BBC welcomes new Associate Chaplain
BBC inducted their new Associate Chaplain, Thomas McPherson, in a special service today.
Thomas along with his wife Emma and three children, Owen (six), Harry (four) and Laura (one) were welcomed to the BBC community, with members from the Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association (PMSA), affiliate schools and BBC Council members in attendance.
Thomas brings a wealth of experience to the role, having obtained a teaching degree, Master of Educational Studies focusing on the Middle Schooling years and has also completed a thesis exploring metacognition.
Thomas has always been driven to help young people achieve the most of out life and in helping them engage with God. He will become an integral part of the Christian Ministry team at BBC.
We wish Thomas and his family all the best as they commence their BBC journey.
James meets his match
As the sea of Red at Ballymore came into focus, a young James Thompson declared, “Dad, I’m really nervous, I’m so nervous.” The nerves however failed to wipe away his ear-to-ear grin as he prepared to meet his heroes – the Queensland Reds.
Having been diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy at age two, a severe and progressive muscle wasting disease that is already affecting James’ mobility, the afternoon was particularly special for this young rugby enthusiast.
The opportunity came about thanks to a phone call from Bren Arkinstall, a family friend and Director of Development at Brisbane Boys’ College, to Reds Captain and BBC Old Collegian James Horwill.
“I called James Horwill and asked if he could meet my little mate James, because he loves the Reds. It was such a special afternoon," Mr Arkinstall said.
"Each of the players took time out to chat with James. They introduced themselves and shook his hand, talked to him about Rugby and James Horwill presented him with his very own signed Reds jersey,” he said.
“I can’t thank James and the entire Reds team enough for taking the time at the business end of their pre-season to give little James a day he’ll never forget.
“Sharing the same birthday and name as James Horwill, the pair formed a special bond, with Horwill making it clear that James will always be welcome to visit the Reds.
“James went home buzzing that night and has deemed it the best day of his life.”
James’ parents Julian and Sharyn have been raising awareness and funds for Muscular Dystrophy since James’ diagnosis.
In 2007 Julian cycled across Cambodia with a group of cyclists, raising $200,000 and then created The Tour Duchenne, which saw 25 people cycle from Sydney to Melbourne to raise money for research. Julian now also works for the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation.
For more information on Muscular Dystrophy and how you can help click here
Sharyn, James’ mum, also shared this experience on her blog Sweet Saraya, click here to read
First day of school
BBC welcomes Prep students and their parents
As far as school days go, they don't get any bigger than the first day of Prep. Brisbane Boys' College welcomed our Prep students on Monday 4 February, with their first day of school filled with a lot of excitement and many learning experiences. Spirits were high as the boys made new friends, played in the playground, and established a sense of belonging as they settled into their classroom environment. BBC Junior School hosted a welcome morning tea for new Prep parents to meet and share their experiences.
We would like to welcome our new Prep students and their parents who have started their journey at Brisbane Boys' College for the first time. May it be the first year of many more memories that you will share and build throughout your schooling years at BBC.
BBC boys defend Brisbane International title
Congratulations to BBC Tennis players Santokh Bains, Bryn Nahrung, Max Williams, Lewis Kehl and Mitch Clarke who took home the title at the recent Brisbane International Primary Schools Challenge for the second consecutive year. To read the full story, click here
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