Category Archives: Centenary Library

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Squishy Scientists

Last week during their visits to the Centenary Library the year six student’s scientific minds were challenged into making Squishy Circuits. Our budding scientist used power packs, playdough, laminating strips, fans, buzzers and LED lights  to create not only working circuits but also some wonderful creations. Students learnt the difference between a series and a parallel circuit and how to include a working switch all while making smiling light up food items, police cars and popular fictional characters.  In their second session they were given a set of challenges to create specific circuits which they approached with very inquiring minds. This was both a fun experience and a really great way of  using hands on learning to explore electricity and circuit creation.

 


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Libraries for Vanuatu

Knowing what to do with books from a down-sized collection is always a challenging conundrum. However, there are a number of organisations willing to take donations and sort them to stock libraries in developing countries. After earlier donating trailer loads of metal library shelving, this morning we were able to donate over 200 boxes of books to The Library Project Vanuatu, who were extremely grateful for such a huge donation – particularly after the devastating cyclone which hit Vanuatu a few weeks ago.

According to The Library Project Vanuatu:

In 2015, Vanuatu was at the bottom of the list for South Pacific countries for literacy and numeracy. The government and stakeholders believe that lack of resources is one of the key factors for this statistic.  We believe that the installation of libraries in Vanuatu can help to raise the standard of literacy and numeracy. This in turn opens up new opportunities for the children, widening their future prospects. 

We partner with schools, churches, clubs etc to help them build libraries in remote villages in Vanuatu. Our vision is to see a well resourced library installed in every school in the country.  

To donate books, DVDs, posters or shelving, email  vanuatu@libraryproject.com.au.


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New Wellness eBook Collection

Made up of around 300+ fiction and non-fiction titles (both eBook and audiobooks) the Wellness Collection offers credible resources to help across lots of different areas – Teenage anxiety, depression, exam stress, sleep problems, sports competition pressures/ performance, emotional dysregulation, PTSD, bullying/ cyberbullying, eating disorders, grief… to name just a few. These resources include positive psychology resources that are proven effective in empowering you with your social, emotional, physical and mental well being, strengthening resilience and equipping you with knowledge, skills and confidence to best navigate life’s challenges.


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Tips for Learning from Home


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Book Week

The Middle School community celebrated Book Week last week with a myriad of activities to mark the occasion and reinforce the importance of reading in our lives. This year’s theme was Curious Creatures, Wild Minds.

Our special guest was author and TV personality Andrew Daddo. Parents and boys in Years 7 and 8 attended the Trivia Evening and Years 5 and 6 boys and parents attended the Book Week Breakfast. Andrew entertained as quiz master for the evening as well as sharing stories from his life and about his writing at the two functions.  Community support was outstanding and both events were sold out. Andrew also presented to all Middle School boys during the day.

Lunchtime activities saw boys from Years 5-8 participating in treasure hunts to find book characters which had “escaped” into the wild, competing in trivia games, decorating cookies to create curious creatures and making even more curious creatures out of origami. A highlight was a visit by the Wild Rangers who brought two snakes, a crocodile and a lizard for a visit. Boys were queued up around the MS Amphitheatre to get up close to the creatures.

Year 6 boys were also treated to a visit by author Mark Greenwood who tells stories that bring history to life. His passion for his subject matter is infectious and he left the boys keen to grab his books and find out the endings of his stories.


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The Centenary Library 2020 Rubik’s Challenge

This year the Centenary Library has been overcome by a Rubik’s craze!  Due in large part to our recent purchase of four Pyramix Duo’s which have become a very popular addition to the library.  Not a lunchtime goes by that all four are not being twisted and turned by a student busily working away trying to learn the secret to solving them.  Last Thursday during lunch the Centenary Library brought back its Rubik’s Challenge, an event that has not been seen for five years.  This challenge was extremely popular, with spectators and the 16 participants alike all excited to see who would be crowned the Centenary Library Rubik’s Champion for 2020.  The knock out rounds were very exciting, the boys had certainly practiced quite a lot.  The Grand Final ended in a nail biting 4 round challenge where both competitors could not be separated  and solved their puzzle at the exact same time.  A quick decision was made to switch in a traditional 3×3 Rubik’s cube to decide the winner.

