Clubs and Special Interests

Clubs and Special Interests

Girls have the opportunity to deepen their understanding and expand their skills in areas of personal interest through the diverse range of clubs and special interest activities available at the School.

Many of these activities have a real-life or community focus and provide the girls with significant challenges that help develop a sense of leadership, maturity, complex reasoning and responsibility.

Anime Club

The Anime Club provides a forum for students to watch and discuss new or unheard of anime series with each other and share opinions and ideas. Recently the Anime Club has also included manga (hand‐drawn book series) and cosplay (short for ‘costume play’, where avid fans of anime dress up and perform skits as their favourite characters).

Apollo

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.

Art Walks

Once a term, the Art Department hosts an Art Walk a Saturday, which involves meeting at a particular location and walking as a group between several galleries to see a variety of art exhibitions in Brisbane. Occasionally Art Walks will include visiting an artist in their studio. Students, family and friends of the Girls Grammar community are all welcome to attend.

Art Workshops

The aim of the Art Workshops is to extend and enrich each student’s artistic abilities. Courses have included photography, printmaking, oil painting, life drawing, fashion design and experimental painting techniques.

Athene

Athene is comprised of senior students from both Brisbane Grammar School and Brisbane Girls Grammar School and membership is by invitation. At each meeting, Year 12 Athenians present researched papers of between five and ten minutes on an issue of philosophical, political, social or otherwise topical interest. The papers are followed by thirty to forty minutes of spirited discussion.

Australian Science Olympiads

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 through being involved with the Australian Science Olympiad (ASO) programme. The International Science Olympiads (ISO) is regarded as the ‘Olympic Games for Science Students’. Australian Science Olympians compete with students from different countries for a ranking or medal in the ISO.

Calligraphy ClubCalligraphy Club

The Japanese Calligraphy Club was formed in 2000 with students from Brisbane Grammar School and Brisbane Girls Grammar School. The general aim of this group is to practice and gain a greater understanding of this beautiful Japanese art form. Classes are led by a master calligrapher and no experience is required.

Chess

Chess promotes the logical, planning and sequential aspects of the brain. Students are introduced to the rules of chess and are presented with patterns and strategies to improve their ability. Students may also play against a computer and obtain their ranking.

Coders Club

Coders Club educates students in foundational computer science through various computational thinking challenges followed by essential skills in HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Students then have the options to investigate Python, Robotics and Maker Space technologies using MaKey MaKey, Little Bits and Arduino systems. Throughout the year, club members will have the opportunity to work toward State, National and International competitions such as YICTE and iAwards.

daVinci Decathlon

The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. Students compete in teams across ten disciplines including Science, English, Mathematics and Chess, Code breaking, Engineering, Philosophy, Art and Poetry, Creative Producers, Cartography, and General Knowledge. As the competition places a particular emphasis on higher order thinking skills, problem-solving and creativity, it is a particularly good opportunity for girls looking for extension.

Debating

Debating promotes self-confidence and logical thinking skills.  A debater learns to work as part of a team to achieve shared goals, to organise ideas and construct effective arguments.  The School competes in the Queensland Debating Union competition, entering teams at all levels.  As well, Years 8 and 9 students are able to compete in the Brisbane Girls Debating Competition which is run across Terms I and II.  Trials for places in all teams are run early in the year. Later in the year, the School Inter-House Debating Competition provides a further opportunity for students who are keen to enhance their debating skills.

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. Students explore new photography opportunities, learn to use professional equipment and image editing software by attending fortnightly meetings, workshops and selected school events.

Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is a programme which encourages young people between the ages of fourteen and twenty‐five to participate in a large cross-section of experiences and activities. Candidates are exposed to a variety of new activities which combine to make a challenging programme. The scheme is intended to develop qualities of maturity, self‐confidence, responsibility and willingness to help others.

There are three awards‐Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each of these awards covers four sections‐Service, Expeditions, Skills and Physical Recreation. Members organise their own programme and have Record Books to fill in. Badges are awarded by the State Award Committee at the completion of each level of the Scheme. Expeditions are run at various times throughout the year.

Ecoman

Ecoman provides selected students the opportunity to participate in an intensive three‐day business skills programme. The name Ecoman is derived from the words economics and management. The programme runs for three days with approximately eighteen participants and is designed to simulate the operations of a medium sized manufacturing company over a four‐ year period. Business concepts such as strategic planning financial accounting, cost management, sales and marketing and human resource management are introduced and explained in simple terms and the concepts are then reinforced through the operation of a company. The participants form three companies that compete for the market share, sales and profit while operating in a dynamic business environment over the simulated four-year period.

Fitness

Fitness classes are held three times each week ranging from High Intensity, Low Intensity (Pilates) and Strength. Specific classes also extend to specific sports, for example, Athletics, Rowing, Water Polo, where the School’s Exercise Physiologist targets exercises specific to that sport.

