanding.” Scenes from the Bathurst Pit Lane spring to
Headmaster were quick to pop their heads in, “Mate just remember those complimentary tickets we talked about.” Code for ‘When you make it to the V8 Supercars at Bathurst, don’t
mind and whilst Liam explains that it’s not quite
forget me.’ It's clear it is not a question of if,
to that scale, it's not largely different.
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DANCING AROUND DESTINY
professional training, seized every
to pick it up again." Ballet it was.
searching for their true destiny,
moment to move. Weddings were
others a lifetime. For Year 12
always interesting,” says Ashley
And he hasn’t looked back
student Ashley Fooks, he found
with a slight grin.
Some people spend years
his niche at age three, because everyone just dances, right? Growing up with two older
The more you speak with
regime that focuses on skill,
gone, I don’t want to dance today.
fitness and importantly strength. In fact he does more than 14 hours a
“Despite the physicality of
that dancing is simply the natural
week on the floor and in the gym.
dance, I could do it all day; sure
fit and he very consciously decided to pursue it, in a big way,
passion for dancing, from an early
during his primary years.
school – it was just something
Ashley has an intensive training
a chore, I’ve never woken up and
Ashley the more it would appear
and his mum, who all shared a
dancing was much like going to
point of collapse, I’ll dance.”
since. “Dancing has never been
sisters (10 and 11 years his senior)
age Ashley had presumed that
replied, “No, unless I’m sick to the
my muscles will ache and my
“I remember thinking in Year 6
Whilst the thought alone would
body will tire but once I get in the
send most of us into exhaustion,
zone something compels me to
as is the case with anything
Ashley commits to, he is clearly
that I could either continue with
In fact he didn’t even recognise
not fazed by hard work; to the point where he almost seems
football or dancing but not both.
his own dedication, until his
Even then I knew the commitment
cousin from the UK came to visit.
“My sisters had always
required. Going back to football
Curious, he questioned Ashley.
attended dance lessons, and
was always an option but once
“Do you ever not want to dance?”
What’s most inspiring about
my mum, despite not having any
you stop dancing it’s much harder
Without a second thought Ashley
Ashley’s story is seeing this young
bewildered that you could think this is anything but the norm.
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man act with such intuition and
Dance and will head to Wellington
ahead, in fact the saying 'it’s not
maturity well beyond his years.
at the start of the next year.
the destination but the journey'
forward to is some quiet time;
rings true here.
something he jokes he doesn’t
“In Year 10 I had the option of attending the Queensland Dance School of Excellence, but I didn’t
“The school has great links with some really reputable
“Sure, I’d like to travel and align
dance companies across the
myself with a company that has
me to a school like BBC and I simply couldn’t throw that all away," said Ashley. “BBC hasn’t necessarily
“Sure, I’d like to travel and align myself with a company that has a great reputation, I could look at teaching or establishing
contributed directly to my
my own dance school, but as long as I’m
dance, but the support I receive
dancing that’s all that matters.”
and the people I’ve met are
them.” Ashley has now been accepted into the New Zealand School of
You could argue that Ashley’s choreographed – intriguing, surprising, compelling. Without doubt, Ashley is driven by an innate desire to simply follow his own path. He’s not aspiring to be like anyone in particular, in fact he’s not aspiring to be anyone else but himself – a contemporary ballet dancer from
irreplaceable and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without
necessarily always have at home. journey so far has been well
take it because I knew how hard my mum had worked to send
In fact what he’s most looking
globe and I’m excited about the
a great reputation, I could look at
opportunities this could bring.”
teaching or establishing my own dance school, but as long as I’m
But in the same breath he doesn’t over complicate the path
dancing that’s all that matters.”
Brisbane with very real hopes and dreams for a creative and self-fulfilling future.
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Laura Aguayo Reception She’s the first voice of the College - quite literally. If you dial 3309 3500 or walk through those iconic portal doors, chances are you’ll speak with Laura. She may only be 4'11", but don’t let size fool you. This tiny lady has a voice that can carry down the hallway of Main Administration, is trained in CrossFit and can
THE FIRST LADY
you feel part of the BBC family as soon as you
decided it was time to come home – well
enter Reception. We sat down with Laura to
home for Matt and I guess the next adventure
find out how she came to BBC and to unearth
the voice of this ‘first lady’. From Atlanta Georgia, to London, to Wellington, Laura found herself landed in
lift 50kg above her head. Above all, she has
Brisbane last year. “After living in New Zealand
a big heart and an incredible ability to make
with my partner Matt for 10 months, we
The pair first met in London in 2010 whilst Laura was completing a study abroad program as part of her degree with Syracuse University. “Syracuse has a campus in central New York – Tom Cruise grew up there – I did have
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Baccalaureate program. It wasn’t just a
the first time – you know Syra-Cuse and Suri
stepping-stone, it was a really great experience
I’m actually the first person in my family to be
Cruise, surely no coincidence there,” she
and it made me who I am.
born and raised in the US, so conversations
laughs. Turns out Laura is full of trivial facts and the more you get to know her, the more you realise that these interesting snippets give weight to
writing when I was young, but it wasn’t until my parents moved out of my first family home that I realised I’d been storytelling my whole life. “I would fill notebook after notebook and
improvisation and it was fun to see just how
I’d heard a million times and they were just as hilarious if not more so. It was as if I was
So it comes as no surprise that Laura was
hearing them for the first time.”
heavily involved in theatre during her
airport, is home of Coca-Cola and
be involved in. The kids had to do a lot of
real highlight. I found myself laughing at jokes
stories I’d written before the move.”
cool city – it has the world’s busiest
“This was a really interesting project to
creative they can be. The opening night was a
my mum and I spent hours going over all the
“I grew up in Atlanta – a supremely
Laura was recently involved with the BBC Director.
“I always had a passion for reading and
study Magazine Journalism.
expressed amongst the students here at BBC." Senior Theatre Production as the Assistant
her story. And a storyteller she is.
high school years and went on to
“I can see a lot of similar sentiments being
“My family is originally from Puerto Rico,
with anyone at home naturally shift between Spanish and English. "Spanglish is definitely the official language of the Aguayo household. “I’ve even been able to speak Spanish with families here at BBC. It keeps home close and I really enjoy the diversity of my role. Working here is much more dynamic than I had ever imagined and I think that’s because I get to talk to everyone. There is never a dull moment on Reception. “In the same way that people naturally assume I’m a teacher when I tell them I work at a school, I think many believe
In many ways though it’s a lot like
I’d been storytelling my whole life.”
city charm and the people are laid back and friendly. Oh and the southern food – amazing.” At the age of 25 Laura can certainly draw on varied experience – she’s worked in The Cheesecake Factory, in retail for Ann Taylor, interior design, a telecommunications office, as a recruitment consultant and office manager. And despite all of the activity in between, Laura
“I went to the Atlanta International School and was part of their International
families to be unique – they come from different cultures, countries, borders - and this keeps things interesting.” Laura has been around the world and now the world comes to her.
profile place in America but it has big
never imagined she’d be working in one.
further from the truth. I’ve found our
wasn’t until my parents moved out of
CNN for any news buffs out there.
still reflects fondly on her time at school and
backgrounds, but this couldn’t be
and writing when I was young, but it my first family home that I realised
Brisbane. It’s not the most high
BBC families come from similar
“I always had a passion for reading
No doubt Laura is enjoying her Australian chapter, however distance is something she contends with regularly. “I love Brisbane and all its hidden neighbourhoods. It’s not just a nice place but a place I think I can call home. “The hardest part though has definitely been leaving family and friends behind. Thank goodness we have things like Skype which make life a littler easier, although these conversations are always interesting,” laughs Laura.
As much as Laura is a storyteller, she’s also a listening ear. In fact Laura jokes she quite often gets to hear everyone’s life story over the phone. And perhaps it is these stories and situations that make Laura so engaging and fun to be around. Without doubt, Laura is about people. She has a natural ability to foster strong connections and that’s what makes her so exceptional in her role. After chatting with Laura it becomes clear that nothing is out of reach for this young lady with a remarkable attitude and an amazing story to tell.
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Ross Smith When most people think of
inside?” If you know him well you
periodic table, or the other with
Hawaii, their minds wander to
can easily picture an eager and
a geological map of Brisbane.” If
without work and all of a sudden
thoughts of relaxation, the beach
comical Ross, keen to ‘save the
you could make your assumptions
there was an influx of geologists
and a smorgasbord of fresh food.
day’ with a story about rocks.
about Ross’ life and his interests
calling themselves ‘consultants’
based on ties alone, it would
so my wife and I drove north to
almost be spot on.
Brisbane in our little ‘volksy’,” says
Not Ross Smith. According to this science buff, Hawaii is for volcanoes, a place where you can find some of the most interesting earth sediments, molten rock and prehistoric insights. But Ross simply isn’t like most people. On his most recent trip to the island he found himself jumping
You see, Ross can’t help but live and breathe earth science and this passion, coupled with his
“The downturn left many
As Ross prepares to retire at
quirky approach, has seen him
the end of this year, it seems fitting
influence the lives of thousands of
to go back to the very beginning.
students who have been fortunate to have him as their teacher, or the famous McKenzie Housemaster,
detour, still science, but with a
Ross returned to Brisbane in
twist – teaching.
late 1975. He had been working as a geologist in Tasmania, but
for the past 35 years. When we arrived to take
It was this landmark moment that saw Ross’ life take a slight
But it wasn’t a case of jumping
after a massive downturn in the
straight in Ross was a geologist,
mining industry, was left without
not an educator. With his wife
in to assist a tour guide stumped
Ross’ photos we were met with,
work and living with his wife Jenny
pregnant with their first child and
with a question from a member of
“Which tie should I wear? I’ve got
in a caravan in the backyard of his
geological work scarce, it wasn’t
the group, “Why is the Earth hot
my McKenzie tie, one with the
parent’s place in Wynnum.
easy, but Ross focused on a
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“I’ve never tired of teaching science and I
He was the person responsible for creating
in the Kelvin Grove College of Advanced
draw on stories to keep boys interested. For
Science Club, which started as an astronomy
Education, now QUT, to undertake a Graduate
me storytelling is an incredibly powerful tool for
group and even when he was on long service
Diploma in Teaching.
teaching. Tell them stories and they will learn.”
solution – becoming a teacher. He enrolled
“I still knew it was going to be a year before
In the same breath he starts recounting the
I completed my diploma, so I started doing
tale of Krakatoa, a volcanic island eradicated
the rounds, visiting all of the private schools in
in 1883 after an eruption. The explosion was of
epic proportion, sending shockwaves across the Indian Ocean with the bang heard all the
In early 1976, he arrived on BBC’s
leave in 1994, he offered to attend a Somerville House school trip, visiting NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Centre. He is also a keen artist, having studied at the Brisbane Institute of Art and has used these skills to assist students when teaching them about scientific drawing. During the interview Ross would often
way in Alice Springs. Ross tells the story with
doorstep, met with the face of the then
start the sentence with, ‘Before it
Headmaster Graham Thomson. In Ross’ mind Graham epitomises
what it means to be a ‘gentleman
“I’ve never tired of teaching science
and I draw on stories to keep boys
“I explained to Graham my situation and requested just one thing – to remember me in a year’s time. He was incredibly kind; he even gave me text books to assist
“I remember when the space where College Hall now stands was a flat piece of land used by
interested. For me storytelling is an
the boarders to dry their laundry.
incredibly powerful tool for teaching – tell them stories and they will learn.”
with my studies. And just as I
Chemistry Teacher and I then went on to Earth Science shortly after.” Everything had fallen into place. “I remember watching Neil Armstrong land on the moon for the first time when I was young, I had been avidly following the space race and to see this live was amazing. “Science has always continued to astonish
under Birtles Wing, the westerly wind would blow in on a winter’s morning and if the train went past the person speaking would
had asked, he did not forget me and the following year offered me a job as a
Assemblies used to be held
such enthusiasm and avid belief that, despite happening in the 1800s, you almost have to question if he was there at the time. Whilst retirement represents the end of an era in teaching you can tell Ross will always find a way to be involved in learning and education.
have to pause for the noise. There was only one Housemaster for each house when I first arrived, and because there were no formal tutors we would have to mark at least 75 students off for roll call each day.” According to fellow colleague and McKenzie House Tutor Scott Grice, Ross has always been extremely dedicated to his role.
