Monthly Archives: May 2021

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Books, Boys and Bikkies

The Book Club for boys in Years 5 and 6 has proven to be very popular. Each Monday boys turn up to talk about the books that we have read or participate in fun activities relating to the books. Of course, they also get to eat bikkies!

Our latest read was Escape from Mr Lemoncello’s Library. This is a great story about a group of children who win the opportunity to overnight in a fantastic new library and must solve puzzles in order to escape in time. This week our boys played a breakout game based on this idea where they had to solve puzzles to unlock the box and receive a reward. They worked together to find the correct answers and had lots of fun along the way.

Our next book is a the beautiful graphic novel This was our Pact which is the story of 5 boys who are determined to follow their lanterns down the river to see where they go.

All boys in Years 5 and 6 are welcome to attend.

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May the Fourth be with you!

Middle School boys were treated to a week of Star Wars fun and activities last week. In both the Middle School and Centenary Libraries boys competed in trivia Kahoots, raced droids, played Star Wars Family Feud and watched TV shows related to the theme. Displays set the tone for the week with boys poring over the numerous fiction and non-fiction books. Years 5 and 6 boys were also given the opportunity to enter a colouring competition. Congratulations to Christopher who won the mini R2D2 figurine.

Vicki Palmer, Dani Smith and Sarah Lusink

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2021 Photography Competition!

Congratulations to the three winners of our 2021 Photography Competition!

The theme for this year was ‘Generations’ and entries were judged by Mr Stewart Service, our previous BGS Head of Art and a keen photographer himself.

Middle School Winner: Elliot “Mothers and daughters” (Year 5) – Babushka dolls representing generations of women.

Senior School Winner: Nate “Turning back time” (Year 9) – Capturing the joy associated with learning something new, especially when it is the younger generation teaching the older generation.

Staff Winner: Chris Walker “Talking with Granddad” (Staff) – In matching wide brim hats, great grandad and great grandson discuss life at different ends of the spectrum. Almost 90 years separate the pair.

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Visit by Gwenda Stanley

Last week our Year 5 boys were treated to a visit by indigenous performer Gwenda Stanley. The session showcased Gwenda’s deep understanding and passion for her Gomeroi culture. Through song, dance, story, language and the demonstration of traditional tools and artefacts, Gwenda inspired the boys to learn and engage with her living culture. The boys will draw on this knowledge in Term 3 when they read Walking the Boundaries as part of the English curriculum.

Ms Palmer and Mrs Lusink

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Last week our Year 6 boys were reflecting on ANZAC Day in their Library lessons. The book The Beach they Called Gallipoli by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley was shared and this set the scene for a sombre but thoughtful reflection on the Gallipoli campaign. Following the reading and discussion of the text, boys worked to make paper poppies which they attached to our ANZAC display on the windows. The symbolism of this reflects the placing of poppies on the Wall of Remembrance at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.