Articles for May, 2015

History, Imagination, Creativity

Friday, May 29th, 2015

‘… the historian’s picture of the past is … in every detail an imaginary picture …’

As a teacher of history, I sometimes wonder about the mysterious space that exists between my understanding and that of my students’. It is not just a matter of my knowing more than they do but rather, how the image that I try to create might be received by them; whether I can make them see what I see. Of course the process of learning is far more complex than the transferral of knowledge directly from teacher to student (it’s not, after all, about reading the teacher’s mind). Nevertheless the question of how we ‘see’ history is an interesting one.

Teen to take on Parliament

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Showing her passion for politics, Year 12 student Josefine Ganko has selected as the Brisbane Central member for the Queensland Youth Parliament.

Josie will participate in State Parliament sessions and have the opportunity to champion her areas of interest; indigenous affairs and environmental awareness.

The YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament ‘has been run by young people

Will you be my PAL-date?

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The double intake of Year 7 and 8s this year has had an extremely positive impact on the School community; the Year 12 Prefects and Buddies have made particular comment on the younger girls’ levels of exuberance and often playful approach to school-life, and have actually questioned ‘where does it come from and why aren’t we like that?’

This concept of ‘play’ should be pondered upon: what would our Year 7 and 8 girls miss out on if free play became a thing of the past, best enjoyed at primary school?

From the Principal, 15 May 2015

Friday, May 15th, 2015

A Year 9 girl told me yesterday, ‘I really like NAPLAN. I find it’s a good way to track how I’m going with my general knowledge as a student, shows where I need to improve and it’s reassuring to know how I am tracking against other students in Australia.’ This week our Year 7 and Year 9 students, along with approximately one million Australian students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 completed their 2015 National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assessments.

Finding Ways to Find Their Way

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Finding one’s way (building a career) can be loosely described as an exercise in stringing together seemingly random life experiences; seizing new opportunities as they present themselves; navigating unforeseen circumstances; and embracing life-wide education and emergent technologies. The stories in this article are written with a singular purpose in mind: to reflect upon the emerging careers of recent Brisbane Girls Grammar School graduates to teach, guide and inspire those who will follow.

From the Principal, 8 May 2015

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Being a mother, however challenging the daughter or the circumstances at times, is ultimately a tender, meaningful and joyful experience. Being a mother, however wonderful the daughter, is also hard, fraught and often downright exhausting. Mothers’ Day this Sunday celebrates and honours our mothers, the broader concept of motherhood and the importance and influence of mothers in society.

Dads and their Daughters — Connections through Sport

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Fathers tend to be the most critical behavioural influence for both boys and girls regarding sport matters and in particular becoming involved in sport. Parental involvement is particularly relevant for girls because parent activity and encouragement have been shown to influence the activity patterns of girls to a greater extent than boys.

International competition beckons for young Water Polo champion

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Year 12 student, and one of the Lilley House Captains, Gabriella Palm has been selected in a team to travel to Europe as part of the Australian Women’s Youth National Water Polo Squad.

The training camp and competition will be her first taste of an international tournament and an important step

A long, long way to run

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Each year, Mr Andrew Pennay is surprised by the number of younger students who have never seen The Sound of Music in which Julie Andrews famously rattles off the syllables do re mi fa soh la ti do with barely cursory explanation. In this article, he looks at some practical examples of these notes to demonstrate the function and emotion each one carries.