As of July 1, 2011 Moreton Bay College and Moreton Bay Boys’ College will be amalgamated. This will be an historical turning point in the College's evolution.
The decision to join the Colleges together is, at its heart, quite simple – Moreton Bay College and Moreton Bay Boys’ College are stronger together. Both schools have significant strengths to offer the other and together we have a unique market leading proposition in private school education.
We remain absolutely committed to excellence in single sex education. The schools will remain separate, with their own individual personalities and attributes, but will be joined together to harness our expertise, resources, knowledge, facilities and business functions to best effect.
The amalgamation of the Colleges makes good sense on many levels. It is a natural extension of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2008, and has been a long-held desire of the boards. The timing has been sparked by the unexpected resignation of Dr Crouch as Principal of MBBC.
The first steps in the amalgamation will be to reorganise the current board structure. This means there will still be a board representing each school but each will have the same members. The members will be drawn from the existing MBC and MBBC boards and the change will take effect from July 1, 2011.
Ms Jennifer Haynes, the current Principal of Moreton Bay College, will also be appointed as Principal of both schools. We are very pleased she has accepted this position as the next step in her stellar career as a leading educator. As a result of the appointment, we will be immediately advertising for two new senior positions - Head of College for MBC and Head of College for MBBC. These positions will report directly to Ms Haynes.
For the remainder of the year you are unlikely to notice anything different in your day-to-day dealings with the school with the exception of the senior appointment of a new Head of College. The changes will happen gradually over the next three years and, for the most part, it will simply be ‘business as usual’ for the next 6-12 months.
It is important to note that the schools will not be ‘melded together’ as part of this amalgamation process – each school will retain its individuality, attributes, pastoral care and ethos. Your child’s routine, teachers and co-curricular activities will remain exactly the same.
Going forward there may be opportunities for an expansion of co-curricular activities, introduction of new subjects, improved resources, and ability for teachers to work across both Colleges, but these are discussions for another time that will be examined in close detail and in consultation with both school communities.
The first tasks in amalgamating the Colleges will look at how we can better leverage some of our business functions such as enrolments, finance and marketing under the new structure.
As a result of a closer working relationship, the girls’ school will benefit from the fruits of MBBC’s dynamism, innovation and strong global outlook – specifically the development of its middle school program based on Dr Crouch’s success in this area.
Equally the boys’ school is set to gain from MBC’s high quality senior school curriculum and academic achievements. Families who have children at both schools will also benefit from a closer alignment of policies and accounting functions across the two Colleges.
There will be plenty of opportunities to learn more about the amalgamation and what it will mean to you and your family. We will be holding briefing sessions, sending newsletters, emails and there is a comprehensive Q&A document which is located under the News and Events tab on the website that we will continue to update and you can access any time. We will keep you informed every step of the way.
All MBC students have been notified of these changes by letter and in assemblies on Monday April 18 and a special parent briefing was held on Tuesday 19 April.