Brisbane Boys’ College Named State Champion At 2023 Tennis Queensland Primary Schools Cup

Brisbane Boys’ College dominated the Orange Ball category and was named State Champion at the 2023 Tennis Queensland Primary Schools Cup.

Read: Brisbane Boys’ College (BBC) Finishes Strong at 2023 Queensland State Championships Regatta

The team, consisting of Year 5 students Bentley Kang, Oliver Rowden, Harry Bridle and Hursh Menon, defeated Caningeraba State School with 23-11 in the Finals.

Around 1,200 students from 85 schools in the State joined in three tiers of modified Tennis Hot Shots, who began competing at the regional trials prior to the State Finals at the United Cup in Brisbane.

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Tennis Queensland Primary Schools Cup comes in three different categories: The red ball, an entry-level competition is for students in Year 4 and below; the orange ball category is for students in Year 5 and below; and Green Ball category is for Year 6 and below.

Meanwhile, Brisbane Boys’ College also excelled at the Green Ball category, finishing Third in the State. The team consisted of Albert Ge, Jonathan Zhang, Ethan Huang and Chengze Du.

The Toowong school is proud of the boys’ achievement and also thanked the coaches Ethan Wilkinson and Leo Prudencio for their involvement with getting the boys prepared for the big finale.

BBC said the boys also managed to mingle with numerous professional players, including Iga Swiatek, Jill Teichmann, Caper Ruud, Hubert Hurkacz, Matteo Berretini and Stan Wawrinka over the four days of competition. 

Photo credit: Brisbane Boys’ College (BBC)/Facebook

“Many autographs were gained, and the boys also got to walk through the players’ area and out onto Pat Rafter arena in front of the United Cup crowd. It was a fantastic experience for all,” BBC stated in a social media post.

Read: Remembering Wallace Bishop: Successful Jeweller and Brisbane Boys College Alumnus

To see the full results from the 2023 Tennis Queensland Primary Schools Cup, visit

Remembering Wallace Bishop: Successful Jeweller and Brisbane Boys College Alumnus

Wallace Bishop may have passed but his legacy lives on in the company that is now one of Australia’s oldest and most successful jewellery businesses.

The beloved Brisbane jeweller who made the family business a national brand, died peacefully at home on the 17th of November 2022, at the age of 88.

The grandson of his namesake, Wallace Bishop, who came to Queensland in 1909 and opened the family’s first store in the city, is a third-generation family jeweller. He joined his grandfather’s company after sitting for his Year 10 examinations at Brisbane Boys College, where he was Dux of his class in 1950. 

At that time, the family had two stores, including the Wallace Bishop Arcade on King George Street, which would become a Brisbane landmark for over seven decades.

Wallace Bishop
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Wallace Bishop
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In 1976, Wal, as he was fondly called, became the chief executive officer of the Wallace Bishop company and ran the family business from day to day. The jewellery brand was already established name in Queensland, supporting 160 workers. 

Two decades later, under his guidance, Wallace Bishop bought the Hardy Brothers Jewellers, a 166-year-old Australian company marketing high-end products. The jeweller also secured the opportunity to design and deliver the handcrafted Melbourne Cup for 17 years.

Wallace Bishop
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Today, the family business has over 50 stores and more than 500 employees and Wal’s son, Stuart, has taken the reins. Stuart said his father succeeded because he believed that “what goes around comes around” and had always given back to the community. 

Wal also surrounded himself with loyal associates and believed that luck is paid off with hard work. 

In 2018, Wal was awarded the Order of Australia membership for his significant contribution to retail business. A year later, he was also inducted into the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame.

Brisbane Boys’ College Scores Major Coup, Names John Buchanan as First XI Coach

Brisbane Boys’ College has just scored a major coup, naming John Buchanan, the most successful cricket coach in history, as its First XI Coach for the 2023 season.

Brisbane Boys’ College (BBC), a school with a proud cricket progeny in the likes of rising Bulls star Matt Willans, plus Chris Hartley, Jack Clayton, and Craig Philipson, has officially appointed the record-breaking coach as the squad’s mentor for the 2023 GPS First XI, a competition that he participated in when he played for The Southport School from 1969 to 1970.

