Name: Zachary Cronau
BIS Student: 2003-2007.
After leaving BIS, I attended Indooroopilly State High School where I received the 2011 Economics Award for Best Student and an Academic Honours Award in my final year. I graduated with an Overall Position (OP) of 3 and am currently attending the University of Queensland studying Psychology.
One of my favourite BIS memories is being able to do some of my class work in the tree house, or sitting in the main tree, which was amazing. I remember doing assignments where we created a massive teepee, choreographed a sword fight to reggae music and invented our own language.
BIS inspired me to learn in a fun way and at my own pace. I established a good academic mindset and a solid approach to learning in high school and university. Being treated like an individual and being allowed to learn and complete class activities in a setting of my choice (e.g. sitting on the couch, on the floor or in a tree) gave me a real sense of freedom and control over my learning.
BIS is probably the single largest thing that has made me the person I am today. The kids there and friendships I made were fantastic. I knew everyone in the school by name, including the parents. I was taught valuable conflict resolution skills and social skills that I will use for life.
Name: Tessa Hutchinson
BIS Student: 1997 to 2000 and 2004
I have so many wonderful memories of my years at BIS. I think creating my own language, religion and culture called “Abbish” with my best friend Elke is definitely something I’ll never forget.
I have quite profound dyslexia and I know that without the drive and tools I learnt at BIS, my academic success would not have been possible. I left BIS feeling in control of both my emotional and social identity.
Going into high school I was ready to fight for my rights and the rights of others (which I did often), this respect for myself and those around me came directly from BIS. I learned how to critically look at the world and use all my facilities to get to the bottom of problems and connect with people. It made me the person I am today, and to be honest, I love that person.
After BIS I attended Indooroopilly State High School. At high school I maintained high grades, winning many achievement awards including the Stuart-Fox Public Speaking Award, Academic Scholarship from Bond University and the RSL as well as one of my proudest achievements: being accepted into the International Baccalaureate Program which focused on a high level of academic study at a university level in most subjects.
I participated in extra curricular activities all the way through high school. In senior I co-captained the debating team and represented my school and then my district in the Lions Youth of the Year contest. My team and I came runner up in the state finals for a performance and problem solving competition called Tournament of the Minds.
At university I studied Graphic Design for 2 years achieving the Dean’s list both years for outstanding GPA. I have since changed degrees and am about to finish my undergraduate degree in Psychology (hopefully with First Class Honors). I then plan to begin a medical degree.