From the Principal
Established in 2003 and with a sound Prep to Year 12 boys’ education program firmly in place, Moreton Bay Boys’ College is recognised as a specialist in boys’ education.
During its establishment phase, choices regarding its vision and goals, its educational and co-curricular programs and the selection and professional growth of its staff were all focused on positive outcomes for boys. The development of policies and procedures, grounds and facilities were all made with its core business, the education of boys, strongly in mind. Its vision was to have a clear eye on meeting the needs of 21st century boys in their growth towards being men of character and spirit who understand the importance of participation and service in the community.
In 2008, the College deepened its relationship with its sister Uniting Church school, Moreton Bay College, which had over a century of experience as an esteemed Queensland educator of girls. With MBC being a founding partner behind MBBC, the two schools already had similarities, and had collaborated to align school calendars to help families with boys and girls who wanted the advantages of single sex education. A combined Board was formed and one principal was appointed across the two schools who were each to retain their separate financial status and distinctive character whilst aligning with each other where appropriate. Efficiencies in the costs of school services and management of the Colleges’ finances to leave more resources to support student learning, and keep fees to a minimum appealed to parents.
Fundamental to this partnership – together but apart – is a conviction that boys and girls learn differently and achieve better academic results in single sex education environments. In co-ed settings, boys often do less well academically than girls, but there can still be inhibiting gender specific stereotypes at play that limit girls’ career horizons and confidence.
The vision for the two schools also recognised the opportunities for the social development of our boys and girls in supervised settings in this new partnership. Such opportunities can be quite limited in single sex schools.
At MBBC, primary girls from MBC join the boys for shared or for special extension activities. In 2012, twenty two Middle and Senior boys performed in MBC’s musical The Sound of Music, and MBC girls auditioned for the female roles in MBBC’s Musical Bugsy Malone. The Seniors annually fight for victory in the Battle of the Bays, a three part tournament with sporting and public speaking components.
It is in this paired context that Moreton Bay Boys’ College now thrives. It is a positive and welcoming school with a supportive and encouraging community focussed on each boy achieving his personal best. I invite you warmly to visit us at our next Open Day to experience our vibrant learning environment first hand.
Ms Jennifer Haynes