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STEAM Soap Making

Recently the boys went back to basics with the ultimate STEAM activity…soap making. Soap making is a perfect mix of chemistry and creativity. Our aim was to make ‘sustainable’ soaps using all natural ingredients. The boys made ‘castile’ olive oil soaps, coffee scrubs and cucumber and mint rejuvenation bars.

Our goal was to get our soaps made and dry in time for Mother’s Day. Mission accomplished. We hope you enjoy your soaps (and had a fantastic Mother’s Day!)

 


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New and improved library website for 2018

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We’ve been hard at work since the start of the year refreshing our library website to make it more appealing and accessible to our students as a go-to destination for their studies and reading enjoyment, and easier for library staff to share the valuable resources that will help students with their assignments.

Our revamped site has an exciting new home page design with more up-to-date content, recap of events and activities as they happen, links to our eBook and audiobook suppliers and general information we think users should know.

Based on feedback we have given the eresources space a much needed face-lift. When student’s login into the eresources tab they will see that each subject has had its individual page updated with new click-through graphics for each corresponding subject databases, updated ClickView and EnhanceTV graphics that are now single sign-on for ease of use, and articles that we think are crucial reading for understanding the subject. The presentation of these valuable services allows the students to navigate them with ease while making more informed decisions when it comes to analysing the information they find.

We are also featuring new books in our homepage’s hero headers. These are books that we feel are essential reading for both students and staff. Perhaps they have won awards or are considered classics in the literature world. These will be updated weekly so be sure to check back regularly so you don’t miss our picks and Monthly Top 10’s.

We are continually working on the site so be sure to watch this space! We also welcome your feedback (suggestions, complaints and compliments if you have any 😊) so please send an email to library@brisbanegrammar.com, or come and see us at the desk. Your feedback will help us improve the site for everyone.

Visit the library website at libguides.brisbanegrammar.com/libraryhome


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Prince Edward visits BGS

On Monday 16 April, the Lilley Centre hosted a number of Duke of Edinburgh’s Award recipients from across Brisbane who came to meet Prince Edward, here to carry on a royal tradition and plant a tree in our Boarders’ Lawn.

From our Headmaster, Mr Anthony Micallef:

“His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex KG GCOV, visited Brisbane Grammar School on Monday 16 April to continue a royal tradition at the School that has spanned three centuries. One hundred and fifty years ago, in February 1868, His Royal Highness Prince Alfred, who later became The Duke of Edinburgh, laid the foundation stone for the original Brisbane Grammar School building in Roma Street.

When BGS was relocated to its current location in 1881, his nephews, Princes George and Edward, then 16 and 17 years old, planted two Moreton Bay figs to mark their visit to the colony of Queensland. George returned to Australia in 1901 to open the first parliament of the newly established Commonwealth. He was later crowned King George the Fifth and is the great-grandfather of The Earl of Wessex. The Earl’s father, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, visited BGS twice: in 1968, to mark the School’s 100th anniversary, when he planted a Hoop Pine in front of Harlin House; and again in 1977, when he came and met The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award participants in Centenary Hall.

Using the same spade as his father did 50 years ago, the Earl continued the royal legacy at BGS, by planting a fourth ‘royal’ tree. As well as celebrating the School’s 150th year, the occasion also celebrates the important role The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award has played at BGS and around the world. Prince Philip started The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in 1956 and today it continues to inspire young people to serve their communities, experience adventure, and develop and learn skills outside the classroom.

The Earl is Chair of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, continuing his father’s work. His visit offered the opportunity to recognise The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award participants and pay tribute to the work of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, which so many BGS boys have completed since it started in Australia in 1958. The objectives of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award aligns well with the BGS mission to educate confident young men of character who go into their communities and make a difference. The Award has had a global impact, with four million people having participated worldwide since 1956 – 250,000 Australians among them.”


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Music in the Learning Commons

We have so many talented boys at our school, and we love celebrating their creativity. This year, to complement the announcement of our Photography Competition awards, we also showcased the talents of three amazing piano players at a lunchtime concert. In a magnificent show of skill and camaraderie, the Learning Commons was packed as Years 9 – 12 boys were entertained by these wonderful musicians – Kai and brothers Remi and Wylie who performed individually and together in two highly entertaining duets.

With great skill and aplomb each of the boys performed for more than four minutes without music. Kai performed Tarantella by Franz Liszt; Remi performed The Greatest by Sia; and Wylie performed an improvisation on a song by the American band Green Day. Wylie and Remi then went on to perform a duet, switching places as they played, much to the delight of the crowd!

This event was the first of our Music in the Learning Commons concerts featuring our baby grand piano generously donated by BGS Old Boy George Kelly ’16. The event was a fantastic way of bringing music right to where many of our boys like to be at lunchtimes, and the video below gives a taste of the wonderful music we enjoyed on the day.

 


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Tasty reading at BGS!

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Most people will agree that there’s nothing better than sitting down to read a good book with either a cup of coffee or a frothy milkshake. So at BGS Library, we’re really excited to be teaming up with our economics students as they flex their entrepreneurial and beverage making skills at the student-run coffee cart Blue Brew.

Since week 5, all milkshakes and coffees have come wrapped in a highly collectable sleeve – you really cant miss them! Each sleeve has a custom design that really captures the fun of reading and getting stuck into a good book.

With the final sleeve to be released in Week 9, students and staff are encouraged to keep hold of their sleeves, but don’t panic if you have missed a particular one, because in the final week of term there will be a chance to collect any sleeves you may have missed out on.