Mr Buchanan also represented Queensland playing seven Sheffield Shield matches between 1978 to 1979.

Coach Par Excellence

In 1994, Mr Buchanan was appointed coach for the Queensland Bulls, a position he held for five years. During that period, the state squad won the Mercantile Mutual Cup twice and acquired its first-ever Shield since competing in the Sheffeld Shield in 1926-27.

He then went on to coach the Australian Cricket Team for eight years, beginning in 1999, leading the team to one success after another. 

During his time as coach, the Australian Cricket Team set a world record by winning 16 straight Test Matches, as well as achieving 29 undefeated World Cup matches and winning One-Day International 14 consecutive times.

By the time he retired from coach duties, the team had become World Cup Champions, Test Cricket World Champions, and holders of The Ashes, thanks to his unmatched mentoring skills.

Former Australian Coach Appointed Brisbane Boys’ College First XI Coach
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For the upcoming GPS First XI season foray of the BBC, the legendary coach said he would focus on making sure that the BBC squad has the best skills they could possibly have, a sentiment he also expressed when he voiced his excitement over his latest appointment.

Brisbane Boys’ College’ First XI Captain Jamie Alexander was just as pleased for an amazing opportunity for the boys to work with the highly acclaimed coach, who has a win record of over 75% since 1999.

World-Class BBC Pipe Band Delivers Award-winning Performances at Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Front of Worldwide TV Audience

Photo Credit: Brisbane Boys' College Old Collegians Pipe Band/Facebook

Brisbane Boys’ College Pipe Band One and Pipe Band Two delivered solid, memorable performances at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2022, where they placed firmly amongst the best, earning top places in a gruelling competition against other bands from Canada, USA, Mexico, Switzerland, and New Zealand.

BBC’s Pipe Band One clinched second place Division 4A, against a combination of adult and schoolboy bands in the competition, whilst the Pipe Band Two came away with a creditable fifth place in Division 4B.

The competition, held as part of a series during the Edinburgh Festivals in August, was televised across 40 countries and followed by over 220,000 people who watch the spectacular live production every year.

Pomp and pageantry at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
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The 2022 production saw 800 performers from around the world come together again at the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade in Scotland, after a two-year hiatus brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A selection of BBC Old Boys playing at the Royal Edimburgh Military Tattoo 2022
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This year’s theme was ‘Voices,’ aptly chosen to demonstrate that the world is closely connected through music, song, and dance despite cultural differences and geographical distances.

World-Class Pipe Band

Mr Andre Casson, headmaster at Brisbane Boys’ College, couldn’t be more proud of the boys.

“In addition to the Tattoo shows, BBC involvement in key championships continued and resulted in a final total of nine trophies. Our Pipe Band, along with 145 bands from across the globe, competed for the top prize at the World Championships at Glasgow Green in front of 40,000 spectators,” Headmaster Casson said.

“This event marks the pinnacle of the pipe band competitions and was the culmination of months of dedicated practice from our boys under the
indefatigable guidance of our brilliant director, Mr Stevie Stanley assisted by Mr Liam Cox, and Mr Aidan Scott,” he added.

The College Pipe Bands put on an impressive show, with the BBC Number Two band placing sixth and the BBC Number One band placing third at the World Championships.

These trophies were added to ones already won at the North Berwick Highland Games, where both bands achieved first place in their respective grades and also won the drumming.

The Number One band also secured first place in Division 4A and the Number Two band secured fourth place in Division 4B at the Bridge of Allan Highland Games.

“Although located on the other side of the world, BBC embodies the spirit of Scotland, not just in the foundations of our Presbyterian and Methodist Church organisation, but in the evocative sounds of the Pipe Band where ‘our Hunting MacLean tartan speaks of our origin, the drum line our heartbeat, and the bagpipes our voice,” Mr Casson said. 

Maintaining a Culture of Excellence

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“This success is made all the more remarkable since the boys were able to maintain a full academic program, being taught during the day by school staff,” Mr Casson said. 

“We are immensely proud of each and every one of our boys for sustaining such a high level of performance and commitment and for representing the College so well on a global stage.”

