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COLLEGIAN The MAGAZINE of Brisbane Boys’ College

December 2015

HIGHEST HONOUR

BBC named Most Outstanding School at the Australian Tennis Awards

Also inside:

HELLO WORLD

TALENT ON SHOW

OLD BOYS' WEEKEND

SENIORS LOOK

BUILDING CH AR ACTER

CELEBR ATING ALL THINGS

TO THE FU T URE

THROUGH CREATIVIT Y

GREEN , WHITE, BL ACK


COLLEGIAN I S S U E 2 D E C E M B E R 2015 UPFRONT

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Headlines

A few words from Headmaster Graeme McDonald

BBC NEWS

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The world is yours

Seniors celebrate their final day at school

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Think leadership

Incoming seniors stand up and learn to lead

13 19 Meaningful connections

BBC boys show that together anything is possible

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Academic allstars Jacob White and Dario Falcao-Rassokha awarded the prestigious University of New South Wales Medal

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Australian history live

Year 4 students transported back in time via The Colonial Show

Green, white, black

BBC's annual War Cry competition heats up

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Building character in the country Boys head west to Miles as part of the school's Country Community Service Project

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On with the show

Featuring departing senior and theatre extraordinaire, Sam Webb

BBC ARTS

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Editor and Art Director Adele Graves Graphic Design Tracey Maree Contributors Nicole de Vries, Chris Hartley, Jarrod Turner, Kelly Edwards, Helen Jackson Photography Michael Marston Cover Mitchell Wilson. Photo by Michael Marston

Marvellous Music Monday

Prep to Year 3 students join with Year 2 girls from Somerville House in a special concert

32 Sounds of Scotland

Scenes from the Pipe Band's premier event


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Wired for creativity

Featuring the artistic talents of boys from Prep to Year 12 at the annual BBC Art Show

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REGULAR ITEMS

48 76 Insight

The experts offer advice to navigate through the journey of parenthood

70 Snapshots

Scenes from the Spring Fashion Parade and other events in the College calendar

Flashback

The story behind the W Espie Dods Trophy

78 Last word

Let the adventure begin: 2016 Orientation Day

BBC SPORT

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Securing silver

BBC Basketball experiences success at state tournament

43 On track

Featuring the 98th Annual GPS Track and Field Championships

45 A test of endurance

Year 7 student Louis Ryan travels the distance in Tasmania

CONNECT

54 64 Strengthening the tie

A message from incoming OCA President Chris Hartley

Hutchies BBC Golf Day

Old boys and BBC friends tee up for this year's Golf Day

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Old boys reunite Scenes from this year's reunions and the OCA's premier annual event Old Boys' Day

From the ground up

We catch up with BBC Old Boy and entrepreneur, Andrew Northcott


From the Editor ADELE GRAVES

I’ve always believed that there are no endings, only new beginnings - and with new beginnings come exciting opportunities for renewal, growth and change. If there has ever been an edition to highlight this constant cycle, it’s this one. As our seniors look to their future, in search of the next adventure,

which will bring him one step closer to securing that win.

others like the boys pictured above simply look for a familiar name on

So whilst this edition may signify the end of another year, whether

the list, or a face to remember come their first day at BBC in Term 1.

it's January, March or July, our boys are always achieving remarkable

As departing senior Sam Webb looks to the world stage, be it

things, rarely defined by time. And regardless of the direction they

London or Sydney, a young Ethan Feather looks forward to his next

take, there is one thing of which we can be sure - they are always

race, focusing his energies on mastering new techniques - skills

seeking and always finding.

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HEADLINES Graeme McDonald, Headmaster

Leaders of the future At a time when our politicians in Queensland are focussed on improving our Senior Secondary Assessment system, we need to remember that the current focus on NAPLAN and OP scores, soon to be ATAR scores, is only one part of the picture in providing a truly comprehensive educational experience.

Our real task, is in fact, much more challenging; it is to train our young men to become leaders

So, gentlemen, remember that life is meant

who will change the world. To achieve this goal, we must abandon the thought that the sheer

to be lived to the full. You will make good

provision of knowledge should be our central focus, because in 2016 and beyond, it will simply

and bad decisions, but if you never try, you

not be enough.

will never know. Don’t be frightened by the

We must teach our boys first to learn to recognise those problems that are really worth solving.

possibility of failure and therefore avoid taking

Secondly, we need to encourage them to think laterally and to explore possibilities and then

some risks, but rather embrace struggles

finally, and most importantly, we must urge them to work on implementing beautiful solutions.

and times of uncertainty. It is at those times,

I commended a number of boys in my Speech Night address this year for having the courage

gentlemen, above all, that you will be growing

to take on exceptionally demanding challenges and for being real risk takers. These young men

and becoming better at your job. What is

have understood that the leaders of the future will be those men and women who possess both

more, ironically, it is at those times when you

the creative ability to think beyond the obvious and the determination to put in the long hours of

really have to stretch yourself and face real

practice required to develop exceptional problem-solving ability.

challenges, that you will experience your

To our departing Seniors, I urge you to reflect on those insightful words of Garry Kasparov, the world’s top Chess player for 20 years, when he was asked the question, “What can leaders learn from the best Chess players?”

He said, "In chess, business and politics we make decisions – some are good, some not so good. The way to improve is to look back and analyse them. Many people think that if something worked yesterday and is still working today, it will work tomorrow. That’s wrong, because people on the losing side will come up with a new strategy. I stayed on top for 20 years because I knew that even if you win, there are things to learn.” Kasparov’s approach to life is actually quite confronting because it suggests that when things are working well, we may still need to change them. It seems to fly in the face of conventional wisdom, i.e. “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it”. However, his words highlight the importance of taking the time to reflect and critically analyse what we are doing.

greatest moments of happiness.


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BBC NEWS 11 Think leadership

Lessons in leadership for incoming seniors

12 Cultural connections Fostering our Asia Pacific ties

15 Academic allstars

Two students exceed in the prestigious ICAS competitions

16 Australian history live

Junior School boys transported back to the arrival of the First Fleet

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The world is yours Featuring our seniors' last day of school

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THE WORLD IS YOURS They say that starting is sometimes the hardest part, but when it comes to the last day of school, it turns out finishing can be too. It’s an emotional time for all involved – not only for each boy but his parents and teachers – those who, at different points in his journey, have seen him fall, rallied him to rise and watched him grow. Many great leaders and influencers in commencement speeches the world over have imparted advice for navigating this next chapter in life. In his renowned speech to graduates at

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."

Stanford University the late Steve Jobs said,

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EARLIER CELEBRATIONS The day prior, Year 12 mothers gathered for a special luncheon hosted at the College followed by an evening of celebration and gratitude at Valedictory Dinner, held at Suncorp Stadium. Valedictorian Campbell Starky, presented a moving address on the evening. Author Neil Gaiman offered this advice, “Now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art.” Whether it’s finishing school or university, their words are insightful, deeply personal and their message distinctly clear – success lies not in your achievements but in your ability to show resilience and persistence in the face of adversity. It’s a message which sits at the heart of BBC’s philosophy and one which was echoed by old collegian Henry Cunningham who addressed seniors as part of the final day celebrations. Henry finished in 2011, making the 2015 Year 12s the last cohort of boys he will have ever been to school with. “I want to start by saying congratulations to you boys, making it through school isn’t an easy thing, right? Everyone does it but that doesn’t make it easy,” he said. Henry made light of his own experiences and mistakes, advising the boys that it won’t take them long to fail,

You’ll get over that, you’ll move on and you’ll get going. And then you’ll do it all over again.” He encouraged boys to enjoy the journey, stay curious, ask questions, seek help and most importantly to remember that the BBC community will always be willing to support them.

Campbell began by advising the audience that he had decided not to pursue the traditional valedictorian style of speech and was instead going to tell just a few stories. He spoke of his first day at school, his love-hate relationship with the BBC uniform at first and reflected on his time with friends. Yet whilst his stories appeared largely anecdotal, he finished in saying: “Now I told you that I was going to tell you a few stories, I lied. I really only told you one story tonight – I told you about how a clueless boy came to a strange and scary new place called Brisbane Boys’ College. I told you that after no time at all, Brisbane Boys’ College had become his second home and his second family. I told you there was plenty of laughter and he made some amazing memories with this second family, and I told you that they shaped him and helped him to grow. Really what I’m trying to say is thank you. Thank you for the memories, thank you for being amazing friends and for making me the person I am today.”


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Think Leadership There’s something wonderful about seeing young people standing up and learning to lead. And that’s exactly what our Year 11 students did at their recent Retreat and Leadership Camp. Held at Alexandra Headland, the annual

way and drawing on his incredible experiences.

Leadership Camp experience is designed to assist

Chuck started his career as a teacher and

boys as they begin their journey into leadership,

is now a corporate educator, working with

with the group exploring what makes an effective

organisations and individuals across the globe in

leader over the three-day program. The camp is

the areas of leadership, goal setting, negotiation,

held specifically for boys who will hold an official

communication, self image and personal

leadership position the following year.

development.

The boys engaged in a number of activities which

According to Kyle, Chuck’s insights enabled

addressed topics such as self-reflection, crowd

the boys to become well versed in identifying the

control, personal branding and goal setting. They

qualities of a leader and in particular the importance

were also involved in a physical activity session,

of verbal and non-verbal communication.

where they learnt about self defence. On the final day outgoing BBC and Clayfield

“A particularly gifted speaker, Chuck spoke of the characteristics of leaders and how to demonstrate

College leaders also travelled to the camp to create

good leadership. He also explored the effects of

a panel where they discussed the responsibilities

personal power and what tools are necessary

and challenges they had faced during their time as

to communicate effectively. The way in which he

leaders.

engaged the boys was exceptional,” said Kyle.

According to Deputy Headmaster Kyle

“Perhaps the most powerful message delivered

Thompson, who manages the camp, the

relates to Chuck’s stories regarding meeting his

experience was invaluable.

wife and their complex and emotional journey into

“The way in which all of our Captains and

parenthood. I am hopeful that many of our students

Vice Captains addressed their fellow peers was

may have discussed this story with their parents

outstanding. They have no doubt inspired our

and related that we are indeed fortunate with the

incoming seniors to learn more, do more and to

opportunities we have. Many other people face

truly lead. Their responses to some fairly complex

significant difficulties that put into perspective our

questions gave an insight into just how far they

own issues,” he said.

have come since first taking on these positions of responsibility,” said Kyle. Prior to the camp all Year 11 students were able to participate in a two-day retreat held at

“At the end of the day boys were given time to reflect and were guided through a number of exercises to assist them with setting individual goals for the year ahead.”

the College. On day one, boys heard from Chuck

Day two of the retreat saw the group begin the

Zamora, Director of Zamora Group International.

process of developing the 2016 theme, designed to

Chuck walked the boys through a number of

unite the student body and build school spirit.

QUT VICE-CHANCELLOR, PROFESSOR PETER COALDRAKE AO PRESENTS JOSEPH WITH HIS CERTIFICATE

+ FUTURE LEADERS In November, Year 12 student Joseph Colbrook, completed the QUT Future Leaders Program – an enrichment course for high achieving senior students. Joseph had the opportunity to attend up to 11 official Future Leaders events to hear from world-renowned guest speakers and attend conferences. Most importantly, Joseph gained valuable leadership and life skills, and made many lasting connections with his peers from other schools and within the QUT community. BBC continues to be well represented in the program, with 2016 College Vice Captain, Hainian Yu, currently participating in the Year 11 program and James Heading, who is currently in Year 10, having recently been accepted into the program for 2016-2017.

activities, sharing personal stories along the

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Cultural connections A chance meeting between headmasters 27 years ago represented the start of what has become a strong and ongoing connection with Kwansei Gakuin, one of Japan’s most prestigious and longstanding schools - its history dating back to the late 1880s. Spread across six different campuses, Kwansei Gakuin incorporates a university, junior college, senior and junior high school, elementary school and kindergarten, with students from the senior high school visiting BBC for the first time in 1992. Since that time, both schools have paid eight visits to their Pacific counterpart, with BBC’s Japanese Coordinator, Hiro Suzuki, organising six of these trips. “We are incredibly lucky to be able to call Kwansei Gakuin a ‘sister’ school and it’s wonderful that we have been able to maintain our relationship with this school over such a long period of time,” said Hiro. "The partnership enables students from both schools to immerse in a culture outside of their own whilst improving their language skills. It has also seen several boys take part in a student exchange, some for up to 12 months, where they are able to learn about different customs by living with host families and travelling extensively across the country,” he said. Earlier this year, 20 students and two teachers from Kwansei Gakuin visited the College for five days, staying with a number of BBC families. The visit followed on from the BBC trip last year which saw 12 boys travel to Japan in December.


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MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS: WHERE ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE

At BBC, we know it’s important for boys to think outside of themselves, not only to understand more about the world but to discover the joy which comes from helping others within it. Not a term goes by at the College without our boys assisting in community service initiatives or fundraisers. Their collective impact is remarkable, as is their enthusiasm for making the world a better place.

