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.
MBBC have just celebrated their first 10 years as a College with family pavers and a time capsule buried on the campus.
Amalgamation of MBC and MBBC
As of July 1, 2011 Moreton Bay College and Moreton Bay Boys’ College were amalgamated. This was a historical turning point in the evolution of both Moreton Bay College and Moreton Bay Boys’ College. The amalgamation of the Colleges made good sense on many levels. It was seen to be a natural extension of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2008, and had been a long-held desire of the Boards
The decision to join the Colleges together was, at its heart, quite simple – Moreton Bay College and Moreton Bay Boys’ College are stronger together. This unique proposition in private education offers families with male and female children all the benefits of single sex education and also the convenience of having co-ordinated term breaks and school events, as well as aligned values, policies and student behavioural expectations.
Five minutes apart by car, both College’s remain absolutely committed to excellence in single sex education. The schools remain separate, one committed to the education of girls and the other of boys, each with their own individual personalities and attributes, but which are now joined together to harness expertise, resources, knowledge, facilities and business functions to best effect.
The first steps in the amalgamation was to reorganise the current Board structure. This means there is still a Board representing each school but both Boards now have the same members. The members were drawn from the existing MBC and MBBC boards.
Ms Jennifer Haynes, Principal of Moreton Bay College, was appointed as Principal of both schools. Ms Haynes main priority is to focus on the alignment of the two schools in matters of policy, programs and procedures where appropriate, employment of staff and the strategic direction of The Moreton Bay Colleges, and oversight of the financial health of the two schools with the assistance of a common Chief Financial Office, Mrs Helen Gabriel, Director of Business and Finance.
As a result of the appointment, two new senior positions were appointed who are responsible for the detailed day-to-day running of the school and who have input into the strategic development of the schools – Dr Deborah Priest as Head of College for MBC and Mr Tony Wood as Head of College for MBBC. These positions report directly to Ms Haynes.
Moving forward there may continue to be be opportunities for an expansion of co-curricular activities, introduction of new subjects, improved resources, and ability for teachers to work across both Colleges.
For instance, our boys and girls now audition for the other school’s key drama performances and are invited to fill vacancies in musical ensembles. Our Seniors meet each other in closely fought “Battle of the Bays” competition of sport, debating and theatre arts. The Leo’s Clubs have held joint meetings and a joint MBC/MBBC group now attends the Independent School Christian Fellowship events.
As a result of a closer working relationship, the girls’ school will continue to benefit from the fruits of MBBC’s dynamism, innovation and strong global outlook – specifically the development of its middle school program.
Equally the boys’ school has gained from MBC’s high quality senior school curriculum and academic achievements.
For further information about pursuing an education for your son or daughter at either of the Moreton Bay Colleges, please contact our Registrar Mrs Emma Campbell on 07 3906 9444