JOURNEY FROM PREP TO YEAR 12 AT BRISBANE BOYS’ COLLEGE
Tailored learning experiences SEEING THE WORLD THROUGH THE EYES OF OUR STUDENTS
New Middle School Precinct A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO CREATING LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
PREPARING YOUNG MEN FOR THE FUTURE
WELCOME NO TWO JOURNEYS ARE THE SAME. AT BRISBANE BOYS’ COLLEGE
WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON PROVIDING A PROGRAM THAT HONOURS EVERY BOY AS AN INDIVIDUAL AND IS TAILORED TO MEET HIS NEEDS AT VARYING STAGES OF HIS DEVELOPMENT. We hope this booklet provides you with an insight into our Junior, Middle and Senior School programs, the pathway in which students will follow as they transition from boys to young men and the important milestones associated with this journey. As educators we support students in making exciting discoveries and by doing so unlock the potential of each and every young man. I believe our approach, coupled with our exceptional Professional Learning program, is what truly sets us apart from other schools and enables us to create a learning environment in which all young men can thrive. Every boy at BBC is unique and we are incredibly grateful for the way in which each student enriches our entire school community. The opportunity to share in this fascinating journey with not only students but also parents is what continues to excite us as educators. Graeme McDonald HEADMASTER
IN THE MIDDLE
FUTURE DEFINING FINISH
Explore our Junior School program where the foundations for learning are laid
Discover our Middle School curriculum and new precinct incorporating 21st century learning spaces
See how BBC is preparing students for their future pathways
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PREP TO YEAR 6
JUNIORSCHOOL discovery + strong foundations + exploration EXPLORE OUR JUNIOR SCHOOL PROGRAM AND MEET OUR HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL, MR GARY MUSSON.
Whatâ€™s the philosophy behind Junior Schooling?
How are students transitioned from Junior to
We aspire to develop boys who are confident and
Middle Schooling? There are a number of initiatives
engaged in the learning process. We strive to create
that are in place to help boys seamlessly transition
an environment in which Junior School boys feel
from the Junior to Middle School. The most notable
happy and safe, knowing that their teachers are
difference in the boysâ€™ learning when they leave the
interested in them as individuals and wanting them to
Junior School is the 1-to-1 Tablet PC program. In
succeed in all that they do. This learning environment
Year 6 the boys receive weekly instruction on Tablet
is critical to creating a solid foundation for future
PCs, how they can be used; the programs installed
and how their teachers next year will monitor their
In your eyes what are the two most prominent
learning through the Tablets PCs. When the boys
experiences students will take away from their
receive their own Tablet PC in Year 7 they are already
time in the Junior School at BBC? To limit this to
confident in how to use this new technology. The
only two is difficult. While in the Junior School boys
boys also receive visits from Middle School staff and
are given the opportunity to be involved in a number
hear from boys who are currently in Year 7 about their
of wonderful experiences including art, music, sport,
science, outdoor education, chess and dance and
What do you enjoy most about your role? No two
drama. They are encouraged to embrace as many
days are ever the same when you work with boys.
of these as possible. We tell the boys to grasp these
Their spontaneity and natural enthusiasm always
opportunities to work with their friends in order to find
brings enjoyment to a day. I am also fortunate to have
out more about themselves and their peers.
a wonderfully dedicated staff and working with them is extremely rewarding.
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PREP TO YEAR 3
THE EARLY YEARS, PREP IN PARTICULAR, ARE MUCH LIKE BUILDING THE FOUNDATIONS OF A HOUSE; AS WITH A HOUSE, STUDENTS NEED A FIRM FOOTING ON WHICH TO BUILD THEIR SKILLS AND TALENTS. WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM, WHICH NOW STIPULATES VERY SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES FOR CHILDREN, THE EARLY YEARS ARE NOW MORE THAN EVER WHERE THE GROUNDWORK FOR FURTHER LEARNING IS LAID.