YOUNG PEOPLE CARING FOR YOUNGCARE BBC’s Interact Club hosted its annual dinner in October, raising more than $1900 for Youngcare – a not for profit committed to helping young Australians with high care needs live life with choice, independence and dignity. The event is largely driven by students with support from the Master in Charge, Simone Keech. In the lead up to the fundraiser, students determined their charity of choice and also the venue for the event. Year 12 students, Kallum Strachan and Gabriel Leslie, took

ACTING WITH AMAZING GRACE BBC Piper Angus Brien played an inspiring Amazing Grace at the Walk4BrainCancer

to the mic on the evening, auctioning off a range

event held during October. Lyn Moorfoot, Queensland Manager of Cure Brain Cancer

of goods with Gabriel also delivering a number of

Foundation said, "On behalf of the team at Cure Brain Cancer Foundation and our

musical performances alongside Year 10 student,

collaborator Newro Foundation, we greatly appreciate your support. Amazing Grace was

Nicholas James. The evening was supported by

such a beautiful choice, and really helped the crowd of around 1000 people focus and

club members, their families and local businesses.

cherish their loved ones – I think everyone shed a tear or two. It reminded us acutely of the mission behind our walk – to increase five year survival to 50 percent by 2023."

THE POWER OF HUMAN Irene Gleeson, Founder of the Irene Gleeson Foundation believed, “Every single human being has the right to reach their full potential. Each is entitled to food, water, medicine and education.” After hearing of the plight of children living in Africa, Irene sold everything she owned in Australia and used the funds she had to open a full care day school in Uganda. Today there are five schools that educate and provide care for more than 6,000 children daily, a business and vocational school, a health program and a 1500-member community church that offers spiritual healing and support to members of the local community. In November, boys in Years 6, 8 and 11, and the Interschool Christian Fellowship (ISCF) group were privileged to hear from Jean Paul, Alfred, Exodus and Jamie, representatives from the foundation in Kitgum, Uganda. They spoke of how they had been rescued from poverty and violence through Irene’s personal interest in their lives. Sadly, Irene passed away in 2013, however her legacy lives on with these inspirational leaders continuing the work she started. BBC’s Knox House and the ISCF have supported the foundation for many years, hosting various fundraisers and events to help secure a brighter future for both children and adults living in Uganda.

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REAL WORLD LEARNING This term, Year 8 students were kept busy making good old fashioned lemonade, in an effort to learn new skills whilst raising money for charity. The Year 8 Mathematics Extension class completed a business mathematics unit, created by the Mathematics Department in collaboration with BBC’s Map Centre, who provide learning support and extension for boys across the school. Boys were charged with the task of writing a business plan for the lemonade stand with the aim of raising money for the AEIOU Foundation, which is committed to ensuring children living with autism can experience the benefits which come from early intervention. Boys were required to monitor and change their business venture operations in response to customer feedback received over the term. The freshly squeezed, ice cold lemonade certainly proved to be a hit among Middle School students.

BUILDING SOCIAL ENTERPRISE Following on from the success of the workshops run by IMPACT Social Enterprise for boys in Years 10, 11 and 12 (as featured in the last edition of Collegian), 25 Year 9 boys recently participated in a special introductory session. Designed to provide boys with an insight into the extended program, they explored the thinking behind social enterprise. In small groups, boys were given a list of five predetermined ideas and issues and were then asked to develop a solution using the social

THE GIFT OF SOUND BBC’s College Brass Quintet recently

enterprise model. According to BBC’s Head of Earlier in 2015 senior students Alex Russell

performed at a charity event for the Hear and

and Naresh Sinnathamby were fortunate to

Say Foundation, one of the leading pediatric

work alongside the Hear and Say Centre as

Auditory-Verbal and Implantable Technologies

part of BBC’s Biology Partnership Program.

(including cochlear implants) orgnisations in

The boys were mentored by the inspirational

the world, teaching children who are deaf to

Founder of the foundation, Dimity Dornan,

hear, listen and speak since 1992. According

as well as their Research and Development

to BBC’s Director of Brass and Percussion,

Manager, Wendy Arnott (pictured above). Over

Josh Mckechie, it was a great honour for the

the course of eight months the boys assisted

quintet to perform at the charity’s Ashgrove

with research that explored the differences

headquarters. “Although the night was

in language outcomes for children born

interrupted by rain the spirits of those in

prematurely and at full term, by the time they

attendance were not dampened thanks to the

reach the age of three. They presented their

ensemble's up-beat set. It was wonderful for

findings at the Biology Symposium to their

our musicians to be able to show their support

peers as well as researchers from Hear and

for the charity through performance,” he said.

Say and the University of Queensland.

Drama and Sustainability Coordinator Dom Piacun, who has been driving the program, some excellent conversations and animated discussions made for an interesting 1.5 hours. “It was fascinating to see how boys chose to explain their idea and advocate for their chosen issue. Each group was required to pitch their idea, with the winning pitch awarded a prize. It was fantastic to see boys continue discussing the merits of their ideas with each other as they left the workshop,” said Dom.


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+ JACOB’S CRITIQUE OF BECKER’S WORK

Academic allstars Lord Byron, a British poet, once said, "A drop of ink may make a million people think.” For Year 11 student Jacob White, it

students and to provide educators with

was Ernest Becker’s thought provoking

information as to each student’s progress

and Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The

to help inform their teaching strategies.

Denial of Death, which represented the

Jacob, along with other medal

culmination of Becker’s life work and

winning students in their final two years

explored mortality and the nature of

of schooling, qualify for a bonus ATAR

humanity.

point which can be used toward an

Jacob used Becker’s work as the basis for his University of New South

undergraduate degree at the University. Year 8 student Dario Falcao-Rassokha

Wales (UNSW) International Competitions

(pictured above) was also awarded a

and Assessments for Schools (ICAS)

medal for his outstanding score in the

Writing test, a piece which saw him

English test, which comprised a range of

receive a prestigious UNSW Medal. Only

complex multiple choice questions.

514 students from across Australia,

Dario was officially presented with his

from more than 980,000 entries, were

medal at a special ceremony held at

awarded the honour.

the Brisbane Convention Centre on 4

Whilst a voluntary assessment, BBC students participate in ICAS each year. The program is designed to extend

December, accompanied by BBC’s Head of Teaching and Learning, Barry Dean.

In the modern world increased technological advancement has heralded the advent of a society composed of individuals who go with the flow and strive fruitlessly for purpose and a validation of their worth in the world. Death is the omnipresent shadow that peers over our shoulder and, with religion falling out of favour, many struggle to come to terms with its inevitability. The Denial of Death, a summary of 19th and 20th century psychoanalysis, may hold the key to stopping this growing epidemic of fear. Written by the renowned Ernest Becker, it postulates that the entirety of human action has been, is and will be dictated by a fear of death. From the pyramids of Giza, to the Mona Lisa, to the very act of reproduction, all man’s acts are driven by the urge to preserve what Becker calls the heroic self, the part of a person that may live on after they have passed. Becker explores this concept and many others in great depth and his work is thoroughly supported by the work of such heads of field such as Jung, Rank and Freud. Although it is heavy reading at points and the subject matter may be confronting and depressing, Becker challenges the reader to look death in the face and to walk away smiling. The Denial of Death is no easy read content-wise but it is worth the effort and Becker’s eloquence of expression provides clear and concise detail. The Denial of Death does not promise its readers a comfortable journey but there is no triumph without adversity and there’s no doubt that this work is truly a triumph of human insight. It is well worth the read.

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AUSTRALIAN HISTORY LIVE Year 4 boys were transported back in time, as they witnessed the arrival of the First Fleet and the story of Australia’s colonisation, delivered with incredible realism by the Iconic Performances group in The Colonial Show.


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+ WHAT THE BOYS’ THOUGHT I really enjoyed The Colonial Show. It taught me many new things that I didn’t know. Everyone dressed up as different characters to do with the First Fleet. There were many funny parts like when Mrs McMillan was sold for three ounces of pig fat. There were some scary parts as well like when the Sergeant was shouting! – Ben Oxby

“Call me Sergeant!” was shouted at

“We may not be able to literally

the boys on many occasions as the

transport them back to the First Fleet –

young group of colonists and convicts

thankfully – but this experience was a

became dramatically involved in the

close second,” said Mark.

performance. The show began with students being introduced to the larrikin Irish convict James Murphy and female convict Ann Fowles as they experienced the hardships of the day firsthand and the oppression and tyranny they faced at the hands of the soldiers, as Sergeant Kennedy engaged them in the story of the military. The boys then relived the Voyage of the First Fleet, under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip, the raising of the King’s Colours and the recruitment of soldiers into the New South Wales Corp. According to Year 4 teacher Mark McConnachy, the experience was a great way to provide boys with a real insight into Australian history.

The boys loved being in character and the fact that they were able to participate in the show itself. It enabled them to really connect with the content they had been learning in class and it was wonderful to see them engage with such enthusiasm and energy,” he said.

I think that The Colonial Show was amazing. I dressed up as a free settler. I learnt a lot of new things. They were really good actors and it was one of the best days of the term. I really enjoyed being Governor Phillip. The story about the girl and the black velvet band was awesome and the acting was very realistic. – Thomas Clarke I think The Colonial Show was fantastic and it taught me a lot about the First Fleet but mainly Botany Bay. The whipping looked real! I bet it must have been painful back in the day. I really, really, really enjoyed The Colonial Show and I thought it was one of the best incursions I’ve had yet. – Lachie Scroggie Today was amazing because the actors were really funny, they explained things well and we got to run half the show. I learnt that there were 11 ships – six for the convicts, the soldiers and their families. Three for supplies like tools and food and finally two Navy ships to surround the fleet. I wore a judge outfit and I got to sentence someone to prison. – Joe Thynne COLLEGIAN DECEMBER 2015


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Excellence Award In September, Year 12 student Andrew Su was recognised for his aptitude in the field of mathematics and technology, receiving a Peter Doherty Award for Excellence in the category of Outstanding Senior Mathematics and Technology Student.

Education Minister Kate Jones

“The Peter Doherty Awards have a

announced the winners at the

proud 11 year record of highlighting and

Queensland Academy for Science

rewarding outstanding science talent in

Mathematics and Technology to help

our education system.

celebrate National Science Week.

“For 2015 they have been expanded

Ms Jones said award recipients

to recognise the critical role the whole

this year included students, teachers,

spectrum of STEM subjects will play in

support officers, schools and a

Queensland’s future prosperity.”

corporate science education partner. “The 30 recipients of the 2015 Peter

Ms Jones said the 2015 awards were well supported with a total of 155

Doherty Awards for Excellence in

applications from state and non-state

Science, Technology, Engineering and

schools in metropolitan, regional and

Mathematics (STEM) Education include

rural Queensland locations.

20 Year 12 students,” she said.

They represent some of the very brightest and best of our current crop of science, mathematics and technology students.

“I congratulate all who applied – their initiative demonstrates that STEM education has a bright future as we prepare our young people for the challenges of tomorrow,” she said. The awards take their name from Nobel Laureate and Professor Peter Doherty AC, co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and 1997 Australian of the Year.

Readers’ Cup Competing against teams at Indooroopilly State High School, BBC’s Open team secured second place, separated by a mere half a point, at the recent Readers’ Cup Competition. The team consisting of Thomas Moore, Harry Perkins, Andrew Su and Lachie Nichols, endured three rounds of forensic questioning about events, places and characters in the four nominated novels. BBC submitted teams in the Year 7, 8, 9 and Open divisions. The Year 8 team consisting of Nick Tsang, Taewhan Kim, Xavier Catford, Thomas Campbell and Junsung Oh also secured second place. Readers’ Cup provides an extension opportunity for avid readers and is organised by the Queensland chapter of the Children’s Book Council of Australia. The competition is held across the state and is designed to foster a love of reading among young people. Students must read a set of books and work together to answer a range of questions. It transforms what is often seen as an individual activity into a team sport.


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GREEN, BLACK,

We know boys love to shout and they love to compete – so what better way to combine the two than to hold a War Cry competition. For anyone who has ever heard the boys in action, you’ll know just how moving it can be when you hear that deep and resounding collective voice chanting "Green, White, Black, White, Green, White, Black" in readiness for the War Cry. Designed to instil a strong sense of College spirit amongst boys, the Year 7 students participated in the Interhouse Competition in College Hall during November, taking the War Cry to new heights. Boys were challenged to come up with a rendition of the College War Cry to present to their fellow peers and a panel of judges including old boys John Stewart, Chris Humphrey and Henry Cunningham. According to BBC’s Head of Academic Music, Stuart Quill, there was a great level of engagement from the boys with all House groups showing creativity whilst honouring the traditions of the War Cry.

GREEN,

“Boys were reminded in the lead up to the event and during the competition that although there might be more than 150 boys in the cohort, it was about having ‘one voice’ and using this voice to unite College spirit,” said Stuart.

BLACK.

“The Rudd boys were offered the opportunity to combine with Year 8s from their House but they declined, preferring to take on the challenge alone. It was pleasing to see that the congratulations and chant of ‘Rudd, Rudd, Rudd’ was led by a McKenzie boy when the winner was announced.”

“Rudd House was again the victor taking out the title for a second year in a row, following the inaugural event last year. It was closely contested however, with only one point separating first and second,” he said.

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BUILDING CHARACTER IN THE COUNTRY In November, a number of boys were given the opportunity to show that not only can they become great people of tomorrow, they can be great people of today.

