A New School of Thought.
Knowledge-based learning is no longer enough. We teach our boys to question the status quo and solve problems to make the world a better place. Not just when they leave school. Now, at Brisbane Boys' College.
We know boys. We know how to harness their energy, curiosity and thirst for competition. We call this: A New School of Thought.
It starts with music every day.
As one of only a few schools in Brisbane to offer the Music Every Day program as part of the standard curriculum, BBC's Junior School sees our youngest learners in Prep, Years 1, 2 and 3 partake in music lessons on a daily basis.
The program supports literacy and numeracy development through song, syllable work and musical stories integrated into our core curriculum.
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Prep to Year 6
Designed to stimulate and challenge inquiring young minds, BBC's Junior School program caters for the unique learning styles of boys, combining structured and play based learning experiences. Our focus lies in the development of the whole boy. Our understanding of key developmental milestones informs teaching strategies and enables us to deliver tailored learning experiences for your son.
Years 7 to 9
Boys are tribal. That's why we have Houses. And teams. And competitions. Middle schooling represents a time of great change for boys; more so than any other stage of their development. For this reason, the middle years focus on facilitating transitions and fostering independence - where boys learn from mistakes, grow through experience and unearth what truly makes them 'tick'.
Years 10 to 12
The senior years represent the pinnacle of a boy's education. As he begins to seriously consider the possibilities that lie ahead, we continue to encourage innovative and forward thinking. It's about ensuring he moves through these important years with clear purpose and direction. Boys are able to participate in a number of programs, so that his future doesn't start when he leaves the school gates, but now at BBC.
It takes a village
More than simply a school, Brisbane Boys' College is an extension of the home environment.
We provide over 30 co-curricular choices 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.
Our program focuses on providing benefit to the boys by adding value to their lives and encouraging them to develop integrity, ingenuity and creative spirit by being involved in a wide range of co-curricular activities.
New generation, new tools
At Brisbane Boys’ College there is always a Next Generation – this is never truer than for technology.
Today, more than ever, we need to move our thinking beyond traditional literacy to a more dynamic set of 21st-century fluencies, skills that are needed to live and succeed in this rapidly changing society. These skills are not just about technological prowess; they’re not about hardware but more about headware!
We promote 21st century fluencies and encourage critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity and innovation. Staying ahead of the curve is vital, that’s why we advocate 1-1 learning using Tablet PCs. This keeps us in-step with the ever evolving world of technology, transforming students of today into the skilled professionals, successful businessmen and leaders of tomorrow.
Boarding at BBC
BBC moves beyond education to total care.
House parents can never replace mum and dad, but at BBC they offer the special care and genuine support boys need when away from home. Combine this with our Resident Masters, Tutors, Counsellors and College Chaplain and you have a blend of family-like relationships, caring support and welcome advice.
As boarders, boys are automatically enrolled in Rudd House and through this unity a strong sense of friendship, trust, family and community is generated. Boarding provides a stable educational environment for boys to grow and develop independence and character.
From dietary needs to medical care, to recreational activities to total care and support, boarding at BBC is a unique way of life that is brimming with exciting opportunities.
Valuing holistic education
Brisbane Boys’ College encourages spiritual maturity and believes in the development of the spiritual life of each student.
Spirit of adventure
Adventures outside the classroom challenge young people socially, physically and emotionally.
Outdoor Education combines education of the mind, body and soul – developing life skills and resilience while having fun! From the rivers of northern NSW to the glorious Glasshouse Mountains, your son will be challenged as a leader and eco-citizen whist enjoying all the outdoors has to offer.
At Brisbane Boys’ College we understand that the specific needs of each student can differ greatly.
That’s why we have tailored initiatives such as our Indigenous Education Program. The program works to close the gap by providing pathways for young Indigenous Australians to access mainstream education of the highest quailty.
A dedicated team of professionals are on hand to ensure a smooth transition and provide specialised support and care. Staff act as strong mentors, role models and supporters of culture with local elders often called upon to provide guidance. At BBC we are committed to creating an environment where Indigenous issues are understood and are motivated by the belief that such a program not only benefits those directly in our care, but has a far greater reach as we collectively work as a nation to create sustainable change.
Find out more
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Explore our campus and surrounds
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Submit an Application for Enrolment, using the PDF form or our Apply Online feature, for each son you wish to enrol.
On submission, the student's name is placed on the nominated waiting list.
Based on the information supplied in school, boys and their parents may be invited to attend an interview.
Interviews may occur up to 36 months prior to the year for which entry is sought.
Following an interview, should an offer of a place result, this will be confirmed in writing to the family.
An offer of a place is accepted by the parent through payment of the non-refundable Confirmation Fee and return of a signed copy of the Student Enrolment Contract.
Importance of a strong start
Behaviours, attitudes and learning abilities start from a very young age.
Fees at a glance
Our schedule sets out fees from Prep to Year 12, you can plan for the future by using our quick Fee Calculator.
It is most important for brothers to share educational experiences and be offered equal opportunities. BBC is a great supporter of siblings attending BBC and its sister schools, and as such we offer worthwhile discounts as an appreciation to those larger families.
Use our Fee Calculator to assist you in planning your son\'s future (2016 fees available from 16 November, 2015).