Building blocks BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL FOUNDATION Priority is given to literacy and numeracy, with both reinforced and strengthened through learning in other contexts including science, history and geography. At BBC these key areas are addressed through the development of fine motor skills, phonological awareness and habits of mind designed to help students develop strategies for becoming self-directed learners.
Fine motor skills The underlying skills for writing which require the use of the small muscles of the hands. One aspect of fine motor skills is visual motor integration, which is critical for writing. Visual motor integration is the ability to take what you see and work out how to draw it, such as copying the letter ‘a’.
A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF AN EARLY LEARNER
Phonological awareness A crucial foundation skill for the
The early years curriculum is designed to build skills needed to
development of reading and spelling.
become successful lifelong learners. The day is structured with
The set of skills underlying the
distinct routines. Boys are able to tap into a range of activities
acquisition of literacy i.e. what we need
and subject disciplines which support their intellectual,
to learn to read and write. It includes
emotional, social, physical and spiritual development,
the ability to attend to, identify and
manipulate sounds in words.
Habits of Mind A collection of 16 thinking dispositions identified by Professor Arthur Costa. The dispositions are displayed by people when confronted with problems where the solutions are not immediately apparent.
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Junior School Program Highlights A LITTLE EVERY DAY GOES A LONG WAY In 2011, the College introduced the Music Every Day program, which now sees Prep, Years 1, 2 and 3 students partake in music lessons on
YOU CANNOT NOURISH
a daily basis. We encourage potential new parents to see one of these
A CHILD IF YOU GIVE HIM
lessons in action; the enthusiasm and energy which is generated is infectious and is a wonderful testament to the fact that learning is fun.
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Based on the world-renowned Kodaly philosophy, named after
ONCE A WEEK… MUSIC
Hungarian composer and educator Zoltan Kodaly, the program aims to
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foster a lifelong love of music. Kodaly believed music to be an integral part of the education of every child; not to make them professional musicians
DAY. – ZOLTAN KODALY
but to complete them as people. BBC is one of only a few schools in Brisbane to offer this type of program as part of the standard curriculum.
MORE THAN JUST MUSIC Evidence shows that the skills and experiences learnt through music are incredibly transferrable and can: Support literacy and numeracy development through songs, syllable work and musical stories. Help build confidence, self-esteem and expression through creativity and performance.
MUSIC IS AN INTEGRAL COMPONENT OF THE CURRICULUM OFFERED FROM PREP RIGHT THROUGH TO YEAR 6. Academic Classroom Music Students in Years 4 to 6 receive one Academic Classroom Music lesson per week with a music specialist. Boys experience and learn about music through a sequential aural-vocal approach. Classroom Choral and Instrumental Music In addition to Academic Classroom Music, boys also receive one classroom choral or instrumental lesson. At the end of each semester, the Junior School comes together in a concert to showcase their musical achievement.
Foster the development of social and interpersonal skills through group activities. Serve to develop aspects of the brain that other subjects don’t address; learning symbols and sounds is like learning a language. 8
Class Instrumental Program Students from Years 4 to 6 are given the opportunity to experience music by learning an instrument, with each student tested aurally and allocated an orchestral based instrument.
Mini-Clinics Boys in Prep to Year 4 have the opportunity to take part in BBC’s Mini-Clinics program, which is designed to encourage their interest in physical activity, develop basic skills and to create a passion for sport. The clinics encompass the Healthy Bodies program, where boys begin to learn the basics of nutrition and healthy exercise practices. The focus however is ultimately on enjoyment, enabling boys to try their hand at a range of sports from cricket through to rugby, football, Australian rules, gymnastics and basketball, prior to participating in the College’s interschool competition.
ENJOY A RANGE OF EXCURSIONS WITH GIRLS FROM
OTHER INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS.
ACCORDING TO THE INTERNATIONAL BOYS’ SCHOOLS
TO ASSIST WITH THEIR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, BOYS
COALITION, BOYS’ SCHOOLS CAN PROVIDE: A stimulating and safe learning environment that: •
encourages full participation by boys in all activities (arts, athletics, community service).
promotes self-expression and a respect for the many different paths to manhood.