PHOTOS PROVIDED COURTESY OF MILES HISTORICAL VILLAGE MUSEUM


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On day two, boys joined together to assist with cleaning and maintenance tasks at the Miles Historical Village on what was a very hot but rewarding day in the Western Queensland sun. Accompanied by BBC’s Director of Alumni and Community, Jarrod Turner, and Middle School Teacher, Natasha Butler, the group was hosted by old collegian Murray Geldard and his wife Sue, camping on-site at the couple’s Feedlot, Roxborough, for the duration of their stay. A third generation BBC family, the Geldards have been supporting the Country Community Service project for a number of years, enabling boys to fully experience the region. Boys received a tour of the feedlot from Murray, where they were able to gain a firsthand insight into the world of

A

agriculture and a greater understanding of the processes group of Year 10 boys travelled west to Miles to help out in the local community over two days, as part of the College’s annual Country Community Service Project. The trip saw boys visit Miles State School on day one to donate a swag of Woolworths Earn and Learn points, which

they presented to students and staff at their assembly. The rural school, consisting of 186 students from Prep to Year 6 and 30 staff, has been able to use the points to enhance their mathematics resources using them to purchase Bee-Bots, numerical balls, stopwatches and whiteboard sets for class use. Principal Kelly Newton thanked BBC for its generosity, “Our thanks and appreciation to the BBC Community for their generous donation

involved from paddock to plate. For a number of boys, who are currently undertaking a Certificate in Agriculture as part of their senior studies at BBC, the experience was particularly pertinent. “It was an unbelievable experience for the boys. They got to learn about all facets of the industry and the science behind agriculture. What they were most inspired by however was the incredible work ethic shown by those involved in the industry and their commitment to delivering exceptional produce,” said Jarrod. Students at Brisbane Boys’ College are able to participate in the Country Community Service Project each year. The project, which first started in 2003, supports the communities of Miles and St George.

of their Woolworths Earn and Learn points. Situated where we are we did not participate in the promotion and are very flattered that your community thought to share their points with us," she said.

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TOGETHER WE RIDE On Sunday 18 October a group of more than 70 BBC boys, staff, old collegians, parents and friends rode from Brisbane to the Gold Coast to raise money in support of the College’s Indigenous Education program. More than $40,000 has been raised for the BBC Indigenous Fund, since first participating in the ride in 2014. One hundred percent of all donations will go towards ensuring more young men from Indigenous communities can enjoy the outstanding educational opportunities on offer at BBC and that our current Indigenous boys have access to the support they need. The ride is a testament to the community’s support of this program and how collectively we can work together to close the gap.

CAPE YORK LEADERS It was a night to celebrate Cape York leaders of the past and present, with the gathering of 300 guests for the Cape York Leaders Program 10 Year Celebration and 2015 Graduation. Brisbane Boys’ College was proud to attend and to see six wonderful young men receive their graduating certificates. The night was an opportunity to recognise the achievements of BBC’s Indigenous students, both past and present, with a number of boys having already commenced further study with Philip and Leon Yeatman looking to commence degrees in Engineering and the Arts respectively and Elisha Tamwoy a diesel mechanic apprenticeship next year. The event, held at the Cruise Liner Terminal, was hosted by acclaimed actor Jimi Bani, known for his roles in the tele-movie Mabo, The Straights and Beautiful Music. More than 700 people from Cape York,Yarrabah and Palm Island have been supported through the program.


ON WITH THE SHOW S TA R R I N G

SAMWEBB IN THE PERFORMANCE OF HIS LIFE

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE ONCE SAID, "IT IS NOT IN THE STARS TO HOLD OUR DESTINY BUT IN OURSELVES.” A QUOTE WHICH COULD NOT BE MORE TRUE OF DEPARTING SENIOR SAM WEBB, WHO AFTER FINDING THEATRE, NOT TO MENTION SHAKESPEARE, FOUND HIMSELF. COLLEGIAN DECEMBER 2015


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elivering a creative rendition of an ABBA song

also experienced success beyond the school gates having

may be one of Sam’s most vivid and slightly

recently won the state-wide Youth Shakespeare Festival

obscure memories from his time at school,

Competition, for his amazing rendition of the Henry V

having arrived at the age of nine just in time for Year 5, but it

monologue. He has since been chosen from more than 5500

wasn’t until he morphed into the role of the nutty Professor

entrants to play the role of Peter Quince in the Shake and Stir

Bottom some years later in A Midsummer Night’s Dream that

production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The production,

theatre really came into play.

created by one of Australia’s leading contemporary theatre

“It was Year 6 and I remember it quite distinctly,” Sam said

companies, will be shown over two nights at the Judith Wright

reflecting on one of his earliest memories of theatre at BBC.

Centre in late January.

“We were getting ready to perform this ABBA song and we

For Sam, the Shake Fest competition embodied what

needed someone to play the role of either Agatha or Anni. For

theatre is all about.

some reason I was the only one who didn’t already have a

“It’s hard to explain what I love about theatre, but I think it’s

pair of flares on, so by default and all of

the challenge of getting your mind in a

a sudden I was in a skirt. But I danced

state to perform and then getting out on

my little heart out nonetheless. I will never forget that day and even more so now given that mum recently dug up a DVD of that very performance – scary stuff,” he said. Whilst there may have been the odd performance here and there, it was the persistence of Drama Teacher Michelle Carey that saw Sam take to the stage again in 2013, when in Year 10. “I remember Ms Carey tracking me down in the school yard and saying ‘Hey look, I’ve got this role in the Senior Production and I’ve written it with someone like you in mind. Would you be interested?’ Sam, adopting a happy-go-lucky style of approach, quickly decided to take on the challenge. “Professor Bottom is your classic nutty

stage and giving it your all – there’s no greater feeling than that. With the whole

IN FACT I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS NOT TO THINK AT ALL, JUST LETTING GO AND EMBRACING THE SHEAR BLIND LIGHT.

old man who should have retired years ago. He’s one of my favourite characters to play simply because he is completely oblivious to his own ignorance and my favourite scene is when things all of a sudden change and he comes to realise himself.” When speaking of how he manages to get into character, particularly in the case of Professor Bottom, the skills Sam has learnt over the years shine through. “In the case of Professor Bottom I had to have a pair of

Shake Fest competition, I remember standing backstage and trying to get into this mode, in this case my character was angry, and you’re there trying not to think too much. In fact I think the most important thing is not to think at all, just letting go and embracing the shear blind light.” “It was really awesome to win this competition, I had to actually ask someone afterwards if my arms were moving; when they called out my name first I had pins and needles shooting through my arms, it was just this moment, it was really, really crazy and I even started shaking a little – it wasn’t until I got in the car that I realised I had actually won.” Looking back on his time at the College there is someone in particular

that Sam will always be thankful for. “Ms Carey is an inspiration and has been the driving force behind everything I have done. She would always say, ‘Hey look at this workshop. Hey look at this competition.’ She has always been there guiding me in the right direction." When speaking with Michelle the feeling is mutual. “Sam has also been influential on me. His humour and his ability to see

glasses; the moment the glasses went on I was able to identify

the joy and comedy in any situation has kept me afloat many

with him. It was almost like the start of a checklist – glasses

times. Watching him develop as a performer has been pure

on, neck back, mouth droopy – my whole physicality would

bliss – he proves the power of theatre to change a person.

change. Getting into character is all about being acutely aware

He comes alive on stage and when he performed his Henry

of your voice, physicality and movement.”

V monologue recently to a couple of classes of Year 10 boys,

Beyond his various roles in Senior Productions, Sam has

tears welled up in me as I recognised the cute little blonde

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kid inside the passionate thoughtful

holds. Theatre didn’t always have the

performer in front of me. Amazing!

profile it enjoys today. From ‘sitting on

There is a lot more to Sam than any

the sidelines’ to theatre students pulling

of us know yet – he will really benefit

together the Track and Field video,

and grow from travelling and being out

theatre has really united boys from all

in the world, observing and meeting

corners of the school.”

people from all walks of life who will one

Sam also admits that whilst he may

day become his toolbox of characters.

have used theatre as an excuse for

And of course, when he is rich and

not doing his homework on the odd

famous and receiving that Oscar…he

occasion, perhaps more often than not,

better not forget me!"

it has helped him immensely in other

”When asking Sam about his plans

areas of his life. “English orals is a good

for the future, whilst it’s certainly not

example,” explains Sam. “I recently

prescribed you can tell he will no doubt

went a little crazy and all theatrical on

actively create and enact it.

it and got some pretty good marks as

“It’s a big question. A good question. I would very much like to travel and

a result.” Whether its on stage or in the

work overseas or really wherever

classroom, it has been a joy for all

something is going – I can do it,

who know Sam to see him grow over

London, Sydney. Life without theatre

the years. His performances have not

really isn’t an option for me."

only provided an insight into his skill

In the same breath, Sam also speaks

and talent but into Sam, the human

about his hopes for the future of theatre

being. Sam confesses that the roles

at BBC. “It’s been fantastic to

he likes to play are essentially him, so you can rest assured that should you

see that theatre has

bump into Sam, whether it be on stage

grown exponentially over

or in person in the years to come, he

the last three years and I

will always be willing to give of himself

hope boys can continue

and to give himself the freedom to be

to discover the joy it

whomever he needs to be.

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BBC ARTS 28 Marvellous Music Monday BBC's youngest take to the stage for a special concert

29 Wired for creativity

BBC hosts its annual Art Show, Building Character Through Creativity

36 Expressive arts

From circus through to performance, Junior School students showcase their various talents

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The final note The Pipe Band ends on a celebratory note in their 75th Anniversary year

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Marvellous Music Monday On one marvellous Monday in September, early learners from BBC and Somerville House, joined together on stage to deliver the inaugural Prep to Year 3 Music Every Day Concert. The event signified the culmination of

“The benefits of an intensive music

Marvellous Music Monday, a classroom

education are well researched and

exchange program which first started in 2013.

documented and the exchange program

Designed to strengthen our boys’ learning through shared experience, the program sees Year 2 students from Somerville House join with their BBC counterparts to participate in a range of music workshops and choral activities each year. In 2015 the program was expanded to showcase BBC’s entire Music Every Day program with all students from Prep to Year 3 involved in the concert component. According to Jason Goopy, who first introduced BBC’s Music Every Day program in 2012, the experience is designed to reinforce that music is a natural and shared human experience. “The program strengthens music knowledge, skills and understanding through shared learning experiences and performances,” said Jason.

enables boys and girls to interact and develop socially through a series of workshops, over lunch and in a combined performance,” he said. “Experiencing success through performance in front of several hundred people at this age helps boys and girls to develop their personal confidence and provides a positive platform for future performances, even outside of music.” For some parents it was very much a family affair with their sons and daughters coming together to learn and perform. The day clearly illustrated the meaning music holds in each student’s life whilst highlighting their outstanding musical ability. The massed item in particular gave insight into the power of the singing voice in transforming lives, bringing people together and in building communities.

+ MUSIC MUST BE TAKEN EVERY DAY All students at Brisbane Boys’ College in Prep, Years 1, 2 and 3 engage in daily specialist music classes. Boys participate in four academic class lessons and one choral lesson per week. Based on the Kodàly philosophy, the Music Every Day program aims to foster a lifelong love of music and encourages music to be a part of everyday life. Music knowledge, skills and thinking are taught sequentially and developmentally through singing, movement and play enabling students to successfully perform, analyse and create music. Emphasis is placed on developing the child as the musician using their voice, and instruments are used to extend and colour their artistry. The program also contributes to holistic education as Habits of Mind and common ways of thinking are strengthened through music learning experiences. Numerous musical and extra-musical benefits of the program have been observed. BBC offers the largest daily music program for boys in Australia.

“You cannot nourish a child if you give him something to eat only once a week… music must be taken every day” Zoltán Kodály


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WIRED FOR CREATIVITY

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BEYOND THE JOY OF BEING COVERED IN PAINT AND IMMERSING COMPLETELY IN THE CREATIVE PROCESS, ART PLAYS A FUNDAMENTAL ROLE WHEN IT COMES TO A BOY’S DEVELOPMENT. THE ABILITY TO THINK CREATIVELY APPEARS THE OBVIOUS BENEFIT BUT PARTICIPATING IN ART ACTIVITIES HAS ALSO BEEN PROVEN TO FOSTER WELLBEING.

Pablo Picasso once said,

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Creativity will inevitably continue to be a valuable commodity and skill as our learners look to the future. There was no shortage of creativity on display at this year’s Prep to Year 12 Art Show – Building Character through Creativity. Held over three days, there were displays of ceramic leaves complete with snails, totem poles, digital planets, portraits, skateboard designs which explored fears and phobias. The show provided an opportunity for the BBC community to come together, enjoy and appreciate the artistic talents of our boys across the entire school.


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Young Artists In this edition of Collegian we also feature some of our emerging Junior artists. Whilst they are undoubtedly learning to foster skills which will serve them a lifetime, it’s the pure enjoyment which comes from creating which really shines through in their work and that smile which says, “I made this.”

Aaron Alphonso – Year 1 Boys in Year 1 embarked on a schoolyard safari in search of interesting natural items to be used in an image. They returned from their adventure with buckets full of leaves, twigs, small rocks and other unusual items and were quick to start creating. The end result – some very creative creatures, like the two here from Aaron, inspired by nature.

Sam Bell – Year 5 In Term 2, Year 5 boys visited the Gallery of Modern

Oliver Kelly – Year 3

Art (GOMA) to view The Promised Land exhibition by New Zealand artist Michael Parekowhai. The exhibition

Year 3 boys found themselves lost in space

explored the concept of family and memory and featured

earlier this year, painting aliens, spray inking

several large sculptural pieces, each placed within a

planets and collaging rockets, to form one

room of a house. In response to this, the Year 5 boys

composition demonstrating various techniques

created three-dimensional houses with each side

and mediums. Oliver used the techniques

depicting their interpretation of these themes. Sam chose

of shaping, cutting and overlapping skilfully

the words ‘brother, mum, dad, fun and love’ to depict

to produce an amazing rocket from various

his thoughts and used eye catching fonts and colours to

patterned and textured papers.

draw attention to his piece.