Integrate and educate
At Brisbane Boys’ College we welcome overseas students and believe that cultural integration strengthens the outlook and overall education of each and every student and BBC.
Life in Australia is full of peace and potential, particularly in Queensland where the people are friendly and the sun shines all year round. In Brisbane the opportunities for business, work and pleasure abound. We know that your son, and in fact your entire family, will fit right in and feel at home in no time at all.
Full fee paying students board at BBC during their enrolment unless of course a parent (holding an appropriate visa) is residing in Brisbane for the duration of the school term.
Your questions answered
Parents often seek answers to similar questions when it comes to choosing the right school.
Open every day
Each year we hold a series of open days where we welcome students, their families and the community to explore our school and join in special events. We also make annual regional and international visits.
But if you can’t wait and really want to see why Brisbane Boys' College is the choice of so many families then we are more than happy to arrange a personal tour. You’ll soon discover that BBC is so much more than simply a school, it is a life experience for students and their families.
At BBC, we challenge boys to think not just about what they will do to succeed for themsleves, but what their role is in the world.
We love to see boys excel and that’s why we are happy to welcome boys who are talented, curious and keen to learn. We offer a number of scholarships and bursaries across various categories, which provides opportunities for boys to benefit from a BBC education.
Just a stone’s throw from Brisbane CBD, the beautiful architecture and landscaping of Brisbane Boys’ College is superbly situated on the hillside in Toowong.
This central location makes getting here easy either by car or public transport. The school is also very close to the University of Queensland, the State's largest tertiary institution right on the Brisbane River where the school's boatshed is situated.
BBC is conveniently positioned right on several major council bus routes with Toowong train station just a short walk from the College. There is a selection of train routes for students travelling from diverse areas of Brisbane. We also provide a dedicated school bus services which service the northern, western and Centenary suburbs.
BBC at a glance
Brisbane Boys’ College – one of Australia’s most innovative and successful schools - honours more than 110 years of heritage and tradition, where generations have enjoyed the benefits of a strong BBC community.
Brisbane Boys’ College is a GPS boys school with day students from Prep to Year 12 and boarding students in Years 4 to 12. As a boys' school, BBC is specifically tailored to meet the needs of young men as they progress through their education.
An outstanding educational experience awaits your son when he joins the ranks of many thousands of young men who have passed through the 'Portal' since 1902.
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Igniting the spark
As a school we deal with dreams.
Dreams of parents who envisage what their sons could become and probably even more importantly, dreams of boys who reflect on what they could achieve. The school your son attends will shape his life and we have the great privilege of playing a part in creating tomorrow’s world.
All about the boy
This is at the very heart of the College.
Like each of our boys, BBC has its own unique place in the world. It’s a story that belongs to our entire community and one that brings to life our guiding philosophy – All about the boy. It articulates our approach, how we think differently and importantly highlights our thought leadership on boys’ education.
Honouring our heritage
In 1902 Mr A W Rudd OBE founded Brisbane Boys’ College.
All in the balance
At Brisbane Boys’ College we believe in realising our vision.
Our strategic plan is a highly functional, living document based on the Balanced Scorecard approach using comprehensive performance measures to achieve success for every boy.
To remain at the top of the educational field we align with leading businesses for our mutual benefits.
We're very excited about our newest facility; our world-class Middle School Precinct.
Education is a constantly changing landscape.
At BBC we like to look at learning through our students' eyes.
The success of our students expands beyond the classroom.
BBC advocates partnership between home and the school, creating a rich environment for positive relationships, valuable learning experiences and overall personal growth. As experienced educators we pride ourselves on providing parents with the tools to take learning beyond the classroom and into the home.
Investing in the future
We aim to unlock the potential of every student.
A connection for life
There’s something about staying in touch.
About keeping the bonds that are formed in your foundational years. Joining the Old Collegians Association means keeping those important connections for life and becoming a part of 14,000 like-minded old boys.
No matter whether you finished last year or 50 years ago the BBC Old Collegians' Association provides past students an opportunity to catch up, network and enjoy all those magnificent traditions that makes BBC especially memorable.
Reunions, dinners, news and memories. The OCA is about reconnecting. But it is more than simply reminiscing, OCA is an important part of the BBC make-up and members help to make a real difference to students and the wider community.
Parents and friends
Our Parent and Friends' Association supports the College in many ways.
Meet, connect, enjoy
New friendships, social events, fun gatherings - it's all part of BBC parent connections.
The Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association (PMSA), has a strong tradition of providing excellence in education.
On your doorstep
Enviable facilities to match our reputation
Located just five kilometres from the Brisbane CBD in the inner western suburbs, Brisbane Boys' College is nestled in the hillside suburb of Toowong. The campus - home to state-of-the-art academic, sporting and cultural facilities - dates back to the 1930s and and has continued to progress as the College has grown in its 100+ years of operation.
Committed to a thriving future
The environment is everyone’s responsibility.
BBC is taking a leadership stance to ensure that every boy understands sustainability and that everyone associated with BBC works together to create a better world both now and for future generations. Students and staff are constantly aware of their role in BBC’s ecological footprint and it shows in the classroom, grounds and office from simple paper curtailment to water harvesting and energy reduction.
Sustainability is embedded in everything we do. From Outdoor Education to testing the quality of water in Biology and immersing our minds in climate change in SOSE.