‘Sounds of Scotland’ Outdoor Concert in Toowong

Sounds of Scotland BBC Pipe Band

The BBC Pipe Band will be performing with local musicians and dancers, featuring a night of Scottish musical entertainment, at the “Sounds of Scotland” outdoor concert on Saturday, 12 November 2022.

There will be an array of refreshments, a BBQ, and an interesting line-up of stalls with Scottish wares at the event which will be held at the Brisbane Boys’ College Junior School Green.

Brisbane Boys’ College Finalises Purchase Of The Iconic Goldicott House

Brisbane Boys’ College and the Presbyterian Methodist Schools Association (PMSA) have finalised their acquisition of the heritage-listed Goldicott House in Toowong. 

Read: What is to Become of Toowong’s Goldicott House?

According to PMSA, the contract of sale for the 1.23ha site adjoining BBC was due to settle on 12 May 2022. 

“Together, we are driven by our vision to build caring school communities, by providing world-class teaching and learning environments and create new and exciting educational precincts that inspire our students to be the best version of themselves,” PMSA stated in a media release.

Previous reports indicate that the private school in Toowong is eyeing to extend their boarding house at the site.

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Pikos Group, the previous owners of the site, also announced the news on social media.

“We are pleased to announce that Pikos has sold heritage-listed Goldicott House in Toowong to Queensland private school Brisbane Boys’ College. With support from the local community, BBC are planning to retain the 1800s homestead as an education asset,” the Pikos Group has shared on a Facebook post.

The heritage-listed home has been spared from demolition twice, one in 2018 and another one just two years later after the Planning & Environment Court ruled in 2020 that it could not be rezoned and subdivided. 

About Goldicott House

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Goldicott House was constructed in 1885 for Brisbane engineer Charles Lambert Depree, who lived there until 1890 before returning to England. 

The iconic house is recognised as the first poured concrete slab in a Queensland building. Erecting Goldicott House was a revolutionary innovation in construction at the time.

In 1903, Goldicott House was renamed Mount St Mary’s Convent after the Sisters of Mercy acquired the property. 

It was listed in the Queensland Heritage Register in 1998. Goldicott House was purchased by property developers in 2017 before becoming available again recently.

Read: Court Rules No to Goldicott House Rezoning and Development in Toowong

Pikos Group acquired the property a few years ago for $8 million. In March 2022, the group sold it to the Brisbane Boys’ College for $17 million.

Brisbane Boys’ College Honours Late Mathematics Teacher Chicri Maksoud

Tributes have poured in from the community following the death of Chicri Maksoud, a beloved former maths teacher at the Brisbane Boys’ College in Toowong.

Read: New Toowong Primary School Location Confirmed

Mr Maksoud, who died on 3 February 2022 after a long battle with an illness, taught maths at the school for 38 years, where he was also a house master and co-curricular coach.

Aside from teaching mathematics, he was passionate about coaching rugby, cricket, athletics, and cross country programs.

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With Mr Maksoud, learning can be fun because he would use sports to teach maths to kids. He was so passionate about teaching, even if it meant giving his own time tutoring students. He held the lunchtime maths club every week aside from running the maths competitions for middle school. 

Mr Maksoud was deeply loved by his former students. In fact, a group of students started a public group on Facebook called ‘Chicri Maksoud.. the man the legend’ where they shared what it’s like being taught by the late teacher.

“Fantastic bloke. one of the few things I miss about BBC,” said Aidan Lamb.

“The man is a deadset genius, best teacher I ever had. If he could help me to pass maths, then there is no-one he can’t help pass the subject,” said Ben Foord.

“Wowee out of all my teachers from BBC I think Chicri Maksoud was my favourite….and my god does he love to teach. He was my maths tutor a couple of times a week in grades 11 and 12 (without which I most certainly would have failed) and my Cross Country Coach ’97-98, as the cross country captain at the time (98) I appreciate how much the legend went above and beyond the call of duty,” shared Chris Simmons. 

Read: Heritage-Listed Middenbury House in Toowong May Be Up for Mixed Development

The Old Collegians Association of Brisbane Boys’ College thanked Mr Maksoud for decades of service to the college, and for going above and beyond as a Maths Teacher, House Master, and co-curricular coach.