Hamish Trim – Year 6 Part manmade, part natural, surreal and crazy creatures came to life as Year 6 boys set about making a series of prints depicting a character inspired by the works of illustrator Shaun Tan. The technique of printmaking was quite the challenge, with boys required to master the art of carving to create printing blocks, a task which requires both practice and determination. Hamish produced a print of clarity and interest with the art elements arranged thoughtfully to create a balanced composition.

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SOUNDS OF SCOTLAND In its fifth year, the Sounds of Scotland concert needs very little introduction. A flagship event for the BBC Pipe Band, the evening is renowned amongst all those who share a passion for the pipes and drums. It sees bands and highland dance groups travel from across the country to perform on the College Hall stage and audiences revel in all things Scottish. This Year BBC Old Boy, Peter Dornan, presented the band with a magnificent sculpture of a piper and BBC Chairman, Jacqueline McPherson was named as the Patron of the Pipe Band.

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The final note To cap off its 75th Anniversary celebrations, the BBC Pipe Band hosted a special chapel service, followed by a performance and morning tea on the Junior School Green on 11 October. The sound of bagpipes echoing through the campus paid

right, and since that time the pipes have been authenticated

tribute to what is a College icon and a remarkable milestone.

as being Donald MacDonald pipes. MacDonald was renowned

The day finished with a special unveiling of a set of Crimean

for his work and made bagpipes in Edinburgh from 1806 to

Pipes, which were kindly donated by Marjorie, wife of the late

1840. His pieces are extremely rare these days, but the few

David Sinclair, who tutored pipers at Brisbane Boys’ College in

sets that have survived show the work of a true professional.

the 1960s and 70s. In 2004, David wrote, “The drones and four

The pipes have no doubt had an interesting life – being played

stocks were used in the Crimean War. The owner Mr W. Stead

in the Crimea, then India and most likely by pipers in the 79th

sold them to Ron Jeffery from whom I bought them. They are

Cameron Highlanders. The bagpipes would have been made

probably a MacDonald product from the early 1800s. I have

completely by hand on a foot treadle-powered lathe and it is

owned this drone and stock equipment since 1965.” David was

believed they are the only ones of their type in Australia.


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BBC’S PIPE BAND GOES TOTALLY WILD On 18 September, BBC’s Pipe Band spent the morning with the crew from Channel 10’s Totally Wild, filming a special segment for the show, which is expected to go to air early next year. After kilting up, presenter Courtney Barker soon learnt that playing in the band is no easy feat as she tried her hand at drumming and piping under the tutelage of the members of the No. 1 band, with mixed levels of success!

BBC BOYS HIT ALL THE RIGHT NOTES Early in October, a number of BBC musicians participated in the State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) held at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. The program represents a strong partnership between schools, music teachers and the Open Conservatorium and is held throughout the year in centres across the state. More than 850 of Queensland’s finest music students, including BBC boys Sam Reed, Hugh Ciereszko, Stevie Wimberger, Will Ciereszko, George Thompson, Sam Picking, Lachlan Hughes, Robert McArthur,

PMSA MUSIC FESTIVAL

Llewelyn Varnfield, Harrison Plath, Riley Catford and Patrick O’Shea, were selected for the Brisbane event from over 1700 nominations. The

Students from Somerville House, Clayfield College, Sunshine

boys were able to rehearse with and learn from major international

Coast Grammar School and BBC came together at for the PMSA

conductors through a series of workshops, while engaging with like

Music Festival, held every three years and hosted on rotation

minded peers from schools across Queensland. Artistic Director,

by all four schools. The Symphony Orchestra were fortunate

Dr Ralph Hultgren, said in an interview with the ABC, “Music is an

to be conducted by Dr Peter Morris from the Queensland

exceptional way to express one’s self and it’s a joy and if these

Conservatorium of Music, with the two-day event culminating in an

fine young musicians can take that back to their schools and their

impressive concert featuring a range of ensembles and groups.

communities then won’t it all be a better place."

BRINGING JOY TO TOOWONG BBC’s String Ensemble no doubt brought much joy to those shopping in Toowong Village on 26 November, as they filled the floors with the sounds of Christmas, performing a range of carols. This is not the first time our boys have been invited to perform at the Village and it was a great opportunity for students to perform beyond the school gates and to spread the festivities amongst the local community. To see our boys perform, visit BBC’s Facebook page.

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Expressive Arts Showcase Designed to unearth the hidden talents of Junior School boys, the inaugural Expressive Arts Talent Quest did just that, with boys performing exceptionally in a variety of acts. The event represented the culmination of many months of hard work, as boys progressed through the audition process and worked to refine their act under the guidance of Master in Charge of Expressive Arts and Year 3 Teacher, Shaun Thompson. As boys, parents and staff entered College Hall, the scene was set with performers roaming the foyer on stilts. According to Shaun, the showcase was all about variety; highlighting to all involved that everyone holds a talent. “Everyone is special and everyone has a different talent. We tell our boys this all the time but I wanted to provide them with a platform to showcase and share their talent with those all important people in their lives - their peers, parents and teachers,” said Shaun. “In the lead up to the event boys were encouraged to think outside the square in terms of identifying their talent and to not be limited by preconceived ideas of what ‘talent’ looks like,” he said. “From Campbell Baird’s Cam’s Super Funny Jokes, to Xander Sloan,

boys were able to enter as solo performers or as a group, with more than 70 boys participating in the showcase in some way. “We know that creativity is going to be an important, if not one of the most valuable, commodities in the world in which our boys will live. “The talent quest demonstrated to boys the power which lies in their imagination and the joy which comes from exploring it. “Once boys overcome their nerves, they delivered some exceptional and incredibly entertaining, funny and clever performances; it was a wonderful way to end the school year.” Deputy Head of the Junior School Mark Griffith thanked Shaun publicly for his work with the program. “The Talent Quest event reflects Shaun’s enthusiasm and passion for the arts and none of it would have been possible if it had not been for Shaun,” said Mark. The Expressive Arts program has continued to grow since its inception and sees boys participate in a number of workshops on a

Alex Anderson and Isaac Reid’s Magic Show, through to Kimi-Hiro

weekly basis covering various performing arts areas such as drama,

Kamori's Smoken Science performance which got the audience rocking,

audio visual, dance and even African drumming.


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BBC SPORTS 38 Tennis grand slam

BBC awarded Most Outstanding School at the Australian Tennis awards

40 Need for speed

Ethan Feather makes his mark on junior karting circuits across the country

44 Hitting for six

BBC hosts the Impact Cricket Challenge

47 Physical literacy

Find out why movement is critical to a boy's learning

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Success at Grafton BBC competes in the Grafton Regatta in preparation for the season ahead

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TENNIS GRAND SLAM FOR BBC AUSTRALIA RECOGNISES THE COLLEGE’S TENNIS PROGRAM AT NATIONAL AWARDS Brisbane Boys' College capped off a stellar year in tennis with the highest honour, being awarded Most Outstanding School at the Newcombe Medal, Australian Tennis Awards.


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+ TEA WITH THE GOVERNOR BBC's Nationals team paid a visit to Government House in preparation for the National Grass Court Schoolboys Titles in Albury in October. Lewis Edwards, Casey Edwards, Josh Shiels, Colby Norman, Bryn Nahrung and Santokh Bains were incredibly lucky to be in a position to have the experience of playing on the oldest grass court in Queensland. The Queensland Governor watched the boys' training session and then invited them (and the coaches) on a guided tour of the grounds and Government House. Governor De Jersey also spoke about his career as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, where our boys asked some interesting questions. The staff were extremely accommodating, so much so that the boys were back at Government House the following Saturday with an invitation to bring their towels for a cool off in the pool afterwards.

Having claimed the state and national championships earlier this year and represented Australia in schoolboy tennis in Qatar in March, BBC was a strong competitor in 2015. Schools play an important role in the tennis community by introducing

special mention of BBC’s award and the tennis program in Parliament the following week. Chris Rolph, along with BBC Tennis Coaches Chris Bates and Andrew Rolph were interviewed following their Tennis Australia award win for

primary and secondary students to the game. The prestigious Tennis

Brisbane Boys' College where they touched on the importance of

Australia award recognises schools like Brisbane Boys’ College that

development from a young age.

have aligned with Tennis Australia qualified coaches, have a dedicated

Chris Rolph, BBC Director of Tennis said, “The school has been

staff member assigned to tennis, have strong links with the local club

fantastic and a great support along with Tennis Queensland. School

and coach and have incorporated tennis as part of the curriculum.

tennis in Queensland and Australia is on the improvement and we thank

The award recognises the development of tennis players at all levels, from Hotshots when they first pick up a racquet to US College pathways and professional careers on the court. The program, delivered with such professionalism and care, was also awarded the respective state prize earlier in the month by Tennis

everyone for their great support.” Introducing students to the sport from a young age has been extremely beneficial for BBC, with the College winning the prestigious GPS Tennis Championships for the third consecutive year in 2015. A special thank you must go to Chris and all involved in the BBC

Queensland. The BBC Tennis coaching and management team was

Tennis program for your dedication to boys' education, commitment to

presented the award by the Member for Ryan, Jane Prentice, who made

tennis, and vision for sport at BBC.

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NEED FOR SPEED HE MAY ONLY BE NINE, BUT DON’T LET AGE FOOL YOU. THIS YOUNG MAN CLEARLY HAS A NEED FOR SPEED. HIS PASSION FOR BITUMEN KARTING HAS SEEN HIM MAKE A MARK ON JUNIOR CIRCUITS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND THERE APPEARS TO BE NO SIGN OF THINGS SLOWING DOWN. Ethan Feather commenced karting at the age of seven when his parents took him out for a look at the dirt kart track at Ipswich. Needless to say, Ethan was hooked and within three days he owned his first go kart and in his first year of racing (last year), despite being the youngest in his category, finished the season with a Junior 1 win. Having shown such talent in this short amount of time, Ethan’s family decided that if he was to go through the ranks of motorsport, now was the time to transition over to bitumen racing – a completely different style of competition. Ethan, with support from his parents, spent many hours in his kart, learning the techniques required to drive on a bitumen track. In his debut race for Ipswich Kart Club at Willowbank in January this year, he finished a credible fourth and from this point it has only been upwards for this young man whose passion for motorsport is undeniable. While others were holidaying in the September break, young Ethan was busy training in preparation for his next two major events – the Queensland Junior Top Guns and the Grand Final of the Australian Rotax Pro Tour. After three days of intense competition, Ethan was able to claim victory, winning the Queensland Junior Top Gun event for the Cadet 9 class in Warwick. The following weekend Ethan competed in the final round of the Australian Rotax Pro Tour, as one of 12 drivers across Australia selected to race a new engine that debuted on Australian shores. This event is run to a professional European format and was held over four rounds across the eastern seaboard which saw Ethan compete


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Two moves ahead Brisbane Boys' College delivered wise moves and strong results in chess this year, coming within reach of the GPS premiership and enduring a clean sweep of four age groups at the Brisbane Individual Age Chess Championships in November. at Puckapunyal in Victoria, Eastern

to respond. “I love the speed, the

Creek in New South Wales, Warwick

competitiveness and all the places we

in Queensland and the Grand Final at

travel to, I love being able to make great

and 10 categories took out first place, with three

Ipswich. With some amazing driving,

friends and I love to win,” he said.

more students achieving top three positions.

Ethan finished with a podium third place. According to his mum Simone, it’s been

"It’s also really cool to have my sister

Four BBC Chess dynamos in the Years 7, 8, 9

In the Year 8 division, the College took out all

Maddison, who is eight and attends

three placings. Congratulations to Ethan Lo (first),

a very busy first year of racing for the

Somerville House, race alongside me in

Taehwhan Kim (first), Leon Lee (first), Andong

entire family.

my category. She has done such a great

Zhao (first), Daniel Aziz (second), Louis Ryan (third)

job this year claiming positions on the

and Sudeep Elangovan (third) on their outstanding

podium.”

achievements.

“Ethan has competed on tracks as far as Emerald in Central Queensland all the way down to Eastern Creek in

Ethan would like an opportunity to

The championship, open to students in Prep to

New South Wales. A lot goes into the

move into Formula 4 racing when he turns

Year 12, brought together 300 of the best chess

success of Ethan’s karting passion.

14 years of age. He recently attended

players in Brisbane.

Behind the scenes there are many people

his two club presentation dinners and

who assist Ethan to achieve his dreams;

won the Cadet 9 title and Junior Club

individual victories were the culmination of a

he has a fitness trainer to ensure his

Champion for the Warwick Kart Club in

dedicated approach to improving the psychology

body is race fit, an engine builder, and

addition to claiming third place for the

and skill set behind the sport across all teams,

a coaching mentor who assists with his

Cadet 9 title at Ipswich Kart Club.

following success in the GPS rounds earlier in the

racing development. His dad works as a

As Ethan looks to the future, there

MIC of Chess, Mr Shaun Thompson, said the

year.

mechanic at each event and he always

appears to be much in store as he

ensures all aspects of Ethan’s kart is

prepares to move up to the next category,

Chess, the boys had secured a podium finish.

race ready. I oversee many things with

Cadet 12, in 2016, where he will be racing

This is a huge improvement on previous years and

the main focus of making sure Ethan is

against drivers up to 12 years of age.

the boys continued to grow and improve," said

mentally prepared for each race when

In addition to 10 race meets across the

Shaun.

he steps onto the grid. I also ensure his

country and his local club championship

food intake is correct in the lead up to the

meets, Ethan also hopes to race in Las

won all other games and were only one point from

event and on race day to help manage

Vegas in November next year. The need

the top of the leader’s board,” he said.

fatigue,” said Simone.

for speed is clearly calling.

