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Multiple pathways offer bright futures for SBC boys

While a significant number of St Brendan’s College Year 12 OP students buckle down this week for their Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test, there are others with big projects and life skills on their mind.

St Brendan’s College Principal Nick Scully said the QCS Test has been a rite of passage for many Year 12 students for twenty-five years, combining with students’ school studies to provide an Overall Position (OP) for entrance to university.

“We have had many students achieve OP 1’s, 2’s and beyond and go on to successful careers in business, law, engineering and many of the academic fields; people like our 2016 Dux of our College Jack Williams who we recently welcomed back to speak to students about his studies and his $30,000 Queensland University of Technology Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship.”

“But at St Brendan’s College there is the real understanding that there are many pathways for a successful future, which is why our Vocational Education and Training Course suite is so significant, offering skills, knowledge and pathways for trades and other career options.”

While 47 students have knuckled down for QCS, the remaining students have the opportunity to spend two days’ solid working on their Special Projects as part of their Vocational Education Certificates, taking part in the College’s annual ‘Man vs Wild’ Camp or undertaking work placement at businesses in Central Queensland. 

“For our VET students these two days give them an excellent opportunity in our Trade Training Centre to get a good taste of what working life will be like, putting in a full days’ work on projects such as trailers, dog boxes, cattle loading ramps, and shaping furniture such as coffee tables, dining tables and squatters chairs.” 

“This year for ‘Man vs Wild’ Camp the boys will hike 15 kilometres from the entrance of Blackdown Tabeland, set up camp and learn bush, team-building and life skills.”

“We pride ourselves on offering many opportunities for our students, with the full belief that there are many pathways to a successful future and we aim to offer an academic program that supports our young men follow whichever pathway they choose,” he said.

St Brendan’s College is the leading choice for boys’ education in Central Queensland; a Catholic day and boarding School in the Edmund Rice tradition catering for young men from Years 7 to 12.  The College is located on 300-acres at Yeppoon with boarders hailing from rural and regional locations around Queensland, north to the Torres Strait and south to Brisbane.  For more information please visit


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