Monthly Archives: December 2015

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Christmas in the BGS Libraries

To celebrate the upcoming Christmas season the BGS libraries have been running various activities for students to participate in and enjoy as decorations.  As the Senior Library looks forward to a big change of layout next year a lot of the older books have been removed from the shelves.  Many of these books will be donated to charities but before that happens they have been used for one last display.  Throughout the week, library staff and students constructed a Christmas tree out of some of these to sit at the front of the Senior Library.  After it was decorated year 9 students have been placing food and drink products beside it for their form class food hampers, run by the Service Committee.  Other books were placed under a second tree in the library as as special Christmas treat to students to take home for free.  This tree was often crowded with students browsing the books on offer, many times with boys taking whole handfuls home.

In the Middle School the ‘Inside Story’ book club have been recycling old books by turning them into Christmas trees, angels and hanging decorations which have been taken home or displayed in the Centenary Library.   Some of the year 8 students have also been using a collection of these books for their signature program activity ‘The Changemakers Shop’ which has required them to upcycle unwanted items, with some wonderful creations being made as a result.  From all the staff in the BGS Libraries we wish you a safe and happy Christmas break.

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Year 8 Poetry Slam

Last week the English Department and the Library joined forces to run the inaugural BGS Poetry Slam competition. All of the Year 8 students were involved, with the competition being the final event in their poetry unit. After initially listening to Josh Donellan, Queensland’s 2015 Slam Poetry Champion, all boys in the year level wrote their own poems and then selected two boys to perform on the day. Additionally, each class chose a student to judge alongside two of our Senior English teachers.

The whole event was a lot of fun, with boys performing to a packed lunchtime audience, a challenge in itself. In fact, it was so successful that the Year 11 boys have now asked for their own Poetry Slam in 2016!