An environment free of cross-gender distractions in which: •
boys need not waste energy posturing or trying to live up to the gender stereotypes so prevalent in the media and society at large.
focus on academic tasks and achievement in extracurricular activities can be paramount.
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GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND A COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM
BBC’s Junior School has run a Phonological Awareness Program (PAP) since 2007. Phonological awareness skills are critical precursors for literacy
WHOLE PERSON, BRISBANE BOYS’ COLLEGE
AIMS TO PROVIDE AS MANY ACTIVITIES AS
The program is a key component of the overall literacy development process at BBC and is guided by Speech Pathologist Evelyn Terry. It acts as a natural extension
POSSIBLE, WITHIN AND OUTSIDE THE FORMAL JUNIOR SCHOOL CURRICULUM.
of the curriculum and sees staff take a
collaborative approach to monitoring and
measuring student progress in this field in
provide and adjust their activities accordingly
within the classroom environment.
Track and Field
order to shape instruction around individual needs. The tracking of class skills and screening of individuals allows teachers to identify individual strengths and weaknesses and
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACCELERATION Many opportunities exist for acceleration in the Junior School, with identified students able to partake in extension activities, within the classroom setting. For example, gifted Year 6 students have the opportunity to complete Year 7 mathematics work as part of the BBC Mathematics Acceleration program. If they continue to operate at this level, by Year 12 they have the option to complete a university subject while at school, which gives them credit towards their degree when they commence tertiary studies.
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OUR VISION FOR JUNIOR SCHOOL STUDENTS We strive to foster individuals with a balanced, well-rounded, healthy attitude to life and with the intellectual, social and emotional strength to cope with the diverse
WE SEE EACH STUDENT AS INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE
aspects of relationships, the ability to show compassion and tolerance, and having
respect and an appreciation for self and others regardless of race or gender. Our
teaching processes focus on: •
Flexibility in thinking to consider more than one answer.
Developing insight into a range of human differences.
We take a personalised approach and recognise that each individual will
Instilling 21st Century Fluencies
develop an awareness of his own spirituality in a way unique to him. To
Junior School students are
facilitate this our teaching processes focus on:
supported in their journey
Seeing the world through the eyes of our students •
Exploring thoughts, underlying feelings and feelings underlying thoughts.
Developing intellectual integrity.
Listening to others with understanding and empathy.
towards becoming confident players on the global scene and in their ability to recognise, project and meet the diverse technological challenges of the future. In this respect our teaching processes focus on:
Lifelong learners We see each student as individuals who are developing lifelong learning skills and striving to become achievers with a positive attitude and disposition for knowledge and understanding. We want them to be confident, able to exchange ideas, work in partnership with others and are able to take risks, question and be their own person.
from irrelevant information. •
Questioning and problem posing to seek further information or reasoning.
Drawing on past knowledge and applying it to new situations.
Developing a perspective: creating or exploring beliefs, arguments or theories.
Clarifying or critiquing texts.
Comparing perspectives, interpretations or theories.
Evaluating perspectives, interpretations or theories.
Developing intellectual humility.
Metacognition – being aware of one’s own thinking processes.
Precision in the use of language.
Making interdisciplinary connections.
Making plausible inferences, predictions
To facilitate this our teaching processes focus on: •
or interpretations. •
Comparing and contrasting ideals with actual practice.
Transferring past knowledge and insights into new contexts.
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YEARS 7 TO 9
MIDDLESCHOOL engaging + transition + tailored LEARN ABOUT OUR COMPREHENSIVE MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM AND BRAND NEW PRECINCT FOR YEARS 7 TO 9. MEET OUR DIRECTOR OF MIDDLE SCHOOLING, NATASHA PODOLIAK.