Ross has been a part of many educational boards and associations, including the
“He has always cared deeply about the wellbeing and progress of students and has
me. The thought of breaking open a rock and
Earth Science Panel and Science Advisory
finding a crystal or fossil staring back at me
Committee of the Board of Senior Secondary
and thinking ‘I’m the first person in this world
Studies, now the Queensland Curriculum and
details, all matters were followed up until a
to look at this’ – wow.
Assessment Authority, just to new a few.
resolution was attained,” said Scott.
been meticulous in his approach. All House activities were planned down to the smallest
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“For many years, the students have affectionately used the nickname ‘Praymo’, likening Ross’ lean frame to that of a praying mantis. As always, students believe that staff members are unaware of these nicknames. At the start of one full House meeting however, the students were quite restless. Ross achieved a stunned silence by threatening to ‘pray-min-ate’ the students who were talking. The students then realised that Ross not only knew about his nickname, but had taken it with good humour," he said. “The ends of these House meetings were legendary for the choice of video. Ross seemed to choose the same episode of Mr Bean and showed exactly the same scenes. It became so legendary that there seemed to be genuine disappointment on the odd occasion that he chose something else.” Ross has become known for many things during his 38 years – Praymo, or “Mr Praymo to you” if the boys were asking and for Friday proof reading amongst staff. For the last 10 years he has also adopted
When asking Ross what’s kept him coming back all these years, he is quick to respond. “I love the good humour of the boys, love the staff and our focus on pastoral care. Seeing boys reach the end of Year 12, particularly those who have turned themselves around through the collective efforts of the staff, makes it all worthwhile.” Whilst it is bitter sweet for Ross, you can tell he will look back on his career fondly. “I’ve changed a lot. When I was a young teacher, everything was black and white. I think as a teacher starting out you’re always trying to make sure you have everything under control and you’re very conscious of what your superiors will think of you. As my skills developed and confidence built and I learned to manage the behaviour of boys – knowing each one of them is different – and in came the humour and a much more intuitive approach to education.
FULL CIRCLE When Ross first came to BBC, the Headmaster at the time, Mr Graham Thomson, had strictly instructed teachers that seniors were not to jump into the pool on their last day, a long standing tradition at the College. Ross remembers walking down to the pool promptly and with purpose, a note pad and pen in hand to record any offenders. It would appear in 2014, 38 years later, that this tale has gone full circle, with Ross jumping into the pool this year – a tradition and rite of passage the seniors were adamant he participate in.
“It’s very rewarding to be able to say goodbye but not farewell on that sort of a note.” And a very sad note it is.
the role of Farewell Coordinator – organising cards, gifts and functions for departing staff. In fact, when it came to his own farewell, Ross made a card for himself, just in case someone had forgotten to get all of the farewell affairs in order. Of course, there was no need.
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raising the barr
BBC FEATURE | 37 When you think about a maths teacher an image is conjured up in your mind. A professor-like person, who can scribble formulae on a whiteboard. Enter Shane Barr, a Maths Teacher at BBC with a rather interesting background. Originally from Kingaroy (his Dad was a peanut farmer), he was educated at Ipswich Grammar and boarded in Years 11 and 12, which he initially found really challenging. “I really missed home and it was the first time I was away from Kingaroy, but I now recognise the benefits which resulted from this experience," says Shane. But here is where Shane’s story gets interesting. Shane worked as a mining engineer for 15 years, employed by the likes of BHP, Rio Tinto and MMG. But one day he decided that if he didn’t make a life change at that point in his life, then he never would.
“The favourite part of my job is when I am
Shane is asked what he enjoys most about
teaching a student a specific maths concept
teaching and you can just tell from his answer
and you see them finally understand it - that’s
that he is a truly passionate educator.
a wonderful feeling.
“Definitely working with the boys and
“Looking back, I really found the change
as well, which will play a role in their lifelong
maths all over again seemed daunting in
the beginning. I really invested heavily in the change – I was in charge of changing my life. “It was definitely a big call to leave mining, I had worked my way up the ladder and built a successful career and all of a sudden was about to go back to square one - back to
years a teacher and later a mining engineer. In Year 9 he decided on engineering. “I’ve worked all over Australia including SA, NSW, WA and QLD, specialising in underground mining. I’ve worked on mining sites and also worked in the corporate world as well. “While I was working in a corporate role, I really felt a disconnect with my day to day work and also my career and decided to get back to operations management. “Then I suppose working 12-15 hours a day really made my mind up - I needed a career change.” Shane believes teaching represents a work life balance, although he does admit that after a day in the classroom it can feel as mentally exhausting. “Even though I am not working such long hours, the brain power that goes into teaching maths is very high, but the outcomes and rewards provide so much more fulfilment in your day to day work.
“My teaching style is very much focused on relational learning. I work hard to build relationships with the boys and to get them excited about learning maths. “I do tend to draw on humour to bridge any gaps, but I think my students would describe me as firm but fair.
“Sometimes I learn just as much from students as they do from me and
“I really want the boys to understand that you don’t have to be a geek or have your nose stuck in a book to be good at and love maths. I tell them my background in mining
that is a phenomenal
engineering to make maths relatable and how
take out from a career.”
that’s so important.”
they might use these skills in the real world Shane sees the education of students as a
Shane said he has only ever wanted to be two things in his life, in his younger schooling
making a difference, the mentoring aspect
in career incredibly empowering. Learning
being the small fish in a big pond.” But on reflection, Shane doesn’t think he could have gone straight into teaching at the age of 25, admitting his life experience has helped make him a better teacher. “I’ve learnt a lot from my previous career and I feel more equipped in classroom management as a result of this experience. “The reaction of friends and family when I made the announcement about my new career role was interesting.” While the majority of people were in disbelief, the overwhelming response was: “You are great at mining, but you will be an amazing teacher.” BBC represents Shane’s first teaching role. “I am really lucky. Who else gets to start their teaching career at a school like BBC and pretty much every day I pinch myself and think about where I’ve come from and where I am now. “It really is a dream come true.”
shared journey. “Sometimes I learn just as much from students as they do from me and that is a phenomenal take out from a career.” Outside of school, Shane is enjoying spending time with his 14 year old daughter Georgia, who lives in Adelaide with her mother. “Becoming a teacher has enabled me to spend more time with my daughter, especially during the school holidays.” His previous career simply didn’t afford him the opportunity to invest quality time with his daughter in the way that he now can. “What BBC has taught me is that if, as a parent, you are interested in your child’s learning, it equates to better outcomes and this has become so clear to me in the classroom.” Any final words of wisdom for others - that was easy for Shane. “My message to our students is that I am walking proof that the greatest rewards come from doing something that makes you happy.”
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For the love of language Language. It’s arguably one of the most powerful tools at our disposal. In fact, there is really nothing to argue. Language has transformed humanity, equipping each and every one of us with a powerful set of ‘neuro audio technologies’ – to persuade, to influence, to understand, to be understood – the ability to shape reality and our every interaction.
As Ludwig Wittgenstein, an Austrian born philosopher wrote, “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” Learn another language and the benefits are amplified ten fold and there’s plenty of evidence to support it. According to Jeffrey Kluger a senior writer for Time Magazine,
mind, a given,” says Christelle. “The real value lies in fostering strong literacy skills – and this also applies to a person’s native language, increasing the brain’s neuro plasticity and in creating a culture of open-mindedness.” Born in Burgundy, Christelle always knew she wanted to be a linguist.
“New studies are showing that a multilingual brain is nimbler, quicker,
Like almost all Europeans, from an early age she was exposed to
better able to deal with ambiguities, resolve conflicts and even resist
various languages including English, Spanish and German.
Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia longer.” Yudhijit Bhattacharjee a writer for Science Magazine and contributor to The New York Times and Wired, expresses similar sentiments in his article, Why Bilinguals Are Smarter: “It forces the brain to resolve internal conflict, giving the mind a workout that strengthens its cognitive muscles.” He goes on to state, “The collective evidence from a number of such studies suggests that the bilingual experience improves the brain’s so-called executive function - a command system that directs the attention processes that we use for planning, solving problems and performing various other mentally demanding tasks.” Yet the advantages are somewhat masked in Australia, which continues to be largely monolingual. Earlier in the year Queensland Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek announced that all Year 5 students in Queensland state schools will now learn a language, a practice which has been in place at BBC for more than a decade. In Year 5 the foundation is laid with boys taking a course in French, Japanese and Chinese. In the Middle School these skills are refined with students able to specialise in a language of their choice in Years 11 and 12. According to BBC’s French Coordinator, Christelle Luxford, the most commonly perceived benefits of learning a language often fail to give weight to just how advantageous the experience can be. “Historically, learning a language has been associated with broadening future job prospects. This is without a doubt true, but in my
“The first time I dreamt in another language was a bizarre experience, but it made me realise just how flexible the mind can be.” Christelle went on to follow what she had always envisaged, studying for a Masters degree at the Institute of Education in London and teaching German and Spanish at the Winston Churchill School in Woking, Surrey, prior to coming to Australia at the end of 1999 and BBC in 2001. “For me, seeing students develop their linguistic skills over time is incredibly rewarding, and this feeling and sense of professional satisfaction never tires. “Learning a language requires patience, yet even in the early stages, often unbeknownst to the student, you can start to see a change in the way in which they approach their thinking and learning, not to mention an improvement in their communication skills. “What I also see is boys developing a much greater understanding of their own language, using comparison to make greater connections between English, French and even other languages and at the same time increasing their social and cultural awareness.” To keep boys interested, Christelle adopts a boy-focused approach – competition. “I use games and challenges to keep the boys inspired and to motivate them as a group. I’ve found this works really well, particularly when they are struggling to get their heads around some of the more complex components of learning a language such as grammar and syntax. For Christelle it is all about making connections.
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A multilingual mind + + + + + +
Is used to expressing ideas and words in more than one way Operates with more than one frame of reference Is used to seeing patterns Is used to deciding what is important and what is not Has developed the ability to focus Offers alternative ways of organising thought and perceiving the surrounding world
One of my favourite quotes comes from Nelson Mandela –
‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.’ I think this says it all."
And whilst she admits that learning any language is beneficial, she can’t help but be passionate about French, and in particular how much it has influenced English. “At least one third of English words have been derived directly or indirectly from French, which is why this language can greatly assist students with excelling in their native tongue. “Even if you’ve never learnt French before, it’s estimated that you may already know more than 15,000 words.” Without doubt, learning a language indulges the brain, inspiring it to tap into its full potential by unearthing new connections, skills and exciting possibilities.
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A story to tell The Year 8 cohort had tales to tell in Term 3, when students took part in the BBC Parables Competition. An element of the syllabus for Christian Education, the boys were placed into groups of three or four and given the opportunity to choose a parable that Jesus taught in the Gospels.
School of fish Once selected, it was up to the boys to channel their inner storyteller and create a movie of the parable. Their goal was to modernise the parable whilst maintaining the original meaning. Each student became a movie star, with the productions capturing the boys’ imaginations. The best film from each class was then nominated for the parable finals, with the movies played to a full house at an Interschool Christian Fellowship lunch time meeting. The grand final champion parable film was awarded to Caleb Pennel, Ethan Tracy, Jack Pagden and Hunter King for their transformation of the story of the Ungrateful Servant. According to Christian Education Teacher Adi Moe, the moviemakers were able to show their movie at the next Middle School Assembly before their peers and won cinema tickets for their amazing production. “This task proved to be a wonderful way to familiarise students with the biblical principles that Jesus taught, and for them to apply that to their lives as 13 and 14 year olds," said Adi.
