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Our annual Tea Duel, a tradition begun in the Senior Library in 2016 to celebrate the Steampunk genre, was held last Friday lunchtime much to the entertainment of a very large crowd. Volunteers from our Year 12 Prefects and School Captains invited a favourite teacher to duel against them by dunking a biscuit in hot tea for five seconds, then holding it up to see who could last the longest before eating it as it collapsed. Our long-time Tiffen Master, Mr Michael Moloney, was once again the MC of the event, and each pair of contestants was avidly watched by a Deputy Tiffen Master to ensure no cheating occurred! While the teachers looked unbeatable before the competition began, they were gradually eliminated by the boys, with Angus and Rishi ending up being the last two battling for the honour of 2020 Tea Duel Champion. Congratulations to Angus, whose name will now be added to our new Tea Duel trophy for perpetuity.
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.
This week the Lilley Centre was again host to some of our talented musicians here at Brisbane Grammar School for this year’s ‘Music in the Learning Commons’. This event saw the debut of Table 64, an original student band, performing four contemporary pieces of music for their peers at lunchtime. The packed-out Learning Commons was not disappointed as the boys entertained both students and staff with guitars, drums and the baby grand piano.
A huge congratulations to the boys for their wonderfully entertaining performance, which can be viewed here:
Many books have been banned over many years for a wide variety of reason. Some for challenging a set of a beliefs held by sections of a society, others for concerns for the reader’s virtue or fragile mental health.
Occasionally the comedy writes itself. For instance, George Orwell’s 1984 was banned in the USA for being pro-communist and in The Soviet Union for being anti-communist.
More recently, The Kite Runner, 13 Reasons Why and George. For promoting Islam, discussing suicide and depicting a transgender child, respectively.
Banned and challenged books offer an important opportunity to view the world through differing perspectives. To experience different ways of thinking about the world, and learn from uncomfortable or foreign experiences. The freedom to read and express controversial ideas are essential elements to an excellent education and a healthy society.
Rebel! Stand up for your right to be amused or offended, frightened or insulted, devastated or exalted. Read something that someone, somewhere thinks you shouldn’t.
Ray Bradbury once said “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
Our second annual Chopstick Challenge, with students and teachers racing each other down opposite sides of a table while picking up small objects with chopsticks, was a great way to wind down on a Friday afternoon and a lot of fun! The Year 12 SRB boys organised the event to promote multiculturalism at BGS, and Ms Chan, our highly enthusiastic MC, did a fantastic job calling the races. Each round became progressively harder as contestants had to pick up dice, marbles, lollipops, Lego bricks, coins, Tic Tacs, paper clips and individual staples, then use their chopsticks to throw a paper ball into a container.
Mr McClatchy, good sport that he is, was there for entertainment value! What he lacked in skill he almost made up for with blue tack on the end of his chopsticks!! However, he was no match for Benji, who kept his cool under pressure and managed to overtake our reigning champion, Mr Howes. While disappointed that he missed out on a hat full of chocolates, Mr Howes was nevertheless gracious in defeat.
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!!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
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.”