Archive for August 2012

Aug/12

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Champions Read at BGS

Last week the Middle School celebrated Book Week. This year’s theme was Champions Read which had a timely connection with the London Olympics. There was a variety of events on offer, beginning with the Book Olympics. Boys competed in weight-lifting encyclopedia, shot putting books and running book relays. It was a lot of fun and set the tone for the week’s activities.

The Book Donation program was also very successful with the Middle School Library benefiting from the generosity of our community. There were also online games and board games for the boys to play at lunchtimes. The highlight, however, was the Book Week Breakfast held on Friday with author Martin Chatterton. He was a most entertaining speaker and drew a magnificent picture of one of our teachers, Mr Craig Timms! Later Martin spoke to all the students and was inspiring as he shared stories of his own writing and life experiences.

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Students in all three year levels are participating in Literature Circles in what is proving to be a busy but exciting time at the Middle School Library. The purpose of a Literature Circle is to promote deep thinking about books as well as providing a social opportunity for boys to engage with stories and discuss the themes, characters and plots developments that they see as important. It is always rewarding to listen in to the conversations between students as they share and debate their ideas.

Year 6 students are working across the year group to read a variety of texts including fantasy, historical fiction and adventure. Popular choices are Year of the Tiger and Wolf Brother. Year 7 students are reading science fiction novels in keeping with their English curriculum focus. Titles include Mortal Engines and The Lab. Year 8s are also reading a range of novels based on interest such as Evil Genius, The Knife of Never Letting Go and Peak.

Following these Circles boys will continue to explore literature via individual choice and a range of activities suited to their interests and abilities.

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Aug/12

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Floodlines for Open Day

 

 

The 2011 Brisbane floods had significant and long lasting effects on our city and, in an attempt to collate memories and memorabilia of this and previous floods, and to celebrate the resilience of Queenslanders, a Floodlines exhibition has been on display at the State Library for the past four months.  This exhibition used photos, film, news footage, sound and digital artworks ‘to help tell the rich and complex story of a summer we will never forget.’ To complement and enhance this, the SLQ commissioned the development of an augmented reality app, Floodlines, an exciting, interactive app which turns AR codes or markers into 3 dimensional images of buildings and roads, and which shows the inexorable spread of the flood waters through various riverside suburbs.

For Open Day last weekend, we downloaded this app onto our three Library iPads, and visitors were fascinated to find their suburbs and watch the flood waters advance and recede over 48 hours. Some of our students have also been captivated by this app, zooming in over buildings or trying to explore under the river. The codes, or markers, are merely a link to the app, telling it which part to ‘read’ and display as the code is scanned.  The students were particularly amazed by the way sections of the city seemed to float above the code.

Download this app from the iTunes App Store or from the Android Market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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