Besides being some of the greatest innovators, what do Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Jamie Oliver, Walt Disney, Albert Einstein and Jessica Watson all have in common? If you haven’t already guessed it - they’re all dyslexic. They’re proof that rather than it being a weakness, our differences are what make us great. This year the Map Centre sought to highlight the strengths of dyslexia through the Australian Association’s Awareness Week held from 19 to 25 October, which culminated in the creation of the ‘School of Fish’ installation that currently hangs in the Middle School Library. The original ‘School of Fish’ was displayed in the Queensland Museum and Science Centre and was created by Noah Casey, who is an 11 year old dyslexic student. He created the installation so that others could better understand the journey of himself and other dyslexics who must swim against the current when faced with literacy tasks. According to BBC's Head of Curriculum Enrichment, Sandra Lummis, the exercise focused on understanding that our differences are our strengths. “Middle School students created origami fish from pages of old books to represent the average number of students within an Australian school. They also used coloured paper to fold fish to represent the 10 percent of our population who are dyslexic. This creative venture was an excellent awareness exercise for all boys as it focused on the value of individual differences as a positive attribute,” said Sandra.
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42 Il Carni Fresche
A delicious tale of shadows, scandal and stroganoff
45 She Said
Featuring Country singer, Tim Drury
46 Footprints on the future
BBC's annual art show featuring student works from Prep to Year 12
Grand Concert BB C ' s premier perfor m ance event
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THEATRE REVIEW IL Carni Fresche
A Delicious Tale of Shadows, Scandal and Stroganoff A Review of the BBC Senior Theatre Production: Il Carni Fresche
Strongly flavoured with the smoky style of Film Noir, a dash of Absurd Theatre, a tiny sprinkling of realism and a large helping of Black Humour. A wonderful production supported by a strong community of theatre lovers. Everyone wants a piece of Il Carni Fresche, a scrumptious, little Italian restaurant run by a feisty Russian woman and a cranky Frenchman. The stroganoff is to die for, the patrons are deliciously attired, but nothing is as it seems. The detectives have smelled a rat and they are right…
Students from BBC and St Aidan’s Anglican
“Finding the right story to accommodate
Girls School joined together to present this
all of our ideas was a challenge, so we used
year’s Senior Theatre Production, Il Carni
a narrator to bridge these ideas together,”
Fresche, over two nights.
Audience members were treated to an
“Crossing between reality and his own
evening of delicious food and delectable
imagination the New York detective inspired
entertainment as students brought to life a tale
narrator followed the intrigues of 40 different
of shadows, scandal and stroganoff. According to Director and Writer Michelle Carey the performance was developed by the ensemble through workshops (led by Michelle), with stimulus gathered from a myriad of styles, themes, characters and settings.
characters,” she said. “We began our play building process with inspiration from a short story by Brisbane writer Ella Trevaskes. “Set in the dark and dodgy alley of a fancy Italian restaurant the hero heads up a
gruesome business venture; delicious dishes and botched back alley dealings were some of the elements we borrowed from Ella’s story to inspire our very own recipe for a rich and enticing tale. “As we spent more time together as a cast and crew, the story really began to take shape, evolve and develop into something tasty. “The cast was amazing – each night the members were challenged to work with accents, improvise, manage an audience and perform in an unusual space, whilst always being aware of the movements of 43 cast members. Fedoras off to them!”
sidenote. Sam Webb and Ruaraidh Peck, who played the characters of Georgie and Detective Burt Macklin in the production, were recognised for their talents on another stage, placing second in the state finals of the Queensland Youth Shakespeare Festival held at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Sam has also been chosen as part of a youth Shakespeare ensemble to perform in a production of Romeo and Juliet in early 2015.
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When you first meet Tim Drury, you get the
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“There’s much more variety in country
You have to be able to constantly evolve in
sense he’s a down to earth type of guy, with
music than you might think and you can
a competitive and somewhat challenging
country in his heart.
see a massive under culture of deep poetic
landscape and Tim has already proven his
And he is. For someone whose first song hit number one in 24 hours, this singer songwriter remains incredibly humble, letting the music speak for itself. She Said, which was produced with the help of his band mates and BBC recording teacher and musician Dan Pratt, rose to the top spot overnight on the iTunes Australian country chart earlier this year. “I was completely blown away, particularly
country starting to surface and this is proving to be really interesting for emerging artists like Tim,” said Dan. “He has become a seasoned performer – he really doesn’t need too much preparation – you just need to tell him to bring his guitar and his voice,” he said. With the recording facilities literally across the road, Tim has been able to make the most of an ‘in-house’ studio. “People often ask me where we record and it’s great to be able to just walk down
when it stayed at the top for three days," Tim
from the boarding house to College Hall and
straight into the studio."
"As far as I know, that's the best a first single has ever done. "She Said is a young love story, but I don't really know where it came from - I just wrote down what I was feeling. According to Tim, when it comes to country music you have to have a sharp story to tell. And a story to tell he has. “Growing up in between Miles and Condamine on our family feedlot, with three brothers, and boarding for three years at BBC, there is no shortage of experiences for
ability in this area with his very level-headed approach,” he said. At the start of 2015 Tim plans to return to the family farm with a view to undertaking a apprenticeship in diesel fitting. “I would love to continue with my music but I think it’s important to have a back-up plan. “Either way though, I can’t imagine life without a guitar in my hand and regardless of the path I take, I will always turn to music as a creative outlet.”
Despite his talent, Tim is realistic about the future – a trait Dan believes will be critical to his success as an artist. “It’s all about having a long term plan, we don’t want students to leave here with stars in their eyes or a false sense of reality which has been emphasised by the popularity of shows like The Voice or X-Factor,” said Dan. “A big part of being an artist is adaptability.
me to draw upon.
"I wanted to learn the guitar when I was pretty young and eventually I started taking lessons in Miles from when I was about nine. "Mum would enter me in country music events and take me around the place performing. “It’s great that I’ve been able to continue to work on my music here at BBC and it’s a real honour to play in front of my mates at school.” According to Dan Pratt, who has guided Tim through the whole process, having recorded numerous records with his own band, country music as a genre has grown exponentially.
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Footprints on the future How we live in the present will have an enormous impact on the lives of future generations. This concept was the underlying framework for this year’s Prep to Year 12 Art Show, Footprints on the Future. Throughout the year the boys developed a greater awareness of their roles within their place on Earth and how as individuals they can have a great impact on the wellbeing of the life forms and eco-systems that exist within their environments. According to Junior School Art Teacher Kim Murray, communicating this effectively to an audience in the visual mode seemed to be quite a natural process. “The boys came to their art classes armed with a healthy respect and genuine concern for their world. From intricate prints to colourful paintings, large and small sculptures and a huge array of ceramic pieces, their thoughts, ideas and concerns were expressed,” said Kim. “Even though the underpinning theme for the show was a serious one, the works did present a sense of visual pleasure and enjoyment,” she said. “Showcasing the boys’ works in progression from our youngest to our oldest, provided a diverse and informative view into the creative minds of our students.”
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Champion of the eastern seaboard BBC student Cameron Lawson represented BBC at the New South Wales State Solo Piping and Drumming Championships held at The Scots College Sydney, in November. Cameron won three of the four events he competed in, placing third. As a result of his success, Cameron collected the Overall Grade D Drumming Champion Award. Cameron has travelled to compete in three separate state championships throughout the year. He is a dedicated individual with immense talent and has gone on to win and become State Drumming Champion for Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales.
BBC hosts international workshop Sidenote. Year 10 art student Hamish Gomersall (pictured above) was recently recognised at the Queensland Independent Education Union (QIEU) Art Design Awards and Literary Competition. Works were submitted by students from across the state with Hamish’s piece, which was themed around family, highly commended by the judges.
Fifty five students from Queensland and Northern New South Wales participated in the International Pipe Band Workshop, held at Brisbane Boys’ College in early October. Hosted in the Middle School Precinct and on the Junior School Green, youth pipers and drummers came from all over Queensland, including Mackay and Townsville, to attend the workshop. A significant number of BBC Pipe Band members benefitted from excellent tutelage from some of the world’s best pipers and drummers, with international tutors in attendance from places as far away as Scotland and Canada.
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Grand Concert The month of August closed with BBCâ€™s premier performance event, Grand Concert, held in College Hall. The musical showcase took the audience around the world, illustrating that music really does take you everywhere. From a young age, music takes our young men to many different places, introduces them to different time periods, musical styles and instruments. Audience members were shown how music challenges and comforts us, helps us to remember or forget, helps us to mourn or celebrate. Grand Concert simply reminded us how amazing music really is! Music is truly something which engages our hands, hearts, ears, minds and souls, and that is what Grand Concert did for a full house that evening.
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50 Robots incoming
Team Pi prepares to take on the world
52 On the world stage
BBC crowned National tennis champions
53 On the blocks
Olympic and world swimmier, Cate Campbell speaks with students
In season Highlighting recent sp orting achievements
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Move over Germany, Robots incoming Humanoid robots playing against Germany in the World Cup in the not so distant future. Sound far-fetched? Not for the creators of Robocup, Australia’s premier robotics competition or for BBC’s team Pi. Earlier in the year, this very team took out the title in the Open Robot Soccer Competition at the RoboCup Junior Australian Championships, making them the top junior team in the country. Robot soccer consists of teams of two robots
time and energy is invested in the creation of each robot. “The Lightweight and Open Soccer robots are constructed by the boys using custom components sourced from around the world. A
playing on a field 1.2 metres by 2.4 metres
considerable amount of planning is required for
chasing a ball that emits infrared light. The
this process alone,” said Colin.
robots operate autonomously with no human input. The achievement will see Andrew Su, Robert
“This year an Arduino, a single-board microcontroller, was used by the Open Soccer teams to control their robots – it has more input
Kopel and Brian Chen (pictured), travel to
and output links that enable a larger range of
China in 2015 to compete in the Junior World
custom sensors to be utilised in the construction
of the robots,” he said.
According to BBC’s Master in Charge of Robotics Colin Noy (also pictured), extensive
BBC’s Robotics Club has experienced continued success throughout the year not only
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at a national level but also in regional and state competitions. “The club entered teams in the Brisbane Regional, Queensland and Australian RoboCup Championships with great victory. "Several teams of Junior School students were also identified as having superior skills and these teams were given an accelerated program and were prepared to enter the RoboCup competitions. “Outstanding results in the Queensland Championships in the Junior Rescue Challenge were achieved by Team Apple Duck Squad (Ethan Lo and Lachlan Ellis) who came third and Team BBC SES (Sam Alner and Sebastian Pacaud) who came fourth.
You may have seen them in The Australian, featured for their 3D Circuit Board printer. BBC Old Boys Ariel Briner and John Scott have taken electronics to a whole new level with their start up company Cartesian Co and the release of Argentum – a revolutionary desktop printer that makes circuit boards in minutes. Ariel, an electrical engineer, and John, a mechanical engineer, have known each other since Year 8 at BBC, with both actively involved in the Robotics Club during their time at school. In a recent blog post on Cartesian Co’s website, John commented, “I’ve always gotten a lot of enjoyment out of figuring out how things work and thinking about how to make them better. For me being an engineer isn’t a profession, it’s just who I am.” --To read more from The Australian go to http://bit.ly/1x3CvZy
“In the Middle and Senior School Team AG (Griffith Campbell) achieved second place and Team R&S Ninjas (Rafay Yousuf and Shanker Dorairajan) achieved third place in Open Rescue in the Queensland Championships. “Team Alpha Omega (Alistair English and Gert Olivier) achieved first place and Team TMY Robotics (Thomas Hulbert, Max Schulze and James Yelland) achieved second place in the Lightweight Soccer in the Queensland Championships. “Team SHYF (Tom Hulbert, Max Schulze, Tom Fraser and James Yelland) achieved third place in the Lightweight Soccer in the Australian Championships. “The level of achievement from boys across the board is truly outstanding.”
