Monthly Archives: November 2015

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Mad Hatters Tea Party

During lunchtimes last Wednesday and Thursday, the Centenary Library hosted a ‘Mad Hatters Tea Party’ in celebration of 150 years of Alice in Wonderland.  Years 5 to 8 were invited to the event which was organised and run by the Centenary Library ‘Inside Story’ book club boys.  A variety of food was sold including cupcakes, cookies, pies, sausage rolls and soft drinks.  Students also had the opportunity to make their own ‘Teacup Cookies’ and ‘Cheshire Cat Tails’.  Mad Hatter  inspired activities were available to participate in, with a giant chess board taking up much of  the floor space in the middle of the library.  There were also flamingo croquet and giant card games occurring throughout the ‘madness’ of the tea party.


This event, while a lot of fun, was also held with the hope of raising money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation; this was achieved with a total of $450 being collected over the two day event.  The Centenary Library would like to thank all the students who helped with the serving of food and running of activities and an extra big thank you to all those who visited during their lunch breaks to join our tea party.

Curiouser and curiouser!

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‘Stories from the Inside’ with Mr Kruger

During Thursday at lunchtime all Middle School students were treated to a extra special guest presentation.  Every term the ‘Inside Story Book Club’ invites a BGS staff member in to talk a bit about their favourite stories or an exciting activity from their past. This always proves to be a popular lunchtime session in the Centenary Library and this term was no exception.  Mr Kruger visited to talk to the students about is past as a state level cricket player.  Those lucky students who attended also got the opportunity to take home some cricketing memorabilia from Mr Kruger’s collection. Not only was the talk very interesting and engaging for the students, they got to learn a little about one of their teachers life before he came to Brisbane Grammar. Mr Kruger left the students with a few words of wisdom that he has learnt throughout his life. The following of which is listed below:

 It’s important to me that when each of you leave to day you take with you one or two things to remember in the years ahead as you tackle school and transitioning into adulthood.

These are just a few key points that I have learned during my years that are really important to me:

  • Make good memories
  • Surround yourself with good friends and role models
  • Talk – Silence is the enemy
  • Celebrate your success
  • Taking calculated risks and the opportunities that come with them
  • It is just a game! One phase of your life – what’s next??

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Leaders are Readers- Our School Captains

This year our School Captains had a lot of fun having their photos taken with some of their favourite books. Each year we photograph the Captains reading and create a canvas of them for our ‘Captains’ Wall of Fame’. This sends a subtle message to the boys that those at the top, their leaders, are also readers.

“Not all readers become leaders, but all leaders must be readers.” Harry S. Truman.

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ABC ‘On the Road’ Book Club

Last week a group of Year 10-12 boys from three of our book clubs – Apollo, Aficionados and Gilgamesh Society – had the privilege of travelling to Toowoomba to be in the audience for the live filming of  the ABC television show ‘The Book Club’.  This was part of  ‘ABC On The Road’, an initiative focusing attention on the unique advantages and challenges facing people living in country Queensland.

Jennifer Byrne hosted the show, along with regular panellists Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger; the panel also included critically acclaimed journalist Matthew Condon, author of a series of books about political corruption in Queensland, and playwright and author Hannie Rayson. Discussion centered around Charlotte Wood’s new novel The Natural Way of Things, and Sebastian Faulk’s “vintage future classic”, Birdsong.

The boys thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were lucky enough to chat to Jennifer Byrne afterwards.

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