Author Archives: BGS Library

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Droid Races

It was Darth Vader vs Yoda in the Middle School Library as students took sides for a lunchtime of racing. With a heightened sense of anticipation, the boys assembled behind their Star Wars characters. The race was on to see if good could defeat evil. The racing proved to be fairly even with both Darth and Yoda winning at various times. The decision was made to see who the victor would be by sending the droids into battle against each other. With screams of excitement that could have been heard in a galaxy far, far away, the students maneuvered the droids into knocking each other down but not before a few waltzes were had with Darth and Yoda. Overall Yoda was the victorious droid with the students having a great time and a lot of laughs.

 


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Squishy Scientists

Last week during their visits to the Centenary Library the year six student’s scientific minds were challenged into making Squishy Circuits. Our budding scientist used power packs, playdough, laminating strips, fans, buzzers and LED lights  to create not only working circuits but also some wonderful creations. Students learnt the difference between a series and a parallel circuit and how to include a working switch all while making smiling light up food items, police cars and popular fictional characters.  In their second session they were given a set of challenges to create specific circuits which they approached with very inquiring minds. This was both a fun experience and a really great way of  using hands on learning to explore electricity and circuit creation.

 


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Senior Bookclub

Talking about books and eating snacks – is there a better way to spend a Friday afternoon? Our Senior Bookclub doesn’t think so!

During our last meeting we discussed how an extensive range of YA books has been written about catastrophic events, including virus pandemics, as well as teenagers surviving in a post-apocalyptic world.

In a strange similarity to 2020 events, Dean Koontz’s 1981 novel, The Eyes of Darkness, mentions a deadly biological weapon ‘Wuhan-400’, developed at the RDNA lab outside Wuhan.  In Emily St. John Mandel’s novel Station Eleven, published back in 2014, the highly contagious Georgia Flu is transported around the world from Russia, and kills 90% of its victims within 12 hours. Within a few short days, the world is in chaos as transport and essential services grind to a halt.  A doctor urges his friend to stock up on food and stay in his apartment, so he purchases seven trolley loads of food and essentials from the supermarket, including one of toilet paper! Planes full of virus-laden passengers are reminiscent of this year’s cruise ships laden with Coronavirus patients, waiting out at sea and denied access to ports.

Along with these interestingly similar scenarios, we discussed whether or not we are living now in an apocalyptic world; how authors might write about this time period in the future; whether the dissolution of law and order is an inevitable outcome of a cataclysmic event; and which three things would be the top priorities to save for future generations.  Suggestions were: seeds, animals, books, and artworks/artefacts.

All in all, it was a very thought-provoking afternoon!

 


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2020 Photography Competition

On Friday the winners of the annual Photography Competition were announced. With so many outstanding submissions it was a very difficult decision for the judges.

Congratulations the three winning entries!

Middle School Winner: Arnav

Japan’s Culture – I have chosen this picture because it shows Japan’s people and it’s culture. In Japanese culture the lamp symbolises light to help one spiritually in finding the way when faced with darkness (difficulties). That is why lamps are such a common feature in every Japanese temple.

Senior School Winner: Jasper (Jasper won last year in the Middle School category also!)

Light and Dark – My photo depicts the Nakesendo Highway cutting through a forest in Japan. The Emperor during Feudal Japan would be carried by his servants the near 600 km from Kyoto to Tokyo along this highway. This photo shows the forests around the trail that highway robbers used to hide in before attacking the Emperor and his convoy.

Staff Winner: Deb

Solace – After days of navigating through a city of Beijing, every street, every train, every bus, every road, every restaurant, every monument, every temple swarms with thousands of citizens and tourist but as I turned back for one last look through the tunnel to Tiananmen Square there was just one man standing guard into the Forbidden City.  For a split second it was a sense of quiet and solace.


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Libraries for Vanuatu

Knowing what to do with books from a down-sized collection is always a challenging conundrum. However, there are a number of organisations willing to take donations and sort them to stock libraries in developing countries. After earlier donating trailer loads of metal library shelving, this morning we were able to donate over 200 boxes of books to The Library Project Vanuatu, who were extremely grateful for such a huge donation – particularly after the devastating cyclone which hit Vanuatu a few weeks ago.

According to The Library Project Vanuatu:

In 2015, Vanuatu was at the bottom of the list for South Pacific countries for literacy and numeracy. The government and stakeholders believe that lack of resources is one of the key factors for this statistic.  We believe that the installation of libraries in Vanuatu can help to raise the standard of literacy and numeracy. This in turn opens up new opportunities for the children, widening their future prospects. 

We partner with schools, churches, clubs etc to help them build libraries in remote villages in Vanuatu. Our vision is to see a well resourced library installed in every school in the country.  

To donate books, DVDs, posters or shelving, email  vanuatu@libraryproject.com.au.


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New Wellness eBook Collection

Made up of around 300+ fiction and non-fiction titles (both eBook and audiobooks) the Wellness Collection offers credible resources to help across lots of different areas – Teenage anxiety, depression, exam stress, sleep problems, sports competition pressures/ performance, emotional dysregulation, PTSD, bullying/ cyberbullying, eating disorders, grief… to name just a few. These resources include positive psychology resources that are proven effective in empowering you with your social, emotional, physical and mental well being, strengthening resilience and equipping you with knowledge, skills and confidence to best navigate life’s challenges.


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Book Week

The Middle School community celebrated Book Week last week with a myriad of activities to mark the occasion and reinforce the importance of reading in our lives. This year’s theme was Curious Creatures, Wild Minds.

Our special guest was author and TV personality Andrew Daddo. Parents and boys in Years 7 and 8 attended the Trivia Evening and Years 5 and 6 boys and parents attended the Book Week Breakfast. Andrew entertained as quiz master for the evening as well as sharing stories from his life and about his writing at the two functions.  Community support was outstanding and both events were sold out. Andrew also presented to all Middle School boys during the day.

Lunchtime activities saw boys from Years 5-8 participating in treasure hunts to find book characters which had “escaped” into the wild, competing in trivia games, decorating cookies to create curious creatures and making even more curious creatures out of origami. A highlight was a visit by the Wild Rangers who brought two snakes, a crocodile and a lizard for a visit. Boys were queued up around the MS Amphitheatre to get up close to the creatures.

Year 6 boys were also treated to a visit by author Mark Greenwood who tells stories that bring history to life. His passion for his subject matter is infectious and he left the boys keen to grab his books and find out the endings of his stories.