BPSA and Alumnae

The Blackthorn Past Students Association (BPSA) is an integral part of the College, serving as an important bridge to its past, and giving a voice for present operations and future plans.

Initially formed as the Thornburgh Old Boys’ Association in 1924 and the Blackheath Old Girls’ Association in 1925, the groups combined in 1935 to form an inclusive and driving force, furthering the connections of past students and promoting the name of the College.

With its rich and vibrant history, the BPSA fosters fellowship between past students, actively organises and supports Reunions and assists the College through Scholarships and other financial and non-financial support.



The BPSA Executive Committee holds at least three meetings per year and more as required.  In this way the business of the association and the various reunions can be organised and promoted.  In addition, our aim is to publish and distribute the annual Blackthorn News to catch up on the news of our members.

At the 2017 AGM the following were elected:

Mr David Cummins                 President

Mr Geoff Chapman                 Vice President

Mrs Jean McCubben               Secretary

Mrs Jay Goodwin                     Acting Treasurer (appointed post the AGM)

The new committee is excited to be very active in the lead up to our centenary year 2019.  Hence our 2018 reunions will be enhanced by new initiatives.  There has been excellent feedback on the 2017 Reunion and features have been noted.

Reunions will be planned for Townsville at both Carlyle Gardens and The John Flynn College at JCU.  Other reunions will be planned for Foundation Day in June, Sunshine Coast, and Brisbane to name a few.  Next year we would like to recognise the contribution our Day Students have made to the college.  Yes, you have been an important part of our college!  Keep in touch by viewing this page as we update these functions.

Classes who are especially invited back to the 17,18,19 August Reunion in 2018 include – 1963, 1973, 1983, 1993, 2003, 2013!  We are focussing on you and want to give you the time of your life!  We are also inviting one of our much loved and respected Principals to return.  Who?  Watch this space!


Commemoration Assembly: We, as Past Students, are invited by the Principal to attend the Commenoration Assembly at the college at 8:30 am on Friday 15 June. We are being invited as we are part of the BTC family. So if you are in travelling distance please come and celebrate the 99th year of our college and share together in Morning Tea afterwards. It is also important to acknowledge the huge part that the day students have played in the ongoing success of our college. We are hoping that Charters Towers families who are part of the day student component in any way can feel especially welcome.

The Paint Initiative: Many of you will have seen the two sides of Thornburgh House where you have provided the paint and the labour to restore the outside to its former glory. To date you have donated 503 cans of paint and we are now pushing towards completing the task. If you have not joined in please consider being part of the past student community who got the job finished! A can is $90 and I can assist you by contacting me on jeanmcc@bigpond.net.au.

The BPSA Constitution: A review of our current constitution has been undertaken in order to ensure it follows legislation. Members will see the draft when it is finished and be provided with an opportunity to comment, discuss, agree and vote on it.

This year is turning into a great year of new initiatives that are building excitement towards our Centenary Year in 2019! Blackthorn! Blackthorn! Blue!!