What’s the philosophy behind Middle Schooling?
students, teachers and parents and for this reason
Middle schooling represents a time of great change
focus is also given to creating a strong sense of
for boys; more so than any other stage of their
community and belonging.
development. It’s where the transition from a boy to
In your eyes what are the most prominent
a young man really starts to take shape and is most
experiences students will take away from their
visible. Our Middle School provides a unique learning
time in the Middle School at BBC? I believe
environment designed specifically to respond to the
BBC’s spirit uniquely defines us as a College and it’s
needs of young adolescents, with our philosophy
this spirit and energy that will define a boy’s time in
cemented in fostering independence and unearthing
the Middle School. We adopt a reflective approach,
what makes each student ‘tick’.
ever-ready to listen and respond to the needs and
During their time in the Middle School students are
requests of our students. I strongly encourage our
encouraged to develop a love for learning with the
Middle School boys to adopt the mantra, ‘success is
definitive goal of becoming independent learners.
not a destination, it’s a journey’. A journey that we all
We focus on ensuring students know how to acquire
must embrace and most importantly find gratification
and interact with knowledge to prepare them for their
in. Middle School represents a time where boys
senior studies and indeed life beyond BBC. Students
learn to activate their ideas, where they can begin
are challenged and inspired through a rigorous
to understand the amazing mark they can make on
academic program, balanced with opportunities for
this world. It’s a time where they are encouraged to
social, emotional, physical and spiritual growth.
take risks and overcome challenges in a supportive
The success of one’s educational journey strongly
environment and most importantly a time where
correlates to the partnership forged between
they can develop a strong sense of self. Our Middle
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MEET OUR DIRECTOR OF MIDDLE SCHOOLING, NATASHA PODOLIAK
continued... School precinct also opens up exciting opportunities
Our Middle School program is designed to respond to the
for learning, with the open spaces enabling us to
educational and social needs relevant to young adolescents.
tailor our programs to the constantly evolving needs
Middle Schooling at BBC has been developed to ensure seamless
of students whilst supporting varied learning modes.
curriculum and pastoral experiences along the journey from primary
How are students transitioned from Middle to
to secondary education.
Senior Schooling? The transitional environment
As a boys school, Brisbane Boys’ College is specifically tailored
surrounding the middle years of schooling requires
to meet the needs of young men as they progress through their
a systematic approach, to ensure a successful
education. Middle Schooling engages students in a learning process
progression for boys not only entering the Middle
that is both relevant to their intellectual development and is based
School but exiting as they move to the Senior
upon the characteristics of early adolescence. With more than
School. Our programs are designed to nurture an
10 years of Middle Schooling experience, Brisbane Boys’ College
authentic connection between every one of our
continues to be at the forefront of adolescent boys’ education.
Middle School boys and their pastoral carers. A strong focus on pastoral care works to encircle the whole child, and his family for that matter, to ensure a smooth transition as boys prepare for their senior studies and journey further into adolescence. What do you enjoy most about your role? It’s hard to articulate let alone quantify the reward that comes from working in this type of environment. I continue to be inspired and excited by the prospects that lay ahead for the Middle School at BBC, whereby innovation, dynamism and energy surrounds the fresh opportunities ushered in with each new cohort. Laughter and humour are essential parts of a happy and thriving community – something of which is plentiful in the school yard and in the classroom at BBC. I am fortunate to work with a team of passionate educators, armed with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Internationally renowned educationalist, Sir John Jones, once said, “Children may forget what teachers made them learn, but they will never forget how they made them feel.” This strikes a cord with teachers universally and particularly here with educators at BBC.
WE KNOW BOYS. OUR EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN MIDDLE SCHOOLING
Inside our brand new
MIDDLE SCHOOL PRECINCT BRISBANE BOYS’ COLLEGE CONTINUES TO BE THE LEADERS IN EDUCATIONAL INNOVATION WITH THE COMPLETION OF OUR MULTI-MILLION MIDDLE SCHOOL PRECINCT. THE PRECINCT, OPENED AT THE BEGINNING OF 2014 FOR THE START OF THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR, PLACES BBC ON THE MAP FOR INNOVATIVE EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES.
