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Manga Pop-up Store

Yesterday boys from across the school were invited to visit the manga-themed pop-up store which was held in the Middle School Library at lunchtime.

Books were provided by Zombster, the manga book specialist store in Oxley, and covered all age ranges and a variety of suitable story lines. Alistair from the store was on hand to answer any questions and offer advice about the titles.

Boys were able to vote on the titles they wished to see added to our collection. Library staff are now working hard to process the books as quickly as possible!

This event has kicked off the start of our manga focus for Term 3 across all three libraries. Upcoming events include craft and food-making sessions, screenings of videos, an author visit and manga drawing tips and techniques.

Already boys are showing a much greater interest in this genre and its popularity will continue to grow as the term unfolds.


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The 2017 Tea Duel Competition – Duel you Fool!! …and they did!

Under the expert eye of our Tea Duelling Tiffen Master, Mr Michael Moloney, the second annual Tea Duelling competition was as intense as it was tumultuous. The last week of a long busy term is a perfect time for Year 12s (and teachers) to let down their hair. On the teacher’s team, we had a perfect blend of youth (Amy Busuttin and Julia Brereton) and wily experience (David Hills and David Carroll). On the boy’s team there was a galaxy of sporting and academic talent from the Dux of School, Joshua, to resident sporty types Olly, Will and Hugo. On the last Thursday lunchtime of term two, the players were ready to rumble.

The action was fast and furious. The crowd that packed the Learning Commons alternated between elation and despair. There was shock after schlock. Just when the crowd thought they had seen it all, pandemonium ensued when one of the biscuits turned out to be made of acrylic! Mr Dan O’Kane was given the red card – disqualification – without a doubt the most controversial moment in the entire history of Tea Duelling at Brisbane Grammar School. The competitors were stunned but had to carry on. In the semi-finals, Ms Brereton beat Olly while Phillip used a “half-drop” with stunning poise and timing to edge out Ms Busuttin. Mr Moloney’s cups of team may have been losing their heat but the Tiffen Master was on fire! The grand final pitted Ms Brereton against Gareth and the winner was…..Ms Brereton!! Congratulations to all who took part!!


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Lunch Bunch Term 2

This term, our small but enthusiastic group of Lunch Bunch students met weekly to read some interesting books. The first was Loki’s Wolves by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr. This proved to be a big hit with the fans of Percy Jackson who love the combination of mythology and action. The boys explored the world of Viking mythology as well as some of the real places in the book such as Mt Rushmore. At the end of the discussion, boys made Viking swords and shields with the help of Library Tech Mr Hills.

Another book which proved a hit was The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the combination of pictures and drawings which told the story. A special Hugo Libguide page allowed the boys to explore Hugo’s world in more detail. They particularly enjoyed the silent movies. At the end of the term we screened the movie Hugo and many more boys joined in to watch. This was a fantastic opportunity to show the real world connections with the book. In particular boys were amazed to learn that a train did actually run through the walls and into the street of the Gare Montparnasse.

Participants in the Lunch Bunch core group were given the opportunity to construct their own automatons. This has been a fun activity with boys eager to complete their gentleman automaton before the holidays.


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Year 6 Squishy Circuits in the Centenary Library

This week the Centenary Library Staff – Ms Dani Smith Teacher Librarian, David Hills Library Technician and Mr Brendan Kelly – Digital Media Officer, provided a great STEAM experience for the year six students through an encounter with “Squishy circuits”. All year six classes were treated to this as part of their science program.

Squishy circuits are working electrical circuits assembled from coloured playdough, battery packs, light emitting diodes, insulating film, small direct current motors and switching elements. They can be put together in a million conceivable ways and with a little luck, lights can switch on and motors spin. The lessons began with Ms Smith taking boys through the concept of serial and parallel circuits, safety matters, the details of diodes and the way currents work in the type of conductors that were being used. The boys listened attentively and then began the process of creating a squishy circuit to their very own design.