When asking Ethan what he enjoys most about this sport he is quick

“With only two rounds remaining for GPS

“Whilst we had a loss against Churchie, we had

BBC had a clean sweep against Terrace, but faced a typically strong Brisbane Grammar side, which ultimately took out the premiership.

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BBC SET HIGH GOALS AND HOLD THEIR HEADS EVEN HIGHER Following a strong campaign that saw our BBC Basketball First V finish second in a highly competitive GPS competition, our young men have claimed the silver medal at the Champion Basketball School of Queensland tournament held in September. Each year the event attracts a great deal of

quarter where a terrific defensive effort

BBC faced Ignatius Park College from

interest from secondary schools across the

allowed us to tie the game heading into the

Townsville in the final where we were

state, with 107 teams competing across three

final quarter. Ryan Scott MacGuire dominated

defeated 94-69; a dominant and undefeated

divisions in 2015.

both offensively and defensively, finishing

tournament for the winners. Brisbane Boys’

Following a number of gutsy rounds,

with 35 points and 15 rebounds.

College proudly came home with a silver

BBC met 2015 GPS Champions

Shaun Gaffney secured a huge

and last year’s State Champions,

three pointer late in the fourth

experience at the tournament, which will

Ipswich Grammar School in the

quarter to keep momentum

serve them well in their 2016 pursuit for the

semi-final. Early in the game

our way and the team’s

GPS Premiership.

BBC struggled offensively and

defensive toughness shone

defensively getting down by as much as 18. Nick Stoddart caught fire in the second quarter with a barrage of three pointers to keep the College within striking

medal with the players gaining plenty of

These championships also provide

through as BBC secured

a pathway for players to develop their

a 10 point victory

basketball career with the potential to

and a place in the

be identified for entry into the Basketball

Grand Final

Queensland High Performance Program.

for the first

Year 10 student, Nick Stoddart was invited

time since

to Basketball Australia’s Athlete Development

2011.

Camp (ADC) to be held in January 2016. The

distance. BBC staged

camp offers a mechanism to identify future

a comeback in the third

Australian Boomers and Opals as well as assess potential scholarship holders for the Centre of Excellence. Well done to the following boys on their silver medal: Ryan Scott MacGuire, Nate Dennis, Mitchell Elliott, Shaun Gaffney, Nick Stoddart, Jamie Ivers, Lachlan Otto, James Jarvis, Sam Arkell, Kian Dennis, Zach Penner, Eden Smith and Jack Buckley.


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ON TRACK TO BREAKING RECORDS Brisbane Boys’ College is on track for world domination, experiencing great success at various state and national track and field events following the amazing result at the 98th Annual GPS Track and Field Championships. In a night to remember, QSAC was transformed into a green, white

the reigning national champion after taking gold at the Australian All

and black colosseum as our athletes triumphed on and off the track,

Schools’ Track and Field Championships in December with a leap of

producing an historic second place, trailing Nudgee College by just 11.5

7.66m; a World Junior Under 20 Championship qualifier.

points. BBC made 441.5 points – the highest points score ever for the College and an improvement from third place in 2014. Across the 69 event program, College athletes topped 14 events, with

At the same event, five BBC athletes brought home a total of four medals and four top eight placings, including a silver in the Under 18 4x100m Relay for Darcy Roper in addition to his gold in the Long Jump,

the 14 Years 4x100m Relay team of Jack McGuire, Matt Stirling, Jack

a gold in the Under 14 Discus for Lukas Ripley and a bronze in the

Bowyer and Ezraa Coulston breaking the school record.

Under 14 1500m for Patrick Thygesen.

To put the level of elite athleticism into perspective, Darcy Roper won

Four BBC students also topped the state at the recent Queensland

the GPS Open 100m in a time of 10.75 seconds, only 1.17 seconds off

Track and Field Championships, with three setting new records in the

Usain Bolt’s record.

1500m, Discus and Long Jump events. Congratulations to Patrick

With the College taking out five event disciplines – Discus, Triple

Thygesen – 13 Years 1500m (record) and 800m; Lachlan Munro – 18

Jump, 4x100m Relays, 400m, and 4x400m Relays and Hurdles – the

Years Discus; Lukas Ripley - 13 Years Discus (record); and Darcy Roper

grandstands erupted with the roar of BBC supporters, many of whom

– 17 Years Long Jump (record) and 100m, on their gold medals.

were 2015 Seniors, cheering at the top of their lungs for almost five hours at the final GPS event of the year.

The BBC Senior Track and Field team, together with Nudgee College, represented Queensland at the Athletics Australia Schools

Our Years 5 to 7 team narrowly missed second place at the 10 to

Knockout Competition in the lead up to Christmas. The College had

12 Years GPS Track and Field Carnival, but enjoyed a record breaking

representatives in the following events: 100m, 400m, 1500m, 110m

performance by Jack Cornish in the 800m, with a time of 2:18.98.

Hurdles, Shot Put, Javelin, High Jump, Long Jump and the Medley

In recent events, Year 12 student and long jumper, Darcy Roper is

Relay.

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HITTING FOR SIX Summer has most certainly arrived and as we lead into the GPS Cricket season, we review the preparations our boys have undertaken. In December the College hosted the

But it wasn’t all serious matches, with a

annual Impact Cricket Challenge, where

strong social schedule including a movie

19 schools, clubs and associations from

night and lawn bowls for the players, and

Australia and Malaysia played a three

an Official Challenge Dinner for the coaches

division five-day tournament. The format

and managers of the touring sides.

featured both One Day and Twenty20

Earlier in Term 4, Brisbane Boys’ College

matches to give all participants an

2/64 defeated Matthew Flinders 8/63 in

opportunity to experience both formats

the Queensland Cricket School Sport T20

of the game against a wide variety of

Cup on the Sunshine Coast, crowning the

opposition.

College as Southern Conference winners.

BBC entered two teams into the

Oakman Park then transformed into

competition, with the First XI playing against

Lords - the home of cricket - on a Friday

the usual GPS stalwarts as well as Scotch

afternoon, when the team faced Trinity

College (Melbourne) and The Scots College

Anglican School from Cairns in the Cup Final

(Sydney). BBC delivered some outstanding

(Intermediate Division). The boys chased 65

plays throughout the week, including a

runs from 20 overs to win the final and top

century from Sam Long on day two. This

the state for T20.

team will have the opportunity to play

Congratulations to Thomas Ham, Max

the likes of Cranbrook School, The Scots

Clayton, Harry Middleton, Harry Walker, Kurt

College, Scotch College (Melbourne) and

Neumann, Max Carlyon, Cooper Scifleet,

Scotch College (Perth), when they tour to

Nick Mandikos, Matt Stirling, Matt Willans,

Sydney on 17-23 January as part of their

James Ward, Charlie Bell and Hayden Voll.

preseason training.

+ AUSTRALIAN SELECTION Year 11 student, Jack Clayton represented Queensland at the National Under 17 Championships for cricket where the team was crowned champions; the first time Queensland has done so in 20 years. Jack ended the championships with the second highest average of 67.6 and amassing 338 runs. His performance resulted in his selection as a reserve for the Australian Under 17 side and a place in the Queensland Under 19 squad. Jack also appeared in local Quest newspaper, Westside News discussing the difficult decision that he faces in choosing between an AFL and Cricket pathway. Given his talents in both sports, not a bad position to be in!


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A TEST OF ENDURANCE This year, Louis Ryan and his horse Farouk, have travelled more than 240km together, competing in three 80km long distance events, each taking over six hours to complete. A true test of horsemanship and endurance, both mentally and physically, the achievement enabled Louis to qualify for the Queensland team and to travel to Tasmania to compete in a series of endurance rides in September. Whilst Farouk had to remain at home, Louis was able to borrow a horse for the event. “I was given the ‘loan’ of a very good horse called Lizzy and I placed first in the 80km race in the time of 4.23 hours,” said Louis. “I completed my first endurance ride at the age of six and have been lucky to have started the sport on a world champion horse, Magnum, that came first, second and third at the worlds. Magnum is now 21 years old and he is still going well,” he said. Endurance riding is a popular equestrian sport the world over, which sees competitors complete a controlled distance course travelling from 80km and up to 160km in

CROSSING BORDERS AND CREATING PATHWAYS Year 12 student and Rugby Back,

as Australia, England, Fiji, Samoa and

Australian Boys Rugby Sevens squad,

South Africa. Gunter could soon be lining up for one

was part of the SANIX Rugby Youth

of Japan’s leading rugby clubs, with

Tournament tour team to Japan -

a trial for the Panasonic Wild Knights

was selected on the strength of his

over the Christmas break.

Australian Boys Sevens Head

The club boasts a formidable past and present playing roster including

Coach, Hugh Carpenter said in an

Sonny Bill Williams, Berrick Barnes and

interview, "A lot of these players will no

former Wallabies boss, Robbie Deans,

doubt feature in Super Rugby or the

who coached the side in 2014.

Australian National Sevens program in

The Knights trial comes after a scout

the coming future which can only be

spotted the young man from Gunnedah

great for Australian Rugby."

playing for the BBC side during the

The Commonwealth Youth Games tournament featured eight teams

and elevations of up to 500m.

Meanwhile, BBC boarder, Ben

Games in Apia, Samoa. Jayden - who

performance.

in national forest with riders navigating a variety of terrains

including rugby power houses such

Jayden Ngamanu was named in the to play in the Commonwealth Youth

a day. The events usually commence on private farms or

SANIX World Youth Rugby Tournament in Fukuoka, Japan earlier this year.

AUSSIE, AUSSIE, AUSSIE! Year 9 student, William Downes recently represented the Australian Water Polo side in Serbia at the IX Darko Cukic Memorial Competition. The team’s victory in game two against France marked the first time an Australian team had won at the tournament, which is widely recognised as an unofficial world championships for Under 15 players. Well done Will - this is no mean feat for a Middle School student!

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BBC rocks the boat at Grafton The Clarence River came alive with boats, competitors and officials in December for Grafton’s annual regatta. The event attracted a record number of

Open Men's VIII ahead of all other Queensland

competitors including a large number of schools,

schools, the Kings School (NSW) and Christ

and makes for a good competition leading into the

Church Grammar School (WA). The University of

GPS Rowing season.

Queensland Under 23 VIII won the event by only a

BBC placed third in the overall point score with only five crews at the event, following strong wins in the Under 17 VIII and Under 15 Quad events. It was another successful day on the water on

length and up to five years’ age difference. A special rowing camp in Bundaberg followed the Grafton Regatta for the BBC First and Second VIIIs. The results from this preseason event are a strong

the Sunday, with BBC bringing home medals for all

start to the GPS Rowing season in what will be BBC

ages, culminating in the Open Men’s Championship

Rowing’s centenary year – celebrating 100 years of

eights, the main event of the day.

one of the oldest sports in the world.

In what was a magical morning of rowing in the fog, the BBC First VIII placed second in the

PHOTO COURTESY OF EMMA MCCARTHY


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fast facts DID YOU KNOW... Those who are physically active are:

20%

more likely to earn an A in Maths and English and that standardised test scores went up 6% over three years. Donnelly, JE and Lambourne, K. Classroom based physical activity, cognition, and academic achievement. Prev Med. 52 (1): 36-42, 2011.

DID YOU KNOW... Studies have found that individuals who consumed a

healthy breakfast generally improved their academic performance.

Grantham-McGregor, S. Can the provision of breakfast benefit school performance? Food Nutrition Bulletin. I26(2): 144-158, 2005.

physical literacy At BBC we know that boys learn better when they move and that physical activity activates the brain’s learning centres, opening up neural pathways to support the acquisition of new knowledge whilst improving memory tasks.

In line with the College’s Athletic Development program, a series of ‘Did you know’ posters, highlighting the connection between physical activity, nutrition and academic performance, were created this term to help both students and staff with their

DID YOU KNOW... After 20 minutes of

physical activity students tested better in reading, spelling and maths. At the conclusion of a nine month after school program of physical activity memory tasks improved

16% Kamijo, K. The effects of an after school physical activity program on working memory in preadolescent children. Dev Sci. 14 (5): 1046-1058.

physical literacy.

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INSIGHT   R E S EA R C H

 RESOURCES

  P E R S P E CT I VE

49 Fears and Worries

A KidsMatter Resource which provides advice on how to help children combat fears and worries

51 Holiday Surprises

Director of Clearing Skies, Michele Juratowitch talks about the importance of the unfamiliar

52 Get connected

Putting parents in touch with resources


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KIDSMATTER RESOURCE

FEARS AND WORRIES As children look to the start of a new school year, this can often be met with feelings of trepidation and fear as they anticipate a new start or prepare to transition to the next phase of their schooling. The following KidsMatter resource provides parents with advice in helping children to manage and overcome their fears.

EVERYONE EXPERIENCES FEAR It is one of the most basic human emotions, helping to keep us safe by alerting us to danger. The fear response prepares us to flee or withdraw from threatening situations. An important part of children’s growth involves learning how to cope with the common fears of childhood. As children learn to manage their emotions and overcome everyday fears, their confidence grows for taking on new challenges. Parents, carers and school staff can play a critical role in helping children develop skills for managing feelings and coping with fear.