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PURPOSE BUILT DESIGN BBCâ€™S MIDDLE SCHOOL PRECINCT IS SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO BUILD A COMMUNITY IN OUR KEY AREAS OF ACADEMIA AND PASTORAL CARE. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? PUT SIMPLY IT IS ABOUT FLEXIBILITY, SO THAT EVERY SPACE HAS MORE THAN ONE USE. We can turn individual classrooms into one large auditorium and in turn this allows multiple teaching delivery modes. Three main principles guided us through the development design phase: community, flexibility and sustainability.
Sustainability Thirty-five contemporary spaces allowing
The precinct encourages
for both group work and individualised
sustainable habits and
Five storey with four levels each dedicated to a specific year group; Years 5 and 6 is housed on the ground level, with Years 7 to 9 occupying the three higher levels.
strategies and technologies to minimise our environmental footprint. Passive heating and
Purpose built libraries. Glass walls enable learning to always be visible - a concept central to the precinct. Housemasters are centrally located with sight lines to locker areas.
cooling, along with hybrid and full air conditioning. Infrastructure has been installed to monitor all energy use (and quality)
at room level, segmented
The building is designed to provide
Technology is ubiquitous and
into lights, mechanical
flexibility; every space has more
flexible throughout the precinct.
and fans. This will also enable staff and students
than one use. Outdoor teaching spaces are
to access real-time data
Minimal fixed joinery and specially
incorporated on each level to
collection in the form of a
designed furniture allow for
encourage flexible and relevant
heat mapped 3D model.
multiple teaching delivery modes.
delivery for our students.
The Middle School Precinct exemplifies 21st century classroom design and learning practices. Fitted out with ergonomic furniture, state-of-the-art classroom technologies, flexible spaces and durable flooring, the rooms allow for both instant and physical switching of teaching modes, from traditional modes to individual student work, to collaborative small group and large group discussion modes. Five mobile touch screens (46-55â€?) with COWS (Computer On Wheels) serve both students and teachers alike, with wireless connectivity from any Tablet PC in the room to the larger touch screens for group learning.
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BBC PROVIDES 34 CO-CURRICULAR CHOICES, FOR MIDDLE AND SENIOR SCHOOL STUDENTS, TO HELP CULTIVATE THE IMPORTANT LIFE SKILLS NEEDED - FROM JOINING THE DEBATING TEAM TO TAKING THE STAGE TO RAISING CHARITABLE FUNDS AND, OF COURSE, PLAYING THEIR FAVOURITE SPORT.
SPORT FOR LIFE ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM THE BBC ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO CATER FOR ALL STUDENTS, REGARDLESS OF INDIVIDUAL GOALS, WHETHER IT IS PLAYING SPORT FOR ENJOYMENT OR THE START OF AN ELITE DEVELOPMENT PATHWAY. Athletic Development Philosophy The overall education of a Brisbane Boys’ College student embraces many aspects. Within these aspects, the physical, psychological, communication and strategic learning components of a boy’s education can be fostered and nurtured within the College’s Athletic Development Program. Students are encouraged to enjoy their young physical learning environment, before learning to train specifically for their sport. From here, students are encouraged to be accountable to the wider program and learn to create training strategies that are selfgoverned and directed to improving their competitive characteristics. At Brisbane Boys’ College we do not develop boys only for specific sports; rather we develop pre-adolescent boys into strong young men who are capable of undertaking any co-curricular activity they choose to the best of their capability.
Aligning the classroom and the sporting field The program is all encompassing, student focused and designed directly to improve educational outcomes by nurturing the physical, psychological, communication and strategic learning components of a boy’s education. Underpinning the program is Habits of Mind, a set of thinking dispositions, which is embedded in the curriculum throughout the College. The program demonstrates BBC’s commitment to taking an holistic approach to the learning journey.
OUR CO-CURRICULAR VISION To charge each boy to craft ‘the man in the mirror’ To search for the rules that make good self, on each boy’s own terms, and be governed by those rules. To find, name, challenge and dismiss external expectations. To reflect on performance in and contribution to crew, team, club and College honestly, regularly, gently and fairly.
