Category Archives: Senior Library

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Students Claim Tea Duel Prizes!!

The art of Tea Duelling, ‘an elegant sport for a civilised age’ comes from the realms of Steampunk and involves contestants duelling with biscuits dunked in hot tea, rather than with swords or guns.  This was the third time we have held our Annual Tea Duel and, as always, it was a fun way for the boys to relax after the stress of a week of exams.  Our esteemed Tiffen Master even sported a dashing new red top hat for the occasion!!

This year the School Captains, along with captains of various sports and cultural activities, invited their favourite teachers to duel against them in a riveting series of contests!  Until this year, no-one has been able to match the prowess of the teachers with Mr Timms and Ms Bruerton taking out the Winner’s title in our first two contests but, this year, the teachers didn’t stand a chance.  Despite cooling tea, which necessitated multiple biscuits being called into play, our final two contestants ended up being students with nerves of steel!

Congratulations boys, and enjoy the holidays!!


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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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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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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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Great Debate – Yr 12 Students v Teachers

Last Friday the Forum was full to overflowing with students from all year levels as excitement mounted in the lead-up to our first ever Great Debate between the Year 12 Senior B debating team and three courageous debating teachers.  The topic they were contesting was That Gen X have ruined everything for the Millennials. Both sides were passionate, witty and quick, with a touch of sarcasm thrown in, and the outcome, not surprisingly, was that the Baby Boomers are the real culprits who have created all the problems!

Because we had limited time, the speakers were limited to 4 minutes each, and were gonged off if their speech went more than 4 minutes and 15 seconds! All in all it was a highly entertaining and extremely popular event, with our MC, Deputy Headmaster – Extracurricular, Mark Brusasco, stating that he hopes this event will become an annual occurrence.

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Chopstick Challenge to Celebrate Multiculturalism

Our first ever Chopstick Challenge, organised by two of the Year 11 SRB boys to celebrate the different cultures at BGS, was an electrifying contest between teachers and students as they raced to pick up a variety of challenging objects with a pair of chopsticks. These included: marbles, toothpicks, thumbtacks, pins, smarties, coins and even a pen from a bottle of water!!

Our Head of Physics, Ms Chan, was a fabulous MC, calling the heats and the final and adding great enthusiasm and excitement to the event. Many were keen to try their hand, but few could match the skill, speed and coolness under pressure of our Head of English, Mr Howes, who managed to blitz the competition to take home the ultimate prize –  a hat full of lollies!!  See more photos at our BGS Facebook page.