Image courtesy of the Australian
The club also reached a new milestone this year with more than 170 students from Years 4 to 12 involved with the activity.
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BBC tennis players set to make their mark on the world stage From Toowong to Qatar, Brisbane Boys’ College students are set to make their mark on the global stage at the World Schools Tennis Championships next year. Following a robust match against The Kings
The success follows a string of impressive
“Playing on natural grass is a rare
School (NSW), Brisbane Boys' College was
performances this year, with the team claiming
experience for many school aged players.
crowned national champion for 2014 at the
the undefeated premiership in the Greater
In the lead up to the event, boys were able
Australian Schools Tennis Championships
Public Schools (GPS) competition, the State
to train at the Queensland Tennis Centre in
in Albury. The team entered as strong
title and now the national event, defeating the
Tennyson on grass courts which proved to be
contenders, following their victory against the
best school teams from across Australia.
an extremely valuable exercise in preparation
defending national champions, Maribyrnong College (Victoria) in the semi final. BBC Tennis Captain, Jack Jaede, defeated the Australian Schoolboys Singles Champion to set up the win against Kings. Team member, Lewis Edwards overcame illness to recover and win the closely contested Doubles tie with Jack, while Mitch Wilson and Jie Dong displayed immense courage and pressure to secure crucial sets in their Singles matches. Jack and Lewis, together with Nick and Tom Liddy also remained undefeated in the Singles event.
The College represented Australia in Poland in 2008, and previously finished second at the nationals. Tennis Head Coach, Mr Chris Bates, who guided the team to the national title, said the victories were won both on and off the court. “Words cannot express the determination, discipline and focus of each one of these students,” said Chris. “A very special thanks to Paul Setch, who performed the duties of manager, doctor and videographer; Anthony Ross, sports psychologist; coach, Andrew Rolph and Director of Tennis, Chris Rolph for their wonderful support both on and off court.
for the nationals.
"This is an absolutely sensational effort and an emotional time for the boys involved. Their victory is thoroughly deserved.” As a result of their performance, the six students will now compete at the International Schools Federation's World Schools Tennis Championships, held at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha, Qatar next year. The team has less than four months to train for this international competition, where they will play against the top boys’ tennis teams from the likes of Belgium, Turkey, Guatemala, England, Brazil, Chile and Germany.
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On the blocks With Cate Campbell
Olympic and World Champion swimmer, Cate Campbell added some star power to the 2014/2015 GPS Swimming Season Launch on Saturday 11 October. Hosted by the BBC Swimming Support Group, the BBC Amphitheatre was silent as the fastest female sprint swimmer in the world gave an inspiring speech to more than 100 people, motivating our athletes to achieve their best and look forward to the bright future ahead of them. Director of Swimming, Mr Adam Hosking, introduced the champion swimmer at the event and then opened the floor up to a Q&A session where the audience was blown away by Cate’s openness, professionalism and powerful message.
medal winning 4x100m freestyle relay team at the London Olympic Games. But it wasn’t easy. Cate became extremely unwell after contracting gastroenteritis in the lead up to the 50m freestyle event in London and was forced to pull out of the 100m
The message that resonated with our athletes the most was that Cate never sets goals, she sets standards. She believes that goals can be unreachable, but high standards always remain with you. The College has set high standards for the
freestyle final. She required a quick recovery –
swim team as they train for the upcoming GPS
support system, family. It is her father, her
both mentally and physically – to achieve her
Championships, held on 6 March at Chandler
mother, brother and three sisters who keep
dream, to race the 50m freestyle. Cate told
Aquatic Centre. BBC placed third in 2014 –
her grounded and provide perspective in life,
herself that she needed to put her heart and
having only achieved the top three twice before
particularly with swimming. The Olympian
soul into the race, and finished in the semi-
in BBC history - and are hoping to place in the
spoke about the importance of family balance,
top three again in 2015.
Cate started with her foundation – her
especially when she takes the step up to the blocks before a big race.
At the same event, Cate and her younger
As the main fundraiser for our swimmers,
sister, now flatmate, Bronte, were the first
this event provided a wonderful opportunity
Australian siblings to quality for the same
for the BBC community to come together to
important that parents find that balance
swimming event (50m freestyle) at an Olympic
support our swimmers, following their strong
between encouragement and overconfidence.
Games. Sibling rivalry, although a fantastic
placing – third - at the 2014 GPS Swim meet.
Cate’s mother, Jenny, has never sugar-
catalyst for competitive edge, is hardly
The event raised $1200.
coated anything in life to ensure Cate remains
apparent in her family Cate says, with the
grounded yet inspired. At one point in her early
sisters instead being one another’s biggest
career, Cate was ready to give up swimming,
As a support system for any child, it is
questioning whether swimming was right for her, and it was her mother’s sound advice that
Cate now faces another challenge in her
The Season Launch was also a great opportunity for our students, and some parents, to get an autograph and photo with the local western suburbs swimmer and her
career, returning from shoulder surgery. The
medals. Cate Campbell certainly set high
professional swimmer is used to performing in
standards with her address at this year’s
high pressure situations, so what does Cate
launch, following 100m breaststroke world
think about to ensure she performs at her
champion, Christian Sprenger who spoke at
Olympic debut at the young age of 16, Cate
best? Cate told us that she thinks back to her
the 2013/2014 Season Launch.
has since been crowned world champion in the
relentless training, taking herself out of the
100m freestyle at the 2014 Barcelona World
situation, to deliver the perfect race.
got her through: at the end of the day, you have to want this, not me. And what Cate wanted, she got! Making her
Championships, and was part of the gold
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In season Students have continued to experience success this season. In this edition we bring you two recent highlights from the water and the track.
The next Watt generation BBC athletes won nine medals at the
BBC athletes have continued to
State Secondary Schools Track and Field
experienced success on the track with
Championships at the Queensland Sports
Darcy Roper and Ben Wilcox representing
and Athletics Centre (QSAC). The boys
Queensland at the recent Australian All
performed exceptionally, with College
Schools’ Championships in Adelaide.
sprinters contesting four of the five 100m finals. Congratulations to the following gold medallists: •
Darcy Roper 16 Years Long Jump
Ezraa Coulston 13 Years 200m
Tom King 18-19 Years 110m Hurdles
Gage Wintle-Soulis 14 Years 4x100m Relay
Oliver Wolf 17 Years 4x100m Relay Darcy Roper (16 Years 100m) secured
silver, whilst bronze medals went to Ryan Hickey for the 17 Years 800m and 1500m events and Ezraa Coulston for the 13 Years Long Jump.
After leading the competition until the last attempt from fellow competitor Shemiah James, Darcy secured silver in the Under 18 Long Jump as well as silver in the 4x100m Relay in the same division. Ben delivered a strong performance in a competitive line-up securing eighth in the Under 18 400m Hurdles with 58.59 seconds. BBC middle distance coach Jayden Russ, also a former multiple national champion, was Queensland Team Coach/ Manager supporting the boys in Adelaide.
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BBC anchors a victory It was nothing but plain sailing for Brisbane Boys’ College in November with BBC Middle School students, Cooper Richmond and Sam Munro taking home the State title at the recent Open Queensland Pacer Sailing Championships. Hosted by the Royal Queensland Yacht Club at beautiful Manly Harbour, the competition was held on Sunday 23 November. Conditions on the day were excellent for racing with a 15 knot breeze and the mixture of tide against wind producing reasonable swell. The students, in Years 8 and 9, defeated
boys finished the regatta with two first and three second places. “We were expecting to come mid fleet and we surprised ourselves when we won the first race,” Sam said. “Out of the five races, we had four awesome starts, basically putting us at the front of the fleet right from the gun,” he said. “Downwind we were fastest on the course by a considerable margin due to being light, meaning we could surf the waves for a much longer time than other boats. This is where we made the most of our gains,” Cooper said. The pair was introduced to the sport of
no fewer than 33 other entries in a series of
sailing at BBC with Cooper having sailed for
five races, over a period of six long hours. The
three years, while Sam started just a year ago.
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Insight R esearch
R ESOUR CES
57 Making Friends
Everybody needs a friend. KidsMatter provide advice on fostering children's friendships
The link between grit and success
60 Get connected
Putting parents in touch with resources
perspecti v e
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Fostering friendship Everybody needs a friend. Children’s friendships have the ability to shape their school experience, providing support and comfort as they journey through this phase of their lives. They can also be, at times, turbulent. At BBC we understand the role friendship plays in each boy’s social and emotional development and in creating an environment that fosters friendship and life long bonds. The following resource is courtesy of KidsMatter – an Australian primary schools mental health initiative. BBC’s Junior School is currently working through the KidsMatter program to enable the College to become a recognised school within this framework.
+ Helping children learn positive friendship skills At any age, having friends provides support and promotes mental health and wellbeing. Children’s friendships are also very important for their social and emotional development. Through friendships children learn how to relate to others. They develop social skills as they teach each other how to be good friends. Most children want to have friends. Children who have friends are more likely to be self-confident and perform better academically at school than those without friends. When children have difficulty in making friends or in keeping them, it often leads to feeling lonely and unhappy with themselves. Feeling rejected by others may lead to significant distress. Learning positive friendship skills can help children socially so they feel happier and more confident.
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+ How friendships develop and change Friendships require give and take. By sharing toys, time, games, experiences and feelings, children learn that they can have their social needs met and can meet the needs of others. Since friendships develop through this kind of mutual exchange, close friendships are usually based on well-matched needs. Children’s friendship needs and skills change as they grow. Similarly, children’s ideas about friendship change as they develop. This is reflected in the different kinds of activities that children like to spend time doing with their friends at different ages. The table below indicates the ways children tend to describe close friends and the kinds of skills that support positive friendships as they develop.
A friend is someone who…
Up to 1 year 1–2 years
Friendship skills include... • looking, smiling, touching, imitating
• plays with you
• identifying friend by name
• has good toys • can do fun things 3–5 years 5–7 years 8–10 years 10–12 years
• does something that pleases you
• playing well in a twosome
• you know better than other people
• approaching others to join in
• helps and looks after you
• taking others’ feelings into account
• you help
• seeing others’ viewpoint
• plays fair – follows the rules
• talking and listening to each other
• talks and shares interests
• forming groups with similar interests
• trusts you and is trustworthy
• sharing confidences • negotiating • respecting one another
• understands you and who you understand
• talking about personal and social issues
• you can talk to about feelings or problems
• supporting one another
+ social skills that promote friendship Children who are good at making and keeping friends use positive social skills. Parents, carers and school staff help children learn positive social skills by guiding them as young children, being positive examples for children to follow, and providing opportunities for play where children can practise their skills. Key social skills that help with friendships include cooperation, communication, empathy, emotional control and responsibility. All children go through friendship conflicts. Even usually popular children experience rejection sometimes. When this happens childrens' confidence may be affected. They may
Positive social skills are shown in these behaviours: Starting conversations, sharing, taking turns, expressing feelings, asking questions, complimenting others, accepting others, refusing to join others' negative behaviours, following rules of play, listening to others, cooperating
blame themselves or others. Beliefs about the reasons for the friendship conflicts they experience affect the ways that children react. Some kinds of thinking are more helpful than others for managing the conflicts children have with friends. The example (to the right) shows different possible reactions to being refused when a child has asked to join in a game with others.