To distinguish the co-curricular program at BBC by leading from the ground up To locate and pursue actions which inspire dedication, conversation, commitment and care of all members of the College. To impress peers, coaches, teachers and parents with an understated and uncompromising attention to detail and effectiveness. To be an exemplar in learning, training and performing the process perfectly.
To apply the goal setting skills learned in the co-curricular program to all other ambitions and endeavours. To be relentless and unforgiving in driving towards our collective success. To challenge barriers to performance quality and commit absolutely to positive transformation. BRISBANE BOYS’ COLLEGE
Raising boys Developmental facts: Young adolescents
KEYS FOR ADOLESCENT BOYS 1.
Adjust to some profound changes; physical, social, emotional and intellectual
appreciation of intellectual development and characteristics
Grow towards independence
of early adolescence in boys. As a leading boys’ school,
Gain experience in decision making and in accepting responsibility for these decisions
Develop a positive self-confidence
Progressively develop a sense of “Who am I?”
Experience social acceptance among peers
Learn to think in ways that become progressively more abstract and reflective
Become more aware of the social and political world around them
Establish or maintain relationships with particular adults who can provide advice or act as role models
Raising boys is a hot topic in Australia. As parents and teachers, we must have a significant understanding and
these characteristics are often drawn on to shape our own Pastoral Care program.
ULTIMATELY, IT IS ABOUT NURTURING HIS CONFIDENCE AND PROVIDING A STRONG SENSE OF BELONGING.
PASTORAL CARE AT BBC A student’s physical, social and mental wellbeing greatly
HABITS OF A MIDDLE SCHOOLER’S MIND Extensive research reveals that what fundamentally
impacts on his ability to learn, achieve and embrace new
determines how children achieve and adjust is the ‘mind-set’
experiences. At BBC, there’s a warmth and friendliness
they bring with them to life’s experiences. Our Middle School
that is palpable. Pastoral Care at Brisbane Boys’ College
Pastoral Care curriculum is based on Program ACHIEVE
is designed to develop self-esteem in our students, to
(developed by Michael E Bernard) and the philosophies
encourage the boys to participate, become part of a team
of parenting expert Michael Grose. From goal-setting
and take on leadership roles. Ultimately, it is about nurturing
and leadership qualities, to confidence building and the
his confidence and providing a strong sense of belonging.
importance of friendship, boys in Middle School develop
With a range of programs, both year-level based and
the required skills to further their academic opportunities
cross-age, BBC is an extension of the home environment.
and self-directed social discoveries. The curriculum teaches
From the day they enter our Middle School, students
students how to achieve success and develop social-
become members of a House Group whose staff are
emotional-behavioural wellbeing through seven tenets of the
dedicated to helping them in their progress, both in and
Pastoral Care program:
outside of the classroom. BBC’s Mentor program helps to develop the rapport and support between Middle School
and Senior School students during House Tutor Group,
sporting activities and social events. The College Leadership
In Middle School Boys (CLIMB) program creates a varied
approach to leadership with roles such as Class Captains
in Year 7 and House Representatives in Years 8 and 9 on
offer. Such care, opportunity and support give every boy the
chance of success both personally and academically.
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YEARS 10 TO 12
SENIORSCHOOL balanced + future ready + independent DISCOVER HOW WE PREPARE BOYS FOR THEIR FUTURE AND MEET OUR HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL, MR KYLE THOMPSON.
Whatâ€™s the philosophy behind Senior Schooling?
The support and encouragement that all boys show
Senior Schooling provides a setting for adolescent
to each other is something very special. The other
boys to develop into independent, resilient, problem
stand out experience is the way in which every boy
solving young men. It builds on the social, emotional,
has the opportunity to explore such a wide range of
spiritual and academic journey through Middle School
experiences both in and out of the classroom as they
through an increasingly individualised approach to all
identify their pathway through school and beyond.
our young men experience at school.