It was amazing to see the creativity unleashed. In a very short time, boys had made a whole variety of animals, dinosaurs, curious creatures and much more, all with glowing eyes and spinning propellers. Some had the look of a strange biplane, while others were more like sea creatures from the depths. A feature of each class was how different the creations were between classes and between boys. No two were alike. One or two circuits posed problems, but boys persevered until they fixed those problems. The other striking feature of the Squishy Circuit classes was how busy and productive the boys were. Although every boy was working on his own creation, generally there was plenty of advice and help offered across each table. Boys worked cooperatively, even though it was an individual task.

For people who leave the “A” out of the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) pedagogy movement, events such as the Signature Program should give them reason to reconsider their position. The “A” artistic aspect can be part of STEAM in a wholly natural and constructive manner. Boys move from the technical to the creative side of activities in a totally relaxed and natural manner. The tasks are both practical and artistic in an integrated environment.

The many boys who enjoyed their Squishy Circuit experience should think about joining Brendan Kelly’s Lunchbox Club. It happens every Thursday lunchtime in the Centenary Library. See the Grammar Library website for details.


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Escape to Everywhere!

Middle School boys took part in our annual Book Week celebrations last week. The Book Week Breakfast for parents and Years 5 and 6 boys was a sell out with author Oliver Phommavanh entertaining the crowd with stories of his journey as a writer. He also spoke to all Middle School boys during the day and proved a hit with his collection of toys and energetic and humorous presentations.

Parents and boys in Years 7 and 8 had the opportunity to attend a special evening event with local author Richard Yaxley who shared  how he is able to create the stories he does  and offered useful writing tips to our aspiring authors.

With the theme “Escape to Everywhere” classes took on the challenge of creating Read posters and drawing a scene from a book into which they would like to escape.

Lunchtime events ranged from trivia competitions to games days to watching the fantastic escape movie “Chicken Run” – with popcorn, of course!

 


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Harmony Day

Boys in the Middle School had the opportunity to celebrate Harmony Day on Monday with a range of games and activities on offer in the Middle School Library.

There was a multitude of boys who took up the offer and it was pleasing to see so many boys wanting to engage with the principles behind Harmony Day, a day where we recognise that everyone belongs.

A popular activity was the trivia competition which took the form of an online Kahoot! This enabled boys to work individually or in small teams to answer multiple choice questions on topics relating from car brands and countries of origin to questions about our own country’s multicultural composition. It was a lot of fun and boys were highly competitive. Another activity gave boys the chance to design a mask by scratching off the black coating to reveal colours beneath. These masks emphasised the idea that while we may all look different, in many ways underneath we are all the same.

Other crossword puzzles and guessing competitions rounded out the busy lunchtime.


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‘Teen Tech Week’ Takes Over Centenary Library

During Week 7 of this term, both the Centenary Library and the Senior Library celebrated ‘Teen Tech Week’.   This week runs internationally from the 5-11th of March and endeavours to highlight the range of services school libraries provide to their students and staff beyond the supply of physical print resources.  The week also aimed to show how our BGS Libraries are preparing our students for life in the technology-rich 21st century.

Year 7 & 8 students in the Centenary Library were provided with opportunities all week long to participate in ‘Teen Tech Week’.  Lunchtime activities were organised for each day, with a week-long ‘Teen Tech Bingo’ activity also on offer.  On Monday the library played host to a ‘Magformer Challenge’ where students were provided with a set amount of Magformer pieces and a time limit to create the best and most inventive Science Fiction inspired model.  The winning creation was a wonderful futuristic shoe designed by a Year 7 student.

On Tuesday, students who visited during lunch found 20 different QR codes hidden around the library.  Each code, when scanned with a provided iPad, contained a library-specific trivia question.  Students were asked to find and answer all questions before the end of lunch to enter the draw to win a prize.  Finding all proved quite challenging for some but a pair of Year 8 students answered all 20 correctly within the allotted time limit, and were crowned the winners of ‘Trivia Tuesday’.