“You have been a positive influence on so many boys’ lives, and for that all boys and parents who have had the good fortune of dealing with you are extremely grateful,” the Old Collegians Association wrote on a social media post, after announcing Mr Maksoud’s demise.

BBC held a service on 10 Feb 2022 at the College Hall to celebrate the life of Mr Maksoud. The school livestreamed the service for those who were not be able to attend. 

Brisbane Boys’ College Clinches Head of the River 2021 Rowing Victory After 19 Years

It took trust, strength and determination for Brisbane Boys’ College (BBC) in Toowong to break a 19-year-drought and emerge victorious at the Head of the River 2021 regatta. 

On Saturday morning, 13 March 2021, BBC’s First VIII rowing team managed to beat Anglican Church Grammar School and St Joseph’s Gregory Terrace in the last 250 metres at Lake Wyaralong. 

The 10-man squad was trailing behind Churchie at 500 metres but the crew powered on, displaying their strength and teamwork to pull together. 

Captain of Boats Sam Crook said that they achieved this monumental win by trusting each other.

“As we sit on the start line all hoping for victory, the unit that has the trust, the belief and that follows the process will be the one that is successful,” Sam said. “In order to achieve glory, you must do something the boat next to you is not willing to do. It is not an option to let down the man in front when the pain cave hits.”  

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Mark Pavone, Brisbane Boys’ College head of co-curricular said that the team shares this victory with the parents, who have sacrificed their time to drive their boys to the training, and to the community that has tireless supported them. 

The school’s First VIII rowing team victory comes after BBC’s First XV Rugby and First IV Tennis teams won the 2020 GPS Rugby and Tennis Premiers. The current but outgoing principal, Mr Paul Brown, is the only principal in the school’s 119-year history to have had both rugby and rowing championships during his term of office. 

Meanwhile, Churchie received the Old Boys Cup for the quality of its longstanding rowing program. Anglican Church Grammar School Deputy Headmaster Co-curricular John Frare said this was, in itself, a great achievement for the school, which has one of the largest student body participating in rowing in Queensland.

Spring Hill and Toowong Schools Lead List of Brisbane’s Most Expensive

The pandemic has had nearly half of schools across the country holding back on school fees increase for this year’s term but some private schools in Queensland, including Brisbane Boys College in Toowong, have increased tuition by up to three percent. 

EdStart’s 2021 National School Fees Report showed that 40 percent of schools in Australia had no fees increase for the incoming term, whilst the nation’s general increase average dropped from 2.83 percent in 2020 to 1.05 percent this year.

The average increase in Queensland was at 1.19 percent, down from last year’s 1.87 percent.

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Brisbane Boys College increased school fees by 2.29 percent to land as the second most expensive school in Queensland, trailing behind Brisbane Grammar School in Spring Hill (2.5 percent increase). The third most expensive school in the region, Brisbane Girls Grammar School, had zero fees increase this year.

Top 10 Most Expensive Schools in Queensland

School2020 FeesIncrease2021 Fees
Brisbane Grammar School$28,230$1,220$29,450
Brisbane Boys College$24,724$2,444$27,168
Brisbane Girls Grammar School$26,555$0$26,555
Anglican Church Grammar School$23,944$1,990$25,934
St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School$24,560$0$24,560
The Southport School$24,438$0$24,438
Somerville House$23,940$0$23,940
St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School$22,120$1,735$23,855
Clayfield College$19,165$2,665$21,830
St Peter’s Lutheran College$20,360$516$20,876

EdStart CEO Jack Stevens said this trend was unusual as the standard was to increase fees annually. However, many institutions have acknowledged the realities of household budgets taking a hit due to the current public health crisis. 

To get by and manage cash flow, parents have been enrolling in payment plans.

Brisbane Boys College, for instance, has a specific scheme for paying school fees weekly or fortnight whilst companies like EdStart have provided loans for tuition so parents won’t have to take on a mortgage or apply for a personal loan.

But Mr Stevens also said that flat fees will not be sustainable long-term as schools are driven to add staffing and administration or spend on maintenance and acquisition of the facilities. He projects that the majority of schools will go back to increasing fees by 2022.