What do you enjoy most about your role? My
In your eyes what are the two most prominent
interactions with the students I work with. They
experiences students will take away from their
are the most amazing young people â€“ confident,
time in the Senior School at BBC? Without doubt
empathetic, supportive, committed. I have the
the spirit and sense of belonging to a strong and
privilege of watching our students develop and grow.
supportive community. Students are engaged in not
I also enjoy the fact that they often teach me as they
only their individual journey, but that of their school.
journey through our school.
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FUTURE FOCUS The senior years represent a time of transition as boys consider their future. At BBC we offer a diverse and flexible program to ensure each boy is able to pursue his pathway of choice. In a rigorous and stimulating academic environment boys are encouraged to become independent learners.
Tracking progress AT BRISBANE BOYS’ COLLEGE WE STRIVE TO SUPPORT EACH STUDENT SO HE CAN DEVELOP HIS POTENTIAL THROUGH A BALANCED INVOLVEMENT IN THE ACADEMIC,
Guided by Data As one of the first schools to introduce a grade point average (GPA) system, in the 1990s, Brisbane Boys’ College continues to be
SPORTING, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL LIFE OF THE COLLEGE.
committed to its vision ‘Success for Every Boy’ by
IN YEARS 10, 11 AND 12 STUDENTS RECEIVE REGULAR
focusing on the individual needs of every boy, both
INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING, LOOKING AT THEIR ALL ROUND DEVELOPMENT WITH A STRONG FOCUS ON ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING. The one-to-one interviews allow boys to discuss their goals and progress with the Head of Senior School, Head of Teaching and Learning and Senior Housemasters. Interviews are conducted periodically throughout the year to ensure the best possible outcomes for each student. They enable boys to reflect on their performance in a safe and supportive environment with staff providing advice and guidance across a range of areas from goal setting, effective study techniques right through to maintaining a healthy lifestyle balance and relationship building.
academically and pastorally. For several years now, Middle and Senior School students have been able to track their academic performance through their GPAs, from semester-to-semester and year-to-year. The data collected has been invaluable as a strategic tool for the College and its students. Tracking further instils in the boys the academic culture of BBC and makes academic performance exciting and measurable. Plotting the academic history of each boy allows BBC to develop intervention strategies to try to help boys achieve their academic goals.
Career guidance ACCELERATED LEARNING
BRISBANE BOYS’ COLLEGE CONTINUES TO BRING
BBC OFFERS A NUMBER OF ENRICHMENT
PATHWAY OPTIONS INTO FOCUS FOR SENIOR SCHOOL
OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS WHO DEMONSTRATE
STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
A CAPABILITY TO EXTEND THEIR ACADEMIC ABILITIES. THESE ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES RANGE FROM STATE AND NATIONAL COMPETITIONS, ACCELERATION
Throughout the year, the BBC Careers Department holds In-Focus information sessions whereby industry experts and tertiary institutions share their insights into specific industries, such as Medicine or Engineering.
AND EXTENSION PROGRAMS, TO ENROLMENT IN
Additionally, our high-achieving students have the
UNIVERSITY SUBJECT COURSES IN YEAR 12.
opportunity to enrol in Early Entry university programs while they complete Year 11 and 12 studies; some of these programs guarantee university entry upon successful
Student Scientist Partnership In 2008 BBC introduced the Student Scientist Partnership program, which gives senior biology students the opportunity to work in some of the country’s most sophisticated laboratories, investigate popular and emerging science disciplines while learning from leading researchers. As part of the program students travel to various research institutes to work on an extended experimental investigation under the guidance of an expert
completion. A cornerstone of the BBC Careers program is the Year 12 Careers Conference bringing together some of Australia’s top institutions for hands-on workshops and information sessions. Brisbane Boys’ College students have endless opportunities and pathways available to them and during the year each Year 12 student has an individual appointment to help define their future pathway in addition to regular career development classes. To assist with their
in the field.