All competitors are to be commended for their sportsmanship and professional attitude.  There were so many spectators also who happily volunteered to do various tasks throughout the challenges which was lovely to see. The challenge was so popular that a Rubik’s Cube Competition will be held later in the term for those who think they could be the fastest ‘cuber’ in Year 7 & 8.  Keep an eye out in the daily notices for more information over the coming weeks.  Congratulations to the finalists and best of luck at the next competition to all entrants.


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Library Lovers’ Day

Last week, February 14 took on a special meaning for staff and students here at BGS as Library Lovers’ Day was celebrated across all three libraries. Romantic fiction and “lonely books seeking reader” were on display in all three libraries. The “lonely books” had individual labels describing their stories and which readers would be most suited to them.  Boys were encouraged to “make a book happy and less lonely” by borrowing it. Years 7 and 8 boys were given the opportunity to recommend a favourite book to their peers at lunchtime. At morning tea the staff were treated to red velvet cupcakes and a hotly contested trivia competition with questions about lovers in literature and libraries. This was a fun way to promote the libraries and raise awareness of the important role they play in our lives.


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Game On! Middle School Library Orientation

At the start of each year the Middle School Libraries play host to the Years 5 and 7 students for an orientation of their new space. 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.

In the Centenary Library, the Year 7 students played a board game called Library Smarts, where team members were required to move their way around a board while completing challenges that explored the resources available within the space.  Teams also had the extra task of writing down library guidelines learned from Grammar Man and Grumpy Cat when they landed on their icons on the board.

The Year 5 students participated in Escape the Library, a game based on the Breakout EDU concept. Each class was divided into 4 teams and had to solve 5 puzzles in order to open the final box and escape. Along the way they learned important information about the library, such as the number of items they can borrow, how to access the catalogue and where the different types of resources are located

Both years embraced these lessons with a wonderful amount of enthusiasm and competitiveness. Gamification in education has increased in popularity in recent years and these orientation lessons adopt this method to provide a fun, effective and engaging platform for students to familiarise themselves with the Brisbane Grammar Libraries.


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A Fantasy Quest in the Land of Remorse

Twenty of our Year 8 boys spent four fabulous days creating and writing fantasy stories, based on their quest into the Land of Remorse (aka Roma Street Parklands) to retrieve an object held by an evil power and free the land from its clutches. This included exploring augmented reality apps at the Tunnel of Terror, the Epic Citadel, the Eerie Escarpment and the Fiendish Forest, and participating in teamwork activities at the Field of Doom, the Stone Table, the Cursed Quicksand and the Armoury.  Local author, Simon Cleary, challenged the boys to make their writing more descriptive, and many of the activities and/or locations found their way into different groups’ stories.

The culmination of the program involved the boys proudly explaining to parents and visitors what the program was about, what each of the activities involved, and showing samples of their stories. While writing a collaborative story from different characters’ perspectives was the intended outcome, the boys’ learning went far beyond this and included:

  • Collaborating with people who were not close friends,
  • Inclusivity and respecting differences,
  • Actively listening to each other,
  • Following instructions,
  • Being prepared,
  • Creative thinking,
  • Problem solving,
  • Taking initiative,
  • Being persistent but resilient,
  • Reflecting on character strengths,
  • Reflecting on successes and how to improve.

To see more of the ideas on which this program was based visit Spring Hill Young Writers Group.


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May the 4th – Star Wars Mania

Last week the BGS Libraries celebrated Star Wars with an assortment of activities, all marking the special day, May the Fourth. Middle School boys had a chance to decorate cupcakes in a Princess Leia design. Following instructions, boys proved themselves to be eager and successful cake decorators, and of course, cake eaters!

Two of our teachers donned costumes to host a special Star Wars Kahoot competition in the Middle School libraries. Boys were challenged to be fast and correct in order to be announced the winner. Years 5 and 6 boys also had the chance to enter a colouring competition.

A highlight of the week was the Droid Race Challenge in the MS Amphitheatre with eager particpants competing and one of our IT staff hosting the event in costume. Senior School boys were also given the opportunity to pit Yoda against Darth Vader with droid races in The Lilley Centre, compered by two of our Year 12 students.