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!