Monthly Archives: July 2016

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‘Battle of the Bard’ event: The Learning Commons

During 2016, the whole world is celebrating the 400 years of Shakespearean drama and language permeating our lives. The Battle of the Bard was a lunchtime Rap event held in The Lilley Centre last week to ensure that we won’t forget Shakespeare’s love of life and the English language! Thanks to Ms MacDiarmid and Mr Newth from the Drama department, the TV game show began with Team Capulet and Team Montague withdrawing to plan their strategies.

To energise the crowd before the rap contest began, a trivia quiz with lolly rewards tested the crowd’s knowledge of Shakespeare’s life. Then the Teams returned: Capulet vs Montague, made up of Senior Drama students Harry, Kyle, Davis, Campbell, Michael, Gareth, Callum, Edward, Dougall and Ben.  With loud music and cheers from the Groundling audience, the show began.

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Both teams threw Shakespearean insults to each other in a rap dance style, each trying to out-do the insults of the person before and claim the trophy. With great gusto, the crowd roared and cast their vote. Congratulations to Team Capulet for impressing the audience more, and thanks to all players for a noisy, fun-filled lunchtime in the Learning Commons.

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Skyping with author Henry Neff


On Wednesday during morning tea the Yrs 5 & 6 along with the Yrs 7 & 8 Book Clubs were treated to a Skype call to author Henry Neff, the creator of ‘The Tapestry‘ series.  All students who attended had read at least the first book in the series, ‘The Hound of Rowan’ and really enjoyed it. Henry had very kindly and freely donated his time to call BGS all the way from New York during the evening .  He thoughtfully answered all the boys questions which ranged from, “What inspired you to write the series?” to “What is your favourite mythological story?”.  He spoke about his love of the children’s book ‘Where The Wild Things Are‘  by Maurice Sendak and how that had influenced his writing and the naming of characters in the book. He then showed the students a collection of his original drawings that feature in the series.

A big thank you to Henry for taking time out of his busy life to inspire the enthusiastic readers of the two Book Clubs.  Experiences such as this really help to develop a passion for reading and exploring creative writing and other books relevant to the story.  A thank you also to Ms Palmer who organised the event and to the Book Club members who committed to visiting the library instead of spending their morning break outside playing games. Your participation is much appreciated.

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Board Games and Pizza – an Irresistible Combination!

At the end of last term, the Library hosted the first Strategic Games Club board games and pizza evening of 2016. The proceedings began with a few games of Werewolf which, while not in the strictest sense a board game, is a club favourite and the perfect way to ramp up enthusiasm. Here are the rules – give it a try!

Next, the boys broke up into smaller groups to play a few hands of Munchkin, a wild and crazy card game that draws laughter and cries of dismay in equal amounts as players face off against each other and a variety of ridiculous monsters.

After a short break for pizza, a group of us decided to explore a game called Betrayal at the House on the Hill, while the rest decided to try Last Night on Earth. Both of these games pit player against player in novel ways, whether by haunting a character until they go crazy and attack fellow characters, or by one player taking the part of zombies whose goal is to rid the board “living” characters.

These evenings are always great fun and allow club members to play favourite games that we would not usually have the time to complete on Strategic Games Club afternoons, giving everyone time to wind down with friends after a long, tough term.