Monthly Archives: October 2016

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’10 Minute Raves’ with legendary teacher Mr Wayne Zeller

I never knew that there was a nursery rhyme “One flew East, one flew West, one flew over the Cuckoo’s nest”, but Mr Zeller does that when he is talking about books – always shining a light on some aspect of a novel we did not expect. From Kesey and Heller, he took us on a gallop through a forest of great writers, Richard Matheson, Cormac McCarthy, Stephen King, Robert Ludlum before rounding off with nineteenth century classics. Thanks to his art, this rave was both instructive and enjoyable.

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‘Inside Story’ hosts a shared Book Club

Thursday afternoon saw the final joint book club meeting between BGS and St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace (Terrace) for 2016.  The Years 7 and 8 book club ‘Inside Story’ played host for the second time to the Terrace book club equivalent.  For the past three terms the two schools have met one Thursday afternoon a term to discuss a book they have all been reading.  The boys and their librarian book club leaders meet, enjoy some pizza and cordial and share their opinions on the most recent book that has been set.

The past two meetings have seen students and staff enjoying ‘Masterminds’ by Gordon Korman and ‘Wool’ by Hugh Howey with some wonderful and thoughtful conversations occurring.  This term the students have been reading ‘The Firebird Mystery’ by Darrell Pitt, a Steampunk novel based loosely around the concept of a Sherlock Holmes style mystery.  This book brought up some interesting conversations about World War II and other great YA series’s that fall into the same Steampunk category.  These events are a great chance for students to engage with books, and other boys, in a social setting and something we hope to continue in 2017.

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A Celebration of Harry Potter

The November opening of the movie Fantastic Bests and Where to Find Them provided a perfect excuse to unleash Pottermania on the Middle School. Already boys have entered trivia contests across the two libraries and also made howlers which they were able to take home.


Next week sees the Magician Contest which will take place in the MS Amphitheatre on Friday, 28 October. Boys who wish to enter have been advised to sign up at MS Reception. Events in the following week will be more Harry Potter-themed craft, as well as a Hogwarts dress up day on Friday, 4 November.  Boys are able to be in costume all day but must wear their school uniform to and from school. There will be a parade at lunch with prizes for the best dressed. We look forward to this celebration of all things Hogwarts.


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Need a book and the library is closed? Download an eBook.

I have become a regular reader of eBooks, they are great to read while I am having my lunch. Unlike paperback books I do not have to worry about trying to keep a book open or being careful not to spill anything on the pages. I am easily able to read during my lunch break and then continue reading the story on my iPad when I get home. I just login to my account and continue reading from where I had finished, with just a click of the mouse (or a touch of the iPad) whenever I need to turn the page.

I have recently read a series by Kevin Brooks called “Travis Delaney Investigates”. It is a great series that includes adventure, intrigue, spies and also portrays the importance of family and friends. I am not restricted to just the school eBooks, I can also borrow from the local Council Library for free. My current loan is another great book by Kevin Brooks called “iBoy”,  about Tom Harvey, an ordinary 16 year old boy until shards of an iphone become embedded in his brain. Could he really compare himself to Spiderman being bitten by a radioactive spider?

There are so many wonderful ways to be able to access books, reading paperbacks or eBooks or even listening to audiobooks, which are great when driving long distances.

By Bernadette van den Hout – Library Technician


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Marco Gliori Visit

Poet Marco Gliori held the Year 5 boys enthralled as they watched him perform poems in the Middle School Library last week. Marco has been to BGS many times and is always a popular guest.

As part of the English program, the boys are learning about poetry and meeting and hearing a poet was a unique experience for many. Marco’s presentation included some of his own work as well as such classics as The Man From Ironbark. This rendition included acting out by volunteers from the audience who took on the part of barber, victim, local police and “cool dudes”. There was also a chance for them to learn about rhythm and other poetic devices.

As the boys left the Library they were inspired to begin their own poetic journeys.