Poor social skills are shown in these behaviours: Arguing, interrupting, name-calling, bossing others, showing off, being a poor loser,
For further information on how you can support your child's friendships visit www.kidsmatter.edu.au KidsMatter. Helping children learn positive friendship skills, © Commonwealth of Australia 2008, reproduced with permission.
talking too much, being too rough in play, taking others' possessions, getting into others' space
GRIT michele Juratowitch
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Michele Juratowitch is Director of Clearing Skies and provides a range of services to meet the needs of gifted children, their parents and teachers. Michele has qualifications in counselling, mental health and gifted education and provides counselling for gifted youth and their families. She has worked in schools for over 20 years and has instituted a range of programs and provisions for gifted students. BBC is committed to raising awareness around the complexities of giftedness and subscribes to Michele’s article series to provide parents with an additional resource. In this edition of Collegian, we share Michele’s thoughts on the importance of grit.
At the beginning of the 20th century, William
more tempting) for other actions that are more
James, who is considered the father of
likely to achieve one’s goal. Grit involves ongoing
psychology, stated that it was critical to
self-discipline and self-control but results in greater
understand human abilities and what enables these abilities to be utilised. After almost a century of research and assessment practices, there is now an understanding of the role of cognition in learning and how to measure an individual’s intelligence. However researchers are still exploring the non-cognitive characteristics that influence academic achievement and success in life. Several years ago, I undertook a course in Positive Education with Martin Seligman, the renowned psychologist who started the Positive Psychology Movement when he was President of the American Psychological Association. In conjunction with his University of Pennsylvania colleague and researcher, Karen Reivich, Seligman outlined recent research on identifying a range of non-cognitive traits that impact upon the development of an individual’s mental health, personal wellbeing and success. In particular, he discussed the importance of character traits such as: self-confidence, self-efficacy, curiosity, selfcontrol, conscientiousness, persistence, resilience and grit. Angela Duckworth developed the concept of grit, which was defined as, “the perseverance and passion for a long-term goal.” Inherent in the concept of grit is the need to make difficult
productivity. Perseverance and tenacity are also important factors associated with grit – which is also strongly linked to the conscientiousness personality characteristic. Grit requires individuals not to abandon goal-related tasks for a novelty stimulus or for immediate gratification. Similarly, grit requires tenacity, commitment to the task and hard work, especially when obstacles are encountered. Duckworth maintains that grit, which involves passion for a goal and unswerving dedication to achieve the goal, is a better predictor of academic success than intelligence scores and this has been demonstrated in a range of academic contexts, competitions and goal related tasks. We tend to think of grit as an irritant, like sand or grit in one’s shoe, which is initially uncomfortable. If grit is endured, it eventually forms a callous, which makes it easier to manage future discomfort. Research shows that the more these personality characteristics are used or exercised, the stronger they become. Like a mental muscle, exercise strengthens these characteristics and makes it easier to draw upon this characteristic when needed. Every time one makes the more difficult choice; every time the more challenging action is taken; every time temptation is resisted, the capacity to exercise grit becomes easier.
choices; trading-off one course of actions (often
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GET CONNECTED Putting parents in touch with resources
Fatherhood Wide Open www.bewideopen.com Kyle Bradford hosts Fatherhood Wide Open, a website of articles and podcasts dedicated to intelligent conversation about the issues facing fatherhood and masculinity with the people who think and write on them. This website captures fathers’ wisdom on what it means to be a man and father in the 21st century, discussing topics such as what makes a man, Christian perspective, fatherhood and masculinity, rites of passage, responsibility, role modeling and courageous conversations. Kyle calls on fatherhood experts including Wolf Pascoe from justaddfather.com and Mark Vander Ley author of Parenting Boys Raising Men.
Animal Jam – by National Geographic www.animaljam.com Animal Jam is an online playground where children can learn about the natural world while playing with friends. The game is
Gifted and Talented Challenge Zone – advanced learning by Stanford University www.giftedandtalented.com The Challenge Zone is a place where students can test their skills
packed with National Geographic videos, facts and games where
with some of the most popular games and problems. Guided by
they explore, engage and learn about social dos and don’ts.
ongoing research at Stanford University, GiftedandTalented.com is the
As a parent you can manage your child’s online play and have access to free resources to keep the Animal Jam fun alive. From chat filters to in-game moderators, Animal Jam is a kids safe online environment. Safeguards include player block options, prescreening of words and parents email updates. The aim is to create a culture of safety and kindness to others and empowering the child to make good decisions both online and offline. Animal Jam won the 2012 US National Parenting Publications Award, the 2011 People’s Choice award and the Mom’s Choice Awards.
premier online community for accelerated learners. Harnessing the power of research, technology and innovation, the website provides educational tools to assist advanced children and those seeking academic excellence to achieve their greatest potential. There are free online games for students in Junior and Middle School, and online problems for students up to Year 9. So what are you waiting for? There are games to be conquered and problems to be solved!
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where are they now
62 A message from the OCA
OCA President Alex Persley talks about the new Lads of Mettle initiative
75 Hutchies Golf Day
Members from the BBC community tee up for the annual golf event
76 Three years, three months, three weeks A remarkable story which highlights the power of human spirit
81 Family Ties
We congratulate ARIA award winners, Sheppard
Old Boys Reunite We reca p on the events w hich took pl ace d uring old b oys ' w eek end
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Lads of mettle From the OCA President
I was never sure of the meaning of many of the phrases in that school song of ours, most pertinently the line 'prove that you are lads of mettle', so I did a quick google search. Mettle is a person's ability to cope well with difficulties, spirit and resilience. It isn't the solid material that is typically hard, shiny, malleable, fusible and ductile that I always thought it was. I was fortunate enough to speak to BBCâ€™s
We are launching 'Lads of Mettle' in the
you will be sent early next year and if you could
Year 12 cohort recently about mettle, their
first quarter of next year. The initiative will
please take the time to complete it that would
ability to cope with adversity and how to
encourage old boys, young and old, to come
be most appreciated.
help their mates when they face their own
and share their experiences both past and
challenges in life. I spoke about the need to
present. Monthly meetings will be held in
remove the stigma of mental health issues
College House with all old boys welcome to
within their peer groups, to talk openly about
attend. If you think that you may benefit from
how they are feeling and to have the courage
such a group or if your experience may help
to seek help when they need it and the
others if shared, please contact either myself
awareness to offer help to others.
or the Development Office for further details or
I emphasised the importance of talking to someone who has, or is going through, the same experience as you to create a different level of understanding, to assist in making solutions clear and to put forward recommendations for combatting the problems they may be facing. This is where we, the Old Collegiansâ€™ Association, will facilitate conversation.
keep an eye on our monthly newsletters for the date and time of the first meeting. Lads of Mettle will not be the only new initiative in 2015. We want to continue to act in the best interest of this community of ours, and as the representative group we thought it was time that we asked you what you want from us. So, keep an eye out for the old boys survey that
Many old boys have already asked for more business networking events, so we will be hosting the first OCA corporate lunch in the lead up to Old Boys' Weekend in 2015. This will see the numbers through the door over the course of that week swell to more than 2000, a 'slight' improvement on the 80 odd people just a few years ago. I hope you all enjoy the Christmas break and look forward to catching up with you in 2015. Alex Persley OCA PRESIDENT
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I was fortunate enough to speak to BBCâ€™s Year 12 cohort recently about mettle, their ability to cope with adversity and how to help their mates when they face their own challenges in life.
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PAY IT FORWARD From the Director of Development
It is obvious that philanthropists want to have a positive impact on the world. It is simple to make a case for curing disease, feeding the hungry or rebuilding communities after natural disasters, but often the importance of giving in support of education is a story less told. As a society we often overlook the impact education has on the development of our communities, states, country and indeed the world. Is it because the media often criticise rather than celebrate the achievements of educators and educational institutions? I believe we grossly undervalue the influence a great and broad education can have on young Australians and as a result, educational institutions may not inspire the serious consideration from donors they deserve. When you think about it, education is central to growth and development of all things, especially our society and the way in which we achieve progress. Education is the only long-term and viable solution to the many
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world today. •
Education is the most effective route to social responsibility and ensuring our students know how to be good human
We would like to formally acknowledge and thank our members for their invaluable support of the BBC Foundation.
We need an informed population to govern society - our schools,
Mr and Mrs J Apel Member
Mr J B Price Member
Mr D Robinson Fellow
Ms K Armstrong Member
Mr and Mrs P C Rossi Member
Mr M H Rogers Fellow
Mr and Mrs A J Bates Member
Mr R S Schlencker Member
Mr M D Sax Fellow
Mr M and Mrs E Bole Member
Dr N Sheptooha Member
Mr C G Shaw Fellow
Mr and Mrs V J Byrne Member
Dr D G Simpson Member
Mr I J Sinnamon Fellow
Mr I W N Clarke Member
Mr D R Smith Member
Dr M Sinnathamby Fellow
Mr R P and Mrs A V Clarke Member
Mr J H Speare Member
Mr and Mrs S J Smith Fellow
Mr and Mrs T G Clements Member
Dr N J Stevens Member
Dr J W Stewart AM Fellow
Mr and Mrs D P Cornish Member
Mr and Mrs C J Stewart Member
Capt I A & Mrs J A Wilson Fellow
Mr D C Curtis Member
Total Building Maintenance (TBM)
Mr M D Wood Fellow
The Doe Family Member
Mr and Mrs S J Drury Member
The Townsend Family Member
Dr J P and Dr N J Acworth Trustee
We need scientists, to continue to delve
ERM Power Ltd Member
Mr J Underwood and Ms E Madden
Mr D J Addis Trustee
deeper into the unknown world, looking
Mr W and Mrs K Evans Member
for new advancements in technology and
Mr and Mrs R H Fitzpatrick Member
carrying out research that cures disease.
Mr R A Foxton Member
It is vital that our teachers continue
Mr J Fraser Member
their own learning through professional
Dr J Fraser Member
development to ensure they are equipped
Dr J A Gallagher Member
to convey advances in these fields to our
Mr M I Hay Member
Mr R D Israel Member
The next generation requires preparation
Mr and Mrs J Jaffe Member
our approach to environment and sustainability, land preservation, community bodies. •
Trained men and women to serve on our police force, in our hospitals, ambulances and fire fighting services. We need compassionate and intelligent people to operate charitable institutions that support those in need and the abundance of other public institutions that ensure quality of life.
for careers that demand thought leadership, problem solving, resource management, financial investments and entrepreneurial innovations proficiencies that may be broadly applied to many professional areas, rather than specialising in a one dimensional skill set. The future of the world requires leaders
Mr and Mrs G K Kempton Member Mr J I Ker Member Dr I F and Dr C Knox Member Mr and Mrs M Lee Member Mr T Liu and Mrs S Hsu Member Mr and Mrs A J W Macarthur Member Ms B Mackay-Payne Member Dr R I Marshall and Dr L J Gemmell Member
Mr and Mrs A F Vincent Member Mr F R H Walters Member Mr P Watt Member Mr D R J and Mrs C L Wenck Member The Westpac Group Member Mr K H White Member Messrs D and M Williams Member Mr and Mrs P Wilson Member Mr and Mrs M A Wilson Member Mr P R Winkley Member
Mr N Berghan Fellow Dr R J and Dr D K Conrad Fellow Mr D O and Mr H O Cowlishaw Fellow Mr D and Mrs D Currie Fellow
Mr and Mrs G McEntee Member
Mr D R Gore Fellow
Mr R McLean Member
The Grimmett Family Fellow
Mrs J McPherson Member
Mr M A Huggins Fellow
Mr M McVeigh Member
Mr P J Hunt-Sharp Fellow
Mr T and Mrs F Meagher Member
Mr and Mrs R J Kempnich Fellow
Mrs B Moore Member
Mr I C Macpherson Fellow
philanthropists who believe in the value
Mr C Morgan Member
Mr D K H Moffatt Fellow
of education, is to believe that in time,
Mr G and Mrs W O'Meara Member
Mr and Mrs W M Moulday Fellow
a contribution to education will have a
Mr D C O'Rorke Member
Mr J R Nicol Fellow
profoundly positive impact on the world -
Mr W M & Mrs J Patterson Member
Mr M B Parker Fellow
because it will.
