A young school, with its sights set firmly on the future.
Moreton Bay Boys’ College is an independent boys’ school conducted within the Christian traditions of the Uniting Church in a brother/sister relationship with Moreton Bay College, a single-sex school for girls.
During the 1990s, families of Moreton Bay College (MBC) and wider community who live in Brisbane’s bayside suburbs had sought a local boys-only school that replicated the ethos and culture of MBC, and provided an equivalent educational experience for their sons.
Subsequently, Moreton Bay College and the Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association (PMSA) entered into an agreement, making possible the establishment of Moreton Bay Boys’ College. A separate, not-for-profit company, Moreton Bay Boys’ College Ltd (MBBC Ltd), which owns and operates the College, was incorporated on 10 April 2003.
As the first independent boys’ school to be established within Brisbane in some 65 years, the establishment of Moreton Bay Boys’ College was a defining moment in history.
The school presented the opportunity for families from the eastern suburbs of Brisbane – and increasingly further afield – to benefit from a combination of enduring values and an innovative approach to teaching and learning.
The school opened in 2003 with Preschool and Year 1 on vacant land at MBC.
In 2004, MBBC moved to its permanent home at 302 Manly Road, Manly West with Preschool, Year 1 and Year 2. Years 3 – 5 were added in 2005, Years 6-9 in 2006, Year 10 in 2008, and Year 11 in 2009, with the first Year 12s graduating from the College in 2010.
The College will continue to expand until it reaches a maximum capacity of between 750-800 students.
Amalgamation of MBC and MBBC
In July 2011, Moreton Bay Boys College and Moreton Bay College were amalgamated. Under the strategic guidance of one Principal Ms Jennifer Haynes, with a combined board and the appointments of Heads of College at each campus the two Colleges are stronger together. Located a few minutes away from each other, the two Colleges now offer a solution for single sex education for families across the bayside and Brisbane.
Leading MBBC is Mr Tony Wood who is a strong advocate for a balanced approach in educating boys. At MBC is Dr Deborah Priest who comes to the girls college with a wealth of knowledge in educating young women.
The two Colleges have aligned to share resources, staff as well as policies and procedures. They will not become a co-educational facility. They each have separate finances, personalities and histories but join together on occasion to share from each others knowledge and experience.
The strategic direction of the two Colleges will be determined by its Principal Ms Jennifer Haynes, supported by the joint board. It is an exciting time for the two Colleges to come together and whilst it is a unique model for education in Queensland it signifies a cohesive and supportive arrangement for the community.