‘Wristband Wednesday’, the craft activity for the week, was quite a popular task.  Students were provided with a USB, some duct tape, cardboard, yarn and instructions on how to make a USB wristband.  This proved quite a tricky task which the students enjoyed immensely, with many asking to continue working on their wristbands next week.  One of the Year 8 students took his home, working on it that night with his own yarn and then wore it to Thursday’s event, with the end-product looking fantastic!

‘The Lunchbox Club’ were kind enough to host a come-and-try day in the Centenary Library during lunch on Thursday.  This wonderful opportunity gave non-members of the makerspace club the opportunity for some hands-on experimenting with the robots, drones, circuits and Spheros that the club is lucky enough to work with every week.  So many students walked away from this activity with giant smiles on their faces, and an excited attitude towards exploring more of the innovative technology the school and libraries have to offer.

On Friday, after such a busy week, the students were offered the opportunity to relax with one of the library’s favourite tech TV clips, Astroboy.  Students watched the first episode titled ‘Birth of Astroboy’ and took time to contemplate all they had learned over the week.  Thank you to all who helped organise, took part in activities or just attended to watch from afar; the events would not have been the same without you.

For more information about why we chose to celebrate ‘Teen Tech Week’ in our libraries please visit the official site.


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Our OverDrive eBook Collection has grown

Here are a few series that have proven to be popular in hard copy and so, to help us keep up with demand, we now offer these great series as part of our OverDrive collection. 

Magisterium –  By Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

Think you know magic? Think again. The Magisterium awaits . . .

Most people would do anything to get into the Magisterium and pass the Iron Trial.  Not Callum Hunt.  Call has been told his whole life that he should never trust a magician. And so he tries his best to do his worst – but fails at failing.  Now he must enter the Magisterium.  It’s a place that’s both sensational and sinister. And Call realizes it has dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.  The Iron Trial is just the beginning. Call’s biggest test is still to come . . .

– OverDrive

Books available in the series: The Iron Trial, The Copper Gauntlet, The Bronze Key.


Empire Series – By Raymond E. Feist & Janny Wurst

Enter the mysterious and exotic world of Kelewan… Mara, the youngest child of the ancient and noble Acoma family, is about to take her pledge of servitude to the goddess Lashima when the ceremony is disrupted by news of her father and brother’s death in battle. Despite her grief, as the only surviving member of her house, Mara must now take up the mantles of Ruling Lady. But she soon discovers betrayal at the heart of her family’s loss, and the Acoma’s enemies have brought her house to the brink of utter destruction. Daughter of the Empire is the magnificent first book in The Empire Trilogy by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts. Mara, an inexperienced political player, must draw on all her wit, intelligence and cunning to navigate the ruthless Game of the Council, regain the honour of House Acoma and secure the future of her family. But with assassins waiting around every corner, it might take everything Mara has simply to survive.

– OverDrive

Books available in the series: Daughter of the Empire, Mistress of the Empire, Servant of the Empire. 

The Belgariad – By David Eddings

Myths tell of the ancient wars of Gods and men, and a powerful object – the Orb – that ended the bloodshed. As long as it was held by the line of Riva, it would assure the peace.  But a dark force has stolen the Orb, and the prophecies tell of war.  Young farm boy Garion knows nothing of myth or fate, but then the mysterious Old Storyteller visits his aunt, and they embark on a sudden journey. Pursued by evil forces, with only a small band of companions they can trust, Garion begins to doubt all he thought he knew…

– OverDrive

Books available in the series: Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Magician’s Gambit, Castle of Wizardry, Enchanter’s End Game.

Serpentwar By Raymond E. Feist

This is the first book in the bestselling Serpentwar series. A nest of vipers is stirring… Ancient powers are readying themselves for a devastating confrontation… A dark queen has raised her standard and is gathering armies of unmatched might. Into this battleground of good and evil a band of desperate men are forced, whose only hope for survival is to face this ancient power and discover its true nature. Among them are some unlikely heroes – Erik, an illegitimate heir denied his birthright, and his friend Roo, an irrepressible scoundrel with a penchant for thievery. They are accompanied by the mysterious Miranda, upon whom all must wager their lives.