First ATAR Results: Nearly Half of the Students at 2 Toowong Schools Achieved Above 90

Over 25,000 Year 12 students in Queensland received the very first Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) this December. Amidst a challenging year, the Class of 2020 at two Toowong schools will leave with impressive ATAR results.

Nearly half the students at Stuartholme School in Birdwood Terrace and Brisbane Boys’ College in Kensington Terrace had 90 and above ATAR results.

Stuartholme School Principal Kristen Sharpe has released a statement to congratulate the graduating students. Some 44.30 percent of the girls earned a score above 90, whilst 19 percent had 95 of higher ATAR results. 

Ms Sharpe also proudly stated that five of their girls will get “an Academic Commendation from QCAA for achieving straight A results in six General Subjects.”

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Brisbane Boys’ College, on the other hand, had 44.20 percent of their graduating students with above 90 ATAR results, whilst 9.3 percent scored 99 and above. 

“Special acknowledgement goes to Matthew Chen, Cody Fang and Max Foreman who received the highest possible ATAR of 99.95, being three of only 30 Year 12 students across the state to do so,” the school officials said in a statement

“The Class of 2020 has made history by being the first cohort to graduate through the Senior Assessment Tertiary Entrance (SATE) system. They were the first full cohort of Prep, the first Year 7s into High School and the first group to receive an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) rather than OP in Queensland.”

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Other westside schools performing impressively include the St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School in Corinda, where 69 percent of students had above 90 ATAR results, and Marist College in Ashgrove with 27 percent scoring above 90.

“Schools across Queensland introduced the new syllabuses and assessment model with Year 11 students in 2019, and the success of the transition is a credit to the hard work and professionalism of principals and teachers,” Education Minister Grace Grace said

“And now, despite the disruptions to their schooling caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the great news is 89 percent of these young people achieved a QCE.”

Photo Credit: Stuartholme School/Facebook

Ms Grace also advised students whose results are far from their expectations to not be disheartened as they can explore more options to enter the university. 

For questions about the ATAR students or parents may phone QTAC on 1300 193 173.

New Housing Complex Development Near Brisbane Boys College Opposed

Brisbane Boys’ College (BBC) plans to sell a section of its land on Union St for a townhouse development consisting of 24 units but residents are opposing the plan mainly because it will increase traffic problems in a school area.

BBC, managed and owned by the Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association (PMSA), was supposed to enter into a contract with the developer, Feltham Property Group, to turn 0.8ha of land into a housing complex. The development, however, hit a road bump after the Council required easement and access roads, particularly near the school’s tennis courts. 

PMSA, through its chairman and architect Greg Adsett, however, said that the easement is not needed and the said area at the back of the school won’t impact the school’s activities, including traffic. 

But traffic has been a major issue on Union St since the beginning of this year, according to the residents. They enumerated some of the causes of traffic in their submission to the Council:

  • BBC parents am/pm drop off and pick-up of students
  • Buses taking students to various events and to and from school
  • Senior students getting their drivers license throughout the year and increase in students parking in Union St

“Local traffic in the street sees the amount of houses, unit blocks, units and duplex in Union Street alone.”

Photo Credit: PD Online/Brisbane City Council
Photo Credit: PD Online/Brisbane City Council

Headmaster Paul Brown said that the land for the development is a school surplus and its sale received approval from the Council. Mr Brown added that the townhouse development, dubbed Oakman Residences, is closer to Oakman Park than the school. Selling the land would help fund the college’s planned developments. 

Feltham Property Group plans to build six apartments and 17 townhouses, as well as maintain the Kaieta house, built in the 1890s. Kaieta is currently the residence of the school’s headmaster, which will be refurbished and incorporated in the development.

Photo Credit: PD Online/Brisbane City Council

“KAIETA is a historic Brisbane home. I restored it from a semi-derelict state in 1978. My family occupied it until I sold it to Brisbane Boys’ College,” Dr John Thynne Drewe said.  “Their care of it since then has been a disgrace. I would be of the opinion that the PMSA should be required to restore it to a standard befitting such a historic part of Toowong and not be moved and concealed by townhouse clutter. Imagine the traffic access to Moggill Rd if that occurs.”