Blackheath & Thornburgh College is located on an attractive site of approximately 10 hectares in the centre of Charters Towers – renowned as an important centre of education in Northern Australia.
The College provides a broad curriculum and great facilities in a safe, rural location away from the pressures and risks of a larger city, yet it is just 135km from the city of Townsville and the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
Charters Towers is an important centre of education and commerce for a wide part of rural North Queensland and we have welcomed students from across Australia, PNG and China.
Blackheath & Thornburgh College is an Independent, co-educational College catering for day and boarding students from Kindy to Year 12. Founded in 1919, generations of students, parents and staff have enjoyed the advantages of a quality academic and co-curricular programme in our structured and supportive environment. Our parents appreciate the friendly, family atmosphere that is experienced throughout our co-educational campus and can be confident that their children, whether day or residential students, have access to high quality educational opportunities.
The College currently caters for approximately 260 students, including 120 boarding students mainly from across Queensland, Northern Australia and PNG.
BTC is as much a second home as an educational place of learning and we see ourselves as all part of one extended family. We are a strongly-connected community of passionate staff and enthusiastic, sociable students all within an atmosphere that promotes a community, supportive spirit.
We understand country life and our structure is geared to supply it – our beginnings are firmly entrenched in rural North Queensland, offering country children educational opportunities, and we retain this focus today, with country-based programs and a boarding life which is very much home away from home.
BTC is organised into three sub-schools to focus on the unique developmental needs of students at each stage of the learning journey:
Junior School (Prep – Year 6)
Secondary School (Years 7 – 12)
Our Early Learning centre is structured around the Early Years Learning Framework, focusing on children being actively engaged in their learning to enable them to develop greater self-awareness and understanding of the world in which they live. Many natural and beautiful materials are available to the children in Kindy, all aimed at provoking thought and helping the children to communicate their thoughts and knowledge with others.
The dynamic Kindy programs aim to create confident, independent learners who can also work well in a group. Children are encouraged to think independently, to embrace new challenges, to work collaboratively, to build new friendships and to celebrate their successes.
Being on the College campus means our youngest students can be a part of wider College life, further sparking their desire to learn.
Located on the same campus as the Senior School, Junior School students enjoy a true sense of community and belonging. Small class sizes allow for personalised attention to all students and a great start to their schooling.
Students are given a solid grounding in literacy and numeracy together with a diverse range of experiences and challenges.
There is a strong emphasis on integrating technology into classroom learning and there is much interaction with the Senior school students.
The Senior School provides a range of flexible pathways to cater for a student’s individual needs and interests. The College offers an outstanding programme of academic, vocational, sporting, cultural and social experiences for our students.
Our Vocational Education department offers one of the most extensive programs of any school in Queensland. Offerings include an extensive range of University entrance course study, Certificate courses, School-based Traineeships and Rural Industry Training.
Our College has long been one of the pre-eminent boarding Colleges in Northern Australia with excellent academic, cultural, sporting and community service opportunities available to boarders.
Boarding is an integral part of College life and offers a range of experienced teachers and other personnel who are always available to support and assist our boarding students. Our boarding staff oversee all aspects of the boarding programme and provide a firm but caring environment for each student.
There is no doubt that as your child moves through their adolescent years as a boarding student there will be challenging times. At BTC we provide clear expectations that are firmly and impartially monitored by caring and supportive staff to provide the emotional security and warm support that is so important through this period of a young person’s life.
The atmosphere in every classroom at BTC is positive, supportive and challenges each student to achieve their best. Our aim is to foster an enthusiasm for learning so that students become independent learners who are confident, creative problem solvers and decision-makers.
We use a mix of the latest technology, interactive tools and passionate teaching to inspire and develop learning. Classrooms are light, airy and easily accessible from all part so the campus, encouraging focused learning and involvement for all students.
Teachers and students organise their class layout to suit the lesson, facilitating a collaborative approach and ensuring student can fully engage with the teacher and each other for group discussion.
Sport at Blackheath & Thornburgh College is a central feature of student life. Many life skills including teamwork, co-operation, sportsmanship and the striving for success are gained from an involvement in sport.
Sports played throughout the year include Athletics, Cricket, Rugby League, Softball, Soccer, Tennis, Netball, Swimming and Cross Country. Students also have the opportunity to participate in local club sports including: Rugby Union, Touch Football, Golf and Basketball. Opportunities also exist for students to gain selection in district, regional and state teams.
BTC is a member of the Charters Towers Secondary and Primary Sports Associations and participates in a year-round Inter-school sports programme of competition. An Inter-house competition is also held throughout the year.