Then from Monday, 19 March there will be entry forms at either the Senior or Centenary Library drop-off points, and also a staple so you can attach all five sleeves to your entry form.

There are great prizes to be won like book vouchers and movie tickets so don’t forget to write your name and form year so we can get in touch with you if you’re one of our lucky winners!

Entries for Term 1 will close Wednesday, 28 March and drawn Thursday, 29 March in the Learning Commons.

Enjoy your reading and good luck!


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Photography Competition – Winners 2018

The eXchange would like to thank all students and staff who participated in the 2018 Photography Competition. The quality of the entries was outstanding. The People’s Choice category received over 1400 votes from the boys. The winners for 2018 are:

Best Staff Entry – Mr Trowse

People’s Choice – Xavier (Year 10)

Overall Winner – Simon (Year 10)

 

Mr Chris Walker, Communications Manager, judged the competition and praised many of the entries for their artistic merit. It may seem a way off until entries are open for 2019, but it is a great time to start taking photos for next year’s competition. It was extremely encouraging to see so many entries come from our Middle School.

 


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Love Your Pet Day Photo Competition

The Middle School Libraries kicked off this year’s reading promotion by running a photo competition with a difference.

In order to enter boys were required to submit a photo of themselves, their pet and some sort of reading material. This sounds easy, and it was, but it also allowed boys to be creative as they posed for shots. A number of teachers also entered into the spirit.

Pets such as lizards, fish, cats, dogs and even a horse were represented. There were no doubt many funny and also frustrating moments as boys manoeuvred their pets into position.  The competition proved very popular and judging was extremely difficult. Our winners are included here and all entries can be seen on the Middle School Library webpage.

 


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Library Lover’s Day

Move over St Valentine’s because 14 February is also Library Lovers’ Day! This day celebrates our libraries in which workshops are taught, new skills are learnt, study groups meet, games can be played, technology can be used to create, and you can even just sit and read a good book!

Students in Year 5 took time out of their English lesson to celebrate our library. Each boy wrote a haiku about libraries. These were written on post-it notes and placed on a special window display. Upon departure, each child received a special chocolate heart (in the BGS colours of course!). Some boys also created 3D hearts out of books!

Staff members were matched with a book to read based on their preferences. Matchboxes labelled “Your Perfect Match” were distributed alongside the books. These were presented at morning tea where they were also able to enjoy red velvet cupcakes decorated with hearts.

Library Lovers Day was celebrated in the Centenary Library with an opportunity for students to share their favourite books with their peers in order to receive a chocolate heart. This activity proved very popular with the book recommendation table constantly full of students filling out forms which included the title of their favourite book, a blurb and why they liked it. These forms have been placed into a ‘Peer Book Recommendation’ jar which is located on the circulation desk for students who are stuck for a new book idea. Special displays were set up in the Senior Library with stories about love showcasing the diverse nature of the collection.

The Centenary Library has also recognised Random Acts of Kindness week with quotes about kindness from popular books displayed around the library under the title ‘Throw Kindness around like Confetti’. Later in the week students will be invited to contribute their own favourite quotes to this display.

Haiku:

With so many books

It is a place of marvels

I must read them all

By Mac 

 

Talking with your friends

Reading like you just don’t care

Libraries are the best

By Nicholas 

 

Books are piled so high

This is where I go to read

The school library

By Salvatore 


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Make Your Own Antique Writing Journal

Over the past week, it has been quite exciting to watch some beautiful antique journals taking shape in the eXchange. The boys making them are part of Aficionados, our book club for Years 9 and 10, and this was our first activity to start off the year. The boys will now be able to use their journals in Book Club as a wish-list for new titles, series and authors, or to write their short stories for  English.

If you would like to make your own antique journal, this is what you’ll need:

  • 1 x small Art sketch book (from OfficeWorks)
  • 1 x A3 sheet of paper, dipped in tea water and then dried
  • PVA glue and Mod Podge
  • Brown and gold paint
  • Steampunk decorations (from Spotlight)

How to do it:

  • Scrunch the dried sheet of A3 into a tight ball (this gives the creases in the cover).
  • Unfold the paper, then glue it to the front and back of the sketch book.
  • Cut out the corners, then fold the edges to the inside of the cover and glue them down.
  • Trim the paper from the top and bottom of the spine.
  • Very lightly sponge gold paint onto the outside edges of the pages (too thick and you won’t be able to open your book).
  • Paint the cover, beginning with brown, then sponging gold over the top.
  • When dry, paint the folded paper on the inside cover of the book. There should not be any white showing.
  • Paint the entire cover with Mod Podge to make it hard and durable.
  • Glue the first and last pages onto the inside of the front and back covers.
  • Decorate with cut-out balsa frames and antique brass decorations.

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Game On in the Middle School Libraries

At the beginning of every year, the Middle School Libraries play host to the Years 5 and 7 students for an orientation of their new libraries. 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.

The Year 5 students undertook the challenge to Escape the Library by solving a variety of puzzles and locating books which then allowed them to open many different locks in order to ultimately access their box of treasure.  In the Centenary Library, the Year 7 students took part in a board game called Library Smarts, where team members were required to move their way around a board while completing challenges with the help of an iPad, and writing down expectations learnt from Grammar Man and Grumpy Cat playing cards.

These lessons were embraced by students and teachers alike, with a fantastic amount of enthusiasm and competitiveness. With the increasing popularity of gamification in education, these orientation lessons provide a fun, effective and engaging platform for students to familiarise themselves with the Brisbane Grammar Libraries.