Mr J S Pavletich Member
Mr and Mrs G G Piper Fellow
Mr D A Peterson Member
Mr S J Pyman Fellow
medical and health, and of course, in the field of education itself. We must grow our investment in educational efforts of all kinds in order to grow the progress of humankind. Perhaps the most important insight for
For the philanthropists who read this, I hope you share my sentiments that our future is embedded in education and that a gift to education, really is a gift worth giving.
Mr W R Brett Trustee Mr G F Cumming Trustee Mr K C Duncombe Trustee Dr H A Foxton Trustee Dr F K L Hossack Trustee Mr D Kemp Trustee Ms S Mellick Trustee Mr M B Palm Trustee Scifleet/ Lexus Group Trustee
Mr C J Beech Govenor
Mr G L Boyd Fellow
Mr R Delforce Fellow
research, technology, diplomacy, religion,
Mr R Bird Trustee
Mr B C Slaughter Trustee
Dr A J Apel Fellow
Mr G E McDonald and Mrs M H McDonald Member
in every field: government, exploration and
Mr and Mrs B H Barclay Trustee
Mr A W M Grant Govenor Mr and Mrs G Hetper Govenor Dr D B Nimmo Govenor, BEM Mrs C Stable Govenor Mr S M Wilson Govenor
Mr R L Gibson Fellow
Mr C I Barclay Patron Mr P Y Bisset Patron Mr J S Hutchinson Patron Mr and Mrs C K Jen Patron Kensington Terrace Limited Patron Mr E H Larmar Patron Mr T C Lloyd Patron Mr P R Macgregor Patron Mr F Noblet Patron Mrs F Roberts Patron Mr B A and Mrs J A Slattery Patron Mr J M R Wylie AM Patron
We also have many donors who wish to remain anonymous. We thank them very much for their valued support. Collegian DECEMBER 2014
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Old boys Reunite School spirit was reignited as old collegians and friends joined together for a series of events for this year’s annual Old Boys’ Weekend in August.
The occasion is characterised by reminiscing, laughter, mateship, that old school bond and true BBC spirit that just never dies. The celebrations commenced on Friday 29 August with the 1954 class reunion held in the Boarders’ Dinning room in addition to the combined reunion events for 2004, 1994 and 1984 at the Regatta Hotel. The 1964 reunion was also held on Friday at the Ship Inn at South Bank. Saturday’s festivities were kick started with Old Boys’ Day with members from the College community filling the sidelines of Miskin Oval to cheer on BBC’s First XV Rugby team. In a tightly fought contest, BBC secured victory on the day against Gregory Terrace - 30 to 34. In the evening more than 300 old boys attended the Annual Dinner at the Mercure Hotel. The OCA Pipe Band began the night’s proceedings, performing a 15 minute set followed by Rupert McCall who got the dinner into full swing with a moving BBC poem.
Old Boys' Weekend is all about honouring BBC’s heritage, those who have gone before, and celebrating the diversity of our community and the school as it stands today. We thank all of those involved and who attended various events and look forward to another fantastic weekend in September 2015.
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What a superb opportunity the Old Boys' Weekend presents to BBC students past and present to share and reflect on the joys of College life. The 20 year reunion of the class of 1994 was a huge success and it was a great pleasure to be a part of the organising group. The positive feedback from the attendees of the reunion and the following day at the rugby has been overwhelming and a testament to the great bond our time at BBC has forged. I know everyone is very much looking forward to the next opportunity to reminisce about the good old days and to catch up on the busy lives of old mates." - Lawrence Parrott, 94
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Reunion scenes In this edition of Collegian we bring you a mixture of scenes from various reunions including '54,' 64, '74, '84, '94 and '04
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The '04's reunion was enjoyed by all who attended; it was great to see guys travel from all over the world to be there. Everyone got right into catching up with a few now somewhat less familiar faces, and everyone agreed that another 10 years would be too long to wait for another reunion. Thanks to the committee, social media, the OCA and Kelly for helping make it happen; weâ€™re looking forward to the next one." - Geoffrey Beck, 04
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Annual dinner Held on 30 August at the Mercure Hotel, this year's Annual Dinner saw poet Rupert McCall (pictured right) deliver The Green, The White, The Black. BBC Old Boy, Andrew Courtice (1978) was the MC for the evening, conducting an entertaining stage interview with BBC sporting legends, Mitchell Watt (2005) and Chris Hartley (1999).
The Green, The White, The Black BY RUPERT McCALL The air is hot with liniment, the expectations high There’s rugby in the atmosphere, a confrontation nigh... And it takes my heart to Scotland, to the highlands and the farms As the piper plays a stirring verse that calls the boys to arms The farm is now a field of dreams… but battle pipes still play And before a game you’ll hear their tune down Miskin Oval way They call the green to tackle hard, the white to then attack With spirit that’s been handed down, they call a stripe of black The hallowed turf will hum this week and nothing will be clearer Another page is turning in another stoic era… But riding on their shoulder and determining the crest The ghost of Gordon Sturtridge will accompany the quest The voice of William Douglas, Norman Mayne & old Garth Jones Will adrenalize their bloodlines… and invigorate their bones Manning, Brown and Gregory – their passion will be pooled To inject with pace and power in the way of Roger Gould! The surge of Julian Gardner and the skill of Mitchell Palm And the fight of Johnny Roe defines the singing of their psalm! And the pathway to their promise is a vision to unfold For green, white, black can soon become an armour made of gold As Wallabies of inspiration, all these players earned it The rise of Captain Horwill and Will Genia confirmed it Anyone can make it with commitment in their heart And the mound at Miskin Oval is the perfect place to start With a healthy kind of courage and an aura of respect With a stance enhanced with honour and a pride that goes unchecked From the modern breed of athlete to the Champs of ’54 The piper’s in position and the crowd is set to roar! As another team ignites the dream and has a red hot crack My ode to thee is BBC! The green, the white, the black
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60th Anniversary Remnants reflect on the 1954 Rugby premiership
Earlier in the year the 1954 ‘remnants’ gathered to celebrate the 60th anniversary of BBC’s GPS Rugby Premiership, addressing students in a special assembly and presenting this year’s First XV with their jerseys. According to Old Collegian Bruce Knowles the event was designed to honour old team mates and reflect on the past 60 years. “Having been thrown out of the morning assembly on numerous occasions in the fifties, it was a unique experience for me to actually address the assembly on behalf of the 1954 Premiership team,” said Bruce. “Then on Old Boys’ Weekend, to watch them beat Terrace, was very special. On behalf of all the 1954 Class, thank you and your team for helping make it a very memorable experience.” For Rugby Captain for 2014, Christian Malaulau the anniversary celebration resonated with every player. “It dawned on us that maybe fate was falling in to our hands with the 60 year drought - about to be broken. We played four home games with a 50 percent winning ratio this year,” Christian said. 2014 was the year where BBC honoured the past – our traditions – whilst looking to a strong future for the College. “Hearing the Pipe Band start with that eerie sound and finally belt out the tune making the hairs stand up on the back of your neck; your heart starts to beat faster and in your heart and in your mind you know it’s time,” Christian said.
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Changing TIES From the green, white and black stripes, to shades of silver and that iconic OCA badge, boys changed their ties at this year’s final assembly in recognition of their transition from seniors to old collegians.
Students were fortunate to hear from BBC’s 2013 School Vice Captain, Sam Bloom. He imparted three very significant pieces of advice – maintain your friendships, throw yourself into life by pursuing your interests and most importantly keep in touch. Prior to boys being presented with their ties by OCA President Alex Persley, BBC’s Deputy Headmaster Mr Kyle Thompson also encouraged seniors to take the time to reflect. “Gentlemen, this is a monumental time in your lives and one filled with feeling. Emotions are important to us because it’s through emotions that memories are formed. I hope today will create another memory in your life as you move beyond the gates of BBC,” said Kyle.
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Old collegians' association
As part of the final year 12 special assembly, Vintage Collegian chairman John Stewart welcomed long-standing staff member Wayne Molloy to the OCA as an Honorary Member. Last year, the Vintage Collegians, along with the OCA Executive Committee, began the process of honouring long serving staff members of BBC in this way. Members include Graham Thomson AM, Peter Lawton, Ross MacDonald, David 'Ted' Lawson and Rev Ron Holt AM, to name a few. “The foregoing are men whose contribution to BBC is legendary. They are in part responsible for our gentlemen of honour,” said John. “We are thrilled to welcome Wayne to the OCA. He was appointed to the staff of BBC in July 1975 and at the time was the only Manual Arts teacher at BBC," he said. “This means Mr Molloy has been at BBC for nearly 40 years. That is longer than a good proportion of the current staff have been alive. I am also reliably informed that he has taught the fathers of some of our existing students, people such as Max Dempsey, Michael Madsen and Fraser Bailey in Year 12, Joe Savage in Year 11 and Sam Withey, Tom Kubale and Hamish Gomersall in Year 10. “He has seen great changes in the Manual Arts department during that time from humble beginnings consisting of two workshops and no dedicated graphics room to the wonderful facility we all enjoy today. “Mr Molloy sees himself as a survivor. He has survived five Headmasters, nine Heads of Teaching and Learning/Directors of Studies and hundreds of students.” For those who know him, Wayne accepted the honour with his usual wit. “Wow, what a close shave. I thought for a second there that John was about to announce my unexpected retirement. I’d like to thank the old collegians for recognising me in this way. It means a great deal to me, far more than you could ever possibly realise, thank you – it is very much appreciated.”
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Hutchies Golf Day More than 100 players from the
BBC community including old boys,
parents, staff and friends converged on the stunning Indooroopilly Golf Club for the annual Hutchies BBC Golf Day on 13 November.
The day was set for low scoring, with perfect golfing conditions on the River Course. The standard of golf was high, as were the competitors’ spirits and some fantastic scores were registered. In what was the most competitive field to date, Chris Humphrey, Tim Newham, Angus Cowan and Brett McGrath secured an impressive result on the day, with the team claiming the Old Boys’ Shield for the second time in three years. Four other teams were also presented with awards including: Winners – Doug Schulze, Gary Brodie, Richard Smith and Craig Parker
“A huge thank you to our major sponsors Hutchinson Builders, as well as our event and hole sponsors Lexus of Brisbane, Green Options, MSI Taylor, Lone Pine and Data #3. It’s been great to have their continued support in the delivery of this event.” - Jarrod Turner
Runners Up – Brett Bridgman, Daniel Lewis, Scott Rossow and Graham Connolly Nearest the Pin – Doug Schultz, Andrew Orford, Peter Sorensen and Paul Adams Long and Straight Drive – Craig Parker According to event organiser and BBC’s Director of Community Relations, Jarrod Turner the day is made possible thanks to the assistance of a number of supporters. “A huge thank you to our major sponsors Hutchinson Builders, as well as our event and hole sponsors Lexus of Brisbane, Green Options, MSI Taylor, Lone Pine and Data #3. It’s been great to have their continued support in the delivery of this event,” said Jarrod.
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hen you hear Jack Bell’s (BBC 1933) story, it’s hard to know where to begin. Courage, resilience and strength spring to mind yet amount to mere words almost hollow in nature - when you consider this man’s incredible endeavour. At 97, Jack has the energy and spirit of a man many years his junior. His enthusiasm for life is unmatched, despite facing some of the fiercest challenges one can only imagine.