Gwen Harwood Society

The Gwen Harwood Society is a creative writing group for all students interested in expressing themselves through poetry, prose or drama. Students participate in a variety of writing activities designed to stimulate their imaginations and develop their creative writing skills.

Kleio Society

The Kleio Society is a group for those who are enthusiastic about the Ancient World. At meetings, students participate in activities which explore what life was like for ancient peoples of Greece, Rome and Egypt. They also plan activities which 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.

Libellum

The Libellum reading group meets weekly to preview new fiction purchased by the Beanland Library and review illustrated books, popular fiction and non-fiction, graphic novels and literature websites. The club also promotes writers festivals, book launches, writing competitions and book trailers. Students who love books or want to develop wider reading can enjoy interacting with each other in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.

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 scope of the Maths classroom. Throughout the year students are able to participate in many
competitions particularly focusing on problem-solving. Opportunities range from local events organised by the Queensland Association of Mathematics Teachers to national competitions organized by the Australian Mathematics Trust.

In addition, within the School special events to celebrate the diverse nature of mathematics are organised such as the Year 7 Maths Quiz, the Year 8 Maths Mania Afternoon and the ever‐popular Year 9‐10 Maths camp at Marrapatta.

Students are also encouraged to try the ‘Problem of the Week’, as well as attend Sigma Maths afternoons where interest topics are presented in a workshop setting. Another aspect of Sigma Maths that is developing is the involvement in on‐line computational and algorithm thinking competitions.

Music Skills

Weekly music skills classes are for interested music students from Years 7‐11 who are keen to extend their musicianship and theory skills through playing games, sight reading, memorising music and engaging with music theory in a fun and practical way. These classes are pitched at Curriculum Music students who require extension
or assistance with their musicianship and theory skills. They are sequential courses with each class building upon the previous one.

Opti-MINDS

Opti-MINDS is about problem solving, creativity, divergence, time management and team work. Teams of seven students are formed, which need to include members from Years 8, 9 and 10.  The teams then practise skills for the Spontaneous Problem and the Long Term Problem. Problem categories are Language/Literature, Maths/Engineering and Social Sciences.  A priority of the Club is that students have fun and enjoy themselves, while a great deal of learning occurs at the same time.

Slam Poetry

Slam Poetry is a club for poetry enthusiasts who wish to listen to poetry and share their own poems, with a competition held towards the end of the year.

Songwriter Studio

This Songwriter Studio provides an opportunity for songwriting extension and acceleration with more individualised instruction. Songwriter Studio is offered to students who demonstrate substantial skill in songwriting and is designed to prepare students to run a Songwriter Showcase at the annual Open Day in Term III. Students will undergo weekly classes involving songwriting, masterclasses, writing sessions, critique sessions and guest performers and presenters including Grammar Women (past student) songwriters.

Spring Hill Young Writers Club

The Spring Hill Young Writers Group involves thirty-two students in Year 7 from Brisbane Girls Grammar School, Brisbane Grammar School, All Hallows’ School, and St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace. This group will collaborate during a series of workshops to produce original short stories. The students will work with Australian author,
Lynette Noni to enhance their writing skills and will participate in a writing excursion to Roma Street Parklands.

Technologies Club

The purpose of the Technologies Club is to provide students with the opportunity to learn about the latest innovations and technologies across the various design industries. Workshop activities will be used to instil some of the key skills that are essential for the success in the rapidly changing world: entrepreneurship, innovative thinking, dynamic creativity, technical skills and design basics for prototyping. Students learn leadership, team building, project management, business planning, public speaking, marketing, collaboration, writing and presentation skills.

Titration competition

The aim of the Titration competition is to encourage those students who enjoy practical chemistry to develop their skills and reward those who develop a high level of proficiency. Students work in a team of three members. Each team will be provided with three solutions. A solution of hydrochloric acid of known concentration will be used to determine the unknown concentration of sodium hydroxide and acetic acid solutions. Judging is based on the values of each team member combined and how close they get to the actual concentrations of the sodium hydroxide and acetic acid solutions. Throughout the training process, the girls tend to improve not only their precision and accuracy with the relevant glassware but also their persistence.

Yoga

Yoga class is held weekly and conducted by an experienced yoga teacher.  Students are given the opportunity to do yoga postures and learn some relaxation techniques.

UN Club

The United Nations Club is an opportunity for students from Years 10 to 12 to discuss current international, national and local issues that affect our world and us. The Club provides the opportunity for students to meet diplomats, politicians, university lecturers and other members of the global community. The Club also provides an opportunity for students to meet other young adults from schools across Queensland at conferences and competitions. It is a great opportunity to engage with the broader community and network with industry leaders.