Growing up on a mango farm in rural Northern Territory, the remote location meant Joel Bock couldn’t attend day school. Instead he was schooled via distance education, until his life changed in 2008. Gaining a bursary to attend Brisbane Grammar School opened the doors of opportunity for Joel.
Starting at BGS in Year 10, Joel said he couldn’t underestimate the impact the bursary had on his life. “Being able to attend BGS opened up a world of opportunities outside of farming,” he said. “It gave me strong links to universities in the Brisbane area, meaning I had one foot in the door in Queensland and a foot in the door in the Northern Territory.”
This point was reiterated by his mother, Meryl Bock, who said she was forever grateful for the opportunities the bursary had afforded to her son. “Living in a remote part of the Northern Territory we didn’t have access to all of the things on offer in Brisbane. The BGS experience and being part of a community and really putting in effort – we’re so proud of him and so grateful. The School instils something really special and that experience was something valuable for Joel.”
Living in the boarding house, Joel said he quickly felt at home. “Boarding in Harlin House added an extra element to my BGS experience,” he said. “It gave me a support group much like a family.
Though the jump from Year 10 to Year 11 proved difficult, Joel worked hard and used the support networks around him to continue to improve in the classroom. By the time he graduated in 2010 he was prepared to begin studying a Bachelor of Education (Primary HPE) at The University of Southern Queensland. “BGS taught me not only academic strategies that I implement at university, but also how to be a respectful, helpful contributor to society,” he said.
Now in the final year of university, Joel works at the Toowoomba PCYC as a Youth Development Officer, helping students who are suspended or are at risk of suspension. “Through the Restart program we help young people learn ways to safely express their anger, deal with conflict and interact with others,” he said.
Joel maintains his strong connection with BGS by returning each year to play with a team of Old Boys who take on the First XI for the Jim Taylor Memorial Cup.
You can make a contribution to the BGS bursary program by purchasing a raffle ticket to go in the running to win a new Audi A1 Sportsback. All money raised from ticket sales will go towards the School’s bursary program and provide a full bursary for a boy who would not otherwise be able to attend BGS due to financial circumstances.
With just 1000 tickets available, your $100 contribution gives you a good chance of winning, while at the same time nurturing future generations of boys.
As a sign of its ongoing support, Audi Centre Brisbane will donate $500 to the bursary fund for every new or demonstrator Audi purchased through this promotion.
Tickets sales close Friday 6 October so purchase your ticket today. The winner will be drawn on Tuesday 10 October.