Three years, three months, three weeks. Whilst Jack’s story is neither defined by a beginning nor an ending, the events which took place 72 years ago have shaped the man he is today – a testament to the power of true human spirit. "Before the war I was in the militia for a few years. The war came along and I thought, well I can hit an anthill over a hill 3000 yards away, I’m going to get up there and get in the air force. So I joined the air force on 24 May 1940. I passed fit as a pilot, along with many others because most of the young men in those days were pretty fit,” said Jack. “We arrived at Central railway station in Sydney and our names were called out. I was made a wireless operator air gunner. Some of my friends were made pilots, some were made navigators – that’s just how it was done.”
Image courtesy of RSL New south wales
Images Clockwise top left: Jack Bell April/May 1941 Bristol Bombay RAF, 216 Squadron L5811 Dave Paul leading the anzac day march 1944 World War Two service certificate
In the beginning for Jack it was just a job as he and his crew delivered supplies to armed forces, bringing back the wounded. “It didn’t worry us really. It was just a job to do. There was no such thing as being heroes about it. You had a designated crew, an aircraft and you flew items to Cyprus, Libya - all different places.” On 23 January 1942, Jack and his crew were given the task of flying to a small town south of Benghazi, to transport replacement staff, medical crew and some supplies. It was a day he will never forget. After dropping to 1000 feet to clear a cloudbank, the RAF transport plane, a Bristol Bombay, was shot down by a Panzer Division in the Libyan desert. The sound of the heavy calibre shells bursting inside the aircraft is unimaginable. It was only his position on the plane, with the transmitter and radio providing some protection, that saved Jack from a fate shared by many on board that day. Only a metre separated Jack from his good mate Tony Carter, who sadly died. Jack sustained significant injuries including a gaping wound to the abdomen and severe burns. Upon landing he was captured by German soldiers. The journey that followed as a prisoner of war was treacherous lasting three years, three months and three weeks. But with war comes contradiction, the muddying of enemy lines and
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by a kind German doctor – by chance an abdominal specialist. He gave Jack 10 viles of morphine to get him through the long journey ahead, across the desert and into the port of Tripoli – some 640 kilometres away. He spent eight days in a hospital in Tripoli and some 12 days without food. It was only thanks to some encouragement from an Italian nurse that Jack finally ate a meal – a little bowl of stewed quince. Jack spent approximately five months in hospital prior to being transported to a punishment camp for three weeks, after being wrongly accused of trying to escape and then on to POW camp PT57 at Udine in north-eastern Italy. The Udine camp was a bleak series of wooden huts that were frigid in winter and hot in summer. As Italy fell to the Allies in September 1943, German soldiers herded the prisoners on to a train to Stalag 4B, 130 kilometres south of Berlin, where Jack spent 20 months. Prisoners slept in three-tiered beds, with one thin blanket each. It was a case of pure survival. “You had to make sure that your muscular system worked and your mind was as active as possible. This was the only way you could get through the day. Those who stayed in their beds, I don’t know how they survived. “Despite having open wounds, I moved around as much as possible. You just had to.”
instinctive humanity. Following the attack, Jack was taken to a field hospital and treated
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For BBC’s Director of Development, Bren Arkinstall, Jack’s story is
horrendous – rotten potatoes, millet, sugar-beet, old bread infused with sawdust. “Under the Geneva convention we were meant to have meat on the
bone. I remember being given six horse heads to feed more than 220 of us; let me tell you there was not much meat to be seen.” On 24 April 1945 Stalag 4B was liberated by Russian soldiers. Jack arrived in Sydney during August in 1945. Survivors were left to
get on with life and for Jack, returning to ‘normal’ was a challenge as he battled to suppress his memories. “I wouldn’t say we were mad but we were all disoriented. In those days there was no such thing as Post-traumatic stress, never heard of
one of true courage.
it. You you just had to get on with it and work hard to pull yourself out.” It took him more than 40 years to speak of his experiences and understandably so. “My daughter came to me and said, look Dad, Mum doesn’t know about your experiences, I don’t know, your grandchildren don’t know. I think you should write your story down.” It’s a scenario that will ring true with families across the nation and one that has left so many veterans’ stories forever untold. Jack pondered this for quite some time and on their family holiday to the Gold Coast in 1987, he took a pen and some foolscap pads. He wrote the date on the top of the page. That was all. Each year Jack wrote more, slowly documenting his recollections. “It became easier each time and all of a sudden it started to gel,
Jack is an inspirational man – you only have to spend five minutes with him to know he is one of a kind. We are so pleased he will be attending our ANZAC Service in 2015 and to help us launch The Fallen book. I’m excited to hear him impart some of his wisdom and mettle to our students,” said Bren. “The Fallen Book is one of the most important publications the
College will ever release. Having Jack here to help us launch the book is such a special occasion, as he considered many of the young men who served and fell, as his friends. It is such an appropriate way to acknowledge their bravery and sacrifice and I know they would be proud to have Jack here to represent them.” ANZAC Day is very solemn for Jack as he remembers his mates. “I haven’t got a unit and I’ve never marched. I can’t march, I get too emotional thinking of the memories of my friends.” Jack has become one of the faces behind the ANZAC Appeal’s ‘A Minute of Silence’. Jack pays special tribute to Tony in a short film piece created as part of the awareness campaign. The campaign encourages us all as a nation to “give a minute for those who gave everything” and Jack’s story certainly reminds us how very lucky we are today.
when people began asking questions, I would answer.” Talking openly about his experience was incredibly transformative for Jack, freeing him from a state of suppression. Jack now works with the ANZAC Appeal, which sees him visit a number of schools to tell his story. “I get thrown some unusual questions but sharing this information with the younger generation means the world to me. It’s just so important. “If anything the war has taught me compassion, tolerance and respect – respect for other nationalities. We all live differently and I have seen that in action.” An important message for us all. At the age of 97, Jack is as quick witted, down to earth and independent as ever. “We don’t have any help at home. I try to help the RSL as much as I
THE MINUTE OF SILENCE
My minute of silence is for my great
mate, Tony Carter.” “We trained together. We were posted to
the same squadron, he was a navigator and I was a wireless air gunner, we were shot down on 23 January 1942. I will never forget the moment, the shell landed and he had
can – I’d do anything for them – and my wife and I still garden together. I
no protection whatsoever and was killed
call it the ‘royal we’.”
instantly. The most terrible thing I had to do
Earlier this year Jack attended the Melbourne Reunion held at Stokehouse City in the CBD.
when I came back from the war was to go and see his mother in Sydney and tell her
“I didn’t know many of the old boys but it was great to catch up
how he died. I could read in her eyes, how
with everyone. All of them had gone on to be great businessmen and
she couldn’t understand how I came back
successful in their own right. OCA President Alex Persley was very
and her son didn’t. And every minute of
determined to see the reunion go ahead. He and the team did an
silence I always go back to Tony.”
amazing job pulling it all together.”
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THE FALLEN The BBC Old Collegians’ Association, in consultation with our BBC Vintage Collegians Group and the College Archives department are proud to present The Fallen – a commemorative publication that honours and acknowledges those old collegians who served their country and lost their lives in The Great War, World War II and Afghanistan. The Fallen acknowledges the 97 old collegians who lost their lives and each of our fallen will be honoured with information and photographs providing an insight into their school days and military involvement. With thanks to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Canberra War Memorial, the book will also feature detailed maps and diagrams which show the exact locations of memorial sites, enabling future generations and family to locate and visit these locations. Nine collegians were lost in WWI. Their spirit was honoured and remembered on assemblies, honour boards and in memorial prizes. This loss was embedded in the school psyche, so therefore when 87 boys in a school population of 400 did not return following WWII the entire school was dramatically connected to the tragic loss of life. The knot of friendship represented on the College’s badge tied the boys together at school, overseas and continues to this day to be a constant reminder of those who went before and especially those who made the supreme sacrifice. The Fallen will be launched on ANZAC Day, 2015. The book will assist in
The Fallen is available for pre order and
will be available for purchase for $99.95 in 2015. To secure your copy please email firstname.lastname@example.org
highlighting the significance of the anniversary of WWI and its impact on our College community, teaching our youngest students the significance of this special day for the BBC and indeed our country. Most importantly it is the spirit and acknowledgement of the fallen young men that were, and continue to be part of the BBC community, who will be remembered throughout the pages of this written tribute.
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— The A.W. Rudd Restoration Project
The A.W. Rudd is one of the most iconic boats in BBC Rowing’s history. This magnificently crafted vessel was launched in 1958 and was retired from the water in 1973. Since that time, it has been displayed in pride of place in BBC’s Dave Magoffin Boat Shed and has survived major floods in 1974 and again in 2011.
This racing shell has been rowed by a large number of courageous and successful BBC oarsmen and crews. It is a symbol of the pride and hard work, displayed by all BBC rowers throughout the last century. As the centenary of BBC Rowing is approaching in 2016, the BBC Old Collegians’ Association has decided to resurrect and restore this classic ‘four’ and have it displayed in all its glory at the main entrance of the College. Norman R Wright & Sons, boat builders since 1909 and a proud BBC family, have been enlisted to restore the weathered shell to its original showroom condition. Ron Wright, Captain of Boats and part of BBC’s Head of the River winning crew in 1937 and 1938, is excited to have his family’s company involved in such an historical project. If you would like to find out more about how you can support
this important restoration project, please contact BBC’s Director of Development Bren Arkinstall on 07 3309 3598 or Chris
Beech from the A.W. Rudd Fund Committee via 0411 699 622 or email@example.com
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Family ties It's been 10 years since BBC Old Boy, George Sheppard (2004), walked through those iconic BBC Portal doors, however George has just won his first ARIA award with indie pop band Sheppard. Congratulations to George and his sisters Amy and Emma Sheppard (Somerville House Old Girls), for winning their first ARIA award for Best Group earlier this year. The Sheppard family holds a strong bond to Papua New Guinea, with Amy and George
Sheppard has also amassed a strong international following, after their signing with Justin Beiber’s manager, Scooter Braun, who
growing up in Port Moresby, and there is no doubt their childhood has influenced their song
helped them launch into the complex US market.
Geronimo reached the top 10 in Austria, Germany,
It was after relocating to Australia that the three siblings began discovering their unique musical talent and ability to play a variety of musical instruments at school. Sheppard have come a long way for an independent band which struggled for more than six months to get local support for its debut single Let Me Down Easy, and which started as a folk duo five years ago. George and Amy Sheppard were the band’s founding members and it was only when they decided to record their music that they chose to recruit the third member of the clan, sister, Emma, who learnt to play bass guitar. As the band became more popular, Sydney guitarist Jason Bovino joined the group. Along with siblings Amy, George and Emma Sheppard, Jason, Michael Butler and Dean Gordon on lead guitar and drums completed the line-up. Their song Geronimo, recorded in Brisbane, topped the Australian charts and their debut album Bombs Away went to No.2. Geronimo spent three weeks at number one on the ARIA Singles Chart, knocking Pharrell Williams' single Happy from the top spot after 12 weeks, while Toby Creswell of Rolling Stone Magazine (Australia) felt their debut album had "beautiful and sweet songs dripping with emotion and more hooks than a tuna fleet."
Italy, New Zealand and Poland. Currently number 43 on the US iTunes Charts for their song Geronimo, Sheppard's performance on the Ellen Degeneres show, to an average of 3.9 million viewers, has clearly made an impact. In September, ARIA certified it as four times Platinum and by October, Sheppard received seven ARIA Music Award nominations: Bombs Away for Album of the Year, Best Independent Release, Best Pop Release and Producer of the Year; while Geronimo was nominated for Song of the Year, and Best Video. A month later the band had won its first ARIA for Best Group. So what’s next for this Australian band? Sheppard is the opening act for American recording artist, Meghan Trainor’s That Bass Tour. The tour will visit cities across the US and Canada starting in February, 2015.
