MBBC – a college of outstanding opportunities

16 November 2016

TonyWood-400x267This time of year always excites me. It could the Jacarandas in flower and I’m sure the approaching holiday break has something to do with it but I can’t help be excited by the way in which our school celebrates the successes of our boys.

There is such a wonderful culture here at MBBC built on the back of our core values of care, character, team work and engagement.

At our annual Celebration of Excellence on Monday evening we celebrated the achievement of our boys in style and with great warmth. Parents I have spoken to since Monday night have spoken of their pride, admiration and love of this school and what it has done for their boys. There was a real sense of confidence in the school. The achievements of the boys have come about through engaged learning, focussed teaching and high expectations. The range of outstanding experiences in which a boy at MBBC can achieve success is broad and diverse and I’m always impressed with the talents of our boys.

thomas-grahamCongratulations especially to Thomas Graham our College Dux. Thomas has been an exceptional academic student since he arrived some years ago. Given the hard work he has put in; he thoroughly deserves the accolades. Thomas revealed that the Saturday after the final exam was the first Saturday for the entire year he has woken up not having to do several hours of study! That’s dedication.

I pay special tribute to Thomas’s teachers who have guided, nurtured and encouraged him to be the best he can be. But of course, Thomas wasn’t the only boy to have achieved considerable personal success and with whom teachers have worked. I congratulate all the award winners from Monday evening and each and every boy who has grown or improved in some way this year.

I also commend the work of the student leadership team led by Nick Thompson, our College Captain. Nick is a remarkable young man with a wonderful future. He epitomises what it means to be an MBBC graduate. A young man of character who acts with integrity, shows courage and resilience and cares for other people. Nick has been fully engaged in an enormous range of opportunities at MBBC including sport, debating, travel and STEM activities. He founded and manages the Astronomy Club and demonstrates genuine passion for whatever he is involved in. Nick has been a student at MBBC since our foundation in 2004 – that’s 13 years!

Indeed, there are four boys graduating this year that have shared this journey from Foundation. They are Nick, Tavis Bancroft, Kyle Falconer and Jared Gill. Their families are to be congratulated for their loyalty and commitment to our wonderful school.

On Monday night I announced the student leadership team for 2017. Congratulations to the following boys on their appointments:

  • Captain: Matthew Rogers
  • Vice-Captain: Ben Roxburgh
  • Cultural Captain: Curtis Bailey
  • Service Captain: Jack Taggart
  • Sports Captain: Lachlan Sloman

House Captains:

  • Dunlop Captain: Josh Bamford
  • Doherty Captain: Connor Howarth
  • Nicholls Captain: Janus Pretorius
  • Flynn Captain: Finley Williams

Until next time,

Best wishes,

Tony Wood

Staff News

Miss Eleni Amarandos (Science teacher) has indicated that she will be resigning from the College at the end of the year to travel and work in the UK. We thank Eleni for her work with our boys, for her collegiality and good humour and we will miss her. We wish her well in the next chapter of her life.

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