Skip to main content
Blackthorn Past Student Association (BPSA)

Blackthorn Past Student Association (BPSA)

The Blackthorn Past Students Association (BPSA) is an integral part of the College community.

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, fostering an ongoing bond of fellowship between past students and further advancing the interests of the College, ‘my school and yours’.

The bond of fellowship is fostered using social media, newsletters and assisting with organising gatherings of past cohort years and coming together at regional locations culminating with an annual reunion at the College held over the third weekend each August.


Once again, the BPSA is planning to assist the College by providing a Bursary to a first-time student who is the descendant of a Past Student. If you feel you could assist us to fulfill this ambition, please contact us via our email or in writing:

Blackthorn Past Students’ Association
PO BOX 110 Charters Towers QLD 4820

Past Student Events

For some years now, the BPSA has assisted organisers in Townsville, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and more recently, the Atherton Tablelands and Mackay to host Mini Reunions so past students across those regions can get together and reminisce.

We are hoping that other regions may also like to participate and organise Cohort/Year Level Events. The BPSA can also assist with those wishing to organise a cohort or year level get-together.


Click on the link below to view the merchandise available from the BSPA.

if you wish to order any merchandise, please contact the BPSA at

Cohort/Class Year and Region Organisers – Events

The BPSA Committee maintains an up to date Members Register which records past student Cohort/Class years as well as the Region of residence. Past School Captains and past student event organisers actively maintain and use this information to bring together their Cohort/Class years and those pasts students in close regional proximity.

Contact the BPSA

If you would like to get touch with the BPSA, please contact us via our email address,

Executive Committee Meetings

The BPSA Executive Committee, elected by the Association’s members, holds at least four 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, we publish and distribute the bi-annual ‘Blackthorn News’ to provide news of our members.

At the 2023 AGM the following committee members were elected:



Mr David Cummins


Mr Ian Ritchie Vice President
Miss Kristine Patterson Secretary
Mrs Jay Goodwin Treasurer

Become a Member!

Click the button below to download our Membership form and join the BPSA!

Located in Charters Towers, North Queensland, we offer co-educational learning from Kindy to Year 12 with Boarding facilities.

Contact BTC

55-59 King St, Charters Towers QLD 4820

PO Box 339, Charters Towers QLD 4820

T: (07) 4787 5100