ASME QLD Young Composers’ Competition
Co-Curricular News | Friday 20 October 2023
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Through the School’s wide range of clubs and activities, Grammar girls can deepen their interests and discover new areas of passion that can bring fulfillment throughout their lives.
There is a place for every girl to develop her strengths and experience the joy of connecting with like-minded peers.
Many of the School’s clubs and activities have a community focus and challenge girls to develop skills in leadership, maturity, complex-reasoning and responsibility.
Future Problem Solving
Future Problem Solving is a research-based, academic program that teaches problem solving strategies, collaboration, critical and creative thinking, and effective communication.
The Opti-MINDS challenge is a team problem-solving competition, requiring creativity, and lateral-thinking and time management skills. Teams of seven students from Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 solve problems in the areas of Language and Literature, Maths and Engineering and Social Sciences.
Each term, Visual Art staff host an Art Walk at a Brisbane art gallery. Students, family members and friends of the Girls Grammar community are welcome to attend.
Art Workshops aim to extend and enrich each student’s artistic abilities. Courses have included photography, printmaking, oil painting, life drawing, fashion design and experimental painting techniques.
Students are able to practise their technical and performance skills by participating in short busking opportunities at lunch times during the term.
The Calligraphy Club enables students to practise and gain a greater understanding of this beautiful Japanese art form. Classes are led by a Master Calligrapher and no experience is required.
Digital Photography Club
The Digital Photography Club is a group for students with a passion for photography, who are interested in expanding their skills and sharing creative ideas at fortnightly meetings, workshops and selected School events. Students learn to use professional equipment and image editing software.
Open Mic Club
Open Mic Club gives students the opportunity to polish their performing skills, try new repertoire, and have fun with their friends.
Music Studio provides students with the opportunity to work on their composing and performing skills, use musical equipment to support their learning and receive teacher input on their musical learning. From time to time, guest musicians such as songwriters and composers will attend to provide additional guidance.
Gwen Harwood Society
The Gwen Harwood Society is a creative writing group for students interested in expressing themselves and developing their writing through poetry, prose or drama. Students participate in a variety of writing activities designed to stimulate their imaginations and develop their creative skills.
The Libellum reading group meets weekly to preview new fiction purchased by the Beanland Memorial Library and review illustrated books, popular fiction and non-fiction titles, graphic novels and literature websites. The club also promotes writers festivals, book launches, writing competitions and book trailers. Students who love books will enjoy interacting with each other in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.
Grammar Writers Group
The Grammar Writers Group involves students in Year 7 from Brisbane Girls Grammar School and Brisbane Grammar School. This group collaborates during a series of after school sessions to produce original short stories.
Fitness classes occur three times each week, including high-intensity, low-intensity and strength exercises. Classes are also tailored to specific sports, such as Athletics, Rowing and Water Polo.
Mindful Craft Club
The Mindful Craft Club meet once a week and is a place for students of any age to spend 40 minutes relaxing and doing a craft of their choice. Whether crochet, knitting or more, the students are given many craft and material options to choose from, creating items from bags to granny squares and blankets.
Weekly yoga classes allow students to practise a range of poses and learn relaxation techniques from an experienced instructor.
Apollo is a book club of invited and self‐nominated Brisbane Grammar School and Brisbane Girls Grammar School senior students who meet to discuss a challenging range of texts in a rigorous and entertaining manner.
Athene comprises invited senior students from Brisbane Girls Grammar School and Brisbane Grammar School. At each meeting, Year 12 Athenians present researched papers of between five and 10 minutes on an issue of philosophical, political, social or otherwise topical interest. The papers are followed by 30 to 40 minutes of spirited discussion.
Students are able to broaden their understanding of Chinese language, food, culture and history.
Students are invited to submit their work as part of competitions coordinated by the Queensland History Teachers Association.
The Kleio Society is a group for those who are enthusiastic about the Ancient World. At meetings, students explore what life was like for ancient Grecians, Romans and Egyptians. The group also plans activities to promote the study of history and raise funds to assist with the purchase of antiquities, which in the past have been donated to the UQ Antiquities Museum.