HOW CHILDREN EXPERIENCE FEAR Fear reactions are made up of physical changes, feelings and behaviours. The body responds to fear by speeding up the heart rate and breathing so that we can act quickly to respond to danger. Along with this we may experience physical symptoms such as feeling tightness in the chest, getting shaky or sweaty, or having ‘butterflies in the stomach’. Sometimes people turn pale with fear – usually when the fear is acute. Children often simply describe the unpleasant feelings in the stomach as ‘feeling sick’. These sorts of physical responses to fear are associated with psychological responses such as feeling scared, tense, nervous or worried. Children who experience fear are more likely to show us than tell us that they are afraid. They may do this by seeking reassurance, by trying to avoid the situation that makes them fearful, by becoming agitated or by becoming upset. If the situation that makes them fearful is one they cannot avoid they may try to get a parent, carer or other trusted adult to deal with it for them. Some behaviours that adults frequently find annoying, like nagging and whinging, result from children’s attempts to avoid situations they are afraid of.

Age

Common fears

How thinking is involved

Early infancy

Loud noises

Senses stimulate infant learning

Loss of support

Aware of dependence on caregiver

Strangers

Associates unknown person with risk

Separations

Realises that parent or carer is missing

Imaginary creatures such as monsters,

Imagination is a major thinking tool

potential burglars, the dark

May not distinguish fantasy from reality

Natural disasters (eg fire, thunder)

Able to think in concrete logical terms

Injury

Fears relate to dangers that have a basis in reality

Evaluates own performance by comparison with

Late infancy 8-15 months Preschool 2-4 years Early primary age 5-7 years

Animals Fears related to TV viewing Upper primary age

Sports and performance

8-11 years

Fear of failure

Adolescence 12-18 years

others

Illness and death

Sense of self tied to achievement

Peer rejection

Able to think in more abstract ways

Fear of ridicule

Able to anticipate the future in more detail

Meeting new people

Self-esteem related to peer relationships

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+ KISDMATTER

fears decrease with age, some childhood fears, such as fear of the dark and fear of death, continue into adulthood. Research has shown that females generally experience or report

KidsMatter is a national mental health and wellbeing initiative. The program created for primary schools, signifies a unique partnership between the health and education sector and is the first of its kind in Australia.

higher levels of fear than males do.

COPING WITH FEAR AND WORRIES Parents and carers are usually the first people children look to for support and reassurance when they are scared or worried. Providing reassurance such as hugs and encouragement helps to restore children’s sense of safety and confidence. Giving children

BBC was officially recognised and received accreditation as a KidsMatter school in August this year.

a sense of safety includes limiting their exposure to frightening situations, such as violence – whether real or on TV. Parents and carers can also play a leading role in helping children learn skills for managing their fears. Things to take into account

As noted on the previous page,

It takes time and effort for children to learn new coping skills. 


Younger children usually learn best when you do it with them. 


Though older children may be able to use coping skills independently, they still need your support when scared. 


preschool children’s fears of imaginary •

things, such as fearing that monsters

All children feel more secure and confident when they have regular quality time with parents and carers. 


are under the bed, shows their use of •

imagination in thinking and play. Once children

Bedtime is often when children’s fears surface.
Try to ensure that children have

develop logical thinking it allows them to think

calming time before bed to unwind. A regular bedtime routine or ritual helps children

through the things that make them afraid and to

feel a sense of safety and security. 


filter out those things that are purely imaginary.

FEARS AND HELPFUL SELF TALK

The focus of school-age children’s fears is therefore more likely to be realistic and to involve

The following examples are for families to use at home. They are most suitable for older

things that do or could actually happen to them.

primary aged children. The methods described can also be adapted by school staff to help

The fears of children in upper primary school

children cope with fears and worries at school.

are commonly about getting hurt or being

What we say to ourselves affects how we feel. Thinking that a situation is too scary can

embarrassed in social situations.

make it so. Unhelpful self-talk increases children’s anxious feelings and can make it more

The development of thinking also means that

difficult for them to manage fears and worries. Self-talk includes all the things children say

fearful situations can be anticipated and worried

to themselves silently, as well as the things they sometimes say out loud. By contrast,

about. By later primary school, children’s thinking

when the things children say to themselves are helpful and encouraging, they support good

ability has developed enough that they can worry

coping skills and self confidence.

about things that haven’t happened yet. They

The following example shows how unhelpful self-talk has increased 12 year old Adam’s

may begin to worry about school tests or about

fears about going to high school the following year.

Situation

What Adam says to himself

How he feels

School orientation visit

I don't know anyone here

Alone

There are too many new faces

Overwhelmed by strangers

They all seem to know one another,

Lacks confidence

but they're ignoring me

At home

What if I don't make any new friends?

They expect you to do a lot of work

What if I can't keep up?

What Adam says to his mother

How he tries to cope

I don't want to go

Wants to avoid the feared situation


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HOLIDAY SURPRISES 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. With the holiday season upon us, in this edition of Collegian Michele explores the cognitive and emotional benefits which come from taking a break from predictable routines and indulging in the unfamiliar.

activities stimulates a pleasurable response,

the importance of unusual, surprising

Mackay spoke about the desires that

even before the event is experienced. We

experiences that disturb complacency. We

drive us. He believes these desires

may experience pleasure during an event;

experience intellectual challenges when we

are ‘What Makes Us Tick’, the title of

and extend the pleasure after an activity

experience change, whether this involves

one of his many books. Mackay is a

by remembering, looking at photos taken

learning a new skill or finding our way in an

well-known Australian social researcher

during this period or telling someone

unfamiliar place. Holidays are a time for rest

whose books have captured current

about it. We tend to remember and savour

and relaxation, but as Mackay says, “To stay

and emerging societal trends. One of

unusual experiences rather than the

sharp, we need things to happen.” Enjoy

the 10 drives that he lists is the desire

humdrum, ordinary routines of life.

some holiday surprises.

I attended a seminar at which Hugh

for something to happen. Emphasising

Young people who complain of boredom

the need for novelty, change and

during holiday periods are craving change,

stimulation, he writes, "We need

a break from predictable routines. Of

breaks, breakouts, breakaways.”

course, holidays can’t always be filled with

We all need a holiday occasionally.

excitement. There may be academic tasks

The anticipation with which we look

to complete, utilising time unstructured

forward to a holiday period is based

by the confines of a daily timetable, but

upon the expectation of change,

academic commitments need to be

something different from our current

interspersed with stimulating, refreshing

routine. There are cognitive benefits

activities during the holidays.

associated with stimulus, novelty, uncertainty and excitement. Holidays don’t have to involve travel,

James Kagan, a professor of psychology at Harvard maintains that the unfamiliar has a critical role to play in cognitive and

theme parks or significant costs in

social development. From the earliest

order for them to provide a different,

stages of development, we are drawn to

stimulating or exciting change in

novel, unfamiliar images or experiences.

routine. Cognitive stimulation can come

Neuroscience studies have identified

from a variety of sources: reading,

significant brain growth in those exposed

social interaction, family excursions,

to new, different experiences. Kagan’s

exercise, movies, extended play, games

concept of ‘nodes of uncertainty’ indicates

(interactive, card and even electronic varieties), puzzles, visits to new places, sport and acquiring new skills. As well as the cognitive benefits of holidays, there are also emotional benefits. We look forward to holidays, thinking about or planning what might happen because anticipation of

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Get Connected

Putting parents in touch with resources

2015 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF LIGHT AND LIGHT-BASED TECHNOLOGIES Kids and Optics

www.light2015.org/Home/HandsOnInvolvement/Kids-andOptics.html

As the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies comes to an end, why not check out the Kids and Optics section on their website. UNESCO have curated a range of resources including videos and associated links that encourage children to explore the world of science, light and optics. If you’re looking for some engaging holiday activities to entertain your avid learner, the projects

COOL AUSTRALIA For young children and their parents www.coolaustralia.org/

Designed to facilitate learning for life, Cool Australia is a resource for both students and teachers. If your son has an interest in the natural world around him, the site’s Digital Library includes a number of videos, exploring topics such as biodiversity, consumption, energy and water through to the nature of mindfulness and national recycling week. The resources are categorised by age group, making this the perfect site for early learners through to those in the Middle and Senior years of school. Cool Australia is dedicated to educating young Australians for a sustainable future.

section will no doubt provide the inspiration you’re looking for.

A MATHS DICTIONARY FOR KIDS www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com

This informative website makes understanding maths terms easy with not only a definition provided, but in many cases examples to support visual learners. The website also includes a number of downloadable resources including more than 280 printable maths charts to help boys consolidate and reinforce concepts learnt in the classroom.


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  E V E N TS

54 Strengthening the tie

A message from incoming OCA President, Chris Hartley, and BBC's Director of Alumni and Community, Jarrod Turner

57 Old boys reunite

Scenes from the OCA's premier annual event, Old Boys' Weekend

66 Where are they now

Find out more about life beyond the gates for two old collegians.

55

New recruits The crossover from student to old collegian celebrated in a special assembly

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OCA PRESIDENT

DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI AND COMMUNITY

CHRIS HARTLEY

JARROD TURNER

Strengthening the tie A message from the Alumni Office The Old Collegians’ Association is a proud community of gentlemen united by the unique and perpetual tie created when they attended Brisbane Boys’ College, and it is with great pleasure that I have recently stepped into its’ Presidency role. I myself enjoyed five years at the College, from 1995 to 1999, and loved every minute. Since those days, I have found various ways to reconnect with the school and old classmates and when the opportunity to become an even more active old boy first presented itself – on the OCA Executive Committee – I jumped at the chance. That was two years ago now and what amazes me is the breadth of offerings and benefits the OCA has provided in that time to its members. One of my charges as the new President will be to ensure the Executive Committee maintains this commitment to providing for, and supporting its members. Our alumni network is connected socially and professionally through a variety of events and programs, and we will be proactive in further strengthening this tie. But I also ask all old boys to be proactive in supporting the OCA, for,

like BBC, the OCA is often about what you put in. I would like to take this opportunity to both congratulate and thank outgoing President Alex Persley, who has done an excellent job engaging BBC Old Boys over the past two years. Alex was instrumental in the introduction of a number of initiatives including the OCA Mentoring Program that links current students with old boys, and the OCA Long Lunch, an event that was an unmitigated success last year on all counts. Alex is a proud Collegian and will remain on the committee to continue his involvement. In closing, I wish all of you – BBC Old Boys, current students, parents and College staff – a safe and enjoyable holiday break and look forward to serving you throughout a prosperous and enjoyable 2016.

Since 1920, the Alumni Office has been a hive of activity for all things OCA. In 2015, it remains a busy place, with the office located in the Headmasters' former residence, College House. Our main objective is to work with the school and our alumni members, and through community involvement to strengthen the OCA’s initiatives and events. As an old collegian, should you be in a position to assist the OCA or BBC, or require more information on our programs and events, please don’t hesitate to either myself via jturner@bbc.qld.edu.au or 0422 231 777 or contact Development and Events Coordinator, Kelly Edwards via kedwards@bbc.qld. edu.au or 07 3309 3513. The office is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.30pm.


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TILL WE MEET AGAIN It may have been their final assembly, but not their final goodbye.

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The Year 12s last assembly symbolises the cross over from student to old collegian and this year, on 4 November, more than 230 seniors were presented with a gift and letter from OCA President, Chris Hartley, and Headmaster, Graeme McDonald. Former 2014 School Captain Eddie Zhou spoke to the boys, reflecting back on his own experiences this time a year ago, reassuring boys that whilst this next chapter will bring with it much excitement, BBC is also a school which will always have its arms open. Special tribute was also paid to Mick Leckning, who during his 14 years at the College affectionately became known as ‘Sarge’. In a heartfelt speech Mick addressed the cohort for the final time. “When you reflect on time, particularly at my age, you start to want more time and I wish I had more time and had more time at BBC – 14 years doesn’t seem to be long enough,” Mick said. Mick told the story of how he came to BBC after being told by his doctor that his career of 15 years as a solider was literally over. It wasn’t an easy time for Mick but it was the closing of one door which opened another. “In no time at all I picked up this job description and it had my name

And I’m glad that I actually then followed that because what I found is that leaving the army as a family, I joined another family,” said Mick. “It took me a little while to find my feet, I butted heads with quite a few people but as normal a family has disagreements, squabbles but then we make up because at the end of the day we all care for each other – and for that I thank you very much,” he said. “I think BBC is a wonderful family and we do truly care for each other and we do what it takes to look after one another, and I’ve seen that enough in the playground to know, and in the staffroom, that we truly do that.” Mick finished by thanking the boys for their cooperation, urging them to keep a positive frame of mind. “Young men you are about to leave in a couple of weeks’ time. You will go out into the big wide world. Stay positive. I’m staying positive even though I don’t know what will happen in the next couple years. “Fellas – good luck for your future… I will not say goodbye to you, I will just say see you later." Mick received a standing ovation at the end of his speech. Following the assembly, the Year 12s were joined by other old

on it; and I felt it had my name on it. When I rang a lady who had been

collegians for a BBQ outside the Old Collegians' Pavilion on Miskin Oval.

helping me to prepare myself for civilian life she said to me ‘I read that

On behalf of the OCA, we welcome the newest members to the fold and

on Saturday and if you hadn’t rung me by nine o’clock today I was going

wish them all the best for the future.

to ring you at 9.01am, because that job had your name written on it.