– OverDrive

Books available in the series: Shadow of a Dark Queen, Rise of a Merchant Prince, Rage of a Demon King, Shards of a Broken Crown. 

Lord of the Rings By J.R.R. Tolkien

Continuing the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the first part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, featuring the definitive text and a detailed map of Middle-earth.  Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power – the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring – the ring that rules them all – which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.  In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.  J.R.R. Tolkien’s great work of imaginative fiction has been labelled both a heroic romance and a classic fantasy fiction. By turns comic and homely, epic and diabolic, the narrative moves through countless changes of scene and character in an imaginary world which is totally convincing in its detail.

– OverDrive

Books available in the series: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King.

The Iron Druid – By Kevin Hearne

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbours and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old — when, in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old! Not to mention: he draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.

Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power — plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish—to kick some Celtic butt and deliver himself from evil.

– Goodreads

Books available in the series: Hounded, Hexed, Hammered.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the GalaxyBy Douglas Adams

On 12 October 1979 the most remarkable book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor (and Earth) was made available to humanity – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

It’s an ordinary Thursday lunchtime for Arthur Dent until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly afterwards to make way for a new hyperspace bypass and his best friend has just announced that he’s an alien. At this moment, they’re hurtling through space with nothing but their towels and an innocuous-looking book inscribed with the big, friendly words: DON’T PANIC.

The weekend has only just begun…

 – OverDrive

Books available in the series: The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe and Everything; So Long and Thanks for All the Fish; Mostly Harmless. 

The Phoenix Girls By Brian Knight

When thirteen-year-old orphan Penny Sinclair moves to the small town of Dogwood to live with her godmother, she expects her life to become very dull.  She doesn’t expect to find a strange talking fox roaming the countryside near her new home, a kindred spirit in her new friend Zoe, or the secret grove where they discover the long hidden magic of The Phoenix Girls.

– OverDrive

Books available in the series: The Conjuring Glass, The Crimson Brand, The Heart of the Phoenix. 

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Duke of Edinburgh Volunteers

Each year we have students volunteering in the library as part of the Service requirement for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.  These students assist with returns, collate statistics, help with displays, and search online for book summaries and cover images of new books. They also learn how to cover and repair books.

They quickly become independent workers, knowing what jobs need doing and working efficiently and diligently with all tasks. They are a great assistance to the library staff, allowing the staff to concentrate on other duties.

Written by BGS Library Technician Bernadette van den Hout


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Library Lovers’ Day


The library world over the past ten years has adopted Valentine’s Day and celebrated it as Library Lover’s Day, a day which burst upon the School on Tuesday with displays, competitions and activities. In the Senior Library, a box of chocolates was the prize for a Valentine’s Day quiz, supported in particular by hungry Year 9 boys. Students visiting the Centenary Library had the opportunity to make heart-shaped origami bookmarks which they could take home as a memento.

Year 5 boys in the Middle School Library took Library Lover’s Day to the next level by creating Haiku poetry about the library and/or reading. Boys were able to reflect on the place libraries have in their lives, and produced some lovely poems which been posted on the windows of the library so other boys can read them. At the end of all Years 5 and 6 library lessons this week, each boy was given a heart-shaped chocolate to take away and enjoy at a later time.

A special event for Middle School teachers was the opportunity to find their “Perfect Match”. Teachers completed a form with their likes and dislikes when it comes to choosing a book to read, and then Library staff worked hard to find titles to match. Participants were excited to open their parcels of matched books and all were eager to begin reading them.

 

Year 5 Haikus

Libraries filled with books
Search engines as they are now
Awesome narratives
By Theo Medek
Cosy small building
Filled with books from all around
Inspiration lies
By Andrew Bracher
From a tree I grow
Across every land I go
Ink flows on pages
By Lucas Tan
In a giant room
Lots of books are there for you
This is the library
By Kimihiro Kamori

 

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