Archive for June 2012

 

Last week, two teams of  Middle School students represented Brisbane Grammar School in two separate Children’s Book Council interschool Readers’ Cup competitions. On Thursday night, the Forum in the Lilley Centre was the venue for 17 teams of excited Year 8 and 9 students competing in the Brisbane North region. Teams were required to read 5 books before the competition, and on the night local author Kate Hunter asked questions on each of the books. Students then had 30 seconds to talk about each answer and write it down. Books were chosen for their range of genres, and they represented a mix of male and female main characters, as well as Australian and overseas authors.

The Gap State High School won the competition and will now move on to compete in the State finals. Despite the fact that they did not win, our team of Year 8 boys still enjoyed the opportunity to read different books and compete against other students from across the Brisbane North region.

 

In addition, five of our most avid younger readers participated last Wednesday in the Northern Region final for Years 6 and 7, an event which took place at Rainworth State School. There were 23 teams competing for the trophy and our boys did a sterling job, finishing 10th on the ladder. Guest author was Christine Bongers who wrote Henry Hoey Hobson, one of the books in the challenge. The other titles were Toppling, War Horse, Captain Congo and the Maharajah’s Monkey and Golden Door. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the morning after their many weeks of focused reading. Congratulations to them all for being such great representatives of the Middle School.

 

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Music in the Learning Commons

After months of patient waiting we finally had our first ‘Music in the Learning Commons’ performance last week. The Clarinet Ensemble entertained lunchtime visitors to the Lilley Centre as they rehearsed for their Grammar in Concert performance at last Saturday night’s concert.

One of the seniors remarked, “This is fantastic Miss,” a comment which made me realize that the boys appreciate the opportunity to listen to lunchtime music as much as we do.  We would love to have other groups perform in the Lilley Centre at lunchtimes and we’re working with the Music Department to organise this.

 

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