Monthly Archives: February 2020

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Tea Duel Challenge

Our annual Tea Duel, a tradition begun in the Senior Library in 2016 to celebrate the Steampunk genre, was held last Friday lunchtime much to the entertainment of a very large crowd.  Volunteers from our Year 12 Prefects and School Captains invited a favourite teacher to duel against them by dunking a biscuit in hot tea for five seconds, then holding it up to see who could last the longest before eating it as it collapsed.  Our long-time Tiffen Master, Mr Michael Moloney, was once again the MC of the event, and each pair of contestants was avidly watched by a Deputy Tiffen Master to ensure no cheating occurred!  While the teachers looked unbeatable before the competition began, they were gradually eliminated by the boys, with Angus and Rishi ending up being the last two battling for the honour of 2020 Tea Duel Champion. Congratulations to Angus, whose name will now be added to our new Tea Duel trophy for perpetuity.


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The Centenary Library 2020 Rubik’s Challenge

This year the Centenary Library has been overcome by a Rubik’s craze!  Due in large part to our recent purchase of four Pyramix Duo’s which have become a very popular addition to the library.  Not a lunchtime goes by that all four are not being twisted and turned by a student busily working away trying to learn the secret to solving them.  Last Thursday during lunch the Centenary Library brought back its Rubik’s Challenge, an event that has not been seen for five years.  This challenge was extremely popular, with spectators and the 16 participants alike all excited to see who would be crowned the Centenary Library Rubik’s Champion for 2020.  The knock out rounds were very exciting, the boys had certainly practiced quite a lot.  The Grand Final ended in a nail biting 4 round challenge where both competitors could not be separated  and solved their puzzle at the exact same time.  A quick decision was made to switch in a traditional 3×3 Rubik’s cube to decide the winner.

All competitors are to be commended for their sportsmanship and professional attitude.  There were so many spectators also who happily volunteered to do various tasks throughout the challenges which was lovely to see. The challenge was so popular that a Rubik’s Cube Competition will be held later in the term for those who think they could be the fastest ‘cuber’ in Year 7 & 8.  Keep an eye out in the daily notices for more information over the coming weeks.  Congratulations to the finalists and best of luck at the next competition to all entrants.


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Library Lovers’ Day

Last week, February 14 took on a special meaning for staff and students here at BGS as Library Lovers’ Day was celebrated across all three libraries. Romantic fiction and “lonely books seeking reader” were on display in all three libraries. The “lonely books” had individual labels describing their stories and which readers would be most suited to them.  Boys were encouraged to “make a book happy and less lonely” by borrowing it. Years 7 and 8 boys were given the opportunity to recommend a favourite book to their peers at lunchtime. At morning tea the staff were treated to red velvet cupcakes and a hotly contested trivia competition with questions about lovers in literature and libraries. This was a fun way to promote the libraries and raise awareness of the important role they play in our lives.


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Game On! Middle School Library Orientation

At the start of each year the Middle School Libraries play host to the Years 5 and 7 students for an orientation of their new space. This year the students experienced two different but very engaging and exciting hands-on activities that required them to work together in teams to explore the library facilities and resources available to them.

In the Centenary Library, the Year 7 students played a board game called Library Smarts, where team members were required to move their way around a board while completing challenges that explored the resources available within the space.  Teams also had the extra task of writing down library guidelines learned from Grammar Man and Grumpy Cat when they landed on their icons on the board.

The Year 5 students participated in Escape the Library, a game based on the Breakout EDU concept. Each class was divided into 4 teams and had to solve 5 puzzles in order to open the final box and escape. Along the way they learned important information about the library, such as the number of items they can borrow, how to access the catalogue and where the different types of resources are located

Both years embraced these lessons with a wonderful amount of enthusiasm and competitiveness. Gamification in education has increased in popularity in recent years and these orientation lessons adopt this method to provide a fun, effective and engaging platform for students to familiarise themselves with the Brisbane Grammar Libraries.