Archive for September 2013

Ms Hunter and Ms Oxley working with groups of students.

During the second-last week of term, three of our teacher-librarians, Ms Oxley, Ms Hunter and Ms Ragen, and former teacher-librarian, Mr Howes, were involved in helping students from six Asia-Pacific schools to think ‘outside the box’ in a Festival of Dangerous Ideas.

This festival was part of the 2013 International Young Leaders Forum, hosted by Brisbane Grammar School, and made up of teams of students from Binus International School (Indonesia), Bugil Academy (South Korea), Hwa Chong Institution (Singapore), Suzhou Foreign Language School (China)  and Brisbane Grammar School.  Students from Brisbane Girls Grammar School also joined in this year.

Key objectives of the alliance are to encourage these future leaders to become socially responsible and globally aware, and this year they were encouraged to find ‘audacious, creative solutions to global issues.’  Topics suggested for exploration were: Oil and Energy Needs, Conservation and Sustainability, Urban Living, Poverty and Equity, Education and Opportunity, Race and Religion, Health and Medecine.

 See more photos of the IYLF on the BGS Facebook page

Below are some of the stimulus videos for Urban Living and Sustainability.

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2013 Brisbane Writers Festival

This week 25 lucky Year 8 students attended the Brisbane Writers Festival where they were fortunate enough to listen to Matthew Reilly speak, and then have their books signed by him  He spoke about The Hero’s Journey, and used lots of examples from movies and books to illustrate variations on this theme.

The boys also enjoyed listening to Scott Westerfeld, who spoke about why he chose to illustrate his incredibly popular steampunk series, Leviathan, Behemoth and Goliath. This series is set in the early 1900s, before the days of cameras, when novels and newspapers were all illustrated, so it seemed a logical extension to illustrate these books.




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Street Reads 2013 from BGS Library

For those who love reading and exploring, the Brisbane City Council, in conjunction with the Brisbane Writers Festival, is offering a different slant on a Choose Your Own Adventure story.

Beginning last week and running for two weeks only (4-15 September), you will be able to become a character in a story by scanning QR codes attached to the pavement. These will download part of the story, as well as the clue to the next part, depending on which adventure you choose to follow. You can choose the Hero’s story, the Zombies’ story or the Apprentice of Death’s story – or a combination of each.

All three stories begin at Reddacliffe Place, at the end of the Queen Street Mall , near the Brisbane Central Library.  Each story has been written by local Brisbane authors and each new action scene takes place at the location of the QR code: each new clue or twist in the story encourages you to explore parts of the CBD and South Bank that you might previously have ignored.

If you have a free couple of hours on the weekend, have a go and participate in this ‘location literature’ event.  Maps are available at both the Middle School Library and the Senior Library, or you can download one at

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