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A New School of Thought
Brisbane Boys' College
It is paramount for us to ensure boys at BBC are resilient – by doing so, A New School of Thought can safeguard the most important ingredient to success: confidence.
Although it encompasses the very leading edge of advanced practice in education, this philosophy is not a new one for BBC. When Brisbane Boys’ College Founder Mr Arthur (Barney) Rudd arrived in Brisbane from Melbourne in the early 20th century, he despaired at the shortcomings of the education system at the time.
“Education is the key to human progress and, if we compare what is with what might be, educational improvement is depressingly slow,” he said. Rudd’s example was one of not only encouraging boys to excel in their academic, sporting and cultural endeavours, but also inspiring each student to realise his own potential.
Since then, we have worked diligently to equip each and every boy with the skills, knowledge and understanding to realise their potential and thrive in today’s modern world – no small thing in an era where the pace of societal change is accelerating and the influence of digital technology is profound.
At BBC, we are acutely aware that many of our students will graduate into jobs and careers which have not yet been created. We must ‘future-proof ’ our students by developing young men who not only have strong foundational knowledge, but who are also critical thinkers, with creative and curious minds, and a collaborative disposition.
Recognising that knowledge-based learning is no longer enough, Brisbane Boys’ College has adopted an innovative approach to education that integrates best-practice teaching and learning with the science of wellbeing, placing an emphasis on building resilience and confidence.
We refer to this approach as:
A New School of Thought.
Brisbane Boys’ College is an independent GPS school that has been educating boys since 1902. It is a non-selective academic school that provides a supportive, Christian and caring environment for day students from Prep to Year 12 and boarding students from Year 7.
Recognising that knowledge-based learning is no longer enough, Brisbane Boys’ College has adopted an innovative approach to education that integrates best-practice teaching and learning with the science of wellbeing, placing an emphasis on building resilience and confidence. By placing a student’s wellbeing at the heart of the College’s decision making, staff are able to effectively connect and engage with each boy through the different stages of their development, positively impacting on their academic outcomes. We refer to this approach as: A New School of Thought.
At BBC we are acutely aware that many of our students will graduate into jobs and careers which have not yet been created. We must ‘future-proof ’ our students by developing young men who not only have strong foundational knowledge, but who are also critical thinkers, with creative and curious minds, and a collaborative disposition.
A BBC education is designed to challenge boys to think critically, engaging their curiosity and fostering a global outlook. While we are not an academically selective school, we are an academic institution that strives for excellence and our academic results constantly rank among the very best in the state.
To learn more about the BBC approach to boys’ education, please visit: www.bbc.qld.edu.au.
The BBC Wellbeing Program is designed to develop self-efficacy in our students, to encourage boys to participate, become part of a team and take on leadership roles. Ultimately, it is about nurturing a boy’s confidence and a strong sense of belonging to a community he will forever be a part of.
Our staff know each boy individually and deliver purposeful and age-specific programs to equip students with much-needed skills to confidently navigate their way through their school years and beyond.
Visit https://www.bbc.qld.edu.au/life-at-bbc/student-wellbeing/ to learn more about the BBC Student Wellbeing Program.
Brisbane Boys' College offers a number of scholarships and bursaries across various categories and provides opportunities for boys to benefit from a BBC education, who may not have been able to do so without financial assistance.
Visit https://www.bbc.qld.edu.au/join-us/scholarships-and-bursaries/ for scholarship opportunities at BBC.
While BBC is not an academically selective school, it is an academic institution that strives for excellence and our academic results consistently rank among the very best in the state.
We are not content to judge ourselves against other schools in our immediate environment; rather, we raise our sights and draw inspiration from the best educational systems around the world and from evidence-based research.
Visit https://www.bbc.qld.edu.au/learning/academic-performance/ to view our academic performance.
Located just five kilometres from the Brisbane CBD in the inner western suburbs, Brisbane Boys' College is nestled in the suburb of Toowong.
