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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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Fabulous Forum Functions


Year 9 Readers’ Cup Team                                                   Cook Island Dance Group

Since the opening of  The Lilley Centre this year, we have had some great functions happening in the Forum:

Cook Island Cultural Dance Group -  This event, held during the first week that the Library was opened, involved some traditional cultural dances from a family of Cook Islanders, as well as some entertaining moves by some of our boys and staff members!

Two-Minute Book Reviews – The first round of short and snappy book reviews were held during the opening week, with both students and staff talking about books which had changed their lives. This week Year 12 students and their English teachers gave two-minute reviews, and during the last week of this term we will hold another session for general holiday reading.

Student-Teacher and Interschool Debates – During our opening week, a highly entertaining debate between senior students and some witty teachers was held in the Forum, then last Friday night the final round of the Senior A GPS debating competition was also held here. In front of a packed audience, Grammar took out the championship for the third year in a row.

Guest Lectures – Dr Barrie, one of our Ancient History teachers, has organised a couple of guest lectures in the Forum on factors causing the Fall of the Roman Empire. The first of these was given in April by Professor Nicholas Everett, from the University of Toronto, and the second will be by Professor John Moorhead, from the University of Queensland.

Careers Expo – As part of a very successful Careers Expo, Ms Nichols, our Director of Student Services, organised a number of university and professional guests to present career advice in the Forum to both BGS and BGGS students.

Interschool Readers Cup Competition – This week  BGS hosted the Brisbane North Interschool Readers Cup competition in the Forum.  After reading six books each, twelve Year 8 and 9 teams from schools in the area competed for the chance to represent the region in the State competition later this year. Our boys did not win, but still enjoyed the whole experience.

Video and Skype Conferencing – one of the most exciting opportunities the Forum provides for our students is the opportunity to connect live with other schools around the world. Ms Tap, our Global Learning teacher, has already organised two video-conferences between our Year 7 boys and a school in Busan, South Korea, and a Skype conference with a school in Hong Kong. Each time, both classes discussed work that they have been collaborating on together.


Professor Nicholas Everett                                                         Student / Teacher Debate