Category Archives: Middle School

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Library on the Lawn

Excited Year 5 boys donned their book character costumes, grabbed their favourite books and headed to the inaugural Library on the Lawn event recently. The event, held on the Boarders’ Lawn, was planned to provide an opportunity for boys to engage with reading in a different way from our usual Library lessons.

Guest author Samantha Wheeler visited and spoke to the boys about her books which are adventure stories based around an iconic Australian animal. She inspired the audience with her passion for the environment and her desire to help preserve our native animals. She thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet our students and hear about their reading habits and costumes. Samantha said she was impressed with the enthusiasm with which they shared their books.

In addition to listening to Samantha’s address and asking questions, boys took part in a book trivia quiz, shared their chosen stories and ate cupcakes. It was a most successful event and one that will surely be remembered by boys and staff for a long time.

Special mention must be made of the teachers who also got into the spirit and dressed up. Their support for this event was outstanding.


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Year 5 Boys are Savvy Scientists!

Charles Darwin, William Harvey, Galileo and even David Attenborough “visited” the Year 5 classrooms this week as students took on the role of a famous scientist and showcased their learning to proud families. Each boy was eager to share his knowledge of the work and legacy of his particular scientist, and took great delight in finding costumes and props that would best illustrate his/her significant achievements.

The evening followed a lengthy research task which was collaboratively taught by the teacher librarian and the the Year 5 Science teachers. Skills taught included using print materials, navigating Britannica online, identifying relevant information, note-taking and referencing.

While many of the boys found the task challenging, there is no doubt that persistence paid off and they were very proud of their achievements as they were able to field all manner of questions from parents and older brothers who had been a “savvy scientist” themselves.

 

 


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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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Book Bowling Fun!

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Boys in Year 6 have been brushing up on their catalogue skills. With a lesson on the Dewey Decimal System under their belts, it was time to tackle the issue of how to locate a book they want to read once they have found it in the catalogue. Prac teacher librarian Mrs Lusink and Ms Palmer planned out an informative and fun task. Boys were shown a short clip on how to find a book in the catalogue and then given a title of a book taped onto the side of a wooden skittle. The challenge was to find the book in the catalogue, record the call number information and then retrieve the book from the shelves. This was a timed challenge and  the number of skittles set up to be bowled over depended on the number of books found in the set time. The first four students to present the matching book and skittle were then able to bowl along with the class teacher. The search was repeated and the top Year 6 class won a prize.

This was an incredibly energetic and enthusiastic activity and enjoyed by all. Thanks must go to Anna Zbacnik for her original idea as the activity was found on the A to Z Library blog.


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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.