Category: Middle School

The Middle School BGS and FGS Combined Book Club meets once a term. It provides another opportunity – alongside drama productions, various combined concerts, year-level wide learning days and Philosophy Club – for the boys and girls to socialise around an activity. This term, the students have been reading Juno of Taris, an exciting, futuristic […]

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Ancient cultures collided during this week’s Middle School assembly. Before the Year 8s displayed their martial arts practice (see here), Brady Cooper, from the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS), spoke about Indigenous history and culture in Australia. He also introduced the origins of NAIDOC Week (which will be celebrated nationally during the school holidays between July […]

After meeting the challenges of the Grampians camp – in particular, the 18-km hike up and over Mt Rosea and the view that makes it all worth it – the Year 8 boys returned home and straight into a STEM project that required them to build a Rube Goldberg machine. These machines are complex contraptions […]

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The Year 8 boys have been learning more than combat in their martial arts classes with Ms Chen Yuan Xin this semester. They have learnt to be still, to be challenged and to be focused. Alongside their kicks, they have learnt signs of respect, used before any kung fu fight as a reminder to have […]

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The classic film The Karate Kid stimulated great discussion about the value of respect – the focus of Term 2’s Expanding the Possibilities session – among the Year 7 and 8 boys. It also kicked off an interest in martial arts – in particular, the Crane Kick! We were delighted when Ms Chen Yuan Xin […]

When the Year 7 boys visited the Chinese Museum last week, they were fascinated by the heritage and culture of China, showering the tour guide with questions. The highlight of the day was the new exhibition, Han Dynasty: Life Everlasting, which includes a jade burial suit. The boys were also treated to a delicious lunch […]

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With the Visible Learning framework now firmly embedded in the BGS teaching and learning process, boys in Middle School mathematics classes have been taking learning into their own hands, with some remarkable outcomes. While it is important that teachers recognise what their students know and don’t know, nothing is more powerful than putting this information […]

There was a great buzz among the guests at the recent traditional Middle School Mothers’ Day Breakfast and Chapel Service. St Andrew’s was filled to capacity and we were delighted to hear the heartfelt (and sometimes amusing) messages of thanks from the boys to their mothers. The highlight of the service was the reflection by […]

Year 8 CDT (Creative Design and Technology) classes have been working on a brief to create promotional posters for the Ute Full of Food program. Using industry-standard practice for the projects increases the depth of the boys’ learning, and it’s great to be able to use their work for vital fundraising initiatives such as this. These […]

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We often hear that 21st Century students need to be problem solvers. At BGS, we also encourage boys to be problem finders. What does our world need and how can we make it better place for all? However, when completing assignments and other investigations, it is sometimes tempting for boys to simply ‘Google’ a topic […]

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