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Spring Fashion Parade Friday 12 September – Hillstone
More than 340 ladies gathered at Hillstone St Lucia in September to enjoy the Lexus 25th annual BBC Spring Fashion Parade. Spring had arrived just in time and ladies enjoyed a seasonal inspired lunch, with Brisbane author Christine Bongers keeping everyone entertained in her role as MC. The event featured fashions from local boutiques including Adrift, Olive, Petrol, Samantha Ogilvie, Tengdahl, Timbuctoo and Mitchell Ogilvie, all modelled on the catwalk by BBC mums and old boys. Although the Spring Fashion Parade is primarily a social occasion, the Parent Connections team raised more than $15,000 through a fundraising raffle and silent auction. In addition to supporting school based projects, money raised at this event is also donated to two charities. In October members of the Fashion Parade team presented a cheque for $2,000 to Jean Madden from Street Swags and Bronwyn Healey, from the Hope Foundation. Street Swags is a not-for profit organisation that provides durable bedding to the homeless in the Brisbane community, whilst the Hope Foundation exists to bring hope, help and healing to women wanting life change from addictions and/or the sex industry. Bronwyn posted on the Hope Foundation Facebook page, “We are so thankful for our long-term supporters. For the fourth year running the Parent Connection ladies at Brisbane Boys’ College have chosen Hope Foundation as their charity-of-choice to donate to from their annual Fashion Parade. We are better together.”
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Rudd House dinner Saturday 1 November â€“ college hall Boarders, their families, staff and friends congregated together for this year's Rudd House Dinner. The evening was a wonderful opportunity for the boarding community to recognise and applaud the achievements of so many boys. Guests were treated to a number of amazing traditional dances. Gary Chen and Nicholas Winkley also delivered some laid back music during dinner.
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Valedictory Dinner Thursday 20 November â€“ suncorp
Suncorp Stadium came alive on Thursday 20 November - the colours of maroon replaced with the Green, White and Black as students, parents and staff came together for this yearâ€™s Valedictory Dinner.
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Year 12 mother's farewell Party THURSDAY NOVEMBER Thursday 14 June – Sofitel 20 November Hotel –- BBC BBC Year 12 mums gathered for a special farewell party on 20 November, prior to Valedictory Dinner. It was a wonderful opportunity for our mums to reflect on their son’s time at BBC. Organised by Parent Connections, a cheque for $28,000 towards the construction of shade sails for the Middle School Precinct was also presented to Headmaster Graeme McDonald and Head of Strategic Planning Matthew O’Brien.
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It's a poem which resonates with mums across the world and one which featured at the recent Year 12 Mother's Farewell Party.
Time Flew By So Quickly We can’t begin to tell you Just how loved you are. We can’t believe how time has flown And how you’ve come so far. Forgive us when we stop and stare And tears fall from our eyes. Time flew by so quickly, Sure took us by surprise. We asked you to stay little, To always be our baby. You said, “I’ll try to if I can, But I’ll have to grow up… maybe.” Now here you stand before us A respectful, honest man, Strong-willed and determined, Who always says, “I can.” We flip through all your notes and cards And pictures that you drew, Recall your quips and humour. ‘Unique’, dear son, that’s you! There are no doubts within our minds That you’ll indeed succeed. Your future holds so much in store But ‘that smile’ is all you need. You’ve always been so gentle,
Weddings 9 August Joshua Parsons (2006) and Isabella Bowles (pictured above) 23 August David Cole (2008) and Emma Davies 15 November Mitchell Day (2008) and Lucy Brown 13 December Tom Bennett (2008) and Laura Hodgson
Vale Alan Appleton (1956) passed in July 2013 Graham Woodrow (1938) passed in November 2013 Bruce Mann (1950) passed in June 2014 Archibald Martin (1943) passed in June 2014 Mark Franklin (1946) passed in July 2014 John Conde (1947) passed in August 2014
So loving, kind and giving.
John Francis (1942) passed in August 2014
Having you as our son, Jon,
Norman Gray (1957) passed in August 2014
Is another term for ‘living’. No matter where life leads you No matter what you do, We’ll always be your biggest fans And we’ll be here for you. © Judy Muldowney Written for my son Jon’s high school graduation in 2004.
Randal Berry (1948) passed in September 2014 Ian Clarke (1941) passed in September 2014 John ‘Jack’ Box (1964) passed in October 2014 Allan Bulloch (1944) passed in November 2014 Gordon Stokes (1962) passed in November 2014 Geoff Hines (former BBC Chairman) passed in November 2014
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AEGeAN RECONNAISSANCE In this edition of Flashback we bring you the story of Flight Lieutenant Peter Lawton (BBC 1950-1986). Peter’s tale is an historically evocative one. After corresponding with Peter’s daughter Janie, Archivist Helen Jackson discovered Peter and Ted Quinlan (BBC 1924 – 1931) were best mates. Having joined the RAAF on the same day, they trained together in Australia before being posted to the Middle East.
Sadly Ted never returned and was deemed missing and presumed dead. However,
at the age of 93 Peter is still very much alive and well, living in the Brisbane suburb of
Chelmer. Peter takes us back in time to reveal the story of the Aegean Reconnaissance. He tells it as if it were only yesterday.
In early 1944, the Germans continued to hold Greece and the Aegean Islands. Their garrison troops relied on shipping as the chief means of communication, and this was reinforced on a small scale by air transport. Our squadron’s job was to maintain a ceaseless reconnaissance of the main Greek and Aegean harbours, and incidentally, to provide anti-submarine cover for Allied convoys which were passing through the eastern Mediterranean. But the vital job was this unending search for enemy ships, no matter how small. Anything larger than a rowing boat that we found and reported in these waters ran the risk of being sunk by air attack from other Middle East aircraft. All operations Image top: Flying Officer JR Ennis (DFC), Flying Officer P Lawton, Flight Sergeant E Denton, Flight Sergeant W Burke image above: Best Friends - Flying Officer Ted Quinlan and Flying Officer Peter Lawton. 454 Squadron RAAF, Middle East 1944
were controlled from Alexandria, and the RAF and Naval Headquarters there boasted that they knew the name and tonnage of every German-controlled ship in the Aegean Sea. If we could supply them with the position of these ships, our job was well done. This reconnaissance work was done by lone aircraft from our squadron and it was rather an exacting task, always done at low altitude. There were enemy fighter aerodromes at various strategic points scattered amongst the maze of islands which dot the Aegean Sea, and most of the harbours were protected by anti-aircraft guns.
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Generally we were briefed for a trip soon after dinner in the evening. We bump along the dusty road to Wing Headquarters in the back of a three-ton
she is overloaded with a full petrol tank instead of bombs in the bomb-bay. This extra fuel almost doubles our range. We circle the flare-path once, I give Jack
our main defence. I give Jack a new course back to the spot where we first sighted the Arados, for they may have been protecting some ships, and ships
‘gharry’, and silently hope that the job on the
the first heading, and we set course. There are
are our business. We search the area but sight
morrow will not take us into any of the known
nearly 400 miles of open sea ahead before we
nothing. We conclude that the enemy aircraft
next sight land.
were merely en route to Crete, so we continue
‘hot’ spots. The briefing officer details our time of take-off, which harbours we are to visit, which waters we are to patrol, our call-sign on the radio. In front of the intelligence officer are the latest reports concerning enemy activity. He informs us of the latest position of allied convoys which we may see during our crossing and re-crossing of the Mediterranean, and also the positions of our submarines. Each one of us is issued with an ‘Escape Pouch’ in case we are forced down. It contains enough American dollars and Greek money to reward any friendly Greeks who may help us to get out of the country. Back to our tent for an early night in bed, Jack and I discuss tactics. We finally agree
As soon as it is light enough to see the waves I check the drift. An alteration of
hour. We wake for the ride in the truck to the aerodrome. The early morning desert air is most invigorating, but somehow you are not inclined to notice that either. At the Operations Room I ring through to
climb, then dive across the harbour. As we
this. As we pass the half-way point of Crete
scream down at over 300 m.p.h. I open my
I inform Jack and we begin to lose height
window, have a look at the quayside through
slowly, edging down until we are just above
the binoculars, mentally note the five ships,
the tops of the waves at about 30 feet. Five
pick up the camera, and take three photos.
minutes before my calculated estimated time
Through my earphones I hear Billy in the
of arrival, we see, like a faint blue smudge on
background quietly reporting the flak bursts.
the horizon, the outline of Anitkythera Island,
We’ve got all the information we want, so I
dead ahead. Soon we are skimming the waves
say to Jack, “OK, mate” and he immediately
through the Strait; subconsciously I hear the
throws the aircraft into a steep turn to port and
note of the motors go into a higher tone as
we head for the sea again. I pick up my log,
Jack opens the throttles a little to bring our
make the appropriate entries, conferring all the
speed up to 190 m.p.h.
Always, as we fly through this narrow strait between the mainland of Greece and the Island of Crete, I get the same feeling inside of me. It is one of uncertainty as to the future.
HQ and get the latest weather report. We collect binoculars and a camera, and then drive out to our waiting Baltimore. In the darkness we get everything aboard, and find somewhere to stow the equipment in the kite’s cramped interior. I grin when I hear little Billy, the gunner, cursing quietly to himself as he tries to get the crate containing the homing pigeons through the hatch. He always does that. But one day those pigeons may save our lives. We climb into our seats about 10 minutes before take-off time, then check again the various instruments. Jack starts the motors. We begin to taxi out to the runway.
As the island looms up ahead we start to
course of a couple of degrees usually follows
on the best way to approach each harbour, and by this time we have been in bed for an
on our way north to Melos.
I continue to check drift, write it in my log, scan the water with binoculars. Nobody says a word. We reach our turning point and I give Jack the course north to Melos Island. Still nobody speaks. A microphone switched on at this stage means something; you begin to dread hearing the click and the whirring noise which indicates that one of the crew is about to report something, then suddenly, “Three aircraft dead ahead,” from Jack, and immediately we go into a steep turn to starboard. Quickly I note the time and our position, then take a look through the binoculars. I tell Jack that I think they are
After the motors have been run up, we
Arados. Billy now takes over directing the pilot,
begin to gather speed down the lighted flare-
reports their relative position every 10 seconds,
path. Gradually the speed builds up, but the
but in three or four minutes time the enemy
kite takes a long run to get airborne because
have given up the chase. Our speed is always
while with Jack, Billy and Ted about the size of the ships and the amount of flak. I set the new course for Monemvasia and work out the time of arrival. As we fly west towards Greece, I make out the first sighting report of the ships in Melos and pass the message over the intercom to Ted, the wireless operator. Then while he is transmitting that we make up the weather report and the amplifying report. These go to Ted when he is ready, and he wires them back to base. As we return, the North African coast looms up, and that parched desert looks good. The coast of Australia is the only sight which would be better at this moment. I handover to Jack, we fly down the coast over battered Benghazi, circle our field, and touch down five hours and twenty minutes after we took off. No detail is too small for the Intelligence Officer when he is de-briefing us. He writes the whole sortie down. The whole procedure takes half an hour, and it is quite annoying to four very tired men. If anything, we’re very glad to get back to the old tent where some food and a sleep awaits us. We all have that satisfied feeling of a job well done.
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CONFIDENCE AND CAPABILITY
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As a school we deal with aspirations; aspirations of parents who envisage their son’s journey from boy to man and of equal importance, the aspirations of boys who dream of who they might become. Our role is to transform these dreams, these hopes, these aspirations into reality, so each boy can go forth with the confidence and capability to change the world. As the year draws to a close, we leave you with two powerful quotes for reflection and invite you to dream about the possibilities that lie ahead. Nelson Mandela
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
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