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 and Committee hold at least three meetings per year, in February, May and November, to run the business of the Association, organise and promote Reunions and publish the annual Blackthorn News.
The current Executive consists of:
Mr David Cummins – President
Mr Geoff Chapman – Vice President
Mrs Sarah Bunch – Treasurer
Miss Kris Patterson – Secretary
Students are eligible to become Members after leaving the College, having spent a minimum of six months enrolled as a Student. There are different periods of Membership available. Please contact the Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in becoming a Member.
Download a Past Student Membership Application Form.
The BPSA is keen to assist the College in updating the register of past students, creating more connections and adding to an already extensive network, so why not use the BPSA portal to register or update your details.
Annual Reunion: Charters Towers – 12th, 13th and 14th August
Mini Reunions: Townsville: 4th May
Brisbane: 26th August
Sunshine Coast: 3rd September
All past students and teachers are welcome to attend our Reunions.
Class years 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 are all invited to attend the annual reunion for special return gatherings. Program details will be posted as they are confirmed.
Please contact the Secretary for further details and for pricing.