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Student Stories

Students are at the heart of what we do here at BBI. Read about their stories below.

Knowledge dispels myths in the classroom

VIDEO: Using his knowledge to dispel myths in the classroom, Michael O'Brien says his Master of Theology degree gives him confidence that his teachings are in line with modern theology.

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Answering tricky questions

VIDEO: If God is so kind and loving, why do people die of cancer? This is just one of the tricky questions students pose to high school teacher Melissa Smidt, and it’s through her online study that she has found the answers.

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Understand Language & Culture

VIDEO: Peter Truasheim is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, two-time scholarship recipient and graduate from the Bachelor of Theology program with UON-BBI.

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Challenge Your Ideas

VIDEO: “The best thing about the Grad Cert was that I could do it concurrently with my bachelor’s degree”. By studying concurrently, Rebecca Belobrajdic was able to broaden her career options before she had graduated.

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Take off your 'Teacher Hat'

VIDEO: “I was teaching a religion lesson and one of the kids asked me a question and then said ‘I don’t believe in Jesus.’ ... I feel like I owe it to the kids I’m teaching that I should be better informed.”

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Life-long Learning

VIDEO: Sr Jean McDougall, a Sister of the Good Samaritan of the Order of Saint Benedict, is a true life-long learner, having graduated from three of BBI’s postgraduate theology programs since 2008.

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Multi-tasking Master

VIDEO: Mother-of-three, Christine Harmer, is the Numeracy Coordinator at Mackillop College in Port Macquarie, a scholarship recipient and a Master of Theology student.

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Flexible Study Options

VIDEO: Gerard Mowbray is the Assistant Director of Catholic Schools for the Catholic Schools Office in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle and a Master of Theology student.

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Gain Classroom Confidence

VIDEO: Elizabeth Lee is a Chaplain at the Metropolitan Remand and Reception Centre, Silverwater. After becoming the Liturgy Coordinator at a high school, she enrolled in the Master of Arts (specialisation Theological Studies) with BBI.

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