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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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From June 6-10 students in the Middle School took part in the annual celebration of Book Week. The theme this year is One World, Many Stories and there were many activities that reflected this theme.

The highlight of the week was the Book Week Breakfast which was attended by parents, students and staff on a chilly Friday morning in Centenary Hall. The guest author was Tristan Bancks who has written a number of books for this age group including the Mac Slater Cool Hunter series and more recently My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up and First Kids in Space. Tristan entertained the audience with stories of his childhood, his career as an actor, his writing and his involvement in animated films. The event was opened by the very talented Intermediate Percussion Ensemble which performed a Caribbean tune, in keeping with the theme. A lovely hot breakfast and delicious pastries were on offer and a festive atmosphere filled the Hall. Later that morning Tristan spoke to all the students in the Middle School.

Other activities for the students were the form trivia competition which took place each morning during roll call; the lunchtimes of board games, puzzles and online games; the Book Donation program which added more than 100 books to our collection; the 2-minute book talk competition; and the team trivia challenge. All these events raised the awareness of Book Week and meant that every boy was involved in some way in the celebrations.

Year 6 students designed posters as part of their Art program.  Using Photoshop the boys created images of themselves in places or situations and paired these with catchy slogans. The culmination was a great range of artworks promoting reading and books. They were also used to decorate the Hall at the Breakfast.

Towards the end of the week, we were fortunate to have on loan an interactive globe.  This is a giant trackball with a globe projected on its surface. When users spin the globe, the projection updates to track the movement. When the globe stops on a country, the system displays information about that country from the CIA World Factbook and photos from Flickr. The boys were fascinated by this and there was much anticipation as they waited their turn.  The globe was an interaction design exhibit from the University of Queensland.

Book Week is an important event in the Middle School calendar and boys are already looking forward to next year.

Please note: the official CBCA Book Week is in August.




Book Week in the Middle School


We are very fortunate to have such a bubbly, enthusiastic and dynamic Middle School teacher librarian as Ms Palmer, and her library is always overflowing with boys who enjoy being there.  Reading and books are constantly celebrated in her library, and so far this year the boys have been treated to a number of author visits: firstly a group went down to the Somerset Literature Festival where they attended four different author sessions;  later, two popular authors, Derek Landy and Charlie Higson, visited our school to talk to the boys; and then, to celebrate Book Week this week, they have had the opportunity to meet two more authors and illustrators – Roland Harvey and Dave Hackett.

Each day this week, Ms Palmer organised activities around the theme “Put yourself in the picture”, and each day started with all Middle School classes enthusiastically joining in the class trivia competition.

On Monday, former architect and renowned children’s author and illustrator, Roland Harvey, showed the Year 6 and 7 boys his quirky illustrations and explained how to draw them easily using outlines and perspective, while Monday lunchtime saw many of the teachers bringing back fond memories as they read picture books to the boys. Tuesday lunchtime featured team trivia in the library, while Wednesday’s caricature artists in the Middle School amphitheatre were extremely popular. The boys were able to purchase tickets for a chance to have themselves drawn, and the lucky winners were illustrated by current Year 12 students and one of our Old Boys. All proceeds from this will go to the Pyjama Foundation which promotes reading for disadvantaged children.

On Thursday, a room in the Lilley Centre was buzzing with excitement as Year 6 and 7 students were able to play selected computer and board games, and Friday saw the culmination of an extremely successful week with a sell-out breakfast for 220 students and parents. The Centenary Hall was decorated with life-size cutouts of books and movie figures, as well as over 50 reading posters created by the boys. Cartoonist Dave Hackett entertained everyone with his amazing skills, and then he later showed the Year 8 boys how to draw caricatures. Friday’s final event was the Book Donation program, where boys were able to donate a book to the Library.

This was a fantastic week, and further reinforces the  wonderful culture of reading that we have here at the school.

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