History of BIS

The school was established in a church hall in Saint Lucia in 1968. The founders were a group of lecturers and professionals who wanted more for their children’s education than could be found in any school available in Brisbane at the time. Flyers were put around UQ and meetings held at people’s homes. The need was clear, a school was needed that would allow their children to have a voice, express their creativity and play with ideas. Early photos show the young students learning around the kitchen table with lots of adults as mentors and teaching support.

The school moved to its present location in 1972 after the Job family donated the land. Architecturally designed with vaulted ceilings, exposed rafters and big airy rooms with large sliding doors – BIS epitomized the physical environment of a 70’s alternative school.

The school is held in trust by the Brisbane Independent School Incorporated Association. The school has always run along democratic principles, highlighting the importance of community input and member’s visions. Everyone who has been at BIS can be found in the buildings themselves (built by parents), to the grounds (planted by students, staff and parents) to the decorations, artworks and resources that reflect the forty year history. Our Facebook group holds the memories and photos of over a thousand little people who have explored our school – goats, guinea pigs and ducks, collections of stories, science labs, D&D and Troll, Spook Hill and Carol’s Garden, Making movies, writing plays, playing music, building water slides, climbing the trees and swinging off the big swing. BIS has always been about adventure.

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