The Libellum Society is BGGS’ book club that allowed avid readers to meet every Friday to discuss recommendations and organise book-ish events and fundraisers.
United Nations Club
The United Nations Club allows students from Years 10 to 12 to discuss current international, national and local issues that affect our world. The club provides opportunities to meet diplomats, politicians, university lecturers and other members of the global community, as well as other young adults from schools across Queensland at conferences and competitions.
Mathematics Competitions and Sigma (∑) Maths
Sigma (∑) Maths gives students who enjoy the challenge of Mathematics the opportunity to engage in a variety of pursuits beyond the Mathematics classroom. Throughout the year, students can participate in problem-solving competitions, including local events organised by the Queensland Association of Mathematics Teachers and national competitions organised by the Australian Mathematics Trust.
The Astronomy Club allows curious students further opportunities to explore space and its many phenomena. Using telescopes at the School’s Dorothy Hill Observatory and a range of software, students are able to practise astrophotography, better understand celestial objects and their properties, and discuss the latest scientific and technological breakthroughs in the field of astronomy and space exploration.
The Australian Biology, Chemistry and Physics Olympiads provide valuable experience in working with other students and teachers who are passionate about Science. Students can launch themselves into the International Science Olympiads (ISO)—regarded as the ‘Olympic Games for Science Students’—by being involved with the Australian Science Olympiad (ASO) program.
STARS (Student-Teacher Astronomy Research Symposium)
STARS (Student-Teacher Astronomy Research Symposium) is a research opportunity for students in Years 10-12 who wish to contribute to the wider scientific community through project-based work with the telescopes at the Dorothy Hill Observatory. As part of the symposium, students develop their knowledge of general astronomy and astrophysics topics, cultivate fundamental science research skills, learn how to analyse astronomical data, and work with fellow group members on long term research projects with the aim of publishing papers in peer-reviewed astronomy research journals.
The Titration competition aims to encourage students who enjoy practical chemistry to develop their skills, and rewards those who develop a high level of proficiency. Throughout the training process, students improve their precision, accuracy and persistence.
Students from Girls Grammar and Brisbane Grammar School (BGS) meet weekly to enhance their technological skills in design, engineering, and computer programming. Robotics Club aims to prepare students for the annual FTC challenge, FIRST Tech Competition. FTC is a robotics competition for secondary students to compete head-to-head in designing, building and programming a robot to compete in an alliance format against other teams.
The Technologies Club allows students to learn about the latest innovations and technologies across various design industries. Workshop activities instil some of the key skills essential for success in our rapidly changing world, including entrepreneurship, innovative thinking, dynamic creativity, technical skills and design basics for prototyping.
The Anime Club provides a forum for students to watch and discuss new anime series and share opinions and ideas.
Chess and Games Club
Students are introduced to the rules of chess and presented with patterns and strategies to improve their abilities, developing the logical, planning and sequential aspects of the brain. Students may also play against a computer.
Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Scheme is a program that encourages young people aged 14 to 25 to participate in a large cross-section of experiences and activities. The Scheme aims to develop qualities of maturity, self‐confidence, responsibility and willingness to help others.
Ecoman prepares selected students to participate in an intensive three‐day business skills program designed to simulate the operations of a medium-sized manufacturing company over a four‐year period.
Financial Literacy Society (FinLit)
The FinLit Society is a new club, established in 2023, designed for students in Years 10, 11, and 12 who are interested in finance, accounting, economics, and entrepreneurship. This club aims to provide a platform for students to enhance their knowledge and skills in these fields and help them develop their understanding of the business world, as well as increasing general financial literacy.
Textile Innovations Club
The Textile Innovations Club is a co-curricular club that focusses on student learning and teaching various ways to employ the use of sustainable textile practices such as sewing, crocheting, and knitting.
Student Entrepreneur Club
Student Entrepreneur Club provides a forum and a support network for budding entrepreneurs in Year 11 and Year 12 to generate business ideas and develop their business plan. The 10-week program will guide participants through undertaking competitor analysis, identifying a target market, making a minimal viable product, formulating pricing strategies and pitching their idea to potential investors.