About Brisbane Boys’ College
Brisbane Boys? College caters for boys only with day students from Prep to Year 12 and boarding students from Years 5 to 12. The College with a current enrolment of 1570 students has been preparing young men for the challenges of life since 1902.
The school is divided into three sub schools with approximately 340 students in the Junior School, 555 in the Middle School and 675 in the Senior School.
Brisbane Boys? College is a member of the Great Public Schools (GPS) Association of Queensland and competes in sporting and cultural competitions against the member schools.
Within the context of a caring College community, each student will be nurtured and educated to develop his God-given talents to the best of his ability through a balanced involvement in the academic, spiritual, sporting and cultural life of Brisbane Boys? College.
Brisbane Boys? College?s vision is for success for every boy.
Location and Facilities
Located four kilometres from the city centre in the inner western suburbs of Brisbane, Brisbane Boys? College is nestled on the hillside in Toowong. Its idyllic location and extensive grounds are complemented by its appropriately landscaped gardens.
From this central location, students have easy access to transport with bus stops and a railway station and City Cat ferry stop five minutes walk away.
Also located nearby is the University of Queensland, the State’s largest tertiary institution and a reach of the Brisbane River where the school’s boatshed is situated.
In addition to dedicated school bus services subsidised by the College, Brisbane Boys? College is situated on several major council bus routes while Toowong train station is a short walk from the College.
The fully air conditioned campus features state of the art learning facilities, classrooms with multi media capabilities for its students and a wireless network linking students to online resources throughout the campus.
The new Brisbane Boys? College Hall currently under construction will feature performance facilities, instrumental music practice rooms and an art gallery. Well respected and professional coaching staff complement the impressive sporting facilities at Brisbane Boys? College with a large indoor sports complex for basketball and volleyball, a state of the art gymnastics hall, playing fields, tennis courts and a heated swimming pool. The school also has a chapel and boarding facilities on site while the rowing shed is conveniently located on the Brisbane River, the golf driving range is close by and sailing facilities are on Moreton Bay.
Proximity to the University of Queensland offers additional benefits through access to their exceptional sporting facilities and opportunities for highly able Brisbane Boys? College students to undertake university subjects in their senior years including particiaption in world class research through Science Extension programs.
Brisbane Boys? College provides a rigorous academic environment which allows every boy to aim to maximise his educational potential. The basis of our educational philosophy at Brisbane Boys’ College is simple – a successful education does not teach students what to think, but how to think. If we are to prepare tomorrow’s leaders, we must help them to develop flexibility of mind, strength of character, social skills and a sound belief system.
As a boys’ school, Brisbane Boys? College is specifically tailored to meet the needs of young men as they progress through their education. Excellence is valued and academically gifted students are challenged to reach their full potential. Indeed students at all ability levels are provided with individual support and attention and the school prides itself on the care offered to all.
A broad range of subjects are offered, from the fundamental three R’s of learning – reading, writing and arithmetic – to performing arts disciplines, vocational training subjects and technology areas such as robotics and multi-media. This broad educational framework permits boys to choose their own direction, whether it be on to tertiary studies or directly into the workforce.
Brisbane Boys? College offers a number of enrichment opportunities for students wanting to extend their academic abilities including participating in state and national competitions, extension holiday programs or they can elect to take advanced study classes across a range of subjects.
The comprehensive and extensive out-of-school curriculum seeks to provide additional opportunities for character development, decision making, problem solving and leadership. In striving for the education of the whole person, Brisbane Boys’ College aims to provide as many activities as possible, within and outside the formal school curriculum. It is intended that much of what has been termed a co-curricular activity is merely an extension of what occurs in the classroom.
Participation in activities at Brisbane Boys? College, though not compulsory, is expected. The College does not regard cultural activities as more important than sporting or vice versa. The lessons learnt and experiences gained occur regardless of the specific activity. The College does suggest though, that some physical activity be included in each student’s routine because of our concern for the health and physical well being of every student.
Generally, it is recommended that every student be involved in a minimum of one cultural and one sporting activity per year at Brisbane Boys? College.
Cutting Edge Technology
Brisbane Boys? College is leading the way in creating classroom environments that will prepare students for an ever changing technological landscape. Tablet PCs, a more advanced and interactive version of a laptop which uses pen enabled technology, are being integrated across the campus.
The College?s 1-to-1 Learning program is revolutionising the classroom and changing the ways boys think and learn. The program unites sophisticated technology and software with relevant content and innovative teaching.
The technology encourages boys to explore new digital learning spaces through on-demand access to global resources and allows teachers to place more emphasis on the individual. Teachers are able to view each boy?s screen from their own Tablet PC which enables them to observe students in ?real-time?; for example teachers can see each step a boy takes to solve an equation. With this information teachers can identify when boys are using higher level thinking skills or equally where they have gone wrong and provide personalised instruction and feedback.
By 2012 all students at Brisbane Boys? College from Years 7 to 12 will be part of the College?s 1-to-1 Learning program.
Becoming a boarder at Brisbane Boys? College is so much more than having somewhere to live and eat while studying at school. Boarding is a way of life that offers unique opportunities; to meet friends from around the world, develop confidence and independence with support from your houseparents and live with your friends.
Since 1909 boarding has played an important role in the life of the Brisbane Boys? College. Boys develop a special sense of belonging and community within the College when school becomes home for much of the year. Boarding provides a stable educational environment for boys to grow and develop independence and character while learning to cooperate and live with others in a close community.