progression beyond the BBC gates, the BBC Mentor
share their professional insights, provide industry expertise
High achieving mathematics students from Years 6
Program links recent graduates with old boys who wish to and deliver ongoing assistance in life after BBC.
to 11 are able to fast track their studies by participating in BBC’s Mathematics Acceleration program during class time. Instead of following the traditional curriculum for their year level, students in the course are a year ahead of their classmates in the subject. This means that by Year 12 they have the option to complete a university subject while at school which gives them credit towards their degree. Supporting Gifted and Talented Students The College has established a centre dedicated to meeting the needs of students with high intellectual potential. The Map Centre offers innovative and creative programs to challenge and extend these students, with subject extension also available.
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10 to 12
THE SENIOR SCHOOL CURRICULUM
DESIGNED TO PREPARE AND EQUIP BOYS FOR LIFE AFTER SCHOOL, THE CURRICULUM FOCUSES ON PROVIDING STUDENTS WITH KNOWLEDGE AS WELL AS TRANSFERABLE LIFE SKILLS. A DIVERSE RANGE OF SUBJECTS ARE OFFERED ALLOWING EACH BOY TO TAILOR HIS PROGRAM TO ACHIEVE PERSONAL GOALS. WE AIM TO PROVIDE BOYS WITH AN IN-DEPTH UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORLD AROUND THEM TO ENSURE THEY GRADUATE AS WELL-EDUCATED YOUNG ADULTS.
Year 10 During this year, boys are introduced to Years 11 and 12 subject areas where possible. As the gateway year to senior studies it allows them to make an informed choice on their senior program and prepares them for the demands of these final years of schooling.
The College provides many opportunities for boys to develop their personal confidence and leadership skills. Students are encouraged to nominate for official roles of responsibilities in Year 12 including College Prefect and House Captain. Boys elected to these positions act as role models for their peers, represent the school in public forums and foster the spirit of the College amongst students. Boys are also able to develop leadership skills through participation in the Mentor Program, community service campaigns or by captaining a sport or activity. All Year 12 students are recognised as leaders through the transition into a white shirt. As such all our seniors are easily identifiable and act as role models for younger students.
Subjects and Non-Authority
Each year our seniors develop a theme designed to unite the student body and reinforce BBC’s renowned school spirit. The mottos have revealed the common themes of working together, supporting others and mateship - including Brotherhood, Strive and United We Stand. Each year BBC’s Senior Leaders pay a visit to the Prep classroom to
Subjects depending upon their
present boys with a badge based around the
preferred pathway to tertiary
In Years 11 and 12 boys develop and strengthen their skills in specific interest areas. Students determine their two year course of study when commencing Year 11 and can choose from Authority
BRISBANE BOYS’ COLLEGE
Spirit that lasts a lifetime AT BBC THE JOURNEY DOESN’T END AT YEAR 12. WE ARE DRIVEN BY A DESIRE TO ENSURE OUR STUDENTS LEAVE THE COLLEGE CONFIDENT IN THEIR SKILLS AND ABILITY TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN THE 21ST CENTURY. Old Collegians’ Association - a connection for life All BBC students automatically become a part of our Old Collegians’ Association (OCA) upon leaving the College. Why? Because there’s something about staying in touch and keeping the bonds that are formed in a boy’s foundational years. BBC’s Old Collegians’ Association provides past students an opportunity to catch up, network and enjoy all the magnificent traditions that makes BBC especially memorable. The OCA is an important part of the BBC make-up and members help to make a real difference to students (with a number of old collegians part of school based programs), and the wider community.
Founded in the early days of the College, the Old Collegians' Association is designed to establish a strong fellowship between old boys and the College, ensure traditions are maintained and to provide networking opportunities for members.
BBC HAS A FANTASTIC STUDENT BODY AND A SUPPORTIVE PARENT GROUP AND THE ENJOYMENT BOYS AND STAFF DEMONSTRATE HAS LED TO SOME OF OUR GREAT SUCCESSES. THE COLLEGE SPIRIT SHOWN IS TRULY INSPIRING.
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