Author Archives: Debbie Rawson

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May the Fourth be with you!

Middle School boys were treated to a week of Star Wars fun and activities last week. In both the Middle School and Centenary Libraries boys competed in trivia Kahoots, raced droids, played Star Wars Family Feud and watched TV shows related to the theme. Displays set the tone for the week with boys poring over the numerous fiction and non-fiction books. Years 5 and 6 boys were also given the opportunity to enter a colouring competition. Congratulations to Christopher who won the mini R2D2 figurine.

Vicki Palmer, Dani Smith and Sarah Lusink


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2021 Photography Competition!

Congratulations to the three winners of our 2021 Photography Competition!

The theme for this year was ‘Generations’ and entries were judged by Mr Stewart Service, our previous BGS Head of Art and a keen photographer himself.

Middle School Winner: Elliot “Mothers and daughters” (Year 5) – Babushka dolls representing generations of women.

Senior School Winner: Nate “Turning back time” (Year 9) – Capturing the joy associated with learning something new, especially when it is the younger generation teaching the older generation.

Staff Winner: Chris Walker “Talking with Granddad” (Staff) – In matching wide brim hats, great grandad and great grandson discuss life at different ends of the spectrum. Almost 90 years separate the pair.


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Visit by Gwenda Stanley

Last week our Year 5 boys were treated to a visit by indigenous performer Gwenda Stanley. The session showcased Gwenda’s deep understanding and passion for her Gomeroi culture. Through song, dance, story, language and the demonstration of traditional tools and artefacts, Gwenda inspired the boys to learn and engage with her living culture. The boys will draw on this knowledge in Term 3 when they read Walking the Boundaries as part of the English curriculum.

Ms Palmer and Mrs Lusink


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ANZAC Day

Last week our Year 6 boys were reflecting on ANZAC Day in their Library lessons. The book The Beach they Called Gallipoli by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley was shared and this set the scene for a sombre but thoughtful reflection on the Gallipoli campaign. Following the reading and discussion of the text, boys worked to make paper poppies which they attached to our ANZAC display on the windows. The symbolism of this reflects the placing of poppies on the Wall of Remembrance at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

 


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Year 8 students fully ‘immerse’ themselves in Science Fiction

Every year during the Year 8 Science Fiction unit students find themselves visiting a world of mysterious water, strange towns people and a tower whose powers cannot be explained.  Upon entry into the library boys are read an award winning tale by their teacher librarian titled The Watertower.  Written by Gary Crew and illustrated by Steven Woolman, this story follows two young men as they visit the local water tower in their small outback town for a swim one hot summers day.  What starts out as an innocent dip in the cool waters begins to take a strange and ominous turn when one of the boys returns to town to collect some clothes leaving Bubba alone at the tower.  After listening to the story students are tasked with the job of working in groups as detectives to find out what might have occurred.  Steven Woolman has gone into great detail to leave clues throughout the book in his illustrations for the audience to discover.

Once the classes have shared their predictions, questions and discoveries they are treated to the surprise of a sequel story Gary and Steven created years later.  Without giving away the secrets of The Watertower,  one of the main elements of this story centres around the substance ‘aqua pura’ which just might hold the answer to everything.  As students leave at the conclusion of the lesson they are excited to find out that the library has sourced some of this ‘aqua pura’ for them to try.  The bravest in the class, those who try this drink on their way out, may even discover one last clue in the cup before they leave.


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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.

You can follow BGS libraries on Instagram @bgslibrary.


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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.