Category Archives: Centenary Library

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Year 7 Storytellers Wow the Judges!

The standard of competition in our Year 8 Poetry Slam is getting stronger each year and now we know why – our Year 7 boys are outstanding storytellers and performers and this is feeding through!

At our second annual Year 7 Story Slam both teachers and judges were astonished, firstly by how well-written the boys’ ballads were; secondly by how well the boys had memorised their ballads, and thirdly by how well they performed them for the audience.

 

Each class had a member represented in the competition who had written their own ballad as part of their English course.  Story Slam representatives were chosen through an in class vote after all students had performed their original ballad to their individual class.   This years ballads featured themes such as kayaking,  the forgotten ANZACs,  school and even talking moles.  7F’s representative Jaden took home the 2018 title with a passionate retelling of an intense Mahjong match against his Aunty.  After such marvelous performances it will be exciting to see what the Year 8 students can create come term 4 during their Poetry Slam.

 

 


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Something Squishy This Way Comes!

Our Year 6 students participated some very squishy lessons recently exploring electrical circuits using play doh, battery packs, insulating material, LEDs, small motors, buzzers and switches.  This has been an awesome way to explore electricity and conductivity in a hands-on and fun way.

In the first lesson Ms Smith guided the students through the basic concepts of electrical circuits, basic safety and how to make simple series and parallel circuits.  The boys followed along with close attention, as they moved though the activities.  Once the basic concepts were clear, the boys were set loose to experiment in creative ways, incorporating these different circuits and insulating material into crazy sculptures.   Trolls with glowing eyes, creatures from the deep with glimmering lures to draw in unwary prey, carrots in sunglasses and planes with whirring propellers were just some of the wonderful creations produced.  In an astonishingly short period of time each class crafted creatures and inventions in a seemingly never-ending stream of creativity and variation.

Students returned to the library for a second session this year involving four different circuit challenges that they needed to complete independently.  They were able to work on their problem solving and resilience in this lesson to understand why their circuit may not have been successful the first time.    Students met these challenges well with some individual experimentation, collaborative effort and the occasional instructor expertise.


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BGS Plays Host to Fellow Book Lovers

In recent weeks our BGS Book Clubs have been lucky enough to host  book club members from both BGGS and Terrace.  These wonderful opportunities offer the students a chance to engage with books and students of a similar age in a social setting.  The Inside Story Book Club, comprised of students from Years 7 and 8,  meets once a term with boys the same age from Terrace.  This term the boys have been enjoying the intriguing science fiction novel Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card, a story about a boy who can see the paths of others throughout history.  Pathfinder created a lively discussion around time travel, character development, world building and the implication of various story lines being interwoven throughout a novel.

 

Our Year 8 and 9 Book Club boys also enjoyed an animated discussion with Libellum Book Club members from Girls Grammar, exploring the many social issues in the book Liquidator, by Andy Mulligan. The story traces a few days in the lives of students on work experience who discover that a top legal firm is assisting a multi-million dollar soft drink company to cover up the disastrous effects of its fizzy drinks on a young boy  dying from uncontrolled diabetes.

We looked at part of the documentary Dying for Drugs. and comparisons were drawn to the movie The Constant Gardener, based on John Le Carre’s book, where a large drug company is experimenting with a new tuberculosis drug on African villagers suffering from AIDS, and to Erin Brockovich, a movie based on the true story of an environmental activist who takes on the Pacific Gas and Electric Company over its contamination of drinking water with a dangerous chemical.

The harmful effects of too much sugar also provoked some interesting discussion, with reference to the TV programs Super Size Me and Four Corners – Sugar, but the most interest came from this Sugargram Infographic.  We’re looking forward to many more shared book club meetings and compelling discussions.

 


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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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Book Week Celebrations

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The Middle School community celebrated Book Week last week with the theme “Find Your Treasure”. It was a terrific week with a range of activities on offer for all boys as well as two community events.

The Book Week Breakfast was held on Thursday morning in Centenary Hall with special guest Tim Harris. Boys and parents in Years 5 and 6 were treated to a fantastic performance by the Chamber Choir as well as a poetic introduction to Tim by student Thomas Ruddell. Tim was most entertaining as he dared the audience to think creatively and provided some inspiration for doing so. His books proved popular at the store and many of his titles sold out.

Boys and parents in Years 7 and 8 were equally enthralled by guest Lance Balchin who challenged his audience with concepts of artificial intelligence and the place robots will have in the future. He also demonstrated his amazing skills with Photoshop and inspired boys to have a play with this software.

Lunchtimes saw boys embarking on treasure hunts, leaning about Blackbeard’s lost treasure, competing for prizes in our trivia competitions, donning gear for the  pirate photo booth and joining in the fun of the Pirate Plunder, a human version of Hungry Hippos.

This was a great week and it was pleasing to see the community come together to celebrate reading.


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Book Week 2018 day one kicks off with ‘Pirate Plunder’.

Scurvy ridden pirates arrived in the Middle School Library to compete in the pirate version of the game ‘Hungry Hippos’ at lunchtime.  ‘Pirate Plunder’ is essentially the same except the boys themselves are the hippos and try to pillage and plunder the booty back to their teammate.  Led by Captain Russell, teams of scallywags and ruffians competed for pride, glory and chocolate pirate bullion.  The theme for Book Week this year is “Find your Treasure”, and every day the library will be running exciting activities for the boys.

Arrrr, avast!  It were a fun game to be sure me matey. Now ye be makin’ certain ye come back to the library for more piratey fun each lunchtime this week!


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Commonwealth Games Celebrations

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It has been an exciting time for our Middle School boys as the two libraries have leapt into the Commonwealth Games fever and run a range of events during lunchtimes over the past four weeks.

Boys have been involved in decorating cupcakes as Borobi, the Games mascot, and competing in trivia competitions via Kahoot! Two challenges were run: the Years 5/6 boys were asked to create a Lego or Bionicle mascot suitable for the Games and the Years 7/8 boys tried out their Photoshop skills creating an image of Grumpy Cat at the Games. Winners received official merchandise.

Much fun was had in the mini-Commonwealth Games days held in both the Middle School and Centenary Libraries. Balloon badminton, cup stacking, a unique version of basketball and ten pin bowling ensured boys had a blast. Participants received “medals”.

An undoubted highlight was the visit from two Commonwealth Games athletes, Minna Atherton and Jared Gilliland. Both are members of the BGS Swimming Club and generously gave of their time to share their experiences with a crowd of more than 70 boys one lunch break. Facilitated by Mr Bloch, the swimmers gave insights into the lives of elite athletes. Thanks to Minna, Jared, Mr Bloch and Mr Lush for their efforts with this visit.


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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.