Brisbane Boys’ College is ideally located close to public transport terminals and the commercial shopping precinct of Toowong Village. Also located nearby is the University of Queensland, the State's largest tertiary institution, Queensland University of Technology and a reach from the Brisbane River where the school's boatshed is situated.
Toowong is a major transport node, with most bus and train routes passing through Toowong from the western suburbs. Brisbane Boys’ College is situated on several major Brisbane City Council bus routes, while Toowong Train Station and the Regatta Ferry Terminal are both a short walk from the College.
Chartered Bus Services
Brisbane Bus Lines runs chartered bus routes for Brisbane Boys’ College each morning and afternoon. All vehicles are air conditioned, equipped with seat belts and GPS tracking and carry only Brisbane Boys’ College students.
Mr Paul Brown
B.A. (ENG/HIST), M.A. (ENG) (MERIT) (UNI SYD), CERT HRM (MGSM), MACEL, MAHRI
A confident communicator and astute storyteller, it’s not surprising that Paul Brown’s teaching area of expertise is English Literature. BBC’s Headmaster is more than qualified for the top job, holding graduate and post-graduate qualifications from the University of Sydney and Macquarie Graduate School of Management and recently having completed a school leadership program at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
A father to two daughters with wife, Karen, Mr Brown has more than 20 years experience in top tier high performing independent schools, having been on the Executive at St Ignatius’ College, Riverview (1997-2008), Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga (2009-2015) and most recently at MLC School, Burwood (2015-2017). He has been the Deputy Head at his last two schools and boasts six years at the largest independent day and boarding school for boys in New South Wales.
Mr Brown’s strong commitment to education, academic excellence, and to Christian leadership makes him adept at shaping the future of BBC and its community. “I am looking forward to joining a vibrant Brisbane Boys’ College community where the focus is on assisting each and every student to reach their potential and prepare them to take their place in the world as confident, competent and compassionate young men who will contribute to the health, wellbeing and prosperity of their community and the nation at large,” Paul said.
He sees BBC graduates as well-rounded young men of wisdom, faith and integrity who “have gained the skills and experience to overcome the inevitable setbacks they will encounter in life, will build positive relationships and have a tenacity to persist and succeed in the face of duress.”
Paul not only brings to the College outstanding achievements in the academic arena, but also the business world. As a visionary with a clear sense of purpose, Paul will no doubt influence the College’s future in boys’ education.
“At BBC we will encourage boys to participate in a wide range of sporting, intellectual, co-curricular, service and aesthetic pursuits to develop interests that complement their formal studies and which may ignite lifelong interests and passions,” Mr Brown remarked.
So what is on the horizon for our community? Paul says he hopes to continue to provide an exciting, challenging and enriching curriculum through which boys pursue critical thinking and problem solving in a variety of contexts.
“We need to foster a student culture in which students readily accept responsibility and value the service of others, enabled through a diversity of leadership experiences. Where we inculcate within students a sense of faith, justice, conscience and compassion.”
Whilst preparing students to contribute to their community is a large focus for the incoming Headmaster, Mr Brown also believes that the quality of programs delivered at BBC can only be as good as those delivering them. With significant experience in transformational change and organisational management within an educational environment, Paul is the right man for the job. “I want to develop accomplished, well-resourced and inspirational staff, committed to the students under their care and imbued with a strong sense of service, professional learning and collegiality.”
With new leadership, comes change. However Mr Brown also understands the importance of traditions and icons to the Brisbane Boys’ College story; the boater, the Pipe Band, the war cry, the Highlander. The heritage of 116 years will stand strong whilst maintaining high expectations through a clearly defined set of standards, adding to the tone and character of the College and its members.
But what about the man behind the title? Born and raised in Sydney, the State of Origin Series will prove very interesting in 2018. As a forward looking, proactive leader, Paul has particular interest in educational research and literature, but is also keen on cricket, cycling and sport in general.
Brisbane Boys’ College is delighted to be led in 2018 by an educator of such high calibre and demonstrated achievement.
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