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Library: 2021 Library News

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Highlights from 2021

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Check out additional updates from The Pulse 


Holiday Reads - Term Three

It's the last week of school and we're on the home-run!

James and Curtis have sorted out their holiday reads, have you?

Check out this recommended holiday reads list


R U OK? Day is Thursday 9 September.
It’s a national day of action when we remind Australians that every day is the day to ask, “are you OK?” if someone in your world is struggling with life’s ups and downs.

Writer in Residence – Tristan Bancks

Earlier this term the Centenary Library was again delighted to host this years ‘Writer in Residence’ program.  This workshop is provided for a group of students selected from Year 5 -7 with an interest in creative writing.  The selected students were lucky enough to be joined this time by the very talented and extremely popular author Tristan Bancks.  Writer of many very successful middle grade and young adult books including The Fall, Two Wolves and Detention. This opportunity was thoroughly enjoyed by those in attendance.

See the blog entry in The Pulse.

Online Learning

The closure of the school and home quarantine for 14 days will be a difficult challenge, but the BGS Library staff are here with you through online learning.

Please reach out if you need any support or assistance, especially with accessing e-resources such as ebooks, audiobooks and academic research databases.

Bookopoly Launches in the Middle School

Every form class in the Middle School will play the Bookopoly game! Once a week the dice will be rolled to move each class along the board and every square has a task. Each student (and teacher) who completes the task will score points for their class. The class with the most points at the end will win a prize. See the Bookopoly LibGuide for more info!

Audiobook Month

June is Audiobook Month - so if you have not yet already check out the collection, now is the perfect time!
We have over 1000 book titles available to listen to via the ePlatform and Overdrive collections- visit the BGS Library page to browse the titles or download the apps and log in with your BGS credentials.

Congratulations to the BGS Photography Competition Winners!

The theme for this year was Generations and entries were judged by Mr Stewart Service, our former BGS Head of Art and a keen photographer himself.

  • Middle School Winner: Elliot (Year 5) Mothers and daughters – Babushka dolls representing generations of women.
  • Senior School Winner: Nate (Year 9) Turning back time – Capturing the joy associated with learning something new, especially when it is the younger generation teaching the older generation.
  • Staff Winner: Marketing and Communications Manager Chris Walker Talking with Grandad – In matching wide brim hats, great grandad and great grandson discuss life at different ends of the spectrum. Almost 90 years separate the pair.

May the Fourth Be With You

Star Wars Day lasts a WEEK at BGS 

Our wide collection of Star Wars books are some or the most heavily borrowed, so of course we celebrate May the Fourth with Trivia; Family Feud and Droid races!  

ANZAC display in the War Memorial Library

The BGS War Memorial Library is showcasing WWII uniforms and weapons curated by some of our Year 12 boys and sported by our versatile Library mannequins.

Anzac Day badges are also available for purchase for $5 with proceeds supporting Legacy (families affected by war).

The War Memorial Library is open during breaks 1 and 2 on Thursday and Friday this week and the badges are also available outside Middle School Reception. Thank you to Mr Price for putting this wonderful display together.  

Book Clubs

Book clubs have commenced in all 3 libraries so come join in the fun!

Love Your Library

Library Lovers' Day

Year 7 Centenary Library Orientation


Wellness Collection - ePlatform

This week we have been promoting R U OK? Day across our three libraries, and we wanted to remind everyone about ePlatform’s Wellness Collection. This digital library of curated eBooks and audiobooks are designed to help students flourish in a constantly changing, ever more challenging world.

Students can access resources discreetly for support on personally challenging topics such as bullying, social anxiety, gender identity, depression, anger and grief (to name just a few).

The Wellness Collection also includes resources about the practice of mindfulness, self-compassion and gratitude. These skills can influence positive affect, boost attention and concentration and improve relationships, resulting in higher resilience and more purposeful living. We hope that these resources will help the boys feel understood, more open to reaching out for help, and equip them with the inner knowledge, skills and confidence to live their best lives.

Bookopoly Champions

The moment you have been waiting for has finally arrived! A huge congratulations to 5B, 6C, 7H and 8E and to all of the other classes. The double points offer aroused much enthusiasm in the final week to make some extra gains on the leaderboard.  A huge thank you to all of the teachers, parents, siblings and pets that helped encourage and make this such a fun experience. 

Signature Program

The Centenary Library became home to the Year 8 “Land of Remorse” Creative Writing Signature Program.

The boys were tasked with producing a collaborative fantasy story and were extremely proud to present these to their families last night for Celebration of the Arts.

Throughout the week, the boys developed their story crafting skills through activities and workshops. We were also fortunate to have published author Jan Andrew Henderson share his art of storytelling and give the boys constructive help with their own stories. Although, possibly the highlight was the sensory immersive experience we had in the Roma St Parklands.

Shakespeare Studies

Angus, Sam and the Year 10 and Year 12 boys will be embarking on Shakespearean studies during Term 3 English. Come see our mannequin friend, King Lear in the Senior Library.

Our three libraries on campus are welcoming spaces to relax, read and research!

Looking forward to seeing you as we commence Term Two!

The Water Tower

What seems to be a quiet, rural town has something much more sinister going on... and it all leads back to the water tower.
Is there something in the water? Is it safe to drink? 


BGS Photography Competition

Year 8 Science Fiction

The Year 8's have been busy borrowing books for their English unit studying the Science Fiction genre. Dystopian worlds, advanced technology, space exploration, time travel, parallel universes, and extraterrestrial life are all being unpacked by these Year 8 readers.  

Middle School Superhero Readers

Year 10 Science - Research Skills 

Our Teacher-Librarians play an integral part in developing students’ research and information literacy skills. Searching the academic journal databases and ebooks can be tricky to navigate, which is why we deliver research skills lessons. We also have credible resources on our Assignment Help page which are tailored to each assessment task.

We are here to help during Consolidation periods and out of class hours too. Come and see us in The Lilley Centre if you need some extra support