Monthly Archives: September 2015

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First Two Pages

In Wide Reading lessons, our Year 8s learned how important it is to start a story with a ‘hook’ to reel in readers, in addition to a captivating blurb and an appealing cover.

The class was divided into groups of four, with each person given a novel. They had to read the first two pages to the group, then decide as a group which was most likely to be appealing to other boys their age. Finally, each group nominated someone to read the first two pages to the whole class.

There were a few surprises, with some boys choosing to borrow books with not-so-appealing covers, while other books that looked good weren’t chosen because they sounded boring to begin with. Hopefully, the boys will now take these ideas and incorporate them into their own stories.

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BGS Boys Shine at BWF

Last Thursday three of our Year 8 boys had the honour of introducing authors at Word Play, the part of the Brisbane Writers Festival just for school students. They were part of a group of 30 keen and enthusiastic Year 7 and 8 boys who thoroughly enjoyed the day at the Qld State Library.

Brenton McKenna, introduced by Matthew, was an instant hit with his easy-going warmth and friendliness. His series, Ubby’s Underdogs, were the first Indigenous graphic novels published in Australia. The second author, Christine Bongers was introduced by Tom, and she spoke about the effectiveness of using real life experiences in her writing. She held the audience captivated with stories from her childhood.

Our third session with highly acclaimed international authors Cassandra Claire and Holly Black was highly anticipated by the boys, and Angus did an amazing job of introducing them.  The first book in their Magisterium series, The Iron Trial, was one of our Readers Cup books this year, and the boys were very excited to be able to purchase the second book, The Copper Gauntlet. 

Nadeesh 7D –

“The Brisbane Writers Festival was an amazingly inspiring place to go for young writers and readers. As soon as our group got off the bus we were given bags to store our items in and a box for our lunch. Next we went to a speech called My Life In Cartoons by Brenton E McKenna, the author of the first indigenous graphic novel, Ubby’s Underdogs. After this we had a short break in which we bought some books and talked about Mr McKenna’s speech. After this we went to another speech by Christine Bongers which was very humorous. Afterwards we were allowed to ask some questions from Ms Bongers’ books. After this we had lunch. Then we went to a speech by some award winning authors, Cassandra Clare and Holly Black.  After this we had a book signing with these 2 authors. Then we went home with half a period of school left.”

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Year 12 Quarantine Study Days in the Lilley Centre

This week the Lilley Centre has been filled with Year 12 students studying for their exams.  Instead of staying home for study block, the top two floors of the Lilley Center have closed to all other students for Year 12 Quarantine Study Days.  The Library was still open after school for all other students requiring a place to do their homework, read a book or find out information.  Occurring from Monday morning until Wednesday afternoon, teachers normally timetabled on were instead available to help students study for their exams during this period. We wish the Year 12 students the best of luck on all their exams this week.

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Step Into a Book!

For Open Day this year, Miss Smith created some amazing banners of much-loved books for the steps near each of our three libraries. These included the book title and author, an image of the cover, and a quote from the author about reading or a quote from the book about reading or life in general.

Mr Hills then spent hours laminating and cutting them out, and our 7/8 Book Club boys gave up their lunchtime to put these up for us. They looked fabulous and we received many positive comments from the boys, the teachers and the visitors.

Sadly, the banners on the Centenary Library and Middle School Library steps did not attach well to the concrete and started to fall off, creating a safety hazard. However, due to their popularity, we’ve decided to have them re-printed on weather-proof vinyl and attached more securely so everyone can enjoy them again.

(A big thanks to the staff at St Rita’s Library for this idea)

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Year 5 Research in the Library

Year 5 Geography classes are currently undertaking research about a country in Europe which they will then be able to compare meaningfully with Australia. Following the steps of the Information Process boys are well and truly on their way to mastering a variety of research skills. With a multitude of resources on hand boys are learning to select and organise their information. Laptop computers, desktop computers, Ipads, print encyclopedia, books and DVDs have all been accessed in the quest for knowledge.