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RECAP

OLD BOYS REUNITE

2005, 1995, 1985, 1975, 1965, 1955 Reunions - Friday 4 September

Our 1955s, and their partners, were the first to celebrate their 60 year reunion with a delicious lunch in the Boarders’ Dining Hall at BBC. Bill East, Jim Hutchinson and Russell Kerrison did a fantastic job in coordinating their reunion and they have ensured that all those who attended provided a biography so there is a keepsake for the next reunion in a few years’ time. The 2005 reunion was well attended with almost 95 old boys in attendance at the Regatta Hotel. The 1995s and 1985s also celebrated their night at the Regatta whilst the 1975s enjoyed a casual evening at the Old Collegians’ Pavilion on Miskin Oval and the 1965s at Hillstone, St Lucia which Headmaster, Graeme McDonald was able to attend. Special thanks to the reunion organisers Scott Priddle (2005); Tim Lambert and Travis Gordon (1995); Steve Braithwaite (1985); Nick Stevens (1975), and Paul Davidson, John Byrne, Greg Gore, Stephen Greenwood, Bill Robinson, Jeff Ryder, Zel Goldman and Mal Prentis (1965).

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REUNION SCENES In this edition of Collegian we bring you a mixture of scenes from various reunions including '55, '65, '75, '85, '95 and '05


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RECAP

OLD BOYS' WEEKEND Saturday 5 September

A large crowd dressed in green, showed their support as our basketball and rugby teams took on Brisbane Grammar School on Saturday 5 September at home. Our First V Basketball team was the first to take up the gauntlet delivering an outstanding game with the final score BBC 80 to BGS 41. The BBC Firsts ended their season in second place behind Ipswich Grammar. Our First XV continued the winning streak with the full time score BBC 84 to BGS 12 ending the season tied for third place. Thank you to all our supporters who came out in force; your spirit was felt by all on the day and particularly those boys who proudly wore the Green, White and Black on the field and on the court.


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1990 AND 1960 SPECIAL REUNIONS Saturday 17 October and Friday 6 November The alumni year of 1990 held a special 25 year reunion in the College Hall foyer in October. The Headmaster took the group on a small tour through the Bisset Gallery, Captains’ Room and College Hall, an experience which was enjoyed by all. Also in attendance was Former BBC Headmaster Milton Cujes, Middle School Mathematics Teacher Chicri Maksoud and old collegian Ross Thomson. The 1960s hosted their reunion on Friday 6 November with 30 of their classmates able to attend an evening of festivities at the Brisbane Club. Special thanks to Chris Humphrey for coordinating the 1990 reunion and Alister Rogers and Dean Prangley for the 1960s event.


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YOUNG OLD BOYS' CATCH UP Friday 9 October More than 60 Young Old Boys from the classes of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 attended the Alliance Hotel for an evening of catching up with mates in the lead up to exams. Continuing on from the success of the Young Old Boys' events in 2014, the night was a great opportunity to get together, catch up and to welcome the Seniors of 2014 to the OCA.

EVENTS

VINTAGE COLLEGIANS

They say age is not how old you are, but how many years of fun you’ve had. In the case of BBC’s Vintage Collegians group the fun and festivity has only continued to amplify in 2015. Throughout the year the group has hosted five annual lunches across South East Queensland and the number of old boys attending each lunch has grown steadily. Our vintage boys celebrated Christmas in July up at Mount Mee where over 85 old boys above the age of 60 attended. On Wednesday 30 September, the Vintage Collegians Brisbane Chapel Service and Luncheon was attended by over 65 old boys and their partners. Starting with OCA piper, Charles Cunningham (2011), piping the guests into the Chapel of St. Andrew, the service was led by BBC Chaplain, Graham Cole. Guests were spoilt for choice with a sumptuous three course meal in the Boarders’ Dining Hall following the service. One of the highlights at the lunch was the induction of four new Honorary Members of the OCA – Ross Smith (1977-2014); David Ogilvie (1974 to present); Chris Rolph (2004-present) and Paul Setch (1983 to present). On Wednesday 25 November, 29 Vintage Collegians travelled up to Pelican Waters by bus to join other old boys for lunch at the local golf club. More than 50 Vintage Collegians shared their memories and stories of life during and after BBC at lunch overlooking the Pelican Waters Golf Course.

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HUTCHIES BBC GOLF DAY With almost 100 players and seven old boy teams, the Hutchies BBC Golf Day was held on Friday 23 October at Indooroopilly Golf Club.

Congratulations to the below teams and players for their successes on the day: Winners – Team Tennis (56 5/8) – Tony Willans, Chris Rolph, Frank Ham and Chris Mitchell

Runners Up – Screw Balls (57 3/8) – Cameron Rylance, Tom Bryce, Ben Beard and Ryan Fitzgerald

A fantastic day was had by all, both on and off the golf course. A big thank you to Russell Fryer and Scott Hutchinson from Hutchinson Builders for their continued support of the event, it is much appreciated. We would also like to acknowledge the following hole sponsors for their support of the day: •

Somerville House

Green Options

MSI Taylor Business Services

Brisbane Private Hospital

PPS – Tailored Furniture Solutions

Data #3

Best Old Boys Team – Screw Balls (57 3/8) – Cameron Rylance, Tom Bryce, Ben Beard and Ryan Fitzgerald Nearest The Pins

Red 4 – Mark Connolly (hole-in-one) Red 8 – Harry White Blue 5 – Brett McGrath Blue 7 – Joe Dravitzki Longest Drive – James Haining Straightest Drive – Wayne Tracey

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW ROB MULLINS (1997-2001)

ROGER GELDARD (2001-2005)

Years at BBC Five

Years at BBC Five

House McKenzie

House Rudd

Where do you live Brisbane

Where do you live Family property, Roxborough - Miles, Queensland

Have you travelled? I have just returned from

a legal scholarship in Australia through my

living in Oxford, in the United Kingdom. I tried

writing and teaching.

to do as much travel as I could on a student’s

Favourite pastimes/hobbies? I like cycling

budget. Particular highlights were Italy (I liked Sicily especially) and Norway.

(slowly enough that I can catch the scenery)

and reading (usually fiction). In Oxford I did a bit

Current occupation? Associate Lecturer in

of College rowing and I’d like to get back into

Law, University of Queensland.

it here in Brisbane. Occasionally I go out with

Previous occupation/s? Before coming back

my dad and some of his mates (mostly fathers

College in Oxford.

like to say I picked up where I left off in BBC’s

to Brisbane I was a lecturer in law, at St Anne’s Did you study after BBC? Yes. I did too

much study. I did a BA/LLB at the University of Queensland, and then went to Oxford to do postgraduate study on a Rhodes Scholarship. I did a master’s degree in philosophy known as

of old boys who row out of the BBC sheds). I’d Second Eight, but my technique and fitness have declined substantially since then. What do you do on a day-off? At the moment I’ve been spending as many

weekends as I can at the beach. It’s great to

Have you travelled? I just recently returned home from the Rugby World Cup in the UK. Family status? Not married. Current occupation? Farmer – working in

the family business – grain-fed beef cattle and farming operation. Previous occupation/s? Accountant (2 years)

– Williams Hall Chadwick (Brisbane).

Did you study after BBC? Bachelor of Business – Accounting/Management.

What do you aspire to do in the future? I plan to take over the family business and continue to grow the operation. Favourite pastimes/hobbies? Water skiing,

be back near beaches that actually have sand

fishing, rugby union.

finishing my doctorate in legal philosophy.

on them.

What do you do on a day-off? Captain and

Biggest achievement since leaving BBC?

What is playing on your iPod right now?

I am very proud of finally having an ‘honest’ job

Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska.

at UQ. But I was also very lucky to have the

Fondest memory of BBC? The friends I

the ‘Bachelor of Philosophy’ and I am currently

opportunity to go to Oxford.

made. I still see many of them.

Coach of the Condamine Cods.

Favourite holiday destination? North Stradbroke Island.

Fondest memory of BBC? I thoroughly

What do you aspire to do in the future?

Favourite teacher/s? The two teachers I

enjoyed my time in the boarding house and

remember most fondly are Mr. Dennis and Mr.

playing rugby and rowing for BBC.

see more of the far north, in particular. I have

Jackson. Both of them taught me English.

Favourite teacher/s? Top 3 – Heather Page,

I want to see more of Australia. I would like to family up that way, but haven’t spent much time there. I’d like to make a contribution to

Dan Brown and Kerry Robinson.


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FROM THE GROUND UP Armed with just $800 and a laptop computer, BBC Old Boy Andrew Northcott (2001) took an idea and turned it into somewhat of an empire. What started as an incredibly small business - it’s headquarters a Queensland living room – grew into Labour Solutions Australia, a company that has enjoyed revenues in excess of $100 million in recent years, not to mention being the only business in the 25 year history of the BRW Fast 100 list to be named in the top 10 fastest growing companies in Australia for three consecutive years. Following the acquisition of Labour Solutions Australia by international workforce company and JSE listed Adcorp Holdings Limited in 2013, Andrew’s focus turned to Austpec Holdings, his next venture. Despite his success, Andrew is both humble and unassuming and for those who know him well, incredibly down to earth. Although for someone who believes that the key to success lies in hard work, letting go of ego and in doing something you love, it's hardly surprising.

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PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY You’ve continued to experience incredible success since starting Labour Solutions Australia – what drives you to keep going and what are some of your core beliefs when it comes to business? Firstly, to be successful in anything, whether that be business, sport, your personal pursuits or your career, you must be

FROM THE GROUND UP

absolutely passionate about it, you must love it and you must have a lot of fun doing it because along the course of your chosen path you will have good times and bad times and the most successful people are the ones that

WE RECENTLY CAUGHT UP WITH ANDREW TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE START AND GROWTH OF LABOUR SOLUTIONS AUSTRALIA, HIS PERSONAL PHILOSOPHIES, CURRENT PROJECTS AND OF COURSE HIS MEMORIES OF SCHOOL.

put in a sustained effort over the long term and who don’t quit during the tough times. Also, don’t let money be the motivator in your career choice. Those who choose a path based on the money will effectively be doing something they don’t like doing only to gain enjoyment and satisfaction from their pay cheque, which in reality is simply allowing them to continue to do something they don’t like doing. Which

THE START AND GROWTH OF LABOUR SOLUTIONS AUSTRALIA From graduating from BBC, to working on a cattle station to starting Labour Solutions Australia – how did this transition take shape? After I left school, I wanted to take a year off to get some ‘life experience’ prior to stepping into university and had an interest in cattle and horses so I headed north to work on a cattle station in the gulf of Queensland and then attended QUT. During both of these experiences I made a lot of great mates who I am still close with 15 years on. During this time at university I wanted to make a few dollars and decided to hire myself out to small landscaping and construction companies and that was the start of Labour Solutions Australia.

What were some of the greatest challenges in getting Labour Solutions Australia off the ground and equally then managing its rapid growth? I think when we are young, we have a youthful uninformed optimism that certainly assisted me during the start up phase. I simply didn’t know what I didn’t know. The challenge was maintaining a steep learning curve. I was always mindful that I was young and relatively inexperienced so it was important to ensure that my knowledge and broader business acumen developed at the same rate as the business.

When Labour Solutions Australia was first listed in the top 10 of the prestigious BRW Fast 100 list, what did it feel like to receive that kind of recognition? The motivator at the time was to leverage any media exposure possible to promote the brand and grow the business (I would have been far happier staying out of the media), and as such I didn’t really recognise the achievement. It wasn’t until a number of years later, after I had sold the business to an international public company, that I reflected back on these times and thought, that was alright to be the only one to get our name in there three times.

doesn’t make a great deal of sense.

When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing most? I enjoy yacht racing, catching up with friends and family and also spending time on my cattle property west of Miles, Queensland. I am also undertaking a course at Harvard University, which is one month a year for three years. It is a truly great experience living and working with 160 business owners from 37 different countries; I have made some great friendships from all over the world and of course learnt a few things also.

What advice would you give to any young budding entrepreneur? Work hard, no ego and only start a business you love. If I put myself back in the shoes of someone leaving the College now, I would say, don’t feel like you’re in a rush, you are young, take this opportunity in your late teenage years and your 20s to explore all the opportunities, and simply find out what you do and don’t like. Don’t make your entire focus of your 20s on getting that promotion, that next deal or that commission. Don’t focus on what society, your friends or your parents perceive to be the definition of success, but rather focus on finding what you truly love doing and that you are absolutely passionate about. If you do this then the money, success and happiness will come from that. Whatever it is – if you are passionate about it, you will be successful within the true definition of success, something in which only you can define. Once you find what you love doing, work hard, challenge the norms, create change and work to continually improve every aspect of the

How did fellow old collegian and family friend Ken Warriner come to be involved in the company? What did you learn most from Ken? I was

business. If you think you are done, it will be game over and

and remain good mates with Ken’s sons. Ken and I have known each other since

The second important part of the journey is to simply give it

2005 when I used to visit the Warriner family at Noosa. Ken took a 25 percent share in the business in 2007 and I certainly consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from someone with such a great deal of experience.

did I mention work hard. a go. Listen to what you really want to do, take a risk, take that first step, big or small and give it a go. When I started the business, I had no mortgage, no responsibilities, I was


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Committees? I guess I recognise that I am very fortunate to have an

the worst thing that can happen? You’ll go get a job… And he was

entirely varied range of interests. One minute I could be dealing with

right. If it all fell in a heap, firstly I would have learned a lot about myself,

a particular investment property, the next speaking to my good mate

business, work and leading others and I could always get a job similar

and manager of the cattle business, speaking to an investment bank

to the one I would have gone for, had I not given the business a go but

in Singapore and then creating a cool new feature for the technology

with a great deal more experience to bring to the table.

company. I split my time between Brisbane, Miles, Singapore and the

THE NEXT VENTURE: AUSTPEC HOLDINGS What was the catalyst for starting Austpec Holdings? Austpec was created around the time Labour Solutions Australia was acquired by a public listed international workforce company to manage my personal investments. Austpec’s primary role is to own and operate a small group of diversified businesses, which currently include a company called OilCorp that owns Australia’s second largest oilshale resource and a fuel distribution business, which my brother and BBC Old Boy Tom Northcott founded and is CEO. I have a cattle production business focused on the Wagyu breed, an operating meat retailing business in Singapore called The Meat Club and a technology business called Roubler which will launch in the new year. Outside of these operating businesses we manage a portfolio taking medium and long term strategic positions in securities, listed and unlisted funds, senior and mezzanine debt along with other financial instruments across key sectors in Australia, Singapore and the US, to provide the ongoing utility to support the growth activities of the group.

