Author Archives: Debbie Rawson

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Library Lovers’ Day

Queensland School Libraries Week is celebrated in February each year, coinciding with Library Lovers’ Day on 14 February, and both provide an opportunity for the school community to reflect on the value of our libraries in their lives.

Last Friday our staff celebrated Library Lovers’ Day with a book character quiz and a chocolate heart to help get their brains ready for the workout!  Very impressively, many staff were able to name all the characters, and went into the draw to win one of four Dymocks vouchers.

On Monday the Year 7 and 8 students discovered a Library Lovers’ heart trail leading them into the Centenary Library and onto tables filled with books free for them to take home.  The excitement was audible and students (and even some staff) left with armloads of previously loved books to enjoy, all under the watchful gaze of Grumpy Cat who dressed for the occasion with a large red bow.

Senior students and staff also felt the love on Monday when they arrived to find tables outside the Lilley Centre loaded with free books. These were eagerly snapped up throughout the day by our avid BGS readers, with the remainder going to a community library for migrants wishing to improve their English.

Year 5 boys embraced the spirit of Library Lovers’ Day in their Library lessons last week. The boys were challenged with writing a haiku poem under the umbrella topic of “Library”. Boys were able to work in pairs or individually to create their poems which were then added to a special display space. This gave them a chance to share their work and see the thoughts of other boys in their grade. As they are new to the Library it was encouraging to read of their positive connections with this space:

Many awesome types
Many books on shelves to read
Many kids to read

Pages and pages
Superheroes and fiction
Free your mind and read

Here my mind wanders
A space of freedom and fun
I love the Library

Knowledge is power
We find knowledge in our books
Books are our best source

BGS Library
A good Library it is
Lots of books there is
(Attributed to Yoda!)

All in all it was a wonderful opportunity for the Library staff to share some of the joy and fun of the library with the wider school community.


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Orientation in the Centenary Library

This week Year 7 students were invited to visit the Centenary Library during their English lesson to learn about their new space for the next two years.  The lesson involved a game called Library Smarts which was both an informative and an engaging hands-on activity requiring students to work together as a team to explore the resources and facilities available to them in the library.

In table groups students moved their way around a game board, landing on spaces which asked them to complete set challenges created to get students up, exploring the space.  Teams were also tasked with the job of making their own Centenary Library guidelines with the help of Grammar Man and Grumpy Cat cards.  Students then completed a pop quiz at the end of the lesson to investigate how much they had learnt during their activity and a winning group was crowned.

It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm, competitiveness, teamwork and problem-solving approach that was on display throughout the activity.  We look forward to a year of reading, leaning and fun in the Centenary Library for 2021.

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Year 5 Welcome

It was a warm welcome for our youngest and newest students in the Middle School Library when term began. Boys gathered together to create Lego structures and add to our collaborative Lego Wall. Playing giant Connect 4 and Noughts and Crosses helped the boys mingle and relax a little before the official start of their BGS journey. Form seniors were on hand to help. Early in the week, each class was treated to a reading of the book “Butterflies in My Stomach and Other School Hazards”, a humorous book which relates a young boy’s first day at a new school. Most could easily relate to the story. Over the coming weeks the Year 5s will become familiar with the Library space and we encourage them to borrow and read as much as they can.