With Austpec offices in Australia and Singapore, what does an average day look like for you? How do you manage all of your competing responsibilities given your various directorships not to mention roles on The Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland and Future Directions

US throughout the year. A good example is the other day I was sitting on a motorbike behind a mob of cattle in the middle of a paddock on the phone to a banker in Singapore discussing a financial product to decide which currency exposures we wanted to take. It’s certainly a lot of fun!

SCHOOL DAYS Thinking back to your time at school, did you ever envisage that your future would look like this? At the age of 17 you have no life experience and it is very rare to have much direction if any at all. I was no exception. This is an incredibly exciting time in your life and the boys leaving this year should make the most of this time and experience as much as they can. This will create the direction and lessons needed in life.

Favourite BBC memory? Running out on to Miskin Oval for the Second XV with your mates. I will never forget that.

Most influential teacher? Mr Phillpotts. Key lesson you took away from your schooling? BBC teaches you to be a gentlemen, to have respect for people and how to hold yourself. We have been fortunate to go to one of the best schools in the country and I believe it is then bestowed upon us to respect what that means.

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SPRING FASHION PARADE FRIDAY 11 SEPTEMBER – HILLSTONE, ST LUCIA More than 350 ladies gathered to celebrate the start of spring at BBC’s annual Spring Fashion Parade, hosted by Parent Connections. The event continues to be extremely well supported and this year was no different with more than $16,000 raised, with the funds supporting the school and two charities - The Hope Foundation and YES Arusha.


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PARENT CONNECTIONS HELP FUND NEW SHADE SAILS Following on from the Spring Fashion Parade, a special ceremony was held to acknowledge the support of Parent Connections in funding new shade sails for the Middle School Precinct. The funds were raised at the 2014 Spring Fashion Parade, with this year's monies expected to go towards the renovation of BBC's Theatrette.

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SPEECH NIGHT TUESDAY 2 NOVEMBER - QPAC It’s BBC’s premier annual event; Speech Night provides an opportunity for the College community to come together to recognise the many remarkable achievements of our boys. This year the school paid homage to long-serving Housemaster, Ms Heather Page, and School Sergeant, Mr Mick Leckning. Both Heather and Mick have provided outstanding service to the College and exceptional guidance to the boys in their care and were recognised with a standing ovation.


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MIDDLE SCHOOL CELEBRATION WEDNESDAY 2 DECEMBER – COLLEGE HALL Middle School students were recognised at this special event, held in December. The assembly symbolises the move for our Year 9 students from Middle to Senior School and is a wonderful celebration of the achievements of our Years 7, 8 and 9 students in the academic, co-curricular and service arenas.

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RUDD HOUSE CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION SUNDAY 1 NOVEMBER – COLLEGE HALL This year’s Rudd House end of year celebration provided the perfect opportunity for the boarding community to come together, share stories and reflect on the year gone.


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Milestones PHOTO TAKEN BY EDWINA ROBERTSON

GRANDPARENTS AND FRIENDS' DAY JUNIOR SCHOOL GREEN Grandparents and friends gathered on the Junior School Green for a morning of festivities to celebrate the important role they play in each boy's lives.

WEDDINGS 5 September Christopher Maycock (2003) and Heidi Dalton 5 September Ross Uebergang (2002, above) and Ingrid Wood 12 September Dan Sowter (1999) and Dee Maddison 3 October David Tait (2007) and Olivia Coterill 3 October Richard Ebbott (1968) and Ruth Clark 24 October Michael Metcalfe (1999) and Hayley Webb 5 December James Wheeler (2002) and Tegan Massey 12 December Zachary Halliday (2010) and Peta Barker

VALE Bryant Richards (1945) passed in October 2014 Ian Macdonald (1940) passed in February 2015 Murray Armstrong (1939) passed in June 2015 Alfred Smith (1941) passed in September 2015 Sujan Sivapalan (2007) passed in October 2015 Geoffrey Wharton (1975) passed in November 2015 Nicholas MacBean (2002) passed in November 2015 Ian Davies (1938) passed in November 2015

SHARE YOUR COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT In each edition of Collegian, we include a number of community announcements including births, weddings and the vale as part of our Milestone section. If you have an announcement you would like to share with us, relating to either yourself or a fellow old boy, please inform BBC’s Alumni Office via oca@bbc.qld.edu.au

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FLASHBACK Helen Jackson, Archivist

W ESPIE DODS, UNDER 16 TRACK AND FIELD TROPHY IN 1925, RUTH DODS DONATED A SILVER TROPHY TO BRISBANE BOYS' COLLEGE, CLAYFIELD TO HONOUR HER SON’S ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE ALL SCHOOLS SPORTS COMPETITION. WILLIAM STODARD ESPIE DODS SET 220 YARDS GPS RECORDS IN THE UNDER 14 IN 1922, UNDER 16 IN 1924 AND OPEN IN 1925, WHICH AWARDED HIM THE UNDER 17 TITLE AS QUEENSLAND CHAMPION. The cup’s first recipient was Gordon Sturtridge, winner of the school’s Open division, with IMAGE TOP: ALL SCHOOLS' CHAMPION ATHLETIC TEAM. BACK ROW: MV PERRY, G KLINGNER, CM BROWNE, RM ROBERTS, J KING. SECOND ROW: B BURTON, WH ANNING, J HEALY, B KAHLER, C PETHERICK. THIRD ROW: AIF MACKILLOP, J WARD, CJ FRASER, W HYDE, J HEPBURN, LM CARTER. FRONT ROW: DD MUNRO, SO COWLISHAW, GS STURTRIDGE (CAPTAIN), MR A DORFELD, WSE DODS, RB CHARLTON, WJD SHAW. IMAGE ABOVE: 1925 RUNNER UP MEDAL - WSE DODS. IMAGE NEXT PAGE: WSE DODS TROPHY.

Bill Dods the runner up. In that year, ‘Sturt’ captained the first BBC Athletics Team to win the Sir John Goodwin Cup as the premier GPS team. The Under 16 Champion of 1925 was Duncan Munro. Each year since 1926, the W Espie Dods Trophy has been presented to the Under 16 champion athlete.


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After winning and creating a GPS High

Year

U16 Champion

1966

B Towers

record time of

Jump age record each year from 1977

1919

RL Hertzberg

1967

A Alexander

23.6 for 220

to 1981, Angus Waddell was selected to

1920

RL Hertzberg

1968

IS Bullen

yards was

represent Australia at the 1982 Brisbane

equalled by Bob

Commonwealth Games. Angus also gained

1921

JH Stewart

1969

A Wong

Bentley in his

Australian representation in swimming in the

1922

GS Sturtridge

1970

NN Hindmarsh

1931 victory, the

1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games and

1923

LA Stewart

1971

TS Bell

year he won the

the 1992 Olympic Games held in Barcelona.

1924

WSE Dods

1972

JM Mackay

1925

DD Munro

1973

PG Kelly

W Espie Dods Trophy

1974

S Beioley

1925

GS Sturtridge

1975

G Davis and P McLeod

LM Carter and J Healy

1976

MC Einerson

championship

Having won three Australian titles,

cup. Bob’s son

decathlete, Matthew McEwen (1984-

was runner up in

1988) was chosen to represent Australia

1958, and for the

in two Commonwealth Games, firstly in

1926

first time bettered

Manchester, where he won a silver medal

1927

B Martin

1977

TPJ Conn

Bill Dods' time,

in 2002, and then in Melbourne in 2006.

1928

B Martin

1978

W Westra van Holthe

by running the

Another current staff member, Wade Biggs,

1929

WJ Emery

1979

RS Baynes

100 yards in

also winner of the trophy, amassed many

1930

EH Shaw

1980

AJ Waddell

10.5 seconds.

points in his GPS athletics career

1931

RH Bentley

1981

AG Scrivenor

(1980-1985), in both track and field events.

1932

KR Fielding

1982

A Lapa

1933

GL Wilson

1983

RD Jolly

1934

RG Teske

1984

WJ Biggs

1935

SR Williams

1985

RJR Muir

1936

D Phillips

1986

JM Savage

1937

F Cummings

1987

ME McEwen

1938

ML Armstrong

1988

DE Purtill

PW Jamieson

1989

SE Cardiff

The record of 10.6 seconds had only been equalled in 1955 by John Prove, such was the quality of WSE Dods' ability. On 29 May 1943, Flight Lieutenant (F/L)

To win the Under 16 cup requires diversity and expertise across several disciplines. Two athletes whose names do not appear on

Dods attempted to rescue a Whitley Bomber

the cup are those of Mitchell Watt and Isaac

crew forced down in the Bay of Biscay.

Wolhsen who have produced outstanding

Owing to the failing light, the rough sea and

performances in their individual areas of long

a deceptively irregular swell, Sunderland

jump and sprints. The 2014 winner, Darcy

JM675 crashed on hitting the water. The

Roper’s athletic prowess was reinforced

1939

pilot’s cabin was smashed and Bill was killed

again this year by his winning of the Open

1940

A Wilson

1990

DG Ferrett

instantly. All of the Bomber and Flying Boat

Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump and

1941

FW Keats

1991

CD McComb

crews were rescued as a consequence of

100m, besides placing in Hurdles and a

1942

CR Fox

1992

TB Bentley

(F/L) Dods' gallant actions.

Relay.

1943

DB Nimmo

1993

PK Tucker

1944

JL Loveday

1994

HC Ormsby and DR Mellers

In 2014, family member Mr Espie Dods

Dominic Walton’s name is engraved on the

presented the archives with the beautiful

W Espie Dods Trophy as the 2015 winner.

gold medals won by Bill during his Clayfield

He will follow in the footsteps of several Year

1945

PW Roberts

1995

SN MacDonald

days. These finely detailed and engraved

11 recipients who have become College

1946

AJ Thorsen

1996

LR Campbell

medals were created by AJ Parkes. As

Captain in their final year, namely: Graeme

1947

B Smith

1997

KTM Playford

custodians, the archives have the following

Wilson (1934-35), Ray Teske (1937), John

1948

E Hellen and BH Hawkins

1998

AJ Jarvis

five medals in their care:

Cox (1956), Richard Clarke (1962), Graeme

1949

I McAully

1999

TW Dodd

1950

MS Sommerville

2000

BC Brimson

1951

DC Palm

2001

AGA Barralet

1952

IW Stewart and RL Boden

2002

T Bermingham

To win the Under 16 Sterling Silver Cup

1953

BA Martin and AE Martin

2003

PT Mellers

as Champion Athlete of the Year is precious,

1954

GG Brewis

2004

DM Gervais

1955

P Harris

2005

AJ Hinds

1956

J Cox

2006

JS Wood

1957

R Carseldine and A Hinz

2007

AE Wheeler

1958

K Wood

2008

JE Wright

1959

Binnie and Kirkcaldie

2009

LJ Hughes

1960

R Clarke

2010

DA Cheel

1961

T Crowhurst

2011

NJ Fadden

1962

J Woodroffe

2012

CJ Johannsen

1963

M Allen

2013

S Edwards

1964

RJ Townsend

2014

D Roper

1965

P Flegler

2015

D Walton

1921 Under 14 Champion Medal 1922 Under 14 Champion Medal 1924 100 yards Open Champion Athlete 1925 100 yards Open Champion Athlete 1925 Runner-Up Open Champion Medal The special W Espie Dods trophy has been won by many of BBC’s finest athletes. Graeme Wilson, the school’s first Rhodes Scholar won the Under 16 GPS High Jump in both 1932 and 1933. While studying agriculture at UQ, he was awarded a ‘Telegraph Blue’ for Queensland‘s most successful athlete of the year and he also achieved Empire Games selection.

Davis (1976), Michael Einerson (1977), Tim Bentley (1992), the third generation in BBC’s distinguished athletic family, Peter Tucker (1993) and Lachlan Campbell (1997).

but placing the victory in its historical context is to honour Bill Dods’ deeds and the traditions of Brisbane Boys’ College.

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Let the adventure begin Orientation Day signalled the start of an exciting adventure for those new to BBC and the next chapter for boys progressing from the Junior to Middle School.


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Designed to assist boys and their families with this transition, the day saw students participate in a number of planned activities including a game of football, music lessons and a BBQ lunch, whilst parents were able to attend afternoon tea and a special insight information session. Most importantly though it was an opportunity for boys to have fun and foster new friendships. So while starting school may seem daunting at first, if the smiles, laughter and constant chatter at Orientation Day are anything to go by, no doubt 2016 will mark the start of something great for all involved.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” We look forward to welcoming our newest families to the College in 2016. Let the adventure begin…

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, COLLEGIAN DECEMBER 2015


This is Team Pi – Australian Robotics Champions. They designed, built and programmed this robot as part of our Robotics Club. Robotics provides an environment for trial and error, developing qualities like resilience and risk-taking. Each time these boys were challenged, they took one step closer to representing Australia at the RoboCup International Championships in China. Like Edison, Einstein and Jobs, their best lessons came from their own mistakes.

Collegian Magazine - December 2015  

The Magazine of Brisbane Boys' College

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